• April 2010 - Volume 12, Number 9

    Features

    Mississippi deer now have plenty to eat, and they’re really packing on the pounds.

    The maddest Robin Callender ever got at a deer-hunting trade show was when a hunter from Michigan approached his booth, which displayed bucks harvested at his commercial operation in Claiborne County, and proceeded to tell him there was no way Mississippi had whitetail bucks that big.

    With the spawn in full swing, now is the time to head over to Enid Lake, but don’t forget your floats.

    Spring break is typically characterized by college students throwing caution to the wind and heading to some exotic beach location to get away from school for a while.

    Are whitetails becoming elusive and more difficult to hunt? Are deer sightings down? If so, maybe you are facing an obstacle that will frustrate your hunting opportunities – the American coyote.

    With stealth, a lone coyote moves through the woodlot, its nose to the ground. Periodically, the canine stops and visually scans the timber.

    Fish ridiculously large baits this month to catch ridiculously large bass.

    It’s no secret to most Magnolia State anglers that Southwest Mississippi offers their best bet for catching lunker largemouths. The numbers of monster bass that are pulled each year from the scenic waters of Calling Panther Lake, Lake Okhissa and Natchez State Park Lake are legendary.

    This series of lakes near Meridian offers spawning beds that are easy to see – as are the fat sows that sit on them.

    Billy Cole eased up to the old submerged lake dam and cast a watermelon seed Zoom lizard over it into the deep water. As Cole slowly moved and twitched the Carolina-rigged lizard over the dam, he felt the tap of a bass sucking it in.

    Get your dove-field crop planted this month. You and your friends will be so glad you did when Labor Day rolls around.

    With spring turkey season going strong and crappie action fast and furious, it is doubtful many people are thinking of doves or dove hunting.

    Mississippi gobblers are notoriously wary. Use these techniques to ensure you fill your bag this season.

    Preston Pittman, the only turkey caller ever to have won all five divisions of the World Turkey Calling Championship as well as the Grand National Championship, has hunted in Mississippi for more than 40 years, and has won 150 other turkey-calling contests. Many believe that in the late spring and early summer, Pittman goes into the woods and teaches young turkey poults how to talk turkey.

    It's April. If you want to catch a lunker bass, now's the time to do it, and this issue tells you where.