This web page augments the information on the
main NBVC Waterfowl Hunting website primarily regarding waterfowl ID and environmental matters but it also repeats all regulations and requirements
Naval Base Ventura County
Waterfowl Hunting Program
Page Last modified - Aug 27, 2019
site will be more current than the NBVC site located at:
This page updated for 2019-20 season.
Hunting Season begins in October each year.
NBVC Point Mugu is located within the Pacific Flyway and is comprised of
approximately 2300 acres of wetland habitat. Consequently, there is a great
variety and abundance of waterfowl species present during the fall and winter.
NBVC Point Mugu complies with the State of
California Department of Fish and Game waterfowl hunting regulations. The
season is typically from mid-October through the end of January.
NBVC Environmental Operational Procedure: Waterfowl Hunting outlines the
waterfowl hunting regulations aboard NBVC Point Mugu.
- The Waterfowl Hunting Annual
Information Notice outlines any changes or important information for the
upcoming waterfowl hunting season, as well as the authorized hunting dates
and times. Hunting is allowed only on Wednesdays (prior to 0700),
Saturdays, and Sundays.
- Hunting is authorized in designated areas only to minimize any potential
negative impact to protected
and endangered species found at NBVC. Hunters found in violation
of the Endangered Species Act or Migratory Bird Treaty Act are subject to
fine and/or imprisonment.
- All eligible hunters must submit their
Request for Duck Blind
Assignment no later than 1100 each Monday for weekly blind assignments.
- Blind locations are depicted here.
- Pre-season blind repairs are an opportunity for eligible hunters to earn
preferred hunting chits - see info at bottom of page
Any questions regarding the NBVC Waterfowl Hunting Program should be
directed to the NBVC Waterfowl Committee at 805-890-7245
during the Oct-Jan hunting season or to the Environmental Division at 805-989-3808
during the off season.
Hunter Eligibility Requirements
Personnel eligible to hunt waterfowl aboard NBVC Point Mugu include active
duty, reserve, and retired military personnel; current and retired DOD civil
service personnel; and NBVC contractor personnel with an NBVC photo ID badge. At
least one week in advance of their first hunt day, all personnel shall:
- Complete a Hunter and Shotgun Registration Form for all shotguns prior to bringing
them aboard NBVC Point Mugu, for hunting. Non-registered shotguns are not
allowed aboard NBVC Point Mugu. All hunting shotguns shall remain cased,
unloaded, and secured in the hunter's vehicle, and only removed for use in
- Complete the NBVC Waterfowl
Hunting Regulation Test and the Waterfowl ID test.
- Submit the completed answer sheet to the
Waterfowl Committee by mail, email or at fax number 805-989-1011.
- New hunters (not including guests) must appear in person in order
to complete a hunting area tour.
- Submit a copy of California hunting license with HIP and waterfowl
validation plus federal waterfowl
hunting stamp unless presented in person to a Waterfowl Committee member.
- Submit a signed DD2760 and
Hazard Safety Brief
before a blind will be assigned.
- First time hunters must view the NBVC introductory waterfowl hunting
at a Distance This is good information to provide duck/goose
identification training. It contains more than just what we test
Here is Ducks at a Distance in PDF
format - if you desire offline study or to print & take into field.
Another excellent study guide is "The LeMaster Method" of waterfowl
identification - it is about $10 in a small durable field sized spiral bound
booklet. It has larger duck bill photos than "Ducks at a Distance" has.
Another good reference is located here: https://www.hunter-ed.com/wildlife/waterfowl.htm
Salt Marsh Birds Beak - Endangered Plant to avoid:
NBVC Waterfowl Hunting Notice for Blind Repair:
All persons eligible to hunt waterfowl aboard NBVC Point Mugu are invited to
participate in the annual repair of hunting blinds. Personnel eligible to hunt
waterfowl include active duty, reserve, and retired military personnel; current
and retired DOD civil service personnel; and NBVC contractor personnel with an
NBVC photo ID badge. Guest hunters will NOT be accepted as volunteers but may accompany and help a selected volunteer
- You MAY NOT sign up someone else.
- Volunteers will be accepted ONLY during the first three weeks of August
- There are a limited number of blinds in need of repair; therefore,
volunteers will be taken on a "first come, first served" basis.
- Volunteers will be notified of their assignments in early September and
work must be completed by the end of the month
- Volunteers earn six (6) priority chits to be used during the hunting
season to increase their chances of getting a desired blind assignment.
- Submit your name and phone number(s) to the Waterfowl Committee at:
Questions: NBVC Environmental (805) 989-3808