• Deer Hunting

    One of the trail-camera photos that caused him to want to be in an afternoon stand in mid-January.

    How’d that happen?

    On one particular afternoon in mid-January, my son-in-law, Jody, had the itch to head over to his favorite deer-hunting area to try and get a crack at a couple of elusive, mature bucks  he had captured on trail camera. The weather was right, and the wind was blowing from a favorable direction, enabling him to get into a really thick area where these late-rut bucks seemed to be holed up.

    March 15 at 9:00am
    A total of 128 deer from six counties in the 25-mile buffer zone have tested negative for CWD.

    Second round of CWD tests all negative

    Mississippi wildlife officials have now tested 128 deer — two sets of 64 each — since the state’s first case of the deadly deer disease was confirmed in a buck in Issaquena County on Feb. 9.

    March 13 at 1:25pm
    The MDWFP will host its second public meeting at the Vicksburg Convention Center on March 19 to discuss CWD and its response plan.

    MDWFP sets CWD meeting in Vicksburg

    State wildlife officials and representatives of other agencies will meet with the public March 19 in Vicksburg to discuss the latest information related to Mississippi’s first case of Chronic Wasting Disease.

    March 12 at 8:00am
    The MDWFP will continue to monitor the CWD situation and collect deer for sampling.

    CWD testing finds no new cases

    Tests on 64 deer taken from the five-mile Chronic Wasting Disease containment zone in Mississippi’s South Delta were all negative for CWD, state wildlife officials said on Tuesday.

    March 07 at 9:55am
    Over 60 samples from the containment area were sent to be tested, and the MDWFP expects results back this week.

    MDWFP relying on other CWD states

    Biologists say there are two kinds of states, those that have confirmed Chronic Wasting Disease in deer, and those that will.

    March 06 at 8:00am
    With deer season in the rearview mirror, take time now to scout your woods for sign you might have missed last season.

    There’s no better time than now to prepare

    As I write this, another year’s deer season has come to a close. For many hunters, this is a sad time, as thoughts of a long offseason become reality. 

    March 01 at 7:00am
    The Mississippi Department of Health is advising against eating venison from from deer taken in the 6-county area.

    Mineral, salt licks added to CWD feeding ban

    Mineral sites, mineral blocks and salt licks have been added to the supplemental feeding ban in the six counties within the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management zone, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks announced Wednesday.

    February 22 at 3:00pm
    The public is invited to attend a meeting on how state officials plan to deal with Mississippi’s first confirmed case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

    CWD public meeting in Jackson

    A public meeting to discuss how state officials plan to deal with Mississippi’s first confirmed case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a deer will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson.

    February 20 at 5:20pm
    One of the author’s nephews with a fully mature buck taken after a long, quiet hike to the stand.

    Food for thought:

    By the time you are reading this, unless you live in the extreme southern part of Mississippi, the 2017-2018 deer season will already be “in the books,” as they say. 

    February 14 at 9:00am
    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
    The author killed this hit-list buck, nicknamed Saban, on Christmas Eve — after taking plenty of care not to put too much pressure on it.

    Learn to manage hunting pressure

    This month, I’m going to touch on a subject that applies to deer hunting with any weapon: managing hunting pressure on your herd. In my opinion, no single factor is more important to your success in terms of seeing and harvesting deer — especially mature bucks.  

    February 01 at 7:00am
    Mike Norsworthy of Brandon was sitting in a double-ladder stand with his 10-year-old son, Finn, when Finn arrowed this 162-inch buck this past October.<br />

    Deer of the year

    Mississippi hunters put plenty of big bucks on the ground this past season.

    February 01 at 7:00am


    Finn Norsworthy, 10, from Brandon, was sitting in a double-ladder stand with his father, Mike, when he arrowed this 162-inch buck this past October.

    February 01 at 7:00am
    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