Along the forest edge, a whitetail buck hesitates beneath the overhanging branches of a pine tree. Then with ease, the animal stretches its neck up toward a particular limb and begins to rub its mouth and forehead on the limb. Closing its eyelids, it resumes this behavior on the tree.
Tallahatchie County could be the hottest waterfowling hotspot in the Mississippi Delta, which is quite a statement given the world-renowned status of duck hunting across the Magnolia State’s Delta region. And to top that, this county is also a top spot for wild turkey, which is highly unusual because the type of habitat loved by ducks is usually shunned by wild turkeys. This area is one exception to that rule.
Some 24 years ago, David Klimek, the owner of Tunica Farm Supply, had a great idea. He would start a deer contest, award prizes for the biggest deer harvested and maybe in the process generate a little more traffic to his store, which sells deer hunter supplies and apparel.
As Lamar Arrington slid our canoe into the cool waters of Okatoma Creek, my anticipation of spending a morning catching ravenous spotted bass was about to become a reality. A few minutes and one creek bend later, Arrington pitched a Rapala an inch or so off the steep bank, and an Okatoma bass smashed the lure with a vengeance.
I knew what I was looking at across the rippled surface of Lake Washington, but the combination of watery eyes and wafting snow had me at least partially convinced that Bo Hudson and Brad Chapel were something other than two crappie anglers working to catch a limit of fish.
If you have been deer hunting in the Magnolia State for any length of time, you probably know that there is one particular time of year when your chances of taking a trophy buck are better than average.
The Magnolia State is blessed with an abundance of quality whitetail habitat available for public hunting. In all, Mississippi offers deer hunters more than 2 million public hunting acres, comprised of 46 wildlife management areas, 11 national wildlife refuges and six national forests. Throw in a deer population exceeding 1.75 million animals, and it is easy to understand why over 148,000 hunters flock to the Mississippi deer woods each fall.
Mark Ross of Ocean Springs took this 260-pound 11-pointer at Panther Swamp NWR last season.