Delta Island Hunting Program

A non-fee hunt

Please read carefully:

CDFW, in an effort to promote and expand hunting opportunities, is pleased to provide a limited-permit late-season waterfowl hunt on State holdings located in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Lands used for this hunt were purchased with State Water Contract Funds and available through the cooperation of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). CDFW does not have any management authority on these lands so the opportunities will vary from year to year depending upon DWR projects and the management practices and cropping patterns of their tenant farmers.

A special youth hunt will be conducted Saturday, February 6, 2021, for Junior Hunters only (HUNTERS MUST BE 15 YEARS OF AGE OR YOUNGER). Due to the configuration of the blind sites, only two hunters per hunt party may apply for either youth hunt. One adult chaperone will be required to accompany each junior hunt party.

Hunts may be cancelled without notice. We schedule the maximum number of hunts possible but due to the crop harvest and field conditions, the actual number of hunts will vary from year to year.

Applicants must apply through online registration (link below). Paper applications are no longer being accepted. Up to three hunters per hunt party are allowed per rice blind.

Due to high demand (typically 700-1000 applicants per hunt date), drawn hunt parties not able to attend their selected hunt must notify CDFW by their notification deadline (contact and deadline information supplied in congratulations letter). Please only apply for hunt dates you can attend.

Successful applicants will be required to hunt from assigned hunting blinds. Free roam and sweat lines are not permitted. Hunting locations are only open to successful applicants on the dates listed below. Trespassers will be cited and prosecuted. "Scouting" is not allowed.

Apply online on or before the application due date as listed below. Successful applicants will be selected by random drawing and notified approximately one week prior to the hunt date by US Mail.

Hunt Dates

Special Youth Hunt Date Application Due Date Available Hunt Types
2/06/2021 1/20/2021 Flooded Rice

General Hunt Date Application Due Date Available Hunt Types
12/2/2020 11/15/2020 Flooded Rice
12/5/2020 11/18/2020 Flooded Rice
12/9/2020 11/22/2020 Flooded Rice
12/12/2020 11/25/2020 Flooded Rice
12/16/2020 11/29/2020 Flooded Rice
12/19/2020 12/2/2020 Flooded Rice
1/2/2021 12/16/2020 Flooded Rice
1/6/2021 12/20/2020 Flooded Rice
1/9/2021 12/23/2020 Flooded Rice
1/13/2021 12/27/2020 Flooded Rice
1/16/2021 12/30/2020 Flooded Rice
1/20/2021 1/3/2021 Flooded Rice
1/23/2021 1/6/2021 Flooded Rice
1/27/2021 1/10/2021 Flooded Rice
1/30/2021 1/13/2020 Flooded Rice


  • Do not include non-hunters on your application
  • All hunters must be included on your application. No substitutions will be allowed.

Application Instructions

  1. If you have not already done so, create a CDFW web account. Once you have an account...
  2. Go to the Apprentice Hunts Application page, and Login as a registered user. Although these hunts aren't considered Apprentice Hunts, they have been migrated to the Apprentice Hunts Application page.
  3. Click Select and Register for Hunts
  4. Select the following options:
    • Select Hunt Category: All Other Hunts
    • Select Hunt Species: Waterfowl
    • Select Hunt Type: Late Season Wild Bird or Youth Late Season Wild Bird
  5. Select Maximum Hunt Party Size: Select "3".
    Submit separate applications for the different types of hunts.
    For Youth hunts, select "2".
  6. Click the check box next to the Delta Island Late Season Waterfowl Hunt for which you wish to apply.
  7. Follow the instructions through the rest of the application process.

Online Apprentice Hunts Application

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