CDFW Information | Statewide Waterfowl Season Kicks Off This Weekend


Statewide Waterfowl Season Kicks Off This Weekend

Waterfowl season will formally be open throughout all of California quickly. California’s Stability of State, Southern San Joaquin Valley and Southern California Waterfowl Zones open Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, and the Colorado River Zone opens Sunday Oct. 23, 2022. These zones will stay open by means of Jan. 31, 2023. The Northeastern Zone opened Oct.1, 2022, and can shut Jan. 11, 2023.

California provides positive waterfowl looking alternatives throughout the season at state-operated wildlife areas and refuges all through the state. Reservations can be found for a lot of of those areas and are issued by random drawings. Hunters can apply for waterfowl reservation drawings at a license agent or by means of the California Division of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) On-line License Gross sales and Providers internet web page. The deadline to use is 17 days earlier than every hunt. CDFW will mail reservation letters and ship e mail notifications to hunters when they’re drawn for a reservation at the least seven days prior to every hunt. Reservation winners might also obtain and print their reservation letters on-line.

Hunters with out reservations could apply for lottery or first-come, first-served alternatives on the wildlife space they want to hunt. Entry procedures range by space and hunters are suggested to name forward in getting ready for his or her hunt. For extra info, check with the Waterfowl Reservation Data desk. (PDF)

Hunters are answerable for figuring out their bag and possession limits in addition to waterfowl looking rules for the zone they’re looking in. Season dates for scaup range by looking zone and are generally completely different than normal duck seasons. Please know the scaup season dates for the zone you may be looking. To seek out extra info on zones, limits and extra rules, please go to the CDFW web site.

Waterfowl hunters are required to own a legitimate California looking license, a Federal Duck Stamp (required for all hunters 16 years of age or older), a California Duck Validation (not required for Junior Searching License holders), and a Harvest Data Program (HIP) Validation. Hunters wishing to hunt waterfowl on Sort A or Sort B state-operated wildlife areas should additionally possess the suitable wildlife space looking cross. Wildlife space looking passes are usually not required for Junior Searching License holders.

To buy your 2022 looking license, validations, and wildlife space looking passes, go to a license agent close to you or CDFW’s On-line License Gross sales and Providers internet web page.

Hunters are reminded nonlead ammunition is required for looking waterfowl and taking wildlife wherever in California with a firearm.

Should you’d wish to become involved in waterfowl looking or to study extra, go to CDFW’s R3 webpage for sources to get began! For extra info, CDFW’s Superior Hunter Schooling (YouTube) program has video sources accessible as properly.

Updates about wildlife space and refuge closures shall be posted to CDFW’s Emergency Closures webpage ceaselessly. For detailed details about hunter quotas, please contact the wildlife space or refuge you want to hunt.

CDFW Photograph by Travis VanZant. Pintail in flight at CDFW’s Little Dry Creek Unit, Higher Butte Basin Wildlife Space.


Media Contact:
Taylor Williams, CDFW R3 Supervisor, (916) 203-1362


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