Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday – 12/19/18

(NOTE:  Because Kern NWR is Federal and might be subject to closure due to the possible pending Federal Government shutdown at the end of this week I contacted a member of the Kern Staff and was told that – “the government shutdown will not affect the hunting program. The hunting program is run by the State, so hunting will still be allowed.”  Also, Unit 1 has been opened to hunting allowing for more hunting opportunities.  Good news for Kern hunters!)

The average bag of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge skyrocketed from Saturday’s fair averages up into outstanding territory. Green Wing Teal surged into first place for number of ducks bagged with Gadwall retaining the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/19/18 were as follows:

112 adult and 3 junior hunters checked in with 56 Shovelers, 20 Mallards, 129 Gadwall, 47 Widgeon, 25 Pintail, 144 Green Wing Teal, 26 Cinnamon Teal, 21 Redheads, 5 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 5 Blue Wing Teal, 10 Buffleheads, and 7 Ruddy Ducks. A lone White Fronted Goose was harvested at Kern on Wednesday.  In addition, a single Coot was bagged at Kern on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average bag of 4.33 ducks per gun or, with the Goose or Coot added in, 4.35 waterfowl per hunter. There was no information on how many reservations were given out or showed up on this hunt day.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays 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.  Hunters with reservations must present their reservation at the Hunter Check Station on the Refuge 2 1/2 hours before local shoot time. Vacancies occurring from no-show reservation holders and from hunters leaving the area shall be filled according to the order established in the standby drawing which occurs 2 hours before shoot time, the day of the hunt, and is performed at the Refuge Hunter Check Station. The ALDS can be accessed through the DFW website at the below link – Additional information may be obtained by calling their Kern’s office at (661) 725-2767.

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.  As in past seasons, no licenses or passes will be sold at the check stations this season.


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