Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday – 12/29/21 and Saturday – 1/1/22

The average waterfowl harvest for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge jumped up a bit as compared to the previous Wednesday’s very good average (there was no hunting on Christmas Day, Saturday, 12/25/21).   Shovelers were again far out front in first place for number of birds bagged with Green Wing Teal still holding the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 12/29/21 were as follows:

63 adult and no junior hunters harvested 123 Shovelers, 5 Mallards, 16 Gadwall, 48 Widgeon, 23 Pintail, 60 Green Wing Teal, and 4 Redheads.  Again, no Geese were checked in at Kern on Wednesday.  3 Coots were taken at Kern on Wednesday.  This came out to an average bag of 4.43 ducks per person or, with the Coots added in, 4.48 waterfowl per gun. Out of 4 reservation cards issued 3 hunting parties arrived on time to claim their spot.

The waterfowl average bag for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for Saturday dropped back a little as compared to Wednesday’s great average.  Shovelers remained in first place for number of birds checked in with Green Wing Teal still holding on to the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/1/22 were as follows:

45 adult hunters and 1 junior hunter bagged 73 Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 5 Gadwall, 26 Widgeon, 20 Pintail, 52 Green Wing Teal, 1 Redhead, and 1 Bufflehead.   No Geese were downed at Kern on Saturday.  A lone Coot was brought in at Kern on Saturday.  This came out to an average bag of 3.91 ducks per hunter or, with the Coot added in, 4.00 waterfowl per gun. There was no information supplied on reservations claimed for Saturday.

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.

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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