• Hunting

    Mississippi dove hunters can begin shooting on Saturday, Sept. 2.

    September means hunting

    Never have so many been so happy to see September arrive, and that certainly includes Mississippi sportsmen.

    August 31, 2017 at 9:40am
    An often-overlooked hunting opportunity is the early Sept. 1-15 season for resident Canada geese.

    Early migratory bird seasons

    They may be part of the migratory bird hunting season structure, but two of the three September migratory seasons put resident doves and Canada geese in serious jeopardy.

    August 30, 2017 at 6:00am
    Bryan Burnside (far right) set a new Mississippi record for length when he and Muddy Water Maniacs teammates (from left) Colby Acy, Stephen Brady and Anthony Acy, killed this 14-foot, 3/4-inch monster caught early Monday morning just off the Mississippi River near Natchez.

    Muddy Water Maniacs set gator record for length

    The Muddy Water Maniacs, a team of alligator hunters from Rankin County, cut loose two big bulls overnight, not impressed by their measurements.

    August 28, 2017 at 4:00pm
    Don’t over think your plan of attack. Read clues the deer leave and cover your scent.

    Hang your bow stands in obvious spots

    Although he admits that it’s hard to stay focused on a deer while perched in a tree when he knows the fish are biting out his back door in Lafitte, New Orleans Style Fishing Charters owner Capt. Jason Shilling gets in a little bow hunting during early October before buckling down on the deer later in the year.

    August 25, 2017 at 7:00am
    Mississippi's 10-day public lands alligator hunting season opens Friday at noon.

    Gator season opens Friday at noon

    For about 3,500 Mississippi sportsmen, Friday is the biggest day of their year — opening day of the public waters alligator hunting season. It opens at noon.

    August 24, 2017 at 4:30pm
    Successful bow hunters are the ones who keep their promise to set up their stands early and leave them alone while they are getting in shooting practice.

    When it comes to deer, let it be

    I am a chronic double-checker. That might be a good quality to have as a writer, but as a deer hunter it can be somewhat self destructive.

    August 17, 2017 at 9:30am
    The 2017-18 Mississippi Outdoor Digest included some incorrect information regarding the regulations and limits for the upcoming deer season.

    MDWFP issues ‘Digest’ correction

    Mississippi sportsmen who have gotten a copy of the 2017-18 Mississippi Outdoor Digest are being warned about misprints regarding the regulations and limits for the upcoming deer season.

    August 16, 2017 at 11:20am
    The annual waterfowl surveys by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has good news for Mississippi duck hunters.

    Annual duck survey promising

    About a half million fewer mallards — 11 percent less than last year — were found, but the overall news is good from the 2017 annual breeding duck surveys released Tuesday by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

    August 15, 2017 at 3:15pm
    Tiffany Wienke (left) of Vicksburg set the record for the longest alligator in 2016 with this 13-foot, 7 ½-inch brute caught in Bayou Pierre near its mouth on the Mississippi River.

    Gator time

    Alligator hunting permits are precious in Mississippi, as hard to get as a ticket to Hamilton on Broadway. And, if you are lucky to get a permit, it can be about as expensive in obtaining all the gear needed to battle with the most frightening creature that can be hunted in the Magnolia State.

    August 14, 2017 at 7:00am
    Eleven new conservation officers were sworn into service for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and started working on July 5.

    MDWFP adds 11 new officers

    Eleven newly sworn Conservation Officers reported for duty on July 5 for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, following their graduation from the Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy.

    August 09, 2017 at 6:00am
    If you encounter a deer fawn, be sure to leave it alone. Does purposely leave them bedded and hidden.

    Leave fawns alone

    Mississippi wildlife officials have a simple message for people who encounter seemingly abandoned deer fawns — leave them alone.

    August 08, 2017 at 7:00am
    Fawn drops usually begin in Mississippi in late June and then peak in July and August.

    Heavy fawn drop expected in 2017

    After a healthy report from the annual deer herd health checks held earlier this year, biologists are expecting an extremely heavy fawn drop in the coming months. Births, or fawn drops, usually begin in Mississippi in late June (extreme north) and then peak in July and August before trailing off in September (extreme south).

    August 07, 2017 at 7:00am
    Josh Clark killed this 200-inch-plus monster buck on a draw hunt at Canemount WMA in 2016.

    Apply now for WMA, Rez deer hunts

    Mississippians seeking quality deer hunts on public lands can begin applying immediately for hunts on state-managed Wildlife Management Areas and at Barnett Reservoir.

    August 03, 2017 at 2:00pm
    The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks can claim the 2017 Lawfit Challenge title after sweeping the top three places in record-breaking style at the June competition in Pearl. Members of the team included (from right to left) Captain Chris Reed, Private Tamarius Good, Lieutenant Marcus Christon, Corporal Justin Gates, Private Derrick Scott, and Sergeant Major Ron McMillan. They are joined in the photo by chief of enforcement Colonel Steve Adcock and by MDWFP Executive Director Sam Polles (middle left and right, respectively).

    MDWFP officers win competition

    Conservation officers from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks claimed the title of Fittest in the Nation after winning the 16th annual National LawFit Challenge held in June at Pearl in record-setting fashion. 

    August 03, 2017 at 8:00am
    Dustin Holmes was hunting on Oct. 4, 2016 in Woodville when he took this 5 ½-year-old 8-point buck all thanks to Rex Holmes at Vapor Trail Scents 33 Point Buck.

    Wildlife Extravaganza sets the tone

    August 02, 2017 at 12:00pm
    Wade Seago shot this 820-pound wild hog last week in his front yard in Samson, Ala. with three shots from his .38-caliber handgun, according to WHNT.

    Massive 820-pound hog goes down in Alabama front yard

    Wade Seago’s pet Schnauzer, Cruiser, is nothing if not brave.

    July 20, 2017 at 1:00pm