• Turkey Hunting

    Chad Bell's first turkey was killed in the Big Black River bottoms north of Canton and sported an impressive 15.25-inch beard.

    Bell’s first gobbler true longbeard

    Chad Bell figures he earned every inch of beard his first gobbler sported, and, at 15.25 inches, that’s a whole lot of work.

    April 02, 2015 at 9:15am


    What do you need to get in on the hot turkey action? It's all inside this issue.

    April 01, 2015 at 7:00am
    Turkey flock populations across the state are always in flux, but annual turkey surveys help track their activities.

    Join the spring gobbler survey team

    Turkey hunters can play an active role in providing information that helps determine future management of the wild turkey in Mississippi. I mean, do you ever wonder where all the annual turkey hunting results information and data comes from each season?

    April 01, 2015 at 7:00am
    Veteran turkey hunters know it could take every trick up their sleeve and every call in their bag to kill wily ol’ gobblers. That’s why they often use several calls to take a big bird.

    Beginner’s luck — Turkey hunting tactics for the novice

    There are simply too many choices of turkey calls, including all the types, materials, configurations, and styles, not to mention brand names, models, and all the marketing hype that goes with it.

    April 01, 2015 at 7:00am
    JEBS Chokes

    JEBS Chokes

    The JEBS Headhunter Turkey Choke Tube is for everyone from the serious turkey hunter to the beginning novice. This tube has a patented interior bore design which allows for better shot and wad cup separation, thus making patterns smaller and denser on your intended target. It will deliver extreme patterns down range at longer distances. Due to its restrictions, quality materials and overall craftsmanship, JEBS chokes are quickly becoming the “Go-To” choke tube for the serious shotgunner.

    April 01, 2015 at 7:00am
    Todd McTaggart and his son Gage McTaggart, both of Albany, La., with the trophy 4-bearded gobbler the 12-year-old killed on opening morning of the Mississippi youth season March 7 at Homochitto National Forest.

    Young hunter gets 4-bearded Mississippi gobbler

    Opening morning of the youth turkey season turned into a numbers game for 12-year-old Gage McTaggart, who was hunting with his dad Todd and caller Brett Thompson at Homochitto National Forest in Southwest Mississippi.

    March 26, 2015 at 10:45am
    Shane Johnson killed 99 turkeys —a number of them with his bow — as of the end of the 2014 season.

    7 tips for killing public gobblers

    Shane Johnson dreams of having a nice, turkey-filled private lease. But he’s never had that privilege, so he’s fought the public-land battle for years.

    March 18, 2015 at 6:30am
    One good public land strategy is to hunt as often as possible on weekdays, avoiding the weekend crowds.

    2015 turkey forecast: Good, but not as good as 2014

    It is just as difficult, if not more so, to offer up any kind of a prediction to what the coming hunting season is going to be like when it comes to wild turkeys as it is for white-tailed deer.

    March 15, 2015 at 8:00am
    Mark Boyd finds success by chasing turkeys deep in the woods of the Homochitto National Forest and its two WMAs. He believes it’s key to go past where other hunters will go.

    Defeating the public aspect

    Our magazine’s own Mark Boyd is a well-versed public lands turkey hunter and he beats the public odds often. 

    March 15, 2015 at 8:00am
    With biologists predicting a good spring turkey season in 2015, hunters have a fair chance at carrying home a gobbler.

    Open land

    Hunters working gobblers on public lands must realize that the property is open to anybody that wants to use it. That includes both hunters and other people enjoying other forms of recreation. 

    March 15, 2015 at 8:00am
    To find gobblers on public lands, hunt off the beaten path.

    How to kill WMA turkeys — seek isolation

    The gobbler was sounding off in earnest, and he was not that far away. I started slipping quietly down the ridge, just below its peak where I hoped I would not be seen. 

    March 15, 2015 at 8:00am
    When moving through the woods during a turkey hunt, it is wise not to wear anything, not the smallest bit, of red, white or blue, the predominant colors of a gobbler's head. It is also advisable to carry the body of a dead gobbler in an orange bag or at least completely concealed after a successful hunt.

    Have a safe turkey season

    Of all the hunting seasons in Mississippi, the safest may be exactly the one that often puts hunters in the most dangerous situations.

    March 10, 2015 at 3:20pm
    Preston Pittman says patience can sometimes be the key to beating an early season gobbler who gets henned-up off the roost.

    Early errors can haunt hunter all spring

    Mississippians chasing turkeys during the youth season could run into a situation that could prove detrimental long-term during the rest of the spring gobbler season.

    March 09, 2015 at 4:00pm
    A decoy (look in backpack) helped Austin Partridge kill his first gobbler on a youth hunt.

    ‘Necessories’ can make/break novice turkey hunt

    While many die-hard turkey hunters might turn their noses up at decoys and folding pop-up blinds when hunting alone, they consider them absolutely necessary accessories when guiding a youngster.

    March 05, 2015 at 10:00am
    While the old run-and-gun tactic was once popular, it seems to have died off in favor of more-patient hunting methods.

    ‘Run-and-gun’ is dead and gone

    Turkey tactics, strategies and methods of hunting have come and gone over the years. One can still hear heated debates around the campfire during deer season about how to best hunt a wild turkey gobbler. Some say to use this call or that, hunt morning roosted birds or afternoon lovesick toms, use decoys, and so forth. 

    March 01, 2015 at 7:00am
    Mississippi’s abundant public lands offer numerous opportunities to get a great gobbler.

    Top turkey tracts — Mississippi’s best turkey-hunting WMAs

    It is a blessing to live in a state offering so much quality public hunting land. Whenever I get the chance to brag, I let my out-of-state hunting friends know that Mississippi is the place to come for deer hunting, small game hunting, and even some of the best fishing in the country, especially crappie.

    March 01, 2015 at 7:00am