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Page 4 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, March 12, 2015 THE FAR CORNER Fort Adams & Lake Mary by Rhonda M. Quirk Folks trapped on Lake Mary Road! Lake Mary Road closed! How many times have we heard this? This is past ridiculous. The dredging of Percy Creek will stop some of the prob- lems but Lake Mary Road has many more issues that must be addressed. The stack of culverts are still awaiting installation at Lake Mary Planting Com- pany. These culverts should have been installed at least 4 years ago. For the past year, taxpay- ers on both Lake Mary Road and Jackson Point Road have been told that there was no funding to help re- pair our roads. Last March a group of taxpayers attended several BOS meetings to in- quire about MEMA funding received after the big flood of 2011. We were told no such fimding existed. Now some years later, $180,000.00 that was allotted for Jackson Point Road has magically been found. I would like to thank Mr. Richard Picou be- cause he sought endlessly for the missing funding. In my opinion, without his infinite search, the monies would have never been lo- cated. However, that doesn't change the fact that many taxpayers on Jackson Point contributed financially to all road projects on Jackson Point Road and in all ac- tuality there was $180,000 available for Jackson Point Road. I go to a lot of BOS meet- ings and Mr. Thomas Toll- iver is usually aware of ev- ery grant, loan or donation available for the county. Why are we just now find- ing this funding? Can it still be used or have we missed the deadline? Can the mon- ey be used for Lake Mary Road and Fort Adams? Was there more money al- located for the flood zone? The only places MEMA funding should have been used was here, in The Far Corner. Our roads, bridges and homes flooded and we the taxpayers and citizens worked to rebuild our lives with very little assistance. I am very disappointed that our elected officials didn't pursue all avenues to aid in our recovery. If this money had been used properly, many of the road problems taxpayers "donated to fix (patch)" would not even ex- ist. This is just another ex- ample of the poor manage- ment and leadership that must change in order for our county to prosper. Folks, we have to wise up and Change Wilkinson County. Stop being so de- pendent on federal and state aid. We can all feel the repercussions from the in- complete audits, which lead to the termination of state aid. All counties rely heav- ily on both state and federal aid but we are basically par- alyzed without it. No money for culverts, aggregate or to operate in an efficient manner. We have to build on the resources we have and maintain them in order to attract more revenues. It seems many county officials either don't care or just sim- ply ignore the serious finan- cial problems our county faces. Some of which, they are the primary cause but don't realize the total effect that neglected, duties have !1 had on the county.  ..... I would like to remind folks of the 2015 Fish Hatch- ...... ery Youth.Art Contest. :This is a very exciting way to HUNTING LAND NEEDED!I! Have qualified buyers looking for hunting land. Several 40ac- lOOac clients, 500ac- 1000ac clients, and many in between. Call Alan 601-249-8436 or email: alan@ get our children interest- ed in the great outdoors. Children from age 5 to 19 can enter the contest and a variety of mediums are accepted. The website con- thins all necessary informa- tion including the address to which the entry form, portfolio and artwork can be mailed. Please visit their website www. north-ms-fishhatchries/edu- cational opportunities.aspx or call (662)563-8068. The deadline is April 15, 2015. SPRING GOBBLER SEASON -- Spring gobbler season is just around the corner, so hunters should review safety precautions before heading to the woods. -- File photo by MSU Ag Communi- cations/Kat Lawrence Consider Safety Tips For Spring Gobbler Season Which Starts March 14 by James E. "Jim" Miller Professor Emeritus, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture MSU Extension Service With spring gobbler sea- son quickly approaching, fol- lowing are some precautions hunters need to remember before they head to the for- est. For those who use decoys, be sure to place them so they are not directly in front of you or in the direction an- other hunter might.approach from as you are calling. If you see or hear another hunter approaching your location, forget about the urge to shoot a turkey and alert that per- son immediately by shout- ing out that you see him or her. Let the person know, in no uncertain terms, where you are located. Do not wave your hand or call like a tur- key again if you see another hunter approaching where you are sitting. : A fairly new turkey hunt- ing tactic is the idea of us- ing a spread turkey tail fan, either real or replicated. The hunter places a handle on the tail fan and tries to use it either to slip up on a gob- bler or to intimate an ag- gressive turkey into coming closer and fighting or chasing away the intruder. Recently, I have seen such items ad- vertised for sale in outdoor hunting catalogs, along with a myriad of other items, such as movement-actuated de- coys, which claim to be effec- tive in the chase to harvest a gobbler. I haven't personally ex- perimented with these gad- gets, so I can't vouch for their effectiveness or their ineffec- tiveness. However, I do see a significant safety concern that users need to know. De- pending on where hunters are located -- perhaps just below a rise in the terrain or in a brushy area -- if they see a gobbler tail fan moving toward them or through the brush, they are likely to get their shotguns in place for a shot. I hope such a hunter wouldn't take a shot, hoping to kill a gobbler just because he or she sees the fan in range. In Mississippi, you must see evidence of a beard 6 inches or longer before it is a legal gobbler. Part of the concern is that some hunters are enhancing the tail-fan tactic by adding an imitation gobbler's head in front the fan and dangling the beard below. This new strategy makes it even more likely that a hunter might take a shot at what appears to be a legal gobbler approaching your calling location. When training new hunters or tar- get shooters, we tell them to keep their fingers off the trig- ger until the target is clearly identified and they know what is behind the target they're planning to shoot. Here is the bottom line: All turkey hunters need to be extremely observant, can- tious and careful if they want to avoid hunting accidents and not become part of an undesirable statistic. Sev- eral factors make taking pre- cautions necessary if hunters want to be sure they have legal gobblers in range - not other hunters. Excellent camouflage clothing and efforts to blend in with the existing vegeta- tion can make turkey hunt- ers as invisible as they pos- sibly can be. Spring gobbler hunting never ceases to be exciting, and it requires pa- tience and perseverance, as well as effective calling. An- ticipation of a movement or sound that indicates an ap- proaching gobbler can make trigger fingers itchy. Every spring brings new hunters who may not have experi- enced the need for caution. Also, new tools are available every spring that might in- crease the odds of attract- ing legal gobblers, regardless of the effects these gadgets have on hunter safety. I know of no more ex- citing and enjoyable hunts than being out in the spring, watching those first pink rays of light in the east and listening to the wild things awaken. They begin an- nouncing their enthusiasm that spring is finally here af- ter a long, cold, winter. Gob- blers make particularly loud announcements to any hens that might be listening. Halcon Oil Co. Assessed $60,000 For Taking Water by Ernest Herndon Enterprise-Journal An oil company involved in the Tuscaloosa Mae Shale oil play agreed to pay a $60,000 penalty for withdrawing wa- ter from a stream without a permit and thus denying the public a chance to comment, according to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Halcon Operating Co., based in Houston, Texas, agreed to pay the sum for tak- ing water from Buffalo River in Wilkinson County before getting DEQ permission. The company withdrew some 7.5 million gallons over a nine-day period from a site near the con- fluence of the Buffalo and the Little Buffalo River northwest of Centreville, according to the DEQ. On May 21, 2014, Halcon published a notice of intent in a newspaper to pump water from the Buffalo, then with- drew water from May 22-30. However, according to state law, at least 10 days must pass after a notice is published be- fore approval is granted, "and a public hearing accorded any person whose rights may be adversely affected by such ap- proval." "Commencing water with- drawal before permit issuance undermines the regulatory program at issue," said DEQ spokesman Robbie Wilbur in a statement. "the purpose of the statu- torily-required public comment period is to provide the public an opportunity to provide input on the propesed use of water resources. That input along with other factors could affect the terms of the permit prior to it being issued." The DEQ issul a permit for the withdrawal on June 11. Halcon agreed to pay the penalty in lieu of a formal hear- ing. Halcon spokesperson Jor- dan Beadling released the following statement from the company: 'alchn Operating Co. Inc. unintentionally al- lowed a contractor to withdraw water aider a permit applica- tion was submitted but before it was issued in Wilkinson County. The company was permitted to draw water from one section, but the contractor drew water from another are Halchn regrets that the situa- tion occxml and continues to work with its employees and contractors to ensure it doesn't happen again. There were no environmental or safety dam- ages associated with this inci- dent, and the company worked closely with the DEQ to resolve it satisfactorily." Spring Turkey Season Opens Saturday, March 14 For Mississippi's nearly 50,000 turkey hunters, the day they have been anticipat- ing is almost at hand. The spring turkey season opens on Saturday, March 14, and ends Friday, May 1. For hunters age 15 and under, the youth season began a week earlier on Saturday, March 7. The bag limit for the spring sea- son is one adult gobbler with at least a 6 inch beard per day, not to exceed three per spring season. Youth hunters hand, much of the state ex- perienced an above average hatch this past summer, so overall turkey observations be increased in many ar- eas. Unfortunately, the 2013 hatch was very poor, and jake observations during the 2014 season were near record lows, suggesting that :there will be fewer two-year-old gobblers in the woods this spring. '%Vith fewer two-year-old gob- blers, we expect that hunters encounter less gobbling activity and will probably be less successful in calling in 15 years of age and younger legal birds," said Adam But- may harvest one gobbler of ler, Wild Turkey Program choice per day, not to exceed Biologist for the Mississippi three per spring season. The :/ent of WfidlffeTFish- spring turkey i'is closed': ' ;"8L-aCt P/rks:=!e: in the following ounties orens, inmae areas, parts thereof, Coahoma, Quit. man and Sunflower. Expectations for the 2015 season are mixed. On one For many years I have enjoyed taking a youngster or novice on his or her first spring gobbler hunt. Wheth- er or not they harvested a bird, I make sure they are safe in the pursuit and that they enjoy all the beauti- ful and diverse sights and sounds associated with the hunt. The true trophies are camaraderie, enjoyment of their experiences and new awareness of the wild places and wil d things that God has provided for us. Have a great and safe spring gobbler-hanting sea- son. May the gobblers be vo- cal for you. but on the whole we are ex- pecting to see the statewide harvest drop a bit this year," continued Butler. Hunters who wish to hunt on Wildlife Management Ar- eas (WMAs) are urged to check area-specific regula- tions before going afield, as season dates and bag limits on some, WMAs differ from the statewide framework. Hunters must purchase a WMA User Permit in addi- tion to the required hunting license prior to hunting on any WMA. For more information regarding wild turkeys in Mississippi and turkey hunt- ing opportunities, visit us at www.mdwfp.condturkev or call us at (601) 432-2199. Fol- low us on Facebook at www. or on Twitter at MDWFPonline. CONCORDIA METAL!NC, OPEN MONDAY . FRIDAY 7:30 A.M.. 4:30 P.M. Cans " Copper Brass Junk Cars FERRIDAY - VIDAUA HWY 318/336 =52 t8 t - 800- 722- 6264 One Order, One Pa,ment, Over 100 Newspapers Statewide. 601-981-3060 In Addition To Mobile Homes MoCant00. Now Has RVs Rnaning Available! APEX CHAPARRAL. 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