Naval Base Ventura County
Waterfowl Hunting Program

Page Last modified - Aug 27, 2019


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
Usually this 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.

  1. NBVC Environmental Operational Procedure: Waterfowl Hunting outlines the waterfowl hunting regulations aboard NBVC Point Mugu.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. All eligible hunters must submit their Request for Duck Blind Assignment no later than 1100 each Monday for weekly blind assignments.
  5. Blind locations are depicted here.
  6. 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:

  1. 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 hunting areas.
  2. Complete the NBVC Waterfowl Hunting Regulation Test and the Waterfowl ID test
  3. Submit the completed answer sheet to the Waterfowl Committee by mail, email or at fax number 805-989-1011
  4. New hunters (not including guests) must appear in person in order to complete a hunting area tour.
  5. 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.
  6. Submit a signed DD2760 and Hazard Safety Brief before a blind will be assigned.
  7. First time hunters must view the NBVC introductory waterfowl hunting video at

Common Huntable Waterfowl at NBVC

Common Non-Huntable Water Birds at NBVC

  • Blue Winged Teal
  • Brant
  • Bufflehead
  • Canada Goose
  • Canvasback
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Coot
  • Gadwall
  • Goldeneye
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Mallard
  • Merganser
  • Pintail
  • Redhead
  • Ross's Goose / Snow Goose
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Scaup
  • Scoter
  • Shoveler
  • White fronted (Specklebelly) Goose
  • Wigeon
  • Cormorant
  • Egret
  • Grebe Pied Billed
  • Grebe, Western
  • Heron
  • Ibis
  • Pelican, Brown
  • Study Guides:

    Ducks at a Distance – This is good information to provide duck/goose identification training. It contains more than just what we test for.

    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:

    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

    1. You  MAY NOT sign up someone else.
    2. Volunteers will be accepted ONLY during the first three weeks of August (not before).
    3. There are a limited number of blinds in need of repair; therefore, volunteers will be taken on a "first come, first served" basis.
    4. Volunteers will be notified of their assignments in early September and work must be completed by the end of the month
    5. Volunteers earn six (6) priority chits to be used during the hunting season to increase their chances of getting a desired blind assignment.
    6. Submit your name and phone number(s) to the Waterfowl Committee at:

    Questions:     NBVC Environmental (805) 989-3808