Hunter training

Don't miss out on this upcoming event!

The Bird Haven Youth Hunter camp is designed to provide new hunters with the opportunity to review hunter ed, practice with firearms, and go on an incredible guided hunt. Geared toward youth hunters that have completed their Hunter Education in the last year. The camp will provide instruction on shooting, archery and hunting, preparing the new hunters for a lifetime of outdoor adventures in a unique and exciting way. 

Learning to hunt can be daunting.

That's why California Waterfowl provides an array of programs that go beyond the basic hunter education required for getting a hunting license.

Most of our hunter training programs include shooting instruction, with a strong emphasis on safe gun handling. We often have loaner guns available for those who have not yet purchased a firearm for hunting — a good opportunity to try before you buy. Many workshops and clinics include sessions on hunting skills, as well as on game processing and cooking. For events that include hunts, we often have loaner gear, such as waders and jackets.



When we are able to do group events, we have two types for new hunters of all ages:

Hunter education events include the hunter ed class and exam that's required to get your hunting license in California. Some hunter education events include hunts — a great chance to give hunting a try with a minimal investment of money and time.


Hunter development events are designed for new hunters who have already completed hunter education, but still need help getting the hang of things. We have a variety of mentored hunts.



Prepare for your hunts! Our New Hunter Checklist is a guide for preparing for your first hunts.

Buying a shotgun: Looking to make that big purchase but don't know where to start? We've got tips here.

Hunter education: Our staff has developed Online Hunter Education Resources


women's hunt program

This program is the gateway to a wide variety of outdoor pursuits for women. Courses are taught in highly supportive and safe environments. It's ideal for women who feel intimidated learning in a mixed environment, or who simply enjoy women's outings.

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Kayaking at Hunter Conservation Camp

Summer camps for kids

California Waterfowl offers multi-day summer camps that are focused on teaching hunting and fishing skills in additional to traditional summer camp fare.

In late summer, we also offer a 3-day "Family Camp," which parents can attend with their kids. This camp includes hunter education.

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