• Turkey Hunting

    Turkeys will congregate just about anywhere, as long as there’s enough food and safe places to roost at night.

    Why are turkeys so tough to hunt?

    So what is it about turkeys that make them so difficult to kill? University of Mississippi’s Richard Bucholz ran down the some of the reasons hunters can easily miss out on tagging out.

    April 15, 2016 at 7:00am
    Gobblers become active after hens have started to nest. These two couldn’t resist a hen decoy that coaxed them into camera range.

    Turkey regulations

    WMAs & national forests: Not all national forest land is part of a wildlife management area. Forest service lands outside WMAs can be hunted without a $15 annual WMA Permit, and statewide season structure is followed. A proper license is required. 

    April 15, 2016 at 7:00am
    Lake George, Sunflower and Twin Oaks WMAs, along with Panther Swamp NWR, will be closed to turkey hunting for the rest of the season.

    3 WMAs, refuge will not have turkey season

    State and federal wildlife officials announced this week that turkey season has been cancelled at three state Wildlife Management Areas and a National Wildlife Refuge in the south Delta due to high water and backwater flooding.

    April 14, 2016 at 11:00am
    Jacob Johnston killed this white turkey on opening day on his family's land in Wilkes County, N.C.

    Turkey hunter kills white gobbler

    Along with several friends and family members, Jacob Johnston of Traphill, N.C., had spotted a white turkey on numerous occasions before the start of this year’s North Carolina turkey season. It was always somewhat near his family’s plot of land, but he didn’t think he would be lucky enough to see it while hunting. Luckily on opening day, that’s exactly what happened.

    April 13, 2016 at 9:15am
    Jake decoys can draw a mature gobble that few extra feet — or spook it into the next parish.

    Are decoys turkey killers or rescuers? Veteran hunter is careful with decoy use

    Some turkey hunters swear by decoys, and some swear at them. The truth is, neither situation is correct; if used properly, at the right time, decoys can help you wrap a tag around a tom’s leg. If used incorrectly, at the wrong time, it will put wind in the bird’s wings.

    April 11, 2016 at 6:00am
    Zink’s Z-Combo Mouth Call

    Zink’s Z-Combo Mouth Call

    The Z-Combo Mouth Call, the latest addition from Zink Calls, is an innovative two-reed version of the popular “combo-cut” design favored by many hunters, which is half “cutter” and half “split V”.  Zink’s all-new Z-Combo belts out super-realistic yelps with just the right amount of high front-end and smoky back-end rasp. This versatile call will have those big gobblers waltzing into your decoys without hesitation.

    April 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Chad Newcomer poses with a tom he got on Hoosier National Forest in Indiana. His success came after traveling long distances in order to find un-pressured birds.

    Think like a tom

    Turkeys have the reputation for being notoriously difficult to kill, especially for novices hunters.

    But with enough time spent in the woods it’s likely you can consistently bag birds each spring.

    April 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Scooter Whatley took this Scott County bird on the Caney Creek WMA, one of Mississippi’s prime public land areas for the spring turkey season.

    Public gobbles — Best bets for public turkey hunting success

    It is no secret that Mississippi has turkeys — lots of them. 

    That, and its early season, is why a lot of hunters, including many from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kentucky, compete with resident hunters for the thrill of the call and the gobble.

    April 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Rustin said a woman’s patience and attention to detail set them apart as hunters.

    The female turkey hunter

    As the ladies continue to swell the ranks of the hunting camps and woods afield all over the country, the guys are starting to wake up to the natural skills that female hunters possess.

    April 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    High water levels have led to the delayed opening of the turkey season at Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.

    Panther Swamp delays turkey season

    One day after Mississippi officials announced closures of three state-run Wildlife Management Areas in the South Delta, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it was delaying the turkey season at Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.

    March 30, 2016 at 11:15am
    Due to flooding, all turkey hunting must cease until April 15 at Lake George, Sunflower and Twin Oaks WMAs. That includes any youth turkey hunts and permit-only hunts on those WMAs.

    Turkey hunting update: Flooding causes 3 WMAs to close

    Heavy March rains have forced the closure of turkey season at three of Mississippi’s South Delta state Wildlife Management Areas, the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks announced on Tuesday.

    March 29, 2016 at 4:40pm
    Brady Watts fought back pneumonia to take this trophy tom March 17 in Pike County.

    Ailing hunter sneaks out, gets gobbler

    Brady Watts is sick, very sick.

    He’s also an avid turkey hunter, extremely avid.

    His timing is awful, horribly awful.

    March 21, 2016 at 12:00pm
    Passing on the hunting heritage, Mark McPhail calls a turkey while his grandson Logan is behind the gun.

    Vary your turkey call selection

    Collinsville’s Mark McPhail has been hunting turkey in Mississippi since he was 20, and has learned a few things in the process. 

    March 15, 2016 at 7:00am
    Decoys can entice a hesitant gobbler to come into range, but can also cause a tom to stop, expecting the hen to come to him. Veteran hunter Preston Pittman advises against using decoys early in the season.

    Pro turkey tip: Start easy, call less

    When it comes to talking turkey, there’s no better resource than Mississippi turkey legend Preston Pittman, a native of Hattiesburg who now resides in Canton.

    March 15, 2016 at 7:00am
    Hunters aged 15 and under can start hunting gobblers when the youth turkey season opens statewide on Tuesday March 8.

    Youth turkey season opens Tuesday

    Jim Harrison of Brandon is really looking forward to Mississippi’s 2016 spring turkey season, and he doesn’t have to wait long to begin chasing gobblers.

    March 04, 2016 at 3:30pm
    Flextone Tramp Stamp Aluminum pot call

    Flextone Tramp Stamp Aluminum pot call

    The new Flextone Tramp Stamp Aluminum pot call won’t let the wind ruin your spring hunt. The durable Magnum Hickory Striker coupled with the aluminum surface produce high-frequency yelps that will cut through howling winds and drive even the most stubborn gobblers insane. Like other models in Flextone’s proven Tramp Stamp family of pot calls, the Tramp Stamp Aluminum sports a Realtree Xtra Green camo pattern on the pot for maximum concealment from approaching gobblers.

    March 01, 2016 at 7:00am