• Hunting

    While duck numbers are down in 2018 surveys, most species are above the long-term average, which is good news for Mississippi hunters.

    Duck numbers down in 2018

    October 16 at 6:00am
    Rabbit hunters were doubly pleased about Saturday's arrival of the season, since it coincided with the first cool front of the fall.

    Rabbit season is open

    Archery deer hunting starts Monday in Southeast Zone
    October 15 at 9:30am
    Wearing a safety harness and attaching yourself to a lifeline before ever leaving the ground are keys to tree stand safety.

    Tree stand safety tips

    Connecting to a lifeline — before ever leaving the ground — is key
    October 15 at 6:00am
    Dad Dana Sanders and son Jason with the youngster's spike buck taken with a crossbow on Oct. 8.

    Dad helps physically challenged son get first deer with a bow

    Special relationship is mutually beneficial for the Sanders
    October 12 at 2:30pm
    Barrett Van Cleave with the opening-morning buck he took Oct. 1 near Lake Mary in Wilkinson County. The buck, named Footloose, measured 157 5/8 inches.

    An opening day hunt that followed script

    Van Cleave’s perfect hunt produces 157 5/8-inch buck
    October 09 at 12:00pm
    Dove hunters, especially those in South Mississippi, get more opportunities in October. Retrievers enjoy the second season since it’s cooler.

    Dove hunting continues

    October 05 at 8:00am
    Killing a buck in full velvet is usually a rare occurrence, since the window of opportunity is very short to get one before it completely sheds the hairy skin. In 2017, more velvet bucks were reported than usual. Will it repeat in 2018?

    Will the velvet trend continue?

    October 04 at 8:00am
    Leupold’s VX-Freedom

    Leupold’s VX-Freedom

    October 01 at 7:00am
    Big Lake’s T-Rex duck calls

    Big Lake’s T-Rex duck calls

    October 01 at 7:00am
    Halo XL600 Laser Rangefinder

    Halo XL600 Laser Rangefinder

    October 01 at 7:00am
    ScentLok OZ Active-Odor Destroyers

    ScentLok OZ Active-Odor Destroyers

    October 01 at 7:00am
    When a buck is looking your way and has its ears cupped toward you, your chances of successfully drawing on it aren’t very good.

    ‘Draw’ your own conclusions

    Timing your draw is the most important thing you’ll do with a deer in range
    October 01 at 7:00am
    Shane McCullough harvested this P&Y buck on an evening hunt in Jefferson County, targeting fresh sign and near falling white oak acorns during the “October Lull.”

    Avoid the October Lull

    Hunting pressure, changes in food availability, will make it seem like deer have disappeared, but they’re still around. You just have to adjust.
    October 01 at 7:00am