**** 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.
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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.