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Matagorda
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Gulf Coast
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Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge
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Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge Information:
The Brazoria, San Bernard and Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuges are part of the Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, a vital coastal wetlands complex which is located at the end point of the Central Flyway for waterfowl in winter, and an entry point for neo-tropical migratory songbirds from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.Located on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, the salt and fresh water marshes, coastal prairies, and bottomland forests provide abundant habitat for fish, birds, alligators and other wildlife. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in the Complex.The 4,526 acre Big Boggy refuge was established in 1983 with the primary purpose of serving as a salt marsh sanctuary for birds, thus the refuge is only open for public waterfowl hunting season, and for special activities and tours. Volunteer positions are available. Big Boggy’s Dressing Point Island is one of the most important and prominent bird rookeries on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, and like the Brazoria and San Bernard NWR's, Big Boggy’s coastal wetlands attract resident birds, neotropical migratory birds, wintering waterfowl, and resident wildlife. The Big Boggy Refuge is #2 on the Matagorda Birding Loop. It is located between Matagorda and Sargent, Texas.  Big Boggy NWR Area Map
 
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Upper Texas Gulf Coastal Region:
Coastal Plains Loop:  Clute, Richwood, Lake Jackson, Bailey’s Prairie, Oyster Creek, Brazoria NWR, Brazoria, San Bernard NWR, Chocolate Bayou
San Bernard Loop:  San Bernard NWR, Jones Creek, Freeport, Surfside, Quintana, Justin Hurst WMA
Texas Birds Checklist
Big Boggy, Brazoria & San Bernard NWRs Bird Species List, Angleton & Brazoria-  The checklist was being revised as of August 2017. Click link for availability.
Big Boggy, Brazoria & San Bernard NWRs Butterflies & Dragonflies Checklist
Brazos Bend State Park Bird Checklist, Needville
Brazos Bend State Park Butterfly Checklist, Needville  
 
Fishing Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge:
The refuge is open to the public during waterfowl hunting season and for special events. Because the creek is a navigable waterway, fishing and boating are permitted on Boggy Creek along the west side of the refuge boundary unless the area is closed for hunting season.
 
Hunting Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge:
The Matthis Public Waterfowl Hunting Area and the Polton Lake Public Waterfowl Hunting Area provide excellent hunting. Parking is available at both areas. No special use permits or fees are required. (979) 664-4011.
 
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. 
                      
Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife, General Hunting Information
Hunting, Public Hunting on State Lands, TPWD
Hunter Education
Hunting Season by Animal
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Donations
 
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.The Brazoria County Mosquito Districts  provides surveillance and education programs. (979) 864-1532. 1500 East Kiber Street, Angleton, Texas 77515.    
 
Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge Directions:
From Brazoria, drive west on FM 521 to Chinquapin Road (CR 262); turn south (left), and drive to Big Boggy NWR. The refuge borders Matagorda Bay.