• Hunting

    The TenPoint Stealth NXT offers big performance in a compact, light package.

    Tenpoint adds a new crossbow

    As the majority of our hunting population ages, crossbows have steadily moved to the forefront of today’s archery market. 

    June 01 at 7:00am
    Alpz Doggie Duck Blind

    Alpz Doggie Duck Blind

    You’re pretty good at hiding yourself beside your favorite duck hole — camouflage clothing, some brush and maybe a little camouflage cloth — but that big, black, yellow or brown dog next to you, that’s another story. He wants to see those mallards come into the decoys as much as you do, and he needs to see them splash down when you make a good shot.

    June 01 at 7:00am
    Applications for the 2018 public water alligator season will be accepted June 1-7 for the late summer hunt that attracts hunters of all types.

    Alligator application process starts June 1

    The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will accept electronic (internet) applications for Mississippi’s 2018 public alligator season between June 1 and June 7, with the drawing expected on or about June 13.

    May 25 at 2:10pm
    Want to get in on the alligator hunting action? The MDWFP 2018 application process begins June 1.

    Gator application period opens June 1

    Mississippians wishing to legally hunt alligators during the 2018 public waters season take note: The application period begins Friday (June 1) and will end on June 7.

    May 25 at 2:00pm
    Supplemental feeding of deer has been banned in six counties after an Issaquena County deer was discovered to have CWD.

    Another look at CWD feeding ban

    Unless you have been holed up in a cave with no way of communicating for the past three or four months, you are well aware that a buck discovered on Jan. 25 in Issaquena County tested positive for chronic wasting disease. 

    May 21 at 9:00am
    Weyerhaeuser offers a food-plot program that allows hunting clubs to pay for plots that will be protected from timber management activities.

    A landowner’s perspective

    Leasing land for hunting is big business and is profitable for landowners. Lease rates once priced to covering landowners’ taxes have risen in recent years and still on the increase. Landowners, both individual and corporate, avoid commenting on the subject since it’s such a hot topic.

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Copiah County hunter Clint Gerald’s main interest is deer, followed by turkeys — finding a club with a good duck hole is an added bonus.

    What should a hunter consider in a club?

    Hunters have a long list of concerns on which to focus when it comes to finding the right club. The wish-list depends on the individual hunter and the game being pursued.

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Turkeys are the No. 2  focus of most hunt-club members; some clubs offer turkey-only memberships for hunters who don’t need deer-hunting land.

    Looking for land in all the right places

    Here are some places where Mississippi hunters can look to find leases and where clubs can post to find members:

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Spring squirrel hunting is a real treat for many Mississippi hunters who take advantage of the 2-week season.

    Is May too hot for squirrels?

    Mississippi gets its fourth-annual spring squirrel season in Mississippi in 2018, but it has yet to lure many sportsmen to participate, with most citing “too hot to hunt” as the reason.

    May 15 at 7:00am
    The late Gene Sutherland loved woods and white-tails in a life that spanned almost 70 years.

    A life well-lived: making memories in the woods

    This month, I am stepping a bit outside of this column’s normal subject matter, but I feel strongly about the message. 

    May 03 at 9:00am
    Mississippi waterfowl hunters get another liberal shot at ducks and geese in the 2018-19 season.

    Duck seasons virtually unchanged

    Mississippi duck hunters won’t see much change in the 2018-19 season under a plan announced this week by the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

    May 02 at 9:15am
    Mississippi dove hunters can get ready for more winter shooting, with a season that has been extended through Jan. 31.

    Dove season extended to Jan. 31

    It may just be May 1, but Mississippi sportsmen got some good news when the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved the 2018-19 early migratory bird seasons.

    May 02 at 9:00am
    Weatherby Mark V CarbonMark rifle

    Weatherby Mark V CarbonMark rifle

    The latest edition to the Weatherby line is the Mark V CarbonMark, a bolt-action rifle with the company’s 9-lug magnum action attached to a carbon-fiber barrel from Proof Research.

    May 01 at 7:00am
    Red Dot Hunting Club member Billy McClellan has enjoyed great success over the years on the Jefferson County lease. Billy bagged this 158 inch buck while hunting a section of the club’s timber company-leased land.

    Hey, come join the (hunt) club — or not

    Mississippi hunters have a couple of basic choices when looking for hunting grounds: public or private land. Public land is open to anyone, and most private lands are owned by individuals, families or timber companies. Unless a hunter owns his own dirt or can barter with landowners for hunting rights, private land has to be leased for hunting privileges.

    May 01 at 7:00am
    Extensive sampling and testing across Mississippi has turned up no new cases of chronic wasting disease beyond the first one from Issaquena County.

    CWD update: No news is apparently good news

    Since the first confirmed case of chronic wasting disease in Mississippi was reported in February in a 4 1/2-year-old buck in Issaquena County, no other diseased animals have been found.

    April 27 at 7:00am

    Deer-reporting bill dies in state legislature

    The Mississippi Legislature failed to pass a single bill related to hunting and fishing during the 2018 session that ended April 1, and that includes anything related to a harvest reporting system for turkey or deer.

    April 26 at 12:00pm