Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday 12/19/20 through Saturday 1/2/21

Kern has begun to publish their bird counts again.  Just like with SJ and Wister I’ll get y’all caught up, and for sake of brevity, I’m just listing the bird count numbers to get us up to date…

Wednesday 12/19/20 – 89 adult and 7 junior hunters bagged 75 Northern Shovelers, 11 Mallards, 46 Gadwall, 25 Widgeon, 20 Pintail, 21 Green Wing Teal, 7 Cinnamon Teal, 15 Redheads, 10 Ring Necks, and 1 Scaup.  1 White Front Goose were taken. 1 Coot was checked in at Kern.  The average take was 2.41 ducks and, with the Goose and Coot included, 2.43 waterfowl per hunter. No info was given regarding the reservation cards issued or claimed.

Saturday 12/23/20 – 99 adult and 9 junior hunters bagged 115 Northern Shovelers, 21 Mallards, 79 Gadwall, 38 Widgeon, 19 Pintail, 42 Green Wing Teal, 10 Cinnamon Teal, 30 Redheads, 2 Canvasbacks, 5 Ring Necks, 11 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Merganser, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  2 Canada Geese and 1 White Front Goose were taken. No Coots was checked in at Kern.  The average take was 3.52 ducks and, with the Geese included, 3.55 waterfowl per hunter. No info was given regarding the reservation cards issued or claimed.

Wednesday 12/26/20 – 93 adult and 6 junior hunters bagged 82 Northern Shovelers, 13 Mallards, 34 Gadwall, 19 Widgeon, 16 Pintail, 19 Green Wing Teal, 2 Cinnamon Teal, 15 Redheads, 1 Canvasback, 2 Ring Necks, and 4 Bufflehead.  1 White Front Goose was taken. No Coots was checked in at Kern.  The average take was 2.09 ducks and, with the Geese included, 2.10 waterfowl per hunter. No info was given regarding the reservation cards issued or claimed.

Wednesday 12/30/20 – 103 adult and 10 junior hunters bagged 81 Northern Shovelers, 10 Mallards, 52 Gadwall, 21 Widgeon, 16 Pintail, 26 Green Wing Teal, 15 Cinnamon Teal, 21 Redheads, 4 Bufflehead, 1 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Merganser, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  4 White Front Geese were taken. No Coots was checked in at Kern.  The average take was 2.20 ducks and, with the Geese included, 2.07 waterfowl per hunter. No info was given regarding the reservation cards issued or claimed.

Saturday 1/2/21 – 104 adult and 4 junior hunters bagged 58 Northern Shovelers, 10 Mallards, 27 Gadwall, 22 Widgeon, 12 Pintail, 34 Green Wing Teal, 23 Cinnamon Teal, 18 Redheads, 2 Ring Necks, 2 Scaup, 10 Bufflehead, and 1 Ruddy Duck.  4 White Front Geese were taken. 1 Coot was checked in at Kern.  The average take was 2.03 ducks and, with the Geese and Coot included, 2.07 waterfowl per hunter. No info was given regarding the reservation cards issued or claimed.

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.

https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales

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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