Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/11/23, Saturday – 1/14/23, and Sunday – 1/15/23

The waterfowl average take for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday jumped back upward compared to Sunday’s averages. Green Wing Teal climbed into first place for most birds taken with Shovelers showing up in the second position. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/11/23 were as follows:

85 adult and no junior hunters came away with 46 Northern Shovelers, 14 Gadwall, 11 Widgeon, 38 Pintail, 83 Green Wing Teal, 28 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Ring Neck, 10 Bufflehead, 1 Merganser, and 1 Ruddy Duck. 6 Snow Geese were brought into the check station at Wister on Wednesday. 1 Coot was also downed at Wister on Wednesday. This resulted in an average bag of 2.74 Ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coot added into the total, 2.82 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 23 arrived in time to claim their spot.

The waterfowl average bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday slipped a bit as compared to Wednesday’s average. Green Wing Teal retained the first position for most birds checked in with Cinnamon Teal taking over second place. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wister for Saturday, 1/14/23 were as follows:

207 adult and 7 junior hunters harvested 54 Northern Shovelers, 4 Mallards, 30 Gadwall, 7 Widgeon, 52 Pintail, 212 Green Wing Teal, 63 Cinnamon Teal, 39 Bufflehead, and 5 Ruddy Ducks. 13 Snow Geese were taken at Wister on Saturday. 6 Coots were also bagged at Wister on Saturday. This worked out to an average bag of 2.18 Ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots added into the total, 2.27 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 34 showed up in time to get their hunting spot.

The waterfowl average harvest for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday dropped again as compared to Saturday’s averages. Green Wing Teal held on to first position for most birds checked in with Cinnamon Teal likewise holding on to the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wister for Sunday, 1/15/23 were as follows:

76 adult hunters and 6 junior hunters took 7 Northern Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 12 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 13 Pintail, 21 Green Wing Teal, 17 Cinnamon Teal, 6 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, and 4 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese or Coots were bagged on Sunday. This came out to an average harvest of 1.05 Ducks per gun and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to figure in, 1.05 waterfowl per person. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 17 hunters were on time to claim their hunting spot.

Wister 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 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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