• Deer Hunting

    Homemade sandbags — actually filled with rice to make them lighter — are a cost effective, easy way to help sight in your rifle before opening day.

    Make your own sandbags

    Sandbags are a necessity for hunters when sighting in their rifles. And there are plenty of commercial options available.

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    Taking the time to accurately sight in your rifle goes a long way in preventing opening day disappointment, or worse yet wounding that trophy buck you’ve been having your eyes on.

    Sight in your rifle — with just two shots

    It never fails: The afternoon before rifle season opens, someone grabs a paper plate from the camp’s kitchen, rides his ATV out to the nearest 100-yard opening and takes a few shots with a rifle he hasn’t looked at since last season.

    If he hits the plate, he figures he’s ready to go.

    Yesterday at 7:00am
    Jordan Watts and his big 12-point buck that scored 151 inches.

    Watts arrows big Mississippi 12-point on public land

    Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is an area that floods each winter. However, its over 38,000 acres also contains one of the few remaining large tracts of mature hardwoods in the Mississippi Delta.

    Yesterday at 3:30pm
    Madelyn Kavanaugh of Vicksburg killed this 8-point on opening day of archery season. It was her third and biggest buck.

    Youngster gets big 8 with stickers

    One of the best bucks reported from the first few days of deer season was a nice 8-point with two stickers taken by an 8-year-old girl with a crossbow near Eagle Lake — and she didn’t wait long to get him.

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    What’s in your deer pack?

    Deer hunting has not been immune from advances in technology and tactics. Hunters run the gamut from carrying nothing more than a weapon and a pair of boots to an organized pack that contains everything but the kitchen sink.

    October 17 at 7:00am
    More than 1,000 acres of pines in the Bienville National Forest that are infested with the southern pine beetle have been cut in 2017.

    Bienneville pine beetles: trouble now, but news not all bad

    More than 1,000 acres of pine forest in the Bienville National Forest are being felled due to beetle infestation, and that could impact hunting on its three WMAs — Bienville, Caney Creek and Tallahala. 

    October 15 at 7:00am
    Deer are often attracted to the rich vegetation on old gardens and home sites, especially does that are still legal during the archery season on public land.

    A case for harvest reporting

    A change in deer limits being made based on email survey results is the strongest argument ever that it’s time for Mississippi to have an accurate tagging and/or harvest reporting system.

    October 15 at 7:00am
    Paula Carruth has become quite a deer hunter in her own right after learning the sport from her husband, Jimmy.

    Carruth is proof that women can be good bowhunters

    Paula Carruth of Brandon has competed in bass tournaments with her husband, Jimmy Carruth, for many years, forming one of the most formidable and respected teams on Barnett Reservoir. You will find her standing shoulder to shoulder with him, flipping and pitching into heavy vegetation and horsing out any lunkers that mistakenly grab her lures.

    October 15 at 7:00am
    Michael Snowden took this nice buck during last season’s rut, taking advantage of things he learned earlier in the season.

    Concentrate on the rut

    When it comes to bowhunting, Michael Snowden of Rose Hill hunts all season, but he knows his best chance will come during the rut.

    October 15 at 7:00am
    Fixed-blade broadheads provide advantages over mechanical broadheads in a number of hunting situations.

    Broadheads: The fixed or mechanical debate

    While it may seem like the archery version of the Ford vs. Chevrolet debate, consider this point for fixed-blade broadheads over mechanical broadheads.

    October 15 at 7:00am
    Binoculars and rangefinders can be tremendous additions to your archery equipment.

    Optics can improve your bow skills

    Doug Goins, a Mathews archery pro, has some eye-opening and sight-improving advice for hunters, and it involves the use of optics when archery hunting.

    October 15 at 7:00am
    Dr. Frank Sullivan killed this potential state-record non-typical behind his St. Francisville dental practice the afternoon of Oct. 5. The deer grossed between 220 and 230 inches.

    Potential state record deer arrowed

    A St. Francisville dentist on Oct. 5 arrowed what could be the largest Louisiana non-typical deer to be killed with a bow — and he was hunting pretty much where he works.

    "I killed the deer inside the city limits — behind my dentist office," Dr. Frank Sullivan said of the 18-pointer that grossed between 220 and 230 points.

    October 09 at 10:00am
    The crease in the palm of your hand — your life line — is where your bow grip should begin.

    Get a grip on bow torque

    In layman’s terms, torque is defined as a rotational force, or the twisting of an object. While there are some cases where more torque is desirable — such as the output of your vehicle’s engine — the handle of your bow is definitely NOT one of them. 

    October 04 at 9:00am
    Black Widow Deer Lures

    Black Widow Deer Lures

    Black Widow Deer Lures is the only scent company that strictly collects and bottles fresh deer urine from the southern whitetail deer. Southern deer eat different foliage, browse, fruits and nuts then their cousins the Northern whitetail deer, and this changes the smell and glandular secretions in the urine. So if you want to up your odds in the woods this season, and you hunt in the south, there is only one lure that is collected especially just for southern hunters. Black Widow’s red label lures include Doe Estrus (doe in heat), dominate buck urine, curiosity scents and more.

    October 01 at 7:00am
    Josh Hawkins hunts public land when he is home on leave from the U.S. Navy, and last year he killed this buck at Caney Creek WMA.

    Facing Mississippi’s WMA doe-harvest restrictions

    Deer hunters whose hunting is restricted to public lands have been dealt a bad hand for the 2017-18 season, as far as killing does to stock the freezer with venison or sausage is concerned.

    October 01 at 7:00am
    Henry and Lakeisha Woodard believe in practicing before and during the season, as their 3D buck target shows.

    Hunt the Woodard way

    Soon after Lakeisha Woodard spotted a group of does coming toward her stand on a hunt last year, things got crazy.

    October 01 at 7:00am