Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/4/23, Saturday – 1/7/23, and Sunday – 1/8/23

The average waterfowl bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday jumped back upward from Sunday’s averages. Green Wing Teal had the first spot, exclusively this time, for most birds downed with Snow Geese found in the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/4/23 were as follows:

97 adult and 4 junior hunters checked in with 31 Northern Shovelers, 8 Mallards, 10 Gadwall, 10 Widgeon, 32 Pintail, 73 Green Wing Teal, 19 Cinnamon Teal, 3 Ring Necks, 8 Bufflehead, and 3 Ruddy Ducks. Also, 64 Snow Geese and 1 Ross’ Goose were checked in at Wister on Wednesday. 6 Coots were also taken at Wister on Wednesday. This resulted in an average harvest of 1.95 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coots considered in the total, 2.65 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 23 arrived on time to get their spot.

The waterfowl average bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday dropped somewhat as compared to Wednesday’s average. Green Wing Teal held on to the first position for most birds taken with Pintail showing up in the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wister for Saturday, 1/7/23 were as follows:

176 adult hunters and 7 junior hunters came away with 30 Northern Shovelers, 14 Mallards, 12 Gadwall, 7 Widgeon, 39 Pintail, 127 Green Wing Teal, 34 Cinnamon Teal, 24 Bufflehead, 2 Goldeneye, and 2 Ruddy Ducks. 2 Snow Geese were bagged at Wister on Saturday. 2 Coots were taken at Wister on Saturday. This came out to an average take of 1.59 ducks per gun or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 1.61 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 29 showed up on time to get their spots.

The waterfowl average harvest for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday dropped back some more as compared to Saturday’s averages. Shovelers took over first position for most birds turned in with Green Wing Teal sliding back to second place. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wister for Sunday, 1/8/23 were as follows:

81 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter downed 15 Northern Shovelers, 9 Gadwall, 3 Widgeon, 8 Pintail, 13 Green Wing Teal, 1 Cinnamon Teal, 8 Bufflehead, and 3 Ruddy Ducks. 11 Snow Geese were brought in on Sunday. There were 14 Coots checked in at Wister on Sunday. This worked out to an average bag of 0.73 ducks per person and, with the Geese and Coots figured into the total, 1.04 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 14 hunters made it on time to get their 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.

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