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.

 

Popup veteran Goose HUNTs

Hunt dates: Last minute hunts can happen any day of the season
Application type: Special application
Cost: Free
Region: Sacramento Valley
For: Veterans or active-duty military*
Capacity: Multiple hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: CWA Veteran Hunt Program and some extremely gracious landowners and Volunteer Guides have donated POP-UP (when the geese are there you gotta go) goose hunts for VETERANS. These hunts are LAST MINUTE, we may even call you the night before to hunt, but generally try to give a 24-48 hour notice.  If you want to be on the LAST MINUTE call list for these hunts sign up and come join CWA for some of the best Goose Hunting we have to offer.  Most hunts will be North of Sacramento and the Yolo bypass area. These hunts are not for the faint of heart, we set out 1,000’s of decoys, generally at 03:00 a.m., we usually lay-out, and we will wear you out…..but WE HAVE GEESE!

*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 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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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.

 


GRIZZLY RANCH first-come, first-served waterfowl HUNT

*ALL DATES HAVE BEEN RESERVED*

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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SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - VETERAN PHEASANT HUNT

Hunt dates: February 19, 2022
Application type: Veteran
Cost: Free
Region: Southern CA
For: Active military and veterans

Description: Join CWA Veteran Hunt Program and SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL Los Angeles Chapter for a day of Pheasant Hunting at LONE PINE PHEASANT CLUB in Lone Pine on February 19th. CA SCILA is honored to host our nation’s Veterans on a fun-filled day of camaraderie, shooting and walking the fields after the elusive ring-neck. You will start off with the wild flush of pheasants in the field, then enjoy a great lunch hosted on the grounds. If you ever wanted to pheasant hunt, this is the one for you.

Special conditions: 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.

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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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HOODOO ISLAND Veteran turkey hunt

Hunt dates: 11/17, 12/1
Application type: Special Application
Cost: free
Region: Sacramento Valley
For: Veterans or active-duty military*
Capacity: 1 hunter
Restrictions: None

Description: HooDoo Island, a portion of the Little Dry Creek unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area in Butte and Glenn counties, consists of 130 acres of pristine wetland and riparian habitats. Butte Creek and Howard Slough flow around the island, creating a wildlife corridor teeming with wild turkey and other wildlife.

 Click here to visit our application website.


 


GRIZZLY RANCH waterfowl youth hunt weekend

Hunt dates: 2/5/2022
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.

Click here to visit our application website.

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GOOSE LAKE YOUTH waterfowl HUNT

Hunt dates: 2/5/2022
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: 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.

 Click here to visit our application website.

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RANCHO VISALIA HUNT CLUB veteran WATERFOWL HUNT

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

Hunt dates: Dec 3&4, Dec 10&11, Dec 17&18, Jan 7&8, Jan 14&15, Jan 21&22

Application type: Special application
Cost: Free
Region: Tulare Basin
For: Veteran or active-duty military*
Capacity: 1 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: Rancho Visalia is located in northern Kern County, west of Delano. The 640-acre club has three ponds that make up 115 acres of wetlands. The club was founded in 1945.

Hunters will arrive the night before for dinner. Food and lodging are included.

*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.

Two hunters pose after a hunt at Rancho Visalia with California Waterfowl.


COLUSA NWR veteran WATERFOWL HUNT

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

On this special hunt, all the assigned ponds at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge will be reserved for disabled veterans. Traditionally, this is a spectacular time for waterfowl hunting in the Sacramento Valley. The assigned pond locations will be reserved for the entire day. All selected hunters will be paired with a volunteer who will assist with calling, decoy set-up, bird ID, retrieving birds and more. This is a great opportunity to experience the wonders of a hunting a national wildlife refuge. A BBQ lunch will be provided after the hunt.

Special conditions: There will be a meet and greet on Friday before the hunt from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to select blind locations and cover the logistics of the hunt.

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.

Hunt date: 1/8/22

Click here to visit our application website.

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LOOKOUT RANCH LATE SEASON veteran GOOSE HUNT

Hunt dates:  TBD middle to late February
Application type:
Special application
Cost:
Free
Region: 
Northern CA
For:
Veterans or active-duty military*
Capacity: 
Multiple hunters
Restrictions: none 
TBD middle to late February

The 10,000 acre Lookout Ranch is located in Lookout, CA and is a privately held ranch that holds thousands of geese. The owner has graciously offered his ranch for a veteran hunt and we are extremely excited to have this opportunity. Thousands of geese begin their migration north and stop through on the ranch while waiting for the spring thaw. There is little to no hunting pressure and hunting will take place out of pit blinds under cover of hundreds of decoys. Hunters will arrive the day before the hunt, you will enjoy a dinner at the local eatery, then get ready for two days non-stop, heart-pounding snow goose hunting that just might be a once-in-a-lifetime hunt.

Special conditions: Food and lodging provided. 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.


The 111 Duck Club veteran hunt

Hunt dates: Mutually agreeable date in January
Application type: Special application
Cost: Free
Region: San Joaquin Valley
For: Veterans and active-duty military*
Capacity: 2 hunters
Restrictions: None

Description: It’s called the 111 because it is 111 acres of prime duck country right in the middle of the best duck hunting the Grasslands have to offer. This privately owned club will provide easy access blinds and A LOT of ducks. 

*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.

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Moon Lake Duck Club veteran hunt

Application Type: Veteran Hunt Program

Cost: Free

Join California Waterfowl on a truly enjoyable Veteran hunt with Moon Lake Duck Club. This club is located between the Sacramento NWR and Delavan NWR and is a season-long attraction for the large amount of ducks and geese wintering in this area. You will hunt out of flooded rice fields and well-maintained pit blinds and enjoy shooting waterfowl at close ranges and “feet down” in the decoys. This is one of those remarkable hunts brought to CWA via a generous donor supporting our Veteran Hunt Program. Hunts will occur every weekend during the season as well as storm days. Apply once and your name will be on the list for the season.

Special conditions: 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.


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.

 


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.

 Click here to visit our application website.

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DENVERTON YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNT

Hunt dates: 2/5/2022
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.

Click here to visit our application website.

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DELTA KING waterfowl hunt

Hunt dates: 1/12/22
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: The Delta King is one of the premier duck clubs on Grizzly Island. With over 600 acres and numerous blinds, the hunters will have the right opportunity to shoot working birds. The club's ranch manager has manicured ponds to attract a large variety of waterfowl. Hunters will be taken right to the blind by boat and enjoy a morning shoot.

Click here to visit our application website.