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Junior Apprentice Waterfowl Hunt at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering a special junior apprentice duck hunt at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area (GIWA) on Saturday, Dec. 28.

“It’s a great opportunity for young hunters to get out in the field during their holiday break from school,” said CDFW Bay Delta Region Environmental Scientist Orlando Rocha.

On Dec. 28, junior apprentice participants and their adult chaperones can hunt spaced blinds in Pond 11, the Crescent Unit and the new Crescent Family Unit. Those locations will only be open to junior apprentice participants and their chaperones on that day. A total of 20 blinds will be available.

Blinds will be issued to junior apprentice hunters on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the hunt. An adult chaperone (18 years of age or older) is required to accompany and supervise each junior apprentice hunter. The adult may hunt with the junior apprentice hunter and must possess the required 2019-20 California hunting license, the California Duck Validation, Federal Waterfowl stamp and the free HIP validation. Chaperones who wish to hunt must have a Type A One-Day Pass, Two-Day Pass or Season Pass, which must be purchased prior to arriving at the check station.

All available blinds can accommodate two persons; the junior apprentice hunter and his or her adult chaperone. Non-toxic ammunition is required when taking wildlife with a firearm anywhere in California.

West Family Unit

CDFW would also like to encourage use of the West Family Unit, which is a spaced blind unit open during the waterfowl season reserved exclusively for junior license holders. Hunt days are Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the open season. An adult chaperone is required. Five double blinds, including one mobility-impaired blind, are available. The unit is north of Benicia on Goodyear Road. From Highway 680 take the Marshview Road exit and turn right on Goodyear Road from the off-ramp and the well-marked hunt area will be on the left.

For more information call the GIWA main office at 707-425-3828. GIWA maps are available on CDFW’s website.