Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/9/22, Saturday – 11/12/22, and Sunday – 11/13/22

The waterfowl average take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday headed upward a bit over Sunday’s low average. Pintail took over first place for number of birds taken with Shovelers found in the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/9/22 were as follows:

81 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter bagged 24 Shovelers, 5 Mallards, 7 Gadwall, 16 Widgeon, 30 Pintail, 9 Green Wing Teal, 15 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 8 Ring Necks, 2 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Surf Scooter, and 4 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese were checked in at Wister on Wednesday. A lone Coot was checked in on Wednesday. This resulted in an average bag of 1.50 ducks per hunter or, with the Coot included, 1.51 waterfowl per person. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 24 arrived on time for their spot.

The waterfowl average harvest for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday ticked up a bit from Wednesday’s fair averages. Cinnamon Teal showed up in the first position for most birds bagged with Snow Geese taking over the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/12/22 were as follows:

126 adult and 7 junior hunters took home 36 Northern Shovelers, 9 Mallards, 14 Gadwall, 19 Widgeon, 33 Pintail, 14 Green Wing Teal, 52 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Canvasback, 18 Ring Necks, 6 Scaup, 1 Bufflehead, and 7 Ruddy Ducks. There were 49 Snow Geese and 1 Greater White Fronted Goose taken at Wister on Saturday. 4 Coots were also checked in on Saturday. This resulted in an average bag of 1.58 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots worked into the total, 1.98 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 31 hunters showed up in time to claim their spots.

The waterfowl average bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday dropped a bit from Saturday’s good averages. Cinnamon Teal retained the first spot for number of birds checked in with Widgeon taking over the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/13/22 were as follows:

64 adult hunters and no junior hunter checked in with 8 Northern Shovelers, 10 Gadwall, 13 Widgeon, 7 Pintail, 9 Green Wing Teal, 15 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Canvasback, 3 Ring Necks, 2 Mergansers, and 5 Ruddy Ducks. There were 11 Snow Geese and 1 Ross’ Goose bagged at Wister on Sunday. 7 Coots were also downed on Sunday. This resulted in an average harvest of 1.16 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coots included, 1.45 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 17 waterfowlers arrived in time to get their hunting spot.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. You can put in for reservations online through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS). Your reservation request has to be to the ALDS system 17 days in advance to get in on the drawing or you can get in on the daily “sweatline” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of. Reservation spots are given out starting at 3 AM and the “sweatline” drawing is done the night before at 10:30 pm, with sign-up for the drawing between 7:30 and 10:30 pm. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW website at the below link –

https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales

Don’t forget that all licenses and 1 day, 2 day or season passes must be purchased at a DFW Office or a license agent before your arrival at the refuge. These can be purchased online via the ALDS system also, however, you will have to wait for the DFG to mail you the actual licenses and passes which can take up to 15 days. If you purchase your license and passes in person at a DFW office or license agent you immediately get them without the wait for the mail. No licenses or passes will be sold at the check stations this season. You can also show up for an afternoon refill hunt but the last refill is at 2 PM. For more information, contact the staff at Wister Staff at 760-359-0577.

Also, just a reminder. Kern NWR has delayed their opener until Saturday, November 19, 2022, due to water issues so there will be no report on Kern’s results until after that date.

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