Tuesday, September 27, 2016

2016 hunt registration is open!

UPDATE: Registration filled up on Sept. 30, but you can get on the waitlist, which is a smart thing to do, because there's almost always a cancellation - you know, life happens.

Now's your chance to register for the 2016 Novice Women's Duck Hunt - click here! If registration is closed, be sure to get on the waitlist so you can get in if there's a cancellation or if we get additional hunt capacity.

About the hunt: For women who've hunted ducks five times or fewer, the weekend event Nov. 4-6 features a Saturday packed with workshops - shooting, waterfowl ID, calling, cleaning and basic cooking - followed by Sunday hunts at three primo Upper Butte Basin duck clubs. Meals and lodging are included.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 23, 2016

2016 Novice Women's Duck Hunt - registration opens soon!

The 2016 Novice Women's Duck Hunt will be held Nov. 4-6 this year, and registration will be opening soon!

This event, held in the Sacramento Valley, is for women who have hunted ducks five times or fewer. It will feature a full day of intensive training on the 5th (shooting instruction and workshops on calling, ID, cleaning and basic cooking), and hunts at three Upper Butte Basin duck clubs on the 6th, followed by lunch at one of the clubs. As we did last year, we'll be sleeping, eating and workshopping at the lovely Casa de Patos.

The only major change this year is that the hunt has officially become part of California Waterfowl's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program, and all registration will go through CWA's website, instead of this one.

If you received notice about this blog post by email, you'll be notified when registration opens. If not, plug your email address into the box to the right to receive updates by email - just be aware you will need to respond to a confirmation email. We'll post something on this site when registration is live.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Registration for the 2015 Novice Women's Duck Hunt is open

UPDATE: The event is sold out, but you can still use the registration form to get on a wait list. We almost always have a cancellation or two, so getting on the waitlist is a great idea. Thanks for your interest!

Ladies, the day is here! Registration for the 2015 Novice Women's Duck Hunt (Nov. 6-8) is open. The cost is $300.

To register get on the waitlist, click here. If a seat comes open for you and you're still interested, we'll send you an invoice you can pay by credit card or check. Payment must be received within one week, and you can cancel for a full refund through Oct. 30.

For more information about the event, click here, and to see how much fun we had last year, click here. Additional details will be emailed to registrants as we near the event.

Can't wait to see y'all!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Save the date: 2015 Novice Women's Duck Hunt

Ladies, the 2015 Novice Women's Duck Hunt will be held Nov. 6-8, running Friday evening through lunchtime Sunday. To be notified when registration opens, plug your email address into the "Get updates by email" box at the top of the right column on this page, and look for a confirmation email that you'll need to respond to. Last year, we sold out in nine hours, so you definitely need to stay alert if you want to get in.

We're still planning details, but here are the broad outlines:

Who: This hunt is for women 21 and over who have hunted ducks five times or fewer.

Price: We haven't set the cost for this event, but last year registration cost $300.

Required license/stamps: You must have a California hunting license ($47.01) with a HIP Stamp (free), a California Duck Validation ($20.52) and a Federal Duck Stamp ($25). If you are not yet licensed, you'll need to pass a hunter ed course, which cannot be done last minute. Click here for hunter ed info, and here for licensing info.

Required gear: You will need chest waders, a camo and (ideally) water-resistant duck jacket, a shotgun, 2-3 boxes of non-toxic shot shells (shot size 2, 3 or 4). We may have some loaner gear available, but definitely not enough for everyone.


  • Friday night: Meet at our home base for the weekend, near Biggs, California. Dinner, cocktails, getting to know each other.

  • Saturday: Instruction all day - shooting, waterfowl ID, duck calling, duck cleaning. Dinner and cocktails in the evening.

  • Sunday: We hunt at a cluster of sweet Upper Butte Basin duck clubs and finish up with a hosted lunch.
Pretty sure we're going to have a blast again this year, so stay tuned!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Ready to start hunting?

Thinking about joining us at the 2015 NorCal Women's Duck Hunt for novice hunters, but don't have your hunting license yet? California Waterfowl's got you covered - CWA has FOUR weekend hunter ed camp opportunities for adults this summer:

June 5-7 - for parents AND kids, together - super fun - check out this video about it!

Aug. 7-9 - another family camp for parents and kids.

Sept. 19-20 - just adults.

Sept. 26-27 - for women, but spouses are welcome if space is available. That one has a hunt included!

You can find info here, and you can register here. And to share the poster below (and the dates above) with your friends on Facebook, click here.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wow, what a great weekend!

The 4th Annual Novice Women's Duck Hunt last weekend was a huge success! We had a great group of women who shot well, had a lot of fun no matter what they were doing and bagged probably the most ducks ever for this event.

If you're new to duck hunting and are interested in participating next year, us the "Get updates by email" feature in the upper right hand corner of this page and you'll be notified when we set a date for the next hunt and start accepting registration.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

2014 Novice Women's Duck Hunt details

At long last, we have some details about this year's hunt! Registration comes soon.

Dates: Nov. 14-16, 2014

Cost: $300 - includes lodging, some meals, instruction and one year of membership in California Waterfowl (or renewal, if you're already a member). The hunts are donated!

The Program (short version) - We prep novice duck hunters with a full day of training including shooting instruction, and lessons in waterfowl ID, calling and cleaning. The next day, we take you for morning hunts at three outstanding Upper Butte Basin duck clubs just north of the Little Dry Creek closed zone. It's a great experience, and the participants often form long-lasting friendships at this event.

Requirements: You must be 21 or older and possess the proper license and stamps/validations. While we may have some loaner gear available, each participant is responsible for bringing her own gun, waders and duck jacket (camo, ideally waterproof or water-resistant). If you are NOT licensed, don't wait until last minute - you must complete a hunter education course to get a license in California here. Click here for licensing information.

How to register: Keep an eye on this website - we'll post a registration form when registration opens. Warning: With a limit of 16 participants, the event fills up fast!


Friday, Nov. 14: We convene at the Hampton Inn in Red Bluff at 7 p.m. for introductions and conversation. Women will share rooms (two to a room). Dinner is on your own, but if you'd like to eat with some of the other ladies, meet in the hotel lobby at 5 p.m. for dinner before the main gathering.

Saturday, Nov. 15: Continental breakfast at the Hampton Inn (included), and then we convoy to Red Bank Outfitters for a day of training and camaraderie. The tentative schedule is:

- 9 a.m. - Orientation, safety, and questions, questions, questions!

- 10 a.m. - Shooting instruction with Top Shot Season 4 Champion Chris Cheng and the expert Red Bank staff.

- Noon - Lunch (provided). Chris will have copies of his new book, "Shoot to Win: Tips, Tactics, and Techniques to Help You Shoot Like a Pro" available for purchase and signing (one for $25, two for $40). Copies can be pre-purchased with registration as well.

- 1 p.m. - Waterfowl ID taught by the Guy Who Should Know - Mike Carion, chief of enforcement for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (and an avid lifelong duck hunter).

- 2 p.m. - Duck calling lessons (instructor TBA). You'll walk away with some calls you can use immediately - not much practice required!

- 3 p.m. - Cleaning your duck, with beak-to-feet eating advocate (and event co-hostess) Holly Heyser, who will have autographed copies of her and her significant other's cookbook, "Duck Duck Goose: Recipes and Techniques for Cooking Ducks and Geese, Both Wild and Domesticated," available for $20 for pre-purchase or sale on-site (cash only).

- 4 p.m. - Departure - convoy to the Gridley Inn. Accommodations included; women will share rooms (two to a room).

- 7 p.m. - Dinner on your own at one of several restaurants within walking distance of the Inn.

Sunday, Nov. 15:

4 a.m. - Wake up, grab coffee, convoy to the Upper Butte Basin duck clubs (a 20 minute drive), and start hunting!

11 a.m. - Return to clubhouse for lunch, beverages and conversation. If you want to keep hunting waterfowl after this weekend but aren't sure how to go about it on your own, we'll have those conversations here.

We hope to see you soon!