California Waterfowl is proud to offer exceptional hunts and other outdoor opportunities to servicemen and women through its Veteran Hunt Program.

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.

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. Hunts are free and are for veterans only.

All of these hunts are open to any veteran currently serving or has served in the active military, naval or air service and was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. A committee reviews applicants and selects veterans best suited to enjoy the hunt.

In addition to these opportunities, the Hunt Program has blinds reserved on most lottery hunt days for people who are veterans and/or mobility impaired—click here for more information.

TULE LAKE NWR—WATERFOWL HUNT

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

Experience the wonders of the Klamath Basin in Tulelake, CA. The hunt will take place on the famed Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. The refuge has granted access to the hunt area, which closes at 1 p.m. every day and the lucky hunters will have the refuge all to themselves on this special afternoon. The hunt is fully guided and includes decoys, blinds, boats, lodging at Winema Lodge, food and drinks.

Special conditions: Hunters can meet in Redding on Saturday morning to carpool.

Hunt dates: November 2-3

Applications closed

A group of hunters poses after a hunt at Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge with California Waterfowl.

GOOSE LAKE—DOVE HUNT

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

Goose Lake, is a CWA-owned property that provides water and roosting areas southeast of Lost Hills in Kern County. The hunt area consists of seasonal wetlands, water canals, and eucalyptus and willow trees. There are two food plots on the property, one wheat and the other safflower. This will be an afternoon hunt for doves with a BBQ prior to the hunt.

Hunt date: November 10

APPLICATION CLOSED

HOODOO ISLAND—TURKEY HUNT

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

HooDoo Island, a portion of the Little Dry Creek Wildlife Area in Butte and Glenn counties, consists of 130 acres of pristine wetland and riparian habitat. Butte Creek and Howard Slough flow around the island, creating a wildlife corridor teeming with wild turkeys, wood ducks and other wildlife.

Food and lodging provided.

Hunt Date: Application Closed

Apply

A veteran poses with a turkey he shot at HooDoo Island with California Waterfowl.

RANCHO VISALIA HUNT CLUB—WATERFOWL HUNT

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

Rancho Visalia is located in northern Kern County, west of Delano. The 640-acre club  has three ponds that make up 115 acres of wetlands. The club was founded in 1945.

Special conditions: Hunters will arrive the night before for dinner, etc. Food and lodging included.

Hunt dates: Dec 21, 28, Jan 4, 11, 18

Apply

Two hunters pose after a hunt at Rancho Visalia with California Waterfowl.

DENVERTON—WATERFOWL HUNT

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

This is a California Waterfowl owned property encompassing 762 acres and located in the Suisun Marsh off Highway 12. The hunt area consists of three Xfowler floating blinds and three Black Box Pit Blinds.

Special conditions: Hunters will arrive Friday night for dinner. Each blind will have a volunteer guide. the volunteer guide will help with blind safety, waterfowl identification, decoy placement, bird retrieval, calling, etc. Food and lodging included.

Hunt dates:

  • November 29-30 Application Closed
  • December 13-14
  • January 10-11
Apply

BULL SPRIG OUTING WATERFOWL HUNT

Application type: Special Veteran Hunt

Cost: Free

Located near the Yolo Refuge, this club has been a family operation since 1976 and is 110 acres of a mixture of tules and Timothy grass. The hosts have excellent accommodations, comfortable blinds and A LOT of ducks. The lucky veteran hunters will enjoy an afternoon of pre-scouting, enjoy a pre-hunt dinner and wake-up with a fully guided hunt to include decoys, blinds and ducks.

Special conditions: Hunters will meet early afternoon the day before for some scouting and updates, enjoy a dinner with the hosts, then settle in for some tall tales of duck hunting days past while they wait for the sun to rise!  You can almost hear the whistle of wings already!

Hunt dates: Application Closed

GUSTINE GUN CLUB—WATERFOWL HUNT

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

The Gustine Gun Club is claimed to be the oldest club in the Grasslands. With a deep waterfowl history and great wing shooting, Gustine is a great destination for any waterfowl hunter. Hunters will arrive Tuesday night before the scheduled hunt for Hors d’oeuvres, dinner and to meet the hosting club members.

Special conditions: Participants will arrive the day before the hunt. Food and lodging included.

Hunt date: Application Closed

Apply

A veteran displays a pintal he shot at Gustine Gun Club during a hunt with California Waterfowl.

STATEN ISLAND—WATERFOWL HUNT

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

The Delta island is 9,200 acres and located roughly 10 miles east of Rio Vista. It is home to thousands of wintering ducks, geese, swans and cranes. A large population of Aleutian geese winter on the island. Crops consist of corn, triticale, potatoes and hay. Hunters will hunt from stand-up blinds in flooded, harvested corn fields. Water depth range from 6 to 24 inches. Blind stools and decoys provided.

Special conditions: Hunters will arrive the night before the hunt for dinner. Each blind will have a waterfowl guide. The volunteer guide will assist with calling, decoy set-up, bird ID, retrieving birds and more. Food and lodging included.

Hunt dates: December 10-11, Application Closed

January 14-15, Application still open

Apply

A hunter returns to the blind during a hunt with California Waterfowl.

SEBIA DUCK CLUB—WATERFOWL HUNT

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

This 6,400-acre rice ranch borders the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge. The club is well-known for excellent duck and goose hunting. The hunt is hosted by Manager Mark Kirsten and includes decoys, dinner, overnight lodging, breakfast, duck and goose calling, and transportation to and from blinds.

Special conditions: No 3½-inch shells and no 10 gauge

Hunt date: December 17-18

Apply

Two hunters smile after a hunt with California Waterfowl.

HOLLISTER LAND & CATTLE CO.—WATERFOWL HUNT

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

The Holllister Land and Cattle Co. boosts strong history in the Grasslands — neighboring the Gustine Gun Club. With over 2,500 acres, the Hollister is a top-producing club. Hunters will arrive Friday night before the scheduled hunt for Hors d’oeuvres, dinner and to meet the hosting club members.

Special conditions: Participants will arrive the Friday before the Saturday hunt. Food and lodging included.

Hunt date: January 3-4

Apply

COLUSA NWR—WATERFOWL HUNT

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

On this special hunt, all the assigned ponds at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge will be reserved for disabled veterans. Traditionally, this is a spectacular time for waterfowl hunting in the Sacramento Valley. The assigned pond locations will be reserved for the entire day. All selected hunters will be paired with a volunteer who will assist with calling, decoy set-up, bird ID, retrieving birds and more. This is a great opportunity to experience the wonders of a hunting a national wildlife refuge. A BBQ lunch will be provided after the hunt.

Special conditions: There will be a meet and greet on Friday before the hunt from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Colusa Casino to select blind locations and cover the logistics of the hunt. A dinner will be provided along with free rooms at the Colusa Casino.

Hunt date: January 3-4

Apply

Two hunters pose after a hunt with California Waterfowl.

MCDONALD ISLAND—WATERFOWL HUNT

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

The 6,000-acre McDonald Island is located in the California Delta, roughly 20 minutes from Stockton. The property is adjacent to Mandeville and Medford islands. Hunting will take place in the wetlands scattered throughout the island or on flooded corn fields. Hunters will arrive the day before the hunt for Hors d’oeuvres, dinner and to meet the hosting club members and volunteers.

Special conditions: Participants will arrive the evening before the hunt. Food and lodging provided.

Hunt date: January 7-8

Apply

A group of hunters pose after a hunt at McDonald Island with California Waterfowl.

BUCKSHOT DUCK CLUB—WATERFOWL HUNT

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

Located in the Grasslands of Los Banos, the Buckshot Duck Club is a 300-acre open water duck club.

Special conditions:Hunters arrive Friday night for a Saturday and Sunday Hunt at one of the premier clubs in The Grasslands.

Hunt date: January 10-12

Apply

A hunter poses after a hunt with California Waterfowl.

SANTURA DUCK CLUB—WATERFOWL HUNT

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

The 160-acre Santura Duck Club is located in Wasco near the Kern National Wildlife Refuge. Dinner, breakfast and lodging is included. This waterfowl hunt will be guided.

Special conditions: Hunters will arrive the day before the hunt for dinner. Food and lodging included.

Hunt date: January 17-18

Apply

Two hunters smile after a hunt with California Waterfowl.

BUTTE CREEK ISLAND RANCH/SANBORN SLOUGH—WATERFOWL HUNT

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

Butte Creek Island Ranch-This 110-acre, CWA-owned property sits between Butte Creek and Sanborn Slough, across from the famed Little Dry Creek unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area. Hunts will take place either in stand-up blinds or pit blinds located in three separate units. Mallards and wood ducks are common in the area, as they come into the marsh after feeding in nearby rice.

Sanborn Slough-This 260-acre, newly acquired CWA-owned property sits between Sanborn Slough and Cherokee Channel, across from the famed Little Dry Creek unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area. Hunts will take place in stand-up blinds scattered across the wetland unit.  Hunters will boat to selected blinds.

Special thanks to Closed Zone Farms for providing mowing and discing services to CWA’s Butte Creek Island Ranch and Sanborn Slough properties.

Special conditions: Decoys and transportation near the blind is provided. Overnight lodging and meals provided.

Hunt date: January 31

Apply

This dad and his boys brought down 18 birds on opening day at Sanborn Slough.

Previous events

Veterans’ Salmon Fishing on the Blue Runner

Sept. 28, 2019

Join CWA and Captain Todd Magaline of the Blue Runner on a day trip for world-class king salmon out of Sausalito. The newly refurbished 43′ US Coast Guard certified Blue Runner is a DELTA, commonly regarded as one of the best and most stable charter fishing boats ever built with fine creature comforts and the best electronics money can buy! If there are fish out there, they will get us to them.

Special Conditions: Gear provided but you are welcome to bring your own. 40-50 lb. braided line is required as this is a trolling style boat, no monofilament. Food and drink provided, please don’t bring any alcohol on the boat.

Capacity: 20 Veterans

Daily Double Veterans Fishing Trip

Sept. 8, 2019

Come along and join Captain Fred Huber and the CWA Veteran Hunt Program on a Veteran’s Fishing event at the fertile fishing grounds off the coast of San Diego. Last year we filled the boat with rock fish and a variety of other game fish.

The Daily Double has a full galley, rod and reels, bait, and the expertise to put us on the fish. Sign up for your chance to be selected along with approximately 30 of your fellow veterans and enjoy a day on the water with California Waterfowl Association and the Daily Double.

Location: Point Loma, San Diego, California

Freelance Veterans Fishing Trip

July 28, 2019

The FREELANCE caters to both novice and experienced fishermen, and we will chase over two dozen different species of gamefish. Giant yellowtail tuna, dorado and white sea bass are some of the larger game fish encountered and can reach weights of 60 pounds or more. Halibut, barracuda, red snapper, calico bass, bonito, sheepshead and many more provide lots of angling opportunities. The crew provides state of the art fish finding systems and a huge live bait well system that assists in catching more fish. Crew members are on board every trip to assist in rigging up your lines with the best recommended tackle for the current fish you will be targeting.

Time: 06:00 hrs. Departure and will return later afternoon to early evening

Place: Davey’s Locker, 400 Main Street, Newport Beach, CA. 92661

Special Conditions: Rods and bait provided.

MILITARY APPRECIATION FUN SHOOT

July 20, 2019 

If you are currently serving or have served in the military come on out for our FREE Military Appreciation Fun Shoot on July 20 at Grizzly Ranch, in Suisun Marsh south of Fairfield. Yes, you can bring guests!

Beginning shooters will enjoy certified trained instruction in gun safety, shotgun, rifle and archery. All guns, ammunition & targets included! Experienced shooters will enjoy a 50-target sporting clay course. There are morning and afternoon sessions.

Please join us for this great family fun day! In addition to FREE admission, you’ll enjoy a free lunch.

California Dawn Veteran Sport Fishing

July 12, 2019

Join CWA as we go fishing for halibut and striper in the Bay on the California Dawn on Friday, July 12th. The California Dawn is captained by second generation charter operator Captain James Smith Jr., who has been fishing the San Francisco Bay Area since 1985 and is US Coast Guard Certified to 100 Miles. Captain James’ knowledge of the S.F. bay, along with his experienced and friendly crew, will guarantee everyone the ultimate fishing experience.

Special Conditions: Rods provided or bring your own gear.

Salmon Fishing on the Blue Runner

June 28, 2019

Veterans, join CWA and Captain Todd Magaline of the Blue Runner on a day trip for world-class King Salmon out of Sausalito. Their newly refurbished 43′ US Coast Guard certified Blue Runner is a DELTA, commonly regarded as one of the best and most stable charter fishing boats ever built with fine creature comforts and the best electronics money can buy! If there are fish out there, they will get us to them.

Special Conditions: Gear provided but you are welcome to bring your own. 40-50 lb braided line is required as this is a trolling style boat, no monofilament. Food and drink provided, please don’t bring any alcohol on the boat.

Capacity: 20 Veterans

Memorial Day Veterans and Kids Fishing Charter

May 27, 2019

California Waterfowl and the John Rowe Memorial are teaming up with Captain Rollo’s Kids at sea for a Memorial Day veterans and kids charter fishing adventure. Enjoy a day of fishing out of Long Beach Sportfishing on the “El Dorado” charter boat. Trip includes the boat, rod, bait, food, and refreshments for free.

This is a kids/veteran fishing event and is designed as an introduction for kids to learn all about fishing and the opportunities that await off the shores of California. You may apply for 1-3 youth participants ages 10-16. The youth participants can be your children or friends or family.

The veteran must attend with youth participant.

LOOKOUT RANCH — LATE SEASON GOOSE HUNT

Application Type: Veteran Hunt Program

Cost: Free

The 10,000 acre Lookout Ranch is located in Lookout, CA and is a privately held ranch that holds thousands of geese. The owner has graciously offered his ranch for a Veteran hunt and we are extremely excited to have this opportunity. Thousands of geese begin their migration North and stop thru on the ranch while waiting for the spring thaw. There is little to no hunting pressure and hunting will take place out of pit blinds under cover of hundreds of decoys. Hunters will arrive the day before the hunt, you will enjoy a dinner at the local eatery, then get ready for two days non-stop, heart-pounding snow goose hunting that just might be a once-in-a-lifetime hunt.

Special conditions: Participants will arrive the evening before the hunt. Food and lodging provided.

Hunt date: 2019 event has passed

Guides, decoys, and calling will be provided.

HOODOO ISLAND—TURKEY HUNT

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

HooDoo Island, a portion of the Little Dry Creek Wildlife Area in Butte and Glenn counties, consists of 130 acres of pristine wetland and riparian habitat. Butte Creek and Howard Slough flow around the island, creating a wildlife corridor teeming with wild turkeys, wood ducks and other wildlife.

Food and lodging provided.

Hunt dates: 2019 event has passed

A veteran poses with a turkey he shot at HooDoo Island with California Waterfowl.