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4 Reasons Why This Native Tree is Great for Wildlife

Fruit of the Eastern Red Cedar

Walk down any dirt road in Mississippi and you’ll see an eastern red cedar lining the edge of the forest or field. Many a rural fence row has been built using eastern red cedars (Juniperus virginiana) for the posts. These common native trees are hardy plants. They can take the heat, drought, cold, wind, and […]

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7 Benefits of Being Outdoors for Hunters at Tara

There’s nothing quite like a crisp, early fall morning, walking through the woods to get to your deer stand. The air smells clean, you hear nothing but the sound of your feet crunching through the leaves and birds singing, and all around you, all you see are the woods and the animals that live in […]

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A Dinosaur in the Mississippi River

Gulf sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi) Photo credit: Kayla Kimmel, USFWS

With an elongated flat snout and a row of bony plates running down its back and sides, the Gulf sturgeon is an unusual looking fish. It can grow to a length of 10 to 12 feet and weigh several hundreds of pounds! The average length of a Gulf sturgeon is 5 to 6 feet. Sturgeons […]

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10 Astounding Things You Should Know About the Dragonfly

Dragonflies need fresh water to complete their life cycle, so we often see them flying around the lakes at Tara and along the banks of the Mississippi River around pockets of still water. Dragonfly Life Cycle Dragonflies spend most of their lives as nymphs (larval form) in the water, sometimes for as long as 5 […]

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Required Hunting Licenses and Permits for Tara Wildlife

As hunters prepare for their visit to Tara, one of the most frequent questions we get from them is, “What license do I need for Tara?” Out of State Hunters If you plan to hunt at Tara and/or Halpino, there are three permits and one or two licenses that you will need to obtain. If […]

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