• Hunting

    The author killed this hit-list buck, nicknamed Saban, on Christmas Eve — after taking plenty of care not to put too much pressure on it.

    Learn to manage hunting pressure

    This month, I’m going to touch on a subject that applies to deer hunting with any weapon: managing hunting pressure on your herd. In my opinion, no single factor is more important to your success in terms of seeing and harvesting deer — especially mature bucks.  

    February 01 at 7:00am
    Silversport

    Silversport

    Hunters have long been trying to block or camouflage their natural smell from game animals, using scent sprays to camouflage those aromas, storing their hunting clothes in containers that keep them away from unwanted odors or even buying clothes treated with scent blockers.

    February 01 at 7:00am
    QMaxx’s BLU

    QMaxx’s BLU

    Gun owners have a long menu of choices when it comes to protecting their firearms, and a St. Louis-based company, QMaxx Products, has joined the fray with a pretty powerful entry.

    February 01 at 7:00am
    Abbye Hughes, 15, killed this turkey on March 26, 2017, while hunting with her dad in Clarke County. The gobbler had a 10-inch beard and 1 ¼-inch spurs.

    Apply now for WMA turkey hunts

    The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will accept applications through Feb. 15 for Wildlife Management Area permitted turkey hunts. 

    January 30 at 8:00am
    Ross Carpenter, 15 of Greenwood, killed this 18-point

    Teen takes 185-inch cactus buck

    When asked to describe his 18-point, massive, 185-inch buck killed Jan. 13 in the Mississippi Delta, 15-year-old Ross Carpenter didn’t use words like trophy or beautiful or anything like that.

    January 29 at 10:00am
    For most Mississippians, this weekend represents their final chance to hunt deer as the sun sets on another season.

    Final weekend for most deer hunters

    For most Mississippi deer hunters, the approaching weekend is their final one for the 2017-2018 season, a last shot at getting a trophy buck or to add some doe meat for the freezer.

    January 26 at 3:00pm
    This buck has the classic body build of a mature deer 5½ years or older, in spite of its paltry antlers.

    Rate that buck

    Well, we once again find ourselves at the close of another year and headed straight into the clutches of what passes for winter here in the Deep South. 

    January 23 at 9:00am
    Trey Graham with a big boar killed in Lafayette County.

    “Dang them hogs”

    Wild pigs continue to be a growing problem in many areas of Mississippi, despite an increased effort — mandatory at some clubs — to eradicate the nuisance beasts.

    January 16 at 8:00am
    Mature, heavy-bodied bucks, run ragged by the rut, can still make mistakes in January. A hunter just has to be in the right place at the right time to take advantage.

    Late-season deer checklist

    • Hunt near food sources late in the season, as food will be scarce and the bucks and does will be in the vicinity. 

    January 15 at 7:00am
    The Cabela’s Instinct Hi Vis Layout Blind lets you hide from ducks and geese in plain sight.

    Top new gear choices for 2018

    Newer and better technology keeps the hunting industry moving and duck hunters digging in their pockets. These items are worth a look:

    January 15 at 7:00am
    January ducks don’t act the way they did back at Thanksgiving when the season opened. It takes slightly different approaches to keep bagging them consistently.

    Late season waterfowl tips

    Until Jan. 28, when the regular waterfowl season ends in Mississippi, duck hunters need to adjust their tactics to be more successful on late-season ducks. 

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Treed dogs focus their attention up the tree, barking loudly. The ruckus usually keeps the squirrel frozen in the tree until the hunters arrive.

    Good training makes for a good squirrel dog

    Squirrel dogs are made, not born according to. Joe Shumaker and Terry Fletcher.

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Joe Shumaker gives young hunters safety instructions before a squirrel hunt with his dogs.

    A perfect start for young hunters

    After Joe Shumaker and Terry Fletcher buckled tracking collars on their dogs, Shumaker lined up the youngsters and gave them a short safety lesson. 

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Hunters, old and young alike — Taylor Harris, Shannon McMullen and Parker McMullen try to locate a squirrel that’s been treed.

    Damp, cloudy and gray — perfect squirrel hunting day

    While any day spent squirrel hunting in January and February is better than one spent at work or at home, some are definitely better than others according to veteran hunters Joe Shumaker and Terry Fletcher.

    January 15 at 7:00am
    A retriever bringing back a prize is a common sight in the Delta in January.

    Great duck outlook

    If early December is any indication, Mississippi waterfowlers are in for a great January season.

    January 11 at 9:00am
    Youth-oriented squirrel hunts will take place at Barnett Reservoir in February.

    New youth squirrel opportunity set

    Barnett Reservoir officials gave final approval in November to open lands below the dam, adjacent to the spillway, for youth-oriented squirrel hunts in February. It will be the first time that squirrels have been legally hunted in the area in more than 50 years.

    January 11 at 8:00am