National Forests & Grasslands in Texas

Hunting Guide

brochure National Forests & Grasslands in Texas - Hunting Guide

Hunting Guide - Keep safety in mind when hunting. Brochure for National Forests & Grasslands in Texas. Published by the U.S Forest Service (USFS).

United States Department of Agriculture National Forests and Grasslands in Texas Hunting Guide 2018-2019 Hunting Season Texas is home to four national forests that stretch from the urban landscape of Houston to the Louisiana border, and to two national grasslands located north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. White-tailed deer is the game of choice in Texas and there’s no better place to bag that trophy buck than in the national forests and grasslands. From mid-September to the end of January is prime hunting season and all hunters and those accompanying them must wear daylight fluorescent orange at any time when hunting, except when hunting turkey or migratory birds. A minimum of 400 square inches of fluorescent orange must be visible (144 square inches on both the chest and back, and a daylight fluorescent orange cap or hat.) Contents Angelina Map................. 3 Davy Crockett Map......... 4 Sabine Map.................... 5 Sam Houston Map.......... 6 Caddo/LBJ Map.............. 7 Safety Notice.................. 8 Contacts......................... 8 Keep safety in mind when hunting As gun deer hunting season begins, U.S. Forest Service officials are reminding hunters of guidelines designed to make their hunting trips to national forests safe and enjoyable, while sustaining the health of the forests. Rains and flooding have damaged many roads in the forests and grasslands. While most roads have been repaired, some remain impassable and are closed. Check with the Ranger’s Office to make sure your favorite hunter camp is open. Hunting season is one of the busiest times in the forest, and safety should always be a primary concern. Visitors should check their surroundings and be aware of the possibility of falling limbs or trees. Remember, being in the woods is great, but you are responsible for your own safety. When strong winds kick up, head to a clearing away from potentially falling trees. Place tents and park vehicles in areas that will not be hit by falling trees and limbs. Some other safety precautions include:  Much of the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas are remote, and medical assistance may not be readily available. Cell phones do not work in many areas of the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas. Visitors should take adequate food, water, first aid supplies and other equipment appropriate for the conditions and expected weather.  Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas is limited to the multiple-use trail on the Sam Houston National Forest. Off-road use of motorized vehicles of any type is prohibited.  All hunters and those accompanying them must wear daylight fluorescent orange when hunting, except when hunting at night or when hunting turkey or migratory birds. A minimum of 400 square inches of fluorescent orange must be visible (144 square inches on both the chest and back, and a daylight fluorescent orange cap or hat.)  Anyone camping or hunting in the Angelina, Davy Crockett, Sabine or Sam Houston National Forest or the Caddo National Grasslands must camp in designated campsites or developed recreation areas from Sept. 1 to Feb. 1.  When the danger of wildfires is high, make sure all camp fires are in an Be Aware, Be Safe  Trees can fall without warning.  Be aware of your surroundings.  Wear blaze orange in the woods.  Make sure campfires are extinguished properly  Remember, your safety is your responsibility. area at least three feet in diameter cleared of all flammable material, and are properly extinguished.  Hunters using Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) must purchase the $48 annual hunting permit from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to hunt deer, turkey, small game, waterfowl and feral hogs. Wildlife Management Areas in the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas include the entire Sam Houston National Forest, Alabama Creek WMA in the Davy Crockett National Forest, Bannister WMA in the Angelina National Forest, Caddo WMA in the Caddo National Grassland and the Moore Plantation WMA in the Sabine National Forest.  Regulations vary by county so hunters should refer to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Official Hunting Guide and the Public Hunting Lands booklet for details.  Portable deer stands are allowed in national forests and grasslands but are limited to 72 hours in one location. To prevent damage to trees, the stands must not be nailed to trees. When hunters do not remove their deer stands, it causes damage to forest land and creates an expensive, time-consuming cleanup.  Do not park near gates or in areas that would block roads.  Visit the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas website at www. fs.usda.gov/texas and click on the Hunter Camp Maps link for more information. Forest Service R8-RG 411 June 2018 2 National Forests & Grasslands in Texas Fox squirrels also prefer older age timber stands; however, they are generally found in the transition zone between the bottomlands and uplands where there is a mix of hardwood and pine, similar to turkey habitat. They can also be found in older pine stands that contain scattered nut-producing trees. Large Game Deer hunting is a challenging sport and white-tailed deer can be found throughout the national forests. The season will sometimes determine where you can find small concentrations of deer, such as in hardwood stands during acorn fall. It is very importance to get to your shooting spot undetected, and don’t think going in under the cover of darkness will help. Make sure to use a creek or curtain of forest to cover your entry. Scattered populations of wild or feral hogs live in the national forests. Although they are not classified as game animals, they provide some limited hunting opportunities, usually incidental to other types of hunting. Hogs are usually found in bottomlands. Deer Stands Antlerless Deer Permits from TPWD Each year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) inventories deer populations in the national forests in Texas. As needed, the department includes antlerless deer in the annual harvest to seek a balanced population. Designated areas and the number of permits issued vary from year to year and the number of requests usually exceeds the number of permits available. Drawn Hunts for antlerless deer on the National Forests in Texas are conducted by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. For more information on antlerless deer permits, contact your local TPWD office or visit www.tpwd.texas. gov/drawnhunts for application information and process instructions. Fishing Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Toledo Bend Reservoir and Lake Conroe are known for excellent fishing but there are other lakes to challenge anglers. Some of the larger lakes in the national forests include Red Hill, Ratcliff, Boykin Springs and Double Lake. In the national grasslands, Coffee Mill, Crockett, Fannin, Cottonwood and Black Creek Lake are favorites. Windmill Lake on the LBJ Grasslands is designated a fly fishing only lake. Most of these lakes also have developed recreation areas. Texas fishing regulations and license requirements apply to all these water Game in the Forest Many game species find favorable habitat in the national forests where timber stands range from recently harvested areas to stands more than 100 years old. The breaks or “edges” created where different aged stands meet are preferred by many species; so, the observant sportsman learns to recognize stand characteristics and the types of game animals to be found in them. Game on the Grasslands The national grasslands provide favorable habitat for some of the small game animals found in the national forests. There is no commercial timber harvesting on the grasslands, and management is directed toward maintaining a stable or relatively non-changing vegetation type. About 70 percent of the national grasslands is open prairie; the rest is wooded. Most of the wooded areas are in small clumps on the prairie and along the numerous small streams and drainages. Cottontail rabbits, doves, wild turkeys and bobwhite quail are found throughout the grasslands and are usually hunted in the prairies or along the edge of the woods. Fox squirrels can be found in the woods adjacent to creeks and drainages. Gray squirrels live in some of the bottomland hardwoods of the Caddo National Grasslands. Baiting Baiting and hunting over baited areas to attract wildlife is not allowed in the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas. How to Recognize National Forest Land Turkey Hunting The U.S. Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the National Wild Turkey Federation are partners in restocking wild turkeys on national forest lands. The Caddo National Grasslands allow shotgun-only hunting in the spring.The LBJ National Grasslands has a fall and spring season for the Rio Grande turkey. Check the Texas Parks and Wildlife hunting guide for counties in the national forests that allow spring hunting. Turkey season is closed in Angelina and Jasper counties. Where to Find Birds Mourning doves prefer to feed in areas of open, bare ground with scattered stands of seed-producing weeds. Such conditions are found in recently logged stands where disturbed soil encourages weed growth. Bobwhite quail feed in these same stands and in stands up to five years after cutting, where grassy-weedy vegetation has grown and provides cover. Quail also use adjacent older timber stands for escape cover from predators and hunters. Woodcock are a fairly common but lightly-hunted winter visitor to the national forests. They prefer dense thickets for protection, but can be found in early morning and late evening feeding in the same young stands as quail. Most waterfowl hunting associated with the national forests is on the larger reservoirs that lie within or adjacent to them. Sam Rayburn Reservoir is managed by the Corps of Engineers, Toledo Bend Reservoir is managed by Sabine River Authority, and Lake Conroe is under management of the San Jacinto River Authority. Contact those agencies concerning use of their waters, including the construction of hunting blinds. Some waterfowl hunting is available in river bottoms during high water periods. Deer stands may be used in the national forests and grasslands, but they must be portable and cannot be of a type that will deface or harm trees. Deer stands must be removed within 72 hours of placing one in the general forest or in a Wildlife Management Area. Since the forests and grasslands are open to public hunting, hunters cannot maintain exclusive rights to a hunting area. Small Game Cottontail rabbits can be found in the same habitat as quail. Gray squirrels and fox squirrels are the most popular small game animals in the national forests. Gray squirrels prefer stands of bottomland hardwoods 40 years of age or older. The trees in gray squirrel habitat must be old enough to produce consistent crops of acorns and similar food. Most major rivers and creeks that flow through the national forest have these hardwood stands within their floodplains. Maps commonly show proclaimed national forest boundaries. However, all land within this boundary is not national forest land; some is privately owned. The land shown in green on the maps indicate national forest land. Red paint and signs mark the boundaries between national forest land and private property. Recognition of these markings and boundary signs helps the visitor to be certain to stay on national forest land. Visitors should comply with state law and the owner’s rules when entering private land. Entrance (portal) signs. These signs can be seen along major roads entering the national forests, usually on the first tract of government land encountered. Generally, portal signs are not used on low traffic roads. Welcome signs. These signs are located on or just inside the boundaries or individual tracts of national forest land where the road enters. The sign will be oriented so that the land behind the sign is public land. Generally, they are not used on dead-end or woods roads or on small blocks of public land. Upon entering woods on public land, welcome signs will not be present and the visitor should rely on property line markings and boundary signs. Property line marking and boundary signs. The boundaries of individual national forest tracts adjacent to other ownerships are marked with brown and yellow property boundary signs. The small metal boundary signs are fastened either to trees or posts located on the boundary line and at road crossings, and the signs are placed so that public land is behind the sign. Red paint spots on trees define the boundary line through woods. While the majority of boundaries are identified and posted, occasionally visitors may encounter an area where signs have been vandalized or lines are not marked. In these cases, visitors should be alert to avoid accidently trespassing on private land. www.fs.usda.gov/texas 3 Angelina National Forest FM 27 7 400 GUY BLOUNT 59 PR ES SHAWNEE S P BOTTOM INE FLA T 82 BO OTS M SFA Interpretive Trail OO RE 16 69 Hunter Camps 1: NFSR 316A 3: NFSR 307A 4: NFSR 317 5: NFSR 349 6: NFSR 350C 7: NFSR 308 8: NFSR 312 9: NFSR 302 10: Sexton Pond 11: NFSR 303 12: NFSR 347 below Parker Point Road 13: NFSR 374 14: Dispersed camping (more than 400 yards inside the wilderness boundary) 15: Attoyac Bayou (boat access camping only) 16: Angelina River (boat access camping only) Designated Campgrounds 2: Townsend Park 17: Sandy Creek 18: Caney Creek Boat Launch 19: Boykin Springs Legend This map is a general guide and does not show exact boundaries or all roads. It is the user’s responsibility to know his or her location in the forest. Users should be aware that private property exists within the Forest Service boundary. Please respect our neighbors’ rights. Check with the District Ranger office where you hunt regarding special regulations or boundary locations. Deer processing is not allowed in Designated Campgrounds. 4 National Forests & Grasslands in Texas Davy Crockett National Forest 17 " n Housto Neches Bluff County ! 20 " Weches Big Slough Wilderness 19 " 16 " 15 " To Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area c Na og d h oc es Four C Hiking Trail 13 " ^ ! To Lufkin Ratcliff ! 12 " Kennard ! kett To Croc 14 " " 11 Piney Creek Horse Trail To Cr oc ke tt To Piney Creek Horse Camp Lu n fki 10 " 10 " White Rock Horse Camp (514D) Apple Springs "9 ! "1 "4 Centerville ! "8 "6 " 18 "3 "2 Alabama Creek Wildlife Management Area "5 "7 Hunter Camps 1: NFSR 510A - Holly Bluff 2: FM 2262 - Slay Creek 3: NFSR 509 - Sandy Creek 4: NFSR 509C - Rock Hole 5: NFSR 568 - Longleaf 6: NFSR 571 - Piney 7: NFSR 586 - South Possum Walk 8: NFSR 557 - CLOSED 9: NFSR 516 - County Line Camp 10: NFSR 514 514D - White Rock Horse Camp no deer processing allowed 12: NFSR 562 - Brushy Camp 14: NFSR 565 - Raines Morgan 15: NFSR 524A - Pine Springs 16: NFSR 518B - Merkel Creek 17: NFSR 511A - Neches Bluff 18: NFSR 539 - CLOSED 19: NFSR 512A - Pond Camp 20: NFSR 511 - Neches Bluff #2 Designated Campgrounds 11: NFSR 566 – Piney Creek Horse Camp 13: Ratcliff Recreation Area r To T inity Legend Davy Legend Hunter Camp Hunter Camp (No Deer Processing) Closed 9 Designated Campground ! ^ District Office ! Four C (4C'S) Hiking Trail Piney Creek Horse Trail Wildlife Management Area This map is a general guide and does not show exact boundaries or all roads. It is the user’s responsibility to know his or her location in Wilderness the forest. Users should be aware that private property exists within the Forest Service boundary. Please respect our neighbors’ rights. County Check with the District Ranger office where you hunt regarding special regulations or boundary locations. Deer processing is not allowed in USDA Forest Service Designated Campgrounds. www.fs.usda.gov/texas 5 Sabine National Forest Hunter Camps 1: NFSR 137A 2: FM 3172 3: NFSR 165 - Oil Well Site 4: NFSR 100 - Haley’s Ferry Boat Ramp 5: NFSR 147 - Synders Camp 8: NFSR 131D - Patroon Bayou 10: NFSR 115 11: NFSR 152D - North Moore Plantation 12: NFSR 111 - Moore Plantation 13: NFSR 114D - Moore Plantation and Oil Well Site 14: NFSR 114H - South Moore Plantation 15: NFSR 109 C 16: NFSR 117F 17: NFSR 196 Designated Campgrounds 6: NFSR 132 - Ragtown Recreation Area 7: FM 2694 - Boles Field 9: NFSR 120 - Lakeview 18: FM 3382 - Indian Mounds 19: SH 87 - Willow Oak 84 FM 13 9 137 le To 1 7 do rv se Re nd 2 Be FM 317 2 9 FM 13 17 FM 4 7 BOLES FIELD 165 FM 2694 Shelbyville FM 2694 Hunter Camp 9 Designated Campground ! y Boat Ramp ! ^ DistrictOffice ! Trail Between the Lakes Wildlife Management Area Wilderness Toledo Bend Reservoir USDA Forest Service 4 HALEY'S 100 3 Legend r oi Center 87 FERRY 96 5 2 CR FM 3184 62 147 132 5 RAGTOWN 6 126 FM 139 Patroon FM 2 261 FM 226 1 87 EAST HAMILTON 8 131D San Augustine 21 87 21 21 Milam 103 FM 83 yo FM 83 dS 10 87 Trail Between The Lakes 3 13 9 87 12 16 19 117F FM 201 01 FM 2 28 FM 29 LAKEVIEW 111 14 114 Moore 114H Plantation WMA INDIAN MOUNDS 15 11 FM 2426 18 117 WILLOW OAK 17 196 8 FM 82 uR Indian Mounds Wilderness 3 FM 3 87 Ba Hemphill 184 152 96 87exact boundaries This map is a general guide and does not show or all roads. It is the user’s responsibility to know his or her location in the forest. Users should be aware that private property exists within the Forest Service boundary. Please respect our neighbors’ rights. Check with the District Ranger office where you hunt regarding special regulations or boundary locations. Deer processing is not allowed in Designated Campgrounds. National Forests & Grasslands in Texas 6 Sam Houston National Forest Legend Hunter Camp Hunter Camp (No Deer Processing) 9 Designated Campground ! ! LSHT (No Deer Processing) F ! Boat Ramp y ^ District Office ! Multi-UseTrail Trail Scenic Area Wilderness Lake Conroe USDA Forest Service This map is a general guide and does not show exact boundaries or all roads. It is the user’s responsibility to know his or her location in the forest. Users should be aware that private property exists within the Forest Service boundary. Please respect our neighbors’ rights. Check with the District Ranger office where you hunt regarding special regulations or boundary locations. Deer processing is not allowed in Designated Campgrounds. Hunter camps 2: NFSR 215 - Stubblefield Overflow 3: NFSR 234 4: Four Notch 5: NFSR 202 - Big Woods 6: NFSR 228 - Neblett Creek 7: NFSR 274 - Shell Oil Road 8: NFSR 220 9: NFSR 217-A 10: NFSR 208-H Designated Campgrounds 1: NFSR 271 – Kelly’s Pond 11: Cagle Recreation Area 12: Stubblefield Recreation Area 13: Double Lake Recreation Area Designated Hiking Camps 14-25: Lone Star Hiking Trail www.fs.usda.gov/texas 7 Caddo National Grasslands Bois d’Arc Unit Monkstown 7 FM 273 8 6 FM 2029 FM 409 FM 100 CR 2030 P34 CR 2415 24 20 554 CR Fannin Telephone 2 FM CR Lake 2035 9 4 3 2 Coffee Mill Lake FM 2216 Lake Crockett 5 1 FM 1396 Ladonia Unit Legend Hunter Camp Hunter Camp (No Deer Processing) 9 Designated Campground ! Bois d'Arc Multi-Use Trail USDA Forest Service 91 0 CR 3 CR 39 05 Hunter Camps 1: CR 2285 4: Coffee Mill Lake Campground 5: CR2700 6: FM 409 Horse Camp 7: CR 2325 8: CR 2415 9: FM 409 10: CR 3915 Designated Campgrounds 2: West Lake Crockett Campground No deer processing allowed 3: East Lake Crockett CR 3925 34 10 CR 3900 FM 68 34 CR 3355 CR 3395 CR 3930 LBJ National Grasslands Multi-Use Trail W 675 90 CR 2 90 0 2360 30 CR CR 2175 73 0 61 Bickley Pond FM 7 93 6 FM 1655 91 6 90 CR 2 6 55 16 FM 26 CR CR 1591 50 10 CR 2175 26 FM 1655 380 18 r Rd FM Black Creek Lake tu Deca 928 287 CR 922 CR 2391 Clear Lake FM 1810 380 Dan Pond 24 FM 999 Decatur Rd Chicken Lake Rucker Cottonwood Pond Lake Tadra Point CR 2590 CR 1480 90 0A R d C Rhodes Lake R 969 Windmill Lake iry e is 287 101 a rD e rk Pa2 CR 77 7 Legend ! Campground 9 Ë Horse Camp ! ^ District Office ! Multi-Use Trail USDA Forest Service These maps are a general guide and does not show exact boundaries or all roads. It is the user’s responsibility to know his or her location in the grasslands. Users should be aware that private property exists within the Forest Service boundary. Please respect our neighbors’ rights. Check with the District Ranger office where you hunt regarding special regulations or boundary locations. Deer processing is not allowed in Designated Campgrounds. 8 National Forests & Grasslands in Texas Contact Us www.fs.usda.gov/texas n n n Angelina National Forest 111 Walnut Ridge Road Zavalla, TX 75980 936-897-1068 n n n Davy Crockett National Forest 18551 Hwy 7 East Kennard, TX 75847 936-655-2299 n n n Sabine National Forest 5050 Hwy 21 East Hemphill, TX 75948 409-625-1940 Toll Free 866-235-1750 n n n Sam Houston National Forest 394 FM 1375 West New Waverly, TX 77358 936-344-6205 Toll Free 888-361-6908 n n n Caddo/LBJ National Grasslands 1400 North Hwy. 287 Decatur, TX 76234 940-627-5475 n n n Forest Supervisor’s Office National Forests & Grasslands in Texas 2221 North Raguet St. Lufkin, TX 75904 936-639-8501 For TTY: call 711 to be connected to a Forest Service number n n n Sam Rayburn Reservoir U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Route 3, Box 486 Jasper, TX 75951 409-384-5716 n n n Toledo Bend Reservoir Sabine River Authority Route 1, Box 270 Burkeville, TX 75932 409-565-2273 n n n Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Antlerless Deer Permit Questions 936-569-8547 District Office Rt. 2 Box 535 Jasper, TX 75951 409-384-9572 District Office 2122 Old Henderson Hwy. Tyler, TX 75702 903-593-5077 Be Aware, Be Safe  Trees can fall without warning.  Be aware of your surroundings.  Wear blaze orange in the woods.  Make sure campfires are extinguished properly  Remember, your safety is your responsibility. Safety Notice All hunters and those accompanying them must wear daylight fluorescent orange at any time when hunting, except when hunting turkey or migratory birds. A minimum of 400 square inches of fluorescent orange must be visible (144 square inches on both the chest and back, and a daylight fluorescent orange cap or hat.) All camping in the Angelina, Davy Crockett, Sabine or Sam Houston National Forest or the Caddo National Grasslands must be in designated campsites or developed recreation areas from Sept. 15 through Feb. 1. Hunters using the wildlife management areas (WMAs) are required to have the $48 annual hunting permit to hunt deer, turkey, small game, waterfowl and feral hogs. “It’s the hunter’s responsibility to know the regulations and game limits while hunting in national forests and grasslands,” said Chris Crain, U.S. Forest Service patrol captain. “Hunters should check bag limits for the county where they are hunting and refer to this year’s hunting booklets for information to avoid citations. No baiting for wildlife or hunting over baited areas is allowed on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas.” Portable deer stands are allowed in national forests and grasslands and are limited to 72 hours in one location. To prevent damage to trees, the stands must not be nailed to trees. When hunters fail to remove their deer stands, it causes damage to forest land and creates an expensive, timeconsuming cleanup. Vehicles should not be parked near gates or in areas that would impede traffic and block roads. For additional information on this year’s hunting season, please contact the Forest Service District Ranger offices. Hunters may also visit the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas website at www.fs.fed.usda.gov/texas and review information under the “Hunting 2012-2013” link. Wildlife Management Areas Five Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are designated in the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas in cooperation with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Hunting is allowed in WMAs but the rules and regulations are slightly different and hunters must have the appropriate hunting permit from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department or any location that sells state hunting license. Be aware of boundaries. The WMAs are: Angelina National Forest Bannister 25,658 acres Davy Crockett National Forest Alabama Creek 14,561 acres Sabine National Forest Moore Plantation 26,455 acres Caddo National Grassland Caddo 16,150 acres Sam Houston National Forest Sam Houston 162,984 acres Off-Highway Vehicles Off-highway vehicles are only allowed on designated trails. The Sam Houston National Forest has the only designated OHV trail. Camping Developed recreation areas offer conveniences such as showers, restrooms and picnic facilities. Primitive camping is allowed except in designated scenic areas or where otherwise prohibited. During hunting season, camping is permitted only in designated hunter camps or in developed recreation areas. Contact ranger offices for more information on camp locations. Maps Maps and general information about the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas can be obtained from ranger offices or the forest supervisor’s office. Order forms are available on the Web at: www.fs.usda.gov/texas and click on the maps link. Or call 936-639-8501 for information. Wilderness Areas Wilderness areas are managed to protect their character and provide great opportunities for hunting, camping, fishing, hiking and other recreational activities. Roads in wilderness areas are closed and motorized vehicles and equipment are prohibited. The five wilderness areas in the National Forests in Texas are: Angelina National Forest Turkey Hill 5,473 acres Upland Island 13,331 acres Davy Crockett National Forest Big Slough 3,639 acres Sabine National Forest Indian Mounds 12,369 acres Sam Houston National Forest Little Lake Creek 3,855 acres Specific information, regulations, permit applications and maps of Wildlife Management Areas are available from the U.S. Forest Service or the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Know the Rules Hunting rules and regulations are issued by the State of Texas on a county-by-county basis. Regulation booklets are available where hunting licenses are sold and at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offices. The rules in this guide are general in scope. Contact district ranger offices for more detailed, local rules and regulations. Target Practice It is legal to target shoot in the general forest, with the exception of the Caddo-LBJ National Grasslands, as long as you do not shoot from, down, or across a road; you have a sufficient backstop (not a live tree); and pick up your trash (targets, empty shells, etc.) when you leave. Target shooting is prohibited in the Wildlife Management Areas on all units of the NFGT: Angelina NF, Davy Crockett NF, Sabine NF, Sam Houston NF, Caddo-LBJ NG. Frequently Asked Questions For more information on hunting in Texas, visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/texas/hunting-faq Snakes and Insects Copperhead, Canebreak rattlesnake, Cottonmouth, Coral and Pigmy rattlesnake are poisonous snakes native to this area. Insect repellant is recommended to protect against mosquitoes, ticks and chiggers. Leave No Trace When you leave your camp, please be courteous and take your trash with you. The Leave No Trace principles are: 1. Plan Ahead and Prepare 2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces 3. Dispose of Waste Properly 4. Leave What You Find 5. Minimize Campfire Impacts 6. Respect Wildlife 7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/ parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 8778339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at www. ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. R8-RG 411 June 2018

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