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September means we’re getting closer to our most popular hunting seasons in Mississippi. Hunting season is a time when we gather with family and friends and take to the outdoors to engage in a sport that is near and dear to many generations of Mississippians. I love this quote about hunting by columnist and big game hunter Robert Ruark: “The old man used to say that the best part of hunting and fishing was the thinking about going and the talking about it after you got back.” With that quote in mind, we present a Today in Mississippi cover story this month about what happens just before and after the hunt. We talked to three Mississippi hunters about the cooking, eating, and fellowship that occurs at their hunting camps before everyone picks up their weapons and heads out to the deer stands and duck blinds. If you haven’t eaten before reading the cover story, it might just make your mouth water. Food is big part of hunting camp life. We’ve included three recipes that our trio of hunters like to make at camp in case you’re looking for new dishes to serve during your next trip. And even if you’re not into hunting, the recipes will work just Price as well in your home kitchen or at your ❏ next back yard grill out. The other thing that comes to mind Logo & about hunting is safety. Address The electric cooperatives of Mississippi ❏ are militant about safety when it comes to Job Code

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by Michael Callahan Executive Vice President/CEO Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi

Mississippi is... It’s where I’m from. Born in Laurel, Jones County. Raised on a dead end dirt road. Walked most every branch of water, climbed most every tree around home. It’s where I am. Clarke County near Quitman. Home now. Beautiful country around here. Wonderful people around here. It’s where I’ll be. My wife and I have been blessed to visit all 50 states, and Washington D.C. Also, Canada and Mexico. Love it all. But no other place like Mississippi. Yes, it’s where I’ll be.

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On the cover A pan filled with steak and other meat prepped for grilling at Chris Gouras Jr.’s hunting camp near Vicksburg. Photo by Chad Calcote.

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When Mississippi’s oppresThe flowers are displayed atop sive heat and humidity drive stiff, upright stems, creating gardeners indoors, there’s one a breathtaking sight along blooming beauty sure to perennial color borders. Cherokee Sunset has a blend bring us back outdoors: the of warm autumnal colors in a Rudbeckia. mix of single and double flowThese flowers, also commoners, especially when grown in full ly known as black-eyed Susans, sun. The blooms of Rudbeckia make gorgeous cut flowers for Prairie Sun are very distinctive. indoor use. These bicolor flowers have Rudbeckias produce an orange petals tipped in bright, abundance of bright-yellow The golden yellow petals and dark red halo of Denver Daisy rudbeckia refuse to primrose-yellow with light-green flowers, each with a dark, wilt in the hot summer landscape. centers. button-shaped cone in the cenAnother variety to look for is Denver Daisy, which has flower ter. These sunny-colored flowers have been recognized as Missispetals of pure, bright yellow with variable splotches of dark red at sippi Medallion and All-America Selections winners in past years. the base. Plant all Rudbeckias in full sun for best flowering and color. An old standby that should not be overlooked is Rudbeckia They give peak performance in compost-amended and wellGoldsturm. The multitudes of golden-orange flowers have darkdrained soils, but they tolerate poor, clay soils. brown center cone. It has a clumping growth habit, making it a Although these plants are known and grown for their drought terrific choice for mass planting. tolerance, dry conditions limit flowering. For best landscape The Irish Eyes variety differs from other rudbeckias because it performance, keep a consistent soil moisture for your Rudbeckias, has emerald-green center cones instead of black or dark brown. and they will reward you with continued flowering. This plant produces clear-yellow blooms from summer into fall Rudbeckias are all considered lower maintenance plants, and will grow up to three feet tall. but they need deadheading, which is the removal of the fading If you don’t have these perennials growing in your landscape, flowers to keep the plants blooming all summer. There are several species for gardeners to choose from. Rud- you need to rethink your garden plan for next year. These plants actually shine in our summer heat, refusing to wilt like both beckia hirta, a Mississippi native wildflower, is a staple in natupeople and many plants in the heat of summer. ralized areas and meadows. Black-eyed Susans are also reliable garden and landscape performers for the butterfly garden. Some varieties are true annuals, others are true perennials, and the rest are somewhere in between. It really doesn’t matter by Dr. Gary which you choose because all will put on a summer show in the Bachman landscape. Rudbeckia Indian Summer, Cherokee Sunset and Prairie Sun all Gary Bachman, Ph.D., Extension/Research Professor of Horticulture at make great cut flowers with their large blooms and strong stems. the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Indian Summer has flowers that reach a whopping 9 inches Biloxi. He is also host of “Southern Gardening” radio and TV programs. across with a delicious-looking, rich chocolate-brown center cone. He lives in Ocean Springs and is a Singing River Electric member. SEPTEMBER 2021 | TODAY 5

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ECM’s 2021 engineering scholarship winners

From left: Tucker Bourland, Barry Rowland, Andrew Hokanson, Brian Hughey, Trevor Amason, Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi Executive Vice President/CEO Michael Callahan, Josh Hall, Chris K. Rhodes, Ron Barnes, Maria Serratos, and Jeff Bowman.

The Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi (ECM) Foundation recently announced their 2021 engineering scholarship winners. The ECM Foundation was created by the 26 electric cooperatives in Mississippi to give back to the communities they serve by providing scholarships to outstanding and deserving students. These scholarships were awarded to college engineering students who are in their junior or senior year. Monroe County Electric General

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by Steven Ward Kermit the Frog was born in So how did Kermit the Frog spring Mississippi. from Henson’s imagination while living It’s true. in Mississippi? Jim Henson, creator of Sesame As a boy, Jim Henson spent hours Street and The Muppets, was born playing along the banks of Deer Creek. at King’s Daughter Hospital in Looney said that’s when he dreamed up Greenville on Sept. 24, 1936. Henson the character of Kermit the Frog who would have turned 95 this month. was named (some have said) after his He died at age 53 in 1990. childhood friend, Kermit Scott. Henson spent his early years “He loved the outdoors and playing in Leland. Henson lived in Leland with frogs and snakes. After he moved because his father, Paul Henson, to Maryland, Jim Henson never came Someday we’ll find it worked with the U.S. Department back to Leland, but his experiences here The rainbow connection… of Agriculture. Leland was the and fond memories gave him what he place where Henson’s imagination The lovers, the dreamers and me. described as ‘an idyllic time,’” Looney said. and interest in art combined to trig— “The Rainbow Connection” ger an idea that wound up changHenson was invited to Leland to help Music and lyrics by ing the face of entertainment. celebrate the city’s 100th birthday in Paul Williams and Kenneth Asche Today, visitors interested in the 1980. Henson wrote back to the mayor origins of The Muppets and Kermit thanking him for the invitation but had the Frog can visit a museum in to turn him down because he was slated Leland known as Leland, Mississippi: to be London for the next two years. Birthplace of the Frog: An Exhibit of Henson wrote that he planned to return What: Leland, Mississippi: Birthplace of Jim Henson’s Delta Boyhood. to Leland for a visit, but he died before the Frog: An Exhibit of Jim Henson’s Rhonda Looney, the museum’s that happened. general manager and curator, said Henson sent a photo of himself and Delta Boyhood the museum is housed at the WashKermit the Frog to the mayor. The photo Where: 415 South Deer Creek Drive East ington County Welcome Center. was signed by Henson with a note that “After Henson passed away in said, “To Leland — Birthplace of the When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Labor Day 1990, some Lelanders decided to Frog.” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Memorial Day honor him by creating a museum/ The museum features documents of More information: 662-686-7383 exhibit from his childhood. His his birth in Greenville and school attenwidow, Jane, and his children were dance in Leland. There are photos from contacted, and they were wonderful about helping us get Henson’s childhood in Leland, Muppets photos, a playroom, started,” Looney said. videos for children and a life size Kermit to take photos with. The Henson family gave the museum a big photo of Kermit There is no admission, but donations are welcomed, and with his banjo. Jane and the family later visited the museum. proceeds from the gift shop help fund the museum. SEPTEMBER 2021 | TODAY 7

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frizzen with enough force to open it and generate Clichés are handy tools upon occasion. But they sparks. The result is an untimely eruption and stray became clichés because they had served their purpose, round ball before the shooter is prepared. A leather had been overused, no longer rang with import because the objects or conditions to which they refer were lost from experience. Enter the flintlock. The quintessential flintlock is an entity commonly known as the Kentucky Long Rifle, though these units were not made in Kentucky. They are those long, graceful, and peculiarly handsome firearms, often with stunning maple stocks. This Long Rifle was and is a purely American design, and its influence cannot be dismissed. Flintlocks are made with three primary components. The lock is the firing mechanism, the barrel holds the charge and sights, and the stock keeps everything together in a neat package. Clack, whoosh, boom: Tony Kinton’s .32 just sent a ball on its way. No flash in the pan here! So, if one has lock, stock, and barrel, that one has the entirety. sheath covering the frizzen is prudent Flintlocks require a protracted procedure for loading while moving about with a loaded and subsequent firing. Black powder goes down the flinter. That going off half-cocked is bore, a patched round ball is placed on the muzzle and a disagreeable occurrence. rammed home, a dose of priming powder is trickled So, where do we get cliches? Some into the pan, and the frizzen is then snapped shut to definitely from the flintlock. Should make the rifle ready. we use them? From a former English Interesting things happen during the firing of these teacher’s perspective, absolutely not. elegant tools. The cock (hammer) carries a piece of That said, take care that you don’t go flint that strikes the frizzen, opening it when the flint off half-cocked or become a simple hits. This exposes that pan of powder, and the flint flash in the pan and lose out lock, stock, scraping the frizzen creates sparks that drop into that and barrel on some grand elements waiting pan. There is then a whoosh as the tiny charge of life. And by all means, keep your ignites. The flame from that, jumps through the touch powder dry. hole and sets off the primary charge. Simplicity and complexity partner during this. Tony Kinton’s squirrel rifle: If for some reason the touch hole is clogged or the .32-caliber, Tennessee-style, curly primary powder damp, that main charge will not ignite. maple – lock, stock, and barrel. All that occurs is a flash in the pan. This serves little purpose since a charging grizzly or some other adversary is generally not impressed by that flash. by Tony Kinton Flintlocks have one primary safety system, and that is the position of half-cock on the hammer. Some Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors writer for 30 years. He lives in malfunction can potentially occur and the hammer fall Carthage and is a Central Electric member. Visit for more information. from half cock. Even at that, the flint may strike the

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MEP retiring idle lines Did you know that when Magnolia Electric Power retires idle lines it helps our members? MEP has been retiring idle lines… well… since… forever… but stepped up the process more than two years ago after receiving a letter from RUS (Rural Utility Services). RUS, a federal agency that provides guidelines for electrical cooperatives across the United States, asked MEP to be more aggressive with retiring idle lines. There are some valid reasons for retiring these idles lines. Probably the most important to our members, is that MEP doesn’t have to patrol an idle line that has been taken down, and this allows us to restore power faster following a power outage. Before a crew can reenergize a line, they have to patrol all of the power lines in that outage. Retiring idle lines also keeps expenses down because MEP doesn’t have to maintain those lines — for example OSMOSE inspections. OSMOSE inspects each and every pole on MEP’s system. And then equipment that sits out there idle, such as the transformer in the photograph, can be reused in other places after reconditioning, and this saves on expenses.

Pike contract crew as they work to take down an idle line in Lawrence County.


What does it mean to take down idle power lines? Retiring idle power lines means removing all of MEP’s facilities from the property, which includes poles, wires, transformers, anchors, and meters if they are present. MEP wants our members to know if they want to keep an idle powerline on their property, that’s not a problem. “We just ask that you contact our Member Services Department and communicate with them. We also need you to have an acceptable meter installation at the location, make the application for service with Member Services, and pay a minimum bill to help cover the cost of the equipment that is on the property,” said James Jackson, who is heading up the retirement of idle lines for MEP. Since MEP has to maintain its power lines to current safety standards by both RUS and the National Electrical Safety Code, any old and idle lines, which can be retired, help both Magnolia Electric and our members.

• Run the dishwasher right before you go to bed, or air-dry dishes by opening the dishwasher instead of using the heated dry cycle. • Turn off lights and electronics when not in use. (Try to make this a daily habit, whether during peak or offpeak hours.) There are many ways to save energy and money by making a few minor adjustments to your daily routine.

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by Abby Berry As a member of Magnolia Electric Power, you know how to make smart energy choices that help you save money. But did you know that ‘when’ you use electricity can be just as important as ‘how much’ you use? Throughout the day, energy use fluctuates based on consumer demand. Typically, most households use larger amounts of electricity in the morning when most people are getting ready for their day, and in the evenings when people return from work, cook dinner, wash clothes and watch television. These times when people in our community are using more electricity at the same time are called “peak” hours. By shifting some of your energy use to hours when demand is lower, also known as off-peak hours, you can save money on your electric energy bill by helping to keep rates lower for all our members.

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EFFICIENT AND SAFE In 2017, Frick and his father began incorporating precision agriculture technology into their farming operation. Their conservation practices include precision agriculture, land leveling and raised bed rows. Photos Source: Lance Cheung

by Maria Kanevsky use a variable rate schedule for application of fertilizer or for As farming technology advances, farmers are finding new irrigation. Although there are several different options for ways to reduce costs, improve efficiency and increase crop using VRT, the basics consist of a computer, software, GPS yields. The newest trend of technological advancements for and a controller. Farmers can choose to use VRT in either a farming is precision agriculture, a strategy where farmers use map-based or sensor-based way, depending on need of the advanced technologies to control the growth of crops and farm. Using VRT helps farmers accurately measure water and raising of livestock more accurately and efficiently. As precision agriculture has grown in recent years, the tech- fertilizer, save time and maximize irrigation and fertilization efficiency. nologies have become even more technical and precise by To properly use these new technologies, there are some using data analytics and machine learning. With a whole suite important safety tips to consider. When learning to use any of benefits, like reduced costs, standardized data and metrics new technology, be sure to fully read the manual and underand minimizing resource waste, it’s no surprise that technolostand the instructions before gies and strategies for precibeginning any work. This can sion agriculture are becoming help farmers avoid preventable more commonplace. accidents. Different types of The initial wave of precision farm equipment will also require agriculture in the 1980s was different safety precautions. For made possible by GPS (global example, when working with positioning system) devicgrain bins, farmers should be eses, which were first placed pecially careful to follow training on tractors. GPS-connected procedures when it is necessary devices could control a tractor to work inside the grain bin. and automatically steer the Being aware of the best safety tractor based on the field’s Alexander Frick, Jr., co-owner of Frick Farms, LLC., uses a smart device to practices when working with a GPS coordinates. This helped review data and plans his customized seed application for the day. specific technology is the best reduce any overlap while drivway to avoid accidents. Additionally, since these technoloing, making farming practices more efficient. gies are digital, the threat of cybersecurity comes into play. Beyond autonomous tractors, there have been many Appropriate use of any USB thumb drives and being aware of innovations in farming technologies that are part of precision spear-phishing cyberattacks will help prevent malicious entiagriculture. One technology is the crop-monitoring drone, ties from gaining access to the farmer’s confidential data. which can take aerial views of fields and help give the farmer Although the benefits are clear, there are a few barriers to a bird’s-eye view of their land. Connecting the drone to special using these new agricultural technologies. Having a well-essoftware and GPS can also allow the drone to automatically tablished broadband connection is crucial for some of these take photos, making it even easier to use. When combined technologies, and a lack of high-speed internet access can with GIS (geographic information system), the drone can help limit the use of precision agriculture technologies. Furtheranalyze the geospatial field data in real-time for the farmer. more, using precision agriculture comes with a relatively large Using robotics for precision agriculture can be applied upfront financial investment, which may not provide a return to many kinds of machines. For example, robotic milking on investment quickly enough to the farm. machines can be used to automate the cow milking process. Before incorporating precision agriculture technology into These machines help farmers reduce their labor demands any farm, planning and preparation will be crucial to make while also increasing efficiency, freeing up time for farmers to the best use of the technology. work on other parts of their farm. Since the machines are optimized to work efficiently, they can also help to remove more milk per cow and provide more rest for the cows. Maria Kanevsky writes on consumer and cooperative affairs If farmers want to optimize their crop production, then vari- for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the able rate technology (VRT) can help. VRT allows the farmer to national trade association representing more than 900 local electric cooperatives. 12 TODAY | SEPTEMBER 2021

• Bolivar County produces the largest acreage of rice. • Rice is grown in the Delta in Bolivar, Coahoma, Desoto, Humphreys, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tunica and Washington counties. • Mississippi’s rice crop is harvested in August and September.

For more about Mississippi’s rice industry, visit the Delta Rice Promotions website at mississippi-rice-facts/. For more about U.S.-grown rice and recipes, visit Think Rice at

Orange Wild Rice with Raisins and Apples INGREDIENTS 2 cups cooked wild rice/brown rice medley 1 cup raisins ¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted 4 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley 2 tablespoons grated orange zest 1 Granny Smith apple, diced 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons orange juice Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, combine the cooked rice with the rest of the ingredients. Stir gently until all the ingredients are well mixed. Pour the rice mixture into a deep baking dish. Cover the dish with aluminum foil. Place the covered dish into the oven. Cook for 20 minutes or until the rice mixture is hot. Serve and enjoy! Makes about 4 servings Adapted from a recipe by Stella Lindsey, Bolivar County

Crispy Rice Peanut Butter Bites

INGREDIENTS 1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats ½ cup crispy rice cereal ½ cup peanut butter or nut butter (crunchy or creamy) ½ cup honey 1⁄3 cup mini chocolate chips 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal or chia seeds (optional) Measure all ingredients into a large bowl. Mix well. Chill mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour. Remove mixture from refrigerator. With your hands, roll mixture into walnut-sized balls. Store in an air-tight container or zip-top bag in the refrigerator. Adapted from a recipe by Stella Lindsey, Bolivar County

Bolivar County’s annual rice appreciation event is planned for Sept. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the streets of downtown Merigold. Attendees of the rice festival can taste rice dishes from local restaurants, shop with vendors, see exhibits, and enjoy music and children’s activities. A rice queen also will be announced. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

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• Mississippi has 221 rice-producing farms.

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by Susan Collins-Smith September is rice month — a time to celebrate the versatile, nutritious grain that is one of Mississippi’s major row crops. Rice can be used to make several dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Rice is a heart-healthy food, rich in 15 vitamins and minerals. Wild, brown, red and black rice are also 100% whole grain. Rice is a good choice if you need to serve guests with food allergies. It is gluten-free and is less allergenic than other grains. Mississippi ranks sixth among states that produce the most rice. The crop is one of the state’s top agricultural exports.

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15 Singly or in aggregate

45 Singly or in aggregate

Mourning and White-winged Doves (South Zone)***

Sept. 4 - Sept. 19 Oct. 9 - Nov. 7 Dec. 19 - Jan. 31

15 Singly or in aggregate

Fall Turkey

45 Singly or in aggregate

Nov. 6 - Feb. 28

No Limit

Dec. 3 - Dec. 5

See below****

Crows Ducks, Mergansers, and Coots****




No Limit

Fall turkey season is open BY PERMIT ONLY from October 15-November 15 on private lands in the following counties or portions of counties where the landowner/leaseholder completes a fall turkey hunting application to the MDWFP Jackson Office and receives Nov.bag 26limit - Nov. tags. The fall season is two28 (2) turkeys, which may be of either sex.

See below****

Delta Unit: BolivarDec. County9- -west of the Jan. 31main Mississippi River levee and those lands east of the main Mississippi River levee known as 27 Break Hunting Club; Coahoma, Desoto, Issaquena, Tunica, and Washington counties - west of the main Mississippi River levee.

Canada Geese : 5 Canada Geese : 15 North Central Unit:Nov. Benton, Panola, Tippah, and Union counties. 12Lafayette, - Nov. Marshall, 28 Geese: Canada, White-fronted, Snow, Blue, Snow, Blue, & Ross’: 20 Snow, Blue, & Ross’: No limit Dec. 3 - Dec. 5 Ross’, and Brant White-fronted: 3 Madison, Warren, Wilkinson, White-fronted: Southwest Unit: Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Yazoo 9 counties. Dec. 9 - Jan. 31 Brant: 1 Brant: 3 Youth, Veterans, and Active Military Waterfowl Days

Feb. 5 - Feb. 6 SEASON

Spring Turkey Same as regular season DATES

Oct. 1 - Nov. 11 Youth Nov. 29 - Dec. 2 Light Goose Conservation Order***** (Private and authorized state and federal Dec. 8 public lands.Dec. Youth 6 15-and under) (Special Permit Needed) Feb. 1 - Feb. 4 Spring Feb. 7 - Mar. 31

Mar. 8 - 14

No Limit***** Mar. 15 - May 1

Same as regular season BAG LIMIT One (1) adult gobbler or 1 gobbler with a 6-inch or longer beard per day, 3 per Spring No15Limit***** season. Hunters years of age and younger may harvest 1 gobbler of choice (any age) per day, 3 per Spring season.

Small Game

*Sept. Canada Goose season is closed on Roebuck Lake in Leflore county. **(Dove North Zone) Areas north of U.S. Hwy. 84 plus areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and west of MS Hwy. 35. ***(Dove South Zone) Areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and east of MS Hwy. 35. SEASON DATES DAILY BAG LIMIT ****The duck daily bag limit is a total of 6 ducks, including no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 1 mottled Youth Squirrel* Sept. 24 30 8 duck, 2 black ducks, 1 pintail, 3 wood ducks, 2 canvasbacks, and 2 redheads. The daily bag limit for scaup is 1 scaup per day Nov. 26 – 28, Dec. 3 – 5, and Dec. 9 – 17; and is 2 scaup per -day Dec. 18 – Jan. 31. Squirrel Fall Season Oct. 1 - Feb. 28 8 The merganser daily bag limit is a total of 5 mergansers, only 2 of which may beMay hooded mergansers. Squirrel - Spring Season 15 - June 1 The coot daily bag limit is a total of 15 coots.



Rabbit Oct.coots. 16 - Feb. 28 The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for ducks, mergansers, and

Shooting hours for all migratory game birds tion Order (see below).

Quail areBobwhite from one-half Frog

hour before 25 sunset, - Mar. 5 sunrise April 1 - Sept. 30


8 except for the Light Goose Conserva25/Night

Raccoon July 1the - Sept. 30 1 per Party/Night *****The Light Goose Conservation Order is a special opportunity designed to reduce population of overpopulated snow, blue, and Ross’ geese when no other waterfowl seasons are open. This order allows forOct. expanded 1 - Oct. 31 methods of take that are not allowed (Food and sport)hunters need a valid Mississippi 5/Day; 8/Party hunting during regular waterfowl seasons. To participate in the Light Goose Conservation Order, Opossum, Raccoon, and Bobcat Nov. 1 -number. Feb. 28 Limit number by license, state waterfowl stamp, and a free Light Goose Conservation Order permit Hunters can obtain a No permit (Food, sport, and pelt) visiting Trapping

Nov. 1 - Mar. 15

No Limit

Light Goose Conservation Order Methods: Shooting hours are from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. Only snow, blue, and *On private lands and authorized state and federal lands only in those areas open for squirrel hunting. Ross’ geese are eligible for harvest. The use of electronic calls is allowed. The use of unplugged shotguns is allowed. There is no daily 14 TODAY | SEPTEMBER 2021 or possession limit for snow, blue, or Ross’ geese. Hunters must use non-toxic shot. Hunters must possess a valid Mississippi hunting license and a Mississippi state waterfowl stamp. Hunters do not need a federal waterfowl stamp.

10” Inside Spread

13” Main Beam

Estimating a 10 inch spread is accomplished by observing a buck’s ears in the alert position. When in the alert position, the distance from ear-tip to ear-tip measures approximately 14 inches. If the OUTSIDE of each antler beam is 1 inch inside the ear-tip, the inside spread is approximately 10 inches.

To estimate a 13 inch main beam, the buck’s head must be observed from the side. If the tip of the main beam extends to the front of the eye, main beam length is approximately 13 inches.

DELTA ZONE A legal buck is defined as having EITHER a minimum inside spread of 12 inches OR one main beam at least 15 inches long. How to estimate a 12 inch inside spread:

How to estimate a 15 inch main beam: 12” Inside Spread

Estimating a 12 inch spread is accomplished by observing a buck’s ears in the alert position. When in the alert position, the distance from ear-tip to ear-tip measures approximately 15* inches. If the OUTSIDE of each antler beam reaches the ear-tip, the inside spread is approximately 12 inches. (Therefore, if the outside of both antler beams reach the ear tips, the buck is legal).


15” Main Beam

To estimate a 15 inch main beam, the buck’s head must be observed from the side. If the tip of the main beam extends between the front of the eye and the tip of the nose, main beam length is approximately 15 inches.

*Due to body size differences in the Delta Unit, ear-tip to ear-tip measurements are slightly larger compared to the other units. WHITE-TAILED



BAG LIMITS ■ Antlered Buck Deer: The statewide bag limit on antlered buck deer is one (1) buck per day and three (3) per annual season. One (1) of these three (3) may have hardened antlers that do not meet the unit legal antler requirements on private land and Holly Springs National Forest. For youth hunters fifteen (15) years of age and younger, hunting on private land and authorized state and federal lands, all three (3) of the three (3) buck bag limit may be any antlered deer. Antlered buck bag limit in the North Central Deer Management Unit (DMU) is one (1) buck per day and four (4) per annual season. No antler restrictions apply to this DMU. All four bucks may have any sized hardened antlers. ■ Antlerless Deer: Private lands: The statewide annual bag limit on antlerless deer is five (5). The antlerless bag limit for private lands in the North Central DMU is ten (10) antler-less deer per season. Antlerless deer are male or female deer which do not have hardened antler above the natural hairline. Only two (2) antlerless deer may be harvested from the Southeast Unit. There is no daily bag limit on antlerless deer in the Northeast, North Central, East Central, Southwest, and Delta units. Only one (1) antlerless deer per day may be harvested in the Southeast DMU. U.S. Forest Service National Forests: The bag limit is one (1) per day, not to exceed five (5) per annual season except in the Southeast Unit, which is two (2) per annual season.





Oct. 1 - Nov. 19

Either-Sex on private land, open public land, and Holly Springs NF

Youth Season (15 and under)

Nov. 6 - Nov. 19

Either-Sex on private lands and authorized state and federal lands.

Nov. 20 - Jan. 31

Antlerless Primitive Weapon

Nov. 8 - 19

Either-Sex on private lands. On open public lands, youth must follow below legal deer criteria.

Gun (with dogs)

Nov. 20 - Dec. 1

Either-Sex on private land and Holly Springs NF. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Primitive Weapon

Dec. 2 - 15

Either-Sex on private land, open public land, and Holly Springs NF. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.

Gun (without dogs)

Dec. 16 - 23

Either-Sex on private land and Holly Springs NF. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Gun (with dogs)

Dec. 24 - Jan. 19

Either-Sex on private land and Holly Spring NF. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Archery/Primitive Weapon

Jan. 20 - 31

Either-Sex on private land and Holly Springs NF. Legal Bucks only on open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.




Oct. 15 - Nov. 19

Either-Sex on private and open public land.

Youth Season (15 and under)

Nov. 6 - Nov. 19

Either-Sex on private lands and authorized state and federal lands.

Nov. 20 - Feb. 15

Either-Sex on private lands. On open public lands, youth must follow below legal deer criteria.

Gun (with dogs)

Nov. 20 - Dec. 1

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Primitive Weapon

Dec. 2 - 15

Either-Sex on private and open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.

Gun (without dogs)

Dec. 16 - 23

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Gun (with dogs)

Dec. 24 - Jan. 19

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land.

Jan. 20 - 31

Either-Sex on private land. Legal Bucks only on open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.

Feb. 1 - 15

Legal Bucks only on private and open public land. Weapon of choice may be used on private land with appropriate license.

Antlerless Deer Only on private lands.


Archery/Primitive Weapon



Fall Turkey DATES


Fall turkey season is open BY PERMIT ONLY from October 15-November 15 on private lands in the following counties or portions of counties where the landowner/leaseholder completes a fall turkey hunting application to the MDWFP Jackson Office and receives tags. The fall season bag limit is two (2) turkeys, which may be of either sex. Delta Unit: Bolivar County - west of the main Mississippi River levee and those lands east of the main Mississippi River levee known as 27 Break Hunting Club; Coahoma, Desoto, Issaquena, Tunica, and Washington counties - west of the main Mississippi River levee. North Central Unit: Benton, Lafayette, Marshall, Panola, Tippah, and Union counties. Southwest Unit: Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Madison, Warren, Wilkinson, and Yazoo counties.


Spring Turkey DATES

Youth (Private and authorized state and federal public lands. Youth 15 and under)

Mar. 8 - 14


Mar. 15 - May 1


BAG LIMIT One (1) adult gobbler or 1 gobbler with a 6-inch or longer beard per day, 3 per Spring season. Hunters 15 years of age and younger may harvest 1 gobbler of choice (any age) per day, 3 per Spring season.

Small Game SEPTEMBER 2021 | TODAY 15 DATES


Youth Squirrel*

Sept. 24 - 30


Squirrel - Fall Season

Oct. 1 - Feb. 28


Chris Gouras Jr. (center) enjoys an afternoon lunch he prepared for friends and guests at his hunting camp in Kings Point near Vicksburg. From left, Alex Littlejohn, Gouras, Cooper Mangham and Roger Mangham.

by Steven Ward Some hunters look forward to the hunt. Others look forward to the gathering before and after. Mississippi consultant and restauranteur Chris Gouras Jr. enjoys hunting — he grew up hunting and fishing in north Florida with his father and now enjoys big game hunting across the world. But when he spends time at the hunting camp he co-owns on Kings Point Island near Vicksburg, it’s the cooking that he lives for. “At Kings Point, I love for folks to have a good time, hunting, relaxing, and eating,” Gouras, 50, said. When friends or clients visit for a weekend hunt, Gouras makes sure everyone has a full belly. “Frequently, I will grill lamb chops and sausage for appetizers, serving them with peppers and cheeses,” he said. 16 TODAY | SEPTEMBER 2021

Photos by Chad Calcote

“I will prepare seared spinalis cuts of ribeye, smoked prime rib, beef, and venison shish kabobs. When we have mallards, I like to cook them on the grill wrapped in bacon with jalapeños, with or without cream cheese. When they are almost done, I pile them in the center of the grill and pour a jar of orange marmalade over them, close the vent and lid, and let it melt over the poppers.” Mississippi lobbyist Ben Thompson is a friend who has spent time at the hunting camp Gouras co-owns with Gulf Coast resident Bo Mandal. “The hunting is great and everything, but that Friday night meal is just special,” Thompson, 43, said. Gouras, who co-owns four Another Broken Egg Cafes with his brother George, grew up in a restaurant family. “Growing up as a kid we would barbecue on our Sunday dove hunts,” Gouras said. “Later, after moving to Mississippi, my uncle Jimmy paid for me to have a hunting membership at Cedar Ridge, a hunting club in

Chicken Fried Duck INGREDIENTS Mallard or teal breasts, about 1 ½ pounds total 2 cups flour 2 tablespoons seasoning, such as Cajun, Cavender’s or whatever you like 1 tablespoon salt 1 cup buttermilk 1 to 2 ounces of Tabasco 1 egg, lightly beaten

Instructions To prep the duck breasts, cut the breasts into thin strips. Set each one between two pieces of plastic wrap, or better yet, a freezer bag cut open. Pound them with a mallet until the thick end of the breast is the thickness of the thin end of the breast. If you have a jaccard, run it over the pounded breast, so it’s full of little lacerations; this helps the batter stick to the meat. Salt the duck breasts well. Mix the flour, seasoning, salt, together in a bowl. Mix the buttermilk, Tabasco, and the beaten egg together in another bowl. Put the duck breasts in the buttermilk. You can leave them there for a few hours if you need to, in the fridge. Bread the duck strips.

Chris Gouras Jr. grills sausage, steak, and lamb chops on the back porch of his Kings Point hunting camp.

Port Gibson. Friday and Saturday night supper there was always great — steaks, fried catfish, and fried chicken were the normal fare,” Gouras said. Next, Gouras joined the Bell Island Hunting Club north of Vicksburg on the Mississippi River at Eagle Lake. Gouras said the cookouts at Bell Island were legendary. “Sometimes we would feed upwards of 40 people and go through two to three ribeyes a night. Supper meant giant ribeyes, fresh cut French fries, cold beer, and bourbon,” Gouras said. Breakfast at the Kings Point hunting camp has Gouras cooking country ham, biscuits, grits, eggs, and omelets. Gouras has a tip for hunting camp cooking food preparation. “Get some things done in a crock pot or on the smoker, so you don’t have to start cooking after the sun goes down!” “I enjoy spending time with friends and making memories. When folks leave our place, I hope they have a memorable experience, that they remember the land, the hunt, and the food,” Gouras said.

Fry in vegetable oil or peanut oil at 350 degrees. Fry in batches until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes or so. Set the finished duck on a cooling rack in the oven. Serve the chicken fried duck strips with a sweet and sour sauce, honey mustard or a white gravy.

Recipe by Chris Gouras Jr.


Camp Showtime Bread Pudding For the bread pudding INGREDIENTS 1 pound loaf of French Bread 2 cups half and half 2 cups milk 3 large eggs lightly beaten 2 cups sugar ¾ cup raisins 1 cup white chocolate chips 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon ¼ cup melted butter

Instructions Cut bread into crouton size portions and place in a large bowl. Add half and half, eggs, and milk. Let sit for 10 minutes. With a spoon, stir in the last 4 ingredients. Pour into a 13 by 9 pan and spoon in pudding mixture. Bake at 325 degrees for approximately 1 hour or until firm.

For the pudding sauce INGREDIENTS ½ cup butter ½ cup sugar ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup heavy whipping cream 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 3 tablespoons of favorite bourbon

Instructions Combine ingredients in a saucepan. Heat until sugar has melted. Stir frequently.

Recipe by Rusty Larsen


Chris Gouras cuts up the meat he grilled for a recent lunch with friends at his hunting camp.

Rusty Larsen has been in the restaurant business for 36 years. He owns and operates Rusty’s Riverfront Grill in Vicksburg. Larsen, who owns a hunting camp in Warren County, said he got involved in hunting camp life because his sons and friends love to hunt. Larsen, 51, said a big part of the allure of hunting camps — besides the hunt itself — is the fellowship and the food. “We do a lot of steak and seafood at the camp. Every now and then, we throw in some high-end sandwiches including lobster rolls and Rueben sandwiches,” Larsen said. Larsen’s favorite hunting club meal: fried pork chops. “Everyone at our camp take turns pitching in to do their part when it comes to the infamous Tuesday night meal at Camp Showtime,” Larsen said.

Photos by Chad Calcote

Unlike Gouras and Larsen, Guy White does not own a restaurant. He owns and runs White Construction Company with offices in Ridgeland, Texas, and Florida. His lack of restaurant expertise doesn’t impact his love or skill when it comes to hunting camp Chris Gouras Jr. cooking. “Cooking is a big part of hunting camp life. I’m a big duck hunter, so I keep a Coleman two-burner grill in my boat, and we cook during hunting lulls,” White, 58, said. White said he and his friends have cooked everything from sausage, steaks, and hamburgers in their boats and held contests to see which boats cook the best meals. Back at his camp off Highway 3 near Satartia, friends and family gather around the fireplace, the fire ring outside or the large screen TV with a football game on in the background. White said he has gone “grill crazy” at his camp.

INGREDIENTS Throwaway aluminum pans 3 four chicken thigh packs, bone-in and skin-on Worcestershire sauce Soy sauce Italian dressing Newk’s white BBQ sauce Lemon Lemon pepper

Recipe by Guy White

“We have a Big Green Egg, Hasty Bake, a Louisiana steak broiler, a griddle, and several fish fryers. We cook everything, but I love stopping at the Flora Butcher Shop on the way to the camp and picking up some Wagyu steaks for the outside broiler,” White said. “Ribs are a staple on the menu. Yes, we fry all kinds of fish. Catfish, crappie, saltwater fish are all on the list. We even sear tuna and get fresh oysters when they are available. We like to prepare fresh good sides and usually a big salad in a big wood bowl.” White’s best tip for hunting camp cooking? Don’t be scared to try something different. “Sometimes you get into a rut where you just cook the same things. Crock pots are great for a good meal. Everything doesn’t have to be fried or unhealthy. There are a lot of options for menus. Be bold and mix it up,” White said.

Instructions Put the thighs skin down in pans and liberally coat them with Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and Italian dressing. Preheat oven to 280 degrees and cook for 1 hour. Take thighs out and flip over to skin up and increase temp to 380 degrees and cook for another hour. Take thighs out coat them thoroughly with Newk’s white BBQ sauce. Liberally sprinkle lemon pepper on the thighs and place a thin slice of lemon on each thigh, turn up oven to 420 degrees and cook for 15 to 20 minutes until skin is crispy. SEPTEMBER 2021 | TODAY 19

Delta Delicious Spicy Honey Fried Chicken Thighs Hot, sweet and spicy! These fried chicken thighs hit all the high notes. I’ve fried chicken hundreds of ways, and this is one of my favorites. The chicken is dipped in beaten egg whites to provide a light coating for a cracker crumb and flour mixture with baking powder to give the fried chicken a crisp crunch. Once the chicken is fried, a sprinkle of a savory seasoning gets sprinkled liberally over the deep golden thighs and a drizzle of honey finishes them off. Enjoy the sweet and heat! INGREDIENTS Canola oil for frying ½ teaspoon hot paprika ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper ¼ teaspoon garlic powder ¼ teaspoon onion powder 4 egg whites 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper ¾ cup flour ¾ cup finely ground cracker crumbs ½ teaspoon baking powder 3 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs Honey for drizzling


Pour 2 inches of oil into a Dutch oven or electric skillet. Heat over medium-high heat to 375 degrees. Combine the paprika, cayenne, garlic powder and onion powder in a small bowl and set aside. Put the egg whites into a bowl and whisk until slightly frothy. Combine the salt, black pepper, flour, cracker crumbs and baking powder in a pie pan. Dip each piece of chicken in the egg whites and press into the flour and crumb mixture to coat. Shake off excess. Working in batches, fry the chicken until crispy and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes and an instant read thermometer reads 165 degrees. Transfer chicken to a paper grocery sack or paper towels to drain. Season the fried chicken with the reserved paprika mixture. Drizzle with honey and serve while hot and delicious.

Social Banana Pudding I have become a big fan of Social Tea Biscuits and Marias Gamesa cookies. They are just simple, slightly sweet snappy little cookies perfect for dunking in tea or coffee. Turns out they are also quite good layered in a deep bowl of banana pudding. Of course, good old Nilla Wafers are the classic choice but why limit the options? Sometimes I will reach for gingersnaps, and occasionally take it in an Elvis direction with peanut butter sandwich cookies. What does stay the same is the rich vanilla pudding and marshmallowy topping.

For the pudding INGREDIENTS ¾ cup sugar 1⁄3 cup cake flour ¼ teaspoon table salt 4 large egg yolks (reserve the whites for the topping) 2 cups whole milk ½ teaspoon vanilla extract A pinch of grated nutmeg ½ inch piece of cinnamon stick 1 sleeve (approximately 41) Social Tea Biscuits 4 medium bananas, peeled and sliced In a heavy bottomed saucepan or bottom of a double boiler over medium high heat, bring 2 inches of water to a boil. In a medium stainless steel bowl or top of a double boiler, whisk together the sugar, flour and salt. Whisk in the egg yolks, and then the milk, and nutmeg. Add the cinnamon stick.

For the topping INGREDIENTS 4 large egg whites ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar 5 tablespoons sugar ½ teaspoon vanilla extract Whip the egg whites on medium speed with an electric mixer until frothy. Add the cream of tartar and slowly increase the speed as the egg whites become opaque. Slowly pour in the sugar. Add the vanilla extract. Whip until the whites form a soft peak. Spoon the topping over the pudding. Bake the pudding for 5 minutes or until the meringue is puffed and browned. Cool on a rack for 30 minutes, and then refrigerate for 2 hours (or until you just can’t stand it any longer). Note: Egg whites will separate easier when cold but will whip to higher highs at room temperature. So, separate cold and whip about 30 minutes later when the chill is off the egg whites.

Martha Hall Foose, the author of “Screen Doors & Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales of a Southern Cook,” won the James Beard Award for American Cooking. Her latest collaboration is “A Good Meal is Hard to Find: Storied Recipes from the Deep South” with Amy C. Evans. Martha makes her home in the Mississippi Delta with her husband and son. She is a member of Yazoo Valley Electric Power Association.

Place the milk mixture over the boiling water. Cook, stirring steadily, until the pudding is thick and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Stir for 12 to 15 minutes and until there is no taste of raw flour remaining. Remove from heat and take out the cinnamon stick and whisk in the vanilla extract. Heat oven to 425 degrees. While the pudding is still warm, layer the tea biscuits, bananas and pudding in a large dish. Sprinkle the top of the pudding with a few crumbled tea biscuits to help the topping adhere. SEPTEMBER 2021 | TODAY 21

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Turkey Shoot. Oct. 9. Jackson County. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Daisy Masonic Lodge No. 421, 25700 School House Road. About 14 miles north of Vancleave off Highway 57. Details: 228-861-3995. The 23rd Annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale. Oct. 9. Brandon. Door prizes, multiple vendors, baked goods, and hand-crafted gifts. Church proceeds to benefit social ministries such as: Harbor House, Center for Violence Prevention (assistance for abused women and children), Rankin County Human Resource Agency, Grace House, Mississippi State Hospital, VA Volunteer Services, Habitat for Humanity, Stewpot, and the church’s annual live nativity scene. Free admission. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nativity Lutheran Church, corner of Crossgates Boulevard and Old Brandon Road. Details: 601-825-5125. Barn Sale – Antiques and Collectibles. Oct. 15-16. Purvis. More than 70 collectors with trailer loads of antiques and collectibles. 7 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Barn sale auction Friday at 5:30 p.m. 4799 Old Highway 11, Purvis (Oak Grove). Details: 601-818-5886 or 601-794-7462.

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Miz Jo says after I listen to ALL of these I can MAYBE have a few more.

Well, another stack of old records followed me home recently. Several stacks actually. Some 1960s through 1980s rock-n-roll LPs from a reader in Indianola who was shutting down housekeeping to move to a senior living facility. Another stack came from a shelf-full of 78rpm records from the niece of a viewer Little Big Store in the old in Jackson. I did a story with the aunt several years Raymond Depot has rec ord collectors from all over dropping by. ago about her experiences at the Mississippi State Fair when she was a child. During our conversation, the topic Mississippi is a state associated with muof records came up. Before she passed away, she told her niece I sicians as much as we are with writers. So “shrines” to either should have her 78s. Besides, nobody else wanted them. should be expected here. The Mississippi Music Museum in HaMy wife, Miz Jo, told me if I brought home any more records zelhurst is one of them. The Robert Johnson Museum in nearby she was going to leave me. I told her I was sure gonna miss her. To which I QUICKLY added, “It was a joke! It was a JOKE!” It’s not Crystal Springs is another. The fact that there are more Grammy-winning artists from Mississippi than any other state factored like I haven’t brought home more records since then, but I quit into locating the first satellite Grammy Museum in the Mississippi telling her about it. Delta in Cleveland. And on and on — from Elvis Presley’s birthMy fondness for place in Tupelo to the Jimmie Rodgers Museum in Meridian. old records isn’t But the one place that puts my puny pile of records into because I love perspective is the Little Big Store in Raymond. It isn’t a museum music so much as it is a memory from but a used record store. They have one of the biggest collections of records in the nation. Room after room of the old Raymond my childhood of depot is stacked with shelves and piles of vinyl. I’m not allowed our family’s conto go there. sole radio. It had Just for the record — be careful what you introduce your kids a record player in to early on. It may stick with them for the rest of their lives. it, and evidently, listening to the records was one of my favorite things to do. Before I could read, I could tell what the song was by the design and color of the label. I figure lots of hobbies have roots back to early childhood. At the Eudora Welty House in Jackson, I noticed books everywhere. When she wrote about becoming a writer, she said that she loved books. Not even so much to read them. She just loved the look of them. She wrote of her early experiences of having been read to and then having her own library card and checking out books on her own. Her stash of books reminded me of my stash of records — way too many to be practical but they sure make a statement. One shelf on one side of one room at the Little Big Store.

by Walt Grayson Walt Grayson is the host of “Mississippi Roads” on Mississippi Public Broadcasting television and the author of two “Looking Around Mississippi” books and “Oh! That Reminds Me: More Mississippi Homegrown Stories.” Walt is also a reporter and 4 p.m. news anchor at WJTV in Jackson. He lives in Brandon and is a Central Electric member. Contact him at



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