Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday – 1/18/23

The waterfowl average harvest for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge for Wednesday Climbed upward quite a bit as compared to Saturday’s great average. Shovelers, once again, held on to the first spot for number of birds bagged with Green Wing Teal, also once again, retaining the second position. The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/18/23 were as follows:

53 adult and no junior hunters bagged 116 Northern Shovelers, 2 Mallards, 7 Gadwall, 11 Widgeon, 5 Pintail, 82 Green Wing Teal, 10 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Canvasback, 15 Bufflehead, and 1 Ruddy Duck. No Geese or Coots were taken at Kern on Wednesday. This came out to an average bag of 4.72 Ducks per gun and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to add to the total, 4.72 waterfowl per person. Out of 9 reservation cards issued 8 showed up on time to get their hunting spot.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. At this point in the season, except for Veterans’ hunt, 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.

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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