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:

  • Application: 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.

Pig And Turkey Application Deadlines - 2 Weeks Before Hunt Date!!!! 

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BLINDS FOR VETERANS AND MOBILITY-IMPAIRED HUNTERS

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.

 

HOODOO ISLAND youth/family turkey hunt

 Hunt dates: 3/23 (youth opener), 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20
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) no shooting adults on youth opener
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.


The Flynn Property TURKEY HUNT

Hunt dates: 3/30, 4/3, 4/10, 4/28
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: The Flynn Property is a 259-acre site located in the southeastern corner of Glenn County just south of the Llano Seco Rancho. One group of hunters will be drawn per hunt date.

Click here to visit our application website.


Merlo Waterfowl Company Family Turkey Hunt

Hunt dates: 3/30
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Sacramento Valley
For: Youth hunters
Capacity: 1 youth hunter and 1 adult hunter
Restrictions: One hunter must be a youth

Description: This turkey hunt will take place on one of many ranches that Merlo maintains. With over 20 ranches in Butte and Glenn counties, finding a turkey hunt should not be a problem. This is a one-day, fully guided hunt. 

Capacity: One junior hunter and one adult hunter

Click here to visit our application website.


 

The Scurria Property TURKEY HUNT

Hunt dates: 4/3, 4/7
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: The Scurria Property is located just outside of Colusa, along the active floodplain of the Sacramento River. is 148 acres of fields and orchards. One group of hunters will be drawn per hunt date.

Click here to visit our application website.                                   


Turning point preserve TURKEY HUNT

Hunt dates: 3/30, 4/6, 4/10, 4/24
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: Turning Point Preserve is almost 700 acres of wildlife bliss! Sitting next to the Sacramento River outside of Knight's Landing, this property offers riparian as well as agriculture which in turns makes for great hunting. One group of two hunters will be drawn for each hunt date.

Click here to visit our application website.


dos rios norte TURKEY HUNT

Hunt dates: 4/17, 4/24
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: At just under 1600 acres, Dos Rios Norte is a property that has it all. Sitting at the confluence of the Feather River, Sacramento River, and lower Butte Creek, the property provides ample room for turkeys and other wildlife to congregate. One group of two hunters will be drawn for each hunt date. Deadline to apply is two weeks before hunt date.

Click here to visit our application website.


 

HOODOO ISLAND Veteran turkey hunt

Hunt dates: 4/10, 4/17
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.


 


BUTTE CREEK ISLAND RANCH TURKEY HUNT

Hunt dates: 3/30, 4/7, 4/20
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: CWA’s Butte Creek Island Ranch sits in the middle of turkey heaven. The property is nestled between Sanborn Slough and Butte Creek, across from the famed Little Dry Creek unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area.

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.

 


SANBORN SLOUGH Spring turkey hunt

Hunt dates: 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/21, 4/27
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 260-acre CWA-owned property sits between Sanborn Slough and Cherokee Canal, across from the famed Little Dry Creek unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area.

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.


 

SCHAEFER RANCH pig hunt

Hunt dates: 4/11, 4/25, 5/8, 5/22, 6/5, 6/19
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Bay Area
For: All hunters
Capacity: Two hunters
Restrictions: Must be in good physical condition

Schaefer Ranch is a conservation easement located in Dublin. The Ranch is teeming with wildlife and pigs are abundant. Hunts will be spot and stalk. Hunters should expect to walk 8-10 miles on uneven terrain. Hunters will be accompanied by CWA’s Hunt Program coordinator. This hunt is a rifle hunt but if you have a bow as well, it will open up an extra 200 acres to hunt.

Capacity: Two hunters

Special conditions: Must be in good physical condition

PIG HUNT VIDEO

Click here to visit our application website.