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Can you hear it? We sure can. It’s that collective deep sigh of relief among tens of thousands of California duck hunters, grateful that the very best thing about 2020 has begun: duck season.

And now as we approach the end of this year, we have one more treat in store for you: an incredible year-end give-and-get opportunity. This is your chance to support California Waterfowl’s critically important work and get some SWEET swag in the process.


If you have questions, need help with your donation or would like to send a check, call us at 916-648-1406. You can talk to a real person!
CWA's 2021 Gun-A-Week Drawing
We're doing it again! Get a chance at winning a gun PER WEEK in 2021!

How, you ask? By purchasing our limited-edition 2021BIG Gun Drawing calendar! Only 1,000 will be printed so get yours NOW!

The winner will be drawn using the California Lottery Daily 3 Wednesday evening draw numbers.

Call 916-335-9604 to order a calendar TODAY or click here for a downloadable PDF order form.
Given how little water the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge got this summer, the following should come as no surprise: Aerial surveys show waterfowl counts at the Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges are down 86% this year. Also, we have a final estimated botulism mortality count: 60,522 ducks and shorebirds.

Click here for the full, sad story.
APPLY FOR HUNTS ON EXCLUSIVE LANDS TODAY!
The California Waterfowl Hunt Program is in full swing! We've got applications for just about anything and everything you can think of, including a TON of FREE veteran hunts. We've also got first-come, first-served dove hunts at Goose Lake. And thanks to a partnership with the Nature Conservancy we will have waterfowl hunting at Goose Lake this year after all - click here to learn more. Just two hours from Los Angeles, Goose Lake is a great option for SoCal hunters!

We've still got pig hunts, turkey hunts, family hunts and MORE! The deadline for all December hunts is Nov. 21.

GOVERNOR'S AB3030 EXECUTIVE ORDER
Earlier this month, in a stated effort to “fight climate change, conserve biodiversity, and boost climate resilience,” Governor Newsom signed an executive order (EO N-82-20) that establishes a goal for the state to conserve at least 30% of California’s land and coastal waters by 2030.

The executive order is similar to AB 3030, which CWA fought this year due to concerns about how it would affect access to hunting lands. But it is not identical.

"We are thankful that EO N-82-20 expressly states that state agencies shall collaborate with, among others, outdoor recreation and access groups and hunting organizations in achieving these goals, that it acknowledges the need for lands protected under this directive support our outdoor heritage and to expand equitable outdoor access and recreation for all Californians," said a coalition of outdoor groups, including CWA, in a statement about the executive order.

For the complete story and our statement on the "30-30" order, click here.
SUCCESS FOR SAC VALLEY DUCKLINGS!
California Waterfowl's Delayed Wheat Harvest Incentive Pilot Program was a big success this year. The program, which provides incentives for small-grain farmers to delay harvest to give duck nests in their fields time to hatch, proved to be popular with farmers. And it turned out to be a cost-effective way to improve mallard production in the Sacramento Valley, where nesting in ag fields is common. CWA is seeking donations to expand the program next year, and seeking grant funding to scale it up in years beyond. Click here to read the one-page program report summary.
PRESIDENT SIGNS NUTRIA CONTROL BILL
President Trump has signed legislation that aims to eradicate a quickly spreading pest that threatens the integrity of California’s managed wetlands, particularly in the Grasslands and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The bill by Rep. Josh Harder, D-Turlock, authorizes up to $12 million for nutria eradication efforts in the various states where the South American aquatic rodent is now found, including California, Louisiana and Maryland. California Waterfowl has supported this legislation since 2019.

In addition to degrading wetland habitat, nutria can burrow into levees and wreak havoc with water infrastructure, increasing costs for wetland managers who typically have limited budgets.  Since 2017, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has removed over 1,700 nutria from the Central Valley.

Funding would still need to be appropriated in a separate budget bill. The next budget bill is expected by December.

According to the Modesto Bee, “The $12 million pot would be awarded to certain states that apply for it, and can go to funding traps, programs to sterilize nutria and use them to lead trappers back to nests, training dogs to find the giant rodents, and public education.”
DUCK HUNTING AT GOOSE LAKE IS BACK ON!
California Waterfowl’s southernmost wetland property – Goose Lake – was expected to remain dry this winter due to budget constraints. But now, thanks to a partnership with The Nature Conservancy, water began flowing into the property’s 300-acre Houchin Unit last week.

Click here for the complete story.
HUNTING LICENSE SALES UP THIS YEAR
Hunting license sales are up 9% over this time last year, according to data from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The increase more than makes up for the sharp drop in sales last year, which corresponded with two major changes in laws affecting hunters: the beginning of ammunition background checks, which left literally tens of thousands of law-abiding gun owners unable to purchase ammunition because of the law’s arcane requirements, and the final phase-in of the lead ammunition ban, which left hunters scrambling (and often unable) to find legal ammo for upland hunting.

Click here to read what's likely behind this shift.
2020 WIN-A-TRUCK RAFFLE
Our 2020 Ford F-150 XLT 4X4, is now fully UPGRADED! Check out the Bodyguard Bumpers, Dick Cepek tires, Rigid lights and MORE! Get your tickets now for a chance at winning this beast, 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!

BARRETT RESERVOIR OPEN ONCE AGAIN TO WATERFOWL HUNTING
After threatening to close one of the last venues for public waterfowl hunting in San Diego County because of budget concerns related to COVID-19, the City of San Diego has re-opened Barrett Reservoir to waterfowl hunting.

Back in April and May, CWA and local hunters asked the Mayor and City Council to keep the reservoir open to hunting through numerous emails, phone calls and testimony before the City Council.

The San Diego area has very limited public hunting opportunities, particularly for waterfowl. Shutting down hunting at Barrett Reservoir--which has occurred for over 60 years and is a traditional use--would have left local hunters with few options. Currently, waterfowl hunting there is already limited to two hunt days per week during season, with just a handful of blinds available (depending on water levels).
CWA APPLAUDS USFWS FOR REOPENING SUMP 1A TO HUNTING
Earlier this month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to reopen Sump 1A at Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge to waterfowl hunting, as long as water levels permit. The sump, which includes a sanctuary area and is the largest marsh unit within the refuge, had been closed in light of poor water and habitat conditions generally and an outbreak of avian botulism that began this summer that killed an estimated 40,000 waterfowl and other waterbirds.

Full story 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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