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Kern National Wildlife Refuge 2019/2020 Season Long Stats

The end of the 2019/2020 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.

2375 adult and 117 junior hunters (2492 hunters total) harvested a total of 1798 Northern Shovelers, 298 Mallards, 1227 Gadwall, 478 Widgeon, 483 Pintail, 1549 Green Wing Teal, 803 Cinnamon Teal, 605 Redheads, 14 Canvasbacks, 108 Ring Necks, 6 Scaup, 161 Bufflehead, 2 Goldeneye, 4 Blue Wing Teal, 2 Eurasian Widgeon, and 88 Ruddy Ducks. There was also 1 duck listed as “other”.  In addition, there were also 1 Canada Goose, 1 Ross’ Goose, 3 Snow Geese, and 14 White Fronted Geese taken at Kern this season. 75 Coots were also checked in for the 2019/2020 season at Kern. This figured out to a total of 7657 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, 7732 waterfowl taken for the season. The per hunter average take for 2019/2020 season came out to 3.07 Ducks and Geese per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 3.10 waterfowl per hunter.

In comparison to last season, there were 103 more adult hunters this season over last and there were 17 more junior hunters for a total of 120 more hunters accommodated in 2019/2020 season compared to the 2018/2019 season. (This includes the Junior Hunters from the Junior 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 +144 Northern Shovelers, +76 Mallards, -91 Gadwall, no change in the Widgeon (478 this season, 478 last season), +6 Pintail, +406 Green Wing Teal, +302 Cinnamon Teal, +191 Redheads, -11 Canvasbacks, +41 Ring Necks, -20 Scaup, -76 Bufflehead, -7 Goldeneye, +6 Wood Ducks (0 last season), -8 Blue Wing Teal, +2 Eurasian Widgeon (0 last season), and -14 Ruddy Ducks.  There were also -2 ducks listed as “other”.

For the Geese numbers, there was no change in the Canada Geese (1 this season, 1 last season), +1 Ross’ Goose (0 last season), -2 Snow Geese, and +5 White Front Goose.

There were also +33 Coots bagged this season. This was a total of +731 Ducks and Geese taken and, with the Coots included, +764 waterfowl taken this season compared to last season. The per hunter averages were +0.15 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, +0.16 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 many of the species had more birds and almost as many species had fewer birds harvested. However, the species with increases picked up quite a few more birds in most cases and the species that had fewer, in most cases, had only a small number fewer.  Overall Kern had good averages most of the season and ended up with a slightly higher 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 ducks south early in the season and things will improve again next season.

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge Junior Hunt, Saturday, 2/8/20

The waterfowl take for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge Junior Hunt gave the Junior Hunters a great average bag for their efforts. Cinnamon Teal were in the first position for number of ducks checked in with Shovelers found in the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for the Junior Hunt on Saturday, 2/8/20 were as follows:

31 junior hunters bagged 22 Shovelers, 4 Mallards, 19 Gadwall, 11 Widgeon, 9 Pintail, 14 Green Wing Teal, 30 Cinnamon Teal, 4 Redheads, 8 Ring Necks, 1 Bufflehead, and 6 Ruddy Ducks.  No Geese or Coots were checked in by the Juniors at Kern on Saturday.  This worked out to an average bag of 4.13 ducks per Junior Hunter and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to figure in to the total, 4.13 waterfowl for each Junior. Out of 13 reservations issued, 5 arrived on time to claim their hunting spot.

There you have it, the final hunt of the 2019/2020 season for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge.  Congratulations to all then Junior Hunters who participated in the harvest.

Watch here for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge season-long stats report soon.

 

 

Wister 2019/2020 Season Long Stats

The end of the 2019/2020 season at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area revealed the following stats for the number of birds taken and the hunter averages.

3966 adult and 266 junior hunters (4232 hunters total) checked in a total of 878 Northern Shovelers, 354 Mallards, 938 Gadwall, 515 Widgeon, 1175 Pintail, 2407 Green Wing Teal, 919 Cinnamon Teal, 101 Redheads, 10 Canvasbacks, 52 Ring Necks, 12 Scaup, 174 Bufflehead, 4 Goldeneyes, 63 Blue Wing Teal, 10 Mergansers, and 85 Ruddy Ducks. In addition, there were 1 Cackling Goose, 6 Canada Geese, 4 Ross’ Geese, 335 Snow Geese and 2 White Front Geese bagged at Wister this season. 216 Coots were checked in for the 2019/2020 season. This worked out to a total of 8018 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots added in, 8234 waterfowl. The per hunter average take for 2019/2020 figured out to 1.89 Ducks and Geese per hunter or, with the Coots included, 1.95 waterfowl per hunter.

In comparison to last season, there were 637 fewer adult hunters this season over last and there were 52 fewer junior hunters for a total of 689 fewer hunters accommodated in 2019/2020 season compared to the 2018/2019 season. (This includes the Junior Hunters from the Junior Hunt weekend). 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 -304 Northern Shovelers, -139 Mallards, +53 Gadwall, -482 Widgeon, -765 Pintail, -42 Green Wing Teal, -486 Cinnamon Teal, -216 Redheads, -6 Canvasbacks, -107 Ring Necks, -11 Scaup, -27 Bufflehead, -18 Goldeneyes, -3 Wood Ducks (0 this season), -57 Blue Wing Teal, +4 Mergansers, -1 Whistling Duck (0 this season), -4 Surf Scooters (0 this season), and -140 Ruddy Ducks.

As for the Geese numbers, there were +1 Cackling Goose (0 last season) +1 Canada Geese, -4 Ross’ Geese, +183 Snow Geese and -15 White Front Geese.

There were also +75 Coots bagged this season. This was a total of -2584 Ducks and Geese taken and, with the Coots included, -2509 waterfowl taken this season compared to last season. The per hunter averages were -0.26 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, -0.23 waterfowl this season over last season.

As you can see this season shows a decrease in almost every species of waterfowl taken, some satanically, with only Gadwall and Snow Goose showing any real increase.  Also, the stats show a significant decrease in hunters utilizing Wister this season compared to last.  The bottom line is there were 14% fewer hunters this season taking 24% fewer waterfowl.  Hopefully, we’ll get some weather up north early next season to drive the birds south.  Hopefully we’ll have a large breeding population this year and more birds migrating down next season.  Hope to see you out there next season.

 

Hunt Results for the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area Junior Hunt Weekend, Saturday – 2/8/20, Sunday – 2/9/20

The Junior Waterfowl Hunt weekend at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area resulted in great averages for the Junior Hunters on Saturday. Green Wing Teal were the most numerous birds taken with Shovelers taking the second spot. The Wister Staff reported that the waterfowl take for the Junior Hunt on Saturday, 2/8/20, was as follows:

40 Junior Hunters checked in with 33 Shovelers, 12 Mallards, 21 Gadwall, 12 Widgeon, 24 Pintail, 41 Green Wing Teal, 20 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Ring Neck, 4 Bufflehead, and 2 Ruddy Ducks. There were no Geese checked in by the Junior Hunters on Saturday. Also, the Junior hunters didn’t bag any Coots on Saturday. This worked out to an average bag of 4.25 ducks per Junior Hunter and, of course, with no Geese or Coots to add in, 4.25 waterfowl per Junior Hunter. Out of 104 reservations issued only 21 showed up on time to get their hunting spot.

The average take of waterfowl for Sunday, the second day of the Junior Hunt weekend, at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area, was quite a bit lower than Saturday’s great average.  Gadwall and Green Wing Teal shared the first spot for number of birds taken with Snow Geese found in the second position. The Wister Staff reported the waterfowl take for the Junior Hunt on Sunday, 2/9/20 was as follows:

18 Junior Hunters checked in with 1 Shoveler, 1 Mallards, 5 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, 5 Green Wing Teal, 3 Cinnamon Teal, and 2 Bufflehead. 4 Snow Geese were also included in the bag at the Junior Hunt on Sunday. No Coots were brought in to the check station by the Juniors on Sunday. This came out to an average of 1.06 ducks per Junior Hunter or, with the Geese included, 1.28 waterfowl per Junior Hunter. Out of 104 reservations issued only 7 arrived on time for their spot.

So, there you have it.  The 2019/2020 Waterfowl Season at the Wister Unit of the Imperial Wildlife Area is history. Watch for SoCalHunt’s Season-Long Stats report for Wister coming here soon.  It’s been another great season with preparations soon to be underway for next season. Hope to see you out there.

San Jacinto Wildlife Area 2019/2020 Season Long Stats

The conclusion of the 2019/2020 waterfowl season at San Jacinto Wildlife Area showed some interesting stats for the number of birds harvested and the per hunter averages.

4467 adult and 323 junior hunters (4790 hunters total) harvested a total of 1383 Northern Shovelers, 524 Mallards, 1104 Gadwall, 292 Widgeon, 234 Pintail, 1538 Green Wing Teal, 1509 Cinnamon Teal, 193 Redheads, 19 Canvasbacks, 324 Ring Necks, 34 Scaup, 172 Bufflehead, 19 Goldeneye, 19 Wood Ducks, 15 Blue Wing Teal, 23 Mergansers, and 330 Ruddy Ducks. In addition, there were also 5 Canada Geese, 6 Ross’ Geese, 10 Snow Geese, and 4 White Front Geese taken at San Jacinto this season. 360 Coots were also checked in for the 2019/2020 season at SJ. This figured out to a total of 7759 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, 8119 waterfowl taken for the season. The per gun average take for 2019/2020 season came out to 1.62 Ducks and Geese per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 1.69 waterfowl per hunter.

In comparison to last season, there were 584 more adult hunters this season over last and there were 51 fewer junior hunters for a total of 533 more hunters accommodated in 2019/2020 season compared to the 2018/2019 season. (This includes the Junior Hunters from the Junior 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 -309 Northern Shovelers, +203 Mallards, +83 Gadwall, -429 Widgeon, +141 Pintail, -79 Green Wing Teal, +542 Cinnamon Teal, +93 Redheads, +7 Canvasbacks, +17 Ring Necks, +14 Scaup, -215 Bufflehead, +12 Goldeneye, +10 Wood Ducks, +6 Blue Wing Teal, +13 Mergansers, +1 Whistling Duck (0 last season), +1 Surf Scooter (0 last season), and -116 Ruddy Ducks.

For the Geese numbers, there were -3 Cackling Geese (0 this season), +4 Canada Geese, +5 Ross’ Geese, +7 Snow Geese, and -12 White Front Geese.

There were also -329 Coots bagged this season. This was a total of -23 Ducks and Geese taken compared to last season and, with the Coots included, -352 waterfowl taken this season compared to last season. The per hunter averages were -0.21 Ducks and Geese or, with the Coots included, -0.30 waterfowl this season over last season.

In contrast to last season, these numbers show a slight downward trend in general although some species take was up and others were down over last season. There were also more hunters this season than last, although fewer Junior Hunters which brought the per hunter bird average down a bit.  Hopefully, we’ll get some good rains between now and the end of our rainy season to keep Mystic Lake filled and we’ll get some well-timed weather up north early next season to send the birds down to us.  We can also optimistically hope there will be a great spring hatch up north and the numbers will continue to rise for the 2020/2021 season.

 

 

Hunt Results for San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s 26th Annual Junior Hunt, Saturday – 2/8/20

San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s 26th Annual Junior Waterfowl Hunt on Saturday, February 8th, resulted in a fair average harvest for the Junior Hunters in attendance.  Green Wing Teal were the number one bird harvested by the Junior Hunters with Shovelers in the second spot, but only by one bird over Gadwall. Tom Trakes, from San Jacinto Wildlife Area, reported that the waterfowl take for the Junior Hunt on Saturday, 2/8/20, was as follows:

73 junior hunters checked in with 20 Northern Shovelers, 5 Mallards, 19 Gadwall, 7 Pintail, 32 Green Wing Teal, 18 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Redhead, 1 Ring Neck, 2 Bufflehead, and 14 Ruddy Ducks. No Geese were bagged at the Junior Hunt on Saturday. There were 5 Coots checked in at the Junior Hunt on Saturday. This figured out to an average take of 1.63 ducks per Junior Hunter or, with the Coots added in, a 1.70 waterfowl average for each Junior Hunter. Tom advised that out of 50 reservations issued 25 showed up on time for their spot.

So, that completes the 2018/2019 Waterfowl Season at San Jacinto Wildlife Area.  Watch for SoCalHunt’s season-long stats report soon.

 

Hunt Results for Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday – 1/29/20

The waterfowl average bag at the Kern National Wildlife Refuge ticked upward compared to Saturday’s average. Green Wing Teal were the most numerous bird checked in with Cinnamon Teal taking over the second spot.  The Kern NWR Staff reported that the results for Wednesday, 1/29/20 were as follows:

131 adult hunters and no junior hunters harvested 78 Shovelers, 3 Mallards, 79 Gadwall, 15 Widgeon, 18 Pintail, 144 Green Wing Teal, 99 Cinnamon Teal, 34 Redheads, 3 Ring Necks, 3 Scaup, 4 Bufflehead, 1 Wood Duck, 2 Ruddy Ducks, and 1 Duck listed as “other”. No Geese were checked in at Kern on Wednesday.  Also, 11 Coots were downed at Kern on Wednesday.  The figured out to an average bag of 3.69 ducks per hunter or, with the Coots added in, 3.78 waterfowl per gun. Out of 15 reservations issued, 12 showed up on time for their spot.

Well, that’s it for the 2019/2020 regular waterfowl season. Junior hunters have one more chance at those elusive waterfowl, in a week and a half on Saturday, February 8th.  If you’re a junior hunter or you have a junior hunter in the family you can hunt Kern’s Junior Waterfowl hunt on Saturday, 2/8/19. Here’s hoping the Juniors have a great hunt!  If your junior hunter doesn’t have a reservation for the Junior Hunt he or she can still get in on the drawing for the remaining blinds after the reservations are taken care of.  Reservation spots are given out at the Hunter Check Station on the Refuge 2 ½ hours before local shoot time and the “sweat line” drawing is performed 2 hours before shoot time, the day of the hunt, also at the Refuge Hunter Check Station.

 


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