Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday – 1/18/20

The average per hunter bag of waterfowl at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge fell somewhat compared to Wednesday’s average. Shovelers took over first place for the most numerous bird taken with Green Wing Teal sliding back into the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/18/20 were as follows:

110 adult hunters and 5 junior hunters checked in with 75 Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 54 Gadwall, 12 Widgeon, 19 Pintail, 69 Green Wing Teal, 39 Cinnamon Teal, 39 Redheads, 7 Ring Necks, 7 Bufflehead, and 13 Ruddy Ducks. There were also 3 White Fronted Geese and 1 Snow Goose harvested at Kern on Saturday.  No Coots were shot at Kern on Saturday.  The worked out to an average bag of ducks of 2.93 per person or, with the Geese added in, 2.96 waterfowl per hunter. Out of the 15 reservation cards sent out 10 hunters showed on time to get 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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