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Crossroads 2015 Outdoors Edition

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Fun family Adventures Tailgating recipes Mississippi hunting seasons

Deer hunting myths Zipline through treetops Tips on getting outdoors Product of the Daily Corinthian


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Go Ape Zip Line and Tree Top Adventure — Page 5 Tri-State Gun Club enhances its offerings — Pages 6,7 Tailgating recipes — Pages 10-11 Fab Finds for the outdoors — Pages 12-13 Corinth couple enjoys attracting hummingbirds — Pages 16-18 Travel: Fun family adventures — Pages 20-23 Josh and Katie Webb love spending time outdoors — Pages 25-27 Josh Webb’s tips for getting involved in the outdoors — Page 27

A Daily Corinthian Publication | Fall 2015

EDITORIAL Publisher Reece Terry Editor Mark Boehler Contributors Steve Beavers Mark Boehler Jon Graham Elisha Hill Keith Jackson Lisa Lambert Jebb Johnston NEMCC Sarah Rowland Brant Sappington Zack Steen Angela Story Josh Webb

Meet & Greet

• Corinth High School Class of 2016 - Pages 28-29 • Kossuth High School Class of 2015 - Pages 30-31 • World Championship Slugburger Eating Contest - Page 35 • Biggersville High School Class of 2015 - Page 39 • Alcorn Central High School Class of 2015 - Pages 40-41

ADVERTISING Sales Representatives Fallon Hunt Laura Holloway Skylar McCrimon Derinda Nunley

Deer hunting myths, misconceptions — Page 33 Hunting supplies firearms sales tax holiday — Page 36 Mississippi Hunting Seasons — Page 37 Northeast offers five Gun Carry Permit classes — Page 27 Calendar of Events — Page 43-45

Creative Designer Marissa Ferreira Crossroads Magazine is published by the Daily Corinthian, 1607 Harper Road, Corinth, MS. A complimentary 10,000 issues are distributed in the Crossroads area. The contents of Crossroads Magazine are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without consent of the publisher. Crossroads Magazine shall not be held liable for failure to publish an ad or for typographical or publication errors. Publisher reserves the right to reject any advertising and to alter advertising copy or graphics deemed unacceptable for publications. For additional copies of Crossroads Magazine, contact the Daily Corinthian at 662-287-6111. www.mycrossroadsmagazine.com

On The Cover Photo by Elisha Hill of I Spy Photography | Getting ready for the football tailgating season are Megan Box, Benton Box, Cullen Arnold, Paula Holder and Avery Arnold. crossroads Magazine- Outdoors edition

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Go Ape!

Zip lining through treetops, swinging like Tarzan

By Angela Storey | For Crossroads Magazine For those looking for some “treemendous” outdoor fun, a trip to Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure should fit the bill. Just ask Kossuth resident Chelsie Lozada, who describes the six zip lines and two Tarzan swings and much more as “Conquering.” Located in Shelby County at Shelby Farms Park just minutes from downtown Memphis, Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure is described as a gorgeous pine forest bordering Pine Lake, one of the park’s 20-plus bodies of water. It’s more than a canopy tour and promises each section takes one higher into the forest canopy and finishes with a zip line more exciting than the previous one. The 25-year-old Lozada and a friend, who lives in Southaven, visited in June. “They had just currently opened up this part of the park,” she said. “It was new to Shelby Farms this spring/summer.

“The adventure itself was amazing. Some of it was challenging, some of it was a little bit easier. “The zip lines were an experience, especially over the lake. You would see little kids in the paddle boats just waving to you as you zipped over them. While up in the treetops, you could also feel yourself second guess what you’re about to do because, of course, looking at the course, it looks challenging. But then you always remember, you’re safely hooked in by three safety straps at all times.” Overall, given there were short wait times with other tree toppers in front of them with their families as well, the adventure lasted an hour and half. Lozada, who works as an EMR specialist supervisor, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth, had never done anything like this before. When she was 12 years old, she bungee jumped off a small tower in Gatlinburg. “But that doesn’t count,” she said. Clockwise from top left Chelsie Lozada shows the Go Pro Camera. She was able to video and take pictures hands free while completing the treetop adventure and ziplines. A participant makes his way across a rope bridge. An adventurer soars through the air along a portion of the Go Ape ropes course.

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“That’s over in like five seconds. This was an adventure. One that lets you live freely for a few hours without a care in the world, leaving you feeling like you’ve conquered something big.” She admits completing the course does take a lot of work, but there were all types of people and families out there the day she was. “It just takes motivation. The day I was there, it was very hot. So, you just need to stay hydrated. They keep water jugs at every station for you to drink,” Lozada said. It is suggested participants wear comfortable clothing. “The harness that you will be in may cause rubbing, so not necessarily wear pants, but definitely something longer than the harness.” The ticket cost per adults (age 16+) is $57; while for children (age 10-15) cost is $37 per child. “One thing we noticed that we thought was really awesome for the adventure and was complimented on by several families was the fact that we brought a Go Pro Camera. It was a great way to get awesome videos and pictures hands-free.” She recommends the tree-top adventure to anyone who loves the outdoors and she plans to go back later in the fall to experience it again. (To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/goapeshelbyfarmspark.)

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6-TRISTATE GUN CLUB

Pull! Tri-State Gun Club enhances its offerings

By Mark Boehler

For Crossroads Magazine COUNCE, Tenn. — The TriState Gun Club continues to expand its offering to those with a passion for shooting. A 12-station sporting clay course was added in the fall of 2014, and Club President Mark Woodruff said the new addition has become so popular there is discussion of having an open shoot once each month. The gun club is most known for its Gun Carry Permit classes, memberships for the love of the pa g e 6

sport of shooting, and Trap and Skeet League. But Woodruff is quick to share that visitors to the Pickwick Lake, Shiloh and Counce area are welcome to visit during their stay. The club has an open door policy for visitors to the area who want access to a shooting range to fire pistols or rifles. Visitors are also invited to join in the fun during the Tuesday night Trap and Skeet League or take part in sporting clay. Several Pickwick Lake visitors who stay for a vacation week every year always join the Tuesday

night league, he said. Many groups having annual meetings at nearby Pickwick Landing State Park will have a shooting event at the club, noted Woodruff. The facility and shooting range is located on Damon Road just off Highway 57 west of Counce, not far from the Alcorn County and Tishomingo County lines in Mississippi. Woodruff invites anyone who lives in the Crossroads area to join the club. The club offers a pistol range that meets all Tennessee re-

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Photos by Mark Boehler Opposite page The Tri-State Gun Club has a pistol range that meets all Tennessee requirements, lighted trap and skeet range, and 150-yard rifle range. Left Certified instructors at the Tri-State Gun Club issue the Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit for both carry and conceal for those who pass the test. Instructors also issue the Enhanced Endorsement for Mississippi gun carry permits. Below Tri-State Gun Club President Mark Woodruff observes a Gun Carry Permit class.

The facility and shooting range is located on Damon Road just off Highway 57 west of Counce, not far from the Alcorn County and Tishomingo County lines in Mississippi. quirements, lighted trap and skeet range, and 150-yard rifle range. A renovated horse stable has modern restrooms, full kitchen and meeting area. Gun Carry Permit classes are offered the second Saturday of every month and there is a fee. The club averages 15 people each month, many from the Corinth area. Certified instructors issue the Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit for both carry and conceal for those who

pass the test. Instructors also issue the Enhanced Endorsement for Mississippi gun carry permits. There is more in store at the gun club in the future. Woodruff said is underway for building two new rifle ranges — 100-yard and 200yard options, plus a second trap field.

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community cookbook Easy Pimento Cheese Dip

Pizza Pretzel Bites Yield: about 4 ½ dozen pretzel bites 11⁄2 cups warm water 2 tablespoons light brown sugar 1 package active dry yeast 3 ounces unsalted butter, melted 21⁄2 teaspoons kosher salt 41⁄2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour Canola oil Pepperoni slices, cut into small pieces Shredded mozzarella cheese 5 quarts water 3⁄4 cup baking soda 1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water Coarse sea salt Pizza sauce-for dipping In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, mix together the water, sugar, yeast, and butter. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add the salt and flour to the yeast mixture. Knead dough at medium speed until a smooth and elastic ball forms, 3 to 4 minutes. If dough is sticky, add 1 tablespoons of flour at a time until dough comes together. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled large bowl and turn the dough to coat with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 21 inch rope. Cut the dough into 3-inch pieces to make the pretzel bites. Roll each bite flat with a rolling pin. Stuff with pepperoni and cheese. Fold over the dough and pinch the ends. Place on a baking sheet and continue until all pretzel bites are stuffed. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add the baking soda and lower heat to a simmer. Carefully boil pretzels in batches. Boil for about 30 seconds. Remove with a large slotted spoon. Place pretzel bites on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Brush the tops with the egg wash and season liberally with the salt. Place into the oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm with pizza sauce for dipping. Source: adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod, originally from Bobby Flay

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Sweet & Salty Snickers Popcorn 3 regular sized bags of Lightly Salted Microwave Popcorn, popped and kernels removed 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter 1⁄2 cup light corn syrup 2 cups brown sugar 1⁄2 tsp. salt 1⁄2 tsp. baking soda 1⁄2 tsp, vanilla extract 6 Snickers candy bars, regular size, chopped 1 cup salted pretzel sticks broken up into smaller pieces 3⁄4 cup mixed nuts Preheat your oven to 250. Spray a large roasting pan with non stick

cooking spray and then add the popped popcorn. In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, sugar, light corn syrup, and salt. Whisk together until melted and bring to a low boil. Let boil for about 5 minutes. Give it a good stir again and then remove from the heat. Add the soda and vanilla and mix once again. Place your Snickers pieces, the pretzels and the nuts over the popcorn and then drizzle the warm caramel over it evenly while mixing well to coat everything. Bake in the oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes (Pay close attention not to burn this. Many ovens vary, so adjust accordingly.) Remove from the oven and let it cool completely before serving.

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Sweet attraction

Corinth couple enjoys watching hummingbirds in their yard By Sarah Rowland

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A fairy tale is how he described it, the sight of up to 40 or more hummingbirds in one backyard. It’s a dream come true for Carl and Freddie Graham of the Afton community in Corinth, who began attracting hummingbirds about six years ago while living in Collierville, Tenn. Though when they moved their home and hobby to

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Corinth, they didn’t expect it to grow like it has. Freddie attributes the success to their location. “I think here the conditions are so perfect. We have oodles of trees. They can live and feed and nest and everything right here.” Freddie, current member and former president of the Little Garden Club of Corinth, attempts to make their garden as inviting for hummingbirds as possible by planting plenty of native flowers perfect for hummingbirds. When asked what flowers are best, she said petunias, begonias, and cigar plants to name a few, particularly tubular plants. “Basically anything they can get their little tongues in to get the nectar out.” Freddie said if they got six hummingbirds at once in Collierville they were “tickled” by it, but in Afton they began with three feeders and attracted so many birds they had to add more. Today they have 17 feeders, which in late summer and fall he has to fill up every day as the great amount of birds they have will “lick the feeders bone dry.” “It’s a labor of love,” he said matter-offactly. When the birds are really flying, Carl said, he’ll use up to 10 pounds of sugar a week mixing hummingbird feed, and on a recent week he made 32 cups of feed. They severely warned against buying “the red stuff” in the store as experts have said the red dye is unsafe. “Just plain sugar water” is best, said Carl, which he mixes one cup of sugar to four cups of water. When the temperatures are high and the birds may not be as abundant, he advises refreshing the feeders at least once a week as the water will get rancid. The couple said one of their daughters, Carla Beard, inspired their hobby. “Years ago she’d have as many as 20 out there at her place,” said Carl of his daughter, “But now we’ve probably got three times as many hummingbirds as she does.” While having lunch with her son and daughter-in-law earlier this year, Freddie saw the first hummingbird of the season. She said when she spotted it she just yelled, “Hummer, hummer! First one!” Carl responded, “Seeing the first one is very exciting.”

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Photos by Mark Boehler Opposite page Carl and Freddie Graham of the Afton community have a passion for hummingbirds. Left Carl Graham mixes sugar in water to fill the feeders.

Graham’s tips for attracting hummingbirds

• Use 1 part sugar to 4 parts water
 • Do not use red dye • Do not use honey – it creates a fungus on a hummingbird’s tongue, causing death • Plant groups of flowering plants – hummingbirds are fiercely territorial, so plant several groups of plants apart • native autumn plants to attract hummingbirds – jewelweed, cardinal flower, red sage and cypress vine

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Above The Grahams have 17 hummingbird feeders in their backyard. Below The Graham’s son, Jon Graham of Memphis, Tenn., loves to take photos of hummingbirds when he visits his parents. The birds get their busiest at sundown when they come to feed before nesting for the night. He said they “fill up their tummy and go up in the trees where their heartbeat drops from about 300 beats per minute” to less than half that. “They go into almost like suspended animation,” said Freddie. “It’s the only way they can sleep.” As a member of several clubs, Freddie will host meetings at her home and Carl said when the group is supposed to be listening to a speaker, they’ll get distracted by the hummingbirds since all the feeders are actually suctioned to the windows. Carl and Freddie began dating at 16 years old and were married after their high school graduation. “We’ve been married 51 years,” said Carl with pride, “and we get along better every day.” pa g e 1 8

A retired captain with the Memphis Fire Department, Carl said, “The scope of my life has gotten

much smaller and this is absolutely the happiest time of my life — playing with my hummingbirds.” According to Natural Resources Enterprises by Mississippi State University, the most common species of hummingbirds found in the Magnolia State is the rubythroated hummingbird. While there are 16 species in North America, at least 10 have been spotted in Mississippi alone. Hummingbirds, along with butterflies, are pollinators and provide a host of flowering plants and shrubs with overlapping blooming seasons. As the hummingbird hovers near the plant eating nectar, pollen coats the birds’ feathers which is distributed to the other flowers the bird visits. Most hummingbird species migrate to South America for the winter.   

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Fun Family Adventures Float Beer Creek in a canoe, enjoy city parks with splash pads or soar into outer space By Brant Sappington For Crossroads Magazine

Corinth has remained a key Crossroads long after the days of the Civil War. With two major highways converging within the city limits, family fun adventures awaits within a comfortable driving distance at all points on the compass dial. Spring Park in Tuscumbia, Ala.

North into Tennessee Tennessee Street Park, Savannah, Tenn. 33.5 miles/48 minutes Don’t miss the outdoor fun at one of West Tennessee’s hidden treasures. Located in historic Downtown Savannah along the Tennessee River, the park welcomes visitors with a pair of cool splash pads for warm weather fun, two exciting playgrounds, a butterfly garden, gazebo, walking trail, fountain and more. Enjoy the scenery, splash in pa g e 2 0

the cool waters, play in the huge green space, pack a picnic or walk the trail. Either way it’s a great stop for family fun. Tennessee Street Park, Park Street, Savannah, TN.

Lichterman Nature Center, Memphis, Tenn. 79.5 miles/1 hour, 20 minutes Get back to nature right in the middle of one of the south’s largest cities. Lichterman Nature Center, part of the Pink Palace family of museums, offers visitors a taste of the outdoors in the heart of the Blues City. Set on 65 acres of sprawling meadows, a beautiful lake and

tree-filled forest, the center is home to a huge variety of plants and animals. Visitors can enjoy educational programs, regular plant sales, festivals and other activities or simply stroll through the more than threemiles of accessible trails with plenty of convenient rest stops. The Backyard Wildlife Center features a two-story high forest boardwalk, area for viewing the lake from underwater, live animals and more. The Visitors Center shares the story of the area through exhibits focusing on change in nature. Lichterman Nature Center, 5992 Quince Road, Memphis, TN 38119. Open Tuesday-

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Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5.50 for seniors, $4.50 for children 3-12 and free for children under 3. Admission is free every Tuesday from 1 p.m. to closing. On the web: http://www.memphismuseums. org/lichterman-overview/

Rusty’s TV & Movie Car Museum, Jackson, Tenn. 59 miles/1 hour, 10 minutes See the cars of the stars at one of West Tennessee’s most unique attractions. Founded by Rusty Robinson, a car collector for more than two decades, the museum offers an up close look at vehicles from the silver screen. Featuring cars from “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Fall Guy,” “The Fast & The Furious,” “The Addams Family” and much more, the museum near downtown Jackson, Tenn. takes visitors on a wild ride through the excitement of cars and the moves. More than 20 vehicles are on display, many of them the actual vehicles used in popular television shows and movies.

East into Alabama Spring Park, Tuscumbia, Ala. 52.5 miles/53 minutes There’s lots to do at one of the area’s most unique public parks nestled near downtown Tuscumbia. Spring Park is a playground for the young and the young at heart offering all the outdoor fun of a traditional city park with a taste of theme park style excitement. Enjoy the beauty of the rolling Coldwater Falls where more than 4.3 million gallons of water pass each day, watch the ducks swimming in the water and relax amid the shady trees. Don’t miss the unique Sacred Tears chainsaw-carved statue, standing 12feet tall and paying tribute to the region’s Native American heritage. Bring the kids along and take a ride on the railroad winding through the park, then visit the roller coaster and carousel before cooling off at the splash pad. A large playground also offers kids a chance to run and play. Food vendors and a restaurant are also available on the park grounds. Spring Park, 1 Spring Park Rd., Tuscumbia, AL 35674. 256-386-5670. Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Train and other ride hours vary with the season.

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116 miles/1 hour, 55 minutes Experience the wonder and excitement of space travel at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, part of NASA’s Marshall Spaceflight Center. The center offers an unmatched collection of space artifacts including the only vertically displayed Saturn V rocket on display anywhere, the rocket that took the Apollo astronauts to the moon and a national historic landmark. The collection also features the only fully-stacked space shuttle on display in the world. Also featured are the command module from Apollo 16, a moon rock brought

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back on Apollo 12, a mockup of the Skylab space station and much, much more. Home to Space Camp, the center features a state of the art IMAX theater, and numerous simulators to give visitors the experience of astronaut training. Visitors can also tour the Marshall Spaceflight Center on the Redstone Arsenal where today’s generation of rocket

scientists and world-class engineers continue to work on the next generation of vehicles to take humans into space. U.S. Space and rocket Center, 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805. 1-800-637-7223. Open seven days a week 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are priced separately for various activity packages. On the Web: www. rocketcenter.com.

37.6 miles/47 minutes Float back into the peace and beauty of the Tishomingo hills with a canoe trip down scenic Bear Creek through Tishomingo State Park. Winding through 6.25 miles of sandstone bluffs, hardwood and pine forests and beautiful green spaces, the trip offers relaxed paddling mixed with Class I rapids for a mixture of excitement and relaxation. The trip takes approximately two and a half to three hours. Trips are offered daily from mid-April through midOctober, weather permitting. The park provides everything including canoes, paddles, lifejackets and transportation. Canoes accommodate two people. Reservations are recommended. Tishomingo State Park, 105 CR 90, Tishomingo, MS 38873. 662-438-6914. On the web:https:// www.mdwfp.com/parksdestinations/ms-state-parks/ tishomingo.aspx

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exotic animals. Enjoy the petting zoo, regular zoo and a ride on the open-air trolley. Pony rides and guided trail rides are also available. Tupelo Buffalo Park, 2272 North Coley Rd, Tupelo, MS 38803. 662-844-8709. Open Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed only on Christmas Day. On the web: www.tupelobuffalopark.com

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Love of the outdoors Young couple share passion for hunting, collecting Antlers for Orphans By Sarah Rowland

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“You know when hunting comes up on the first date, that’s something,” said Corinth native Josh Webb about meeting his wife as a freshman in college at Delta State in 2007. Katie, then a high school senior, was already a lifelong hunter herself. The two hit it off and eight years later are living large outdoors. Twenty-six-year-old Josh described himself as the typical “hunting guy” dreaming of meeting someone who at least understood his love of the outdoors, but “never in a million years thought I would find someone who is as passionate, if not more, about the outdoors than I am.”

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Josh and Katie Webb love to hunt wild turkeys together. They harvested these two on opening day in 2014, making it the fourth straight year the husband and wife each harvested a wild turkey on the first day.

About when they first met, 25-year-old Katie said, “Once he learned I could call turkeys up with my natural voice, that sealed the deal!” The outdoors “makes us tick,” said Josh, and it’s not just about hunting and fishing, but it’s simply about being outdoors, which Katie described as “refreshing.” “It’s just what we do. We don’t have to look for time to spend outdoors. It’s just part of our routine,” he said. As for passing their passion onto others, he knows not everyone enjoys hunting, but the

point is there is something for everyone outdoors. When he tries to explain the appeal of being outdoors he asks, “After a stressful day at work, what’s the first thing you do?” He said most people respond, “Go outside and take a deep breath.” “Exactly,” he said matterof-factly. “The outdoors is for everybody. Some people aren’t into hunting or fishing. That’s fine. I really try to push the fact that there is something for everyone and for every family outdoors.” For him and Katie, their outdoors love is hunting, tur-

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key hunting to be exact. When they met, Katie was already a passionate turkey hunter. Josh said though he doesn’t like to “pick a favorite,” if he had to pick, it would be turkey hunting because it’s something they do together. “Katie doesn’t just go with me,” said Josh, “She’s 100 percent as passionate about it as I am.” Katie and Josh are expecting their first child, James Waylon, in October. When she was newly pregnant Josh did more hunting alone as “hunting and morning sickness don’t go together.” But he said going alone “just didn’t feel right.” “The togetherness, the team aspect of it, it means so much,” he said. “I’d rather see her be successful in the outdoors than me. Even though she’s been doing it all her life, I still get more out of seeing her succeed.” The couple have hunted together on a hunting series called “Blood Brothers TV” by Cherokee Sports. While they’ve had potential to hunt profes-

Left Josh and Katie Webb are the Mississippi chairpersons for Antlers for Orphans, which helps orphans in Uganda further their education. They search for antlers shed by deer, one of many outdoor activities they share together. Above These antlers raised $1,500 in January for Antlers for Orphans.

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sionally, he said they with the outdoors don’t desire to turn with their family and their shared passion friends,” said Josh. into a job. Katie responded that The two not only it was this aspect of share their love of his character that atthe outdoors, but tracted her to him. they share a desire “I really liked that to kindle that love he cared about somein others, especially thing so much that children and their he wanted more families. Josh said people to enjoy it as both grew up in large, much as he did,” she tight-knit families said. who were outdoors Josh, whose fa“every second posvorite experiences sible” either huntwas being a summer ing, fishing, or other camp counselor for things. It made for youth, said he loves a positive childhood introducing children experience and they to the outdoors beJosh and Katie Webb love to spend time together desire to see that excause, he said, “I was in the great outdoors. perience passed on to a kid at one time, others. too,” and had it not The couple curbeen for older menrently resides in Katie’s hometown of tors teaching him he would not have the Greenwood, where she was a graduate of same level of respect and love for the outPillow Academy. Josh is a native of Corinth doors he has today. and graduated from Corinth High School When his younger brother graduated high in 2007. He is the son of educator Denise school, Josh took him on a bear hunt out of Webb-Harrell and the late Jimmy Webb. state and plans to do a trip with his younger “As a couple, we love to see other people sister when she graduates soon, too. learn to love it and grow their relationship “Doing that with him, getting my brother

We love being able to take a God-given natural resource and turn it into something that helps those who are less fortunate.

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in that situation, I didn’t even go to hunt. I just went to spend time with my brother.” One day Josh saw on Facebook a link to a nonprofit called Antlers for Orphans. He learned the organization collects antler sheds and other bones to sell and use the proceeds to benefit orphans’ educations in Uganda. He contacted the founders to get a chapter started in Mississippi. Though the organization expected to expand its outreach from Colorado, “they never thought of coming this far east,” said Josh as antler sheds aren’t as plentiful in the Southeast as out west where they not only have whitetail deer, but also elk. However, when Josh and Katie started collecting antlers and bone, response was high. “People just absolutely gravitated toward it,” said Josh with people bringing old antlers they had collected for years and opening up land for harvesting sheds. The last shipment Josh and Katie sent to Colorado priced at $1,500 with Josh saying that kind of money, while it doesn’t do as much in the United States, does a lot in Uganda. Currently, Antlers for Orphans is helping an orphan man finish law school and helping other orphans transition from high school to college. “Shed hunting is one of the most rewarding experiences because of Antlers for Orphans,” said Katie. “We love being able to take a God-given natural resource and turn it into something that helps those who are less fortunate.” (If you would like to donate to Antlers for Orphans, contact Josh at josh@antlersfororphans.com. For more information about the organization visit www. antlersfororphans.com.)

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Tips for getting involved in the great outdoors By Josh Webb

For Crossroads Magazine Getting a kid or spouse involved in the outdoors can be an overwhelming task, but these few ideas can help make the transition easy and fun.

Archery

• Archery is an incredibly fun sport for the whole family. Be sure when introducing new or inexperienced people to archery, you make it fun. One great way is to allow them to use a traditional style bow. Long bows and recurves are not as expensive as compound bows and are much less intimidating to the new shooter. Allow them to find one that fits them and let the shooting begin. The patience and skill it takes to shoot traditional equipment is a very rewarding experience and will make the transition to shooting a compound bow much easier in the future. If your new hunting partner isn’t strong enough to adequately shoot a compound bow and doesn’t want to try and harvest an animal with traditional equipment, then you should definitely look into a crossbow. The new age crossbows are very safe and very effective in which to hunt. They are also much easier for beginner shooters to operate and add a lot of fun to evenings shooting in the backyard.

Trail camera

• Trail cameras may be the most addictive thing to hit the outdoor market in my lifetime. Tons of people, myself included, spend hours scanning through photos to see what walked by their camera. Trail cameras provide an inside look at what’s going on while we aren’t there, but it also provides an easy way to get new people involved. During the summer months place your trail cameras on water sources and mineral sites. This will allow you easy access by 4- wheeler or truck so your new companion can tag along and still be safe and have fun. And by letting them help you set up the camera, they will feel even more involved when the pictures start adding up.

Attend a convention

• Each year there are hundreds of outdoor and hunting conventions nationwide. These events bring people from all over to walk around and talk with company owners as well as see all the new products hitting the market that year. This is a great time to bring along the person you are introducing to the outdoors. It will give them an idea of what some of the products are and see what each is used for before they use them in the field. It also gives them a chance to share their new experiences with other like minded outdoorsmen and gain an even greater love for all things wild. I encourage you to find one or two of these events close to your hometown and share a day or two with your new hunting partner. This type of atmosphere can really add to the excitement for newcomers to the outdoors as well yourself.

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Deer hunting: 5 myths & misconceptions By Brian Broom The Clarion-Ledger

Myths about wildlife are probably as old as man, and deer hunting has more than its share. While many have likely come and gone, others can still be heard at deer camps. One misunderstood deer is the spike, and the misconceptions go both ways. Some say they can grow into trophies while others think along the lines of once a spike, always a spike. Bronson Strickland of the Mississippi State University Deer Lab said both can happen, but neither is likely. “You can have lots of spiked bucks that grow to a 120- to 130-class buck,” Strickland said. “The probability of a 150- to 170-class is much lower than other deer.” With that, Strickland said the probability of a spike becoming a trophy all depends on what the hunter considers a trophy. On the other end of the spectrum, Strickland said it is also rare for a yearling spike to remain a spike in adulthood. “It’s probably not going to happen, but it can happen,” Strickland said. “Most always, probably 99 percent of the time, a yearling buck with spiked antlers will have forked antlers later in life.” “I hear it all the time — ‘I’m glad we got that management buck out of the gene pool,’” Strickland said.

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Removing what are considered to be inferior bucks from properties is a common practice and many believe it will improve the herd’s genetics, but Strickland says culling management bucks won’t do it. “Culling is an ineffective tool,” Strickland said. “The mother really has just as much to do with this as the dad. You can’t control the mother’s ability to produce aboveaverage fawns.” At the same time, Strickland said, culling can improve the herd. Removing a mature six-point, 200-pound eating machine is a good idea because the groceries he’s consuming can go to other deer with greater potential. Many events in the wild are attributed to a full moon and some still feel it affects the rut, but Lann Wilf, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Deer Program leader, said that’s not the case. “No, absolutely not,” Wilf said. “There have been multiple studies done, and they don’t correlate.” Wilf said instead of a lunar event, it’s solar. “It’s photoperiod,” Wilf said. “It’s length of day.” Although a full moon does not affect the rut, Wilf said he believes it

does factor into deer movement. “I’m just going to go on record as saying deer movement around a full moon is squirrely,” Wilf said. “Personally, I don’t like hunting around a full moon. They just don’t do right.” Even though Wilf believes the full moon does alter deer movement, he said food availability, hunting pressure and weather have much greater impacts. Another myth Wilf said he still hears is about the doe that is too old to produce fawns. “There is no such thing as an old, barren doe,” Wilf said. “She’s going to have fawns ’til she can’t — and that’s usually when she’s dead. “If you’re waiting on a doe with no fawns, you’re going to be waiting a while unless you’re hunting a really stressed deer herd.” Wilf said not being bred, disease and predation on fawns are all factors that could lead to a doe without fawns, but the main cause is nutritional stress. Hunters routinely plant food plots and provide high-protein supplemental feed in their quest to grow big antlers, and while it is important, Wilf said it can’t trump genetics. “Nutrition allows them to express their full genetic potential,” Wilf said. “Now, if he’s supposed to be a 115-inch 8-point, that’s what he’s going to be.”

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calendar of events Corinth

27 Super Cruise in Magnolia Car Club Arby’s

September 1 Labor Day Memorial Golf Tournament Shiloh Ridge Athletic Club 662.286.8000

28-29 Noseferatu-The Story Of Dracula auditions Crossroads Playhouse 662.287.2995

3 Pickin’ on the square-Historic downtown Corinth 5

Green Market-9 a.m.-3 p.m. Crossroads Museum at the Historic Depot, Corinth Area Tourism office and C.A.R.E Honor Garden 662.287.3120

10 Northeast MS WIN Job Fair 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Crossroads Arena 10 Pickin’ on the Square-Historic Downtown Corinth 12 Downtown Business open past 3 p.m. 15-19 Alcorn County Fair Crossroads Arena Fairgrounds 662.287.7779 17 Pickin on the Square Historic Downtown Corinth 22-23 Charlotte’s Web performances Crossroads Playhouse 662.287.2995 24 Pickin’ on the Square Historic Downtown Corinth www.mycrossroadsmagazine.com

10 Dedication of the MS monument at Shiloh National Military Park All Day 731.689.5696 28 Super Cruise In Magnolia Car Club Arby’s

October 1-3 25th Annual Hog Wild BBQ Festival Downtown Corinth 662.287.1550

29-Nov.1 Nosferatu-The Story Of Dracula performances Crossroads Playhouse 662.287.2995

3 Downtown Block Party Downtown Corinth

30 Films on Fillmore Dark Care Garden Downtown Corinth 662.287.1550

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Austin’s Shoes Run with Rotary 5K 7 a.m. Packet Pickup 8:30 a.m. run Downtown Corinth

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Green Market 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Crossroads Museum at the Historic Depot, Corinth Area Tourism office and C.A.R.E Honor Garden 662.287.3120

31 Trunk or Treat Farmington Town Hall 662.665.9647

Tishomingo Septmember 4-5 Iuka Heritage Day Festival & Car Show

11-13 Needle Chasers 8-11 153rd Anniversary Battle of Iuka/ JP Coleman State Park Farmington Re-enactment Farmington Town Hall 12 Bear Creek Festival & Car Show 662.665.9647 Belmont 9-11 Better Living Home & Garden Expo 9th Noon, 10th 10 a.m., 11th 11 a.m. Crossroads Arena 662.287.7779

19-20 FLW Fishing Tournament JP Coleman State Park 26 Waterway Festival & Car Show Burnsville

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19 Hardin County Fair. Hardin County Fairgrounds, Savannah, TN 731.925.8181

October 2-3 Trash & Treasures Along the Tenn-Tom Waterway 10-11 18th Annual Fall Classic Disc Golf Tournament Tishomingo State Park 15 Fall Fling for the Young at Heart Tishomingo State Park

19 Saltillo River Day. Downtown Saltillo 731.687.3889. 731.925.3683 or 731.925.8090 19 Burnt Church Bluegrass Festival. Burnt Church Community Center 731.925.3683 or 731.925.8090.

24 Halloween in the Park

Pickwick SEPTEMBER 5 Sunset Symphony Lawn of historic Cherry Mansion, Savannah, TN. 7319258181.14

OCTOBER 2 Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run Songwriters. White Pillars, Savannah 731.926.2667 for tickets.

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Wings Over Savannah Fly In. Savannah/Hardin County Airport. 731.925.6380.

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Darryl Worley’s Tennessee River Run. Concerts in downtown Savannah and motorcycle poker run on Saturday and concert at Tennessee Street Park on Sunday. www.tnriverrun.org.

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