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    A gray squirrel munches on a morsel he found on the forest floor.

    Bushytail PDQ: Hunting from boats can up your odds of success

    With dry leaves crackling underfoot, the squirrel sounded like a rampaging buffalo as it scampered across the ground to another tree.

    We couldn’t see our quarry through the extremely thick, nearly impenetrable thickets and low brush common to backwater bottomlands off Pearl River. In early season, thick, green leaves limited our visibility along the ribbon of dry shoreline to just a few feet.

    On the patch of dry ground, brambles, vines, greenbrier and other entangling undergrowth made movement by anything larger than a squirrel virtually impossible.
    October 01, 2012 at 7:00am
    Hunters can easily cover large chunks of territory from a small boat.

    Great squirrel-hunting options abound across the state for float trips

    Magnolia State sportsmen enjoy more than 2 million acres of public land in 42 wildlife management areas, nine national wildlife refuges and six national forests. The national forests encompass nearly 1.2 million acres. Many public properties offer excellent squirrel hunting. Numerous rivers traverse the state, creating superb places to hunt squirrels by boat.
    October 01, 2012 at 7:00am
    Always be on the lookout for signs that might pinpoint any active squirrels.

    Remember the basics for float trips

    Even when hunting from a small boat, sportsmen must keep squirrel hunting basics in mind. Pole, paddle or motor slowly forward, pausing frequently to let the boat drift several feet while listening and looking for telltale movement that could indicate squirrel activity.
    October 01, 2012 at 7:00am
    Daniel Felsher admires a fox squirrel and a gray squirrel that he shot.

    Team up for better odds

    Many boat hunters work in teams. For safety reasons, designate one shooter at a time and take turns. The person in the stern controls the boat and helps spot game while the designated shooter in the bow keeps the gun ready, pointing forward or off to one side with the muzzle facing outside the boat.
    October 01, 2012 at 7:00am
    Clayton Draime proudly shows off a couple squirrels he shot.

    Load up a kid to continue the sport

    Hunting from a small boat makes an excellent way to introduce children to the sport. With a small boat, a hunter can take children to places where they could never possibly walk.
    October 01, 2012 at 7:00am
    Known by many monikers – Yellow Dogs, ‘Yotes, Song Dogs and Night Dogs – coyotes are considered a nuisance in Mississippi and hunting them is allowed year around.

    Hayfield Coyotes

    Shot Risher has a great vantage point from the seat of his tractor to see just where his hay mower is cutting. Since some of his fields are quite large, it takes several minutes to make a pass. Starting at the outside and working toward the center, one of the more common sights are field mice scampering for cover.

    Often they run toward the center of the field and the last remaining tall grass.

    Coyotes have learned the sound of the hay mower and tractor result in easy pickings, as the mice lose their tall grass cover. The same goes for hawks and even owls. The rodents that flee into the small, wooded areas are likely to be greeted by a bobcat, coyote or even a large snake.
    May 01, 2012 at 7:00am
    The trees are barren of leaves, and squirrels are easy to see this time of year.

    It’s leisure time

    By this time of year, most hunters are worn out. Deer hunters have been in the woods since way back in October. Bowhunters are tired, deer dogs are thin as wheat wafers, even the deer are glad the season has finally come to a close.
    February 01, 2012 at 7:22am
    Nate Young shot these birds on a quick field flush on Christmas Eve.

    Hype for Snipe

    As duck season fades away and deer season wanes, most hunters begin to retire to their warm homes to recuperate after a long season. A few may go afield for late-season rabbit hunts and a February squirrel or two, but few have wingshooting on their minds this late in the year.
    January 01, 2012 at 1:00am
    Rabbit hunters can find great opportunities on the many public lands around the state.

    Public lands provide quality rabbit hunting

    Mississippi’s rabbit hunters can look to the ample public lands around the state for quality hunting opportunities, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said.

    “Almost all of our open public lands allow hunters to hunt small game with dogs, although some areas may have special regulations,” MDWFP Small Game Program Coordinator Dave Godwin said.
    October 19, 2011 at 2:56pm
    Mike Myric poses with a North Mississippi coyote. Coyotes like to work the edges where two or more habitats meet, such as the fencerow in the background.

    Song Dog Serenade

    In today’s world, all too often wildlife populations are negatively impacted by human expansion. Too many times, urban sprawl and human progression mean the loss of habitat and a decrease in wildlife numbers.
    April 28, 2011 at 11:36am
    Raccoon sets can be made on trails through the brush or crossing logs.

    Catch Me If You Can

    “I’ve got a fox killing my chickens, and I need your help,” the voice said on the other end of the line. “They are killing my chickens faster than I can replace them.”
    January 26, 2011 at 2:53pm
    Over the last couple of decades, the continental population of light geese, greater and lesser snows, blues and Ross’ geese has skyrocketed.

    Light ‘Em Up

    About 10 years ago, if you looked on the calendars of Mississippi waterfowlers , chances are you’d see a circle around one of the last days of January. The circle marked the last day of waterfowl season when the decoys, blinds and steel-shot shells, if you had any left, went back into storage.
    January 26, 2011 at 2:41pm
    Small numbers of quail can be found in pockets of suitable habitat throughout Mississippi. If habitat is made more favorable, the birds will quickly exploit it.

    Bringing Back the Bobwhite

    Everyone has an opinion on what happened to the quail. Pesticides, fire ants and predators are the top three responses typically heard from old bird hunters. No doubt, these three factors probably played a part, but when you ask the biologists what is the main reason for the statewide population decline, you get another answer.
    December 27, 2010 at 1:27pm
    A Harris hawk closes in on a black-tailed jackrabbit. Harris hawks are native to Texas, Mexico and South America.

    Extreme Bird Hunting

    I can remember as a young boy, looking up from behind my push mower on a hot, sweaty, summer day to see a ted-tailed hawk soaring high overhead. The scream of the redtail seemed to be made in mockery, as if she was saying, “Ha ha, look at you down there in the dirt and I am up here soaring in the breeze.”
    January 29, 2010 at 8:53pm
    1: Delta National Forest, 2: Twin Oaks WMA, 3: Panther Swamp NWR<br />

    Delta Tree Rats

    “So far, he had been hunting as he advanced, moving slowly and quietly and watching the ground and the trees both. Now he went on, his gun unloaded and the barrel slanted up and back to facilitate its passage through brier and undergrowth, approaching as it grew louder and louder that steady savage somehow queerly hysterical beating of metal on metal, emerging from the woods, into the old clearing, with the solitary gum tree directly before him. At first glance the tree seemed to be alive with frantic squirrels. There appeared to be forty or fifty of them leaping and darting from branch to branch until the whole tree had become one green maelstrom of mad leaves, while from time to time, singly or in twos and threes, squirrels would dart down the trunk then whirl without stopping and rush back up again as though sucked violently back by the vacuum of their fellows’ frenzied vortex.

    — The Bear by William Faulkner
    September 23, 2009 at 10:07am
    The author is pictured with a coyote killed by Haze Bosarge.

    Bye Bye, Wile E.

    Two Mississippi hunters slipped into the moonlit field with quiet footfalls and talking only in whispers. One leaned a .270 against a corner fence post, and the other strung out wire to a remote speaker that was part of an electronic calling system.
    April 30, 2009 at 10:16am