• January 2010 - Volume 12, Number 6


    During the rut, young bucks will point the way to the bruisers.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: For the next 12 months, renowned wildlife photographer Tommy Kirkland will give readers an inside look into the private world of whitetail deer.

    As water temperatures reach their coldest levels of the year, Chotard and Albemarle crappie come out to play.

    Easing along the cold, still waters of Albemarle Lake, Brad Taylor kept a close watch on his sonar unit, which was searching under the water in all directions. Most of the time, Taylor would be scanning the sonar for signs of bottom structure, brushpiles, stake beds or any other bottom clutter.

    This lake certainly isn’t the largest in the state, but you’d never know that if you looked at the size fish it produces.

    As Sterling Jones worked his way across a shallow flat in Neshoba County Lake, he pitched his lure near a bush, and a lunker bass struck hard. The 6-pounder fought valiantly, but Jones was able to subdue him. After a brief photo session, Jones released the bass and continued fishing.

    If you think outside the box, you’ll kill a nice buck this month.

    Bob Mayo Jr. and I were resting on our horses following a December morning deer drive in the Bienville National Forest back in the early 1960s. Mayo’s pack of black-and-tans had just moved some deer south. We were trying to decide which way to ride to cut them off.

    Follow this expert’s strategies, and you may bag the buck of your lifetime this month.

    I couldn’t believe the size of the whitetail buck hanging in Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland’s back room near West Point. I’d known Strickland, the vice president of Mossy Oak’s video and TV production, for more than 20 years, and he never had mentioned taking a buck of this size.

    Score that trophy this month during the post-rut, or wait until next fall. Those are your choices. Here’s how to up your odds in January.

    As the Magnolia State’s whitetail deer season enters the “fourth quarter,” many hunters are worn out and ready for a little rest. Some of us have been pursuing our hoofed quarry for the last three months, and many may be disgusted with the lack of results thus far.

    Some of the best duck hunting in the Delta region of Mississippi takes place on public land. Here are four locations that will fill your bag this season.

    Few duck hunters will argue that Mississippi’s alluvial valley offers the best duck hunting in the state. The heart of the Mississippi flyway, the Delta area provides the three most important things to migrating ducks: food, water and cover.

    Think late-season deer are tough to kill? Well, they're actually more predictable this month, which can work in the hunter's favor.