Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday – 1/15/20

The Waterfowl average take at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge rose some more compared to Saturday’s great average. Green Wing Teal were the most numerous bird checked in with Gadwall found in the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/15/20 were as follows:

99 adult hunters and 3 junior hunters harvested 69 Shovelers, 8 Mallards, 75 Gadwall, 5 Widgeon, 22 Pintail, 116 Green Wing Teal, 55 Cinnamon Teal, 25 Redheads, 1 Ring Neck, 1 Bufflehead, and 4 Ruddy Ducks. 2 White Fronted Geese were taken at Kern on Wednesday.  Also, 16 Coots were downed at Kern on Wednesday.  The average bag of ducks was 3.74 per hunter or, with the Geese and Coots included, 3.91 waterfowl per person. Out of the 15 reservation cards issued 9 hunters arrived on time to claim their spot.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. At this point in the season, it is now too late to put in for reservations online through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS).   You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of.  Reservation spots are given out at the Hunter Check Station on the Refuge 2 ½ hours before local shoot time and the “sweat line” drawing is performed 2 hours before shoot time, the day of the hunt, also at the Refuge Hunter Check Station.

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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