Kern National Wildlife Refuge 2021/2022 Season Long Stats

The end of the 2021/2022 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.

970 adult and 65 junior hunters (1035 hunters total) harvested a total of 1814 Northern Shovelers, 69 Mallards, 321 Gadwall, 415 Widgeon, 396 Pintail, 787 Green Wing Teal, 88 Cinnamon Teal, 47 Redheads, 9 Canvasbacks, 21 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, 101 Bufflehead, 1 Goldeneye, 4 Blue Wing Teal, 6 Eurasian Widgeon, and 16 Ruddy Ducks. In addition, there was also 1 Snow Goose, and 6 White Fronted Geese taken at Kern this season. 15 Coots were also checked in for the 2021/2022 season at Kern. This figured out to a total of 4103 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, 4118 waterfowl taken for the season. The per hunter average take for 2021/2022 season came out to 3.96 Ducks and Geese per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 3.98 waterfowl per hunter.

This is where I would usually compare this season’s counts and averages and the + or – on the number of each species taken this season compared to last season but due to Kern’s late opener this year, shortening the season by 8 hunt days, there is no way to make a fair comparison or one that would actually reflect the real difference, one way or the other, between the seasons.
So, there you have it, the year-long stats for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge. Overall Kern actually had great averages most of the season once it finally opened. Hopefully, next season won’t have a delayed opener. If next season opens on time I won’t be able to compare it with this one, for the same reasons I couldn’t fairly do a comparison this time, but if it is delayed again for the same amount of hunt days we could do a comparison next year. Hopefully, Kern will get the water they need for a regular opener and 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 things will improve next season.


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