2019-20 Hunt Program Frequently Asked Questions

How much does each hunt application cost? $5

How do I apply? Click on the APPLY button. If you haven’t created a new account in 2019, you will need to create one. If you created an account for Spring 2019 hunts, please log into that account. Once created, log in and click the “Apply for hunts” tab. Select hunt region or hunt type you wish to apply for, select dates by clicking the box next to the hunt and proceed to checkout when finished.

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 will I be notified if I am a hunt winner or alternate? If you are a hunt winner, you will be notified by email immediately after the draws. If you are an alternate that becomes a winner due to the winner “passing” the hunt, you will be notified immediately via email. You can view your draw results by logging into your account and clicking “View My Hunt Applications” tab. Draw results will be posted in your account within 3 business days of the deadline.

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.

Are any of the fees refunded? Refunds will not be issued for hunts canceled due to extreme weather/flooding. Refunds will also not be issued for a hunt canceled 24 hours before the hunt date.

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 Sanborn Slough, 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, they will appear in your account. You can check if any of your applications were successful by logging into your account, clicking on the “View My Hunt Applications” tab, and scrolling down to view results. You can find your draw results by logging into your account here.

What are the odds of drawing as the hunt winner? During the 2018-2019 waterfowl season, the number of applications averaged 29 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 our Hunt Program Coordinators Garrett Williams at (209) 324- 8801 or Carson Odegard at (916) 960-9848, or email them at gwilliams@calwaterfowl.org or  codegard@calwaterfowl.org

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