Kern National Wildlife Refuge 2020/2021 Season Long Stats

The end of the 2020/2021 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. 

2339 adult and 170 junior hunters (2509 hunters total) harvested a total of 2111 Northern Shovelers, 251 Mallards, 1192 Gadwall, 626 Widgeon, 441 Pintail, 901 Green Wing Teal, 605 Cinnamon Teal, 280 Redheads, 19 Canvasbacks, 99 Ring Necks, 4 Scaup, 180 Bufflehead, 2 Goldeneye, 3 Blue Wing Teal, 1 Eurasian Widgeon, 1 Wood Duck, 4 Mergansers, 1 Surf Scooter, and 92 Ruddy Ducks. There was also 1 duck listed as “other”.  In addition, there were also 0 Canada Geese, 4 Ross’ Geese, 3 Snow Geese, and 46 White Fronted Geese taken at Kern this season. 37 Coots were also checked in for the 2020/2021 season at Kern. This figured out to a total of 6869 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, 6906 waterfowl taken for the season. The per hunter average take for 2020/2021 season came out to 2.74 Ducks and Geese per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 2.75 waterfowl per hunter.

In comparison to last season there were 36 fewer adult hunters this season over last and there were 53 more junior hunters for a total of 17 more hunters accommodated in 2020/2021 season compared to the 2019/2020 season. (This includes the Junior Hunters from the Junior Hunt and the Veteran/Active Duty Military personnel for the special military post-season 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 +313 Northern Shovelers, -47 Mallards, -35 Gadwall, -148 Widgeon, -42 Pintail, -648 Green Wing Teal, -198 Cinnamon Teal, -325 Redheads, +5 Canvasbacks, -9 Ring Necks, -2 Scaup, +19 Bufflehead, no change for the Goldeneye (2 this season and 2 last season), -5 Wood Ducks, -1 Blue Wing Teal, -1 Merganser, +1 Surf Scooter (0 last season), -1 Eurasian Widgeon, and +4 Ruddy Ducks.  There were also no change on ducks listed as “other” (1 this season and 1 last season).

For the Geese numbers, there were -1 Canada Geese (0 this season), +3 Ross’ Goose, no change for Snow Geese (3 this season and 3 last season), and +32 White Front Goose.

There were also -38 Coots bagged this season. This was a total of -788 Ducks and Geese taken and, with the Coots included, -826 waterfowl taken this season compared to last season. The per hunter averages were -0.33 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, -0.35 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 most of the species had fewer birds harvested. Overall Kern had fair averages most of the season but ended up with a slightly lower 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 duck south early in the season and thing will improve next season.

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