**** UPDATE 8/19/15**** Wetland conditions remain favorable throughout the refuge though we still anticipate some impacts to our fall flood up prior to the NE zone opener. We have conducted the draw for the opening weekend, Oct. 10/11 and have begun mailing out notifications to the first 75 of the quota. We have decided that the Grandma Tract will not be available for the opener due to water availability. All hunters who applied for the Grandma Tract had their applications put into the "free roam" draw. A final determination on the quota for the opener will be made in early Sept. Please continue to check this web page and 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 for current conditions.
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.