Advanced Hunting Clinics

CDFW's Advanced Hunting Clinics focus on the "how-tos" of hunting. The series includes sessions on how to hunt turkey, upland game, waterfowl, and big game. Topics covered in each clinic include type of firearm, ammunition, importance of sighting in the firearm, gauging distance, scouting, tracking, field dressing, shoot-don't shoot scenarios, hunter ethics, landowner-hunter relationships, conservation, and safety. The goal of this series of hunting clinics is to develop ethical, conservation-minded, successful hunters through education... taking the hunter a step beyond the basic hunter education course.

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Past Webinars


  • Webinar #1: Turkey Calling and Talking Turkey

    April 11, 2023
    Watch this video for information on turkey calling and how to improve your turkey hunting success. We discuss call technique, give tips to attracting wary public land birds and information on how to optimize turkey hunting on public lands.
  • Webinar #2: The Not So Basics of Bowhunting

    May 16, 2023
    Watch this video to hear about the basics of bowhunting. Hunter Education staff discuss wildlife anatomy and physiology and how this knowledge applies to ethical bowhunting followed by a breakdown of the Broadhead Delivery System (AKA Bow and Arrow). Additionally, there is a discussion of the 12 key arrow factors that can increase or decrease your arrow's penetration, and ultimately your efficiency in the field.
  • Webinar #3: Deer Hunting Tactics

    May 25, 2023
    In this video, you'll hear tips and strategies for making your time in the deer woods more enjoyable, and perhaps even more successful. We discuss deer hunting tactics with a California Wildlife officer, who is also an exceptional deer hunter.
  • Webinar #4: How To Achieve The Perfect Trigger Press

    June 1, 2023
    This video covers the vital importance of creating a perfect trigger press. By using “dry practice” and the use of technology, we will have some fun mastering this key fundamental to marksmanship. This video will appeal to all types of people involved in the shooting sports.



  • Webinar #1: The Mentor and Mentoree-Some Expectations

    January 28, 2021
    This Advanced Hunter Education webinar will address some expectations of a hunting mentor and those of a mentoree. Both parties want to feel like they had the best experience possible sharing the field. All shared success will provide a reason to share again. Learn some important elements.
  • Webinar #2: Wild Turkey Hunting Applications for CDFW Hunts

    February 4, 2021
    This webinar will guide you through the application process for upcoming turkey hunts on CDFW lands. Get the help you need for successfully submitting your applications for these great hunting opportunities.
  • Webinar #3: Wild Pig Hunting on Public Lands

    February 11, 2021
    This webinar will discuss options for public land wild pig hunting. Learn where you may pursue this highly sought-after big game mammals.
  • Webinar #4: Turkey Hunting with a Junior or New Hunter

    March 4, 2021
    This webinar will discuss turkey hunting with a junior or new hunter and the steps necessary to make it an enjoyable and successful hunt.
  • Webinar #5: Turkey Hunting 101

    March 18, 2021
    This webinar will cover many aspects for a successful turkey hunt. Join us as we share information on how to bag a wild turkey.
  • Webinar #6: Archery Turkey Hunting

    April 8, 2021
    This webinar will cover many aspects for a successful turkey hunt with a bow. Join us as we share information on how to bag a wild turkey using archery equipment.
  • Webinar #7: Applying for Big Game Tags

    April 22, 2021
    This webinar will cover how to successfully apply for all big game tag applications. Learn how the process works and how to properly apply for your hunt choices.
  • Webinar #8: Introduction to Bowhunting

    May 13, 2021
    This webinar will cover how to get started in the bow hunting tradition. We will help you make the proper steps to safely and effectively enter this challenging pursuit.
  • Webinar #9: Wilderness First Aid

    May 27, 2021
    This webinar will help you with considerations for safely going into and coming from the field. You will be given some ideas for treatment of injuries you may experience in the field. All outdoor recreationalist should benefit from this webinar.
  • Webinar #10: Virtual Scouting

    June 17, 2021
    This webinar will expose you to tools to help you scout your area of interest from the comfort of your home prior to going into the field. You will be able to learn some tips to make your field scout more productive.


Partner Organizations

  • California Deer Association
  • California Hunter Education Instructors Assoc.
  • California Waterfowl Association
  • Friends of Cañada de los Osos Ecological Reserve
  • International Culinary Center
  • National Bow hunters Education Foundation
  • National Wild Turkey Federation, California Chapter
  • Pacific Coast Hunter Education Association
  • Hunter Education Instructor Association of Southern California
  • Safety First Shooting Association
  • Santa Clarita Valley Chapter Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation
  • Hasting Island Hunting Preserve
  • Tejon Ranch
  • Wilderness Unlimited Foundation

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The agency receives federal funds. Under federal law, discrimination is prohibited on the basis of race, color, age, sex, national origin, disability, etc. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility of this agency, please contact CDFW’s EEO Officer at (916) 653-9089 or, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the U.S. Department of the Interior, or contact their office as follows:

   Chief, Public Civil Rights Division
   Department of the Interior
   1849 C Street NW
   Washington, DC 20240