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.

Once you know which hunts you want to apply for, click "Apply." It will take you to a secure external website.

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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.

GRIZZLY RANCH first-come, first-served waterfowl HUNT

Hunt dates: Nov-Jan
Application type: First-come, first-served
Cost: $200-300 (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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HOODOO ISLAND youth/family turkey hunt

 Hunt dates: 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Sacramento Valley
For: All hunters
Capacity: 3 hunters (two juniors and one shooting adult)
Restrictions: At least one hunter must be a junior.

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.

 

MULBERRY youth duck hunt

Application type: Lottery

This 600-acre Suisun Marsh duck club is located adjacent to Highway 680 near the "Mothball Fleet." The club traditionally holds large numbers of pintail, as well as other ducks, in the 200-acre private sanctuary on the west side of the property. As with most clubs on the marsh, access to the blind is by boat (provided). With recent habitat improvements, this club will offer great teal and pintail hunting. Do not miss this opportunity to hunt a premier Suisun Marsh duck club.

Capacity: One junior and one non-shooting adult chaperone. One group will be drawn for this hunt.

Click here to visit our application website.

A young hunter poses with the fruits of her hunt.


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.

 


 

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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H-POND waterfowl hunt

Hunt dates: January (TBD by hunter and host)
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Sacramento Valley
For: All hunters
Capacity: 1 hunter
Restrictions: none

Description: Join H-Pond club member Dean Ongaro at the H-Pond duck club in the Yolo Bypass near Davis. The hunter will be boated to the blind on this beautiful natural wetland.

Click here to visit our application website.


 

SANBORN SLOUGH waterfowl hunt

Hunt dates: Dec-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 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 boats are provided. Four groups of three hunters will be drawn each hunt date. 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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BIRD HAVEN RANCH youth/family turkey hunt

Hunt dates: 11/19
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Sacramento Valley
For: All hunters
Capacity: 3 hunters (one adult shooter and up to two youth shooters)
Restrictions: One hunter must be a junior. No more than one adult hunter.

Description: Hunt on the famed Bird Haven Ranch. Bordering Butte Creek and the the Howard Slough and Little Dry Creek units of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area makes Bird Haven Ranch an absolute turkey hotspot. Hunters will hunt from predetermined blinds.

 Click here to visit our application website.


QUIMBY ISLAND WATERFOWL HUNT

Hunt dates: Oct-Jan
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Delta
For: All hunters
Capacity: 3 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: This 789-acre property is located in East Contra Costa County between Mandeville Island, Frank's Tract and Holland Tract in the heart of the California Delta. The property was farmed for corn until it was enrolled in a federal wetland conservation easement program in 2012 and restored to managed wetlands by California Waterfowl staff. Habitats consist of seasonal and semi-permanent wetlands, riparian and grassland areas. The fertile peat soils grow wetland plants and trees like nowhere else in the Valley, producing impressive stands of smartweed and watergrass intermixed with lush willow thickets that attract large numbers of waterfowl. The hunt will take place either in the morning or afternoon depending on weather conditions. All hunters will be transported to the blind by boat. Decoys, blind stools, jet sleds, etc. will be provided.

 

 Click here to visit our application website.

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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

 

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Click here to visit our application website.

 


STATEN ISLAND—VETERAN HUNTS

Hunt dates: 12/17, 1/14, and 2/11
Application type: Special application
Cost: Free
Region: CA Delta
For: Veteran* or active-duty military
Restrictions: none

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, rice, triticale, potatoes and hay. Hunters will hunt from stand-up blinds in flooded, harvested corn fields. Water depth range from 6 to 24 inches. Blind stools and decoys provided.

Special conditions: Hunters will arrive the night before the hunt for dinner. Each blind will have a waterfowl guide. The volunteer guide will assist with calling, decoy set-up, bird ID, retrieving birds and more. Food and lodging 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.

 

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Click here to visit our application website.

A hunter returns to the blind during a hunt with California Waterfowl.

 


DELTA KING waterfowl hunt

Hunt dates: 1/13/23
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.

 


DENVERTON waterfowl hunt

Hunt dates: Oct-Feb

Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Suisun Marsh
For: All hunters
Capacity: 3 hunters
Restrictions: None

Description: This is a California Waterfowl-owned property encompassing 762 acres and located in the Suisun Marsh off Highway 12. Six hunting groups will be allowed each hunt date, giving every group a chance for a memorable hunt. The hunt area consists of three XFowler floating blinds and three Black Box pit blinds. One of the XFowler blinds is wheelchair accessible and able to float from the parking lot to the desired location in the pond. Decoys are provided.

 Click here to visit our application website.

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FAMILY CLUB waterfowl hunt

Hunt dates: 12/7/22, 1/11/23, 2/4/23 (youth weekend two groups)
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

This 250-acre Suisun Marsh duck club is located adjacent to Highway 680 just north of the "Mothball Fleet." This is one of the premier duck clubs of the Suisun Marsh, with open water that offers superb pintail and teal hunting. Due to its location along the Goodyear Slough, this club has been known to offer great mallard hunting given the right conditions. Hunters will take a UTV (provided) and walk about 200 yards to the blind. Come experience one of the friendliest clubs in the marsh and have a great hunt too.

Click here to visit our application website.

 

Two hunters pose after a hunt at Family Club with California Waterfowl.

 

 


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.

 Click here to visit our application website.

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MULBERRY Waterfowl hunt

Hunt dates: 12/17/22, 1/14/23
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

This 600-acre Suisun Marsh duck club is located adjacent to Highway 680 near the "Mothball Fleet." The club traditionally holds large numbers of pintail, as well as other ducks, in the 200-acre private sanctuary on the west side of the property. As with most clubs on the marsh, access to the blind is by boat (provided). With recent habitat improvements, this club will offer great teal and pintail hunting. Do not miss this opportunity to hunt a premier Suisun Marsh duck club.

Click here to visit our application website.

A young hunter poses with the fruits of her hunt.


GOOSE LAKE 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: All hunters
Capacity: 3 hunters
Restrictions: The Houchin Unit will remain dry this year due to water restrictions.

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.

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MYSTIC LAKE DUCK CLUB waterfowl hunt

Hunt date: 11/19/22
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Southern California
For: All hunters
Capacity: 2 hunters
Restrictions: none

Description: Come prepared for some fast gunning action on this special hunt at Mystic Lake Duck club, adjacent to San Jacinto Wildlife Area. The club was enhanced by California Waterfowl, and has undergone extensive wetland management upgrades to provide a plethora of food for waterfowl this coming winter. The club shot near a 6 bird average last year and past CWA hunts have all been great successes. Hunters will be able to arrive at the club Friday afternoon and spend the night before the hunt.

Click here to visit our application website.

 


DENVERTON veteran WATERFOWL HUNTS

Hunt dates: 11/26, 12/10, 1/7, and 2/11
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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Moon Lake Duck Club veteran hunt

Hunt dates: Oct-Jan
Application type: Special application
Cost: Free
Region: Sacramento Valley
For: Veteran* or active-duty military
Restrictions: none

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 Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday during the season as well as storm days. 

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.


 

HOODOO ISLAND Veteran turkey hunt

Hunt dates: 11/16, 11/30
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 mi/veteran Blind waterfowl hunt

Hunt dates: Oct-Feb
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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SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL LOS ANGELES CHAPTER - VETERAN PHEASANT HUNT

Hunt dates: February 4, 2023
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, CA.

https://www.lonepinepheasantclub.com/

On February 4th, 2023, you will join CWA and SCI-LA for a day afield including birds, continental breakfast, lunch, bird cleaning, dogs and handlers.  LONEPINE Pheasant Club is a professional hunt club with over 800 acres of exclusive pheasant hunting habit. If you are hoping to do a pheasant hunt with a great organization, this is the hunt for you and your Veteran friends.

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.


Butte sink veteran WATERFOWL HUNT

Hunt dates: 12/16/22-12/18/22
Application type: Special application
Cost: Free
Region: Sacramento Valley
For: Veterans or active-duty military*
Capacity: 6-8 hunters
Description: Come and experience some of the best waterfowl hunting in the Butte Sink at CWA’s Butte Creek Island Ranch property. This hunt will take place on December 17-18 and we will host the Veterans on the night of the 16 through noon on the 18. All Veterans are welcome to apply for this hunt as we can accommodate any Veterans with or without disabilities. We will provide all of the food and beverages required and look forward to enjoying 2 great days afield.

*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.