CWA HUNTER CAMPS FAQ'S

Hunter Camps Activity Matrix

2017 Schedule and Activities

Camp

County

Date

Days 

Age

Cost

Hunter
Education

Shooting

Archery

Fishing

Duck Banding

Hunting Skills

Hunting

SoCal Camp - Mystic Lake

Riverside March

2

10-16

$175

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

N

NorCal Camp - Rancho Esquon

Butte May 19-21  2.5 10-16 $250 Y Y Y Y Y Y N

Summer Camps - Level 1

Solano

June 11-15

5

10-16

$550

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Summer Camps - Level 2

Solano

June 18-22

5

10-16

$550

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Summer Camps - Level 1

Solano

July 9-13

5

10-16

$550

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Summer Camps - Level 2

Solano July 16-20 5 10-16 $550 N Y Y Y Y Y N

Family Camp

Solano Aug 4-6 2.5 10 & up $275 Y Y Y N Y Y N

Grizzly Ranch

Solano

Sept 16-17

2

10-16

$175

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Y

N

Women's Pheasant Hunt

Solano Sept 30-Oct 1 2 17 & up $250 Y Y Y N N Y Y

Bird Haven

Butte

Nov. 10-12

2.5

11-16

$300

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Duck Camp*

Solano TBD 2.5 10 & up $300 N N N N N Y Y

* Price per person, event registration is for 1-3 friends or family members. 

Locations:  Most camps are hosted at CWA's Grizzly Ranch Education Center.  The regional camps include Mystic Lake Duck club (Riverside county), Bird Haven (Butte county).  Our Women's Pheasant hunt is hosted by Birds Landing with overnight lodging at CWA's Denverton Education Center. 

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 included in California Waterfowl Hunter Conservation Camps?

Many of the camps include the California Hunter Education certification so that attendees can take course and get their hunter safety certificate.  The level 2 camps and duck camp are opportunities for those who already have a hunter safety certificate.  Camps include food and overnight lodging and our taught by certified instructors including CWA staff and volunteers.

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.  There are also family camps (attend camp with your kids), adult camp and a women's camp. 

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.  Duck camp in December includes two hunt days with instruction to help new hunters further their hunting skills in the presence of instructors.

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