Kern National Wildlife Refuge 2018/2019 Season Long Stats

The end of the 2018/2019 waterfowl season at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge revealed some interesting stats for the number of birds harvested and the per hunter averages.  Although this is the inaugural season for SoCalHunt posting the Kern NWR hunt results we were able to obtain Kern’s season-long stats from the 2017/2018 season for comparison to this season.

2272 adult and 100 junior hunters (2372 hunters total) harvested a total of 1654 Northern Shovelers, 222 Mallards, 1318 Gadwall, 478 Widgeon, 477 Pintail, 1143 Green Wing Teal, 501 Cinnamon Teal, 414 Redheads, 25 Canvasbacks, 149 Ring Necks, 26 Scaup, 237 Bufflehead, 9 Goldeneye, 12 Blue Wing Teal, and 74 Ruddy Ducks. There were also 5 ducks listed as “other”.  In addition, there were also 1 Canada Goose, 1 Snow Geese, and 9 White Fronted Geese taken at Kern this season. 42 Coots were also checked in for the 2018/2019 season at Kern. This figured out to a total of 6926 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, 6968 waterfowl taken for the season. The per gun average take for 2018/2019 season came out to 2.92 Ducks and Geese per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 2.94 waterfowl per hunter.

In comparison to last season, there were 329 fewer adult hunters this season over last and there were 21 fewer junior hunters for a total of 350 fewer hunters accommodated in 2018/2019 season compared to the 2017/2018 season. (This does not include the Junior Hunters from the Junior Hunt). As for the birds, I’ll list them with a plus by the number or a minus by the number to indicate how many more or less of each type of bird was bagged this season over last.

There were -820 Northern Shovelers, -49 Mallards, -24 Gadwall, +70 Widgeon, -82 Pintail, -147 Green Wing Teal, -396 Cinnamon Teal, -149 Redheads, -16 Canvasbacks, -92 Ring Necks, +14 Scaup, +6 Bufflehead, +9 Goldeneye (0 last season), -12 Wood Ducks (0 this season), -1 Blue Wing Teal, and +27 Ruddy Ducks.

For the Geese numbers there was no change in the Canada Geese (1 this season, 1 last season), -2 Ross’ Geese (0 this season), -2 Snow Geese, and -8 White Front Geese.

There were also -23 Coots bagged this season. This was a total of -1490 Ducks and Geese taken and, with the Coots included, -1525 waterfowl taken this season compared to last season. The per hunter averages were -0.18 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, -0.18 waterfowl this season over last season.

So, there you have it, the year-long stats for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge.  As compared to last season’s stats it appears that many of the species had less bird harvested, in some cases substantially less.  That’s not to say that Kern didn’t have good averages but it did drop off somewhat from last season. Hopefully, the breeding populations will do their thing up north and we’ll get the weather needed to drive the ducks south early in the season and things will improve for next season.

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