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Today is September 28, 2022


Hunting season means good eating – and safety

By Michael Callahan

Michael Callahan
Michael Callahan,
Executive Vice President/CEO
EPAs of Mississippi

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 a 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 as well in your home kitchen or at your next backyard grill out.

The other thing that comes to mind about hunting is safety.

The electric cooperatives of Mississippi are militant about safety when it comes to power restoration operations. We have to be. It’s dangerous work, so safety measures are part of our DNA.

Safety is also key when hunting. Make sure you, your family, friends, and others in the area remain safe during your hunt.

Here are just a few safety tips from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks to keep in mind while hunting.


  • Don’t shoot across roads, trails, or waterways. These areas may be occupied by people.
  • Avoid alcohol and medications that may impair judgment before or while handling firearms.
  • Educate yourself: Obey all the rules of firearm safety and insist that those around you do the same.
  • Watch that muzzle: Keep it pointed in a safe direction at all times.
  • Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
  • Check your barrel and ammunition: Make sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.
  • Point a firearm only at something you intend to shoot.
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