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05/10/15 -- CWA's Youth Summer Waterfowl Banding Day is fast approaching! This event is free for CWA members! Come on out June 24, 2015 from 9:00-11:00 at Grizzly Island in the Suisun Marsh. Youth ages eight and up with a parent or guardian will get their hands dirty, handling and banding waterfowl to assist with 2016 bag limits and waterfowl population studies! Visit this link to sign up.

Kids waterfowl banding from a cage in the water, photo courtesy of CWA
Waterfowl banding is an interesting experience for youngsters. Consider bringing your son or daughter to the CWA banding effort on June 24 at Grizzly Island. Photo courtesy of CWA

CWA requests Prop 1 funding for Presley program
On April 7, California Waterfowl submitted comments to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on its draft Guidelines for the Watershed Restoration Program under Proposition 1. The comments requested that the Department include criteria for the funding of the Presley Program.

The Presley Program, also known as the California Waterfowl Habitat Program, provides economic incentives for private landowners to manage their properties under a wetland management plan. Management activities funded during the first 14 years of the program have resulted in increased food supplies for wintering waterfowl, optimal foraging depths for waterfowl and other birds, and summer wetlands crucial to breeding local ducks, shorebirds, and other wetland wildlife.

Register now for CWA family camps
California Waterfowl brings you weekend camps for the whole family on June 5-7 and August 7-9. Adults and youth will spend the weekend learning hunter safety, gun handling and shooting instruction in shotgun, rifle and archery as well as wildlife conservation activities like duck banding. Overnight lodging, food, ammunition, targets included, see for more information and to register.

Make plans to attend the 2015 CWA Convention -- Aug 21-22
This year marks CWA's 70th anniversary! Come help us celebrate at our 2015 State Convention in downtown Sacramento on August 21-22. We've got something for everyone, including:

Friday, August 21
River Cats Game in the Home Run Terrace

All You Can Eat BBQ

SF Giants-themed Hat

Saturday, August 22
CWA National Call Makers Competition

Seminars and Speakers

CWA State Banquet in the Grand Ballroom at Holiday Inn, Downtown Sacramento

"16th Floor After Party" ... and more! Many different ticket packages available.

Go to this webpage to get tickets today!

CWA-sponsored bill to preempt local hunting regulations passes assembly
In late April, the California State Assembly approved AB 665, which would help keep local ordinances from interfering with hunting, fishing or depredation control activities, by a 77-0 vote. The bill is sponsored by CWA and being carried by Assembly Member Jim Frazier (D-Fairfield).

AB 665 was introduced in light of several local government s' attempts in recent years to restrict hunting and fishing activities by enforcing their own ordinances and other regulations, thereby bypassing the Fish and Game Commission regulatory process. This includes local efforts to ban waterfowl hunting on portions of San Francisco Bay and restrict fishing from public piers in Southern California.

Many local efforts to restrict the taking of fish and game are based, in part, on public safety fears, despite numerous existing state laws and regulations which already provide a reasonable level of public safety. Other local efforts are clearly anti-hunting.

In addition to CWA, AB 665 is supported by numerous hunting, fishing and landowner organizations. The bill is opposed by several animal welfare and environmental groups.

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Conservation Key to Future of Hunting

11/14/16 -- At its core, conservation seeks sustainability of wildlife and wild places. Ethical hunters want wild animals to flourish in their natural habitat as much as possible, and will act on their behalf in order to protect and conserve... Full Story

​I Was an Indoor (Outdoor) Slave

Don Webster, author badge,
04/07/16 -- I wish to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to all those kind folks who sent me "get well" cards and flowers during my recent, self-imposed stay at the Broken Antlers Rehabilitation Clinic. I'm especially indebted... Full Story

Nash Buckingham

Don Webster, author badge,
Theophilus Nash Buckingham (1880-1971) was an American author and conservationist from Tennessee. He is known for being an avid shotgunner and wingshot, and a best-loved outdoor writer of his time... Full Story

How much venison do hunters harvest?

Venison Bourguignon (Venison Stew), photo by Daniel Bledsoe,
06/17/15 -- The Dallas Safari Club (DSC) intends to find out. A study launching in 2015 will measure the actual amounts of venison and other wild protein harvested annually in North America. Researchers will assess the nutritional... Full Story

Pups & Partridges on the Calapooia Prairie

Liesl, 11 month old pudelpointer, photo by Gary Lewis
By Gary Lewis
02/18/15 -- They say a great pointing dog only comes along once or twice in a hunter's lifetime. Some dogs don't have the heart or the desire. Others don't seem to have the nose or the brain. We brought home our pudelpointer in... Full Story

DSC convention goers raise $1M in 1 minute

01/19/15 -- Responding to a heartfelt appeal for youth outdoor education, DSC convention goers on Saturday night raised $1 million in about 60 seconds. The fast flurry of fundraising was a highlight of the 2015 DSC convention and expo... Full Story

It’s Not over Till the Lady Sings

mountain lion on rocky edge, photo courtesy of UDWR and Carrie Wilson, CA DFW
By Gary Lewis
01/19/15 -- If you want to avoid being attacked by a mountain lion, conventional wisdom says, you should travel in groups. If you encounter a mountain lion by yourself or with children, stop and make yourself look as big as possible... Full Story

The buck we didn’t get and two we did

Tyler Low with his 3x4 buck shot at 100 yards with a Weatherby Vanguard .300 Winchester Magnum. Photo by Kyler Olson
By Tyler Low
08/10/14 -- “Can you see him? He is just below the sky line to the left of the big live oak.” The respectable three-point stood only 500 yards away, but my hunting partner, Kyler Olson, couldn’t quite get an eye on him... Full Story

Where Are All the Pheasants?

Sacramento Valley Pheasant, Steven T. Callan, Where Have All the Pheasants Gone
On Patrol by Steven T. Callan
The other day a neighbor stopped by my house after two days of hunting pheasants in the Orland area. He said that he and his golden retriever, Milo, had probably walked ten miles and only flushed three birds. Knowingthat I had grown up... Full Story

Ham on the Hoof

Article and photos by Gary Lewis
12/17/13 -- We were climbing a steep gravel ranch road in Charlie’s Toyota when we saw it, as big as a full-grown bear and on a dead run. Charlie hit the brakes and switched off the engine. There was no time to load the rifle. The shaggy, gray... Full Story

Never say never

Never say never, rifle buk, Francisco Garcia,
By Francisco Garcia
Most of you have heard the saying, patience is a virtue, and I would say persistence is a virtue. If you want to fill your deer tag each season you have to put your time in. If you don’t give in and hunt hard you should be... Full Story

Hunting trip gone bad

Deer holding tight in cover during times of heavy hunting pressure as I was about to find out. Francisco Garcia hunting story.
By Francisco Garcia
If you asked me what I’d rather be doing, most of the time I would emphatically say, deer hunting. For me nothing gets the juices flowing and the imagination spinning like the arrival of bow or rifle season for deer. When... Full Story


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