Duck Camp @ Grizzly Ranch
 
Two Event Dates
 
December 1-3, 2017
 
January 19-21, 2018
 

Past Duck Camp attendees can not attend.

 

 

What is Duck Camp? Duck Camp is a two and a half day introduction to the art of waterfowling. The camp is designed to help new and beginner waterfowl hunters in the following areas: calling, decoy spreads, shooting, shot selection, distance judging, concealment, waterfowl identification, game laws, ethics, wild game preparation, and hunting opportunities.
 
 

Do I need a hunting license? Yes, all participants need a valid 2017-2018 CA, hunting license with CA Duck Stamp and Federal Duck Stamp.
 

How do I sign up? Click the register tab to sign up.

 

How much does Duck Camp cost? $300 per hunter. You may attend by yourself or signup with a friend.
 
Who is considered a junior hunter? A junior hunter is anyone who holds a junior hunting license.
 
Does the hunting party need to include a junior hunter? No, the party can include either two adults or one junior and one adult.
 
Who can attend? Anyone with a valid 2017-2018  CA, hunting license can register if they consider themselves a new or beginner waterfowl hunter.  Past Duck Camp attendees can not apply.

What is included? A two night stay at Grizzly Ranch, food and drink, decoys, blinds, boats, game cleaning facility, CWA memberships,  and expert instruction is included.
 

Can I bring my hunting dog? Yes, but all dogs must be kept in a dog crate or vehicle when you are not hunting. You will be responsible for the behavior and actions of your dog, as well providing adequate food and water.

 

Where does the hunting take place? All of the waterfowl hunting at Duck Camp takes place at Grizzly Ranch located in the famed Suisun Marsh, bordering Grizzly Island State Wildlife Area. The ranch is over 900 acres and the wetlands are managed by CWA biologists.  The blinds consist of two and three man tanks and stand-up blinds.  Decoys and transportation to and from the blind are provided.

 

Where does everyone sleep? All participants sleep in a open-roomed bunk house equipped with roll-a-way beds. Private rooms are limited.
 
What do I bring?

-Hunting gear: valid 2017-2018 CA, hunting license, CA duck stamp, Federal duck stamp, HIP stamp, ear and eye protection, 2-4 boxes of steel ammunition, gun, gun case, waders, camouflage jacket, hat, gloves, camera, and warm clothes.

-Overnight gear: includes sleeping bag, pillow, etc. Indoor sleeping facilities are provided for everyone, but no showers are not available.

 
I do not have the necessary hunting gear, what can I do? If you do not have the necessary hunting gear please contact Carson Odegard  at (916) 960-9848 or email codegard@calwaterfowl.org. California Waterfowl will lend gear on a loaner basis for the weekend.
 
Do I need prior shotgun shooting experience? Yes, prior shotgun shooting experience is necessary. If no prior shooting experience please call Carson Odegard.

 

 

Tentative Itinerary

Friday

6:00 PM

Hunters arrive, collect paperwork, store gear

6:00-6:15

Introduction and Welcome

6:15-6:45

Hunter Introduction  

6:45-7:30

Dinner

7:30-8:00

CWA-Overview/Presentation of Grizzly Island

8:00-8:30

Waterfowl ID/ Sound Files

8:30-9:30

Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities

    -Regulations

    -Ethics

    -Public Lands (Refuges, BLM, Public Waterways, etc).

9:30

Quiz on Waterfowl ID and Regulations

10:00

Bedtime

 

Saturday

4:30 – 5:30

Wakeup / Breakfast/Safety Speech

5:30 – 10:30

Duck hunt

10:30-12:00

Duck Calling (Whistling ducks, Mallards, Spec, Honker)

12:00-12:45

Lunch

12:45-1:15

Conservation/Ethics

1:15-2:00

Bird Cleaning

2:00 – 5:00

Hunting Tactics

-Decoy Spreads

-Concealment

- Retrievers

-Judging distance

- Ammo Selection

 

5:30-6:00

Transition / Snack Break

6:00-7:00

Dinner

7:30-7:30

Hunt Review- wind, decoys, calling, concealment, etc.

7:30 – 8:30

Hunting Tactics Overview

8:30 -9:00

Draw for blinds

9:30

Bedtime

 

 

Sunday
4:30 – 5:30

Wakeup / Breakfast/Safety Speech

5:30 – 10:30

Duck Hunt

10:30-11:30

Return to camp/unload gear/cleanup (Group Picture)

11:30-12:30

Lunch (cook duck from day before)

12:30-1:15

Review hunt

1:15 – 2:00

-Bird cleaning

 -Gun Cleaning

2:00

Wrap-Up

 

 

 

 

Event Information

Grizzly Ranch
4179 Van Sickle Road
Suisun City, CA 94585
jsmith@calwaterfowl.org
530-870-8058