Kern National Wildlife Refuge 2019/2020 Season Long Stats

The end of the 2019/2020 waterfowl season at the Kern National Wildlife Area revealed some interesting stats for the number of birds checked in and the per hunter average take.

2375 adult and 117 junior hunters (2492 hunters total) harvested a total of 1798 Northern Shovelers, 298 Mallards, 1227 Gadwall, 478 Widgeon, 483 Pintail, 1549 Green Wing Teal, 803 Cinnamon Teal, 605 Redheads, 14 Canvasbacks, 108 Ring Necks, 6 Scaup, 161 Bufflehead, 2 Goldeneye, 4 Blue Wing Teal, 2 Eurasian Widgeon, and 88 Ruddy Ducks. There was also 1 duck listed as “other”.  In addition, there were also 1 Canada Goose, 1 Ross’ Goose, 3 Snow Geese, and 14 White Fronted Geese taken at Kern this season. 75 Coots were also checked in for the 2019/2020 season at Kern. This figured out to a total of 7657 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, 7732 waterfowl taken for the season. The per hunter average take for 2019/2020 season came out to 3.07 Ducks and Geese per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 3.10 waterfowl per hunter.

In comparison to last season, there were 103 more adult hunters this season over last and there were 17 more junior hunters for a total of 120 more hunters accommodated in 2019/2020 season compared to the 2018/2019 season. (This includes 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 +144 Northern Shovelers, +76 Mallards, -91 Gadwall, no change in the Widgeon (478 this season, 478 last season), +6 Pintail, +406 Green Wing Teal, +302 Cinnamon Teal, +191 Redheads, -11 Canvasbacks, +41 Ring Necks, -20 Scaup, -76 Bufflehead, -7 Goldeneye, +6 Wood Ducks (0 last season), -8 Blue Wing Teal, +2 Eurasian Widgeon (0 last season), and -14 Ruddy Ducks.  There were also -2 ducks listed as “other”.

For the Geese numbers, there was no change in the Canada Geese (1 this season, 1 last season), +1 Ross’ Goose (0 last season), -2 Snow Geese, and +5 White Front Goose.

There were also +33 Coots bagged this season. This was a total of +731 Ducks and Geese taken and, with the Coots included, +764 waterfowl taken this season compared to last season. The per hunter averages were +0.15 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, +0.16 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 more birds and almost as many species had fewer birds harvested. However, the species with increases picked up quite a few more birds in most cases and the species that had fewer, in most cases, had only a small number fewer.  Overall Kern had good averages most of the season and ended up with a slightly higher per hunter average than 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 again next season.

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