Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 11/16/22, Saturday – 11/19/22, and Sunday – 11/20/22

The average waterfowl harvest for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday ticked upward over Sunday’s average. Pintail took over first place for number of birds bagged with Widgeon holding on to second place joined by Green Wing Teal and Cinnamon Teal for a three-way tie. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 11/16/22 were as follows:

66 adult and 5 junior hunters came away with 16 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 13 Gadwall, 24 Widgeon, 26 Pintail, 24 Green Wing Teal, 24 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Redheads, 2 Canvasbacks, 2 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 1 Bufflehead, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Merganser, and 3 Ruddy Ducks. 10 Snow Geese were downed at Wister on Wednesday. A lone Coot was taken on Wednesday. This resulted in an average take of 2.07 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coot added in, 2.23 waterfowl per gun. Out of 105 reservation cards issued 24 came in on time to claim their spot.

The waterfowl average bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday went up a bit from Wednesday’s averages. Cinnamon Teal climbed into first position for most birds checked in with Pintail sliding back to the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/19/22 were as follows:

164 adult and 4 junior hunters took home 20 Northern Shovelers, 13 Mallards, 32 Gadwall, 27 Widgeon, 56 Pintail, 54 Green Wing Teal, 92 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Canvasback, 22 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 11 Bufflehead, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Blue Wing Teal, 2 Mergansers, 1 Mexican Mallard, and 15 Ruddy Ducks. In addition, 54 Snow Geese were checked in at Wister on Saturday. No Coots were downed at Wister on Saturday. This resulted in an average harvest of 2.11 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese figured into the total, 2.43 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 32 hunters arrived on time to get their spot.

The waterfowl average bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday dropped a ways from Saturday’s good averages. Cinnamon Teal held on to the first spot for number of birds taken with Green Wing Teal found in the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sunday, 11/20/22 were as follows:

86 adult and 4 junior hunters harvested 1 Northern Shoveler, 4 Mallards, 16 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 19 Pintail, 22 Green Wing Teal, 28 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 4 Ring Necks, 5 Scaup, 4 Bufflehead, and 6 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese were taken at Wister on Sunday. 5 Coots were turned in to the check station on Sunday. This resulted in an average take of 1.29 ducks per gun or, with the Coots included in the totals, an average of 1.34 waterfowl for each hunter. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 27 waterfowlers showed up on time to claim their hunting area.

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.

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