Mobility Impaired Hunting

Hunting Blind 5D

Special accommodations exist on all five refuges that help provide hunting opportunities for hunters with disabilities.

A "mobility impaired hunter” is defined as a person who has been issued one of the following:

  1. A Department of Motor Vehicles Mobility Impaired License Plate
  2. A Permanent Parking Placard Identification Card
  3. A “Mobility Impaired Veteran” License Plate
  4. A valid “Mobility Impaired Persons Motor Vehicle Hunting License” (FG Form 1460).

 **The blue plastic “Mobility Impaired Parking Placard” may not be substituted for the required identification which bears the name of the mobility impaired person. Mobility impaired hunters must provide the registration certificate for DMV issued mobility impaired license plates.  


• See SITE DESCRIPTIONS and PHOTOS (pdf) for hunting on all five National Wildlife Refuges.
See INFO SHEET on Mobility Impaired Process (pdf) for waterfowl hunting on Sacramento, Delevan, Colusa, and Sutter NWRs.
• See the reservation application (pdf) for mobility impaired access for hunting on the Sacramento River NWR's Rio Vista and Sul Norte blinds.
 Find Information, Eligibility and Applications for Mobility Impaired Hunters for type-A areas in California (link to CDFW site) 



•In fall 2019, a new Xfowler mobility impaired blind for waterfowl hunting will be installed at Colusa NWR in P2A. See the SITE DESCRIPTIONS and Photos above. It will open in late November 2019. 
 •In fall 2018, an Xfowler mobility impaired blind was installed at Sacramento NWR (9D). See the SITE DESCRIPTIONS and Photos above.  
•In the spring of 2018, a new mobility impaired blind for upland game hunting was built at Rio Vista (Sacramento River NWR). See description (pdf).


Waterfowl Hunting:

Sacramento NWR has two spaced blind sites, one assigned pond, and one Xfowler blind designated for hunters with disabilities (5D, 23D, 27D, 9D). The Xfowler blind will be installed in late November 2018. 

 Disabled blind 23D


Delevan NWR has three spaced blind sites designated for hunters with disabilities: 13D, 29D, and 30D. See pdf above for details.


 Disabled blind 13D alt pic

Colusa NWR has two assigned ponds designated for hunters with disabilities: P2A and P2B. P2A has a floating blind that can be used anywhere in the assigned pond. See pdf above for details.


 Disabled blind Cls2

Sutter NWR has one assigned pond designated for hunters with disabilities, which includes a blind: 6D. See pdf above for details


Disabled sutter blind 1 Disabled Sutter blind 2

Free roam areas on waterfowl refuge sites are accessed via walking, wheelchair, or by any other non-motorized conveyance. See pdf file above for details. 

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.

Turkey, Deer, and Feral Pig Hunting on the Sacramento River NWR:

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-reserved basis seven days a week. The pad and trail to the blind are packed gravel. The blind is constructed of wood and metal frame, hog wire siding, attached fast grass, and it is brushed with natural material. There are four shooting slots cut into the siding and brush material for natural concealment. 

Sul Norte Disabled-accessible hunting blind

Rio Vista Unit of the Sacramento River NWR has a packed gravel trail with a hunting blind developed for turkey hunting and is available on a first-come, first-reservation basis seven days a week. The pad and trail to the blind are packed gravel. Hunting on Rio Vista for able-bodied hunters is by boat access only. For disabled hunters who make a reservation to use the blind, they will be able to drive in to access the blind. *This blind was not created for dove hunting (surrounded by trees).

 MI Blind Rio Vista

Reservation Process for Sacramento River NWR:

Please use this form (pdf) to make a reservation to access either of the disabled blinds on the Sacramento River NWR. The form must be submitted at least 3 days prior to your reservation. The form can be emailed, faxed, mailed, or dropped of at the visitor center. Hunters must provide proper mobility impaired paperwork. 

For additional access needs, please contact the refuge manager at 530-934-2801. Visit the Sacramento River NWR hunting page.