#2 Double M Farms/ McDowell Hunting Preserve
13161 Grand Island Rd. Walnut Grove 95690
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Produce: pears, peaches, apples, apricots, plums, pluots, nectarines, cherries, apriums, pomegranates, mexican avocados, oranges, lemons, mandarins, limes.
Other Products: eggs, BBQ/fire pear wood, fresh/frozen pheasants
Services/Activities: U-Pick Bartlett pears, hunting (pheasants, chukar, quail), 5 stand sporting clays
Double M Farms
The farm was started by our grandfather, Charlie McDowell, in 1947. The original farm came with 18 acres of pears which are now more than 100 years old. Current major crops include pears, alfalfa, wheat, safflower, and a small specialty fruit orchard. Visitors can stop by for our featured seasonal Bartlett pear U-pick (mid July-mid Aug) and farm stand (year round) offering free-range eggs and pear wood (for BBQing or fireplace) and a variety of fruit throughout the year.
The Bartlett Pear U-Pick in July is a great activity for families, even toddlers, to pick their own fresh, Bartlett pears. Plenty of low branches for kids to reach the pears. Only 25 mins from Elk Grove.
Farm stand hours are 8AM-6PM daily, self-serve.
Check website for general fruit variety harvest dates and McDowell Estate on Facebook for current availability.
McDowell Hunting Preserve
When the McDowells noticed a drop in the wild pheasant population on the island, Michael McDowell (Charlie’s grandson) raised pheasants as a high school FFA project. After college, he opened the hunting preserve, which now includes 5 breeds of pheasants, chukar, and quail. Butchered whole birds can be ordered Oct-Jan. Bird cards and Day hunts available. Other amenities include: Dog Guiding Service, Bird Cleaning, and 5 stand Sporting Clays. More info on website.
Hunting season: 7 days a week, by appointment only.
- Pheasant: Oct 24, 2015- Feb 5, 2016
- Chukar/Quail: Sept 1, 2015- Feb 5, 2016
- Late season Chukar/Quail: Feb 15- Mar 31, 2016 (Day Hunts only)
5 stand shooting: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month May-Sept, and by appointment.
End of Pheasant Season Shoot Out– Feb 6th & 7th 2016