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Old Sabine Bottom Wildlife Management Area
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Old Sabine Bottom Wildlife Management Area Information:
These 5,158 acres of hardwood bottomland forest are being preserved as a natural wildlife habitat. The land meanders between the Old Sabine River channel and the Sabine River. A wide diversity of vegetation is found in the bottomland forests, in the mid-level areas, and on the higher ridges. TPWD allows fishing along the Sabine River and its tributaries, as wells as limited hunting for waterfowl and squirrels. Gun and archery hunting for white-tailed deer and feral hogs are by special permit and by compartment. Use of ATVs or ORVs is recommended. 24 miles of trails and main roads are available for hiking, and mountain and road biking. Equestrian use is permitted during non-hunting season. All horses must have proof of a negative Coggins test. Birds include Neotropical migrants, wood ducks, mallards, snowy egrets, barred owls and others. Primitive camping is available in designated campsites. Many roads and parking lots are available for visitor use. All visitors must register with the WMA. An information kiosk and map is located at the WMA entrance. Bring your own drinking water and insect repellant. There are no restrooms. The WMA is open year round, except during Special Permit hunts. It is located on the western border of the Little Sandy NWR.
 
Sabine River:
The 555 mile long Sabine River rises in three branches, the Cowleech Fork, the Caddo Fork, and the South Fork. A fourth branch known as the Lake Fork of the Sabine or Lake Fork Creek, joins the main stream forty miles downstream from the junction of the other three branches. The Cowleech Branch rises in northeast Hunt County and flows southeast for 35 miles to its confluence with the Caddo and South Forks to form the Sabine River Proper. The Caddo Fork rises in two forks, the East and West Caddo Forks; these forks unite in the southern part of Hunt County. The South Fork rises in the southwestern part of Hunt County and flows east for 18 miles to join the Caddo and Cowleech Forks. From this point the Sabine River flows southeast, forming the boundaries between Rains and Van Zandt, Van Zandt and Wood, Wood and Smith, and Smith and Upshur Counties. After crossing most of Gregg County, the river forms portions of the county lines between Gregg and Harrison, Harrison and Rusk, and Harrison and Panola counties before it bends more sharply across Panola County. At the thirty-second parallel in the southeastern corner of Panola County the Sabine becomes the state boundary between Texas and Louisiana, and thus the eastern boundary of Shelby, Sabine, Newton, Orange, and Jefferson Counties. The Toledo Bend Reservoir is located on the river between the boundaries of Louisiana and Texas. The Sabine River empties into Sabine Lake which is formed by the confluence of the Neches and the Sabine Rivers; the lake is drained by Sabine Pass into the Gulf of Mexico. Management of the river and watershed is overseen by the Sabine River Authority of Texas.  Fish Stocking History 
  
Birding - Texas Prairies and Pineywoods west Birding Wildlife Trail:
Big Woods Loop: Palestine, Tennessee Colony, Cayuga, Kerens, Corsicana, Ennis, Bardwell, Athens, Fairfield, Mexia, Teague, Groesbeck, Marquez, Centerville, Leona
Lake Tyler Loop: Troup, Whitehouse, Tyler, Athens, Malakoff, Eustace, Mabank
Texas Birds Checklist
Bird Checklist for Pineywoods of Eastern Texas
Northeast Texas Bird Checklist
 
Hunting Old Sabine Bottom Wildlife Management Area:
Limited hunting is available for waterfowl, rabbits and hares, and squirrels. Gun and archery hunting for white-tailed deer and feral hogs is by special permit and by compartment. Use of ATVs or ORVs is recommended. Primitive camping is available in designated campsites. All visitors must register with the WMA. An information kiosk and map is located at the WMA entrance. Bring your own drinking water and insect repellant. There are no restrooms.
Old Sabine Bottom Wildlife Management Area Hunting Information & Map
Hunting Compartments Map 
Hunting Compartments Topographic Map
 
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.
 
Old Sabine Bottom Wildlife Management Area Directions:
The WMA is located on the western border of the Little Sandy NWR. From IH-20 East take the Lindale exit #556, and go north on U.S. 69 about four miles to Lindale. In Lindale, U.S. 69 connects to FM 16, where you will turn right and head east a couple of miles to the intersection of FM 2710 . Turn left (northeast) on to FM 2710 and travel for about five miles and then turn on CR 4106 and continue north a half mile to the WMA entrance.