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Big Thicket Preserve closes off about 600 acres of hunting ground next month to study wildlife

None of the other hunting areas in the Big Thicket National Preserve are affected by the closure in the Big Sandy Creek area from Dec. 4-15.

KOUNTZE, Texas — The Big Thicket National Preserve announced two temporary hunting closures of nearly 600 acres of land to study wildlife and resource management. 

The closures will both be in the center of the 10,688 acre Big Sandy Creek Unit's hunting area and will begin Dec. 4 and last until Dec. 15. 

(Editor's Note: The above video is file video about hunting permits from Aug. 12, 2019.)

None of the other hunting areas in the Big Thicket National Preserve are affected by the closure, staff said in a news release. 

All other parts of the Big Sandy Creek Unit remain open except areas marked on a map released by the preserve. 

Credit: Big Thicket National Preserve

Hiking, camping and all other recreational activities are allowed while the study is taking place, staff said. 

“Our primary responsibility is the safety of our visitors,” Big Thicket National Preserve Superintendent Wayne Prokopetz said in the statement. “We’re striving to minimize the impact this important survey and study work has on the hunter experience.” 

The Big Thicket has nine land units and six waterways that cover more than 113,000 acres.  

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