Wildlife enthusiasts can take part in educational exhibits and experience a Taste of Wild at the Neshoba County Wildlife Jamboree which will be held Tuesday at the Neshoba County Coliseum.
Wildlife enthusiasts can take part in educational exhibits and experience a Taste of Wild at the Neshoba County Wildlife Jamboree which will be held Tuesday at the Neshoba County Coliseum.
One of Neshoba County’s biggest fall events is the Wildlife Jamboree.

It will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13. It starts at 4:30 p.m. and will last until 8 p.m. in the Neshoba County Coliseum.

There will be multiple activities going on throughout the evening. This includes the Big Buck Contest, an education row with wildlife specialists, the Youth Archery and Pellet Shoot, vendors and craftsmen with hunting, fishing, and outdoor gear. And of course, the Taste of Wild, an opportunity to taste wild game, is always a favorite.

Area cooks bring their favorite recipes to exchange, and a variety of wild game dishes are available for sampling. All cooks who bring a full-size wildlife dish will receive five free raffle tickets in the shotgun drawing

Cooks are asked to bring a large dish of any prepared wild game or a vegetable side dish that compliments wild game. It is important to clearly print the recipe and bring it with the dish. Dishes must be oven-safe and/or microwave-safe and clearly labeled with the cook’s name.  Participants sample bite-size portions - a fun way to gather and exchange cooking techniques and learn to prepare something new.

Venison is always a crowd pleaser. Squirrel, rabbit, turkey, and fish are plentiful in our area, so these dishes add to the selection. Raccoon, alligator, and even rattlesnake have been served. Some favorite side dishes include wild rice, hominy, greens and squash. A game recipe booklet is printed each year with the previous years’ recipes and the crowd favorites.

One favorite dish has been pecan-encrusted venison tenderloin. This is perfect for serving for an appetizer because it is tender and packed with protein. However, the key to making it delicious is to avoid over-cooking. Using a thermometer to make sure the venison is safely cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees is helpful. Venison has so little fat that it can quickly dry out when cooked too long. This tip and many others are included in the Jamboree’s Taste of Wild recipe booklet.  

The price of admission to the Wildlife Jamboree is $5 per person with children 6 and under admitted free. This includes stew, chili and drinks for the meal. So, start selecting your favorite game recipe. Please bring your dish to the north end of the Coliseum between 4 p.m. and 5-30 p.m. If you are entering the Big Buck Contest, you may bring your mount to the Coliseum on Monday from 8 a.m./ to 5 p.m., or Tuesday morning, 8-11 a.m. Mounts will be scored with Magnolia Records and the winners will receive gift certificates for a free mount. For more information, contact the Neshoba County Extension office at 656-4602.