Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday – 12/28/18

The Waterfowl per hunter average at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge climbed upward again compared to last Saturday’s average harvest (there was no hunting this past Wednesday due to Christmas falling on Wednesday). Shovelers were the most numerous duck taken with Green Wing Teal again holding the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 12/28/19 were as follows:

117 adult hunters and 7 junior hunters bagged 130 Shovelers, 21 Mallards, 81 Gadwall, 53 Widgeon, 37 Pintail, 104 Green Wing Teal, 41 Cinnamon Teal, 63 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 14 Bufflehead, and 2 Mergansers. A lone White Fronted Goose was downed at Kern on Saturday.  No Coots were checked in at Kern on Saturday.  The duck average worked out to 4.42 per gun or, with the Goose included in the average, 4.43 waterfowl per person. Out of 11 reservation cards, 7 arrived on time to claim their 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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