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.

***Hunters, this is a notice that hunts may be canceled due to the ongoing drought and unknown water forecast. Hunts that are canceled will not be rescheduled. Hunter access fees will be refunded if your hunt is canceled. Application fees will not be refunded. Thank you for your grace and patience as we work tirelessly to provide hunting opportunities with limited resources this year. It is our priority as an organization to keep our dedicated members informed on what is happening on our properties.***

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

First Come First Served Grizzly Ranch Hunts will be available 8/13 at 9:00 AM!!

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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.

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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DENVERTON 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 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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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 hunter

Description: CWA's Goose Lake property located just south of Lost Hills consists of 2,175 acres of total habitat. Our floating blind is wheelchair accessible and has low sides for shooting from a sitting position. Decoys and stools are provided. This years MI blind will be at the Badger Almond Unit.

*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 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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CICC OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Hunt date:  TBD on a mutually agreed-upon date in January
Application type:
Lottery
Cost:
$5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region:
Sacramento Valley
For:
All hunters
Capacity:
4 hunters
Restrictions:
none

Description: Enjoy a morning hunt with the professional team of CICC Outdoor Adventures, hunting premier waterfowl properties bordering the Delevan or Colusa national wildlife refuges in the beautiful Sacramento Valley. All calling and game retrieval is included.

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.


SCHAEFER RANCH VETERAN ARCHERY pig hunt

Hunt dates: 8/17, 9/14, 10/12
Application type: Lottery
Cost: Free
Region: Bay Area
For: Veterans
Capacity: One hunter
Restrictions: ARCHERY ONLY (crossbows allowed)

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 archery only (crossbows allowed)!

Capacity: One hunter

Special conditions: Archery only (crossbows allowed)

 

IF YOU ARE SELECTED, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL FROM CWA'S VOLUNTEER VETERAN HUNT PROGRAM COORDINATOR, MIKE PEETERS.

Click here to visit our application website.                                  


SCHAEFER RANCH ARCHERY pig hunt

Hunt dates: 7/27, 8/3, 8/27, 8/31, 9/4, 9/21, 10/1, 10/5, 10/19
Application type: Lottery
Cost: $5 to apply, $25 to hunt (hunt fee waived for youth)
Region: Bay Area
For: All hunters
Capacity: One hunter
Restrictions: ARCHERY ONLY (crossbows allowed)

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 archery only (crossbows allowed)!

Capacity: One hunter

Special conditions: Archery only (crossbows allowed)

 

Click here to visit our application website.                                    


BUTTE CREEK ISLAND RANCH/SANBORN SLOUGH veteran WATERFOWL HUNT

Hunt dates:  12/17-18/, and 2/11
Application type: Special application
Cost: free
Region: Sacramento Valley
For: Veteran* or active-duty military
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.

Click here to visit our application website.