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Yazoo County hunter's first bow buck is 150-class monster

Tracy Paul might have pulled the string that flung the arrow that drove the broadhead through the lungs and heart of the buck of her dreams, but she is quick to give credit for the 150-class buck to three men in her life that made it all possible.

Her dad, Michael Peyton, got her interested in deer hunting.

Her grandfather, Bubba Vandervere, taught her patience through fishing.

And, her husband, Tim Paul, bought her a bow that got her started archery hunting for deer about five years ago.Read More...
October 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Panola County gives up 160-inch buck

Two days after missing on a 10-point buck he had worked so hard to get, Sam Wray of Courtland found the perfect cure for buck fever blues on Wednesday (Oct. 24).

He put an arrow through an even better buck, one that he never knew was walking his 300-acre private honey hole in Panola County. The buck, a massive mainframe 8-point with as many as nine sticker points will easily qualify for Pope & Young.Read More...
October 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Coast on fire, but still waiting on flounders to show up

Anchored adjacent to a towering bridge piling, Paul Thomas had his hands full for a few hours on Saturday (Oct. 21). There were three rod holders on the back corner of his 22-foot boat, and only Thomas and his young son Ronnie were aboard.

“I spent Saturday morning trying not to lose a rod or a son,” Thomas laughed, recounting the hectic two hours it took the guys to fill the fish box in the boat. “Seriously, there weren’t many times we didn’t both have a fish on a line and a third rod bent over that we just couldn’t get to.Read More...
October 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Delta crappie confounding best perch jerkers

Fishing conditions could not be more ideal in the Delta. The temperatures have fallen to a more comfortable autumn range. Passing fronts are few and far between.

Crappie fishermen, who have been waiting for this kind of weather, are hitting the water in good numbers, anxious to fill their freezers with plenty of fillets before their thoughts to deer hunting.

Great, right?
October 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Squirrel season starts off with a thud

The squirrel-hunting season in Mississippi got off to a slow start last weekend, due in large part to very warm temperatures, according to two avid hunters in the central part of the state.

Mark Morrison made two different hunts on Saturday (Oct. 13) — one to Twin Oaks Wildlife Management Area that morning and another to Sunflower WMA in the afternoon. Both areas remain heavily canopied because of the lack of any significant cold snaps in recent weeks.Read More...
October 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

Marshall County bean field produces 160-inch buck

Baldwin’s Tyler Nelson had been watching a Marshall County buck develop a massive set of antlers all summer long by using trail cameras set up on property owned by his girlfriend’s family.

“I’ve probably got 1,000 pictures of him over the summer,” Nelson said.

And the deer wasn’t a secret to his girlfriend’s family because it routinely visited a cut bean field every evening.

But Nelson took advantage of the fact that his girlfriend’s family didn’t have any big bow hunters, and now that monster buck — which has been greenscored at nearly 164 inches Pope & Young — to arrow the deer on Oct. 9.Read More...
October 14, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Claiborne County yields opening-week trophy buck

Having grown up hunting his family’s farm in rural Claiborne County, 23-year-old Patrick McManus is no stranger to massive whitetails. His walls are adorned with a number of these monsters, but none had been taken with stick and string.

An avid bowhunter since the young age of 12, McManus has harvested dozens of does with archery gear; however, due to an intense deer management program combined with his own personal choice to hold out for a mature whitetail, McManus had yet to realize his dream of taking a trophy buck with his bow.Read More...
October 09, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Squirrel prospects good throughout state

Mississippi is not having a banner year for acorn production, and that is not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to squirrel hunting.

According to wildlife biologist Dave Godwin of Tupelo, the small game program coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, it is the previous year’s hard mast crop that matters most to squirrel populations.

“And we have had two or three great years, at least above average, of acorn production,” said Godwin, who is also an avid squirrel hunter. “We also had a mild winter last year, so the squirrels were not put under any unusual stress.Read More...
October 08, 2012 at 8:00 am

Finally, a limit of stripes

They weren’t big, with the biggest pushing 3 pounds and 19 inches and the smallest barely exceeding the 15-inch minimum.

But, man, I was one happy boy on Wednesday (Oct. 3) when I finally nailed my first limit of keeper striped bass on Barnett Reservoir this year.

It was a long-awaited feat in 2012, but took less than 40 minutes to produce once I found the school hanging on the drop from 6 feet to 12 feet straight out from Fannin Landing.Read More...
October 04, 2012 at 9:00 am

Sardis’ fabulous fall fishing comes with a caveat

As Sardis Lake fishermen prepare for what is predicted to be a great month of crappie fishing, state fisheries director Ron Garavelli offers some ominous October advice.

“Enjoy it, because it will get tough for a long, long time,” said Garavelli, himself an avid Sardis troller. “October and November are the peak months for trolling for crappie and it ought to be great up there this year because most of those 2009 fish have made it to legal size (12 inches). They’re already biting like crazy.Read More...
October 01, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Record AJ brings satisfaction

Perhaps it is time for the fishing team, Never Satisfied, to consider a name change.

The group of fishermen, based in Ocean Springs, and their spouses/girlfriends will be hard-pressed to beat the trip they had Aug. 4 in the 18th annual Carl Leggett Fishing Tournament in Biloxi.

Their first fish of the morning was a 124-pound, 4-ounce amberjack caught by Mike Jimerson, which the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources certified this week as a new state record.Read More...
September 28, 2012 at 10:30 am

State-record gator landed

It broke a trolling motor.

It broke a boat trailer winch strap.

But what the 697 1/2-pounder will most be remembered for breaking is Mississippi’s record for heaviest alligator ever taken by a hunter.Read More...
September 25, 2012 at 11:44 am

Frog provides dessert at Panther

As we have many times in the past few years when we need fillets quickly for a weekend fish fry, my partner and I hooked up the boat and headed to Calling Panther Lake near Crystal Springs Wednesday (Sept. 19).

The 500-acre Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks lake didn’t let us down. Using spinning gear, 8-pound fluorocarbon leader off 10-pound braid, and drop shot worms, we quickly started picking off our targets — undersized bass that are in great number in Panther.

So much so that MDWFP biologists urge fishermen to take as many as they want, up to 30 apiece a day, of bass under 20 inches.Read More...
September 24, 2012 at 9:45 am

Teal season opener gets glowing reports

Jacob Sartain worked all summer long to create habitat to generate teal hunting opportunities, manicuring the abandoned catfish ponds on his Delta property to provide what the blue-winged birds would want.

So many hours, so much sweat and for what?

“On opening day, we hunted less than 30 minutes,” Sartain said. “On Sunday, we hunted about 30 minutes.”Read More...
September 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

Brandon hunter kills 12-foot, 600-pound alligator

Nearly two hours into the battle, Scott Lemmons of Brandon had the cane pole and hoop snare in his hand, ready to put the clincher on what he thought was a pretty good alligator.

“When we got him up, close enough to snare, and his head broke the surface in the Q-Beam about 10 feet from the boat, that’s when I knew he was big, really big,” said Lemmons. “I’ve seen a lot of alligators, both in person and on film, but I have never, ever seen anything like that.

“I had no idea he was that big. Honestly, when I made the cast I thought we might be looking at a 10-footer, maybe 10˝. I was stunned.”Read More...
September 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Thousands of dead nutria line Mississippi beaches

As silver linings go, this one stinks.


Capt. Sonny Schindler has never seen anything like it, the thousands of dead nutria pushing into the west end of the Mississippi Sound after apparently being drowned by Hurricane Isaac’s storm surge.Read More...
September 06, 2012 at 9:00 am