• Turkey Hunting

    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

    Mississippi has plenty of public land overrun with turkeys, but are there real hotspots? Try these WMAs and national forests to find plenty of action this month.
    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

    Patience, attention to detail are her tools
    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

    High waters make hunting unsafe at 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

    Turkey hunting suspended at Lake George, Sunflower and Twin Oaks WMAs
    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

    Pneumonic teenager’s first long beard measures 13 inches
    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

    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

    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

    Adults look forward to early start by taking hunters aged 15 and under
    March 04, 2016 at 3:30pm
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    March 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Ron Newcomer poses with a tom he harvested in Hoosier National Forest in Indiana in 2014.

    In the bag — Must-have turkey-hunting gear

    When you head to the turkey woods this month, will you have everything you need to down a gobbler? These proven turkey killers share their equipment lists to help up your odds of success.
    March 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Scott Ellis has a growing reputation as a champion turkey caller and expert hunter, and the Florida-based sportsman takes us through a day of hunting.

    Turkey Tracker — Expert turkey hunting tips

    Follow along with proven turkey killer Scott Ellis to learn his tips on tagging out.
    March 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    A textbook turkey hunt is rare on opening day, but it worked out for the author’s nephew Josh in the spring of 2015.

    Opening salvo: Turkey hunting tips for opening-day success

    After long months of anticipation, opening day of turkey season is upon us. Here are some tips to help you put a bird on the ground right out of the gate.
    March 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Before the season opens hunters should not be out in the woods spooking birds away.

    Turkey hunting warm up

    March 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    With a mix of mature (4-year-old) and young (2-year-old) gobblers available in most areas of Mississippi, there could be plenty of competition in the flock and for hunters in the 2016 season.

    Early turkey forecast good

    A nice hatch in 2014 should put plenty of 2-year-old gobblers in the woods
    February 11, 2016 at 10:00am
    Blake Jensen killed this big gobbler in 2013 in Southwest Mississippi. The state is now considering having hunters tar or at least report the harvest of all turkeys in the future.

    MDWFP conducting turkey tagging survey

    Anonymous online polling asks six total questions about possible tagging system
    August 12, 2015 at 5:15pm
    Crystal Clucker

    Crystal Clucker

    June 01, 2015 at 7:00am