CDFW News | CDFW offers waterfowl hunts in the East Bay Ecological Reserve



CDFW offers waterfowl hunts in the East Bay Ecological Reserve

Hunters will soon be able to take part in free waterfowl hunts amid the restored salt ponds of the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve (ELER) in Hayward. Access to ELER will be open to 100 hunters on a first come, first served basis on the following dates:

Hunts 2021 (registration at 5:00 am)

  • saturday 20 november
  • Saturday 4 December
  • Thursday December 9
  • Tuesday 14 December
  • Saturday, December 18

Hunts 2022 (registration at 5:00 am)

  • Tuesday 4 January
  • Saturday 8 January
  • Thursday January 13
  • saturday 22 january
  • Thursday January 27

“Eden Landing waterfowl hunts are unique in that there is no fee charged and the hunt is offered on certain Tuesdays and Thursdays when other public waterfowl hunting areas are closed. These hunts typically have an average of three birds per season, with Northern Shoveler and American Duck being the most common harvest, ”said ELER Director John Krause.

To ensure the safety of hunters and CDFW staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, sanitation procedures have been put in place, including requiring all persons on the property to wear masks and maintain a distance from others while conducting checkpoint activities. Checks for the departure of hunters / visitors will be put in place to minimize contact between hunters and staff. All hunters / visitors should familiarize themselves with CDFW operational changes due to COVID-19.

Adult hunters must have a valid California Hunting License, Federal Duck Stamp, State Duck Stamp, and Harvest Information Program validations. Junior hunters must have a junior license and, if they are 16 years of age or older, also have a federal duck stamp. Junior hunters must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older (hunter or non-hunter).

There is a 25 shell limit in the field and unleaded ammunition is required to take wildlife anywhere in California. A hunting dog is recommended for retrieving birds. A small boat, canoe, or other flotation device is also highly recommended to access ponds and blinds. ELER has a boat launch on Mount Eden Creek allowing access to tidal areas. Boaters are advised to consult local tide charts before launching, as mudflats can subject vessels to hidden underwater hazards during low tides.

Hunters should also be aware that vehicle access to certain ELER areas may be temporarily limited due to ongoing maintenance of the dikes. Hunters are responsible for avoiding closed areas.

To access ELER from Interstate 880: Exit at Alvarado Boulevard; continue west and turn right on Union City Boulevard; left on Bettencourt Road (look for the Union Sanitary District sign); left on Whipple Road, right on Horner Street; right on rue Veasy. Enter the yellow door and head towards the checkpoint.

Opportunities for public access to the reserve in addition to hunting are available. More information is available at and South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project at

Media contacts:
Ken Paglia, CDFW Communications, (916) 825-7120
John Krause, CDFW Bay Delta Region, (415) 454-8050



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