Elite Series Pro Pete Ponds of Gluckstadt has fished the BASS Elite Series since its inception a few years ago, and knows a thing or two about locating and catching bass in a wide variety of lakes and rivers during good times as well as bad. More often than not, Ponds has to locate bass on the spur of the moment also.
With some of the highest deer densities in the nation and a hunting season that spans over a third of the year, one would assume that scoring on a Mississippi trophy whitetail would be an easy task. However, the reality is that many Magnolia State hunters find themselves empty-handed going into the New Year, and are ready to call it quits.
Everyone has an opinion on what happened to the quail. Pesticides, fire ants and predators are the top three responses typically heard from old bird hunters. No doubt, these three factors probably played a part, but when you ask the biologists what is the main reason for the statewide population decline, you get another answer.
Every angler who has ever wet a hook has an idea of the perfect place to catch fish. For some, it might be a private farm pond, for others it may be a secret set of coordinates out in the Gulf. The one thing these perfect places have in common is that when you go there, you catch fish.
While the Mississippi River was far from setting any kind of record for flood stages, duck hunters from all across the state agreed that the 2009-10 duck season was a wet one. Many hunters reported that there was just too much water, especially in the Delta region, for ducks to have to commit to just one area to feed and loaf.
They say there are no places left to deer hunt in Mississippi. All the good public land is way too overcrowded to fool with hunting there. Too many out-of-state license plates always line up the few available parking areas. Road riders spend all day cruising the forest roads looking for targets of opportunity. Forest trails twist and turn everywhere making it too hard to find your way around the wildlife management areas.
Many hunters get their fill during Christmas break, which means there are fewer humans in the woods to pursue the last of the trophies.