**** UPDATE 9/15/14 We
have started to receive a limited amount of water down the South Fork Pit River
and are slowly filling wetland units in the hunt area. The process is very slow as we are only
receiving around 15 CFS and most all of our units are large and completely
dry. We have made the decision to have a
delayed opener for the Refuge where we will honor permit holders from
2013. For those with Grandma Tract and
ADA blind permits it is likely that we may not have enough water in these units
to provide a hunting opportunity.
Holders of those permits will be allowed to enter the free roam portion
of the refuge. At this time we do not
have a good feel for which weekend we will open for hunting, but will do our
best to make a determination as soon as possible. It is very likely that it
will not happen prior to the weekend of October 18/19. For current conditions please look to this web page and on our facebook page (link available on home page of our website), or contact the Refuge Manager, Steve Clay, or Deputy Manager, Sean Cross, at 530-233-3572. ****
***** Due to Government Shutdown During 2013 Opening Weekend we will be honoring those reservations for the 2014 Opener. We will not be conducting a drawing for the 2014 Opening Weekend****
Application Instructions for Opening Weekend of Waterfowl Hunting Season
In order to hunt Modoc National Wildlife Refuge during the first two days of the hunting season, you must apply to hunt and be drawn in the lottery. The number of hunters to be drawn will be determined at the time of the lottery due to habitat conditions on the refuge, but will NOT EXCEED 132 hunters.
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Great horned owls are a year round resident of Modoc NWR, and can often be seen perched in cottonwoods or enjoying the shade under large sage brush.