• Mississippi Hunting

    Deer-reporting bill dies in state legislature

    The Mississippi Legislature failed to pass a single bill related to hunting and fishing during the 2018 session that ended April 1, and that includes anything related to a harvest reporting system for turkey or deer.

    April 26 at 12:00pm

    Big Buck Bounty: Blalock buck blows away competition

    Joseph Blalock of Brookhaven, who just recently turned 14 years of age, had the biggest deer at the recent awards breakfast for the 2017-18 Big Buck Bounty Contest at McClain Lodge in Brandon.

    April 23 at 10:00am

    CWD is here!

    I had something else in mind originally for this column, but the recent happenings regarding the finding of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a Mississippi deer is more important than anything else. 

    April 18 at 9:00am

    Wait them out: Great hunting is on the way

    What’s the biological reason for gobblers to get “henned up” early during the annual spring turkey season? Charles Ruth, a biologist who works with turkeys in South Carolina, explained that it’s just a natural thing.

    April 15 at 7:00am

    Friction call conditioning and maintenance

    All friction calls — box, trough, pot or scratch box — will need a little TLC from time to time. A scour pad such as Brillo or Scotch-Brite, 120- and 320-grit sandpaper, and some box call chalk is what’s needed to get started.

    April 15 at 7:00am

    Mississippi officials get good news on CWD tests in south Mississippi

    The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks continues to find good news related to chronic wasting disease in an area of concern in south Mississippi. Seventy deer tested during the 2017-18 hunting season were all found to be negative for CWD, a disease that is deadly in several species of cervids including white-tailed deer.

    April 03 at 8:40pm

    Cover

    Turkey season is in full swing as April arrives, and Mississippi hunters can pick up plenty of tips on tricking gobblers, outwitting bossy hens and making old calls sound like new. Photo by Brian Carroll.

    April 01 at 7:00am

    Henned again? There’s hope!

    Sitting on a flat rock, tucked in against the base of a big tree on the slope down the end of a long ridge, the hunter heard exactly what he wanted to hear in response to his first calls as dawn broke.

    April 01 at 7:00am

    Calling old calls! There might be a gobbler waiting for you

    During a recent hunt in the Homochitto hardwoods of Franklin County, my hunting partner Shane McCullough and I weren’t having any luck luring in a tom. We heard several on the limb, but they were quickly joined by hens and went silent.

    April 01 at 7:00am

    CWD’s impact? We just don’t know

    “Now is not the time to panic.”

    That’s how Russ Walsh opened the initial public meeting Feb. 22 after Mississippi’s first case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was confirmed in a 4½-year-old buck found dead in late January in Issaquena County. 

    April 01 at 7:00am

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