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Keechi Creek Wildlife Management Area
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Keechi Creek Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 1,500 acre Wildlife Management Area consists mostly of bottomland hardwood with sloughs. Wildlife includes white-tailed deer, squirrel, feral hog, and waterfowl and Eastern turkey. There are no restrooms or potable water. Public hunting is permitted for white-tailed deer, feral hog, waterfowl, woodcock, gallinules, snipe, squirrel, rabbit and hare. Access is limited; call for details. The WMA is located 10 miles south of Oakwood, and 18 miles southwest of Palestine, Texas. From Oakwood take FM 542 south 0.4 miles to FM 831. Take FM 831 west 4.3 miles to CR 236. Take CR 236 south 4.8 miles to WMA sign and gate. Take the easement another 2.3 miles to the WMA entrance.
 
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.
 
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Hunting Keechi Creek Wildlife Management Area:
Public hunting is permitted for white-tailed deer, unlimited feral hogs, waterfowl, woodcock, gallinules, snipe, squirrel, rabbit and hare. Deer hunts, both archery and gun, and waterfowl hunts are randomly selected during the Special Permit or Postcard drawing to avoid over harvesting of game. Special permits are available for public youth gun hunting for deer and feral hogs. Hunting is by compartment. Baiting, and ATV and ORV use are permitted. Scheduled hunts are periodically cancelled due to high water. Primitive camping is permitted.  
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Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
                      
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Keechi Creek Wildlife Management Area Directions & Map:
The WMA is located 10 miles south of Oakwood, and 18 miles southwest of Palestine, Texas. From Oakwood take FM 542 south 0.4 miles to FM 831. Take FM 831 west 4.3 miles to CR 236. Take CR 236 south 4.8 miles to WMA sign and gate. Take the easement another 2.3 miles to the WMA entrance.