Woodlands Trail Closure
The Woodlands Trail in the Big Sandy Creek Unit will be closed August 19-29 and September 2-12, 2014, while park staff and an AmeriCorps crew apply herbicide to trifoliate orange, an invasive non-native shrub that has become problematic in that area.
Hunting Permit Registration Opens July 2
Contact: Leta Parker, (409) 951-6831
Big Thicket National Preserve will begin issuing free hunting permits on Monday, July 2, 2012. Permits will be issued as available until February 28, 2013.
Permits will be be issued at the Preserve Visitor Center, located 8 miles north of Kountze on US 69, from 9 am to 5 pm daily. These hunting permits allow hunters to take white-tailed deer, squirrel, rabbit, feral hog, and waterfowl in season. Hunters may continue to hunt hogs during the extended hog-only season from January 6 to Feburary 28, 2013.
Hunters who failed to return their harvest cards for the 2011/2012 season by the April 8 deadline are not eligible to hunt in Big Thicket National Preserve for one year. The deadline for returning this season's harvest cards is April 1, 2013. There will be no grace period.
There is a limit on the number of available hunting permits for each hunting area, as follows: Beaumont Unit - 200; Beech Creek Unit - 150; Big Sandy Creek Unit - 400; Jack Gore Baygall - 400; Lance Rosier Unit - 900; and Neches Bottom - 150.
For more information, contact Big Thicket National Preserve at (409) 951-6700 or (409) 951-6831.
Did You Know?
The last southern black bear in the Big Thicket region was killed in 1928. These gentle omniivores may begin migrating back to southeast Texas due to reintroduction programs in Louisiana.