• August 2010 - Volume 13, Number 1

    Features

    The Magnolia Crappie State Championship was held at Ross Barnett in June, and the two-day tournament was won by a team pulling crankbaits. In fact, the top-three teams pulled crankbaits, and that’s all we did. We didn’t pick up a jig pole or buy a minnow.

    Hard mast nutrition is crucial for whitetails, and it strongly influences the rut and the reproduction.

    A white-tailed buck leaves his bedding site in a stand of small pines. Instead of heading to the clover plot, he scales up a small ridge to seek out what is beneath the trees.

    Now’s the time to brush up your skills for the approaching deer season, and help out your land in the process.

    What do you think of when you hear the word “hawg?” Arkansas football? Motorcycles? Gigantic largemouths?

    Plant more clovers in your plot this year, and you’ll be thanking yourself for many years to come.

    When it comes to planting wildlife food plots, everyone seems to be searching for that magic seed that will provide everything a whitetail needs — large amounts of highly nutritious forage over an extended period of time. This elusive plant would grow in sun or shade, thrive in a desert or a swamp, reseed itself, stand up to heavy grazing and have the palatability of white-oak acorns.

    This lake on Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge is loaded with summer-loving bass.

    Undeterred by sizzling summer temperatures approaching the upper 90s, Lee Comans directed me to the spillway area of the Bluff Lake Dam as dawn broke. Working the grass along the dam, Comans pitched a jig into the edge of a grass patch, and felt the tell-tale thump of a nice bass. Reeling in his slack, he set the hook hard, and the bass took off toward our boat like a torpedo.

    Success favors the bold this month on Enid Reservoir.

    To the uninitiated angler, the pontoon boat motoring across the early morning water looked like a Chinese fire drill minus the firemen. Every rod displayed across the front of the ‘toon had a hard bend in it — the rod tips almost dragging in the water.

    Plenty of great deer are killed from all over Mississippi, but there are some hotspots where you can hunt to up your odds of scoring a trophy.

    The buck eased through the woods, nipping at greenery and moseying along the edge of the slough before turning and slowly crossing the depression. The animal moved along a trail a couple of does had used hours before, without so much as a sniff of the ground.

    This is the month of the Extravaganza, and that means deer season is just around the corner. Read the special section in this issue to make sure you're in the right place at the right time.