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

FRIENDS OF ROLLO VETERAN AND KID FISHING TRIP

Friends of Rollo Kids at Sea are once again teaming up with Captain Mike Reinsch of the “BETTY O” for a day of fishing out of Marina Del Rey, Dock 52. This is a veteran and kid fishing event so please sign up with a kid (under 16 years of age, please) and come join us for a day on the water! The fishing trip includes the boat, rod, bait and lunch. Please bring water or Gatorades for your personal use. No alcohol allowed.

Fish date: July 9

Apply today! Click here to visit our application website.

 


GOOSE LAKE VETERAN DOVE HUNT

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: Special application
Cost: free
Region: Tulare Basin
For: All hunters
Capacity: 2 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: Goose Lake is a CWA-owned property that provides water and roosting areas southeast of Lost Hills in Kern County. The hunt area consists of seasonal wetlands, canals, and eucalyptus and willow trees. There are two food plots on the property, one wheat and the other safflower.

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

 


GOOSE LAKE  MI/VET waterfowl HUNT

Hunt dates: TBD
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: 2 hunters
Restrictions: None, but one member of the hunting party must be able to push the 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.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - 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.

 


BUTTE CREEK ISLAND RANCH/SANBORN SLOUGH veteran WATERFOWL HUNT

Hunt dates: TBD
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.

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

 

This dad and his boys brought down 18 birds on opening day at Sanborn Slough.


DENVERTON veteran WATERFOWL HUNT

Hunt dates: TBD
Application type: Special application
Cost: Free
Region: Suisun Marsh
For: Veteran* or active-duty military
Capacity: 2 hunters
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.

Applications open July 17, 2021 - 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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