• March 2010 - Volume 12, Number 8

    Features

    Take a two-pronged approach for spawning crappie on one of Mississippi’s flood-control reservoirs this month.

    A few years ago, veteran crappie guide and Calhoun City native John Harrison spent a day doing something he loved — crappie fishing. On this particular day, however, he was enjoying one of his favorite aspects of crappie fishing, which is donning a pair of chest waders and getting into the water to meet the fish on its own turf.

    This small lake becomes Superman when the spring sun warms its shallow waters and lunker bass move up to spawn.

    Working across the shallow flats in search of hungry bass, my partner for the day instructed me to fish the shallow flat right off the bank to my right. I quickly pitched a Kinami jerkbait up onto the ledge, and let it glide toward the bottom. Almost instantly, I detected the subtle twitch of my line just before it started moving off to the side.

    As bucks lose thier antlers, both sexes reform the bonds that carry them through the spring and summer.

    The rut has come and gone. Bucks that survived hunting season are dropping their battered racks. Though the whitetails are no longer at war for dominance, the competitiveness still exists — even in the off season.

    This winter provided a roller coaster of weather, but when conditions were right, these hunters took advantage.

    This past season was really one for the record books, with monster deer seemingly falling every week. The cold fronts that rolled through the state on a regular basis kicked deer movement into high gear, and hunters flocked to the woods to kill the big bucks as they moved about.

    Malmaison WMA is known for its first-class waterfowl hunting, but its gobblers take second roost to nobody this time of year.

    In a dream textbook version of a turkey hunt, the gobbler sounds off on the roost shortly after daybreak, and then he flies down to terra firma. He immediately saunters over to the hunter’s hen calls to sacrifice his well being to the deep fryer.

    Want to ensure your spring turkey season is a successful one? Follow the advice of these veteran gobbler hunters.

    Mississippi has one of the most abundant wild turkey populations in the southeast, second only to Alabama. This is an incredible feat considering that not 80 years ago, the eastern wild turkey was on its last leg in the Magnolia State.

    Temperatures are warming, and the gobblers are getting frisky. Turkey hunters wait all year for this month, and it's finally here!