• January 2015 - Volume 17, Number 1


    In the waning days of the deer season, hunting can get tough. This expert says the key to success to scoring on a late-season buck lies paying attention to the little things.

    Veteran deer hunter Mark McPhail was toward his stand during a late season hunt last year when a buck suddenly appeared on the other end of the green field and stood as still as a statue. 

    Biologists warn that hogs pose a threat to public hunting lands. Here’s how you can help defeat this invasion.

    There is an enemy at our gate, an eco-terrorist that is attacking what we hold dear. This is not a hollow threat, nor a pseudo –humorous jab at Zombie Apocalypse.

    Pat Harrison Waterway lake is big enough to produce slabs but small enough to learn quickly. Here’s how to go about it.

    Editor’s Note: After two years of bird dogging the best crappie and catfish holes across the state, Mississippi Sportsman asked outdoor writer Phillip Gentry to hunt down the best state lakes for anglers to fish, one month at a time. His choice for the cold waters of January was a trip to Waynesboro and Maynor Creek Water Park, one of the facilities operated by Pat Harrison Waterway District.

    Entering the gate at Maynor Creek Water Park creates a big-lake feel with the hospitality of a well-run private outfitter. At 450 acres, the lake has enough room to offer all of the area an angler wants, yet it’s small enough that getting out of a cold north wind is much easier than if fishing on a big wide open impoundment.

    Today, elevated hunting stands are pretty standard equipment, but is that always the best approach to killing deer?

    You hear the echo against the woods at the campfire, the debate between the hunters in deer camp about which hunting stand is best.

    Big bucks are moving around, but the season is in its last days. So discover how to put your tag on a big boy, while also learning about some of the trophies that have been taken this season.