Waterfowl Hunting Information

Hunter and Dog at Low Tide


Waterfowl hunting is allowed on more than 10,000 acres of salt ponds and tidal areas of 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 Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Hunting Regulations. 

Refuge Waterfowl Hunting Regulations

Please read the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Hunting Regulations. These regulations contain answers to the most frequently asked questions about permit requirements, hunting areas, boat and pedestrian access to the refuge hunt areas, and important rules hunters must obey while hunting on the refuge. 

 2021-2022 Hunt Season Dates  

  • Early season (large Canada goose only) is October 2-6  
  • Regular duck season is October 23 - January 31 
  • Scaup season is November 7 - January 31 
  • Youth hunt dates are February 5 and 6
  • Veterans and active military dates are February 12 and 13

Bag Limits

Waterfowl daily bag limits are set by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Check the California Waterfowl Hunting Regulations each season for this information. 

Permits and Directions to the Refuge

Information on how to obtain a refuge permit, hunt maps, and driving directions can be found by clicking on the links in the menu on the left of this page. 

Water Conditions on the Salt Ponds

General information regarding how we manage water levels in the salt ponds can be found at Boating Recommendations and Water Information for Hunters


Are you getting our email updates for the Don Edwards NWR hunt program?
If you would like to be on our mailing list to receive hunt program information throughout the season, please email Melisa_Amato@fws.gov with the email subject "Don Edwards Hunt Updates" 

Questions about the waterfowl program, and to report accidents or injuries occurring on the refuge:  

Melisa Amato
Phone: (510) 377-9229
Email: Melisa_Amato@fws.gov   

Report Hunting Violations to:
US Park Police Dispatch 
Phone: (415) 561-5510

Report Poachers to: 
California Department of Fish and Wildlife 
Phone: (888) DFG-CALTIP