Getting your hunting license is just the beginning — most newly licensed hunters still need a lot of guidance to figure out what they’re doing.

For them, California Waterfowl offers a number of events where instructors will walk them through what they need to learn and mentors will help them hunt. In many cases, loaner gear including firearms and specialized clothing will be available. There is a strong emphasis on safety – we help you build safe gun-handling habits!

If you haven’t gotten your license yet, you’ll need to complete hunter education – we have workshops for that, too. Go to hunter education events.

2020 Schedule (PDF)

Fun shoots (1-day)

  • Held once a year (August 8, 2020) at Grizzly Ranch in Solano County
  • For ages 8+,  with adult supervision for minors
  • Novice participants can learn shotgun, rifle and archery with all equipment provided, while experienced shooters can try the ranch’s challenging* sporting clays course (click here to see video of the course)
  • Non-toxic shot is required for our events

* This is what we mean by challenging:

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Camp Sprig Level 2 (5-day)

  • Camps are held twice a year at Grizzly Ranch in Solano County in the summer (2020 camps: June 21-25, and July 12-16)
  • Participants sleep in tents
  • For ages 10-17
  • Camps feature fishing, shooting, archery, hunting skills and duck banding
Register Here

Camp shooting instruction

Camp Sprig Level 3 (4-day)

  • Camp is held once a year at Grizzly Ranch in Solano County in the summer (July 26-29)
  • Participants sleep in tents
  • For ages 10-17
  • Camps feature fishing, shooting, archery, hunting skills and duck banding
Register Here

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Women’s Pheasant Hunt (1-day)

  • Held once a year at Hastings Island Hunting Preserve (Oct. 10, 2020)
  • For women 18+
  • Mentored hunt in the morning
  • Lunch included
  • Afternoon trap shoot
  • Dinner at CWA’s nearby Denverton duck club – optional overnight lodging included

*Registration for 2020 coming soon*

Women’s Duck Camp—Upper Butte Basin (3-day)

  • Nov. 6-8, 2020
  • Workshop and hunt in the Upper Butte Basin
  • Lodging at Bird Haven/Casa de Patos
  • For women who have hunted ducks 0-5 times
  • Women may attend for two consecutive years
  • Shooting instruction and sessions on duck calling, duck ID, duck plucking, duck processing and duck cooking
  • Hunt in pairs at one of three prestigious clubs: Little Dry Creek Farm, Closed Zone Farms or Mom’s
  • $450 – includes lodging, meals, hunts

*Registration for 2020 coming soon*

A group of female hunters enjoy the clubhouse at Denverton with California Waterfowl.

Mentored Women’s Duck Hunts

Overnight hunts – dinner, followed by morning hunt, then lunch

All experience levels welcome, but guides and gear are available for novices

Individuals may hunt at one of the two Suisun Marsh hunts offered, one of the two Delta hunts offered or the newly offered hunt at CWA’s Sanborn Slough/Butte Creek Island Ranch properties in the Butte Sink

*Registration coming soon*

A group of female hunters pose after a hunt with California Waterfowl at Grizzly Ranch.

Women’s Duck Camp—Grizzly Ranch

  • Nov. 27-29, 2020 at Grizzly Ranch
  • For women ages 21+ who have hunted ducks 0-5 times
  • Workshops on hunting and game processing skills
  • Saturday and Sunday morning hunts at CWA’s Grizzly Ranch in Solano County.
  • Participants must already have a valid hunting license and required stamps/validations.
  • Individuals may attend two consecutive years.
  • $450 – includes lodging and meals

*Registration coming soon*


Waterfowl 101 

  • Held twice a year at Grizzly Ranch in the Suisun Marsh
  • One day event in Sept. 12 or 19 followed by overnight stay and guided hunt on Nov. 6-7 or 13-14
  • Adults only
  • Includes hunter education, shooting, hunting skills
  • Game preparation and cooking demonstration
  • Hunting license is included
  • Gear provided

Sept. 12Sept. 19

A guide unloads a strap of ducks at California Waterfowl's Duck Camp.

Duck Camp (3-day)

This three-day workshop at CWA’s Grizzly Ranch in the Suisun Marsh is designed to help new and beginner waterfowl hunters age 10+ (with adult supervision if under 18) with hunting skills including calling, decoy spreads, shot selection, waterfowl ID, and much more.

Lodging and meals are provided. Participants will hunt both Saturday and Sunday mornings with volunteer mentors. Loaner gear is available but hunting licenses and duck stamps are required prior to attending.

Event Dates:

  • October 30- November 1, 2020
  • December 4-6, 2020
  • January 15-17, 2021

Registration Coming Soon!

Throughout hunting seasons, California Waterfowl’s Hunt Program offers a variety of mentored or guided hunts perfect for newer hunters.

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