• Hunting

    Mississippi’s first case of a CWD-infected deer was confirmed Feb. 9 when an Iowa laboratory completed its tests on a free-range mature buck found dead Jan. 25 in Issaquena County.

    Deer feeding banned in 6 counties due to CWD

    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.

    February 12 at 4:30pm
    Aubrey Dale hunted all season to get her first rack buck, but it paid off on Jan. 28 when she took this 175-pound 7-point on family land in Holmes County.

    Brandon youngster really has to wait on first buck

    Aubrey Dale had hunted all season to get her first buck, joining her father in the deer stand whenever she could, showing more patience than one would expect of a 10-year-old.

    February 08 at 10:20am
    Presleigh Stigler, 7, of Florence, killed two deer on Jan. 31, the final day of the season, including this 146-inch 10-point. A doe and that buck were the first two deer she’s taken without help holding the gun.

    Season’s last day is one to remember for 7-year-old

    On Jan. 31, the final day of deer season in much of Mississippi, Cameron Stigler of Florence took his 7-year-old daughter, Presleigh, to the woods for a last shot at avoiding a shutout season.

    February 08 at 9:30am
    Once Feb. 1 rolls around, rabbit hunters with a good pack of dogs are some of the most popular sportsman in the world. Deer season is over and invitations to rabbit hunt come in almost daily.

    Rabbit hunters take center stage

    February is also a great time to own a pack of rabbit dogs.

    February 08 at 7:00am
    A dying art, it might seem, squirrel hunting remains Mississippi’s top small game target.

    Bushytails best beware

    Mississippi’s No. 1 small-game animal remains the squirrel, although hunting pressure continues to plummet. The number of squirrel hunters in the state has dropped by half over the past 50 years.

    February 07 at 7:00am
    Abbye Hughes, 15, killed this turkey on March 26, 2017, while hunting with her dad in Clarke County. The gobbler had a 10-inch beard and 1 ¼-inch spurs.

    Apply now for WMA turkey hunts

    The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will accept applications through Feb. 15 for Wildlife Management Area permitted turkey hunts. 

    January 30 at 8:00am
    Ross Carpenter, 15 of Greenwood, killed this 18-point

    Teen takes 185-inch cactus buck

    When asked to describe his 18-point, massive, 185-inch buck killed Jan. 13 in the Mississippi Delta, 15-year-old Ross Carpenter didn’t use words like trophy or beautiful or anything like that.

    January 29 at 10:00am
    For most Mississippians, this weekend represents their final chance to hunt deer as the sun sets on another season.

    Final weekend for most deer hunters

    For most Mississippi deer hunters, the approaching weekend is their final one for the 2017-2018 season, a last shot at getting a trophy buck or to add some doe meat for the freezer.

    January 26 at 3:00pm
    Trey Graham with a big boar killed in Lafayette County.

    “Dang them hogs”

    Wild pigs continue to be a growing problem in many areas of Mississippi, despite an increased effort — mandatory at some clubs — to eradicate the nuisance beasts.

    January 16 at 8:00am
    A retriever bringing back a prize is a common sight in the Delta in January.

    Great duck outlook

    If early December is any indication, Mississippi waterfowlers are in for a great January season.

    January 11 at 9:00am
    Youth-oriented squirrel hunts will take place at Barnett Reservoir in February.

    New youth squirrel opportunity set

    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.

    January 11 at 8:00am
    There’s still time in the season for hunters to find a once-in-a-lifetime buck.

    Plenty of time for deer (and dogs)

    The rut may be over in some parts of the state, but from the I-20 corridor south, there’s a good bet bucks are still chasing does throughout January.

    January 09 at 4:00pm
    Joseph Blalock, 13, of Brookhaven, took his magnificent buck on his first hunt of the season, which was also the first solo hunt of his life, in Franklin County on Nov. 22. The non-typical 17-point buck grosses over 200 inches.

    Brookhaven teen kills 200-inch non-typical

    Thirteen-year-old boys grow pretty quickly, practically all of them in size and some in savvy.

    January 09 at 9:15am
    Jason Morrow was one day away from knee surgery that would end his 2017-18 deer season when he tagged this huge Clay County 15-point buck on Dec. 14.

    What a way to end your season! 160-inch Clay County buck

    When Jason Morrow tells his big-buck story, he uses many of his words thanking his boss for helping him take a 160-inch trophy in Clay County on Dec. 14.

    January 07 at 4:56pm
    Natchez native Glen Williams killed this massive main-frame 10-point on his Jefferson County hunting property after seeing the deer on trail cams.

    'Daggers' takes a dirt nap

    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.

    January 04 at 10:33am
    Participating in the Hunter’s Harvest program is one way you can help others this holiday season.

    Hunter’s Harvest goal within reach

    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.

    December 18, 2017 at 11:00am