• February 2016 - Volume 18, Number 2


    A roller-coaster deer season ended with some huge bucks — including a possible No. 2 typical deer — hitting the ground. Here’s how the season stacked up.

    The recently closed deer season was weird. It began with warm temperatures and few deer being killed by those stalwart bowhunters braving the mosquitoes.

    Sure, your hunting season might be closed, but that doesn’t mean there’s no hunting-related work to be done. Diehard deer hunters use February to learn and prepare for next season.

    As slowly as the opening of deer hunting approaches through the long, torturous summer, the season’s end comes so quickly hunters count the seconds of each passing January day in the stand.

    Tick. Tick. Tick.

    Catfishing at it’s finest can be found on this stretch of man-made water that helps connect the Tennessee River to the Gulf Coast. And wintertime can be a very productive time to be on the Tenn-Tom.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway — the Tenn-Tom for short — to complete a route connecting the Tennessee River to the Tombigbee River and eventually to the Gulf of Mexico. 

    Winter’s crappie prespawn at Okatibbee Lake is worth the effort, if you follow these expert tips.

    Bruce Roberts trolled slowly with a crappie pole in each hand, searching for prespawn crappie while scanning his Humminbird down-imaging unit. 

    A season marked with warm weather and flooding still produced some beastly deer, including this record-book typical taken on Giles Island by Cheri Hillebrandt on Dec. 26.