Supplemental feeding of deer was suspended on Feb. 9 in six west-central counties of Mississippi after a lab in Iowa confirmed the Magnolia State’s first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a free-range buck from Issaquena County.
Barnett Reservoir officials gave final approval in November to open lands below the dam, adjacent to the spillway, for youth-oriented squirrel hunts in February. It will be the first time that squirrels have been legally hunted in the area in more than 50 years.
Natchez native Glen Williams set his sights on a huge main-frame 10-point once he saw the deer on trail cam pics last summer. And that persistence paid off Dec. 24 when he downed the buck that taped out at 155 2/8 inches.
But it was a journey to kill the big-racked Jefferson County buck he and his camp buddies dubbed “Daggers” because of G2s and G3s that stretched about 10 inches.
Paul Davis, the director of the Hunter’s Harvest program for the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, feels like the preseason goal of 25,000 pounds of venison donations to feed the state’s needy is within reach.