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F&G Commission Considers Several Issues of Interest to Waterfowl Hunters

CWA staff was in attendance at the latest meeting, representing waterfowlers all across the state.
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USDA's APHIS allows limited import of waterfowl from Canada

In response to a number of hunting groups, including CWA, APHIS has modified their ban on the transportation of waterfowl from Canada for the upcoming season.
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Hunter Input Needed on Refuge Hunting Access

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments on identifying National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) or other Service -managed lands where members of the public would most like to see new or improved recreational access, including for hunting and other wildlife-dependent recreation. One of the stated purposes of the solicitation is to create more equitable access for all Americans.
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Double trouble and a small-world story

In his latest Dispatch from the Veteran Hunt Program, program coordinator Mike Peeters finds him self seeing double on a rice check.
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Opening day success in the Hunt Program

Reports for opening day 2021 seemed to be mostly favorable, but in the CWA Hunt Program, they were off the charts!
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Projected opening weekend reservation quotas at Type A and B hunt areas

Drought in California is severely restricting water available to the state's wildlife areas and national wildlife refuges for waterfowl an estimate provided by property managers of the percentage of wetlands expected to be flooded in October.
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2021-22 Fall Flight Forecast

CWA Waterfowl Programs Supervisor Caroline Brady lays out conditions going into this hunting season.
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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. 
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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.
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CWA works to keep cigarette tax 'waterfowl' funds state wildlife areas

After several meetings between California Waterfowl and the California Department of Finance, change...
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CWA to fight proposed bear-hunting ban

UPDATE: The Sacramento Bee reported on Monday that the author of the bill is no longer pursuing thi...
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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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Reviews: Calls, coolers, jackets and more

by California Waterfowl staff (Originally published in the Winter 2020 issue of California Waterfowl...
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Advocacy: The final score from the Capitol

Hunting, gun and conservation bills that CWA supported or opposed in the 2020 California Legislatur...
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Late-season gear guide

by PHIL BOURJAILY (Originally published in the Winter 2020 issue of California Waterfowl) By late D...
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Opening weekend mallard harvest down at key CA refuges

One of the (many) reasons California Waterfowl is concerned about the plight of the Lower Klamath N...
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Goose Lake to flood, open to hunting thanks to TNC partnership

October 23, 2020—California Waterfowl’s southernmost wetland property – Goose Lake – was expected to remain dry this...
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CWA applauds USFWS for reopening Sump 1A to hunting

On Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to reopen Sump 1A at Tule Lake National Wildl...
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Abundant honkers create target-rich environments

By DAN SKALOS Canada geese have expanded exponentially throughout much of California. These residen...
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CANINE CORNER: Retrieving memories

by JOSHUA MILLER/SportDOG® Brand Saying this has been an interesting year would be a complete un...
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WATER: Drought imperils waterfowl at refuge

by JEFFREY A. VOLBERG, DIRECTOR OF WATER LAW AND POLICY (Originally published in the Fall 2020 issu...
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Advocacy: Sponsor Drops Camp Regulation Bill

Here’s how we’re fighting for wetlands, waterfowl and hunting. Presented by Federal Premium Ammunit...
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Fall Flight Forecast: I Hope You Like Uncertainty...

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2020-21 Waterfowl Season Update - Kern NWR

A brief update on the status of Kern National Wildlife Refuge. More refuge updates coming soon! Wate...