Hunting is an important traditional outdoor pastime that is deeply rooted in America’s heritage. Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs.



  • Hunt Results and Waterfowl Surveys

  • Waterfowl Opening Weekend

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    Peak numbers of migrating mallards and pintail visit Modoc NWR in early Fall. Be sure to get your applications in on time for a chance to hunt the Refuge on opening weekend. 

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  • Junior Waterfowl Hunt

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    Junior hunters will have a great opportunity to get out and have a special hunt before the regular season begins. Click below for details about the Modoc NWR Junior Waterfowl Hunt. 

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  • Junior Pheasant Hunt

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    Pheasant hunting is not allowed during regular Refuge hunt days, however, there is a special annual Junior Pheasant Hunt at Modoc NWR. Click below for more details. 

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  • General Hunting Information




    California Department of Fish and Wildlife Hunting Regulations

    Modoc Westside Hunt Map

    Grandma Tract Units Hunting Regulations 2017

    General Hunting Information

    Hunt days are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

    Information kiosks are located at the designated parking lots North, South, and Grandma tract and at the Refuge Headquarters. The Headquarters office hours are 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Hunting permits and fees are not required for hunting on the Refuge (except Opening Weekend). Self check-in and check-out are required by each hunter at the information stations in the designated parking lots in the hunt area. These registration cards must be in possession while on the Refuge.

    Hunting Methods and Habitat

    There are a variety of habitats on the hunt area including dry and flooded grain fields, wet meadows, ponds and marshes. The areas include rough, uneven terrain; deep, dense stands of bulrushes (tules) and ditches. The most common species harvested include Canada geese, mallards, wigeon and gadwalls with decoying techniques being the most effective method. Do not take firearms into posted "Retrieval Zone". Do not go beyond "Closed Area" signs. Pick up your cripples at once to prevent waste.

    ADA Hunt Blinds

    There are three spaced blinds available, out of the North hunt lot, which are all ADA accessible. The ADA blinds may be reserved by disabled hunters either through the opening weekend application process, or during the remainder of the hunt season by calling the Refuge office at least 24 hours in advance of the day you plan to hunt. Blinds not reserved will be available to all hunters on a first-come, first-served basis. The spaced blinds are accesed from the north parking areas where there are reserved parking stalls with numbers corresponding to the spaced blinds. Hunters utilizing the spaced blinds are required to use the numbered parking stalls. No more than one hunting party may occupy a spaced blind site. A hunting party is limited to four persons. Hunters must remain within the established blind while hunting except to retrieve downed birds and return to or from the parking area. All other State and Refuge hunting regulations apply to the spaced blind hunting area. The remainder of the hunt area is open for free-roam hunting.

    Grandma Tract

    There are 5 assigned hunt units available on the Grandma Tract hunt area. Habitat types change annually in these units. Hunters are advised to contact the Refuge prior to hunting for current conditions.  Hunters utilizing the assigned hunt units must park in the numbered space corresponding to the unit they wish to hunt. Assigned hunt units are available on a first-come, first-served basis after opening weekend. No more than one party may occupy an assigned hunt unit. Each party may hunt from anywhere within the assigned unit boundaries. A hunting party is limited to four persons. Hunters must remain within the assigned hunt unit except to retrieve downed birds and going to or from their vehicle. Please note the "Retrieval Only" zones within the Grandma Tract, you may retrieve downed birds from within these areas but no firearms are allowed in the marked "retrieval zones". Do not enter beyond "Closed Area" signs on the refuge.

    Hunting Access and Terrain

    Hunters must enter and exit the hunting area from the three designated parking lots (North, South, and Grandma Tract). All decoys and personal equipment must be taken in and out of the hunt area through the designated parking areas. Other access is prohibited. Guns must be unloaded in the designated parking areas at all times.

    Bikes are allowed outside the parking areas, but only on Refuge roads or graveled dikes in the hunt area and only after opening weekend. Boats are not needed to hunt the Refuge. There are two bridges available to cross the Pit River at the north and south end of the hunt area. Additionally, there is a pedestrian pulley-style crossing between the two bridges to cross the river. Hip boots or chest waders are essential for hunting comfort and to retrieve downed birds. There are many canals, flooded fields and marshes. Beware of deep water in ditches, usually adjacent to dikes. Rainfall can make roads and fields muddy and slippery, making them more difficult to negotiate. Hunting difficulty varies by location and hunters should examine their own abilities and limitations before using the Refuge. Handicapped persons should hunt with a partner and consult with the Refuge Manager for suggestions for hunting the area safely.

    Respect private property adjoining the public hunt area. Unauthorized entry upon private lands is a trespassing violation.


    No overnight camping or parking is permitted on the Refuge. Commercial campgrounds, RV parks, and hotels are available in Alturas, California - three miles northwest of the Refuge.

    Have a Look at the Regulations Before Coming to Hunt the Refuge

  • Have a Great Hunt!