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

UPCOMING HUNTS

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.


Butte sink veteran WATERFOWL HUNT

Hunt dates: 12/15/21-12/19/21
Application type: Special application
Cost: Free
Region: Sacramento Valley
For: Veterans or active-duty military*
Capacity: 5 hunters
Restrictions: Must be able to attend all 4 nights and 3 days

Description: Butte Sink Waterfowl Hunt: California Waterfowl Association and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation bring you a world class Veteran Hunt Program waterfowl hunt! This is a four-night, three-day veteran hunt located at California Waterfowl’s Butte Sink Hunting, Conservation, and Education Center. Veterans will hunt ducks and geese with Merlo Waterfowl on December 16th and 17th, then duck hunt at CWA’s Butte Creek Island Ranch and Sanborn Slough on December 18th.  The event is Sponsored by the California Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) and will be filmed for a show by the Fowl Life TV.  Co-Sponsors include California Waterfowl, Merlo Waterfowl, the Fowl Life TV, Benelli, Federal, and Banded.  All food and lodging is included!

Veterans must be able to attend all 4 nights and 3 days for this hunt.

Schedule:

Arrive December 15th @ 6:00 pm

                December 16th-Goose Hunt with Merlo Waterfowl

                December 17th-Goose Hunt with Merlo Waterfowl

                December 18th-Duck Hunt with CWA + Celebration Dinner

                December 19th- Depart AM

*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.


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.


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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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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DISPATCHES FROM THE VETERAN HUNT PROGRAM

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.

Dec 28, 2020

All she wants for Christmas... another dispatch from the Veteran Hunt Program

When Steve Plotner got the call for the CWA Veteran Hunt at Denverton earlier this month, he figured things were looking up. Being in the Coast Guard can be demanding but Steve was looking forward to a day in the marsh. Of course, it didn’t take long for “Murphy” to enter...

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