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Tyler
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John Henry Kirby Memorial State Forest
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John Henry Kirby MemorialState Forest Information:
The 600 acre Kirby State Forest land was donated in 1929 by John Henry Kirby, a pioneer lumberman. All revenue generated by the forest is donated to student loan programs at Texas A&M University. Activities include hiking, picnicking, hunting, birding and wildlife viewing. Amenities include forest management demonstration sites, a small picnic area, the 6.6 mile Longleaf Nature Trail, and the John Henry Kirby Monument. There are no restrooms. Forest rangers host demonstrations and nature education programs. Group educational tours are available by appointment. The forest is open year round to foot traffic only during daylight hours. Contact the district office prior to entry. Special permission is needed for vehicle access. Maps and information are available from the district office, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. (409) 246-2484. The office is located at 3882 U.S. 69 North, 14 miles south of Woodville. The forest is located 14 miles south of Woodville, 2.7 miles south of Warren, and 15.2 miles north of Kountze, Texas.
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Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Upper Texas Gulf Coastal Region:
Big Thicket Loop:   Camden, Hillister, Woodville, Chester, Woodville, Angelina National Forest, Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Jasper, Jonestown, Newton, Big Thicket National Preserve, Kirbyville, Evadale, Deweyville, Orange, Mauriceville, Beaumont, Lumberton, Kountze, Warren
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Hunting John Henry Kirby State Forest:
The forest offers youth only gun hunting of white-tailed deer and unlimited feral hogs from assigned blinds. Bring chairs. Baiting is permitted. For more information, call the forest service office in Kountze at (409) 246-2484.  2017-2018 Hunting Details
 
Mosquito Informationfor Texas:
The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. . Mosquitoes love standing water, and love you when you eat bananas. Mosquitoes are also attracted to some perfumes, including perfumed shampoos. Rub yourself with Bounce Fabric Softener sheets, or with Vicks Vapor Rub or pure Mexican Vanilla. Some swear taking a daily vitamin B-1 pill works to repel mosquitoes. Planting Marigolds in your yard repels mosquitoes. On a picnic table try covering the bottom of a white plate with “lemon fresh” dish wash soap, or use citronella candles. Home Depot sometimes sells the candles in small metal buckets. The ThermaCell Mosquito Repellant is also quite effective in ridding small outdoor areas of mosquitos. Dynatrap Company makes a large standing electric mosquito machine that works like electric bug zappers. It is very successful at making large areas mosquito free. When purchasing mosquito repellent buy those with the ingredient N, N-diethyl-M-toluamide. Some that work include Off! Deep Woods, Off! Family Care Unscented with Aloe Vera, Cutter Unscented, Maggie’s Farm Natural, EcoSmart, All terrain Herbal Armor, Off Clip On, and Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Oil with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E (expensive). The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites.
 
John Henry Kirby Memorial Texas State Forest Directions:
The office is located on U.S. 69/U.S. 287 South, 14 miles south of Woodville. The forest is located 14 miles south of Woodville, and 17 miles north of Kountze, Texas.  Map