Veteran Hunt Program

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.




GRIZZLY 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: 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.

Applictions coming July 14th!!!

Blind/Bird AVG  Duck blind Tour



Apr 22, 2024

Exciting News: Promotion Announcement for Jeff Smith at California Waterfowl!

We are delighted to announce the well-deserved promotion of Jeff Smith to the position of Director of Hunting and Education Programs at California Waterfowl. Jeff has been an integral part of our organization for an impressive 16 years, demonstrating unwavering dedication and passion for educating the public on the vital role of hunting in conservation efforts.

Apr 19, 2024

2024-25 Waterfowl Seasons and Bag Limits Finalized

The California Fish and Game Commission voted today to approve the seasons and bag limits for the 2024-25 waterfowl season.  California Waterfowl provided testimony at the hearing in San Jose.

Mar 20, 2024

2024 CWA End of Season Survey

Welcome to the 2024 CWA End of Season Survey. You may notice that we reduced the number of questions significantly for this year’s survey to focus only on waterfowl seasons and bag limit issues


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