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Waterfowl Hunting Information

Hunters at Check-in KioskAnnual Waterfowl Hunting Meeting was Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm.  Download the presentation here.  

**Hunting permits for the 2014-15 season will not be issued until mid-late August 2014. Please check back at this website for updated information and directions at that time.**

Waterfowl hunting is permitted on approximately 10,000 acres of tidal areas and salt ponds of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The hunting program is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Hunters must comply with all State and Federal regulations including the refuge specific regulations listed under 50 CFR 32.24, and the regulations described in the Refuge 2013-2014 Waterfowl Hunting Regulations. 

Hunting season and bag limits 2013-2014
Waterfowl hunting season opening and closing dates and daily bag limits are determined by the Department of Fish and Game. Check the California Waterfowl Regulations ( each season for this information. 

 2013-2014 Waterfowl Hunting Regulations   (requires Adobe Reader) 

Hunt Areas
The following maps identify areas of the refuge opening to hunting. Access to Refuge hunt areas will be open two hours prior to start of legal hunt time and one hour after end of legal hunt time each hunt day. Visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife web site for information on the 2013-2014 waterfowl and upland game bird hunting regulation booklet for legal shoot times. 

Maps (pdf): 

Map 1 - Overview of hunt program (1.2 MB)
Map 2 - Ponds AB1, A2E, AB2, A3N, and A3W in Sunnyvale and Mountain View (953 KB)
Map 3 - Location of hunt blinds in Ponds AB1, A2E, and AB2 (413 KB)
Map 4 - Location of hunt blinds in Ponds A3N and A3W (428 KB)
Map 5 - Ponds A5, A7, A8N, and A8S in Alviso (1.8 MB)
Map 6 - Ravenswood (R1 and R2) (943 KB)

 Driving Directions to Refuge Hunt Areas 


2013-2014 Waterfowl Hunting Permitting Process
All hunters must carry: 

  • A Refuge 2013-2014 Waterfowl Hunting Permit when hunting in the ponds (see Obtaining a Refuge Permit below)
  • A California hunting license
  • A Signed Federal Duck Stamp
  • A California Duck Validation 
  • A free Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation

Identification that includes a photograph (e.g., driver’s license)*Information on obtaining hunting licenses and fees:

Obtaining a Refuge Permit  

  1. You must read, understand, and agree to the 2013-2014 Waterfowl Hunting Regulations  
  2. Please print the last page (6) of the regulations 
  3. Please cut this paper permit out and print and sign your name 
  4. Carry the permit with you while hunting on Refuge property
  5. To get a permit number and the gate combination, email (preferred) or call (707) 769-4200 ext. 102. SEE NOTE BELOW! 


NOTE: If you received a permit number last year (2012-2013 season), your permit number will be the same this season. Email to get your permit number and get the gate combination.  

If you DID NOT submit an application to the refuge last year, we will not have a permit number on file for you. Email with your name, address, and phone number and we will assign a permit number for you after completing a hunt application.

Waterfowl Hunting Program Coordinator
Melisa Amato 
Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge Specialist
7715 Lakeville Hwy
Petaluma, CA 94954 
Phone: (707) 769-4200 ext. 102

Last Updated: May 15, 2014
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