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Last Day & Very First Deer

January 31, 2015


Little Miss Adriana killed her very first deer, a 7 point buck, while hunting with her Dad, Bo Brown, this morning near Chrystal Springs, Mississippi.  Today is the last day of deer hunting season in the state of Mississippi.  I am so very proud of her and I know she will forever remember this day!  My congrats to Adriana on becoming an official huntress in our great wild outdoors! 


 Way to go Adriana!

Wrong Girl

January 30, 2015


Someone picks the wrong girl!

Susan’s Mr. Piggy

January 29, 2015


My Facebook friend, Susan Frances Crain, who lives in Florida, shot this 200 pound red and black boar last night.  I'm so very proud of her! With a good friend, a rope and a truck she was able to get it out of the woods.  She has killed about six she said and a whole family to go.  My sincere congrats to Susan and hope she can get the rest of that nasty ole hog family in our great wild outdoors!

   

A nasty ole hog!

The Woods

January 28, 2015

Amen!

Happy Birthday To Me!

January 27, 2015

Finally Got Him!

January 26, 2015

My new Facebook friend, Amanda Thames, said her friend, Nina Hill, finally got him! I'm so proud of Nina harvesting this very nice buck in our great wild outdoors in Laurence County, MS! Congratulations! You go girl!

Back Yard Brawl

January 25, 2015

Not For Sale

January 24, 2015

Little Dawson got him a rabbit right here in Mississippi. He and his Dad went outside to put stands in the truck to go climb a tree and they heard Copper running.  First time ever to hear him run, at 6-7 months old and jumps and runs by himself...Of course, he is NOT FOR SALE!  My congrats to Dawson on his rabbit and to Copper for doing a good job in our great wild outdoors!

Killing Time & Making Memories

January 23, 2015

Shane Smith is shown here with his son on a recent hunt and said the only thing we killed was time...but had fun.  Memories can't be made without time and he did good in our great wild outdoors!

Feral Hogs Plague Farmers and Timber Owners Alike

January 22, 2015

It used to be if you owned timber your biggest threat of losing it was forest fire or a rare direct hit tornado.  Well, there was and still is the possibility attack by some pine bark beetle species.  And there are a few tree-feeding fungi with sinister-sounding names like Fusarium and Phytophthora.  A relatively new forest threat is the problems of feral hogs.

The hog problem in agriculture continues to get worse.  We typically think of hogs destroying crops in the field with their feeding frenzies.  But they do much more out where they don’t belong.  In forestry, hogs literally root up newly planted seedlings.  In some places, large numbers of hogs affect water quality by creating wallows near streams.

They also rub against trees and can damage younger trees that way.  As for forest wildlife, hog competition cuts into the food supply since they too eat acorns and fruits and berries.  Plus feral hogs eagerly consume bird eggs of ground nesters like turkeys and waterfowl.

Local timber owners have an opportunity coming up to learn more about feral hog damage, what is being done to deal with the problem and what steps landowners can take.  Feral hogs will be the topic for the 2015 annual membership meeting of the Warren County Forestry Association.  The meeting will be Thursday, January 29 beginning at 6 p.m. at the International Paper Company Training Center at Redwood.

Everyone with a forestry interest is invited to attend and join the county association.  Dues of $30 will be collected at the door and this does cover dinner.  A second dinner ticket for a spouse or guest is $15.  Make checks payable to Warren County Forestry Association.  There is a serious RSVP need to get the right number of catered meals.  So call the Warren County Extension office at 601-636-5442 no later then 5:00 PM Friday, January 23 to get counted in.

The exact title of the meeting’s educational presentation is “Feral Hog Biology, Management and Control” by speaker Cliff Covington, MSState Extension Service Wildlife Department.  Some readers might remember Cliff from his days as County Agent in Claiborne County.  He has been working with the feral hog problem from the landowner education angle for quite some time now.

By the way, the correct term is feral even though we often hear “Wild hogs.”  Feral animals are domestic ones that have gone wild and their wild descendants.  Hogs are not native to this part of the world.  Some domestic hogs escaped from early European settlements.

And to tell the truth some modern sportsmen abetted the current feral hog dilemma by intentionally releasing domestic hogs a few decades back.  Their idea was to increase huntable wild game in the woods.  Bad idea…

There might be hunting club members who want to attend the feral hog meeting.  No problem; you don’t have to actually own the land.  Just own thirty bucks and bring it with you.  And don’t forget to call in by the Friday before.

Terry Rector writes for the Warren County Soil and WaterConservation District, 601-636-7679, Ext. 3. 

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