• August 2015 - Volume 17, Number 8

    Features

    Bass fishing at night is not only more comfortable, but it’s also productive and exciting. Here are some thoughts to help you maximize your after-dark trips.

    Off in the darkness of night, the Jitterbug eerily sputtered across the surface of the water, giving the angler only an educated guess as to how it looked as it lightly splashed water along its zig-zag route.

    MDWFP’s newest state lake is famous for big bass, but the 500-acre jewel is also full of other fishing opportunities. Discover all you need to know.

    Editor’s Note: Stop No. 8 on writer Phillip Gentry’s year-long, statewide tour of Mississippi’s top public lakes takes us near Crystal Springs, where there’s 500 acres of Florida largemouths, plus crappie, bream and catfish.

    Most anglers have hung it up by the time August rolls into Mississippi. Water and air temperatures are at their highest of the year and on days with no breeze, even sitting on the water can feel like sitting in an oven. 

    Crossbows have exploded in popularity, providing new opportunities and challenges for young hunters and adults who struggle to draw traditional bows. Here’s what you need to know to get in on the game.

    Whatever you want to make of the crossbow trend, it is growing fast. 

    Reminds me of a decade ago when it seemed all of sudden that women were taking up deer hunting for the first time, and I noticed a definite increase in the numbers of young ladies attending hunter education classes I was teaching. 

    Outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease or blue tongue always worry hunters, but these deadly diseases rarely set back a population long. Learn more about how deer are affected — and if there’s anything hunters can do.

    Despite the seriousness and spread of CWD, there remains one fatal disease that continues to wallop whitetails along with affecting the men and women who hunt them. Though it is predominantly an issue in the South, it can loom North — devastating herds of whitetails...

    It’s late summer and, with bridled excitement, you continue to check the food plots and trail cams — monitoring a bachelor group of velvet antlered bucks.

    Reaching the northeastern stretches of the Biloxi Marsh is less than a 12-mile run from Pass Christian, Miss. And there are limits of trout just waiting for your arrival. Here’s how to fill your box

    I arrived at the small-boat harbor in Pass Christian, Miss., 15 minutes before our 2 p.m. appointment — as storms just to the north of the coast broke loose.

    So the next hour or so was spent visiting with Capt. Ronnie Daniels and the father-and-son fishing team of Dana and David Sanders while the rains passed.

    It's time for camp work days and ensuring you're set for the fall hunting season, which is fast approaching.