WATERFOWL HUNTING

Hunting for waterfowl occurs at the Piute Ponds Complex during the designated hunting season. The base follows California state hunting regulations; however, they may be further limited by Base regulations. All hunters must carry a Edwards AFB Hunting License, State hunting license and waterfowl stamp, and a federal duck stamp. Waterfowl hunting is open to authorized members of the public as well as military and DOD civilians.

Waterfowl hunting must be conducted from a designated blind. Blind locations are obtained through a drawing that occurs in late summer. There are typically about 40 blinds available. Each blind is sold to 2 individuals that will be partners for the season. The blinds have a maximum occupancy of 4. Each hunter must have all required permits and authorized access to Edwards AFB. For additional infomation on the blind drawing protocols see Edwards AFB Instruction 32-7064.

The use of a nonmotorized watercraft at the Piute Ponds Complex is allowed only during waterfowl hunting season to access duck blinds and retrieve fallen ducks or geese harvested or through written permission from 412 CEG/CEV. All persons using watercraft must wear a life vest that is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The 2018 Duck Blind Drawing will be held at the Environmental Managment Office (120 N. Rosamond Blvd Suite A) on Edwards AFB on 25 August 2018. Check in begins at 0800 and the Blind Drawing Program will begin at 0930.

2018 Waterfowl Hunting Season Resources:

  1. Hunting Blind Map
  2. Hunting Blind Coordinates
  3. Blind Owernership Contact List
  4. Harvest Form
  5. Vehicle Form
  6. Hunter Orientation Briefing
  7. Duck Identification - lots of resources available! Here are a few:
    1. http://www.ducks.org/hunting/waterfowl-id/
    2. https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/quizzes/duck-and-waterfowl-identification-try-a-free-quiz/
    3. https://flyways.us/duck-identification-resources
    4. https://www.fws.gov/uploadedfiles/ducks%20at%20a%20distance-ocr.pdf