California Waterfowl is proud to offer exceptional hunts and other outdoor opportunities to servicemen and women through its Veteran Hunt Program.

The program promotes wellness through outdoor healing and the camaraderie of fellow veterans. Participants have enjoyed hunter education courses, fun shoots, fishing trips and hunts for waterfowl, dove and turkey from the Klamath Basin to the southern San Joaquin Valley.

CWA coordinates all hunt details and supplies food and lodging, shotgun shells, guns, jackets, gear bags, duck calls, shirts, hats and more to all participants. Hunts are free and are limited to veterans.

All of these hunts are open to any veteran currently serving or who has served in the military, naval or air service and was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. A committee reviews applicants and selects veterans best suited to enjoy the hunt.

In addition to these opportunities, the Hunt Program has blinds reserved on most lottery hunt days for people who are veterans and/or mobility impaired—click here for more information.

Want to read about some of our hunts? Click here.

2021 Program Sponsor

2021 Online Auction Veteran Hunt Program Sponsors

Jerry Urban, Tom Van Ormer, Richard Libby, Matthew Plut, Dustin McDaniel, Robert Ripley, Bob Boyd, and Mark Mengelberg

UPCOMING HUNTS

STATEN ISLAND WATERFOWL HUNT

Application type: Lottery

The Delta island is 9,200 acres and located roughly 10 miles east of Rio Vista. It is home to thousands of wintering ducks, geese, swans and cranes. A large population of Aleutian geese winter on the island. Crops consist of corn, triticale, potatoes and hay. Hunters will hunt from pit-blinds, in flooded rice fields. Water depth range from 6 to 24 inches. Blind stools and decoys provided.

Special Conditions: Hunting will end at 10 a.m. Each group must consist of at least two hunters. Hunt winner must bring a guest. Five groups will be drawn each hunt date. Groups will draw for blinds before the morning hunt. 

Capacity: Three hunters

 

Blind/Bird AVG *Closed 20-21 due to covid*Hunt Dates

 


BARRON RANCH veteran WATERFOWL HUNT

Hunt dates: 1/22, 1/23, 1/26, 1/29, 1/30
Application type: Special application
Cost: Free
Region: Sacramento Valley
For: Veterans or active-duty military*
Capacity: 2 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: Veterans, come join CWA on a Veteran Hunt at the Barron Ranch near Lincoln on an exclusive private property rice blind duck hunt.  This is a great hunt for those just beginning and you can expect to hunt till mid or late morning. This club consistently produces Pintail, Widgeon, Gadwall, Teal, and the Great Northern Shoveler!  If you are a physically challenged Veteran, no worries, the guide has two quads to traverse the property.  Recommend #2, 3 or 4 shot for ducks and although waders are not required, some kind of rubber boots above the ankle works well for the wet and mud. Face masks for this hunt are required…….the Camo ones…..as we like the ducks in close when it comes time to shoot them.  No Dogs please on this hunt as a trained lab trained is used with a field dog blind. Decoys are provided, simply bring your gun, shells, license, and enjoy the day.

*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.


TMDC veteran WATERFOWL HUNT

Hunt dates: 2/12/22
Application type: Special application
Cost: Free
Region: Southern California
For: Veterans or active-duty military*
Capacity: 2 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: For all our Southern California CWA Veteran hunters this is one you won’t want to miss.  TMDC, located near the Wister NWR will host a Veteran Hunt on Saturday, February 12th.  You arrive between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m., on Friday, February 11th, follow your host thru a private entrance, and enjoy some of Southern California’s best waterfowl hunting. The hunt will be guided by a member of TMDC, includes overnight lodging in their clubhouse, and dinner Friday night (BYOB).  The clubhouse has bunks but please bring your own bedding/pillow, personal items including hunting license and stamps.  All hunts are from blinds with you will be teamed up with a guide.  Hunt arrival February 11th, hunt date, Saturday, February 12th.

*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.


Bamboo Duck Club veteran WATERFOWL HUNT

Hunt dates: 2/12/22
Application type: Special application
Cost: Free
Region: Sacramento Valley
For: Veterans or active-duty military*
Capacity: 2 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: Join California Waterfowl Association on a Veteran hunt with the Bamboo Duck Club. The club is located near Lambertville just east of the Sacramento 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. No 10 gauge or 3.5 inch shells on this hunt are allowed.

*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.


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.

Veteran Pheasant Hunt Safari Club 2020


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.


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DISPATCHES FROM THE VETERAN HUNT PROGRAM

Oct 25, 2021

Opening day success in the Hunt Program

Reports for opening day 2021 seemed to be mostly favorable, but in the CWA Hunt Program, they were off the charts!

May 21, 2021

First order of the day - another dispatch from the Veteran Hunt Program

All around them, the woods began coming to life with the sounds of the marsh welcoming the day. Then there it was, the shock gobble from the roost and the clucking of the hens as the roosted birds scanned their surroundings for signs of safety before taking wing. 

Feb 22, 2021

Veteran Hunt Dispatch: Geese at Critter's Place

The flock of geese came in like aircrafts on a bombing run. As they made their first run — wing flaps down and feet extended — there was no doubt they had their eyes on a target right in front of the hunters.

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