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Sielbeck Forest State Natural Area

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 385
  • Habitat: Due to the foresight by the previous owners, magnificent oaks and ancient cypress trees dominate a floodplain forest of 110 acres on part of the 385 acres. Reforestation is being phased in over a five year period on all cropland acres. In addition to the floodplain forest, 275 upland acres provide hunting opportunities as well. Two ponds on the site provide fishing opportunities and hiking is allowed although there are no improved trails
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Site Specific Regulations

  • All statewide hunting regulations apply at site unless noted hereafter.
  • Site requires use of windshield card, displayed on vehicle dashboard, to report hunting effort and harvest by 15 February.
  • Use Hunt Planner to find hunting seasons open at this site.
  • Hunters may leave tree stands unattended from September 15-January 31. Stands must be legibly marked with owner’s name, address and telephone number.
  • There is a posted “No Hunting” zone on the property.
  • No overnight camping
  • Species-specific rules:

Deer

  • Archery, Firearm, Muzzleloader
    • Statewide regulations

Turkey

  • Fall Archery
    • Statewide regulations
  • Spring
    • Statewide regulations
    • County permit required

Waterfowl

  • Statewide regulations

Squirrels/Rabbits

  • Squirrels
    • Statewide regulations
  • Rabbits
    • Statewide regulations

Upland Birds

  • Dove, Quail and Woodcock
    • Statewide regulations

Furbearers

  • Hunting
    • Statewide regulations
    • Rimfire rifles .22 caliber and smaller may be used from sunset to sunrise.
    • Furbearer hunting closed during Firearm Deer Season
      • Hunters with a valid, unfilled firearm deer permit for the hunt area may take coyotes during legal hours of the firearm deer season. Otherwise, the use of shotgun slugs to take furbearing mammals is prohibited on state sites.
    • Coyote and striped skunk season coincides with the statewide fox season.
    • Windshield Card required
  • Trapping
    • Water sets only

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