• February 2010 - Volume 12, Number 7


    Wintertime pre-spawn crappie fishing is red hot at Pickwick, if you don’t take things straight on.

    The brightly colored floats dipped and bobbed in the bright winter sun, but gave no indication of the scene that was unfolding below the surface of the water.

    Winter is prime time to fish the current-breaking holes on Ross Barnett.

    While talking with Magnolia Crappie Club tournament director Hugh Krutz recently, he told me that crappie never really stop biting at any time during the year.

    The rut is winding down as bucks come out of overdrive and gradually return to familiar ground. Yet, with shades of testosterone remaining and an occasional female cycling into estrus, a handful of deer are still engaged to procreate.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two of a 12-part series in which renowned wildlife photographer Tommy Kirkland gives readers an inside look into the private world of whitetail deer.

    Birds are sometimes the prey but always the weapon in this ancient form of hunting that has quite a following in Mississippi.

    I can remember as a young boy, looking up from behind my push mower on a hot, sweaty, summer day to see a ted-tailed hawk soaring high overhead. The scream of the redtail seemed to be made in mockery, as if she was saying, “Ha ha, look at you down there in the dirt and I am up here soaring in the breeze.”

    Fish these February bass hotspots to give yourself a winter workout.

    FLW tournament angler Ken Murphy was idling across Okatibbee Lake on a bluebird day after a cold front, quickly assessed the situation and made a run for the dam.

    For most of the state, deer are off-limits this month, but there are plenty of options for hunters who aren’t quite ready to put away the guns.

    February is generally considered an odd month for hunting. Deer season is basically over, except for the southeast sector of the state, but even there it’s only open until the middle of the month. Most of the buck chasers have long retreated to the house anyway.

    Even with a bad hatch in 2009, the deck is stacked in favor of youth hunters this year in certain locations.

    As Ol’ Man Winter slowly releases his grip on the Deep South, many of us will find ourselves out listening on those warmer days for the first gobbles of the season. The spring turkey season is a much anticipated event for many woodsmen in the Magnolia State.

    Sure it's cold, but the crappie action isn't. This is the month when things really get rolling.