• Turkey Hunting

    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
    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