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2016-17 Family Hunt Program

Ranch provides a rare foundation to recruit and retain hunters into the lifestyle of waterfowling. These foundations consist of fun and exciting experiences, despite taking game or not. At Grizzly Ranch hunters  receive the works. What are the works? The works include overnight lodging prior to the hunt, which includes an education portion, in which participants learn essential waterfowl identification, waterfowl regulations, blind set-up, and firearm safety skills, camaraderie with fellow enthusiasts, non intimidating environments, learning new skills and trades for the field, meeting new hunters, riding in boats, seeing quarry you are pursuing, lodging, breakfast, lunch, and hunting at well managed, very low pressured location.  

       

 

Hunts are filled on a first come first serve basis. If this calls at the inner outdoorsmen in you or your youth hunter, click on the register tab to signup today!

 

May only register for one date/blind during the 2016-2017 waterfowl season.

 

Helpful documents below!

Grizzly Ranch Blind Map-Click Here

Grizzly Ranch Bird and Blind AVG-Click Here

 

 

   

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the hunt cost? $150 per  two person group. The registration fee includes a Sprig membership and Regular membership, overnight accommodations, breakfast, and lunch. Each party consists of one youth hunter and one shooting chaperone. All junior hunters must be accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older.  

     * Note-Blind C1, E0 and G3 are reserved for parties of two junior hunters and one adult. These are the only blind for parties of three. The cost is $225 per party of three. 

 

Do I need a hunting license? Yes, all hunters need a valid 2016-2017 California hunting license.

 

How do I signup? Click the register tab to signup. May only register/attend once per person, per year or 2016-17 waterfowl season.

 

Who is considered a junior hunter? A hunter less than 18 years of age who takes birds or mammals. To qualify, hunter must be less than 18 years of age at the beginning of the license year (July 1). (Note-only hunters 15 years or younger may hunt during the special youth hunt weekend February 5-6).

 

Who can attend? Any junior hunter with a valid 2016-2017  California hunting license and adult  chaperones/hunters over 21 years of age or older.


What is included? A one night stay at Grizzly Ranch, breakfast, lunch, decoys, blinds, boats, and game cleaning facility. Guides/volunteer mentors are provided if you choose to have a guided/mentored hunt. The volunteer/mentor guide will help with blind safety, waterfowl identification, decoy placement, bird retrieval, calling, etc. 

 

Can adults shoot? Yes, this is a family hunt. Each group must consist of one junior hunter and one adult hunter 21 years of age or older.   Groups of three can consist of two juniors and one adult.

 

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 hunt take place? All of the waterfowl hunting 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 floating 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. A private room is reserved for female guests. 

 

How many hunters can hunt in a blind? Two hunters per blind. Blinds E0, C1 and E0 are reserved for groups of two juniors and one adult.

 

What do I bring?Hunting gear: valid 2016-2017 California hunting license, 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 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 Jake Gonsalves at (707) 363-4318 or email jgonsalves@calwaterfowl.org or Jeff Smith at (530) 305-9234 or email jsmith@calwaterfowl.org. California Waterfowl will lend gear on a loaner basis for the weekend.

 

Family Hunt Timeline

Friday

  • 8:00 pm: Arrival, welcome and paperwork verification at Education Center.
  • 8:30 pm: CWA led activities including safety discussion, hunt logistics, blind and sleeping assignments and fun learning activities. 
  • 10:00 pm: Retire to sleeping quarters in the bunkhouse.

Saturday

  • 2 hours before shoot time: Breakfast, coffee and guides meet youth hunters.
  • 1.5 hours before shoot time:  Dressed and ready to hunt. Hunting parties start boarding boats.
  • 11:00 am: HUNT ENDS transport hunting parties back to clubhouse. Pictures and bird cleaning activities
    commence. 
  • 12:00 (noon): Lunch and wrap-up.