• Deer Hunting

    ReAnn Chatham harvested her biggest buck to date during an early season rifle hunt. The 14-point buck sported a drop tine that was broken off during the kill.

    Don’t miss November - November can be trophy time for Mississippi deer hunters

    Don’t try to tell ReAnn Chatham that hunting bucks early in the gun season, even in warm and windy weather, is a waste of time.

    November 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Killing a trophy buck in Mississippi in November requires work, or a lot of luck, and maybe even a combination of the two.

    Rockin’ the pre-rut - The pre-rut is the real time to take a big buck in Mississippi

    With the arrival of November in Mississippi, rutting activity starts to fall across the northern tier of counties. 

    November 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    A deer standing rigid with its head high and neck stiff is likely on alert and sensing danger, and it may not stay around much longer.

    Understand a deer’s body language and tag more bucks

    From using the latest technology in optics, attractants and calls to different hunting strategies in the woods, deer hunters are always looking for something that helps them gain an advantage over their quarry. 

    November 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Stan Ethredge posing with “Big Nasty” following their fateful encounter.

    Ethredge’s ‘cactus buck’ busts 200

    With one buck in mind, Stan Ethredge raced home on Oct. 20, 2017, at the end of a fall family vacation to the Smoky Mountains, as fast as traffic and his good senses would allow.

    October 27, 2017 at 5:00pm
    This young buck would just qualify in Mississippi for harvest in the Delta deer zone with a 12-inch inside spread, but it would exceed the 10-inch minimum in the other four zones.

    It’s time to recalibrate

    Well, we survived another Deep South summer, although this one seemed to be more wet at times than hot. My hope is that, in spite of the heat and humidity, you have long since been visiting your hunting properties mowing, spraying, repairing and building stands, supplemental feeding, and working trail cameras. If not, you are late and already running behind, and it is time to get the lead out. 

    October 25, 2017 at 9:00am

    MDWFP confiscates CWD-positive mule deer

    State wildlife officers used a two-year-old law to confiscate a CWD-infected mule deer from a DeSoto County hunter, who was then issued a citation, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks announced on Monday.

    October 23, 2017 at 2:15pm
    Homemade sandbags — actually filled with rice to make them lighter — are a cost effective, easy way to help sight in your rifle before opening day.

    Make your own sandbags

    Sandbags are a necessity for hunters when sighting in their rifles. And there are plenty of commercial options available.

    October 19, 2017 at 7:00am
    Taking the time to accurately sight in your rifle goes a long way in preventing opening day disappointment, or worse yet wounding that trophy buck you’ve been having your eyes on.

    Sight in your rifle — with just two shots

    It never fails: The afternoon before rifle season opens, someone grabs a paper plate from the camp’s kitchen, rides his ATV out to the nearest 100-yard opening and takes a few shots with a rifle he hasn’t looked at since last season.

    If he hits the plate, he figures he’s ready to go.

    October 18, 2017 at 7:00am
    Jordan Watts and his big 12-point buck that scored 151 inches.

    Watts arrows big Mississippi 12-point on public land

    Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is an area that floods each winter. However, its over 38,000 acres also contains one of the few remaining large tracts of mature hardwoods in the Mississippi Delta.

    October 17, 2017 at 3:30pm
    Madelyn Kavanaugh of Vicksburg killed this 8-point on opening day of archery season. It was her third and biggest buck.

    Youngster gets big 8 with stickers

    One of the best bucks reported from the first few days of deer season was a nice 8-point with two stickers taken by an 8-year-old girl with a crossbow near Eagle Lake — and she didn’t wait long to get him.

    October 17, 2017 at 2:15pm

    What’s in your deer pack?

    Deer hunting has not been immune from advances in technology and tactics. Hunters run the gamut from carrying nothing more than a weapon and a pair of boots to an organized pack that contains everything but the kitchen sink.

    October 17, 2017 at 7:00am
    More than 1,000 acres of pines in the Bienville National Forest that are infested with the southern pine beetle have been cut in 2017.

    Bienneville pine beetles: trouble now, but news not all bad

    More than 1,000 acres of pine forest in the Bienville National Forest are being felled due to beetle infestation, and that could impact hunting on its three WMAs — Bienville, Caney Creek and Tallahala. 

    October 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Deer are often attracted to the rich vegetation on old gardens and home sites, especially does that are still legal during the archery season on public land.

    A case for harvest reporting

    A change in deer limits being made based on email survey results is the strongest argument ever that it’s time for Mississippi to have an accurate tagging and/or harvest reporting system.

    October 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Paula Carruth has become quite a deer hunter in her own right after learning the sport from her husband, Jimmy.

    Carruth is proof that women can be good bowhunters

    Paula Carruth of Brandon has competed in bass tournaments with her husband, Jimmy Carruth, for many years, forming one of the most formidable and respected teams on Barnett Reservoir. You will find her standing shoulder to shoulder with him, flipping and pitching into heavy vegetation and horsing out any lunkers that mistakenly grab her lures.

    October 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Michael Snowden took this nice buck during last season’s rut, taking advantage of things he learned earlier in the season.

    Concentrate on the rut

    When it comes to bowhunting, Michael Snowden of Rose Hill hunts all season, but he knows his best chance will come during the rut.

    October 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Fixed-blade broadheads provide advantages over mechanical broadheads in a number of hunting situations.

    Broadheads: The fixed or mechanical debate

    While it may seem like the archery version of the Ford vs. Chevrolet debate, consider this point for fixed-blade broadheads over mechanical broadheads.

    October 15, 2017 at 7:00am