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.


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: 

  • April 10
  • April 17


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


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.



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.