• Waterfowl & Duck Hunting

    Hunters are hoping that the first cold front in September, scheduled later this week, will push blue-winged teal in for the first weekend of the early season.

    Busy weekend ahead

    Now that Mississippians have stocked up courtesy of the first Second Amendment Holiday, or tax-free weekend on hunting equipment, they will quickly get the opportunity to use it.

    September 10, 2014 at 11:00am
    Mississippi waterfowlers are hoping for another early and cold winter to help push ducks south ahead of the early-ending season.

    Duck season to end early

    Unfortunately for Mississippi duck hunters, the state’s 2014-15 season will end at the earliest date possible — Jan. 25 — costing waterfowlers six precious days during the peak of migration.

    August 13, 2014 at 4:45pm
    The 16-day special early teal season is set for Sept. 13-28.

    Teal season Sept. 13-28

    A continued abundance of blue-winged teal in the annual waterfowl survey should mean another good September season for Mississippi hunters who pursue the earliest migratory duck.

    July 21, 2014 at 1:30pm

    Duck numbers up 8 percent

    Duck numbers are up for eight of the 10 most popular species, including the oh-so-important mallard, according to the 2014 breeding population survey released Wednesday by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

    July 03, 2014 at 9:30am
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    July 01, 2014 at 7:00am
    This shot of hunters and their ducks from Saturday at Cole Lake Hunting Club near Isola is a prime example of Mississippi's 2013-14 season. A total of 15 hunters had a mallard limit.

    Duck hunters had great season

    Drew Burton and fellow hunters at the Cole Lake Hunting Club in Isola decided not to hunt on Sunday, the final day of the best duck season in Mississippi in his lifetime.

    “To tell you the truth, we slept in, a decision we made Saturday night while eating a steak dinner at Doe’s in Greenville,” Burton said. “The reason was simple. On Saturday we had the greatest hunt we’ve ever had and we felt like it was the perfect way to finish the greatest duck season we’d ever had, or at least the greatest I’ve ever had and I’ve hunted them for most of my 28 years on this earth.

    “Saturday, we had 15 hunters in four different blinds and everybody limited out on greenheads. It wasn’t just that we had mallard limits but that we had ducks working all morning. Seriously, we couldn’t get the blind closed before we’d have groups of 25 or 50 or even 100 working over our heads again. If we could have carried 10 cases of shells to the blind, we could have shot them all. It makes me feel good any time I have one or two of my hunters say that was the best duck hunt they’d ever had, and we got that a lot this year.”

    January 27, 2014 at 3:30pm
    Ducks require lots of water and easy access food, which Tallahatchie County has in abundance in ideal years.

    Hunter’s new best friend: The Web

    One of the best things about the Internet is the explosion of information available to assist hunters: News, facts, area regulations and more, all available on computers, tablets and even smart phones.

    January 15, 2014 at 7:00am
    A cold winter is the key to a great season of Delta duck hunting.

    On the edge of paradise

    Tommy Hoff is an avid duck hunter and he knows he has it good, living on the edge of one of the country’s best duck areas.

    January 15, 2014 at 7:00am
    A duck hunting party wades out to set up for a morning duck hunt.

    Smooth bores never boring

    With waterfowl numbers are near-record levels in recent years, the firearm industry has been busy trying to keep pace. Hence, a lot of good shotguns have flooded the waterfowl hunting market over the last decade with nearly every maker getting on the wagon.

    January 15, 2014 at 7:00am
    Catfish Flautt surveys duck flights and hunting areas every day during the long waterfowl season.

    Hunting in fashion

    Watching the gathering around Mike Flautt’s guide assignment table each morning is like watching a veritable fashion show. It’s nothing like a Victoria Secret preview mind you, but all the young duck guides are always decked out in the latest, greatest, best duck wear in just the right camouflage patterns.

    January 15, 2014 at 7:00am
    Tallahatchie County sees lots of daily flights of ducks and geese.

    Tallahatchie’s “secret” public ducks

    There’s a good reason why most Mississippi duck hunters residing outside of the Delta don’t know about some pretty darn good public waterfowl opportunities in the Tallahatchie region. It’s probably because Delta hunters try to keep it secret.

    January 15, 2014 at 7:00am
    Vickie Gunn holds a specklebelly goose taken from a manmade Johnson grass blind.

    For geese, it’s all about corn

    Paul Fitts of Fitts Farms Inc., in Moorhead said current corn production makes the middle Delta ideal for goose hunting, although the duck-hunting prospects have diminished a bit because of a lack of water.

    January 15, 2014 at 7:00am
    Jay and Grady Gunn discuss how wonderfully the last flight of specklebellies worked into their decoys, and eventually into their hands.

    Filet mignon of the sky

    All the old jokes about goose recipes — bake in a big pan surrounded by fresh vegetables and, after three hours, throw away the bird and eat the vegetables — simply do not apply to the specklebelly goose.

    January 15, 2014 at 7:00am
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    January 01, 2014 at 7:00am
    One of the attractive features of goose hunting in the Mississippi Delta is the relatively low hunting pressure.

    Specklebelly waltz — Hunting Delta geese

    With each dip of his kayak paddle, 13-year-old Grady Gunn glided through the slough on the outskirts of Moorhead toward the last downed gadwall of the morning hunt. By the time the paddler returned to the shoreline, a roar was beginning to build.

    January 01, 2014 at 7:00am
    With an assist from dog Jack, Jimmy Sandifer enjoyed the great hunting last weekend, getting his limit of greenheads on a hunt near Louise in the Delta.

    Ducks keep coming

    Any thoughts that Mississippi duck hunters had that the early migration brought on by freakish November cold fronts would be short lived ... forget about it.

    December 11, 2013 at 9:00am