Hunting isn’t like fishing — you can’t just buy a license and head to the dock.

Californians are required to complete a hunter education course and pass an exam before being allowed to get their first hunting license. And if they hope to be successful hunters, they need to learn shooting skills as well.

That’s why California Waterfowl provides a variety of clinics where participants can complete their hunter education requirement, get some shooting instruction, learn hunting skills and, in some cases, go on their first hunts. Scroll down for a listing of our annual hunter ed events for youth, women and all adults.

Do you already have your hunter education certificate, but still need help learning the ropes? Go to the Hunter Development Events page.

2018 schedule (PDF)

A shooting instructor helps on the archery range

Hunting 101 for Adults (1-day)

  • Usually held one to three times per year in various locations (the first scheduled course was April 15, 2018 at Grizzly Ranch in Solano County)
  • For ages 18+
  • Participants complete online portion of hunter education in advance and finish during the workshop
  • Course includes shooting instruction and hunting skills, including game processing
  • All gear is provided

Woman showing knots she just tied

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Multi-Course Workshop (3-day)

  • Held once per year (the event for 2018 has concluded – please check back in January for 2019 dates)
  • For women ages 21+
  • Workshop covers a variety of outdoor skills, including hunter education
  • All gear is provided

Participant showing he has his earplugs in

Youth Hunter Camp (3-day)

  • Held once per year at Rancho Esquon in Butte County (the 2018 camp has concluded)
  • For ages 10-17
  • Camp includes hunter education, shooting, archery, fishing, hunting skills and duck banding
  • All gear is provided
Children at California Waterfowl Hunter Conservation Camps

Youth gain skills and friends for a lifetime at CWA summer camps.

Level 1 Hunter Conservation Camps (5-day)

  • Held three times per year at Grizzly Ranch in Solano County (2018 camps have concluded)
  • Ages 10-17
  • Camps include hunter education, shooting, archery, fishing, hunting skills and duck banding
  • All gear is provided
  • There are Level 2 camps for children who have already completed hunter ed and hunted for one season

Father and son at Family Camp

Family Camp (3-day)

  • Held once per year in the summer (2018 camp has concluded)
  • Ages 10+, with at least one child and one parent or guardian in each group
  • Camps include hunter education, shooting, archery, hunting skills and duck banding
  • All gear is provided

Novice Women’s Pheasant Hunt Weekend (2-day)

  • Usually held once a year in late September
  • Participants complete online portion of hunter education in advance and finish during the workshop
  • Course includes shooting instruction
  • Hunting license is included
  • Participants go on a pheasant hunt on the second day
  • All gear is provided
  • When room is available male significant others are welcome

NEW! Novice Adult Pheasant Hunt Weekend

  • Held at Birds Landing in Solano County
  • This year’s event took place on Oct. 6-7
  • Gear provided
  • Overnight lodging optional
  • Complete hunter ed
  • Get shooting instruction
  • Hunting license included
  • Go on your first hunt

Successful youth hunter at Bird Haven Ranch

Youth Hunter Camp (3-day, with hunt)

  • Held once a year at Bird Haven Ranch in Glenn County (next scheduled camp is Nov. 9-11. (2018 event concluded)
  • Ages 11-17
  • Include hunter education, shooting, archery, hunting skills
  • Hunting license is included
  • Participants go on a duck hunt on the third day
  • All gear is provided

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