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I OUTDOORS I October 10, 2012 www,$tonecountyenterprise.com Hunting with Dogs on the Homochitto National Forest STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE 9 .The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, :Fisheries, and Parks ,(MDWFP) will continue .to enforce regulations :(Public Notice of Rule Number W17 3434) con- cetning hunting with ttOgs on the Homochitto National Forest. The regulations were first adopted at the begin- ning of last year's hunt- ing season. : From November 1, 2012 -- January 31, 2o13, all dog hunting groups or individuals hunting with dogs must obtain a permit to use dogs to hunt any animal or to train dogs on areas open to deer hunting with dogs on Homochitto National Forest. A copy of this public notice of rule can be obtained at www.mdwfp.com. "This regulation began last year as a pilot proj- ect to help improve safe- ty for hunters, landown- ers and all forest visi- tors," said Homochitto District Ranger Bruce Prud'homme. "Last year was a success. Forest visitors, includ- ing people who hunt with dogs, had a safe and enjoyable experi- ence on the National Forest. At the same time, nearby landowners and community resi- dents had fewer com- plaints than previous years." To apply and receive a permit the following steps should be taken: 1) Beginning October 5th, go to www.mdwfp.com to submit an application for a permit. There is no cost for the permit. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the MDWFP at 6Ol-432- 2199. 2) Starting October 15th, the Forest Service will begin issuing per- mits through the mail. If applicants prefer, per- mits may be picked up in person from the / Meadville Office by call- ing 6Ol-384-5876 to set up an appointment. Permits will be issued in the order which they were received. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and the U.S Forest Service want to make the permit process as simple and quick as possible. "Last year, we had great suc- cess in implementing this regulation," said Chad Dacus, MDWFP Wildlife Bureau Assistant Director. "Our organizations want to continue to make sure hunters are aware of this regulation." Summer zinnias bring fall color By Gary R. Bachman Even though pansies, viola and dianthus are showing up in garden centers, don't be too quick to pull up your summer-flowering aTmuals. The Fall Flower aid Garden Fest in estal Springs this eekend gave visitors a lfmpse of what summer iluals can do for the 'fail landscape. Our summers in Mississippi can be bru- tal, and they even take a toll on flowering sum- mer annuals. But once we turn the corner and .sRt heading towards .flll these plants get a isegond wind. Like humans, they also appreciate the moderat- ing temperatures. A group of summer plants that really looked good in the Truck Crops Experiment Station trial gardens were the Zahara zinnia. Zahara zinnia produce mounds of colorful flow- ers. The plants are robust and have excel- lent branching to sup- port the many flowers. These plants also have a natural resistance to powdery mildew. They. come in a wide range of colors, from white to coral rose, and the colors can last until fall. Zahara Double Cherry's color was pure and a result of cooler temperatures. My favorite Zahara is the Starlight Rose, a bicolor selection of white petals with a splash of deep rose shin- ing from the center. Our hot summer tempera- tures cause the deep rose color to vary. I was happy to see the splash of color starting to reap- pear with the fall weath- er. Zahara zinnias are also well suited for container gardening. You can extend the flowering season by bringing the containers inside when colder temperatures arrive. Always plant in peat-based potting media and monitor moisture, as plants grown in a container can dry out much quicker than those grown in landscape beds. Amending your land- scape beds with 3 to 4 inches of good-quality compost at spring plant- ing helps ensure ade- quate fertility in the fall. During the cool fall sea- son in Mississippi, planting in raised beds results in superior plant growth and flowering because of the increased soil drainage. Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch. Mulch acts as a kind of insula- tion, keeping soil cooler in summer but warmer in fall. Keeping soil warmer in the fall will encourage the plant to keep producing beauti- ful flowers longer into the season. Zahara zinnias are tol- erant of drought condi- tions, but apply supple- mental irrigation during periods of extreme drought. Plants do not need as much extra water with the onset of cooler temperatures. If you do irrigate your fall zinnias, use soaker hoses or other drip-type systems, which are excellent, efficient meth- ods of maintaining soil moisture. Don't neglect the feed- ing needs of your zin- nias in the fall. You don't need to use granu- lar slow-release fertiliz- ersibut I recommend using water-soluble fer- tilizers as an easy way to keep the plants fed. So go ahead and enjoy the fall resurgence of your summer flowering IPl Deer Processing Year Round New & Improved THE BUTCHER BLOCK 9AM.6PM 601-928-4042 /I AIRLINES ARE HIRING Train for hands on Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified - Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 866-455-4317 annuals. There will be plenty of time later this fall to plant cool-season flowering annuals. Dr. Gary Bachman is an associate Extension research professor of horticulture at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. Southern Gardening columns, television and radio programs on the Internet at http : //msu- cares.camnews/.] SPO,Rlt# CA, Fi I I 601-528-6060 1200 Woodland Dr, Wiggins, Miss. Southern .,r Run and Draw Down Come support our IO-U U55gk [f'avel gaseba[I Teclm Pr;zes awarded to the best hand, second best hnd and the worse hand! $30 per hand ':i'' : Must have ticket to attend. For tickets or more info carl begins at 8:30prn Tickets are $10 each 601-528-4985 1outhern Heat Baseball yrcen Ph;ifips, Trlskm k!ickn .m. Kaieb Adam. rnidf_,n Jon5, Noch lice, kand(', ,i.,,addo, Aviary [_iles. raeddr rc'dr and bny A[erTan. Couches: 5hawr, Phillips, Derek {ickmcm and ]m Adam i  Entertaibment Foolerie.C Annual Fall Four Ball Tournament Sat., Oct. 13- Sun., Oct. 1.4 Fornmt 36 Hole. 2- pros(" " ' )n Four Ball Call 601-319-7820 to register or more information LIBERTy l-hc, t(.  Y0ut Valuables for Your Family's Future with 7, THE HIGHEST FIRE RATINGS IN THE INDUSTRY i Stone County Economic Development Partnership Annual l00/Ieel:ing & Dinner Roa00 Lead to Stone Count" Keynote Speaker - Blake Wilson President, Miss00sippi Economic Council M nday, October 15, 2012 - 6:30 p.m. H, M I/  r Hall ,'/is='i's,)Td Gulf Coast ConmmmI, (. I1W ])cr'lllNtOIl (tlll/llIN ) $20 Per I erson - Btsiness Attire Reserved" '" Tat ks -" of 6 or I2 Available RSVP Now at 601-928-54 I8 The Stone Cotmtv t'conomic I)cvch)lmacnt l)aru'crship aud Chamber of Commerce will be electing Board members and o(tccrs duri,g the meeting. setting the stage for a brigh []lttlI-, Also. review, , o1: lle successful year just cc, ndudcd will be shared .il Communnv leaders and stakeholders, and awards for community excellence will be givcn.