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Mobility-Impaired Hunting

Colusa NWR Disabled-accessible hunting blind

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)

Sacramento NWR has two spaced blind sites designated for hunters with disabilities: 5D and 23D have concrete pads. 27D was converted to an assigned pond. It has a bike track floor and car top boat access (no trailers) to increase hunting opportunity and harvest success. Access to those sites is packed gravel. The sites may be accessed by motor vehicle or ATV. The blinds include 2 folding chairs.

 Disabled blind 23D

 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.

 Disabled blind 13D alt pic

 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.

 Disabled blind Cls2

 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. 

Disabled sutter blind 1 Disabled Sutter blind 2

 Free roam areas on waterfowl refuge sites are accessible via walking, wheelchair, or by any other non-motorized conveyance. 

Boat Accessibility is available on free roam areas at Sac and Del, APs P2A and P2B at Colusa, and AP6D at Sutter using boats with electric motors only. There are accessible boat launches at each site (see hunting maps). To access AP 27D at Sac there is a car top only boat launch available (trailers are not permitted). 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. 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.

Sul Norte Disabled-accessible hunting blind

Standard entry procedures will be followed for disabled-accessible waterfowl blinds:

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.

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2015
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