Looking for a place to hunt, not just waterfowl, but also doves, pigs, turkeys and more?

The California Waterfowl Hunt Program provides access to 60,000 acres of private land — including some of the most prestigious duck clubs in the country — to hunters of all ages and abilities. Many hunts include volunteer or professional guides, making them suitable for novice hunters. Scroll down to check out our offerings - you can filter for only the kinds of hunts you want to see.

There are three kinds of applications:

  • Lottery: Lottery hunts have an application fee of $5 per hunt, plus $25 if you win the hunt, which is waived for youth.
  • First-come, first-served: Just what the name suggests. The cost is usually higher than lottery hunts, but if you register for it, it's yours - there's no drawing to determine winners.
  • Special veteran hunts: Free hunts whose participants are chosen by a committee. (Click here to learn more.)

All upcoming hunts (and fishing trips!) are listed below. Use the "Filter by Category" dropdown menu to see only the types of hunts that interest you - you can choose species, regions, application types and specialty hunts. Our peak season runs from the beginning of dove season on September 1 through the end of regular waterfowl season by January 31, with some youth, veteran, late goose and turkey hunts in the following months and fishing trips in the summer. If you don't see what you're looking for now, check back often — we are constantly adding new hunts as new seasons approach.

***Hunters, this is a notice that hunts may be canceled due to the ongoing drought and unknown water forecast. Hunts that are canceled will not be rescheduled. Hunter access fees will be refunded if your hunt is canceled. Application fees will not be refunded. Thank you for your grace and patience as we work tirelessly to provide hunting opportunities with limited resources this year. It is our priority as an organization to keep our dedicated members informed on what is happening on our properties.***

Once you know which hunts you want to apply for, click "Apply." It will take you to a secure external website.

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Need more help? Call our Hunt Program Coordinator Carson Odegard at 916-960-9848 or our Hunting and Education Programs Supervisor Jeff Smith at 530-305-9234, or email them at codegard@calwaterfowl.org or jsmith@calwaterfowl.org.

Veteran and kids fishing charter

California Waterfowl Association and Captain Rollo’s Kids at Sea are once again teaming up for a Veteran and Kid’s fishing adventure on The City of Long Beach for a day of fishing from Long Beach Pier Point. This is a Veteran and Kid fishing event ONLY so please sign up with 2-4 kids, (under 16 years of age please) and come join us for a day on the water! The fishing trip includes the boat, rod, bait, and lunch. Please bring water or Gatorades for your personal use.  No alcohol allowed.

This is a Veteran and kids event and is designed as an introduction to enjoy fishing and the opportunities that await off the shores of California.

Fish date: July 8th

Apply today! Click here to visit our application website.

 

SCHAEFER RANCH VETERAN ARCHERY pig hunt

Hunt dates: 6/1, 6/29
Application type: Lottery
Cost: Free
Region: Bay Area
For: Veterans
Capacity: One hunter
Restrictions: ARCHERY ONLY (crossbows allowed)

Schaefer Ranch is a conservation easement located in Dublin. The Ranch is teeming with wildlife and pigs are abundant. Hunts will be spot and stalk. Hunters should expect to walk 8-10 miles on uneven terrain. Hunters will be accompanied by CWA’s Hunt Program coordinator. This hunt is archery only (crossbows allowed)!

Capacity: One hunter

Special conditions: Archery only (crossbows allowed)

 

IF YOU ARE SELECTED, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL FROM CWA'S VOLUNTEER VETERAN HUNT PROGRAM COORDINATOR, MIKE PEETERS.

Click here to visit our application website.                                  


SCHAEFER RANCH ARCHERY pig hunt

Hunt dates: 6/8, 6/15, 6/18, 6/26, 7/6
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Bay Area
For: All hunters
Capacity: One hunter
Restrictions: ARCHERY ONLY (crossbows allowed)

Schaefer Ranch is a conservation easement located in Dublin. The Ranch is teeming with wildlife and pigs are abundant. Hunts will be spot and stalk. Hunters should expect to walk 8-10 miles on uneven terrain. Hunters will be accompanied by CWA’s Hunt Program coordinator. This hunt is archery only (crossbows allowed)!

Capacity: One hunter

Special conditions: Archery only (crossbows allowed)

 

Click here to visit our application website.                                    


California Dawn Veteran Sport Fishing

Trip date: 6/23
Application type: Lottery
Cost: Free
Region: Bay Area
For: Veterans
Capacity: 10 veterans will be selected

The California Dawn is a 50-foot fiberglass Sportfishing vessel, running out of Berkeley Marina in Berkeley, CA. She is powered by twin diesel engines, features the latest in marine electronics, scanning sonar, large bait capacity, a heated cabin and a full galley for hot meals prepared by Chef Marc Reis.  The California Dawn is captained by second generation charter operator Captain James Smith. Captain James has been fishing the San Francisco Bay Area since 1985 and is US Coast Guard Certified to 100 Miles. His knowledge of the bay, along with his experienced and friendly crew, will guarantee everyone the ultimate fishing experience.

Special Conditions: Rods provided or bring your own gear. Open to any active-duty service member, or veteran of the military, naval or air service who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. Learn more about the Veteran Hunt Program.

 

Click here to visit our application website.