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The Woodville Republican, Thursday, December 17, 2015 Page 5A GET FREE HUNTING APPS --- Before heading to the woods this season, deer hunters can download three free apps developed by experts at Missis- sippi State University. -- Photo courtesy of Robert Lewis The Deer Aging app was developed to help hunters age live deer "on the hoof' and to help them determine the age of jawbones when they get back to their skin- ning sheds. The app displays pictures of bucks from 1.5 to 5.5-plus years of age and con- trasts different body features to help hunters distinguish young, middle-aged and ma- ture bucks before pulling the trigger. At the skinning shed, you can extract the jawbone and compare tooth wear of your harvested deer to ex- amples provided in the app. The Deer Food Plot app was developed to assist with planning and planting forag- es for deer. The app provides plant characteristics of the most common cool-season, warm-season and perennial forages, as well as instruc- tions for taking a soil test. It also provides a measuring tool that you are sure to use time and again: an acreage calculator. Using the app, simply draw an outline around the existing food plot -- or one you want to create -- to get an accurate measure of the acreage. You can then select what forages you want to plant, and the app will adjust all the seeding rates based on the plot size. What's more, you can save these reports to use later, or email them to other people. The Deer Hunt app was developed to make collect- ing the most critical deer data painless and paperless. Hunters can record how many deer they saw while hunting, the number of ma- ture bucks, and the ratio of fawns, does and bucks. Such information is vital data for a deer manager to collect, but most people don't do it because they just don't want to deal with the paperwork and number crunching. But with this new app, there's no more filling out observation forms or record- ing numbers on harvest sheets. All that information can be entered and record- ed on your phone. You can set up an account for your hunting club, so that all the deer data are recorded for hunting club members. If you are not a member of a hunting club, you can set up a private account to record only your deer data. You can even enter stand locations on the app and see what the weather conditions are at your hunting property. After a successful hunt, the harvest data, including body weight, antler size, etc., can be entered in the app, too. The data are stored at Mississippi State, and users can run reports on the num- ber of deer seen on a particu- lar stand, deer sightings in the morning vs. afternoon, fawns per doe and locations of mature buck sightings. Just about every question you could have about deer sightings and herd charac- teristics can be answered with the app, if you and your club members use it every time you hunt. The more data you enter, the more you can learn. All these apps are free and can be found in the App Store if you search for MSUES. You will find these deer apps, as well as oth- ers developed by the MSU Extension Service. Cur- rently, the Deer Aging and Deer Food Plot apps are for iPhones only. We hope to have Android versions next year. The Deer Hunt app is available in both iPhone and Android. For more information on deer hunting, visit by Bronson Strickland Wildlife Biologist & Wildlife Management Specialist MSU Extension Service The Mississippi State University Deer Lab, MSU Extension Service and Mis- sissippi Department of Wild- life, Fisheries and Parks are taking deer management into the 21st century. We are very excited about three mobile technologies that are available for hunt- ers and deer managers this fall. These phone apps were designed to help you with some of the most important deer management activities: aging deer, planning food plots and keeping records of deer data. Please Don't Litter... Help Keep Wilkinson County clean! The high water has forced many hunters to pack up and move to higher ground. This is really bad on local businesses. Many folks are choosing to leave Lake Mary for good. The high water is expected, but folks are tired of fighting the constant road situation. The simple truth is folks are scared after this year's election little will be done to improve our roads. I share their concern. However I have learned that no matter how hard private individu- als try to work with the Sec- ond District, we get nothing in return. For example a week prior to Thanksgiving a private individual tried to pur- wiabin9 anb oura all the rapture tbia 9[oriouo aeaaon can bota. AO we look ~ack On t~ia yea5 we are ˘ itfi 9ratitube for our many b[eaain96 inclubin9 frieniD ani cuatomera [i[ e you. Tbanha and Merit Cfriotmaa! Ronnie L. Harper, District Attorney Debra Blackweil, Tim Cotton, David Hall -- Assistant District Attorneys and Staff 601-445-4099 Ft. Adams & Lake Mary by Rhonda Quirk chase thirty• loads of gravel from the county for Jackson Point Road. The gravel was to be delivered by the coun- ty to designated areas and spread by Mike Quirk, Loch Leven farm manger. All equipment, labor and fuel donated by Loch Leven. It seemed like a pretty sweet deal to me. County gravel paid for by a private indi- vidual for a county road! Wow! Needless to say, wires got crossed and we never got the gravel. I don't know if Mr. Hollins thinks we are being pushy or demanding when folks here give a spe- cific week or day that things are expected. That isn't the case at all. Unlike county officials, we watch the river stages and the weather. It is a crucial part of surviv- ing out here. We all knew the river was coming up and rain was forecast. To be honest everything we do re- volves around the weather and the river. Everyone's phone or computer has a weather and river stage app. If it rains you can't nav- igate our roads, and if the river's on the rise you have to prepare for her wrath. Now on Monday, December 7, Mike Quirk did receive a call stating the Second Dis- trict was prepared to start bringing the gravel. By then the Mississippi River had already claimed Jackson Point Road. Mother Nature allows no time for procras- tination out here. You abide by her rules. I also received a call from Mr. Josh Hebert. He was trying his best to get a boat ramp cleaned off on Highway 61 at the Homoch- itto River bridge. Hunters wanted to use this ramp to access their hunting lease. He had contacted the prop- er officials, but got little co- operation• I don't know if he was ever able to contact someone to help him with the project. I do strongly agree with Mr. Hebert that not only do boat ramps need to be clear of debris and accessible to hunters but more importantly for emer- gency personnel• Especially when the water is up and boating is the only means of transportation in case of an emergency. I know folks are becoming extremely frustrated with the conditions here in The Far Corner. Many people feel they are being forced to relocate to other counties or states that provide mod- ern roads. However, I would like to remind folks there is $180,000 in FEMA monies that hopefully will become available soon to help our situation. I hope officials re- alize what it means to this county to lose even a frac- tion of the outdoor industry. Wilkinson County may still collect the property tax, but it will lose many other tax dollars. These folks won't be shopping at our local stores and businesses. They won't be purchasing fuel for boats or atv's here. They won't be buying deer corn, fish- ing bait, plywood for deer stands or anything if they chose to relocate. It is my opinion that the outdoor industry is the only major productive resource in the county, and we must strive to keep it here. Moose Tolbert, Agency Manager Bodie Miley, Agent • Rocky McDaniels, Agent Have a Holly Jo ly Christmas Deck the halls and have a ball this holiday! We hope your season is merry, bright and filled with all the makings of happy new memories, Thanks & Happy Holidays! \