• January 2011 - Volume 13, Number 6


    Elite Series Pro Pete Ponds battles the conditions before figuring out a strong bass pattern.

    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.

    This month, fewer hunters are in the woods, deer become less wary and food resources dwindle. That works in the favor of late-season buck hunters.

    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.

    With a little time and effort, you can transform your land into a tract where wild quail thrive.

    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.

    There may be easier places to catch fish during the winter than the Ross Barnett spillway, but these two crappie anglers don’t think so.

    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.

    Hunt ducks in these public areas to take advantage of this year’s drought.

    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.

    Hunt one of these MAs if you want to have the best chance at putting meat in your freezer or horns on your wall.

    “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.