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.

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.

FRIENDS OF ROLLO VETERAN AND KID FISHING TRIP

Friends of Rollo Kids at Sea are once again teaming up with Captain Mike Reinsch of the “BETTY O” for a day of fishing out of Marina Del Rey, Dock 52. This is a veteran and kid fishing event so please sign up with a kid (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.

Fish date: July 9

Apply today! Click here to visit our application website.

 


GRIZZLY RANCH first-come, first-served waterfowl HUNT

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: First-come, first-served
Cost: $150-225 (no hunter-access fee for guests)
Region: Suisun Marsh
For: All hunters
Capacity: 2-3 hunters
Restrictions: May only register for one hunt date per person, per hunting season.

Description: This is a California Waterfowl-owned property in the famed Suisun Marsh, bordering Grizzly Island Wildlife Area. Grizzly Ranch is over 900 acres and the wetlands are managed by CWA biologists. Decoys and transportation to and from the blinds are provided.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

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BUTTE CREEK ISLAND RANCH dove hunt

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Sacramento Valley
For: All hunters
Capacity: 2 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: CWA's Butte Creek Island Ranch sits nestled between Sanborn Slough and Butte Creek, across from the famed Little Dry Creek unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area. With newly planted safflower plots at both Butte Creek Island Ranch and Sanborn Slough, lucky hunters will have an exciting morning with fast action! One group will be drawn.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

 


GOOSE LAKE - TWO DAY dove hunt PACKAGE

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Tulare Basin
For: All hunters
Capacity: 2 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: CWA's Goose Lake property located just south of Lost Hills consists of 2,175 acres of total habitat. Known for its stellar dove hunts, participants will be allowed to hunt over different upland food/hunting plots. During the September dove season, swarms of dove utilize the safflower food plots, wheat fields, eucalyptus tree lines, upland habitat and water in the canals. Join us this September for a two-day dove hunting package on the opener (Sept. 1 & 2)! Overnight camping is available. 15 groups will be drawn each hunt day.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.


GOOSE LAKE DOVE HUNT

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Tulare Basin
For: All hunters
Capacity: 2 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: CWA's Goose Lake property located just south of Lost Hills consists of 2,175 acres of total habitat. Known for its stellar dove hunts, participants will be allowed to hunt over different upland food/hunting plots. During the September dove season, swarms of dove utilize the safflower food plots, wheat fields, eucalyptus tree lines, upland habitat and water in the canals. Overnight camping is available. Fifteen groups will be drawn each hunt day.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.


GOOSE LAKE VETERAN DOVE HUNT

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: Special application
Cost: free
Region: Tulare Basin
For: All hunters
Capacity: 2 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: Goose Lake is a CWA-owned property that provides water and roosting areas southeast of Lost Hills in Kern County. The hunt area consists of seasonal wetlands, canals, and eucalyptus and willow trees. There are two food plots on the property, one wheat and the other safflower.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

 


GRIZZLY RANCH dove hunt

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Suisun Marsh
For: All hunters
Capacity: 2 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: Grizzly Ranch is a California Waterfowl-owned property located in the famed Suisun Marsh, bordering the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area. Hunters will hunt over a small safflower food plot. Two groups will be drawn per hunt.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

 

 


Sanborn Slough DOVE HUNT

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Sacramento Valley
For: All hunters
Capacity: 2 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: CWA's 260-acre Sanborn Slough sits nestled between Sanborn Slough and Cherokee Channel, across from the famed Little Dry Creek unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area. With newly planted safflower plots at both Butte Creek Island Ranch and Sanborn Slough, lucky hunters will have an exciting morning with fast action! One group will be drawn.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

 

 


GRIZZLY RANCH mi/veteran waterfowl hunt

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Suisun Marsh
For: Veteran* or active-duty military, or mobility-impaired
Capacity: 3 hunters
Restrictions: One hunter must be able to push the floating blind to the hunt location.

Description: This 982-acre formerly private duck club is California Waterfowl's flagship property. Blind AP-1 is wheelchair accessible, and decoys and stools are provided. Learn more about Grizzly Ranch here.

Capacity: 3 hunters

*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.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

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DENVERTON mi/veteran waterfowl hunt

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Suisun Marsh
For: Veteran* or active-duty military, or mobility-impaired
Capacity: 3 hunters 
Restrictions: None, but one hunter must push the floating blind out to the hunt location

Description: Denverton is a 762-acre formerly private duck club in the Suisun Marsh. Assigned Pond MI/VET is wheelchair accessible, and blind stools are provided. One member of the hunting party must be able to push the blind out to the desired hunt location. Learn more about Denverton here.

Capacity: 3 hunters

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

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GOOSE LAKE  MI/VET waterfowl HUNT

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Tulare Basin
For: Veteran or active-duty military*, or mobility-impaired
Capacity: 2 hunters
Restrictions: None, but one member of the hunting party must be able to push the blind out to the desired hunt location. 

Description: CWA's Goose Lake property located just south of Lost Hills consists of 2,175 acres of total habitat. In 2014, we reconstructed 300-acres of wetlands on the Houchin Unit to improve water use efficiency and promote the growth of waterfowl food plants, such as swamp timothy and watergrass. Our floating blind is wheelchair accessible and has low sides for shooting from a sitting position. Decoys and stools are provided. 

*Active-duty service member, or veteran of the military, naval or air service who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.


BUTTE CREEK ISLAND RANCH youth waterfowl  hunt weekend

Hunt dates: Feb. 5, 2022
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Sacramento Valley
For: Youth hunter, with non-hunting adult chaperone
Capacity: 2 youth hunters and 1 adult
Restrictions: none

Description: This 110-acre, CWA-owned property sits between Butte Creek and Howard Slough, across from the famed Little Dry Creek unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area. Hunts will take place in either stand-up or floating blinds located in two separate units. Mallards and wood ducks are commonly harvested in the area, as they come into the marsh after feeding on nearby rice. Decoys are provided.

Special thanks to Closed Zone Farms for providing mowing and discing services to CWA’s Butte Creek Island Ranch and Sanborn Slough properties.

Two groups of three will be drawn. Groups will draw for blinds before the morning hunt.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

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DENVERTON YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNT

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Suisun Marsh
For: At least one hunter must be a youth hunter, and there must be an adult chaperone/hunter
Capacity: 2 youth hunters and 1 adult
Restrictions: none

Description: This is a California Waterfowl-owned property encompassing 762 acres in the Suisun Marsh off Highway 12. Five hunting groups will be allowed each hunt date, giving every group a great chance for a memorable hunt. The hunt area consists of three XFowler floating blinds and three Black Box pit blinds.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

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GRIZZLY RANCH waterfowl youth hunt weekend

Hunt dates: Feb. 5 and 6, 2022
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Suisun Marsh
For: Youth hunters, with non-shooting adult chaperone
Capacity: 2 youth hunters and 1 chaperone
Restrictions: none

Description: This is a California Waterfowl-owned property in the famed Suisun Marsh, bordering Grizzly Island State Wildlife Area. Grizzly Ranch is over 900 acres and the wetlands are managed by CWA biologists. Groups will draw for blinds before the morning hunt. Decoys and transportation to and from the blinds are provided.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

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SANBORN SLOUGH YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNT

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Sacramento Valley
For: Youth hunters with non-shooting adult chaperone
Capacity: 2 youth and 1 adult
Restrictions: none

Description: This 260-acre CWA property sits between Sanborn Slough and Cherokee Channel, across from the famed Little Dry Creek unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area. Hunts will take place in stand-up blinds scattered across the wetland unit. Hunters will boat to selected blinds.

Decoys and boats are provided. Four groups of three hunters will be drawn. Groups will draw for blinds the morning before the hunt.

Special thanks to Closed Zone Farms for providing mowing and discing services to CWA’s Butte Creek Island Ranch and Sanborn Slough properties.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

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GOOSE LAKE YOUTH waterfowl HUNT

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Tulare Basin
For: Youth hunters with non-shooting adult (21+)chaperone
Capacity: 2 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: CWA's Goose Lake property located just south of Lost Hills consists of 2,175 acres of total habitat. In 2014, we reconstructed 300-acres of wetlands on the Houchin Unit to improve water use efficiency and promote the growth of waterfowl food plants, such as swamp timothy and watergrass.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

 


BUTTE CREEK ISLAND RANCH FALL TURKEY HUNT

Hunt dates: During fall season, date TBD by hunter and CWA
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Sacramento Valley
For: All hunters
Capacity: 2 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: CWA’s Butte Creek Island Ranch sits in the middle of turkey heaven. The property is nestled between Sanborn Slough and Butte Creek, across from the famed Little Dry Creek unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area.

Special thanks to Closed Zone Farms for providing mowing and discing services to CWA’s Butte Creek Island Ranch and Sanborn Slough properties.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

 


SANBORN SLOUGH turkey hunt

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Sacramento Valley
For: All hunters
Capacity: 2 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: This 260-acre CWA-owned property sits between Sanborn Slough and Cherokee Canal, across from the famed Little Dry Creek unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area.

Special thanks to Closed Zone Farms for providing mowing and discing services to CWA’s Butte Creek Island Ranch and Sanborn Slough properties.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

 


GRIZZLY RANCH FAMILY waterfowl HUNT

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: $150-$225
Region: Suisun Marsh
For: At least one hunter must be a junior hunter, with at least one adult chaperone/hunter
Capacity: 3 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: This special hunt opportunity offers fun and exciting waterfowl experiences for new and experienced hunters alike. The two-day event includes overnight lodging prior to the hunt, a boat ride to the blind, breakfast, lunch and a hunt in a well-managed wetland in the Suisun Marsh with very low hunting pressure. The night prior to the hunt also includes an education portion, where participants learn essential waterfowl identification and regulations, blind set-up and firearm safety.

The fee includes a Sprig membership and regular membership in California Waterfowl, as well as lodging and food.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

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DENVERTON veteran WATERFOWL HUNT

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: Special application
Cost: Free
Region: Suisun Marsh
For: Veteran* or active-duty military
Capacity: 2 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: This is a California Waterfowl owned property encompassing 762 acres and located in the Suisun Marsh off Highway 12. The hunt area consists of three Xfowler floating blinds and three Black Box Pit Blinds. Hunters will arrive Friday night for dinner. Each blind will have a volunteer guide. the volunteer guide will help with blind safety, waterfowl identification, decoy placement, bird retrieval, calling, etc.

*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.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.


BUTTE CREEK ISLAND RANCH/SANBORN SLOUGH veteran WATERFOWL HUNT

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: Special application
Cost: free
Region: Sacramento Valley
For: Veteran* or active-duty military
Capacity: 2 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: Butte Creek Island Ranch -this 110-acre, CWA-owned property - sits between Butte Creek and Sanborn Slough, across from the famed Little Dry Creek unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area. Hunts will take place either in stand-up blinds or pit blinds located in three separate units. Mallards and wood ducks are common in the area, as they come into the marsh after feeding in nearby rice.

Sanborn Slough-This 260-acre, newly acquired CWA-owned property sits between Sanborn Slough and Cherokee Channel, across from the famed Little Dry Creek unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area. Hunts will take place in stand-up blinds scattered across the wetland unit. Hunters will boat to selected blinds.

Decoys and transportation near the blind is provided. Overnight lodging and meals provided.

Special thanks to Closed Zone Farms for providing mowing and discing services to CWA’s Butte Creek Island Ranch and Sanborn Slough properties.

*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.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

 

This dad and his boys brought down 18 birds on opening day at Sanborn Slough.


CWA MILITARY APPRECIATION FUN SHOOT

Shoot date: TBD
Application type: First-come, first-served
Cost: Free
Region: Suisun Marsh
For: Veterans*, active-duty service members and their guests
Capacity: 
Restrictions: none

Description: If you are currently serving or have served in the military, come on out for our FREE Military Appreciation Fun Shoot on at Grizzly Ranch, in the Suisun Marsh south of Fairfield. Yes, you can bring guests!

Beginning shooters will enjoy certified trained instruction in gun safety, shotgun, rifle and archery. All guns, ammunition & targets included! Experienced shooters will enjoy a 50-target sporting clay course. There are morning and afternoon sessions.

Please join us for this great family fun day! In addition to FREE admission, you’ll enjoy a free lunch.

*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, and their guests. Learn more about the Veteran Hunt Program.

 


GOOSE LAKE waterfowl hunt

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Tulare Basin
For: All hunters
Capacity: 3 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: CWA's Goose Lake property located just south of Lost Hills consists of 2,175 acres of total habitat. In 2014, we reconstructed 300-acres of wetlands on the Houchin Unit to improve water use efficiency and promote the growth of waterfowl food plants, such as swamp timothy and watergrass.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.


QUIMBY ISLAND WATERFOWL HUNT

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Delta
For: All hunters
Capacity: 3 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: This 789-acre property is located in East Contra Costa County between Mandeville Island, Frank's Tract and Holland Tract in the heart of the California Delta. The property was farmed for corn until it was enrolled in a federal wetland conservation easement program in 2012 and restored to managed wetlands by California Waterfowl staff. Habitats consist of seasonal and semi-permanent wetlands, riparian and grassland areas. The fertile peat soils grow wetland plants and trees like nowhere else in the Valley, producing impressive stands of smartweed and watergrass intermixed with lush willow thickets that attract large numbers of waterfowl. The hunt will take place either in the morning or afternoon depending on weather conditions. All hunters will be transported to the blind by boat. Decoys, blind stools, jet sleds, etc. will be provided.

 

Applications open July 17, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

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