• February 2015 - Volume 17, Number 2

    Features

    If you’re in the market for a new boat, this month’s fiberglass showcase is a great starting point to learn what the top manufacturers offer.

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part Sportsman Boat Showcase. Next month, top aluminum boats will be featured.

    The ultimate fishing boat would be different things to different fishermen, depending on whether they exorcise their passion in inshore or coastal backwaters, lakes and rivers, or the bluewater deep.

    Spawning time makes Davis Lake a frontrunner in the race for next state record bass. Here’s how to catch the big girls on this national forest lake.

    Few honey holes in Mississippi raise the eyebrows of bass fishermen at a mere mentioning of its name. Davis Lake, a 200-acre impoundment in Northeast Mississippi, is one of them.

    After a slow start, the 2014-15 deer-hunting season kicked into gear with a parade of monster bucks hitting the ground. Here’s a wrap-up of the action.

    Mississippi has become one of the nation’s big-buck meccas, churning out monster deer year after year. So when the 2014-15 season opened up, there was great anticipation.

    MDWFP lake produces all year, but big bass and crappie most available in February

    Editor’s Note: Outdoor writer Phillip Gentry’s year-long discovery of the best state lakes makes its second stop at the 81-acre Prentiss Walker Lake near Mize, where the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks state lake offers fishermen a nice February treat.

    Fishing and February aren’t typically words used in the same sentence unless the words “no”, “don’t” or “too cold” are used between them. That’s unfortunate for the majority of anglers and fortunate for a smaller number because the month of February can offer some of the best sizes of fish to be had, especially on Mississippi’s state lakes.

    Using ATVs and UTVs adds to the thrill of the hunt when chasing Delta rabbits.

    The swarm of hunters mounted their ATVs and UTVs and drove into the thickets of a CRP area near Greenwood on an early morning hunt on the last day of the 2013-14 season. 

    How good is the fishing in the Magnolia State? The head of the MDWFP’s Fisheries Bureau gives it an A minus.

    Larry Pugh, director of the Fisheries Bureau for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, and his staff of technicians and biologists are charged with protecting, maintaining and ­— in some cases — improving fishing in the state’s freshwater ponds, lakes, streams and rivers.

    Trophy deer like this one taken by Louisiana's Matt Moss really began stacking up in December and early January. And they're all detailed in the Deer of the Year feature.