CWA HUNTER CAMPS FAQ'S

Hunter Camps Activity Matrix

2014 Schedule and Activities

Camp

Date

Days 

Age

Cost

Hunter
Education

Shooting

Archery

Fishing

Duck Banding

Hunting Skills

Hunting

Mystic Lake

March 15-16

2

10-17

$150

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Rancho Esquon

May 2-4

2.5

10-17

$225

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Family Camp

June 27-29 2.5 10 & up $225 Y Y Y Y Y Y N

Summer Camps - Level 1

July 13-17

5

10-15

$450

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Summer Camps - Level 1

July 20-24

5

10-15

$450

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Summer Camps - Level 2

July 27-31

5

11-17

$450

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Adult Camp

Aug. 22-24 2.5 21 & up $250 Y Y Y Y N Y N

Black Point

Sept. 6-7

2

10-17

$150

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Y

N

Grizzly Ranch

Sept 20-21

2

10-17

$150

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Y

N

Bird Haven

Nov. - 14-16

2.5

11-17

$275

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Duck Camp

Dec. 5-7 2.5 10 & up $350 N N N N N Y Y

Disclaimer:  Weather and other factors beyond our control may cause us to delete items like fishing and duck banding.  CWA reserves the right to delete these items without prior notice to attendees.

 

What is the goal of California Waterfowl Hunter Conservation Camps?

The goal is to prepare new hunters for a lifetime of outdoor experiences in a unique and exciting way. We do this by using great locations and experts in the field – staff and volunteers who enthusiastically share outdoor skills with camp attendees.

How old do you have to be for these camps?

The youth camps are designed for youth ages 10 and up, please call George Oberstadt at (916) 275-0961 if your child will be under 10 on the camp date.

What is the difference between Level 1 and Level 2 camps?

Level 1 camps include CA Hunter safety certification, Level 2 camps do not. The level 2 camps are designed for young hunters who have hunted at least 1 season.

What safety precautions will be in place?

The camps will have shooting ranges in place with specific range safety rules defined. The kids will shoot in small groups (max 5-6) with adult safety volunteers controlling all safety aspects. Male and female overnight chaperones are also fingerprinted.

Will my child earn a CA DFW Hunter Education certificate?

All camps teach the CA certified Hunter Education course, and campers take the certification test at camp. We complement the Hunter Education material with as much time as possible on shooting, archery, duck calling, and all of the many great activities that are part of the program.

What do I need to bring?

All guns, eye and ear protection, ammo, and supporting materials will be provided for your child to use. You will receive a camper handbook that includes a list of required items to bring. Remember to be prepared for any changing weather conditions.

Will my child benefit even if he/she already has the hunter education certificate?

Absolutely! You can never be "too safe," and taking a refresher can be especially helpful for kids. We also teach the material in some unique ways with hands-on activities like egg-salvage, duck banding, shooting, and archery to support the learning process. Our philosophy is based on retaining 10% of what you hear, 20% of what you see and 60% of what you do. We encourage those with hunting licenses to consider our skills camps or duck banding days as well as Family Fun shoots and hunting clinics

What's special about the Bird Haven camp?

The Bird Haven camp is designed to provide the opportunity to take hunter safety, learn shooting skills and go hunting all in one weekend.  Attendees must not already possess a hunter safety certificate, we are attempting to outreach to youths (11 & older) who have busy schedules and would like to do this all in one weekend. 

Questions about CWA’s Hunter Camps or any of our Hunting Heritage programs?

Call or email George Oberstadt at goberstadt@calwaterfowl.org, 916-275-0961