• September 2009 - Volume 12, Number 2


    Weather and past seasons help wildlife biologists predict which WMAs will be smoking-hot this year.

    Drought was the biggest concern of most wildlife management area managers throughout most of the state going into the dog days of summer.

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

    Last month, Mississippi Sportsman profiled two different land managers about their philosophies and practices for establishing and maintaining quality deer herds on their properties.

    This time of year, the bass action at Pickwick takes a backseat to nowhere.

    Without hesitation the talented bass angler quickly swept his rod to the side and drove the steel hook deep into the jaw of a hungry largemouth bass. The lunker bass fought like a demon, but was quickly subdued, admired and released by the expert angler.

    Most hunters recognize deer management as a goal, but only a few are willing to put out the effort necessary to produce trophy deer. This Washington County club bought into a program at its inception, and now members enjoy unreal hunting.

    The opening could be seen through the trees as I eased toward the food plot. When the path made a final turn, I could see the green patch ahead. I slowed down and worked my way around a huge mud hole, easing toward the end of the trail just in case deer had already made it to the food plot.

    Don’t wait for the cool weather to arrive. These two Mississippi Sound hotspots are loaded with redfish now.

    Although Sept. 22 is listed on the 2009 calendar as the official first day of autumn, cool weather is still a long way from making its first appearance in South Mississippi.

    Stretch your string at these public hotspots, and you just may get something for the wall.

    When the Mississippi Game and Fish Commission began in 1932, the Hospitality State was practically devoid of whitetails. In fact, only about 1,500 deer lived in the state, and those were located in largely inaccessible areas in the bottomlands of the major rivers.

    Which WMAs will be hot, and which will leave a little something to be desired? Find out in this issue.