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CA Guns & Hunting: Hunting Clubs

CA Guns & Hunting: Licensed hunting clubs in California

BY BILL KARR/WON Staff WriterPublished: Oct 03, 2019

There are lots of upland gamebird hunting clubs in California, more than we have space to mention here, and many of them offer much more than just upland birds. Some offer waterfowl, deer and even wild pig hunts.

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A FLUSHING ROOSTER offers a big, long target with the long trailing tail, which is one reason that many scattergunners shoot behind them. They hold well for bird dogs and in fact, sometimes have to literally be kicked into the air to fly.

Here are a few of the favorite ones:


CAMANCHE HILLS HUNTING PRESERVE & Sporting Clays is located near Ione in the Motherlode foothills alongside Camanche Lake. The facility has been providing a family oriented outdoor experience for more than three decades. Located on 1500 acres in California's Sierra foothills, this family owned and operated business will make you feel welcome from the moment you step through the clubhouse door. From beginner shooters and sporting clay enthusiasts to experienced hunters, Camanche Hills has everything you need for a grand outdoor experience. Clubhouse with restaurant and bar, friendly, family atmosphere and professional dog training available. They also hold flight mallard hunts. Camanche Hills Hunting Preserve offers guided hunts and shooting instruction, the largest sporting clay and shooting sport facility in California, 3-D archery range, onsite restaurant, pro shop and gunmaker. Their website is www.camhills.com and they are located at 2951 Curran Rd., Ione, Ca. Their phone number is (209) 763-5270.


GARCIAS HUNTING PRESERVES are located near Lincoln and is owned and operated by Jim Garcia. They offer hunts for pheasants, chukar, waterfowl, doves, spring turkey hunts and wild pig hunts. They specialize in mallard and wood duck shoots in wooded marshlands, open grain fields and pond hunts for Canadian geese, turkey hunts in riparian habitat, pheasant hunts, and wild pig hunts in the foothills. A close knit group of family and friends as well as professional, licensed waterfowl guides come together to make the most out of every hunting opportunity. Garcia's Hunting Preserves is an all inclusive hunting destination. With the potential for hunting ducks and geese in the morning, pheasant and chukar in the afternoon, and dove in the evening it is truly a premier hunting destination. Contact them by email at garciashp@gmail.com, or call (916) 847-1584 or website at garciashuntingpreserves.com. Their address is P.O. Box 897, Lincoln, Cal. 95648.


HASTINGS ISLAND HUNTING PRESERVE is located on Hastings Island in the Delta and was originally established for the 1968-1969 hunting season. Hastings Island Hunting Preserve is a state licensed, Zone B, pheasant club located 70 miles east of San Francisco and 35 miles southwest of Sacramento. Nestled in California’s Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta on Hastings Island, this private ranch contains an expansive 4,700 acres, with over 800 acres dedicated solely to prime upland bird cover. They also offer dog boarding. Hastings Island is located at 7758 Hastings Island Rd, Rio Vista, CA 94571 and can be contacted at (707) 678=3325 or go to their website at www.hihp.com.


LONE PINE PHEASANT CLUB is located in the Eastern Sierra of Lone Pine. It’s a small hunting club developed exclusively for the hunter who wants to avoid the large commercial operations and enjoy an informal, truly natural hunting experience in the Eastern Sierra. Only 3 hours drive from Los Angeles, Orange Inland Empire counties, they offer an opportunity unique in all of California. They are open from November 22, 2019 through April 5, 2020. Hunting is conducted on two ranches, the Kemp Ranch, located three miles south of town in the Alabama Hills, which offers more challenging terrain and is the location of our Clubhouse or the Anchor Ranch, located one mile south of town, which offers level terrain with lower cover, ideal for those hunters who have some difficulty walking and especially well-suited for training young, inexperienced dogs. Contact the Lone Pine Pheasant Club at 1164 Tuttle Creek Road, Lone Pine, California, 93545, telephone (760) 876-4590 or go to their website at www.lonepinepheasantclub.com .


QUAIL POINT HUNT CLUB out of Zamora also runs Olive Hills Kennels in Knights Landing. The hunt club is a 2,000-acre licensed hunting preserve that consists of natural cover on CRP land offering ideal conditions for hunting bobwhite quail, chukar, and pheasant. They offer day shoots for the occasional hunter as well as a variety of membership packages for hunters who come up and hunt on a regular basis. They also offer bird cards. You can contact them at Quail Point Hunt Club, 29625 County Rd. 14, Zamora, Ca. 95698 or call (530) 735-6217 or go to their website at www.quailpoint.com.


LINC RAAHAUGE’S PHEASANT CLUB is located on over 2,400 acres of all natural cover west of Dunnigan in the Sacramento Valley. They also have an excellent sporting clays course, Super Five Stand and have golf carts for rent. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and they open in September. Raahauge’s offers hunting specials that include 3 pheasants for $96, 8 chukar for $160 and a Blue Bird Special of 3 pheasants and 100 sporting clays for $130. Sporting Clays alone are 100 targets for $36 cash or a 1000 target card for $340 cash. They have a clubhouse, bird cleaning on site and a picnic area. Contact Raahauge’s Hunting Club at 25835 County Road 8, Dunnigan, Ca. 95937, telephone (530) 724-0552, email at traahauge@yahoo.com or go to their website at lincraahauges.com.


RED BANK ALE & QUAIL OUTFITTERS has over 18,000 acres on a number of ranches for hunting bobwhite quail, valley quail, mountain quail, pheasant, chukar, Columbian black tail deer, wild pigs and wild turkey. The main quail hunting ranch is located along the banks of Red Bank Creek west of Red Bluff with a clubhouse, dining room and bunkhouse. Red Bank and their staff offer southern style hospitality and quail hunting in sweeping oak savannahs. They also have an 18-station sporting clays course and largemouth bass fishing on 11 ponds. Their trophy blacktail hunts are conducted on over 10,000 acres of prime habitat, and they manage the herd and habitat carefully. Included in a 3-day hunt is the guide, lodging, meals and field dressing. Their wild pigs hunts will put hunters on a clean shot at good range or they only pay the guide fee, an assurance that the pig population is strong and sustainable. Red Bank Ale & Quail can be contacted at P.O. Box 8295 , Red Bluff, Ca. 96080, physical address at 1887 Red Bank Road, Red bluff, telephone (530) 529-9435 or website redbankhunting.com.


YANKEE SLOUGH HUNT CLUB consists of 800 acres with a clubhouse off Highway 65 out of Lincoln. Yankee Slough Hunt Club, Inc. is a family owned and operated private pheasant hunting club located 5 miles north of Lincoln, California on Highway 65. Their fields are mostly wild grassland covered with tules, ditch lines, ponds and a creek. They raise their own pheasants under 5 acres of covered fly pens. All hunts are private hunts by reservation. Dog rentals are available and there are fields for dog training in August and September. Amenities include a club house with eating facilities and an excellent bird cleaning station.


Yankee Slough Hunt Club is located at 3805 State Hwy. 65, Lincoln, Ca. and their phone number is (916) 645-6028 or go to Yankeesloughhuntclub.com.


cgh_karr_chukarareCHUKAR ARE A very popular bird for hunting clubs, right behind pheasants, and they hold well for pointers and setters and are hard flyers. They are a white meat bird and great on the table, similar to pheasants.

cgh_karr_bobwhitequailBOBWHITE QUAIL CAN be found at some of the better bird clubs, and especially those that specialize in quail hunting. They are a great gamebird, found in doubles or flocks and breaking out of cover in every direction. Dogs are very important in hunting them.

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FALL IS PHEASANT time, and they are generally found in or around grain fields. Wild roosters act differently than pen-raised birds, and wild pheasants have been known to run ahead of hunters rather than flush for hundreds of yards.

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