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    The Big Buck Contest leaderboard at Tunica Farm Supply is a popular gathering spot during deer season.

    Tunica Farm Supply’s Big Buck Contest

    Tunica Farm Supply’s Big Buck Contest kicked off at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 15, and by the time you read this, it might be too late to sign up for this year’s conest.

    December 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Managing predators that prey upon or compete with deer, like this wild hog, is a growing concern across the entire state of Mississippi.

    Controlling predators part of deer management

    While hunters can be quick to blame overharvest for declining deer numbers, man isn’t the only predator that’s taking a toll on deer in Mississippi and across the Southeast. Two other animals that either compete for or directly prey upon deer are coyotes and wild hogs.

    December 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Matt Powe of Carriere killed this trophy 148-inch 8-point in Pearl River County on Nov. 28, ending a five-year relationship with the big buck.

    Giant 8 taken in Pearl River County

    Matt Powe’s buck is a sure-enough trophy for Pearl River County in Southeast Mississippi.

    December 14, 2017 at 2:00pm
    Camden Lott harvested this 11-point buck in Quitman County near Batesville recently while hunting on his grandfather's land. The 238-pound buck sported 12-inch tines, an 18-inch spread and scored 162 Buckmasters-BTR.

    Tenth-grader drops monster buck

    Camden Lott eased towards his stand in full stealth mode while searching for an unseen buck. Lott had hunted on this land many times before, usually with his grandaddy, James Homer Massey. Lott killed his first buck with Grandaddy Massey a few years back and the bond they created could never be broken, even by Massey’s unexpected passing last year. 

    December 13, 2017 at 12:15pm
    Ben Pearson, 23, of West Point, killed this trophy palmated buck Nov. 26 in Monroe County after patiently waiting nearly four years since his last buck. This 16-point, with great circumference measurements, should top 167 inches.

    Pearson’s patience produces palmated trophy

    Ben Pearson had only killed two bucks in his life, and it had been four years since he’d shot his last one, a 120-inch 11-point, with a bow.

    December 12, 2017 at 11:35am
    Jody Sistrunk shows off a nice, mature mainframe 8-pointer  taken during the 2015-2016 season.

    Map out the deer rut

    It is finally here! Just like when we were kids, the wait for Christmas seemed like an eternity. So it is for me, and, I am certain, all other serious diehard deer hunters. College basketball has “March Madness” and here in the Deep South, we deer hunters have our own version; let’s call it “December Madness.” This is the silly season when bucks throw caution to the wind as they pursue estrus does. 

    December 12, 2017 at 9:00am
    The ZT Hyper Cams allow let-offs of 80- to 85-percent on Hoyt’s newest bows.

    Hoyt takes a big step

    Hoyt Archery’s 2018 flagship hunting bows are the most innovative to come from the Salt Lake City-based manufacturer in many years. Hoyt has redesigned their bows from the ground up, giving them a much-needed overhaul — and adding a lot of new technology.

    December 04, 2017 at 9:00am
    Hunting with his brother (the author), Mark Giles took this trophy by finding a food plot that does were using heavily, and then waiting until a rutting buck came in looking for love.

    Be there or be square - Tips for hunting Mississippi bucks in the rut

    When it comes to harvesting mature bucks, some hunters always seem to be in the right spot at the right time, perhaps because they possess the right mix of luck and skill.

    December 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Mindfulness or meditation is a good way to remain still in the deer woods, clearing the senses to be more acute to what is going on in the forest, and prepare you for a mature buck’s sudden appearance.

    Deer got you down? Be proactive.

    December is here, and you’ve caught yourself sitting in the same old stand, watching the same old food plot grow. If the season isn’t going as you had hoped, perhaps it’s time to become proactive about deer hunting. 

    December 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Hunter Myers, Hunter Fortenberry, Jon Deron, Austin Fortenberry, and Austin Partridge found wood ducks and a few others at a private camp in Claiborne County.

    Early season Mississippi Ducks: Take ‘em or leave ‘em?

    Duck hunters have two basic, different philosophies on how to handle early arriving waterfowl in December, before the main migration finally reaches Mississippi.

    December 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Part of the mission statement of the Quality Deer Management Association is getting young hunters interested in deer hunting.

    Trophies, the Tunica way

    The saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is a perfect fit for Mississippi deer hunters.

    December 01, 2017 at 7:00am


    Mississippi’s lengthy north-south geography means the rut progresses across the state over roughly the next 60 days. It’s magic time in the deer woods — maybe you’ll finally knock down that big buck you’ve been dreaming of. Photo by Brian Carroll.

    December 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Attaching a welcome mat to the stand’s deck prevents your dog from losing traction in wet, muddy conditions.

    DIY duck blind dog stand

    When constructing and preparing land-based duck blinds in the marsh, we go to great lengths to ensure the hide is both comfortable and functional. But adding a retrieving dog to the mix brings additional considerations and challenges. The dog must be integrated into the hunt, but in a safe way that also hides him from circling birds. 

    November 30, 2017 at 6:00am
    In this photo of the same mature buck, taken on Aug. 6, note the circumference of the bases and the overall general mass of the antlers, tell-tale signs of maturity.

    Try to educate your eyes

    In the world of Southeastern Conference football, they call the pregame education process “getting reps,” which over time builds experience and “muscle memory.” 

    November 22, 2017 at 9:00am
    Zac Carothers of Oxford took this rare, natural 14-point Sunday in Coahoma County. The buck gross scores over 180 inches, putting it close to the typical archery record in Mississippi.

    Carothers sticks 180-inch typical 14 point

    Here’s what you need to know statistically about the 180-inch (green, gross) buck Zac Carothers shot with a bow Sunday in Coahoma County.

    November 20, 2017 at 4:15pm
    As the rut approaches, bucks will spend more and more of their travel time seeking out receptive does.

    Mapping Mississippi’s breeding period

    For more than 20 years, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has conducted deer health checks across the state to establish quite a database. 

    November 15, 2017 at 6:00am