Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday – 12/22/18 through End of Season and the Junior Hunt, Saturday, 2/2/19

(NOTE:  Due to the just past Government Shutdown Kern National Wildlife Refuge was unable to provide hunting results reports since the Wednesday, 12/19/18 hunt day.  Although, fortunately for hunters that utilize KNWR, the hunting program continued through the shutdown because the California DFW actually runs the hunting program for the Feds the stats are apparently kept by the Federal Staff at Kern. When the shutdown ended SoCalHunt was promised by the Kern Staff that once they caught up with things the hunt results would be posted.  True to their word, the missing hunting reports were put out today.  The following will cover the hunting reports from Saturday, 12/22/18 through the end of the season, including the Junior Hunt on 2/2/19.  Thanks for your patience on this and thanks to the Kern Staff for providing the information in a timely matter after the end of the shutdown.)

The average bag of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge dropped back somewhat from Wednesday’s outstanding averages. Gadwall jumped into first place for number of ducks taken with Green Wing Teal sliding back into the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/22/18 were as follows:

101 adult and 9 junior hunters checked in with 49 Shovelers, 23 Mallards, 84 Gadwall, 18 Widgeon, 23 Pintail, 59 Green Wing Teal, 26 Cinnamon Teal, 30 Redheads, 12 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 13 Buffleheads, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  2 White Fronted Geese were checked in at Kern on Saturday.  There were no Coots bagged at Kern on Saturday.  This worked out to an average bag of 3.09 ducks per person or, with the Geese included, 3.10 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 11 reservations issued, 8 arrived on time to claim their hunting spot.

The average bag of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge headed upward from Saturday’s already great averages. Gadwall held on to first place for number of ducks taken with Shovelers showing up in the second position.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/26/18 were as follows:

81 adult and 4 junior hunters checked in with 57 Shovelers, 14 Mallards, 70 Gadwall, 30 Widgeon, 25 Pintail, 53 Green Wing Teal, 25 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 16 Redheads, 4 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 13 Buffleheads, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  There was 1 White Fronted Goose harvested at Kern on Wednesday.  There were also 3 Coots checked in at Kern on Wednesday.  This worked out to an average bag of 3.64 ducks per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots added in, 3.69 waterfowl per gun. Out of 10 reservations issued, 9 showed up on time to for their hunting spot.

The average bag of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge ticked down just slightly from Wednesday’s great averages. Gadwall continued to hold the first place for number of ducks bagged with Shovelers keeping the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/29/18 were as follows:

95 adult and 9 junior hunters checked in with 59 Shovelers, 11 Mallards, 91 Gadwall, 34 Widgeon, 39 Pintail, 38 Green Wing Teal, 24 Cinnamon Teal, 34 Redheads, 11 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, and 7 Buffleheads.  There was also a single White Fronted Goose and 3 Coots checked in at Kern on Saturday.  This came out to an average harvest of 3.36 ducks per person or, with the Geese and Coots included, 3.40 waterfowl per gun. Out of 11 reservations issued 7 showed up on time for their hunting spot.

The average bag of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge climbed up a little from Saturday’s great averages. Gadwall and Shovelers swapped places with Shovelers climbing into first place for number of ducks taken and Gadwall dropping back to the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/2/19 were as follows:

91 adult and 7 junior hunters checked in with 88 Shovelers, 14 Mallards, 76 Gadwall, 35 Widgeon, 28 Pintail, 52 Green Wing Teal, 23 Cinnamon Teal, 23 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 6 Ring Necks, 9 Buffleheads, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Eurasian Widgeon, and 3 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese or Coots were bagged at Kern on Wednesday.  This figured out to an average bag of 3.68 ducks per hunter and, of course, with no Geese and Coots to figure in, 3.68 waterfowl per person. Out of 16 reservations issued, 8 arrived on time to claim their spot.

The average harvest of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge slipped back a little from Wednesday’s great averages. Shovelers retained first place for number of ducks bagged and Gadwall held on to the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/5/19 were as follows:

120 adult and 4 junior hunters checked in with 132 Shovelers, 1 Mallard, 89 Gadwall, 20 Widgeon, 25 Pintail, 77 Green Wing Teal, 20 Cinnamon Teal, 33 Redheads, 4 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 12 Buffleheads, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  Again, no Geese or Coots were checked in at Kern on Saturday.  This worked out to an average take of 3.35 ducks per person and, of course, with no Geese and Coots to include, 3.35 waterfowl per gun. Out of 16 reservations issued, 12 arrived on time to claim their spot.

The average bag of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge ticked back upward a little from Saturday’s great averages. Shovelers held the first position for number of ducks taken with Green Wing Teal showed up in the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/9/19 were as follows:

100 adult and 3 junior hunters checked in with 101 Shovelers, 6 Mallards, 62 Gadwall, 6 Widgeon, 21 Pintail, 68 Green Wing Teal, 20 Cinnamon Teal, 38 Redheads, 10 Ring Necks, 5 Scaup, 19 Buffleheads, and 6 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese were harvested at Kern on Wednesday.  11 Coots were bagged at Kern on Wednesday.  This came out to an average bag of 3.51 ducks per hunter or, with Coots included, 3.62 waterfowl per gun. Out of 16 reservations issued, 7 arrived on time to claim their spot.

The average bag of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge dropped back quite a bit from Wednesday’s great averages. Shovelers and Green Wing Teal swapped spots with Green Wing Teal climbing into the first position for number of ducks harvested with Shovelers dropping back to the second position.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/12/19 were as follows:

109 adult and 6 junior hunters checked in with 60 Shovelers, 4 Mallards, 38 Gadwall, 12 Widgeon, 18 Pintail, 83 Green Wing Teal, 17 Cinnamon Teal, 14 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 7 Buffleheads, and 3 Ruddy Ducks.  A lone Canada Goose and 1 White Fronted Goose were checked in at Kern on Saturday.  There were no Coots bagged at Kern on Saturday.  This worked out to an average take of 2.26 ducks per gun or, with Geese added in, 2.28 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 16 reservations issued, 10 arrived on time to claim their spot.

The average take of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge ticked back up slightly compared to Saturday’s good averages. Gadwall jumped into the first position for number of ducks checked in with Shovelers holding on to the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/16/19 were as follows:

101 adult and 3 junior hunters checked in with 53 Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 59 Gadwall, 27 Widgeon, 11 Pintail, 37 Green Wing Teal, 21 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 46 Redheads, 4 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 9 Buffleheads, and 3 Ruddy Ducks.  There were no Geese bagged at Kern on Wednesday.  3 Coots were also taken at Kern on Wednesday.  This came out to an average harvest of 2.69 ducks per person or, with Coots worked into the total, 2.72 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 11 reservations issued, 7 showed on time for their hunting spot.

The waterfowl average bag at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge took a nosedive compared to Wednesday’s good numbers. Shovelers were found in the first position for number of ducks bagged with Green Wing Teal showing up in the second position.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/19/19 were as follows:

114 adult and 7 junior hunters checked in with 55 Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 37 Gadwall, 10 Widgeon, 6 Pintail, 39 Green Wing Teal, 16 Cinnamon Teal, 21 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 7 Scaup, 9 Buffleheads, and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  Again, no Geese were taken at Kern on Saturday.  2 Coots were checked in at Kern on Saturday.  This figured out to an average bag of 1.74 ducks per hunter or, with Coots added in, 1.75 waterfowl per gun. Out of 16 reservations issued, 13 showed on time for their hunting spot.

The waterfowl average bag at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge rocketed back up into great territory compared to Saturday’s only fair averages. Green Wing Teal climbed into the first position for number of ducks harvested with Gadwall found in the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/23/19 were as follows:

103 adult hunters and no junior hunters harvested 54 Shovelers, 12 Mallards, 68 Gadwall, 13 Widgeon, 14 Pintail, 112 Green Wing Teal, 35 Cinnamon Teal, 26 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, and 13 Buffleheads.  There were 2 White Fronted Geese taken at Kern on Wednesday.  2 Coots were also bagged at Kern on Wednesday.  This came out to an average bag of 3.47 ducks per person or, with Geese and Coots included, 3.50 waterfowl per gun. Out of 16 reservations issued, 8 arrived on time to claim their hunting spot.

The average waterfowl take for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge slipped back somewhat compared to Wednesday’s great averages. Gadwall showed up in the first spot for number of ducks checked in with Shovelers found in the second spot, but only by one bird over Green Wing Teal.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/26/19 were as follows:

115 adult and 5 junior hunters checked in with 63 Shovelers, 17 Mallards, 84 Gadwall, 11 Widgeon, 10 Pintail, 62 Green Wing Teal, 58 Cinnamon Teal, 16 Redheads, 2 Ring Necks, 14 Buffleheads, and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  There no Geese or Coots taken at Kern on Saturday.  This worked out to an average harvest of 2.83 ducks per hunter and, of course, with no Geese and Coots to add in, 2.83 waterfowl per person. Out of 16 reservations issued, 9 showed on time to get their hunting spot.

This (above) was the last regular hunt day of the season for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge.  The Junior Hunt results are included below.

The waterfowl average harvest for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge Junior Hunt gave the Junior Hunters a good average bag for their efforts. Shovelers were found in the first position for number of ducks checked in with Gadwall and Cinnamon Teal showing up tied for the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for the Junior Hunt on Saturday, 2/2/19 were as follows:

38 junior hunters bagged 66 Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 10 Gadwall, 3 Widgeon, 5 Pintail, 9 Green Wing Teal, 10 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 4 Buffleheads, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  No Geese or Coots were bagged by the Juniors at Kern on Saturday.  This figured out to an average harvest of 3.03 ducks per Junior Hunter and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to figure into the total, 3.03 waterfowl for each Junior. Out of 16 reservations issued 6 came in on time to get their hunting spot.

There you have it, albeit a little late, the final numbers and averages for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge.  A big thanks again to the Kern Staff for getting this out in a timely manner after the Government Shutdown ended.  Hopefully, they won’t have to endure another shutdown any time soon (fingers crossed).

Watch here for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge season-long stats report soon.

 

 

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