Special accommodations exist on all five refuges that help provide hunting opportunities for hunters with disabilities.
• Photos and Descriptions of Disabled-accessible blinds/boat access (pdf)• Mobility Impaired Process info sheet (pdf)
Delevan NWR has three spaced blind sites designated for hunters with disabilities: 13D, 29D, and 30D have bike track floors. Access to those sites is packed gravel. The blinds have wire mesh woven with cattails, tules, and fastgrass. These sites may be accessed by motor vehicle or ATV. The blinds include 2 folding chairs.
Colusa NWR has two assigned ponds designated for hunters with disablities: P2A and P2B. Both ponds are accessible by boat. P2B has a packed gravel access route and a blind with a packed soil floor and 2 folding chairs. P2A's blind is on an island.
Sutter NWR has one assigned pond designated for hunters with disabilities, which includes a blind: 6D. The pond is accessible by boat and access includes packed gravel. The blind has a bike track floor and is brushed up with fast grass and willow branches.
Free roam areas on waterfowl refuge sites are accessible via walking, wheelchair, or by any other non-motorized conveyance. Small boats without motors or with electric motors may be used for access and to transport hunters with mobility impairments to retrieve downed birds. Boats may only be launched at DESIGNATED locations along roads which are open to the public. (See hunting maps) Vehicles and trailers must then be parked in a refuge parking lot before hunting.
Sul Norte Unit of the Sacramento River NWR has a 1/2 mile packed gravel trail with a hunting blind developed for turkey and deer hunting and is available on a first-come, first-served basis seven days a week. The pad and trail to the blind are packed gravel. The blind is constructed of wood and metal frame, hogwire siding, attached fastgrass, and it is brushed with natural material. There are four shooting slots cut into the siding and brush material for natural concealment. For additional access needs, please contact the refuge manager. Visit the Sacramento River NWR hunting page.
Hunters need to apply through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reservation system to reserve a blind or hunt site for the disabled at Sacramento, Delevan, Colusa, or Sutter NWR. If a hunter is not drawn for a reservation, he or she may still enter the lottery or the first-come, first-served line and will be processed in a separate line for the accessible blinds only. Click here to see the Mobility Impaired Process.
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