• Turkey Hunting

    Preston Pittman said the art of calling is not about what you say or how loud you say it, it’s about how you say it.

    Emotional calling works for turkey hunting

    One of the most debated, and overrated skills that a turkey hunter can possess is the ability to work a turkey call. Many hunters brag about their world champion calling skills, but place too much confidence on calling a turkey instead of being able to think like one.

    April 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    If you give up after a morning hunt, it’s likely you’re missing golden opportunities to score a gobbler.

    Don’t give up on afternoon turkeys

    Hunter Specialties pro Steve Cobb said turkeys hunters miss a great opportunity only hunting in the early morning.

    April 12, 2017 at 6:00am
    Jeff Davis now hunts gobblers on the same hunting grounds as his mentor, the “Old Pro Turkey Hunter” Gene Nunnery, hunted.

    In the footsteps of a giant — Expert turkey hunting tips

    Jeff Davis headed across the pasture in the quiet, pitch-black darkness before dawn, already knowing where the birds roosted and wanting to be the battle-tested gobbler’s first suitor of the day.

    April 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Walter Mitchell of Calhoun County has killed his share of gobblers, including the best ever taken in Calhoun County and the 18th best in the state, and he does it “old school.

    Going old school

    The Eastern wild turkey is either the dumbest bird on the planet, or the smartest.

    Every spring, this majestic and elusive bird falls to the simplest of attempts to harvest him. 

    April 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Fooling wiley turkeys means you have to have as many tools as possible.

    5 calls for turkey hunters

    Charles Hudson carries so many calls in vest that he “can barely walk around.”

    March 20, 2017 at 6:00am
    Every gobbler a hunter takes is a memory, and preserving and displaying the beards is a great way to revisit those memories.

    7 steps to display beards from gobblers

    Years ago, my dad took me on a trip to look for hunting land in the mountains of West Virginia, and on one piece of property, the landowner pulled out an old cigar box to convince us how good the hunting was on the property.

    March 16, 2017 at 6:00am
    Mississippi hunters harvested just over 22,000 birds last spring.

    Pilot turkey harvest report program

    The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will initiate a stateside pilot turkey harvest reporting system for the 2017 spring season, the agency announced.

    March 15, 2017 at 8:00am
    Mississippi's week-long youth-only (age 15 and under) turkey season opened on Wednesday and state wildlife officials are urging all hunters to voluntarily report their harvests this year.

    Youth turkey season opens

    Spring turkey hunting began Wednesday in Mississippi, with the opening of the weeklong youth-only hunt statewide. Only hunters aged 15 and under can shoot gobblers through March 14.

    March 08, 2017 at 2:00pm
    Triple Beard

    Triple Beard

    Triple Beard is the first all lead turkey load from the makers of HEVI-Shot. Its speed ball technology reduces deformation on setback, keeping pellets more uniform and reducing the “pancake” effect of other lead shells. Magnum Blend Technology provides an equal mix of 5, 6 and 7 lead shot sizes, allowing hunters to takedown toms at any range. Triple Beard is loaded on Environ-Metal Inc.’s precision loading equipment for reliability you can count on.

    March 01, 2017 at 9:55am
    The overall turkey numbers in most places, especially in the central part of the state, will likely be up due to a good hatch last summer.

    2017 turkey forecast

    Yelp, yelp, yelp.

    The striker extracts notes from a slate covered box, and the sound descends the ridge and mingles with the morning fog. In the distance a woodpecker hammers away at a potential meal in a rotting tree. A cardinal calls and a wren darts and flits through the understory. 

    March 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Ronnie Strickland, also known as Cuz, enjoys sharing his turkey obsession with others, especially daughter Lauren, and their double was a sweet day.

    March of the toms — Keys to early season turkey success

    Somewhere down in the bottom, along a creek bed out of sight in the duskiness of dawn, there’s a gobbler sitting on a limb answering your calls with thunderous gobbles.

    March 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Mississippi has a lot of prime public hunting land for the spring turkey. Some of the best is at Hillside and Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuges in the Delta.

    Hillside NWR accepting turkey applications

    Applications for the spring turkey hunt at Hillside National Wildlife Refuge are now being accepted, according to the Teddy Roosevelt National Refuge Complex.

    January 24, 2017 at 12:40pm
    Born with spina bifida, Mark Brown refuses to let his disability define him. Always an avid hunter, this year he reached another goal of killing his first gobbler.

    Wheelchair-bound hunter kills gobbler

    Born with spina bifida, Mark Brown has faced adversity in just about everything he has ever done, but he’s had the determination and faith to face and overcome the obstacles.

    May 19, 2016 at 11:30am
    Turkeys feeding on grain in a field are vulnerable to seeds that have been treated with certain insecticides. The deaths of 15 hens in Tallahatchie County are being attributed to treated seeds that were found during necropsies of the dead fowl.

    Treated seeds blamed in turkey deaths

    Wheat seeds that tested positive for insecticides are being blamed for the mysterious deaths of 15 wild turkey hens found in Tallahatchie County, state wildlife officials said Monday.

    May 09, 2016 at 4:20pm
    The MDWFP has proposed deer and hunting seasons, and is now accepting public comments.

    2016-17 deer, turkey seasons proposed

    Mississippi’s Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks has proposed season dates and regulations for the 2016-17 deer and wild turkey seasons, and is now accepting comments before taking final action later this month.

    May 05, 2016 at 2:17pm
    Scott Kimock (left) poses with Lee Blackmon (right) and the York County gobbler that scored 168.4 by NWTF standards, and is the nation's best turkey killed with a bow.

    Hunter arrows record book, 7-bearded gobbler

    Lee Blackmon from York, S.C., took a day off work to go turkey hunting on April 14, and killed the gobbler of a lifetime that is headed for the NWTF record books. His 7-bearded, 20.4-pound bird scored 168.4 (atypical) by two NWTF scorers. And he killed it with a bow and arrow.

    May 02, 2016 at 2:45pm