Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday – 1/14/23

The waterfowl average take at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for Saturday ticked upward just a bit as compared to Wednesday’s average. Shovelers were still holding on to first place for number of birds checked in with Green Wing Teal still found in the second spot. The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Saturday, 1/14/23 were as follows:

60 adult and 3 junior hunters came away with 121 Northern Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 17 Gadwall, 13 Widgeon, 7 Pintail, 65 Green Wing Teal, 12 Cinnamon Teal, 2 Ring Necks, 1 Scaup, and 9 Bufflehead. No Geese or Coots were downed at Kern on Saturday. This figured out to an average take of 3.97 ducks per hunter and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to work into the total, 3.97 waterfowl per person. Out of 9 reservation cards issued 4 arrived on time to get their spot.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. At this point in the season, except for the Junior and Veterans’ hunts, it is too late to put in for reservations online through the DFW Automated License Data System (ALDS). You can still get in on the daily “sweat line” drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of. 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 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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