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.

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: 
November 24
December 01
December 08 (applications closed)
December 15 (applications closed)
December 22 (applications closed)
December 29 (applications closed)
January 05
January 12
January 19

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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: January 12
(December 15 hunt is closed)

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

Hunt date: November 28

ROBBINS RICE BLIND/DNH FARMS

Application type: First-come, first-served

Cost: $25

Dates: Dec. 1 – Jan. 27

DNH Farms has donated a rice blind near Robbins, specifically for families, veterans and women. 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 a one time $25 fee to reserve a date and attend.

Special conditions: At least one member of the hunting party must be a junior, veteran or woman. May hunt all day.

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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: December 4-5 (Application deadline 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: December 12 (Applications closed)

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: January 16 (Dec. 12 applications closed)

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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 20 (applications closed)

Two hunters smile after a hunt with California Waterfowl.

 

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 5  (Application deadline closed)

Two hunters pose 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 5

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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 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 8-9

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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 11-13

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BURBANK LAND CLUB—WATERFOWL HUNT

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

Burbank Land Club was established in 1927 in Kern County. The club consists of 300 acres of flooded natural wetlands heavy with swamp timothy and watergrass. Walk with ease on concrete walkways to the well-placed sunken blinds with swinging top lids.

Special conditions: Food and lodging provided. No gauges larger than 12. Hunters arrive the day before the hunt.

Hunt dates: TBA – check back this fall for details and to register.

Two veterans display their shot waterfowl during a hunt at Burbank Land Club 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: TBA – check back this fall for details and to register.

A hunt displays two ducks he shot during a hunt with California Waterfowl.

SOHNREY FAMILY FOODS RICE BLIND

Application type: First-come, first-served

Cost: Free

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: At least one member of the hunting party must be a junior or a veteran. May hunt all day.

Hunt dates: Dec. 1 – Jan. 27 (all dates reserved)

A hunter poses after a hunt with California Waterfowl at Sohnrey Family Farms.

HOODOO ISLAND—TURKEY HUNT

2018 hunt  has concluded.

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.

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

 

CICC OUTDOOR ADVENTURES—PIG HUNT

2018 spring hunt  has concluded.

Application type: Special veteran hunt

Cost: Free

Enjoy an exhilarating, heart-pounding adventure with the professional team of CICC Outdoor Adventures, hunting over 7,000 acres of pristine wild hog habitat in Colusa County. All you need to do is pull the trigger and the CICC Outdoor Adventure team does the rest. All in-field transportation, skinning and field dressing of game is included.

Food and lodging provided.

THE NEW HUCK FINN—SPORT FISHING

2018 spring trip has concluded.

Application type: Special veteran fishing trip

Cost: Free

Join CWA on the NEW Huck Finn. With over 40 years experience fishing San Francisco Bay, you can count on Captain Jay Yokomizo and his crew for a quality day on the water.

Special conditions: Food, drinks, rods and bait provided. Participants will meet at the dock the morning of the trip.

Capacity: 18

Date: June 3

A veteran smiles as he displays his catch during a fishing trip with California Waterfowl.

CALIFORNIA DAWN—SPORTFISHING

The 2018 event has concluded.

Application type: Special veteran fishing trip

Cost: Free

The California Dawn is captained by second-generation charter operator Captain James Smith, Jr., who has been fishing the San Francisco Bay since 1985 and is U.S. 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 experience.

Special conditions: Rods and bait provided. Will show up the morning of the fishing trip.

Capacity: 18

Date: June 22

A group of veterans displays a haul of salmon during a fishing trip with California Waterfowl.

SO CAL SPORTFISHING

The 2018 event has concluded. 

Application type: Special veteran fishing trip

Cost: Free

Join California Waterfowl on the FREELANCE, 80-foot fishing boat that fishes the local coastal areas from Dana Point to Long Beach, Catalina Island and off-shore. Spacious and comfortable galley/snack bar that puts the fun in fishing. The boat offers a full service kitchen with the latest in fish-tracking systems. Along with a state-of-the-art ship, captains and crews are industry leaders with many years of experience and highly respected within the sportfishing industry. The boat will leave out of Newport Beach at 6:30 a.m. and return at 6:30 pm.

Special conditions: Food, drinks, rods and bait provided. Participants will meet at the dock the morning of the trip.

Capacity: 30

Date: Aug. 12

SAN DIEGO/POINT LOMA SPORTFISHING

2018 event has concluded

Application type: Special veteran fishing trip

Cost: Free

Come join California Waterfowl and Capt. Fred Huber from Point Loma Sport Fishing on the DAILY DOUBLE.  Capt. Huber fishes the local areas and kelp beds out of San Diego and offers a fantastic crew along with a spacious and comfortable galley/snack bar that puts the fun in fishing. Along with a state-of-the-art ship, captains and crews are industry leaders with many years of experience and highly respected within the sport fishing industry. The boat will leave out of Point Loma, San Diego at approximately 6:30 a.m. and return at approximately 4:30 pm.

Special conditions: Food, drinks, rods and bait provided. Participants will meet at the dock the morning of the trip.

Capacity: 30

Date: October 7

TULE LAKE NWR—WATERFOWL HUNT

2018 event has concluded

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. The refuge has granted access to the hunt area, which closes as 1 p.m. every day. 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. Hunters will also hunt Sunday morning.

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

Hunt dates: November 3-4

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.

Hunt date: November 11 Application deadline has closed.

 

MILITARY APPRECIATION FUN SHOOT

The 2018 event has concluded. 

If you are currently serving or have served in the military come on out for our FREE Military Appreciation Fun Shoot on July 28 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.

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