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 limited to veterans.

All of these hunts are open to any veteran currently serving or who has served in the 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.

Moon Lake Duck Club

Application Type: Veteran Hunt Program

Cost: Free

Join California Waterfowl Association on a truly enjoyable Veteran hunt with Moon Lake Duck Club. This club is located between the Sacramento NWR and Delavan NWR and is a season long attraction for the large amount of ducks and geese wintering in this area. You will hunt out of flooded rice fields and well-maintained pit blinds and enjoy shooting waterfowl at close ranges and “feet down” in the decoys. This is one of those remarkable hunts brought to CWA via a remarkable donor supporting our Veteran Hunt Program.

Hunt dates: Hunts will take place every Saturday and Sunday from Oct 24 through Jan 31. Sign up once and your name will be on the list for all season.

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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: Each blind will have a volunteer guide. the volunteer guide will help with blind safety, waterfowl identification, decoy placement, bird retrieval, calling, etc.

Hunt dates:

  • Nov 28
  • Dec 12
  • Jan 9
  • Feb 13

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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: Nov 14

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SOHNREY FAMILY FOODS RICE BLIND

Application type: First-come, first-served

Cost: Free

Must be a youth or veteran to register. Sohnrey Family Foods has donated a rice blind off Highway 99 and Nelson Shippee Road specifically for families and veterans. These hunts are unguided in a fully furnished rice blind. Hunters will be in charge of getting themselves to the blind (stools and decoys are provided). Youth hunters need to be accompanied by an adult  chaperone (21 or older). There is no fee to reserve a date or attend.

Special conditions: Must be a youth or veteran to register.  May hunt all day.

Capacity: Four hunters

SOLD OUT- October 16th  @ 9:25 AM

 

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: A dinner will be provided along with free rooms at the Colusa Casino

Hunt date: Jan 2

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Two hunters pose after a hunt with California Waterfowl.

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:

Coming Soon

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:

Coming Soon

 

A veteran displays a pintal he shot at Gustine Gun Club 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. A pheasant hunt will take place after the duck hunt!

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

Hunt date: Dec 12

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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 of the hunt for a light breakfast and to meet the hosting club members and volunteers.

Special conditions: Participants will arrive the day of the hunt.  The club will host a hunt and a breakfast.

Hunt date:

Coming Soon

 

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:

Coming Soon

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:

Coming Soon

Two hunters smile after a hunt with California Waterfowl.

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: 

Coming Soon

The “111” Duck Club

Application Type: Veteran Hunt Program

Cost: Free

It’s called the 111 because it is 111 acres of prime duck country right in the middle of the best duck hunting the grasslands have to offer. This privately owned club will provide comfortable accommodations, easy access blinds, and A LOT of ducks. The fortunate 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 the afternoon of the day before the hunt and enjoy a dinner with your host, then settle in for history of duck hunting days past while you wait for shoot time! The whistle of wings will certainly follow shortly thereafter!

Hunt date:

Coming Soon

 

BarDown Veteran’s Goose Hunt

Application Type: Veteran Hunt Program

Cost: Free

Come join California Waterfowl Association Veteran Hunt Program and BarDown Waterfowl for a world class dry field lay out goose hunt. BarDown Waterfowl is located in the world class capital of geese, near Richvale, and promises to be a goose hunting dream opportunity. You will hunt in layout blinds spread out over harvested fields and be forced to wait as the geese pile into your decoys. These boys know how to hunt and they are extremely appreciative to host this Veteran Hunt. You will arrive “zero dark thirty”, assist in setting up the decoys, then settle in for what we are sure will be an exciting day of hunting.

Hunt date:

Coming Soon

BarDown Veteran Goose Hunt

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.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no hunts at Staten Island during the 2020-2021 season.

 

 

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

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:

Cancelled for 2020 due to no water on refuge.

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

SPECIAL LATE SEASON VETERAN HUNTS

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.

Hunt date: 

  • Feb 13

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

GRIZZLY RANCH—WATERFOWL HUNT

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

This is a California Waterfowl-owned property in the famed Suisun Marsh, bordering Grizzly Island Wildlife Area. Grizzly Ranch is over 900 acres and the wetlands are managed by CWA biologists. Decoys and transportation to and from the blinds is provided.

Special conditions: Each blind will have a volunteer guide. the volunteer guide will help with blind safety, waterfowl identification, decoy placement, bird retrieval, calling, etc.

Hunt dates:

  • Feb 13

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MOUND FARMS—WATERFOWL HUNT

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

Mound Farms was recently restored by CWA in 2013. Located in the southern Yolo Bypass, 16 miles south of Davis. You can plan on shooting a variety of species. All hunting will be from pit blinds or stand-up blinds.

Capacity: One hunter

Hunt dates:

  • Feb 13

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