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Hunt Program registration is OPEN!
APPLY today! We have hunts for waterfowl, dove, pig, deer, turkey and so much more! NEW this year: a 2-day dove hunt package at Goose Lake in Kern County on Sept. 1 and 2!

Also NEW: CWA's first ever river king salmon fishing trip!

The deadline for dove hunt applications is August 17 .

Click here to apply and to find more info on all the opportunities we provide!

We have a new Hunt Program application site. If you did not apply for spring 2019 turkey hunts, you will need to create a new account before applying for any hunts. Please click the APPLY tab in the link above to get started.

NEW-Two Waterfowl 101 events for adults who do not hold a Hunter Education certificate. Event includes Hunter Education in September and a waterfowl hunt in November. Tell a friend

CWA delivers Klamath letter to Secretary of the Interior
On July 30, CWA director Roque Merlo and Legislative Affairs Vice President Mark Hennelly personally delivered a letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. The letter asks the Secretary to throw out the biological opinions that govern operation of the Klamath Project. The biological opinions, which are prepared to protect endangered fish, cut off the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge from a large part of its water supply. The Lower Klamath refuge is the oldest waterfowl refuge in the United States and affects duck populations all along the Pacific Flyway. Without water, the refuge is in danger of turning from a very large wetland to a desert.

The request to throw out the biological opinions is supported by local irrigators. The Yurok tribe on the Klamath River has filed suit to throw out the biological opinions, as well.
CWA biologists begin banding at Lower Klamath
Here is some good Klamath-related news: Our waterfowl biologists have started pre-season banding there! They have banded close to 2,000 ducks so far, on the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge and the nearby Tule Lake NWR.

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Legislature reconvenes, anti-hunting measures pending
The California state Legislature returns Monday from its summer recess. Several bills that impact hunters and sportsmen will be considered and voted on in the next month, and CWA is continually lobbying these measures.

Legislation that CWA is actively opposing includes:

  • AB 1254 (Kamlager-Dove), which would ban bobcat hunting. This measure is blatantly anti-hunting, is not based on science and sets a dangerous precedent of taking authority away from the California Fish and Game Commission. Should this bill become law, it will encourage more efforts to outlaw other types of hunting.
  • AB 273 (Gonzalez), which would effectively ban trapping in California. This bill also lacks science and would restrict an important wildlife management tool, thereby making it more difficult to control wetland pests and predators of waterfowl.
  • AB 18 (Levine), which would impose a $25 tax on the purchase of most firearms to fund the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Program. This bill originally died in the Assembly due to opposition from CWA and other sporting groups, but is being revived by the author. Firearms are already heavily taxed via the federal Pittman-Robertson Act, and AB 18 would wrongly require law-abiding gun owners to shoulder the financial cost of the illegal or irresponsible use of firearms.

The Legislature has until Sept. 13 to send bills to the governor for his consideration.

There will come a time in the coming two months when we need members to speak out against these bills. If you’d like to help, please sign up for our action alerts here . For all summary of all legislation we’re monitoring, including links to bills and our letters of support or opposition, click here.
Space in our fall camps is filling up fast! Register TODAY!
If you are looking to attend a CWA camp that includes hunting, don't delay! Registration has begun and camps are filling up FAST! Our fall camps include:

- Sept. 14 hunter ed and shooting instruction + Nov. 2 guided hunt at Grizzly Ranch
- Sept. 21 hunter ed and shooting instruction + Nov. 16 guided hunt at Grizzly Ranch
- Sept. 28-29 Novice Women’s Pheasant Hunt Weekend at Birds Landing
- Oct. 5-6 Novice Adult Pheasant Hunt Weekend at Birds Landing
- Oct. 25-27 Duck Camp at Grizzly Ranch
- Nov. 1-3 Women’s Duck Camp at Bird Haven Ranch (WAITLISTED!)
- Nov. 8-10 Camp Sprig (for youth) at Bird Haven Ranch (WAITLISTED!)
- Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Women’s Duck Camp at Grizzly Ranch
- Dec. 6-8 Duck Camp at Grizzly Ranch
- Jan. 17-19 Duck Camp at Grizzly Ranch

Click here for fall camp registration and information on all of our camps.
Veterans battle yellowtail on the Freelance
Another CWA veteran fishing trip, another epic battle off the coast of Catalina. This time it was for yellowtail aboard the Freelance out of Newport Beach.

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Featured event
Don't miss the 21st annual Placerville Banquet on Saturday, September 7th at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. We'll have FREE kid's and veteran's raffles and SO MUCH MORE!

Get tickets here.
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California Waterfowl is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to grow California’s waterfowl populations, wetlands and hunter-conservationist communities.

Our vision is a California with thriving waterfowl populations, vibrant wetland ecosystems and respected hunting communities.
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