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.

2019 schedule (PDF)

A young camper shoots a shotgun under supervision at a Grizzly Ranch Fun Shoot.

Camp Sprig (2-day)

  • Held once per year at Mystic Lake in Riverside County (March 30-31, 2019)
  • For ages 10-17
  • Camp includes hunter education, shooting, archery, fishing, hunting skills and duck banding
  • All gear is provided
Sign up

Woman showing knots she just tied

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

  • Held once per year (April 5-7, 2019)
  • For women ages 21+
  • Workshop covers a variety of outdoor skills, including hunter education
  • All gear is provided
Sign up

Participant showing he has his earplugs in

Camp Sprig (3-day)

  • Held once per year at Rancho Esquon in Butte County (May 17-19, 2019)
  • For ages 10-17
  • Camp includes hunter education, shooting, archery, fishing, hunting skills and duck banding
  • All gear is provided
Sign up
Children at California Waterfowl Hunter Conservation Camps

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

Camp Sprig (5-day)

  • Held three times per year at Grizzly Ranch in Solano County (June 9-13, June 23-27, July 14-18, 2019)
  • 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 and a Level 3 camp for youth with multiple seasons of hunting experience
Sign up

Father and son at Family Camp

Camp Sprig – Family (3-day)

  • Held once per year in the summer (July 26-28, 2019)
  • 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

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Women’s Pheasant Camp (2-day)

  • Usually held once a year in late September (Sept. 28-29, 2019)
  • 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

Pheasant Camp (2-day)

  • Held at Birds Landing in Solano County (Oct. 5-6, 2019)
  • 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

Camp Sprig (3-day, with hunt)

  • Held once a year at Bird Haven Ranch in Glenn County (next scheduled camp is Nov. 8-10, 2019)
  • 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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