Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, Wednesday – 1/18/23, Saturday – 1/21/23, and Sunday – 1/22/23

The waterfowl average bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Wednesday Jumped back upward compared to Sunday’s averages. Green Wing Teal held on to first spot for most birds checked in with Pintail found in the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/18/23 were as follows:

96 adult and no junior hunters took home 17 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 28 Gadwall, 4 Widgeon, 31 Pintail, 127 Green Wing Teal, 21 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Ring Neck, 7 Bufflehead, and 6 Ruddy Ducks. 7 Snow Geese and 1 Ross’ Goose were bagged at Wister on Wednesday. 1 Coot was checked in at Wister on Wednesday. This resulted in an average harvest of 2.55 Ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coot added into the total, 2.65 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 24 showed on time to claim their spot.

The waterfowl average bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Saturday dropped back some as compared to Wednesday’s average. Green Wing Teal retained first place for most birds downed with Pintail holding on to second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wister for Saturday, 1/21/23 were as follows:

203 adult and 10 junior hunters came away with 34 Northern Shovelers, 8 Mallards, 45 Gadwall, 13 Widgeon, 68 Pintail, 87 Green Wing Teal, 75 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 2 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 15 Bufflehead, and 10 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese were bagged at Wister on Saturday. 12 Coots were also taken at Wister on Saturday. This figured out to an average take of 1.69 Ducks per person or, with the Coots included in the total, 1.75 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 31 showed up on time to get their spot.

The waterfowl average bag for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area for Sunday slipped back even more as compared to Saturday’s averages. Snow Geese took over first place for most birds harvested with Green Wing Teal slipping back to the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the results for Wister for Sunday, 1/22/23 were as follows:

70 adult and 4 junior hunters took home 22 Northern Shovelers, 8 Gadwall, 3 Widgeon, 12 Pintail, 28 Green Wing Teal, 5 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Bufflehead, and 4 Ruddy Ducks. 36 Snow Geese and 1 Greater White Fronted Goose were bagged at Wister on Sunday. 1 Coot was also checked in at Wister on Sunday. This came out to an average bag of 1.14 Ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coot worked into the total, 1.65 waterfowl per gun. Out of 104 reservation cards issued 15 hunters came in on time to claim their spot.

Wister is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. At this point in the season, except for the Veterans’ hunt, 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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