Siecke State Forest
Siecke Texas State Forest Information:
The 1,722 acre forest was acquired in 1924 by the Forestry Department at Texas A&M University. Amenities and attractions include a historic 1926 fire tower, the oldest slash pine stand in Texas, forest management demonstration sites throughout the forest, a trail, and Trout Creek and the Trout Creek Nature Trail. Activities include bird watching, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking and wildlife viewing. Fishing is available in Trout Creek and at a small pond located near the entrance to the district headquarters. Picnic tables and fireplaces are located along Trout Creek. The forest is open year round during daylight hours. Limited vehicle access is permitted. Group resource education tours are available by appointment. Maps, information, directions, and restrooms are available at the Kirbyville district office located on FM 82, 4.5 miles southeast of Kirbyville. The office is open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. (409) 423-2890. Siecke State Forest Trail Map  Pond Fish Stocking History
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
Texas Birds Checklist
Bird Checklist for the Pineywoods of Eastern Texas, Region 5
Big Thicket National Preserve Bird Checklist - Scroll Down & Choose Species 
Deep East Texas Birding Sites Guide, Lufkin Area
Northeast Texas Bird Checklist, as in Caddo Lake
Angelina National Forest & Sam Rayburn Reservoir Bird Checklist
Martin Dies Jr. Park Bird Checklist Available at Headquarters
Toledo Bend Reservoir Area Bird Checklist
Hunting Siecke 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. Call (409) 423-2890 for more information.
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.