• Waterfowl & Duck Hunting

    The advice of most land managers is to shoot dove, and/or teal, when you have them on your property. Don’t wait until another day. Saving them could mean losing them, if they decide to move on.

    Shoot teal, doves while you can

    To take advantage of September’s Delta double of dove and blue-winged teal hunting on the same day, it is necessary to create proper habitat for the two different species of migratory birds.

    September 15, 2016 at 7:00am
    The fast-migrating blue-winged teal give duck hunters a taste of action in September, and a taste of, perhaps, duck and andouille gumbo.

    Lead for doves, not for teal

    Hunters who try for a September Delta double need to avoid one mistake that could cost them a lot of money and a day in front of a magistrate

    September 15, 2016 at 7:00am
    Mississippi's teal season opens on Saturday, and thanks to last weekend's surprise cool snap there's already blue wings in the Delta.

    Teal season opens Saturday

    Last Saturday, first day of dove season, just as it gets light enough to see across the Delta, I spotted movement in the sky to the west. Three black dots were cruising above the corn, getting larger by the second.

    September 08, 2016 at 12:05pm
    Canada geese, like this one at Barnett Reservoir, will have to keep an eye out for hunters Sept. 1-15, during the special early statewide Canada season that allows sportsmen a chance at the resident birds.

    Early Canada goose season open

    Mississippi’s first true hunting season opened Thursday, but apparently not very many sportsmen cared.

    September 02, 2016 at 10:15am
    Bad news for September blue-wing teal hunters — the early migrating birds have shown a 22 percent loss in population over the past year.

    Duck numbers slightly down

    Despite a 21 percent loss of nesting wetland habitat in the breeding grounds, the breeding duck population estimate of 48.4 million ducks remains well above the long-term average.

    August 17, 2016 at 10:30am
    Mississippi's 2016-17 migratory bird seasons were proposed on April 20, months ahead of previous years. That includes doves, ducks and geese.

    Commission proposes migratory bird seasons

    Thanks to a change in the process the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service uses in establishing migratory bird seasons, Mississippi officials were able to propose the 2016-17 dove and waterfowl seasons at last Wednesday’s meeting of the Wildlife, Fisheries and Park Commission.

    April 25, 2016 at 9:10am

    Saturday is youth duck day

    Duck season returns Saturday for one more day of hunting, and while shooting is limited to hunters aged 15 and under, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks encourages participation by licensed adults. 

    February 05, 2016 at 9:10am
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    February 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Ducks are more wary in the closing weeks of the season, so you have to be on your toes to fill your straps.

    Top 3 late-season duck hunting tactics

    Although it seems like opening day just happened, the final weeks of duck season are already here.

    January 17, 2016 at 6:30am
    Follow these pre-taxidermy steps and you’ll have a memory worth reliving as well as a trophy to show off to others.

    Taxidermy do’s and don’ts for ducks

    As both a hard-core duck hunter and an award-winning taxidermist, Shane Candler understands the importance of reliving the memory of the hunt, especially when it comes to mounting that first-ever species or trophy from the hunt of a lifetime. 

    January 15, 2016 at 7:00am
    Many waterfowl hunters are shunning electronic motion decoys for old school jerk cord tactics to put movement in the decoy spread.

    It’s OK to jerk a duck decoy

    A lifelike decoy spread is often the key difference between a limit of ducks at the end of the day or going home wanting. 

    January 15, 2016 at 7:00am
    Duck guide Rusty Shaw and his party of hunters display a successful day’s hunting in the Delta.

    Don’t overlook steams, creeks and small rivers for duck-hunting hotspots

    The Mississippi Delta is blessed with an abundance of smaller rivers and creeks that wind their way across the area before dumping into larger flows that wind up in the Mississippi River. These waterways provide plenty of waterfowl resting and feeding grounds to both resident populations and those making southerly migrations.

    January 15, 2016 at 7:00am
    With a record number of ducks expected in the migration, duck hunters in the Mississippi Delta will have a lot to smile about this season.

    Traffic patterns — Tips for Mississippi Delta duck hunting

    The 2015 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Trends in Duck Breeding Populations Report indicates a record year of waterfowl production, with an estimated 49.5 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey areas.

    January 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Kenny Blakeney’s dog Gator displays his passion while retrieving a duck during an early morning delta duck hunt.

    Delta doubleheader — Duck hunting in the morning plus deer hunting in the evenings

    Whistling wings buzzed directly overhead an instant before a flock of ducks suddenly crashed into our decoy spread in the pre-dawn darkness. An old lone Susie who was now swimming amongst the decoys called out to a group of mallards flying overhead. 

    January 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Fasteel

    Fasteel

    Fasteel, the flagship of the Kent Cartridge brand, is the go-to standard for waterfowl hunters. It has established a reputation among steel shotshells that is unrivalled. Fasteel is not only the most accurate and hard-hitting waterfowl load on the market today, offering a tight, consistent patterning for the same shot every time; it is also the most cost-effective.

    January 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    At Cole Lake Hunting Club near Isola, where hunters can choose fields or timber, a typical Saturday hunt can fill a camera lens with guys and ducks.

    Why you shouldn’t overpressure ducks

    For years, Lee Benoist and a group of friends depended on one duck hole in the Delta to provide them a winter filled with shooting.

    December 15, 2015 at 7:00am