Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday – 11/23/18

The average bag of Waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge headed back down compared to Wednesday’s good count. Shovelers held on to first place for number of ducks taken with Gadwall retaining the second position.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 11/23/19 were as follows:

77 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter checked in with 72 Shovelers, 7 Mallards, 29 Gadwall, 8 Widgeon, 5 Pintail, 12 Green Wing Teal, 24 Cinnamon Teal, 10 Redheads, 2 Canvasbacks, 2 Ring Necks, and 7 Buffleheads. Again, no Geese were taken at Kern on Saturday.  4 Coots were checked in at Kern on Saturday.  This came out to an average take of 2.28 ducks per gun and, with the Geese or Coots added in, 2.33 waterfowl per hunter. Out of 11 reservation cards issued 7 arrived on time for their hunting spot.

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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