• Deer Hunting

    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
    This buck has the classic body build of a mature deer 5½ years or older, in spite of its paltry antlers.

    Rate that buck

    Well, we once again find ourselves at the close of another year and headed straight into the clutches of what passes for winter here in the Deep South. 

    January 23 at 9:00am
    Mature, heavy-bodied bucks, run ragged by the rut, can still make mistakes in January. A hunter just has to be in the right place at the right time to take advantage.

    Late-season deer checklist

    • Hunt near food sources late in the season, as food will be scarce and the bucks and does will be in the vicinity. 

    January 15 at 7:00am
    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
    The author took this buck on a late January hunt by thinking outside the box and using stealth to reach a remote, rarely hunted location.

    Late can be great for Mississippi deer hunters

    Have you gone through a season when everything that could go wrong did, when it seemed that every hunter you know has harvested a buck but yourself.

    January 01 at 7:00am
    Mission’s SUB-1 crossbow promises minute-of-angle accuracy thanks to a number of design improvements.

    A crossbow built for supreme accuracy

    A little over a year ago, I heard rumblings that Matt McPherson and his engineers at Mission Crossbows were working on a revolutionary new crossbow design that would raise the bar for the entire industry. 

    January 01 at 7:00am
    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
    Mississippi's long deer season switches segments on Saturday, with the opening of the eight-day still season. With rutting activity occurring at varying stages in most of the state, there's plenty of opportunity to take a buck.

    Next up for deer: Still season starts Saturday

    Mississippi’s gun season on deer hasn’t quite reached the halfway point, and, while there’s plenty of opportunity remaining to score a trophy or fill a freezer, there’s a change in seasons coming Saturday.

    December 15, 2017 at 10:00am
    A pill bottle or film canister, cotton, a square of nylon hosiery and a rubber band can make a great homemade scent bomb.

    Homemade scent bombs have advantages

    A great homemade “scent bomb” to distribute doe-in-heat or other attractant scents around your deer stand is as simple as a pill bottle from your local pharmacy or an empty film canister.

    December 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    The genetics of a single deer may be hard to determine by simple observation, but letting younger deer walk to reach their maximum potential is the best way to grow trophies.

    Judging on the hoof

    It’s always good to have an idea what you intend to harvest before you get into the stand, should the opportunity arise. Are you hunting for meat, a trophy or maybe something in between?

    December 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    The Big Buck Contest leaderboard at Tunica Farm Supply is a popular gathering spot during deer season.

    Tunica Farm Supply’s Big Buck Contest

    Tunica Farm Supply’s Big Buck Contest kicked off at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 15, and by the time you read this, it might be too late to sign up for this year’s conest.

    December 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Managing predators that prey upon or compete with deer, like this wild hog, is a growing concern across the entire state of Mississippi.

    Controlling predators part of deer management

    While hunters can be quick to blame overharvest for declining deer numbers, man isn’t the only predator that’s taking a toll on deer in Mississippi and across the Southeast. Two other animals that either compete for or directly prey upon deer are coyotes and wild hogs.

    December 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Matt Powe of Carriere killed this trophy 148-inch 8-point in Pearl River County on Nov. 28, ending a five-year relationship with the big buck.

    Giant 8 taken in Pearl River County

    Matt Powe’s buck is a sure-enough trophy for Pearl River County in Southeast Mississippi.

    December 14, 2017 at 2:00pm