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.

Applications open July 17, 2021

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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.

willow bend deer hunt

Hunt dates: 10/28-31/21
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: D3 of the D3-5 deer zone Sacramento Valley
For: All hunters
Capacity: One hunter and one non-hunter
Restrictions: Hunt winner responsible for  acquiring valid D3-5 tag

Description: Willow Bend, situated in Colusa County along the active floodplain of the Sacramento River, is 175 acres of former agricultural fields that were too flood-prone to turn a profit. In 2009, River Partners acquired the 175-acre preserve, protected it into perpetuity with a conservation easement, and established native grasses across much of the former fields. The hunt winner will be accompanied by a CWA employee and is permitted to hunt during the last four days of the D3-5 season.

Application deadline September 18, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

 


willow bend dove hunt

Hunt dates: 9/1/21
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: Willow Bend, situated in Colusa County along the active floodplain of the Sacramento River, is 175 acres of former agricultural fields that were too flood-prone to turn a profit. In 2009, River Partners acquired the 175-acre preserve, protected it into perpetuity with a conservation easement, and established native grasses across much of the former fields. One group of two hunters will be drawn for the hunt. Hunters may choose to hunt in morning or evening.

Application deadline August 21, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

 


Quimby Island dove hunt

Hunt dates: 9/1/21 and 9/2/21
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: CA Delta
For: All hunters
Capacity: 3 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: CWA's Quimby Island sits in the heart of the California Delta and is a wildlife paradise. With trees, water, and gravel all throughout the property, the doves have no reason to leave. Come join us on CWA's first ever Quimby Island Dove Hunt! One group of three hunters will be drawn for each date.

Application deadline August 21, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.


BUTTE CREEK ISLAND RANCH/Sanborn Slough dove hunt

Hunt dates: 9/1/21 and 9/2/21
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.  One group will be drawn each date. Due to food plot success, hunters will most likely be hunting Butte Creek Island Ranch.

Application deadline August 21, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

 


CICC OUTDOOR ADVENTURES Dove hunt

Hunt dates: 9/1/21
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.

Application deadline August 21, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

 

 


GOOSE LAKE - TWO DAY dove hunt PACKAGE

Hunt dates: 9/1/21 - 9/2/21
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $50 to hunt for the weekend (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. Join us this September for a two-day dove hunting package on the opener (Sept. 1 & 2)! Overnight camping is available. 4 groups will be drawn.

Due to limited water, food plots did not grow. Hunters will hunt by Eucalyptus trees as well as natural cover.

Application deadline August 21, 2021- click here to visit our application website.


GRIZZLY RANCH dove hunt

Hunt dates: 9/1/21
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.

Application deadline August 21, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.

 

 


GRIZZLY RANCH first-come, first-served waterfowl HUNT

Hunt dates: Nov-Jan
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 as a hunt winner or attend as guest once per person, per hunting season. May not register as hunt winner and attend as guest on separate dates****

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.

 Click here to visit our application website.

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BUTTE CREEK ISLAND RANCH waterfowl  hunt

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

Description: 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 floating blinds located in two separate units. Mallards and wood ducks are common in the area, as they come into the marsh after feeding in nearby rice.

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

Decoys are provided. Two groups of three hunters will be drawn each hunt date. Groups will draw for blinds the morning before the hunt.

 Click here to visit our application website.

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QUIMBY ISLAND WATERFOWL HUNT

Hunt dates: Oct-Jan
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.

 

 Click here to visit our application website.

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DENVERTON waterfowl hunt

Hunt dates: Oct-Jan

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

Description: This is a California Waterfowl-owned property encompassing 762 acres and located in the Suisun Marsh off Highway 12. Six hunting groups will be allowed each hunt date, giving every group a chance for a memorable hunt. The hunt area consists of three XFowler floating blinds and three Black Box pit blinds. One of the XFowler blinds is wheelchair accessible and able to float from the parking lot to the desired location in the pond. Decoys are provided.

 Click here to visit our application website.

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GRIZZLY RANCH waterfowl hunt

Hunt dates: Oct-Jan
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 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 is provided. Ten groups of two hunters will be drawn on each hunt date. Hunters will draw for blinds the morning of the hunt.

 Click here to visit our application website.

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SANBORN SLOUGH waterfowl hunt

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

Description: 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 boats are provided. Four groups of three hunters will be drawn each hunt date. 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.

Due to the ongoing drought and limited water availability Sanborn Slough is scheduled to open December 22, 2021.

 Click here to visit our application website.

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GOOSE LAKE waterfowl hunt

Hunt dates: Dec-Jan
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: Blind #1 at the Houchin Unit will have the option to hunt the entire unit or hunt from the floating blind or stand-up blind. One member of the hunting party must be able to push the floating 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.

New-The 926 acre Badger-Almond Unit has undergone separate restoration/reconstruction efforts since acquisition in 2014. In 2015 CWA restored the eastern 320 acres of fallow farmland into 300 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands and 20 acres of upland habitat. In 2018 through a project funded by NAWCA and WCB, CWA reconstructed 346 acres of previously developed ground by NRCS to allow for more efficient moist soil management practices. No all-season roads. Access will be closed with inclement weather.

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


FOWL PURSUER OUTDOOR ADVENTURES & NORTH WIND OUTFITTERS WATERFOWL hunt

Hunt dates: Nov-Jan
Application type:
Lottery
Cost:
$5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region:
Sacramento Valley or San Francisco Bay
For:
All hunters
Capacity:
2 hunters
Restrictions:
none

Description: Fowl Pursuer Outdoor Adventures and North Wind Outfitters have partnered to offer specialized hunting opportunities. Together they have the expertise and properties to offer a great waterfowl hunt. All hunts are fully guided and include transportation to and from the blind, decoys, calling and bird retrieving.

The hunt location will be determined based on scouting reports, with options including: Sacramento Valley dry-field goose hunting, Sacramento Valley flooded-rice duck hunting, San Francisco Bay diver hunting and California Delta hunting on a floating blind.

Due to the drought flooded rice hunting may be limited.

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

 Click here to visit our application website.

 


DENVERTON veteran WATERFOWL HUNT

Hunt dates: 11/27, 12/11, 1/8, and 2/12
Application type: Special application
Cost: Free
Region: Suisun Marsh
For: Veteran* or active-duty military
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.

 Click here to visit our application website.


GRIZZLY RANCH mi/veteran Blind waterfowl hunt

Hunt dates: Oct-Jan
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 hunter
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 E0 is accesible by boat or by using a wheelchair accessible floating blind.  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.

 Click here to visit our application website.

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DENVERTON mi/veteran Blind waterfowl hunt

Hunt dates: Oct-Jan
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 hunters
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

 Click here to visit our application website.

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GOOSE LAKE  MI/VET blind waterfowl HUNT

Hunt dates: Dec-Jan
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: 3 hunters
Restrictions:  Apply to blind #1. Blind 1 will have the option to hunt the entire unit or hunt from the floating blind or stand-up blind (blind #2). One member of the hunting party must be able to push the floating 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.

Click here to visit our application website.

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BUTTE CREEK ISLAND RANCH/SANBORN SLOUGH veteran WATERFOWL HUNT

Hunt dates: 2/12/2022
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.

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.

 Click here to visit our application website.

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KERLEY'S SPORTING ADVENTURES PIG HUNT

Application type: Lottery

Come join Kerley's Sporting Adventures on this guided pig hunt that will take place near Gilroy or King City, depending on where the pigs are. One hunter and one non-hunter are invited to attend. For more information, call 408-529-7370 or visit Kerley's website. Hunt on a mutually agreeable date September through December.

Capacity: One hunter and one non-hunter

Date: TBD on a mutually agreeable date September through December

Application deadline August 21, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.


Mark Grupe Outdoors PIG HUNT

Enjoy an exciting wild pig hunt with Mark Grupe Outdoors in the hills of Central California. With many successful guiding trips under his belt, Mark Grupe has the experience to put you in the center of the action. Spot and stalk will be the method of choice on this hunt. Walking/driving roads to commonly frequented pig locations will give the hunter the best shot at harvesting a pig.

Date: The hunt will take place on a mutually agreeable date from September through October.

Capacity: One hunter and one non-hunter

Application deadline August 21, 2021 - click here to visit our application website.