**** UPDATE 10/16/14 Refuge hunt area is in excellent shape for the opener October18/19 with most all huntable units at normal water levels. The following units are dry or mostly dry: Heifer, Sandy Slough, Sharkey field, Matney 8, Matney 4N, Matney 4S. The Grandma tract is dry and will remain closed until further notice. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday hunting will begin on Tuesday, October 21. 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. ****
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.