• January 2017 - Volume 19, Number 1

    Features

    Mississippi offers year-round sporting opportunities. And to help you make the most of your time afield, we’ve put together the best options for every month.

    It begins with the roar of shotguns from a duck blind and will end with the sound of a sharp blast of a rifle from a deer stand.

    In between has come the squeal of fishing line stripping from reels and laughter from sportsmen of all ages as they enjoy another year of outdoor adventures in Mississippi.

    There’s something for almost every angler, saltwater or freshwater, in this review of new fishing-boat models.

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

    Fishing boats are different animals to different fishermen. The same boat won’t work across the spectrum of lakes, inland rivers, coastal rivers, coastal backwaters, the inshore ocean or gulf and the offshore bluewater.

    Because the rut has played out doesn’t mean you can’t tag a bruiser buck. You just have to know when to push a little harder and when to go stealth.

    The rut is the best time and best opportunity to take a good buck, but it is also a phase of deer hunting when careless and/or excited hunters can really mess things up horribly. 

    Hunt smart, hunt longer, hunt more often to up your odds of finishing out the season with a wallhanger.

    January is an ugly month for deer hunters. 

    The peak of the rut is in the rear view mirror in most areas, and that means that finding a trophy buck has become near impossible. Either they have returned to their nocturnal normalcy or they have returned deep into their dense core areas.

    When the mercury plummets, bass relate to heat-holding cover close to deep water. And these pros tell you how to put those fish in the boat.

    As winter contracts bass activity and their ranges, fewer places will offer consistent opportunity. Putting yourself in the best position possible can be a hard task — well, actually, that’s more of a pun intended to guide your site selection.

    Waterfowlers are crossing their fingers, hoping for some frigid temperatures up north that will drive ducks in front of their guns.

    Farmers and duck hunters are well known for lamenting the weather forecast, which makes it doubly tough on Steve Prather of Leland.

    He is both a farmer and an avid duck hunter — a guide, as a matter of fact, for Mississippi Delta Hunters.

    The season is quickly coming to a close, but you still have time to tag a buck.