• December 2009 - Volume 12, Number 5


    It’s the rut. Drop what you’re doing, and get in the woods.

    OK, I confess. I was napping a little. Well, I was napping a lot. Yeah, I was asleep, but I was safely strapped into a 16-foot-tall ladder stand overlooking a harvested corn field with plenty of remaining cob litter as well as a green plot of ryegrass, wheat and kale.

    The water and the ducks are here. Where are you?

    The lonely, wailing cry of a wood duck hen greeted the morning as pink daylight edged farther across the sky.

    The spotted bass on this river are ferocious fighters. Fish these 10 spots, and you’ll be massaging your biceps at the end of the day.

    As our kayaks drifted in the swift current of the Chickasawhay River, Jeff Glass pointed out a cut on the left side of the river.

    This month, Ross Barnett crappie are just hanging out -- literally -- ready to be caught.

    For three weeks last winter, crappie fishing veteran Morris King trailered his boat down to Tommy’s Trading Post on Highway 43 only to stare longingly at the white-capping water out on Ross Barnett Reservoir.

    It’s been a wet fall. Follow this guide to use all that water to your deer-hunting advantage.

    As winter approaches the Magnolia State, weather conditions usually turn nasty. Duck hunters love late winter because it’s typically when we get the coldest weather and plenty of water. Deer hunters like it cold, too, because the deer move more in search of food.

    If you're a deer hunter you wait all year for this. Read this issue to make sure you make the most of your time afield during the 2009-10 rut.