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Battling the buffalo gnat

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(Source: MSU Extension)

Like many of you, I have had my battles with the dreaded buffalo gnat and lost. These pests make you look like you lost a fight because their bites produce knot-like welts.

For the past few days social media has been packed with various remedies that will make you smell interesting if nothing else. If you can’t find it one on your Facebook feed, Google DIY gnat repellent, and you’ll find recipes using everything from vanilla and peppermint oil to vodka.

For a more tested solution, I reached out to Warren County Extension Service Agent Sandy Havard who was kind enough to provide some guidance from Mississippi State University.

According to the fact sheet she sent, there are a few bright spots. First, buffalo gnats don’t like hot weather, so you can expect these little marauders to disappear within a few weeks.

“People being tormented by buffalo gnats should be encouraged by the fact that the adult flies generally only live 4 to 5 weeks and should go away in hot summer,” the fact sheet states.

Second, they don’t like the indoors, so the easiest way to avoid them is to get inside.

If you must be outside, MSU recommends repellents containing DEET, which have been reported to be effective for humans, but may need to be reapplied frequently. Also, wearing light-colored clothing may help keep the gnats away, as they are attracted to dark-colored clothing.

The fact sheet also provides information on how to protect animals from the biting hoards.

For more information, visit the Extension Service website or call 601-636-5442. Contact them for a wealth of information and services on all kinds of gardening, food, veterinary, health and farm topics. We promise you’ll learn something new.

Ronni Mott contributed to this story.

 

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Eight-year-old Owen Flowers gets a big buck

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Owen Flowers shows off his first kill of the year. (photo courtesy Dawn Flowers)

Eight-year-old Owen Flowers killed a big deer last Sunday on a hunting trip with his dad, Rush Flowers.

The deer was an eight-point, 200 pound buck. Its rack measured 19.5 inches wide.

Flowers is a third grader at Bowmar Elementary where he is known for being an outstanding student. He killed the buck in Hermanville, Mississippi, marking his first kill of the year.

In his free time, Flowers not only enjoys hunting, but he’s also a big sports fan. He played football with the undefeated Golden Eagles YMCA flag football team (6-0) that won the championship two weeks ago.

Flowers is the son of Vicksburg residents Rush and Dawn Flowers.

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USACE hosts annual youth deer hunt

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(Photo by Will Swann on Unsplash)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District announces that Grenada Lake will host its annual youth deer hunt over two weekends, Dec. 26 to 28, 2020, and Jan. 1 to 3, 2021.

To be eligible for participation, youth hunters must be between the ages of eight and 15 and be accompanied by a parent or guardian over 21 years old with a valid Mississippi hunting license.

Registration begins Dec. 3 and ends Dec. 8. Hunters may register by emailing Natural Resources Specialist Will Clark at [email protected]. The email must include the youth hunter’s name and age as well as the accompanying adult’s name, age and phone number.

“We are excited to continue our annual tradition of hosting this event for young hunters,” Clark said in a news release. “We wish them all a safe and successful hunting season.”

Youth hunters may harvest a maximum of one buck and two does during the hunt.

Hunters and their locations will be selected through a random drawing process. All hunters will be provided with a packet outlining the hunt’s rules and regulations as well as a detailed map of their hunting area. Each hunting area will contain ground blinds and two-man ladder stands for hunters’ use.

The purpose of the hunt is to encourage young people to become more involved in outdoor recreation and habitat preservation. The hunt also helps control the deer population.

For more information about this hunt or other hunting opportunities at Grenada Lake, please contact the Grenada Lake Field Office at 662-226-5911.

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10-year-old Addie G. Clay killed a big buck Saturday

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Vicksburg resident Addie G. Clay killed a big buck Saturday, marking her first kill of deer hunting season.

Clay is 10-years-old and in fifth grade at St. Francis Elementary School in Vicksburg. She is known as both a great and athletic student.

Clay got the kill in Issaquena County hunting with her dad Robert Clay. In addition to getting this amazing buck Saturday, it was the anniversary of her first kill exactly three years ago.

 

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