Hunt Results for the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday – 11/16/22, Saturday – 11/19/22, and Sunday – 11/20/22

The waterfowl average take for the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge for Wednesday dropped quite a bit for ducks, but went up when the geese harvested were added in, compared to Sunday’s average. Snow Geese took over first place for most birds bagged with Pintail found in the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sonny Bono for Wednesday, 11/16/22 were as follows:

8 adult and no junior hunters came away with 1 Gadwall and 2 Pintail. 13 Snow Geese and 1 Ross’ Goose were downed on Wednesday. No Coots were bagged on Wednesday. This came out to an average take of 0.38 duck per gun or, with the Geese worked in, 2.13 waterfowl per person. Reservations are done through the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area and can be used for either Wister or Sonny Bono. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 24 showed up on time for their spot.

The waterfowl take for the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge for Saturday went up somewhat for ducks but dropped a bit when the geese were added in compared to Wednesday’s averages. Snow Geese held on to the first position for most birds bagged with Green Wing Teal found in the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sonny Bono for Saturday, 11/19/22 were as follows:

13 adult and no junior hunters checked in with 2 Northern Shovelers, 1 Gadwall, 1 Pintail, 7 Green Wing Teal, and 1 Cinnamon Teal. 10 Snow Geese were also checked in at Sonny Bono on Saturday. There were also 4 Coots checked in on Saturday. This came out to an average harvest of 0.92 ducks per person and, with the Geese and Coots included, 2.00 waterfowl per gun. Reservations are done through the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area and can be used for either Wister or Sonny Bono. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 32 hunting parties came in on time to claim their spots.

The average waterfowl bag for the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge for Sunday nosedived from Saturday’s averages. Snow Geese retained first position for most birds bagged but there was no second place bird as only Snows were taken on Sunday. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sonny Bono for Sunday, 11/20/22 were as follows:

5 adult and no junior hunters bagged zero ducks. 2 Snow Geese were harvested at Sonny Bono on Sunday. No Coots were bagged on Sunday. This came out to an average take of 0.00 ducks per person and, an average of 0.40 per gun for the Geese. Reservations are done through the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area and can be used for either Wister or Sonny Bono. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 27 hunting parties showed up on time to get their hunting spots.

Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. If you would like a reservation for the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge you have to request a Wister reservation through the California DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS) which can be used at Wister or Sonny Bono (check-in for your spot at Sonny Bono at the Wister Check station). 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 at Wister 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’re 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.

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