Modoc National Wildlife Refuge

Warning shot!!! Due to the current water shortage, the opening weekend for the 2014-2015 season may be delayed and/or the quota may be reduced.  For updates, check the Refuge website and/or Facebook page, or call the Refuge Manager at (530)-233-3572.

USFWSOn this page, you’ll find:

  1. General information about the Refuge
  2. Authorized activities (e.g. hunting and fishing)
  3. Summary of general and Refuge-specific rules and regulations
  4. Maps of the hunting area, driving directions, parking lots, kiosks, spaced blinds, etc.
  5. Links to our summaries (e.g. waterfowl zones, seasons and limits for duck and goose hunting)
  6. Links to government webpages

General Info

  • Administrator: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“USFWS“)
  • CDFW Region: Region 1, Northern California
  • City: Alturas, CA
  • Complex:  N/A
  • County: Modoc County

    Link to map

  • Directions: see our Google map and USFW’s map
  • Location:  5364 County Road 115, Alturas, CA 96101
  • Phone Number:  530-233-3572
  • Refuge hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Mon. – Fri.)
  • Size: 7,021 acrea
  • Waterfowl Zone: Northeastern California WF Zone
  • Website: Modoc NWR

I. Regulatory Summary

A. General Regulations

Modoc is owned and operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. In addition to our summary of Refuge-specific regulations, link to our summary of general regulations from the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

B. Refuge-Specific Regulations

Beginning with Par. II below, you’ll find an alphabetical summary of legal topics that combine Refuge-specific rules and regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations and the Refuge website.

Warning shot!!! There is additional information at the Refuge HQ and designated parking lots (see our map).


II. Summary of Refuge Hunting Regulations

A. All Hunting

Access:

  1. Bicycles: see “Bicycles” and “Opening weekend” below
  2. Bridges: there are two bridges across the Pit River at the North and South end of the Westside hunt area, plus a pedestrian pulley-style crossing between them
  3. Carts: ONLY non-motorized carts are allowed
  4. Foot: hip boot or chest wades are essential for comfort and retrieval of downed birds from canals, flooded fields and marshes.  Warning shot!!! Beware of deep water in ditches next to the dikes

Alcohol: use and possession is NOT allowed (50 CFR 32.2(j))

California rules and regulations for using bikes or bicycles on national wildlife refuges, State wildlife areas, and State ecological reserves while while hunting for ducks and geese (scaup, brant, Canada geese, dark geese, snow geese, white-fronted geese, specklebellies, white geese); migratory game birds (doves, pigeon, snipe, waterfowl) resident small game birds (grouse, pheasant, ptarmigan, quail, turkey), resident small game (jackrabbit, rabbit, squirrel), big game (antelope, bear, deer, elk, pig, sheep), non-game (coyotes, crow, fox, raccoon), and/or fishing (bullfrogging, commercial fishing, crayfishing, crawfishing and sport fishing)

Use of bikes

Bicycles: allowed outside the parking areas, but only (a) after opening weekend and (b) on Refuge roads or graveled dikes in the hunting area

Boats: not required

Carts: see “Access” above

Camping & overnight: NOT allowed on the Refuge but there are commercial campgrounds, RV parks, and hotels located in Alturas, which is three miles NE of the Refuge (see our map.)

Closed zones: entry is NOT allowed in areas identified as “Closed” zones.  Warning shot!!! Do NOT attempt to retrieve downed birds from closed zones (see our map)

Entry & exit: allowed ONLY from one of the three designated “Parking” lots (see below)

  1. Check-in: up to one and one-half (1 1/2) hour before sunrise*
  2. Check-out: no later than one hour after sunset

Hunt days: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays except “Opening weekend” (see below)

Lottery: a random drawing is held in advance for the “Opening weekend” hunt

  1. Application: click here for an “Opening Weekend Waterfowl Application”
  2. Deadline: applications are typically due in August (e.g. August 8, 2014)
  3. Instructions: click here for Lottery instructions

Opening weekend:

  1. Bicycles: NOT allowed during opening weekend
  2. Permit: each hunter must possess and carry a special “Permit” (see below), which is issued in advance through the “Lottery” (see above)

Parking:

  1. Location: allowed ONLY in one of the three designated parking lots: (1) Westside North, (2) Westside South, and (3) the Grandma Tract (see our map)
  2. Overnight parking: NOT allowed at the Refuge (see “Camping & overnight” above)
  3. Shotguns: must remain unloaded while in parking lots

Permit: a special permit is required for the “Opening weekend” (see above), after which a self-registration is required as follows:

  1. Availability: registration cards/permits are available at the self-service check station located at each of the three “Parking” lots (see above)
  2. Check-in: complete and deposit the Refuge Hunt Permit into the drop box, and carry the “Record of Kill” portion while in the Refuge
  3. Check-out: complete and deposit the “Record of Kill” into the drop box

Personal Property: must be removed at the close of each day (e.g. decoys, equipment, hulls/casings, trash, etc.)

Reservations: see “Lottery” above

Shotgun restrictions

Use of shotguns

Shotguns:

  1. Parking areas: guns must be unloaded
  2. Retrieval zones: guns may not be carried into “Retrieval zones” (see above)
  3. Shot: only steel or other non-toxic shot approved by the USFWS

Trespassing: NO unauthorized access onto private property located outside the Refuge hunt boundaries

Vehicles: passengers, decoys and any other hunting equipment may NOT be “dumped” or dropped off except in one of the three designated “Parking” areas (see above)


B. Migratory Game Bird Hunting

Authorized species: pictured below (the most common species are Canada geese, mallards, wigeon and gadwall)

Duck hunting in California

Duck Hunting

Goose hunting in California

Goose Hunting

American Coot hunting in California

Coot Hunting

Moorhen hunting in California

Moorhen Hunting

California rules and regulations for hunting snipe on national wildlife refuge, California wildlife areas, and California ecological reserves

Snipe Hunting


ADA: there are three (3) spaced blinds in the Westside hunt area (see “Hunt maps” below)

  1. Parking: in the North parking lots, park in the stall corresponding to the blind number
  2. Reservations: available either through the “Opening weekend” application process (see Par. II. A.) or during the remained of the hunt season by calling the Refuge office at least 24-hours in advance

Warning shot!!!  Mobility-impaired hunters should hunt with a partner and/or consult the Refuge Manager for safety tips

Blinds:

  1. Free roam areas: only portable blinds and temporary blinds made from vegetation are allowed
  2. Permanent blinds: may NOT be constructed
  3. Temporary blinds: may ONLY be constructed from vegetation and are available on a first-come, first served basis

Also see “Spaced blinds” below

Decoys: see “Access,” “Personal property” and “Vehicles” in Par. A. above

Free roam: see “Westside” below

Grandma Tract: there are five hunting unit (see our map)

  1. Availability: first-come, first-served except during “Opening weekend” (see below)
  2. Description: wetlands (2 units), dry grain field (1 unit), and either freshly planted grain or moist soil wetland (2 units)
  3. Hunt area: anywhere within the unit boundaries (see map, pictured right)
  4. Parking: allowed ONLY in the numbered space corresponding to particular unit
  5. Parties: no more that four persons may occupy any one unit
  6. Retrieval zones: may be entered without a firearm to retrieve downed birds, which must be pursued immediately.  Warning shot!!! Do not enter “Closed” zones, even for retrieval of downed birds (see our map)

Hunt areas: there are two hunting areas: (a) Grandma Tract and (b) Westside North and South (see above and below).  Hunting boundaries are posted at the Refuge and identified on the Refuge “Hunt maps” (see below) and our Google map

Hunt maps:

Modo national wildlife refuge habitat map.

Hunt Habitat Map

Modo national wildlife refuge hunt map.

Westside Hunt Map

Modoc national wildlife refuge, Grandma Tract Hunt Map

Grandma Tract Hunt Map

 


Juniors:

  1. Youth-only hunt: available only by application (Link to procedures and applications or see Section III below)
  2. Supervision: youth (age 15 and under) must be accompanied by an adult (18 or older)

Shotguns shells: no more than 25 shells may be possessed in the field after leaving the parking area

Spaced blinds: located in the Westside hunt area (see our map)

  1. ADA blinds: available to able-bodied hunters on a first-come, first-served basis unless reserved in advance by a mobility-impaired hunter (see “ADA” above)
  2. Availability: fist-come, first-served
  3. Hunt area: remain within 50 feet of the established blind stake except to retrieve downed birds (see the “Westside Hunt Map,” pictured right)
  4. Parking: allowed ONLY in the stall that corresponds to the blind number
  5. Parties: no more than four (4) persons per blind
  6. Regulations: all other State and Refuge regulations apply

Westside: see our map

  1. Free roam: the entire unit is free roam except for the “Spaced blinds” (see above)
  2. Parking: see above
  3. Spaced blinds: see “ADA” and “Spaced blinds” above

Pheasant hunting in California

Pheasant hunting

B. Juniors-Only Pheasant Hunt

Enter & exit: allowed ONLY from one of the two parking lots in the Westside hunting area (see our map)

Hunt Area: all open areas except the “Spaced blinds” (see our map)

License: all Juniors (15 and under) must carry a State Junior Hunting License while on the Refuge

Permit: a special permit is required and must be carried while on the Refuge (Link to procedures and application or see Section III below)

Supervision: youth (15 and under) must be accompanied by an adult (18 or older)


Sport fishing in California

Sport Fishing

C. Sport Fishing:

Access: depends on the time of years

  1. Feb. 1 – Mar. 31: only by foot
  2. Apr. 1 – Sep. 30: by foot and boat

Closure: NO fishing is allowed from Oct. 1 – Jan. 31

Fish Area: ONLY in the Dorris Reservoir (see our map)

Hours: sunrise to sunset (NO night fishing)

Regulations: link here for State fishing regulations


III. Regulations

Modoc National Wildlife Refuge

A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We allow hunting of goose, duck, coot, moorhen, and snipe on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations subject to the following conditions:

1. On the opening weekend of the hunting season, hunters must possess and carry a refuge permit issued through random drawing to hunters with advance reservations only.

2. After the opening weekend of the hunting season, we only allow hunting on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Hunters must check-in and out of the refuge by using self-service permits. Hunters must completely fill out the “Refuge Hunt Permit” portion of the permit and deposit it in the drop box prior to hunting. The hunter must possess and carry the “Record of Kill” portion of the permit while on the refuge and turned in prior to exiting the hunting area.

3. In the designated spaced blind area, you must remain within 50 feet (15 m) of the established blind stake for the blind assigned to you.

4. We require adults age 18 or older to accompany youth hunters age 15 and under.

5. You may only possess approved non-toxic shotshells (see §32.2(k)) in quantities of 25 or less after leaving the parking area.

6. In the free-roam hunting areas, you may only use portable blinds or blinds constructed of vegetation.

7. You must remove all blinds, decoys, shell casings, other personal equipment, and refuse from the refuge at the end of each day (see §§27.93 and 27.94 of this chapter).

8. Hunters must enter and exit the hunting area from the two designated hunt parking lots, which we open 112 hours before legal sunrise and close 1 hour after legal sunset each hunt day.

9. We only allow access to the hunt area by foot, bicycle, and nonmotorized cart. We prohibit bicycles in the hunt area during the opening weekend of the hunting season.

B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow hunting of pheasant on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations subject to the following conditions:

1. We limit hunting to junior hunters only, age 15 or under, possessing a valid State Junior Hunting License and refuge Junior Pheasant Hunt Permit.

2. We require adults age 18 or older to accompany junior hunters.

3. You may only possess approved non-toxic shot while in the field (see §32.2(k)).

4. Hunters must enter and exit the hunting area from the two designated hunt parking lots.

C. Big Game Hunting. [Reserved]

D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing only on Dorris Reservoir in accordance with State regulations subject to the following conditions:

1. We prohibit fishing from October 1 through January 31.

2. We only allow fishing from legal sunrise to legal sunset.

3. We only allow walk-in access to Dorris Reservoir from February 1 through March 31.

4. We only allow use of boats on Dorris Reservoir from April 1 through September 30.


Species

ONLY ducks, geese, coots, gallinules and common snipe may be hunted. All other species of wildlife, including pheasant, quail and dove, are protected and may not be killed.

Shells

Hunters may not possess more than 25 shotgun shells after leaving the parking areas. Only non-toxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may be used on the Refuge. 50 CFR 32.24 (A) (5)

Permits

Hunting the first weekend of the season will be by special permit only. Permits are issued prior to the season and after a random drawing of applications. After opening weekend, hunters are required to use the self check-in and check-out registration cards available at the information stations at the three designated parking lots in the hunt units.

Hunting Areas

Areas open to hunting are posted as such and are designated on the Refuge hunting map. Hunting areas are open 90 minutes before shooting time until 60 minutes after shooting time each hunt day.

Access

Hunters must enter and exit the hunting area from the three designated parking areas. 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 parking areas at all times.

Removal of Personal Property

All decoys and other personal property must be removed from the Refuge at the close of each day.

Blinds

Construction or use of permanent blinds is prohibited. Temporary blinds may be constructed, but such blinds shall be available for general use on a first-come, first-served basis.

Spaced Blind Areas

The Spaced Blind Hunting Area is serviced from a reserved parking area with corresponding numbered parking stalls. Hunters utilizing the spaced blinds are required to use numbered parking stalls which correspond to blind sites. This system is apportioned to hunters on a first-come, first-served basis. 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 except to retrieve downed birds and to return to or from the parking area.

Assigned Hunt Units

There are 5 assigned hunt units (2 wetland, 1 dry grainfield, and 2 units which may be either freshly planted grain or moist soil wetland)  available on the Grandma Tract hunt area. 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 do not carry a gun into the retrieval zones. Do not enter beyond “Closed Area” signs.

Retrieving Zones

Retrieving zones are present on the west and east sides of the Grandma Tract hunt area. Firearms are not allowed beyond “Retrieval Zone” signs. Do not go beyond “Closed Area” signs. Pick up your cripples at once to prevent waste.

Camping

Three commercial campgrounds are located in Alturas with overnight trailer hook-ups available. No overnight camping or parking is permitted on the Refuge.

Alcohol

The use or possession of alcoholic beverages while hunting is prohibited. 50 CFR 32.2 (J)


**** UPDATE 8/7/14  Water conditions on the refuge continue to worsen. We have not received any water down the South Fork Pit River since late June.  Most of the wetlands in the hunt area are dry .  We should be starting to see some flow in the S.F. Pit around the 20th of August.  We should have a fairly good idea of what wetland condittions will be for the opener by early September.  It is still very likely that  some changes will occur to the opening weekend of the 2014 waterfowl season.  Possible scenarios include a reduced quota, delayed opener, or a combination of both.  If necessary these changes may be carried into the season beyond opening weekend.  For current conditions please look to this web page and on 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. **** 

***** Due to Government Shutdown During  2013 Opening Weekend we will be honoring those reservations for the 2014 Opener.  We will not be conducting a drawing for the 2014 Opening Weekend****

Opening Weekend Hunt Application

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 8, 2014 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! 

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 (2 wetland, 1 dry grainfield, and 2 units which may be either freshly planted grain or moist soil wetland) available on the Grandma Tract hunt area. 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 do not carry a gun into the closed areas. Do not enter “Retrieval Zones” 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.

Camping

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.


The procedure for submitting applications is as follows:

Important – Hunters must possess a valid California Junior hunting license to participate in the hunt. Up to four hunters may apply together as a party.

  1. Use only standard Postal Service postcards (3.5″ x 5.5″).
  2.  Type or print clearly. 
  3. List the name and address for each person (up to 4) requesting permits. Zip codes must be correct.
  4.  Hunters must specify that the application is for the Junior Waterfowl Hunt. 
  5. A parent or legal guardian must sign for each applicant.
  6. Hunters wishing to hunt on the Grandma Tract (maximum quota of 20 hunters) should indicate this preference by writing Grandma Tract on their application. Applicants interested in hunting the Grandma Tract are strongly advised to contact the Refuge regarding status of the hunt units, as they vary from year to year.
  7. Mail postcards to: Steve Clay, Refuge Manager, Modoc NWR, PO Box 1610, Alturas, CA 96101. Only cards received by September 6, 2013 will be accepted.

Any person whose name appears on more than one application will be excluded from the drawing, as will applications which are late, illegible or incomplete. 

After the Drawing:

– Complete regulations and permits (free of charge) will be mailed to the hunters that are successful in the drawing. Unsuccessful hunters will not be notified. No standby lists will be maintained and “no shows” will not be re-filled.

– All refuge hunting regulations remain unchanged.

– Junior hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult (18 years or older) with no more that two junior hunters per adult.

Hunters may contact Steve Clay, Refuge Manager, at the address above or call 530.233.3572 for further information.


The Youth Pheasant Hunt will be held on Sunday November 10th. The hunt will be limited to a maximum of 14 hunters. 

The procedure for submitting applications is as follows:

Important – Hunters must posess a valid California Junior hunting license to participate in the hunt. Up to four hunters may apply together as a party.

  1. Use only standard Postal Service postcards (3.5″ x 5.5″).
  2. Type or print clearly.
  3. List the name and address for each person (up to 4) requesting permits. Zip codes must be correct.
  4. Hunters must specify that the application is for the Junior Pheasant Hunt.
  5. A parent or legal guardian must sign for each applicant.
  6. Mail postcards to: Steve Clay, Refuge Manager, Modoc NWR, PO Box 1610, Alturas, CA 96101. Only cards received by October 25, 2013 will be accepted.

Any person whose name appears on more than one application will be excluded from the drawing, as will applications which are late, illegible or incomplete. 

After the Drawing:

– Complete regulations and permits will be mailed to the hunters that are successful in the drawing. Unsuccessful hunters will not be notified. No standby lists will be maintained and “no shows” will not be re-filled.

– All refuge hunting regulations remain unchanged.

Junior hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult (18 years or older) with no more that two junior hunters per adult.

Hunters may contact Steve Clay, Refuge Manager, at the address above or call 530.233.3572 for further information.


Modoc NWR Permits and Passes

 Refuge Permits

Besides for hunting (below), there are no special permits required for entrance onto Modoc National Wildlife Refuge. Only portions of the refuge are accessible to the public, and even those have special limitations during certain times of the year. Have a look at our  visitors map, and don’t hesitate to call us at (530) 233-3572 if you have further questions regarding accessibility.

Hunting Permits

Hunting the first weekend of the season will be by special permit only. Permits are issued prior to the season and after a random drawing of applications. After opening weekend, hunters are required to use the self check-in and check-out registration cards available at the information stations at the three designated parking lots in the hunt units.

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