2018-19 Hunt Program Frequently Asked Questions

How much does each hunt application cost? $5

How do I apply? Click on the apply button. Click add to place specific hunt sessions into your cart. After you have selected your hunts, click continue. On the next page, you will select your hunts by checking the box next to the hunt name. Make sure to keep quantity at 1 if you’re applying for yourself. If applying for multiple people on the same application you will enter the total number of people in the quantity section.

How many hunts can I apply for? You may apply for every single hunt offered in the program; however you may only apply once per hunt.

Example: A property offers four hunting groups on October 20 at Denverton. You may apply for each hunting group. However you may only apply once per group or blind number.

The only exception is the Assigned Ponds at Grizzly Ranch, Denverton, and Goose Lake. Only mobility impaired or veterans may apply.

What if I apply more than once per hunt/selection? Your initial application is valid and your name will be entered into the drawing. Any additional duplicate applications submitted are invalid and you will not be refunded after the draw deadline. Please contact us before a hunt deadline if you applied more than once per hunt selection.

How many people are drawn per hunt? There are three people drawn for each hunt. A Hunt Winner, 1st Alternate, and 2nd Alternate. If the hunt winner declines or cannot attend the 1st Alternate is offered the hunt, then the 2nd Alternate if the 1st alternate declines.

How many guest hunters can I take as the hunt winner? If the hunter capacity is 3, then the hunt winner can bring 2 guest hunters for a total of 3 hunters.

Do I need to be a California Waterfowl member to apply? No, you do not need to be a CWA member to apply.

Do I need to be a California Waterfowl member to attend a hunt? Yes, all hunters and non-hunters need to become a CWA member before they attend a hunt they either won or are attending as a guest.

Do I pay a fee if I win a hunt or attend a hunt as a guest? Yes, each hunter will pay a $25 hunter access fee prior to the hunt date.

Do junior hunters pay a hunter access fee? No, all junior hunter access fees are waived.

Who is considered a junior hunter? A hunter who is less than 18 years of age on July 1 — the beginning of the license year.

Do I need a hunting license to apply? No, but a valid hunting license is required prior to participating on the actual hunt.

Where do the hunts take place? The hunt locations are on private property and locations are included in the hunt descriptions accessible from this page.

What should I expect from the hunt? Most hunts in the program are hosted by private landowners and guides. Winners of the hunts have the opportunity to hunt on exclusive properties at some of the top ducks clubs in the country. However, hunting can be unpredictable and harvesting game is not guaranteed. Please respect all hosts to ensure future hunters have the opportunity to hunt on these private lands.

What properties are owned solely by California Waterfowl? California Waterfowl owns and manages Butte Creek Island Ranch, Quimby Island, Denverton, Grizzly Ranch and Goose Lake. Learn more about these properties here.

Is lodging included? Every hunt is different. Some hunts include lodging, food, etc. Information is included in the hunt descriptions accessible from this page.

Can I give my hunt away as the hunt winner? The hunt winner must attend the hunt. Example: An adult can win a youth-only hunt and give the hunt to a youth hunter. The hunt winner would then become the non-shooting adult chaperone. The hunt is forfeited if the hunt winner cannot attend.

When do the draw results get posted? Approximately three business days after each deadline, which is usually the third Saturday of the month for the following month’s hunts. The draw results will be posted here. All hunt winners will be notified by phone or email and will be acquainted with the hunt host for more details.

*First and last names of all hunt winners and alternates are posted on our webpage and media outlets.

What are the odds of drawing as the hunt winner? During the 2017-2018 waterfowl season, the number of applications averaged 38 per hunt.

Where does the application fee and hunt fee money go? All proceeds raised through the Hunt Program support California Waterfowl’s conservation, education and hunting programs.

Are there any discounts for members of other organizations? No.

*Hunting groups must have at least one hunter 21 years of age or older.

Wait, I have more questions! Please contact Hunt Program Coordinator Jeff Smith at 530-870-8058 (office), 530-305-9234 (mobile), or email him at jsmith@calwaterfowl.org.

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