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APPLY NOW FOR OPENING DAY HUNTS IN THE HUNT PROGRAM
California Waterfowl's Hunt Program kicked off the 2020-21 hunting season with dove hunts scattered throughout the state. We had many happy and successful hunters who hunted with CICC Outdoor Adventures, Fowl Pursuer Outdoor Adventures and Orchard Creek Conservation Bank. Hunters also found success at our properties, including first-time dove hunts at Butte Creek Island Ranch and Sanborn Slough! We even had a two-day hunt package at Goose Lake.
 
October is right around the corner. Don't forget the Sept. 19 application deadline for all October hunts including opening day hunts, pig hunts and a turkey hunt at Bird Haven Ranch!

SoCal hunters! Don't miss a newly added duck hunt for two at Mystic Lake Duck Club! The club was recently enhanced by California Waterfowl, and has undergone extensive wetland management practices to provide a plethora of food for waterfowl this coming winter. The club shot near a six-bird average last year and past CWA hunts have all been great successes!
 
KLAMATH GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS
The good: Well water is flowing into the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge thanks to two generous donations from CWA supporters that will pay pumping costs for one month. While the well's capacity is limited, this water will help increase floodable acres in Unit 2 and help keep botulism from expanding there. It will also help maintain water levels in the unit, which will facilitate efficient movement of future water deliveries. The donors, who ponied up a combined $15,000, asked to remain anonymous, but CWA thanks them!

The bad: The worst botulism outbreak in memory is wiping out ducks and shorebirds this summer at the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and to a lesser extent at Lower Klamath. Botulism is a naturally occurring disease that has been greatly exacerbated by the lack of water to space out the birds. Biologists have picked up more than 20,000 carcasses and sent more than 2,000 birds to the "Duck Hospital" at Lower Klamath, where bird rehabbers can save up to 94% of the patients. Most of the dead birds are ducks, and most of the ducks are mallards, which rely on the refuges for breeding, brood-rearing and molting. Early migrators like pintail are also dying after arriving in wetlands that have become pits of botulinum toxin.

CWA remains committed to restoring a reliable water supply to Lower Klamath, which has turned into a desert as water has been held in Upper Klamath Lake or sent down the Klamath River to help three endangered fish species. The fish are not benefitting, and the entire Pacific Flyway is being harmed deeply by the loss of this critical, historic wetland. You can donate to support our efforts by clicking here.

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ORDER YOUR FEDERAL DUCK STAMPS TODAY
It’s time to get your 2020-21 Federal Duck Stamps! Don't delay, order today to ensure you receive your stamps before the upcoming season. Order online by clicking here and we’ll conveniently mail them to you!
 
Make sure you include a $50 donation and we'll send you a 75th anniversary CWA hat and multi-tool knife set FREE! These are our most popular 75th anniversary items and are in stock and ready to ship.
HUNTING REFUGES DURING A PANDEMIC
Individual refuges in the Type A and B system have begun announcing their protocols for admitting hunters this winter, and the state is working on a web page where hunters can find all the information in one place. We don't know exactly when it will be available, but when it is, hunters should able to find a link to it here.

While admitting procedures will vary from one refuge to the next, there are some universals: They will not be reducing quotas - refuges will be fully open. Hunters will be allowed to enter only one lottery per hunt day (Why? Imagine what would happen if an infected hunter travels from refuge to refuge to put in for multiple lotteries, and multiple refuges suddenly find themselves with no staffs due to quarantines.) Social distancing at check stations will be required. Refuges may adapt as the season progresses, for example, starting to call reservations earlier if processing is taking too much time.

Some refuges have come up with great ideas, such as calling reservation and lottery numbers on a very localized radio broadcast so hunters can sit in their vehicles until their numbers are called - no more straining to hear your number on a scratchy PA system (what's not to love about that!).
ONE GPS-TRACKED MALLARD SHOWS WHY KLAMATH MATTERS TO THE ENTIRE STATE
If you’d like to understand why water supply problems in the Klamath Basin are a problem for ALL California ducks, look no further than this hen, or rather what’s left of her.

Hers is one of more than 20,000 bird carcasses found at the Klamath Basin refuges this summer as the worst botulism outbreak in memory rages. The disease is fueled by high temperatures that activate botulism found naturally in the soil, and greatly exacerbated by the dearth of water at the refuges.

Click here for the complete story and how you can help.
LEGISLATIVE CLOCK RUNS OUT, TAKING MANY BILLS WITH IT
Early in the Session, the need to focus on COVID related legislation and other pressing issues forced many authors to abandon their bills. This fortunately included an anti-hunting bill that CWA opposed that would have outlawed the use of dogs while deer hunting. 
 
Later, another bill we and many other sportsmen’s groups opposed, AB 3030, which would have required that at least 30 percent of the state’s lands and waters be protected (which would have led to more hunting and fishing closures), also died in part because some legislative members felt it wasn’t a pressing issue.
 
But one anti-sportsman piece of legislation survived for (almost) the entire session. SB 1175 (Stern) which would have arbitrarily banned the possession of legally take African game species. CWA and many other hunting groups fought against this bill throughout the legislative process, but it always survived and kept moving along. That is until the last day of session.
 
Because of the compacted legislative session due to COVID, time was of the essence for all legislation in the last two weeks. All bills needed to be passed out the Legislature by midnight on August 31. Thanks in large part by efforts of Republican members to slow down the process and other factors beyond anyone’s control, SB 1175 died just before it was to be voted on one last time in the State Senate. Many other bills also met this fate.
 
Weird legislative year for sure, but sometimes that works to sportsman’s advantage. Deadlines can be hard to keep when other events dominate the discussion.
2020 WIN-A-TRUCK RAFFLE
Get your tickets now for a chance at a 2020 Ford F-150 XLT 4X4 truck, provided by our friends at Corning Ford, and TONS of additional prizes! Buy a $1,000 raffle pack and get automatically entered to win a 2-person, 2-day hunt with Merlo Waterfowl Company that will be filmed by The Fowl Life TV Show!

Tickets are only $25 each. Click the link below to download an order form today!

SEASONS AND SHOOT TIMES POSTER
Our 2020-21 Seasons and Shoot Times poster is available NOW for purchase at our online store. Get a head start on planning your 2020-21 season with this comprehensive look at upland and waterfowl seasons, bag limits, shoot times, moon phases and even a Daylight Saving Time reminder.
 
As always, this will be included as a pullout in the fall issue of California Waterfowl, but you can get a 24" x 18" poster in our web store for $12.99. Also, NEW this year, you can download a PDF $1.99 and print it on your own.
 
Click here to order one today.
FALL ISSUE OF CALIFORNIA WATERFOWL
The Fall issue of California Waterfowl will soon be landing in members’ mailboxes, and we’ve got some great stories for our readers! Not a member? If you join now by clicking here, then email editor John Geiger at jgeiger@calwaterfowl.org, he’ll mail you a copy of this issue.

Click here for a complete review of this exciting, pre-season issue!
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Our vision is a California with thriving waterfowl populations, vibrant wetland ecosystems and respected hunting communities.
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