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    Workshops designed to teach better land management practices for bobwhite quail, to create more hunting opportunities for wild birds, will be held in both South and North Mississippi this month.

    Squirrel, deer bills beat first deadline

    Two legislative matters that could impact the future of hunting in Mississippi have easily beaten Tuesday’s first major deadline of the 2014 lawmaking process.

    Wildlife committees in both the Senate and House of Representatives passed versions of a bill that would create a spring squirrel-hunting season that would begin in mid May and end no later than June 1. Both would allow a 4-squirrel daily limit.

    The Senate version goes a little further, and consolidates fall and winter hunting into one statewide season, instead of the zoned staggered starts currently in use. Now, hunters in North Mississippi start around Oct. 1 while South Mississippi hunters start four weeks later. All seasons end Feb. 28, creating the discrepancy in opportunity. If passed, the Senate bill would basically create a season that would run from about Oct. 1 to Feb. 28.

    February 04, 2014 at 3:45pm
    William McKinley helps a youth locate a squirrel hugging tightly to a limb.

    Ensuring the bushy-tail tradition

    Take a dozen or more eager youth, add a half-dozen feisty dogs with an eagerness to squirrel hunt, mix in a few adults who love being with kids and dogs in the woods, add a dash of surprise, season with a brace of bushy-tails, and you have the perfect recipe for a Saturday of fun in the February woods. 

    No need to be too quiet, the dogs will be out front doing the hunting, just one of the grand things about squirrel hunting with dogs.

    For most hunters dragging 60 or pushing 70, squirrels were the top game hunted during their youth. For today’s youth, who are accustomed to the fast-paced world of gaming and social media, it may be the least boring of all hunting venues. They can walk in the woods, marvel at sights and sounds, discover new things, shoot guns, watch dogs, listen to men talk of hunts past and present, and feel included as active participants.

    February 01, 2014 at 7:00am
    The application period for the February youth hunts is open through Jan. 24.

    Apply now for children’s squirrel events

    With the goal of extending one of the state’s greatest outdoor traditions, squirrel hunting with treeing dogs, the Mississippi Youth Squirrel Hunt Initiative will hold seven events in February for children aged 15 and under.

    Several public and private entities are behind the program, which offers instruction on shooting, hunting, firearm safety and conservation in a comfortable environment, followed by hours of hunting with dogs and their handlers.

    “What it does is give kids who wouldn’t have this opportunity a chance to get a taste of squirrel hunting with good dogs, and maybe they will take that home with them and develop a passion for it,” said Kenny Latham, a volunteer and avid squirrel hunter. “I get a thrill out of seeing their eyes light up when the dogs tree a squirrel and they start trying to find the squirrel in the top of the tree.”

    January 11, 2014 at 2:15pm
    Nuisance animal hunting is growing in popularity, especially since the state’s hog population has expanded.

    Nuisance wildlife hunting

    With the deer hunting seasons quickly drawing to a close and some time remaining before thoughts turn to turkey hunting, many hunters look for additional opportunities to hunt.

    January 01, 2014 at 9:00am
    The Hawke Sporting Optics Sport HD IR 3-9x40 rimfire scope is designed to increase downrange accuracy.

    Hawke Sport HD IR 3-9x40 scopes

    Mounting a scope is a necessary step toward the accuracy needed from a .22 to squirrel hunt or  shoot targets. The sighting-in process has traditionally been time consuming. But Hawke Sport Optics has changed the game with the introduction of their Sport HD IR family of scopes, which are designed to increase accuracy of rimfires.

    November 04, 2013 at 3:12pm
    Damage by wild pigs can be extensive.

    Pig stickers — the best guns for hog hunting

    Certainly, schools of thought on guns and ammo for wild hogs varies greatly. The campfire debate can be quickly squelched by just simply mentioning that any classic cartridge used for the white-tailed deer will effectively dispatch any wild pig.
    March 01, 2013 at 7:00am
    Jimmy Gouras has built a number of capture pens on his property, but catching pigs is not easy.

    Pig pen fundamentals

    For those private landowners industrious enough to want to try trapping wild hogs in pens, there are some essential basics to learn in the placement and construction of hog traps. Additionally, there are considerations on how you plan to dispose of the trapped pigs.
    March 01, 2013 at 7:00am
    Hogs are going to move some time every night, so some of these night hunts can last until the early morning hours if hogs don’t move early.

    Blacked-out Hogs —Nigh vision equipment is just right for hog hunting

    The first time I had on night vision goggles was while driving a U.S. Army deuce-and-a-half full of soldiers four hours round trip along a dirt road in the desert to a phone bank so they could call home.

    I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to follow a dirt road in a desert, but there isn’t a whole lot of difference between the road and the desert.

    Under blackout conditions the entire trip, I could only hope that the grainy, green view through my goggles allowed me to discern well enough the edges of the road to get the troops there and back safely.
    February 01, 2013 at 7:00am
    Chris Au readies his equipment upon arrival at his hunting destination.

    Wide price range makes night vision available to anyone

    Although night vision gear is a staple of military operations, Adam Lee pointed out there is commercial night vision gear available for civilian usage.
    February 01, 2013 at 7:00am
    One of the wariest game birds in the woods, hunting for crows is both an up and coming sport and an age old past time.

    Something to crow about — How to hunt Magnolia crows

    “From around Christmas until the end of January crows tend to congregate more,” veteran crow hunter Darrell Gibson said. “You’ll not only have the resident birds, but the northern flocks will be migrating down. The numbers of migratory birds will depend on the weather up north.

    “When the weather gets nasty up there, we’ll get a push of crows down here.”

    Gibson’s words came in a hushed undertone. You couldn’t see his lips moving because he was wearing full camouflage, head to toe, and one could barely distinguish him from the natural surroundings that he’d meshed together to conceal his location.

    “Ca, Ca, Ca, Ca, Caw, Caw, Ca, Ca Ca” Gibson cawed on his handheld custom crow call.
    January 01, 2013 at 7:00am
    Handmade and precision fitted, this assortment of Gibson Custom Calls keeps crows on speed dial.

    Custom-calling plan

    Veteran crow hunter and call maker Darrell Gibson was exposed to crow hunting at an early age by his father. And after developing his own style and combination of calling techniques, he became dissatisfied with the quality of crow calls on the market.
    January 01, 2013 at 7:00am
    Finding locations for crow hunting is at least half the battle. Crows are drawn to long term food sources. These locations include cut-over corn and grain fields, old farm areas, pecan groves and orchards.

    Who ya gonna call? Crow Busters!

    One of the Flintstones episodes you never saw was the time Fred and Barney managed to kill a pterodactyl on a weekend outing, then shortly after formed the Bedrock Chapter of PU – Pterodactyls Unlimited.
    January 01, 2013 at 7:00am
    Jeffrey Wood uses various guns when hunting squirrels in Mississippi. At top is a Winchester Super X3 shotgun, middle is a 22 rifle with a custom-made carbon fiber barrel; and bottom, a 22 Browning pistol.


    As the saying goes, “Different strokes for different folks.” But for gun hunters, the better saying may be “Different chokes for different folks.”
    December 01, 2012 at 7:00am
    November hunters are wise to seek squirrels in areas where heavy mast crops provide ample food.

    ‘Wolves’ not a big deal

    Bot fly infestations can occur in squirrels all across Mississippi.
    November 01, 2012 at 7:00am
    Randy Bessonette of Brandon, his favorite squirrel hunting partner Ike and other Mississippi squirrel hunters should enjoy plenty of good hunting this year. Several good years of acorn production has squirrel populations high.

    Squirrel prospects good throughout state

    Mississippi is not having a banner year for acorn production, and that is not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to squirrel hunting.

    According to wildlife biologist Dave Godwin of Tupelo, the small game program coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, it is the previous year’s hard mast crop that matters most to squirrel populations.

    “And we have had two or three great years, at least above average, of acorn production,” said Godwin, who is also an avid squirrel hunter. “We also had a mild winter last year, so the squirrels were not put under any unusual stress.
    October 08, 2012 at 8:00am
    Tink’s Predator Lures

    Tink’s Predator Lures

    Not only are predators such as coyotes, bobcats and foxes intelligent, but they also have remarkably keen senses. That’s why Tink’s predator lures manipulate their unbelievable sense of smell to work in the hunter’s favor. Irrisistible to predators, Tink’s Coyote Mist Predator Lure, Rabbit Mist Predator Lure and Predator Smokin’ Sticks add one more level of realism to your hunting setup.
    October 01, 2012 at 7:00am