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J Page 4 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, March 8, 2017 The Far Corner Ft. Adams & Lake Mary by Rhonda Quirk Mixed Forecast For Spring 2018 Turkey Season COLD SPRINGS ROAD CULVERT INSTALLED m The Fourth District, with assistance from Longmire Gravel and Dozer and the Fifth District, installed a large culvert on the Cold Springs Road last week. The top photo shows the work in progress, and the lower photo shows the roadway open to traffic. Supervisor Kenyon Jackson said, "Now that the culvert has been replaced, I will be forced to close the concrete bridge on the Cold Springs Road adjacent to U.S. Hwy. 61. I had to install the culvert before I would close the road. This would have trapped a number of families, and I didn't want that. -- Submitted Photos WHERE DID THIS ANIMAL COME FROM? -- This brown and white animal was spotted sunning itself in a pasture along the Jackson La. Road On Tues- day morning, March 6. This animal appears to be a female Pronghorn which is not native to this area of the United States, so the question is -- where did it come from? The pronghorn is indigenous to interior western and central North America. Though not an antelope, it is often known colloqui- ally in North America as the American antelope, prong buck, pronghorn antelope, prairie antelope or simply antelope. -- Woodville Republican Photo by Andy J. Lewis CLASSIFIED ADS WORK CALL 601-888-4293 BY NOON ON FRIDAY EDNA 1. MURRAY BROKER ASSOCIATE Paul Green &:Associates Licensed in MS & LA Call 601-807-2245 ednajmurray@yahoo.com TRAVIS MURRAY REALTOR/APPRAISER Paul Green & Associates Licensed ill MS & LA Call 601-807-0490 tmurrayland@yahoo.com Buying or Selling? Call Us! List with me and get three[! +~bur listings will be ha Baton Rouge MLS, Natchez MLS & Somhwest MLS giving your listing triple exposure to the real estate market! Professional Standards Committee Member ,Mississippi Association of Realtors Paul Green Branch Office www.paulgreenrealtor.com at0 mD This has been a very busy week for The Far Corner. Everyone has been pre- paring for the rising Mis- sissippi River. We started moving some things out before the water took the Jackson Point Road, but we were hoping the river stage would stay low enough to keep electric service on for a while longer. The river coop- erated however Southwest Electric Power Association did not. The power was cut off to Lake Mary and "The Rocks" on Friday, March 2.~ The river stage was around 49 feet. Normally, the power isn't cut off until the wa- ter reaches around 52 feet and "The Rocks" have very seldom lost power during flooding. I personally think the power company should have at least given folks the weekend to clean out freezers. We had already boated all of our frozen goods across on Thursday, but many folks were not as fortunate. SWEPA has been a sore subject here ever since they started trimming trees with the helicopter because of what they referred to as "planned power outages." Now, I know trimming the trees will benefit us in the long run, and I appreciate all the hard work. Never- theless it would be nice if the customers were includ- ed in the "planned outages." In other words don't send me an email three minutes after the power is out to in- form me of a "planned out- age." How about sending an email the night before informing customers of ap- proximate times for the out- ages for specific areas. That way we would know not to put a pan of biscuits in the oven and five minutes later the power is out for the next four or five hours. All I can say is stock up on spare and crackers until this is over. Last week's BOS minutes just made me sick. The rev- elation of even more fines for incompetent employees is beyond comprehension. Honestly. I sympathize with our supervisors. The county is already in finan- cial stress, and it seems like every other week, someone has not done their job which results in the squandering of taxpayers monies. Well, it seems to me that somebody in authority (not sure who that is, but I intend to find out) needs to straighten this whole mess out because we the people are paying taxes to pay fines and salaries for incompetent employees. We are still struggling with audits, and who knows what else will not be done in a "timely manner." Come on people, this is unaccept- able. I have said it before and will say it again, the government does not make money. It depends on our tax dollars for revenue. A few weeks ago, we were hit with a $10,000.00+ fine. Now in addition to that another $4,028.66 for fines and penalties. Our roads and bridges are beyond re- pair, and we the taxpayers are being ripped off by a system that allows this type of inept behavior to contin- ue. We need employees and elected officials who can perform the necessary du- ties to htlfill their positions. If this type of work ethic continues, what will become of Wilkinson County? Don't Litter! Keep Wilkinson County clean! TURKEY HARVEST VARIES BY ZONES IN MISSISSIPPI Based on data collected by the MDWFP, most tur- key hunters should expect a replay of last year~s season when they hit the woods on Thursday, March 15. "Our forecast for turkey season is based on a combi- nation of information from our summer brood survey and observations recorded by hunters who participate in the annual Spring Gobbler Hunting Survey," said Adam Butler, a wildlife biologist who serves as the MDWFP's Wild Turkey Program Co- ordinator. Butler says the metrics that the MDWFP tracks from these two sourc-. es of data are similar to the values observed last spring. 'qgCe estimated that licensed hunters harvested about 27,000 gobblers last spring. Although we anticipate some regional variation, most of our figures suggest the 2018 harvest should be pretty similar to that of 2017." As with all wildlife pop- ulations, numbers will vary by region. The following ac- counts describe what to ex- pect in different regions of Mississippi this spring. Northeast Missis- sippi: This region was the state's hot-spot in 2017. Brood data from previous years, and last season's ju- venile gobbler observations, suggest overall harvest should dip slightly in north- ern Mississippi. However, populations are still strong, and gobbler harvest in the north will probably once again outpace most other regions in 2018. The Delta: The Missis- sippi River has been at or near flood stage at some point during seven of the last 10 turkey nesting sea- sons. Not surprisingly, turkey populations in the Delta have plummeted. MDWFP's data indicates 2018 will not see much of a turnaround. Hunters on most properties should tem- per expectations as harvest totals likely will be well below average for much of the region. East-Central Missis- sippi: Available data sug- gests that much of central Mississippi should be poised for a very exciting season. The region had an excel- lent hatch in 2016, which translated into a sizeable spike in jake observations last year. With this above- average crop of two-year-old gobblers roaming the woods, east-central Mississippi should offer outstanding action in 2018. Southwest Mississippi: Both brood data and last year's jake obser- vations mirror the previous year's tallies, suggesting that hunters in southwest Mississippi should expect a pretty similar spring season to what they found in 2017. Southwest Missis- sippi: Both brood data and last year's jake observa- tions mirror the previous year's tallies, suggesting that hunters in southwest Mississippi should expect a pretty similar spring season to what they found in 2017. Southeast Missis- sippi: The Pine Belt's two- year-old crop of gobblers should be slightly better than last year, suggest- ing that harvest will likely also be up, but this mod- est bump will probably not bolster populations levels to what hunters remem- ber from some of the better years of the past. Voluntary Survey Allows Hunters To Aid Wild Turkey Management Turkey hunters with ar~ interest in helping the con- servation and management of their favorite game bird can aid the Mississippi De- partment of Wildlife, Fisher- ies, and Parks (MDWFP) by acting as their on-the-ground eyes and ears. Participation in the MDWFP's annum Spring Gobbler Hunting Survey (SGHS) gives turkey hunters a chance to collect data that is used to track populations and evaluate management decisions. "The amount of informa- tion we get on the state's turkey population from the SGHS is without equal. We have a really dedicated team of hunters from every comer of Mississippi who are willing to share their observations with us. The data we get back literally represents thou- sands of hunting trips afield," said Adam Butler, MDWFP Wild Turkey Program Coor- dinator. "Without the will- ingness of those volunteer hunters who participate in the survey, there's absolutely no way we could acquire that level of information about Mississippi's turkey flock," he continued. The survey was initiated in 1995 to supplement other sources of data available to the MDWFP on the state's wild turkeys. Since then it has grown to encompass nearly 1,200 hunters each spring. "Turkey hunters who participate benefit because we provide them with in- dividualized reports on the specific data they give to us. They're then able to track ob- servations, gobbling activity, and other stats within their own local hunting areas. We (the MDWFP) benefit from the sheer volume of informa- tion the hunters are able to gather. I think everyone is better off in the end, because the more we know, the better we can manage the resource," said Butler. Participation in the SGHS is free and easy and only re- quires a few minutes after each hunt to record observa- tions in a booklet provided by the MDWFP to hunters. All hunters, regm'dless of skill or experience level, are encour- aged to participate. Hunters interested in becoming in- volved in the smvey can enroll online at wwwmdwfp.com/ turkey or by contacting the MDWFP at (601) 432-2199. For more information re- garding Mississippi's spring turkey season, visit our web- site at www.mdwfp.com or call us at (601) 432-2212. Fol- low us on Facebook at www. facebook.com/mdwfp or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ MDWFPonline. The Arrival Of March Means It Is Time For Turkey Hunting For most, March is a time for beautiful spring weath- er and flowers in bloom. For Mississippi's estimated 50,000 wild turkey hunters, it also brings something else. The spring turkey season begins on Thursday, March 15, and ends Tues- day, May 1. For hunters age 15 and under, the Youth season begins a week earlier on Thursday, March 8. Bag limits for the spring sea- son are one adult gobbler (or gobbler with at least a 6-inch beard) per day, not to exceed three per spring season. Youth hunters 15 years of age and younger may harvest one gobbler of choice per day, not to exceed three per spring season. "Turkey hunting is a pret- ty popular pursuit in Mis- sissippi," said Adam Butler, the Wild Turkey Program Coordinator for the Missis- sippi Department of Wild- SINCE JgS2, life, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP). "We don't have as many turkey hunters as we do deer or duck hunt- ers, but generally speaking, turkey hunters tend to be a very intense bunch," contin- ued Butler. To participate in spring turkey season, Mississippi residents, ages sixteen through sixty-four, must obtain a hunting license un- less hunting on lands titled in their own name. All non- resident hunters, except minors under the age of sixteen, are required to ob- tain a hunting license while hunting in the state of Mis- sissippi. In addition to any statewide license require- ments, purchase of a Wild- life Management Area User Permit is required prior to hunting on public Wild- life Management Areas (WMAs). Hunters planning to hunt WMAs or any other public lands are urged to check the area-specific reg- ulations before going afield. Season dates and bag limits on some Wildlife Management Areas may differ from the statewide framework. Hunting on many Wildlife Manage- ment Areas is by drawn permit only during the first two weeks of the season; some areas are permit-only throughout the entire sea- son. Other public lands may also require special permits. For more information re- garding Mississippi's spring turkey season, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com or call us at (601) 432-2212. Follow us on Facebook at www. facebook.com/mdwfp or on Twitter at www.twit- ter.com/MDWFPonline. Natchez Salvage & Parts, inc. Why buy new when used wilt do? USED AUTO & TRUCK PARTS Buy Here! Pay Here! USED AUTOS 601-442-3626 or Toll Free 1,800-759-0631