Don’t make ’em wait until they’re grown-ups to fall in love with the marsh!

We’ve got two types of special opportunities for youth hunters: Youth Hunt Weekend, which takes place the weekend after the regular duck season closes, and regular season hunts. Either way, these opportunities can help ensure your child becomes a lifelong hunter and conservationist.

To qualify as a youth hunter, the hunter must have been less than 16 years old at the beginning of the license year (July 1). In many youth hunts, adult chaperones are not allowed to shoot-if you’re looking for hunts where you can hunt right alongside your kids, check out our family hunt options.

Youth Turkey Hunts


 

HOODOO ISLAND

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.

Special conditions:  At least one hunter must be a junior.

Capacity: Three hunters (two juniors and one non shooting adult on youth weekend, two juniors and one shooting adult on all other weekends).

Applications Closed

REGULAR SEASON HUNTS


 

BIRD HAVEN—YOUTH HUNTER CAMP

This camp, held once a year at Bird Haven Ranch in Glenn County, includes hunter education, shooting, archery, hunting skills and a duck hunt on the third day. All gear is provided!

Special conditions: For youth ages 11-17 to have not yet completed hunter education

Date: November 20-22, 2020

Applications Closed

SUTTER BYPASS RICE BLIND/DNH FARMS

Application type: First-come, first-served (youth free)

Cost: $25 per hunter

DNH Farms has donated a rice blind near Robbins, in the Sutter Bypass, 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 $25 fee per person (youth are free) 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.

Capacity: Four hunters

All dates reserved

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

Applications Closed

 

YOUTH HUNT WEEKEND


 

BIRD HAVEN RANCH—SACRAMENTO VALLEY

Application Type: Lottery

This is one of the premier duck clubs in the country. At 2,200+ acres and located just west and adjacent to the closed zones of Howard Slough and Little Dry Creek Wildlife Areas, this club is one of the most beautiful and productive marshes in the Pacific Flyway. In addition to lush watergrass and smartweed fields intermixed with willow trees and tules, Bird Haven Ranch also farms about 1,000 acres of rice and a considerable amount of corn and milo food plots. If you’re not chasing mallards and wood ducks in the oak trees along Butte Creek or in a flooded corn field, you’re sure to see plenty of ducks and geese using the manicured wetlands. Hunters will be driven out to large and comfortable stand up blinds for a morning shoot. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend some time at the one of kind, Bird Haven Ranch.

Capacity:Two juniors and one non-shooting adult chaperone. Five groups of three will be drawn.

Hunt Date: Feb 6

Applications Closed

 

Two young hunters pose with waterfowl they shot at Bird Haven Youth Hunter Camp.

BUTTE CREEK ISLAND RANCH—SACRAMENTO VALLEY

Application type: Lottery

This 110-acre, CWA-owned property sits between Butte Creek and Howard Slough, across from the famed Little Dry Creek unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area. Hunts will take place in either stand-up or floating blinds located in two separate units. Mallards and wood ducks are commonly harvested in the area, as they come into the marsh after feeding on nearby rice. Decoys are provided.

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

Capacity:Two juniors and one non-shooting adult chaperone. Two groups of three will be drawn. Groups will draw for blinds before the morning hunt.

Hunt Date: Feb 6

Applications Closed

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DENVERTON—SUISUN MARSH

Application type: Lottery

This is a California Waterfowl-owned property encompassing 762 acres in the Suisun Marsh off Highway 12. Five hunting groups will be allowed each hunt date, giving every group a great chance for a memorable hunt. The hunt area consists of three XFowler floating blinds and three Black Box pit blinds.

Capacity: Two junior hunters and one non-shooting adult chaperone 

Applications Closed

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FAMILY CLUB—SUISUN MARSH

Application type: Lottery

This 250-acre Suisun Marsh duck club is located adjacent to Highway 680 just north of “Mothball Fleet.” This is one of the premier duck clubs in the Suisun Marsh. The club is primarily open water, which offers great pintail and teal hunting. Due to its location along Goodyear Slough, this club has been known to offer great mallard hunting given the right conditions. Hunters will take a UTV (provided) and walk (about 200 yards) to the blind.

Capacity: One junior and one non-shooting adult chaperone. Three groups will be drawn for this hunt.  

Applications Closed

 Two hunters pose after a hunt at Family Club with California Waterfowl.

 

GRIZZLY RANCH—SUISUN MARSH

Application type: Lottery

This is a California Waterfowl-owned property in the famed Suisun Marsh, bordering Grizzly Island State Wildlife Area. Grizzly Ranch is over 900 acres and the wetlands are managed by CWA biologists. Groups will draw for blinds before the morning hunt.

Special Conditions: Decoys and transportation to and from the blinds are provided.

Capacity: Two junior hunters and one non-shooting adult chaperone. Ten groups will be drawn.

Hunt Date: Feb 6

Applications Closed

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GOOSE LAKE YOUTH HUNT – WASCO

Application type: Lottery

Houchin Unit: (Capacity 2 hunters and one non-shooting chaperone per blind). This is a California Waterfowl owned property encompassing 2,200 acres located in Wasco, CA roughly 8 miles south of Kern National Wildlife Refuge in Kern County. In 2014, we reconstructed 300-acres of wetlands on the Houchin Unit to improve water use efficiency and promote the growth of waterfowl food plants, such as swamp timothy and watergrass.

If the Mobility Impaired blind is needed please apply to blind #1. Blind #1 has the option to shoot blind #1 or 2 or free roam in unit.

Blind #1- (3-Man Mobility Impaired-Floating Stand-Up). Winner of Blind #1 has choice to hunt Blind #1 or 2.
Blind #2 – (3-Man Stand-Up Blind with dog stand). Winner of Blind #1 has option to hunt Blind #1 or 2 or free roam in unit.
Blinds #3-8 (3-Man Pit Blinds with dog boxes)

Capacity: Two hunters and one non shooting chaperone per blind

Applications Closed

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MULBERRY—SUISUN MARSH

Application type: Lottery

This 600-acre Suisun Marsh duck club is located adjacent to Highway 680 near the “Mothball Fleet.” The club traditionally holds large numbers of pintail, as well as other ducks, in the 200-acre private sanctuary on the west side of the property. As with most clubs on the marsh, access to the blind is by boat (provided). With recent habitat improvements, this club will offer great teal and pintail hunting. Do not miss this opportunity to hunt a premier Suisun Marsh duck club.

Capacity: One junior and one non-shooting adult chaperone. Two groups will be drawn for this hunt.

Applications Closed

 

A young hunter poses with the fruits of her hunt.

SANBORN SLOUGH—SACRAMENTO VALLEY

Application type: Lottery

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 boats are provided. Four groups of three hunters will be drawn. Groups will draw for blinds the morning before the hunt.

Capacity: Two junior hunters and one non-shooting adult chaperone

Applications Closed

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STATEN ISLAND—CALIFORNIA DELTA

Application type: Lottery

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, rice, triticale, potatoes and hay. Hunters will hunt from stand-up and pit-blinds, in flooded harvested corn, rice, and natural wetlands. Water depth range from 6 to 24 inches. Blind stools and decoys provided.

Special Conditions: Hunting will end at 10 a.m. Each group must consist of at least two hunters. Hunt winner must bring at least one guest. Five groups will be drawn each hunt date. Groups will draw for blinds in the morning before the hunt.

Capacity: Two junior hunters and one non-shooting adult chaperone

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

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