• Hunting

    Rabbit numbers really jumped in the 1980s and 1990s when their preferred habitat was on the increase across Mississippi.

    Writer’s choice: Rabbit sauce piquant

    According to the late, great Cajun chef, Paul Prudhomme, “piquant to a Cajun means, literally, so hot it hurts like a sticker in your tongue.”

    February 15 at 7:00am
    One of the author’s nephews with a fully mature buck taken after a long, quiet hike to the stand.

    Food for thought:

    By the time you are reading this, unless you live in the extreme southern part of Mississippi, the 2017-2018 deer season will already be “in the books,” as they say. 

    February 14 at 9:00am
    Mississippi’s first case of a CWD-infected deer was confirmed Feb. 9 when an Iowa laboratory completed its tests on a free-range mature buck found dead Jan. 25 in Issaquena County.

    Deer feeding banned in 6 counties due to CWD

    Supplemental feeding of deer was suspended on Feb. 9 in six west-central counties of Mississippi after a lab in Iowa confirmed the Magnolia State’s first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a free-range buck from Issaquena County.

    February 12 at 4:30pm
    Aubrey Dale hunted all season to get her first rack buck, but it paid off on Jan. 28 when she took this 175-pound 7-point on family land in Holmes County.

    Brandon youngster really has to wait on first buck

    Aubrey Dale had hunted all season to get her first buck, joining her father in the deer stand whenever she could, showing more patience than one would expect of a 10-year-old.

    February 08 at 10:20am
    Presleigh Stigler, 7, of Florence, killed two deer on Jan. 31, the final day of the season, including this 146-inch 10-point. A doe and that buck were the first two deer she’s taken without help holding the gun.

    Season’s last day is one to remember for 7-year-old

    On Jan. 31, the final day of deer season in much of Mississippi, Cameron Stigler of Florence took his 7-year-old daughter, Presleigh, to the woods for a last shot at avoiding a shutout season.

    February 08 at 9:30am
    Once Feb. 1 rolls around, rabbit hunters with a good pack of dogs are some of the most popular sportsman in the world. Deer season is over and invitations to rabbit hunt come in almost daily.

    Rabbit hunters take center stage

    February is also a great time to own a pack of rabbit dogs.

    February 08 at 7:00am
    A dying art, it might seem, squirrel hunting remains Mississippi’s top small game target.

    Bushytails best beware

    Mississippi’s No. 1 small-game animal remains the squirrel, although hunting pressure continues to plummet. The number of squirrel hunters in the state has dropped by half over the past 50 years.

    February 07 at 7:00am
    QMaxx’s BLU

    QMaxx’s BLU

    Gun owners have a long menu of choices when it comes to protecting their firearms, and a St. Louis-based company, QMaxx Products, has joined the fray with a pretty powerful entry.

    February 01 at 7:00am
    Silversport

    Silversport

    Hunters have long been trying to block or camouflage their natural smell from game animals, using scent sprays to camouflage those aromas, storing their hunting clothes in containers that keep them away from unwanted odors or even buying clothes treated with scent blockers.

    February 01 at 7:00am
    The author killed this hit-list buck, nicknamed Saban, on Christmas Eve — after taking plenty of care not to put too much pressure on it.

    Learn to manage hunting pressure

    This month, I’m going to touch on a subject that applies to deer hunting with any weapon: managing hunting pressure on your herd. In my opinion, no single factor is more important to your success in terms of seeing and harvesting deer — especially mature bucks.  

    February 01 at 7:00am
    These hunters ran into hefty canecutters on an island off the upper Pearl River area of Barnett Reservoir.

    Canecutters and hillbillies

    “Yeah, they ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles, and they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn’t go.”

    One would surmise that Jimmy Driftwood, who penned those lines in his song, Battle of New Orleans, which singer Johnny Horton took to No. 1 on Billboard charts in 1959, was a hunter.

    February 01 at 7:00am
    Mike Norsworthy of Brandon was sitting in a double-ladder stand with his 10-year-old son, Finn, when Finn arrowed this 162-inch buck this past October.<br />

    Deer of the year

    Mississippi hunters put plenty of big bucks on the ground this past season.

    February 01 at 7:00am

    Cover

    Finn Norsworthy, 10, from Brandon, was sitting in a double-ladder stand with his father, Mike, when he arrowed this 162-inch buck this past October.

    February 01 at 7:00am
    Abbye Hughes, 15, killed this turkey on March 26, 2017, while hunting with her dad in Clarke County. The gobbler had a 10-inch beard and 1 ¼-inch spurs.

    Apply now for WMA turkey hunts

    The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will accept applications through Feb. 15 for Wildlife Management Area permitted turkey hunts. 

    January 30 at 8:00am
    Ross Carpenter, 15 of Greenwood, killed this 18-point

    Teen takes 185-inch cactus buck

    When asked to describe his 18-point, massive, 185-inch buck killed Jan. 13 in the Mississippi Delta, 15-year-old Ross Carpenter didn’t use words like trophy or beautiful or anything like that.

    January 29 at 10:00am
    For most Mississippians, this weekend represents their final chance to hunt deer as the sun sets on another season.

    Final weekend for most deer hunters

    For most Mississippi deer hunters, the approaching weekend is their final one for the 2017-2018 season, a last shot at getting a trophy buck or to add some doe meat for the freezer.

    January 26 at 3:00pm