Hunt Results for the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday – 1/11/23, Saturday – 1/14/23, and Sunday – 1/15/23

The average waterfowl bag for the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge for Wednesday stayed the same for Ducks but jumped upward on the Geese compared to Sunday’s average. Snow Geese were in the first spot for most birds checked in with no second position as no other birds were checked in. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sonny Bono for Wednesday, 1/11/23 were as follows:

5 adult and no junior hunters took home no Ducks. 6 Snow Geese were taken at Sonny Bono on Wednesday. No Coots were bagged on Wednesday. This figured out to an average harvest of 0.00 ducks per hunter and, with the Geese included in the count, a 1.20 per gun average. 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 23 showed on time for their spot.

The waterfowl average take for the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge for Saturday headed back upward for the Ducks but dropped for the Geese as compared to Wednesday’s average. Green Wing Teal took over the first spot for most birds bagged with Shovelers found in the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sonny Bono for Saturday, 1/14/23 were as follows:

14 adult hunters and no junior hunter bagged 5 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 3 Pintail, 9 Green Wing Teal, and 3 Cinnamon Teal. 4 Snow Geese were also checked in at Sonny Bono on Saturday. No Coots were taken at Sonny Bono on Saturday. This came out to an average take of 1.57 Ducks per gun or, with the Geese added in, 1.86 waterfowl per hunter. 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 34 came in on time to get their hunting spot.

The waterfowl average harvest for the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge for Sunday headed back downward as compared to Saturday’s averages. Snow Geese came in first for most birds bagged with Green Wing Teal dropping back to the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Sonny Bono for Sunday, 1/15/23 were as follows:

12 adult hunters and no junior hunter downed 1 Northern Shoveler, 5 Green Wing Teal, 1 Cinnamon Teal, and 1 Gadwall. 8 Snow Geese were taken on Sunday. No Coots were downed at Sonny Bono on Sunday. This worked out to an average bag of 0.67 Ducks per gun and, with the Geese worked into the total, 1.33 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 104 reservation cards issued 17 hunters showed up on time to get their spot.

Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. At this point in the season, except for the Junior and Veterans’ hunts, it is too late to put in for reservations online through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS). You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” 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’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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