2012 OPENING WEEKEND
The Latest Information : CDFG has not yet set the opening dates for 2012.
Waterfowl hunt days are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Adequate spring precipitation has occured throughout the watershed which supplies the Refuge with its water. Habitat conditions are anticipated to be good for the opening weekend and we anticipate a full quota of 132 hunters for opening weekend.
Bicycles are not allowed in the hunt area during the Junior waterfowl hunt or the opening weekend of the season.
We are planning on hosting
a Junior waterfowl and pheasant hunt this year. See "Junior
Hunts" for further information on application procedures and deadlines
as a reference. The results of the Junior waterfowl hunt are posted with
the general hunting statistics.
Lottery Drawing / Recreation User Fees
Through a lottery drawing of submitted applications, a special use permit is issued by the Refuge to hunters for the first Saturday and Sunday of the waterfowl hunting season. The random drawing occurs near the end of August.
To be part of the lottery drawing, applications must be recieved by August 10, 2012 and accompanied by a $3 fee per applicant. Applications can be downloaded and printed out from our website (see below), or if you do not have web or printer access you can call our office at 530.233.3572 and we will be happy to send one to you via fax or mail. If drawn in the lottery, each hunter is charged a $10 fee to hunt both days of the weekend (America the Beautiful, Golden Age or Golden Access cards pay half price). There is no fee for junior hunters (15 years and under). Only checks or money orders are accepted for fees. Please note that hunters may be named on one application only and may not apply for the Modoc Refuge hunt if they also apply for opening weekend hunts at Tulelake or Lower Klamath Refuges.
Hunters must have their special use permit, 2012 hunting license, State Duck/Federal Migratory Bird Stamps, HIP stamp, and photo ID in their possession at all times while hunting on the Refuge.
Opening Weekend Application
To be a part of the lottery drawing, applications must be recieved by August 10, 2012. There is also a $3 fee per applicant that should be sent in with the application. Only checks or money orders are accepted for fees. Applications should be mailed to:
Modoc NWR, Hunt Application, PO Box 1610, Alturas, CA 96101-1610
For an application to mail to the refuge, please click on this link and choose File, Print from the main menu:
Check-in and Shooting Times
Hunters must enter and exit the hunting area from the three designated hunt parking areas. All other access is prohibited, including dropping off of passengers or equipment outside of the designated hunt parking areas. The order of check-in at the parking lots is based upon the order in which groups line up at the check-in tables. The Refuge does not allow any camping on Refuge property. Many hunters line up on Friday outside the parking lot gates along the side of County Road 115. In past years, the Modoc County Sheriff allows this to occur, but there are no guarantees.
Last year's times were:
Gates opened for check-in: 4:30 a.m.
Shooting began: 6:40 a.m.
Shooting ended: 6:36 p.m.
Gates closed: 7:30 p.m.
Access to the hunt area is by foot and non-motorized cart traffic only through designated parking areas. Any other form of conveyance is prohibited in the hunt area. Bicycles are not allowed in the hunt area during the opening weekend of the season. There are many graveled levees for hunters to use. To safely cross the South Fork of the Pit River, hunters should use either of the two bridges (Sharkey Dam or South Dam) or the hand ferry.
There are three permanent, spaced blind sites from which to hunt. All of these blinds are ADA accessible. The ADA blinds may be reserved by disabled hunters either through the opening weekend application process, or during the remainder of the hunt season by calling the Refuge office at least 24 hours in advance of the day you plan to hunt. Blinds not reserved will be available to all hunters on a first-come, first-served basis and are accessed from the North hunt parking area.To use a blind, hunters must park their vehicle in the numbered parking stall that corresponds to the number of the blind they are to use. No more than four persons may occupy a blind site and all hunters must remain within the established blind except to retrieve downed birds and to return to or from the parking area..
Temporary blinds may be constructed in the free-roam hunt area, but such blinds must be removed each day or left to be available for general use on a first-come, first-served basis.
Assigned Hunt Units
The assigned hunt units may be reserved through the opening weekend lottery. After opening weekend all of the assigned hunt units will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To use one of the assigned hunt units, hunters must park in the numbered stall that corresponds to the unit they wish to hunt. No more than 4 persons may occupy an assigned hunt unit and must remain within the unit while hunting.
Ammunition and Shell Limit
Hunters may only possess approved, nontoxic shot while in the Refuge hunt area. Hunters may not possess more than 25 shells after leaving the designated parking areas.
No fires, camping or alcoholic beverages are allowed.
All decoys and other personal property must be removed from the Refuge at the close of each hunt day through the three designated hunt parking areas. Guns must be unloaded in parking areas at all times.
The hunt area portion of the Refuge contains a variety of habitats including rough, uneven terrain, deep waters, dense stands of tules, wet meadows and ditches. Rainfall and snow can make roads and fields muddy and slippery, making them more difficult to negotiate. Hunting difficulty varies by area and hunters should examine their own abilities and limitations before using the Refuge. Persons with disabilities should hunt with a partner and consult with the Refuge manager for suggestions on hunting the area safely. Injuries or accidents occurring on the Refuge must be reported immediately to Refuge headquarters.
For more information contact Modoc National Wildlife Refuge at:
PO Box 1610, Alturas, CA 96101-1610