• October 2009 - Volume 12, Number 3


    Follow the advice of these local hunters, and you’ll soon be paying a taxidermist’s bill.

    If Robin Hood only had known what Mississippi’s Will Primos, Preston Pittman and Ronnie Strickland know, he could have fed fresh venison to all the peasants of Nottingham.

    This beautiful lake is overloaded with bass that believe the fall is the greatest season of the year.

    Shortly after daybreak, Hoot Gibson maneuvered his boat near a ledge on the Tombigbee River, quickly eased the trolling motor over the side and effortlessly pitched a worm up onto the shallow ledge.

    Don’t have access to private land? So what? In the Delta, you can kill all the squirrels you want on these public areas.

    “So far, he had been hunting as he advanced, moving slowly and quietly and watching the ground and the trees both. Now he went on, his gun unloaded and the barrel slanted up and back to facilitate its passage through brier and undergrowth, approaching as it grew louder and louder that steady savage somehow queerly hysterical beating of metal on metal, emerging from the woods, into the old clearing, with the solitary gum tree directly before him. At first glance the tree seemed to be alive with frantic squirrels. There appeared to be forty or fifty of them leaping and darting from branch to branch until the whole tree had become one green maelstrom of mad leaves, while from time to time, singly or in twos and threes, squirrels would dart down the trunk then whirl without stopping and rush back up again as though sucked violently back by the vacuum of their fellows’ frenzied vortex.

    — The Bear by William Faulkner

    It’s better to be lucky than good, but successful bowhunters put the odds in their favor.

    Ask a bowhunter if he’d rather be lucky or good. The smart ones will choose luck every time.

    How this hunter uses trail cams has been instrumental in his killing of several incredibly impressive deer.

    There was an absolute monster easing through the thicket, and the sight sent Travis Murray’s heart into palpitations. The Crosby hunter had been chasing the 11-point all bow season, beginning by climbing high into trees with spurs, and finally settling into the pop-up blind in which now he sat.

    If your time in the woods scouting this month pushes deer out of your area, you haven’t done yourself any good. Take steps to make sure you gather clues about the deer without the deer gathering clues about you.

    A deer hunter’s greatest fear is bumping into a trophy class buck. By “bump” we mean an accidental encounter that blows the buck out of the immediate area and could very possibly result in permanently spooking the trophy off the property.

    Over the next three months, fishing on these lakes will be unbeatable.

    After giving up on trying to catch deep crappie in hot water and even hotter air this past summer, many North Mississippi crappie anglers await October with the anticipation of a real Republican running in the 2010 elections.

    Lots of hunters use trailcams, but few employ them with as much tenacity -- and success -- as Travis Murray.