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.

Mark Grupe outdoors dove hunt

Hunt dates: 9/3/22 - 9/4/22
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: San Joaquin Valley
For: All hunters
Capacity: 2 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: Enjoy a two day dove hunt with Mark Grupe Outdoors! Arrive at the ranch in Central California Saturday after lunch for an afternoon shoot. You will sleep at the cabin onsite and wake up for another awesome shoot in the morning before departing. Hunters are in charge of food, drink, and sleeping bags. One group of two hunters will be drawn.

Applications will be accepted starting July 16!

 Click here to visit our application website.


CICC OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Hunt date:  TBD on a mutually agreed-upon date in January
Application type:
Lottery
Cost:
$5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region:
Sacramento Valley
For:
All hunters
Capacity:
4 hunters
Restrictions:
none

Description: Enjoy a morning hunt with the professional team of CICC Outdoor Adventures, hunting premier waterfowl properties bordering the Delevan or Colusa national wildlife refuges in the beautiful Sacramento Valley. All calling and game retrieval is included.

One suggestion: Don't forget to tip! These are professional guide teams who rely in part on tips to make a living.

Applications will be accepted starting July 16!

 Click here to visit our application website.


BUTTE CREEK ISLAND RANCH/Sanborn Slough dove hunt

Hunt dates: 9/1/22 and 9/3/22
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 and Sanborn Slough sit across from the famed Little Dry Creek unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area.  Three will be drawn each date. Due to food plot success, hunters will most likely be hunting Butte Creek Island Ranch.

Applications will be accepted starting July 16!

Click here to visit our application website.


CICC OUTDOOR ADVENTURES Dove hunt

Hunt dates: 9/1/22
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:Join the CICC Outdoor Adventures Crew on a one-day dove hunt for two taking place in the Sacramento Valley near the scenic Sutter Buttes along the river bottoms in Colusa or in the foothills just west of Maxwell. Either location will provide plenty of action. One group of two hunters will be drawn.

Applications will be accepted starting July 16!

Click here to visit our application website.

 

 


GRIZZLY RANCH dove hunt

Hunt dates: 9/1/22
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. One group will be drawn.

Applications will be accepted starting July 16!

Click here to visit our application website.

 

 


SCHAEFER RANCH VETERAN ARCHERY pig hunt

Hunt dates: 8/17, 9/14, 10/12
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.                                  


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 8

Apply today! Click here to visit our application website.

 


SCHAEFER RANCH ARCHERY pig hunt

Hunt dates: 7/27, 8/3, 8/27, 8/31, 9/4, 9/21, 10/1, 10/5, 10/19
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.