• Deer Hunting

    Binoculars and rangefinders can be tremendous additions to your archery equipment.

    Optics can improve your bow skills

    Doug Goins, a Mathews archery pro, has some eye-opening and sight-improving advice for hunters, and it involves the use of optics when archery hunting.

    October 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Dr. Frank Sullivan killed this potential state-record non-typical behind his St. Francisville dental practice the afternoon of Oct. 5. The deer grossed between 220 and 230 inches.

    Potential state record deer arrowed

    A St. Francisville dentist on Oct. 5 arrowed what could be the largest Louisiana non-typical deer to be killed with a bow — and he was hunting pretty much where he works.

    "I killed the deer inside the city limits — behind my dentist office," Dr. Frank Sullivan said of the 18-pointer that grossed between 220 and 230 points.

    October 09, 2017 at 10:00am
    The crease in the palm of your hand — your life line — is where your bow grip should begin.

    Get a grip on bow torque

    In layman’s terms, torque is defined as a rotational force, or the twisting of an object. While there are some cases where more torque is desirable — such as the output of your vehicle’s engine — the handle of your bow is definitely NOT one of them. 

    October 04, 2017 at 9:00am
    Black Widow Deer Lures

    Black Widow Deer Lures

    Black Widow Deer Lures is the only scent company that strictly collects and bottles fresh deer urine from the southern whitetail deer. Southern deer eat different foliage, browse, fruits and nuts then their cousins the Northern whitetail deer, and this changes the smell and glandular secretions in the urine. So if you want to up your odds in the woods this season, and you hunt in the south, there is only one lure that is collected especially just for southern hunters. Black Widow’s red label lures include Doe Estrus (doe in heat), dominate buck urine, curiosity scents and more.

    October 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Josh Hawkins hunts public land when he is home on leave from the U.S. Navy, and last year he killed this buck at Caney Creek WMA.

    Facing Mississippi’s WMA doe-harvest restrictions

    Deer hunters whose hunting is restricted to public lands have been dealt a bad hand for the 2017-18 season, as far as killing does to stock the freezer with venison or sausage is concerned.

    October 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Henry and Lakeisha Woodard believe in practicing before and during the season, as their 3D buck target shows.

    Hunt the Woodard way

    Soon after Lakeisha Woodard spotted a group of does coming toward her stand on a hunt last year, things got crazy.

    October 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    A lot of preparation has to take place before the critical moment when an archer has a nice buck in his sights. A good place to start is listening to experts at a local archery shop.

    Tips from an archery shop

    Depending on where you are Mississippi, bow season for whitetail deer is either open — after Sept. 30 in the Delta, North East, East Central, or South West Zones — or coming soon, on Oct. 14 in the Southeast Zone.

    October 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Mississippi’s archery season opens on Saturday, but hunters better be prepared for a north wind.

    Archery, squirrel seasons open Saturday

    What most bow hunters would call a blessing — cooler weather — for the opening weekend of the archery deer season, Gene Glover of Jackson calls a curse.

    September 29, 2017 at 11:20am
    An interesting photo of a buck that appears to have been sheared by a dog groomer.

    Practical strategies for success

    In the last couple of installments of “Happy Trails” we have been peeling the onion back a few layers on the finer points of supplemental feeding. During the preseason period from late spring to early fall, consistent and properly done supplemental feeding accomplishes multiple things for your deer herd and potentially you as a deer hunter. First and foremost, the right type of supplemental feed during the right time period ensures that your resident bucks growing antlers have enough building blocks, and that does stay healthy as they provide milk for their summer offspring.

    September 20, 2017 at 9:00am
    This buck is shedding his velvet. What bowhunter wouldn’t welcome this scene in front of their stand?

    Tracking the rut

    No matter the deer population or the ratio of does-to-bucks, there “will be a rut,” said William McKinley, the deer program coordinator for the MDWFP. It is a staggered start, varying region by region and even property by property.

    September 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    With a lot of carryover of bucks from a poor 2016-17 statewide harvest, many hunters could be as fortunate as Barrett Van Cleave of Woodville, who killed this buck two years ago.

    Here’s what’s new for deer in 2017-18

    According to MDWFP deer program coordinator William McKinley, the agency conducted a statewide hunter opinion survey via e-mail in April 2017. Hunters were asked numerous questions about topics including deer populations, hunting methods and season structure.

    September 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Food sources are generally thought to be the best indicator for stand placement. Try to locate the stand off the side of a trail leading to the food and don’t place the stand in the middle of the action.

    Find food, place stand

    Before bucks take a serious interest in does for breeding purposes, food sources are one of, if not the most important factor, in deciding where to place your deer stand. Even when the rut comes in, does will still primarily focus on food while bucks shift their focus to the females. 

    September 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Permanent stands left up year-round need to be thoroughly inspected and repairs made as needed.

    Check conditions of stands

    If you deer hunt in areas where permanent stands are erected and have been left in place year round, now is the time to inspect those stands for safety. Ropes, chains, and straps used to secure the stands need to be checked and invariably, some burgeoning timber will need to be manicured so you can see the approach of deer around the stand.

    September 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Using game cameras allows a hunter to keep track of movements, deer numbers and age and sex ratios without having to spend a lot of time in the woods.

    Your eyes in the woods

    Today’s technology allows deer hunters who are pressed for time, or who want to get out into the woods without hunting blind, to hit the ground running. 

    September 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Natural cover from limbs on nearby trees provides a hunter the opportunity to draw unobserved from this ladder stand.

    Keys to bow stand selection

    Archery season is fast approaching and hopefully, most bowhunters have their archery equipment set up and dialed in. But what about the tree stands they will hunt from? 

    September 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    MDWFP deer coordinator William McKinley measures a buck  for the Magnolia Records Program at the Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza. Fewer entries in the program could be due to many factors.

    2017-18 deer season forecast: After poor season, it looks good

    Mississippi is a deer-rich state. In spite of recent bag limit and regulatory changes hunters still have a long season and opportunities to harvest deer that are the envy of many hunters across the nation. A story on the new regulations can be found with this article.

    September 01, 2017 at 7:00am