• August 2009 - Volume 12, Number 1

    Features

    Turn your land from run of the mill to a deer-hunting paradise. Here’s how two successful land managers did it.

    Fifteen years ago, Senatobia resident Leslie Smith hunted the same tract of deer land he hunts today. However, a lot has changed for Smith through the years.

    You don’t need the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria to find plenty of bass on Columbus Lake.

    Shortly after dawn, Justin Atkins methodically picked apart the shoreline structure as he probed every grass bed and piece of wood cover in the old river run.

    Use these techniques to make your small lake the best bass producer in the county.

    You consistently can catch more big bass out of well-managed ponds and small lakes than from any large reservoir not intensively managed for big bass. You also can manage small ponds and lakes to consistently grow a number of easy-to-catch 5-pound-plus bass.

    Follow these tips to grow a food plot that’ll call in deer from every county around you.

    Hunters know a great wildlife food plot when they see one. The problem is they don’t always know exactly how to accomplish the goal of growing one.

    Head down to this historic island to cool your heels and fill your stringer.

    About five minutes into our run, I thanked Tommy Barrett for launching at Pass Christian rather than Gulfport. Rather than running due south to get to our destination, we were running southeast, which meant we had a front-row seat for one of the most spectacular sunrises I had ever seen.

    The few hunters who spend fall and winter days on these public tracts want you to keep on thinking there are few deer there.

    There is a common misconception among many deer hunters that public land — wildlife management areas in particular — are vast wastelands where orange-clad wanderers roam the woods from daylight until dark.

    Deer season is right around the corner, but there's still time for you to improve the size of the bucks you'll see this year.