Veteran Hunt Program

California Waterfowl created its Veteran Hunt Program in 2013 with the goal of providing exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities to servicemen and women and their families. The program promotes wellness through outdoor healing and the camaraderie of fellow veterans. Participants have enjoyed hunter education courses, fun shoots, fishing trips,  and hunts for waterfowl, dove and turkey from the Klamath Basin to the southern San Joaquin Valley. What’s included: CWA coordinates all hunt details and supplies food and lodging, shotgun shells, guns, jackets, gear bags, duck calls, shirts, hats and more to all participants.

CWA also provides waterfowl blinds accessible to the mobility impaired at its three hunt properties: Denverton and Grizzly Ranch in the Suisun Marsh, and Goose Lake in the southern San Joaquin Valley. See General Hunt Program

These hunting opportunities would not be possible without the continual support of our volunteers and hunt donors. Their dedication and loyalty to CWA and the Veteran Hunt Program continues to further our mission of preserving our hunting and shooting heritage.

 

**2017 Summer Hunts and Fishing Descriptions**-CLICK HERE

 

 

Expired-2016-17 Hunt Descriptions-CLICK HERE

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Who can apply? Anyone who is currently serving or has served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. Preference will go to wounded servicemen and women and to new, first-time waterfowl hunters.
How much does the hunt cost? Registration and the hunt is free.  If selected the hunter must purchase valid hunting license with stamps.  
What type of events does the Veteran Hunt Program host? We host waterfowl hunts, but do offer dove, pheasant, and pig hunts when available. We also host fishing trips and a Family Fun Shoot at Grizzly Ranch. For more information regarding other events the Veteran Hunt Program hosts please check-in frequently.
Can I bring a guest? No, the Veteran Hunt Program is for veterans only. We do group up individuals who know other veterans who are applying.  You can name any friends who are veterans  on your application.  They do need to submit an application as well.
 
Do I need a hunting license? Yes, all hunters need a valid 2016-2017 CA, hunting license and HIP stamp.
 
       Waterfowl Hunting: CA Duck Stamp and Federal Duck Stamp is required.
       Upland Hunting: CA Upland Stamp is required.
 

 

How do I signup? Click the register tab to signup. 
 
What is included? Typically overnight lodging, dinner, breakfast, lunch, decoys, blinds, boats, and game cleaning facility. Guides are provided at each blind. The volunteer/mentor guide will help with blind safety, waterfowl identification, decoy placement, bird retrieval, calling, etc.

  
Where does the hunt take place? There are multiple locations in the program. Please view hunt description before applying. 
 

What do I bring?  Depends on what event, however for waterfowl hunts see below.

Hunting gear: valid 2016-2017 hunting license, CA duck stamp, federal duck stamp, ear and eye protection, steel ammunition, gun, gun case, waders, camouflage jacket, hat gloves camera, and warm clothes. 

Overnight gear: sleeping bag, pillow, etc 

 

I do not have the necessary hunting gear, what can I do? If you do not have the necessary hunting gear please contact Jeff Smith at (530) 870-8058(530) 305-9234 or email jeff_smith@calwaterfowl.org. California Waterfowl will lend gear on a loaner basis.