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Opening Weekend Waterfowl

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**** UPDATE 7/29/15****  Wetland conditions remain favorable throughout the refuge. We still anticipate some impacts to our fall flood up prior to the NE zone opener. Of particular note will be our ability to flood the Grandma tract and maintain adequate water levels in that unit throughout the hunt season. As of yet we do not know the dates for the opener nor the youth hunt weekend. All hunters are encouraged to apply for the hunts as in a normal water year. Hunters that put in for the Grandma tract will have their applications put into the regular "free roam" draw if we are not able to open the Grandma tract for opening weekend.  We will hold all checks until we determine the status of the youth and regular hunts and will conduct the drawings at that time. We will not be able to make a final determination on opening until late August or early September.  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.

  • Complete one Waterfowl Lottery Application for each adult member of your party. Staple all applications together with the party leaders application on top. Applications that are incomplete, illegible, duplicated or do not include the total application fee will be rejected.
  • A $3.00 non-refundable application fee must be submitted for each applicant, four applications per hunt party. Make the money order or check (NO cash please) payable to the: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
  • Hunters may submitt ONE application only and may NOT apply for the Modoc Refuge hunt if they also apply for opening weekend hunts at Tule Lake or Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuges.
  • America the Beautiful, Golden Age or Golden Access Passport Applicants: to receive reduced permit fees you must provide proof at time of successful draw and payment of permit fees. No refunds will be made if this information is not provided.
  • Up to two Junior hunters (15 years or younger) may accompany parties with permits. Do NOT list Junior hunters on this application. They will not be charged a fee, but must be accompanied by a permit holder over 18 and carry a junior license while hunting. Juniors count as part of th 4 person limit for the Spaced Blinds and Grandma Tract Assigned Hunt Units.
  • If you are interested in applying to the drawing for one of the five Assigned Hunt Units available on the Grandma Tract, please use question #6 "Special Hunt" to write in Assigned Hunt Units and then use question #5 "Hunt Location Choices" to indicate your order of preference for the five units (2, 4, 6, 8, 10). The Assigned Hunt Units are limited to a maximum of 4 persons (this includes junior hunters). If you are selected, you will only be allowed to hunt at your assigned unit for the entire weekend. The status of these hunt units varies from year to year and applicants are strongly encouraged to check on their availability and status before applying.
  • If you are interested in applying to the drawing for one of the three Universally Accessible (ADA) Blinds available, please use question #6 "Special Hunt" to write in ADA Blinds and then use question #5 "Hunt Location Choices" to indicate your order of preference for the three blinds (1, 2, 3). To be eligible, at least one person in your party MUST have a state issued handicapped placard in his/her vehicle. The ADA Blind can only accomodate a total of 4 persons (this incudes junior hunters). There will be a drawing of successful applicants to determine whom the blinds will be occupied by. If you are selected, you will only be allowed to hunt at your assigned ADA Blind for the entire weekend.
  • Place all applications in an envelope, with the party leader on top, include your check or money order, and mail to: Modoc NWR Waterfowl Hunting App. PO BOX 1610, Alturas, CA 96101-1610
  • This application must be recieved by August 7, 2015 to be considered.
  • The party leader will be notified by mail if the party was successfully drawn.
  • Permit fees of $10.00 per hunter ($5.00 per America the Beautiful, Golden Age or Golden Access hunter) will be charged to successful applicants to hunt both days of opening weekend.
  • If you have any questions, please call the Refuge at 530.233.3572. Good Luck!
Last Updated: Jul 29, 2015
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