• March 2013 - Volume 15, Number 8

    Features

    The 2012 turkey season was just plain weird. Will hunters seem more of the same when hunting begins this month? Here’s what to expect.

    The 2012 turkey season was one of strange contrasts. Some of the ample 2011 mast crop was still on the ground when the spring green-up began. Hens nested earlier than normal, and hunters had to adapt to the changes.

    Will 2013 see the same sort of issues? Another ample mast crop across much of the state was washed away or soured by the January rains and freezing temperatures. Still, deer hunters reported seeing large flocks of both gobblers and hens, giving promise to the coming season.

    Ross Barnett’s vegetation-control program has long been a point of contention. But anglers are now working with managers to provide access to some historically productive bass holes.

    Common ground isn’t so common anymore.

    Politics empowers us to believe our side is always right.

    Race self segregates us to those we look most like.

    Religion splits us off into any number of groups that believe ours is the only way.

    So is it any wonder bass anglers and those looking to kill the No. 1 bass attractor in Ross Barnett Reservoir might not always have seen eye to eye?

    The wild-hog epidemic provides additional hunting days. Here are some thoughts on how to make the most of the opportunities while helping control these pests.

    Spreading faster than melted butter and wrecking havoc on both public and private land habitats, the wild hog situation is getting out of hand in many regions of the state. Landowners and state wildlife managers alike are working hard at trapping and hunting these destructive, prolific beasts, but are we losing ground against their ever-expanding populations? It’s definitely going to be an uphill battle.

    The prespawn can be maddening, as cold fronts roll through and impact the bass bite. Here are some tips from the pros to help fill out your stringer, even when things get tough.

    Pickles and ice cream, donuts with lots of sprinkles, Cheese Whiz and anything with chocolate - pregnancy cravings are a fact of life, for a soon-to-be mom eating for two (or more).

    Expectant bass might not crave anything odd, but they're all about packing their bellies for their forthcoming spawn. Learn where and how to locate these fish and you can, ahem, "expect" your own delivery of rod-bending fun.

    First, consider the basics of where they'll spawn. Creeks, coves, backwater canals. Pretty much any shallow habitat with good sunlight and some type of cover will do.

    Follow this 40-year veteran of the gobbler wars, and you just might find a big gobbler strutting in front of your blind this season.

    Sitting dejected with my chin touching my chest, the realization of blowing it started to sink in. Replaying the whole affair in my mind it seemed surreal. It happened way too fast for me to grasp and was something totally unexpected.

    After seeing an for a package turkey hunt at the elegant Briars Bed and Breakfast in Natchez called “Gobblers and Gardenias,” I felt there was no way I could go wrong with a shindig like that.

    Or so I thought.

    This month will usher in the spawn on many Mississippi waterways. Try these locations for some hand-to-hand combat with slab crappie.

    While many Mississippi sportsmen enjoy a number of hunting and fishing pursuits, every outdoorsman has a favorite. It might be sitting in a stand waiting on that big buck to come strolling by; it might be sitting with your back to a tree, listening to a big gobbler come thundering up a draw; or it might be the sizzling scream of a reel when a trophy largemouth gets its first glimpse of the boat. For Grenada’s Joey Robertson, its standing toe-to-toe in waist-deep water, engaged in hand-to-hand combat with a slab crappie.

    The 2013 turkey season is upon us: What can you expect when you hit the woods?