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 applications and chooses hunters in all hunts except first-come, first-served.

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.

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.

Applications closed May 6th. Applicants were notified on May 10th if they were selected to attend.


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


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.



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.


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.


Previous events


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: Arrive Friday, Feb. 15. Hunt Feb 16 and 17

Guides, decoys, and calling will be provided.


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: (Applications closed)

  • April 10
  • April 17

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