California Deer is a non-profit, tax exempt wildlife conservation organization whose principle goal is to improve California deer herds and other wildlife; through direct financial support for habitat improvement and research projects. Seventy-five percent of the net profit from fund-raising events will go to projects all of which will be in California borders.


Your membership helps CDA continue it’s principle goal as a non-profit, tax exempt wildlife conservation organization to improve our California deer herds and other wildlife through direct financial support for habitat improvement and research projects.

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The California Deer Association is in your backyard and making a difference. We need your support! Join us in improving the conditions of California’s wildlife and in ensuring the enjoyment of future generations of Californians.

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Critical deer habitat is adversely affected by California’s 35 million, and growing, population. Further encroachment causes a loss of wetlands, meadows, migration routes and forage. Your partnership assists us in conserving our ever shrinking natural resources by engaging in habitat restoration and improvement and land acquisitions to ensure the continued presence of our deer herds and other wildlife.

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CDA acts as good stewards of your gifts and has achieved some incredible accomplishments in recent years. Our bylaws require us to set aside 75% of our net-profits for the support of projects and education efforts that improve habitat for our California deer herds.

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Planting Mountain Mahogany

Sunday, April 22nd,  CDA and RMEF volunteers are briefed by Klamath National Forest biologist before a day of...
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IN 2015 THE CALIFORNIA DEER ASSOCIATION PROJECT COMMITTEE and Board of Directors approved a very important deer bitterbrush...
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Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve

The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER) fulfills a variety of important functions: it provides opportunities for research,...
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Carrizo Plain

THESE LAST FOUR YEARS OF DROUGHT in California have not only been very hard on our deer herds...
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Since 1996, millions of CDA dollars were “put on the ground” to improve critical deer habitat. In the coming years, we hope to not only enhance habitat, but acquire critical deer range to protect against development and allow greater opportunities for public hunting throughout California.


There are many ways that you can help us in our efforts to improve deer habitat and their natural resources. Contact your local chapter for more information.


Do your part to support critical deer habitat, support research and continue education efforts that helps ensure the health and population of California’s deer herds and other wildlife now, and for future generations.

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Guzzler Work Party

Guzzlers provide water to wildlife across public lands and thanks to years of dedicated local volunteers these guzzlers provided reliable water critical during drought years.  Built for upland birds...
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