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Description of Tule Lake Hunt Areas


Description of Tule Lake Hunt Areas

Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located in northern Siskiyou and Modoc counties, California, 25 miles south of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Waterfowl and pheasant hunting occurs 7 days per week during the normal California seasons, however, waterfowl hunting ends every afternoon at 1 pm. Tule Lake hunt areas consist of two large marsh units accessible by boats, spaced-blind fields and free roam hunting areas offering field hunts over harvested grain and smaller marsh units. 

Ducks are the most commonly hunted species on Tule Lake Refuge and most duck hunting takes place on the large Tule Lake Marsh.  Goose hunting for Canada, White-fronted, Snow/Ross', and Cackling Canada in the field units ranges from good to fair on Tule Lake Refuge. White-front hunting can be good in the early season as well as a good number of Ross's/Snows in the late season. As with all areas, Tule Lake waterfowl numbers can vary greatly from year to year.

NOTE: Opening weekend hunts are under a draw-permit system. A Recreation Pass is required for all hunting on the refuge.  See general regulations for more information. All hunters are required to have in their possession all necessary state and federal licenses, stamps or validations and permits.


Tule Lake Marsh (Sump 1A)

Tule Lake Marsh, also known as Sump 1A, is accessible only by boat, the water is very shallow in the marsh but has many deep sections of silty mud making walk-in access impossible. Hunting for ducks and white-fronted geese can be good in the early season as well as hunting for Canada geese in the late season.  This unit is free-roam and has motor boat access from the Hill Road, A-Dike and North Dike boat ramps.  Canoe/Kayak style boats may be launched at any point along the dike roads with in the hunt area.

Spaced-Blinds

The Tule Lake fields hunting area is divided into two sections: restricted space blind fields, and an unrestricted free-roam area known as the "League of Nations". There are 60 to 65 space blinds available that are issued by random drawing each morning a half hour after posted let in time. You must check in and register to hunt these fields at the hunter check-station located on County Road 103. Hunter parties are limited to 4 adult hunters and 2 non-hunter or 2 junior hunters.  Each party is called randomly, then choose their "blind"...a numbered post in the field marks the hunt blind. Hunters must be actively hunting and not interfere with other parties. No digging of pit blinds is allowed in these fields. One mobility impaired field blind is available by reservation, please contact the Refuge Visitor Center for more information or to reserve this blind.

Sump 1B

The Sump 1B unit is located at the south east end of the refuge; this unit is open to waterfowl hunting on the east side only and can provide good hunting for ducks and white-fronted geese.  Sump 1B is accessible by boat or walk-in and is limited to 10 hunting parties per day.  You must check in and register to hunt this unit at the hunter check-station located on County Road 103. Hunter parties are limited to 4 adult hunters and 2 non-hunter or 2 junior hunters.  Each party is called randomly; parties chosen must hunt together over one set of decoys.

League of Nations  

The League of Nations consists of agricultural fields, which can be flooded at anytime during the season.  This area of the refuge does not require check in, and you may drive into these fields to set up.

Note: depending upon the growing season, some of these fields may be not be harvested and thus unavailable early in the hunt season.

See our current refuge maps for more information 

 

Last Updated: Aug 09, 2016
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