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Input Needed To Evaluate Deer Population

I started the week off at the Coffeeville medical clinic with a sinus infection and also the pink-eye.  My whole family has had the pink-eye in the past week, so it is only natural that I follow suit.  I reported to the office Monday after going to the clinic and was promptly sent to work from home the rest of the day.  I guess I caught double duty though, I got to do all of my Extension work as well as house work that my wife needed done. I hope the week gets better for me.

I recently had a call from an individual in the Water Valley area that was concerned that the population of deer were really down this year on his property as well as his hunting club.  I have to admit that I have been concerned myself over the last few years of not seeing nearly as many deer during the season.  

I had come to the conclusion that I just wasn’t hunting as much as I used to.  After hearing this concern I have decided to get one of our Extension Biologist to come to the county sometime within the next few weeks to look at some farms.  What I would like to hear from you is stories of your experiences while hunting this past season.  No, I don’t want to know where your “secret spot” is, just some numbers of deer seen and harvested and the type of habitat you have – food plots, browse, etc.  That information can be emailed to me at or just call the office at 662-675-2730.

I was talking to a friend this past week about gardening and also fruit trees.  He mentioned that his plums and peaches wouldn’t produce because the blooms usually got killed by a late frost.  I asked him what varieties he planted and if he knew what the chill hour requirements were for them.  He answered saying he had ordered them from a company in Florida and that he didn’t know what chill hours meant. 

I proceeded to tell him that chill hours were the amount of hours between 45 degrees and 32 degrees and that each variety of fruit trees had a certain amount of chill hour requirements before it could break dormancy.  North Mississippi has historically averaged around 1,200 chill hours per season.  So when choosing fruit tree varieties you want to select varieties around 750 to 1,200 chill hours.  Keep in mind that the lower the chill hour requirements the more likely you are the catch a warm spell in February and the trees bloom and a frost kill your blooms.

The Coffeeville Saddle Club will host a speed horse show on February 25, starting at noon.  The horse Show is free to the public and there will be a concession stand provided by the 4-H horse Club.  

The Yalobusha County Forestry Association will host a meeting on Thursday, February 23, at 6 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building in Coffeeville. The program will be given by Attorney Daniel Martin from Water Valley on estate planning.  There will be a meal provided for this event and non-members will be asked to pay $10 for the meal.   If you plan on attending call the Extension by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22. 

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