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Hinds County's Mona Owens killed this 150-inch deer while hunting near Utica the day after Thanksgiving. Copiah County trophy buck downed
4220 Views - Posted: November 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm
Often a hunter that has just collected a huge-trophy class buck comments that it was their “buck of a lifetime.” And Mona Owens was no different when she laid out a huge deer the day after Thanksgiving.

“This has been my dream to take a big buck,” the Hinds County hunter said. “I haven’t stopped smiling yet since the shot was taken. I am sure this is my once-in-a-lifetime deer-hunting experience, but I truly am thankful that I had this opportunity.”

Opening day of the 2010 primitive weapons season was sure good to Dwight Schaffer of Tylertown, who killed this 190-inch, 19-point Walthall County non-typical with his new CVA .35 Whelen centerfire rifle purchased two weeks before the season. Primitive season opens Saturday, a day early
1978 Views - Posted: November 30, 2012 at 9:15 am
If you plan to go deer hunting on Saturday, the first day of December, take note: Due to the 2012 calendar, there is a change in the usual hunting season schedule.

Saturday is the opening day of the primitive weapon season in all three deer zones. Only children aged 15 and under can continue hunting with regular firearms.

Hunting coyotes before school Nov. 9, Kyle Simpson, 15, of Ashland, killed this 19-point non-typical on his dad's farm in Benton County. Boy’s coyote hunt produces Benton County non-typical ‘monster’
12272 Views - Posted: November 27, 2012 at 10:15 am
A before-school coyote hunt 300 yards behind his dad’s farm headquarters in Benton County produced what Kyle Simpson, 15, figures is his “buck of a lifetime.”

Quite possibly even a record-book buck.

Scorer Rick Dillard, a founder of Mississippi’s Magnolia Records Program, measured Simpson’s non-typical 19-point, a main-frame 10 with 9 stickers, at 195 6/8 net.

Fishing guide Capt. Chris Bush of Southern Salt Charters said speckled trout are stacked up in coastal bayous and rivers but that you have to go deep to pick up bites. Coastal trout fishing heats up as water temperatures drop
2453 Views - Posted: November 26, 2012 at 7:00 am
Capt. Chris Bush of Southern Salt Charters has been putting together impressive boxes of trout in record time by fishing soft plastics on deep ledges in coastal rivers and bayous ranging from Ocean Springs all the way to Bay St. Louis.

"As temperatures begin to drop, the fish will start getting deeper" Bush said. "I like to focus on stretches of bank with steep drops, going from 2 to 12 foot of water, 2 to 3 feet of the bank."

All of these guys have been hunting the big 10-point for three years. Jody Freeman is pictured next to his son, Hayes Freeman, who scored the buck. On the back row (left to right) is Dennis Hawkins, Stevie Carpenter, Wayne Freeman (Jody's father) and Josh Denley. Eight-year-old takes down Tate County legend
6189 Views - Posted: November 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm
In Independence, a small unincorporated town in Tate County in Northwest Mississippi, one buck has been the talk of the community and the obsession of its deer hunters for three years.

They even gave the odd 10-point a nickname, Hercules, or Herc for short.

“Pretty much all of Independence knew about Herc,” Jody Freeman said. “He was legend and about half the hunters and landowners up here have been hunting him hard, very hard, for a long time. He was like a local celebrity.”

Cameron and Landyn Murphy, 8, pose with the monster 8-point Landyn killed Nov. 12 near their home in Madison County. The amazing buck grossed over 143 inches, huge for an 8-point. Monster 8-point taken by youth hunter
2552 Views - Posted: November 20, 2012 at 10:00 am
When Landyn Murphy’s “buck of a lifetime” walked into view Nov. 12, it was her mom Cameron Murphy beside her, not her dad Danny, her usual hunting partner.

But thanks to fast thinking, the father got to experience the thrill of the moment, hundreds of miles away, when his little girl took a monster 8-point in Madison County — an 8-point that grossed over 143 inches.

Give Rob Doherty a decent late fall or early winter day and he will find bass, like these two South Mississippi deer sluggish? Try bass
1272 Views - Posted: November 20, 2012 at 9:00 am
Early deer season is often a struggle in South Mississippi, where warm temperatures and inactive bucks and does can make even the most devout hunters think about...

Fishing...

And, there’s good reason. The very same conditions that make life difficult for deer hunters make for excellent days on the water for avid bass anglers.

Cameron Martin (right) killed this big 9-point on Nov. 8 while hunting with her dad Jeff. The young hunter had to overcome a bad case of buck fever to make the shot on the deer. Young hunter downs big Holmes County 9-point despite nerves
2327 Views - Posted: November 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm
To hear Jeff Martin and his daughter Cameron of Lexington tell their hunting story, we know that there was a “whole lot of shaking going on” in their deer stand on last Thursday (Nov. 8).

So much so that it’s a miracle that Cameron Martin, 10, was able to take the shot that led to her first buck — a 9-pointer her father said would be a trophy buck for anyone.

The biggest buck reported so far this deer season was Dave Ragon's Calhoun County monster that grossed over 203 inches non-typical. He took the 27-pointer on Oct. 6 before buck activity slowed during middle and late October. Hunting conditions turning around
2595 Views - Posted: November 09, 2012 at 10:15 am
First, there was a good run on big bucks in early October during the opening weeks of archery season, which biologists always expect when deer hunters first climb stands in deer habitat.

Then, the reports of trophy racks slowed and, eventually, ended.

Expected? Yes, but not simply because the big bucks disappeared after human intrusion into their home ranges. Instead, biologist Chad Dacus, Mississippi’s deer program coordinator, pointed at many factors.

Deer hunters in the Hills and Delta hunting zones get the opportunity to thin their deer herds during the primitive weapons antlerless deer season that begins today (Nov. 5). Primitive weapons season offers chance to thin doe herd
2161 Views - Posted: November 05, 2012 at 1:30 pm
Doe control hits high gear today (Nov. 5) in most of Mississippi as the primitive weapons season for antlerless deer only begins in the Hill Country and Delta zones (formerly Zones 1 and 3).

Only antlerless deer may be taken during this early season, which ends on Nov. 16, the day before the gun season opens statewide. Only children under 16 — who can use regular guns — and archers are allowed to take bucks during this period.

“That’s fine with us, about the antlerless deer, because this is what we need,” said Billy Jones of Starkville, whose club in the Golden Triangle area of Mississippi is behind in its population control efforts. “We didn’t have a lot of success during the archery season. I think we had four does (killed), and we are supposed to take 50 this year. We added a few on the youth hunt.

Despite a die off reported this spring, white bass remain plentiful at Sardis Lake and this week they can be found schooling on points where they are waiting to ambush migrating shad. White bass chasing shad at Sardis
2032 Views - Posted: November 02, 2012 at 1:30 pm
The tricks thrown at fishermen by Mother Nature in late October are gone now, and that should produce a treat as the first weekend of November approaches.

Winds are lying down, temperatures are rising, the moon is waning and the high pressure has stabilized, combining to create outstanding fishing conditions throughout Mississippi. From white bass schooling up at Sardis to largemouth at the oxbows, it’s heating up again.

It didn’t take long for fishermen to find results, including bass chaser Tom Fairchild of Vicksburg who caught fish Wednesday and Thursday.

Keith Jackson knows plenty of stocky speckled trout can be found right now in Graveline Bayou between Ocean Prings and Gautier. Graveline Bayou filled with trout as weather cools
3694 Views - Posted: November 01, 2012 at 12:30 pm
The hot, windy summer has finally given way to much cooler fall temperatures. This is a favorite time of year for most Gulf Coast anglers because these cooler temperatures bring the larger trout to the inside bays and bayous, making limits of keeper trout much easier to catch.

One of the most-productive areas this time of year is Graveline Bayou, which is nestled between Ocean Springs and Gautier (pronounced Go Chay by the locals).