Waterfowl hunts at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve 2019
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold special waterfowl hunts at the East Bay Ecological Reserve in Hayward, California.
The hunts will be open to 100 hunters on the restored salt ponds at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve (ELER).
These special waterfowl hunts will be available to the first 100 hunters on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunting dated in 2019 is scheduled for :
- Saturday, Nov. 23: Check-in at 5 a.m.
- Tuesday, Dec. 3: Check-in at 5 a.m.
- Saturday, Dec. 7:Check-in at 5 a.m.
- Thursday, Dec. 12: Check-in at 5 a.m.
- Tuesday, Dec. 17: Check-in at 5 a.m.
- Saturday, Dec. 21: Check-in at 5 a.m.
In 2020, waterfowl hunts in the Eden Landing Preserve will take place as follows:
- Saturday, Jan. 4: Check-in at 5:30 a.m.
- Thursday, Jan. 9: Check-in at 5:30 a.m.
- Saturday, Jan. 18: Check-in at 5:30 a.m.
- Thursday, Jan. 23: Check-in at 5:30 a.m.
ELER manager John Krause calls these hunts unique because they are no fees charged for the waterfowl hunts and some are taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays when many other public waterfowl hunting areas are closed.
Moreover, Eden Landing waterfowl hunts delivered an average of three birds last year. Northern shoveler and American wigeon were harvested most commonly last year.
A boat launch was added on Mount Eden Creek to offer better access to tidal areas. Nevertheless, hunters should consult tidal charts before they launch their boats. Low water levels during low tide can become submerged obstructions that endanger boats.
Of course, there are also some important restrictions that hunters need to consider to avoid fines. One is a 25-shell limit in the field. Only lead-free ammunition can be used for hunting waterfowl. Nonlead ammunition is the norm in the entire state since July for any take of game.
Use a small boat or flotation device to access blinds in the ponds. And, whenever possible, also bring a trained hunting dog to retrieve downed waterfowl.
Adult hunters need a valid California Hunting License, federal duck stamp, state duck stamp and Harvest Information Program validations. Junior hunters must have a junior license. If 16 or older, they also must have a federal duck stamp. Finally, an adult 18 years or older, hunter or non-hunter, must accompany a junior hunter during the hunt.