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Duck Hunting in California

California, Duck Hunting Nation State, Waterfowl Hunting, Waterfowl Hunting




Duck Statewide Harvest


Goose Statewide Harvest


No. Waterfowl Licenses Sold Annually


Ducks Per Hunter


Geese Per Hunter


Cost of Resident Waterfowl Hunting License


Cost of Resident State Stamps and Permits


Federal Duck Stamp

Season $204.69; one-day license $28.08; two-day license $58.58

Cost of Non-Resident Waterfowl Hunting License


Cost of Non-Resident State Stamps and Permits


Federal Duck Stamp

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Photo by Austin Ross

California is a good-news/bad-news proposition for waterfowlers.

The good news concerns the number of birds, which outnumber stars in the sky. The state has a wide variety of species, too, including mallards, pintails, wigeon, shovelers, gadwalls, and green-winged and cinnamon teal, plus clouds of specklebellies and Canadas. The bad news, if you can call it that, concerns access or, specifically, competition from other hunters. With more than 47,000 active duck hunters, reserving a blind at a refuge can be as tough as saving a table at a Chucky Cheese grand opening next to a middle school; tough, if not impossible.

Still, the Golden State holds a vast array of possibilities, including six refuges in the Sacramento Valley. Throw in such legendary wildlife management areas such as Mendota, Imperial, Los Banos, Grizzly Island and Grey Lodge, and it becomes easy to see that the bad news might not be all that rotten. Keep in mind that three consecutive years of drought have severely affected water conditions and potential opportunities here.

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