Hunt Area Admission Procedures

Sacramento Hunter Check Station 1955

Hunting is permitted on Sat, Sun and Wed only, during waterfowl season.
Entry to the Hunt Areas is through the Hunter Check Stations, and permits may be obtained by reservation, lottery, or first-come-first-serve. 

This webpage is specific for Sacramento, Delevan, Colusa and Sutter NWRs.
To find information about hunting on the Sacramento River NWRclick here.


Before you Arrive....

Check Stations DO NOT SELL any license items, validations or passes!
Hunters must purchase any needed licenses, validations and passes prior to arrival at the Check Station.

Licenses, validations and passes may be obtained from:

  1. CDFW license sales office
  2. license agent
  3. online


 
Items you must have: 

  • California Hunting License
  • Prepaid Type A Pass (not required for junior hunters) - Type A One-day, Two-day or Season Pass (this is like an entry day-pass)
  • Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation (if hunting ducks, geese, coots or snipe)
  • California Duck Stamp (not required for junior hunters; not required if only hunting pheasants)
  • Federal Duck Stamp (required for all hunters age 16 or older; not required if only hunting pheasants)
  • Upland Game Bird Stamp (required if hunting pheasants; not required for junior hunters)


Admission Process for Sac, Delevan, Colusa & Sutter:

There are 3 methods of admission to the hunt areas:

  1. RESERVATION
    • The daily quota of hunters is filled first by those holding advance reservations
    • You must apply for a reservation at least 17 days in advance of desired hunt day
    • You may apply for a reservation through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife or wherever hunting licenses are sold
     
  2. LOTTERY
    • You may enter a lottery drawing at the check station between 6:00-8:00pm the night before you want to hunt;  Up to 4 people may put their names on lottery entry
    • Results will be posted at the check station after 8:00pm; need not be present for drawing
    • Lottery number holders will be admitted after reservation holders the morning of the hunt; Numbers will be purged at 8:00am
     
  3. FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED (aka "Sweat-Line")
    • You may wait in the "sweat-line" and will be allowed admission that morning after all reservations and lottery holders are admitted 
     

View Details:  ADMISSION PROCEDURES TO FILL HUNTER QUOTA (pdf)
View Details:  MOBILITY-IMPAIRED HUNTER ADMISSIONS  (pdf)     


Check Stations:
 

Hours: the check station hours at Sacramento, Delevan, Colusa and Sutter during waterfowl season are:
   - 6:00pm Tuesday until 1.5 hours after shoot time ends Wednesday
   - 6:00pm Friday until 1.5 hours after shoot time ends Sunday
  

Overnight parking: is allowed in the check station parking lots. You must stay inside your vehicle/RV - trailers are allowed, but tents are not allowed. No open flames are permitted, but you can have a portable gas stove.


Filling Vacancies:
 

Vacancies occurring from no-show reservation hunters and from hunters leaving the area are filled in accordance with current CDFW procedures. If you do not get drawn for a reservation, you may enter a lottery the evening before the hunt. Non-reservation hunters may enter the lottery drawing for all of the following: Sacramento, Delevan, Colusa and Sutter Refuges, on any hunt date. After all reservation and lottery number holders have been processed, hunters may enter on a first-come, first-served system.


Admissions Summary

 

 Sacr.
NWR
Delevan
NWR
Colusa
NWR
Sutter
NWR

# Admitted on
Reservation

4444
# Admitted on
Lottery Card
 

4444
# Admitted on
First-come,
 
First-served

1;
Each
hunter
must be
present
to get a #.
Adults may 
get a # for 
their Jr.

1;
Each
hunter
must be
present
to get a #.
Adults may 
get a # for 
their Jr.

1;
Each
hunter
must be
present
to get a #.
Adults may 
get a # for 
their Jr.

1;
Each
hunter
must be
present
to get a #.
Adults may 
get a # for 
their Jr.

Adult to
Junior
Ratio

2 Juniors 
or 2 non- 
shooters
per adult; 
or 1 of
each

2 Juniors 
or 2 non- 
shooters
per adult; 
or 1 of
each

2 Juniors 
or 2 non- 
shooters
per adult; 
or 1 of
each

2 Juniors 
or 2 non- 
shooters
per adult; 
or 1 of
each

What time
is the
Lottery?
6-8pm
the nite
before
 
6-8pm
the nite
before
 
6-8pm
the nite
before
 
6-8pm
the nite
before

 

What time does
Check Station
begin calling
2.5 hours
before
shoot
time
2.5 hours
before
shoot
time
2 hours
before
shoot
time
2 hours
before
shoot
time
What time does
Check Station
begin calling
 1½ hours
before
shoot
time
 1.5 hour
before
shoot
time
1 hour
before
shoot
time
1 hour
before
shoot
time
# Reserv.
 drawn
(dis.=disabled
hunter)

 -59
-4 dis.
-39
-3 dis.
-23
-2 dis.
-17
-1 dis.
# Blinds &
Assigned
Ponds (AP)

-29 Blinds
-21 APs
 -18 Blinds
 -11 APs 
-13 APs-12 APs
# Disabled
Blinds/APs

-3 Blinds
-1 AP
(has a
blind) 
-3 Blinds-2 APs
(1 has
a blind)

-1 AP
(has a
blind)
# Junior APs

--1 AP-1 AP-
Free-roam
Hunter
Quotas
at full
floodup
-54-25 West
-25 East
-14 West
-34 East
-25


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