• Hunting

    In this photo of the same mature buck, taken on Aug. 6, note the circumference of the bases and the overall general mass of the antlers, tell-tale signs of maturity.

    Try to educate your eyes

    In the world of Southeastern Conference football, they call the pregame education process “getting reps,” which over time builds experience and “muscle memory.” 

    Yesterday at 9:00am
    Zac Carothers of Oxford took this rare, natural 14-point Sunday in Coahoma County. The buck gross scores over 180 inches, putting it close to the typical archery record in Mississippi.

    Carothers sticks 180-inch typical 14 point

    Here’s what you need to know statistically about the 180-inch (green, gross) buck Zac Carothers shot with a bow Sunday in Coahoma County.

    November 20 at 4:15pm
    As the rut approaches, bucks will spend more and more of their travel time seeking out receptive does.

    Mapping Mississippi’s breeding period

    For more than 20 years, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has conducted deer health checks across the state to establish quite a database. 

    November 15 at 6:00am
    Rattling and calling are age-old deer hunting tricks, but knowing how to age a deer is key to taking him at his highest potential.

    Combining stealth, calling

    Hunters have at their disposal a number of tricks that can arouse the curiosity of rutting bucks and help get them into range. Rattling, calling, scents and decoys are among the more popular ones.

    November 15 at 6:00am
    Timing the release of corn or other baits from feeders may help keep deer, especially big bucks, from turning completely nocturnal in areas that are being baited.

    Trophy bucks are rarely killed over bait

    Mississippi hunting regulations still forbid killing any wild animal or wild bird with the aid of bait, but its allowance of and regulations regarding “supplemental deer feeding” opens the door to killing deer over bait. 

    November 15 at 6:00am
    Squirrels are not only a popular small-game animal, they can be a distant early warning system for hunters that deer are entering an area.

    Squirrels can be a deer hunter’s best friends

    Hunters invest countless hours in deer stands under a wide variety of conditions. After years of sitting motionless in the stand and watching the time tick by, they have practically earned a master’s degree in several outdoor disciplines, including interpreting nature’s signals, which can come in many forms, including wildlife alerts. 

    November 15 at 6:00am
    In many cases, wildlife enforcement agents have been observing a situation long before they actually approach you.

    Dos and don’ts when the warden arrives

    The words “game warden” often ring fear into the hearts of sportsmen, but they don’t need to if you’re obeying fish and game laws. Discussions with three wildlife officers who have 40 years experience resulted in these ideas about how to do the right thing when you’re approached in the woods or on the water. 

    November 15 at 5:00am
    At the conclusion of the Mississippi Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp, campers go to a public waterfowl hunting area and put into practice the skills they’ve learned at camp about hunting waterfowl.

    Mississippi’s Youth Waterfowl Camp

    Do you know a youngster who’s itching to go waterfowl hunting but needs to learn gun safety, how to identify ducks and geese and how to shoot accurately? If so, consider the Mississippi Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp. 

    November 14 at 6:00am

    Hunter’s Harvest sets goal of 25,000 pounds

    The director of a program that collects donated protein-rich venison to feed the needy is counting on the benevolence of Mississippi sportsmen to offset reductions in antlerless deer limits.

    November 10 at 7:00am
    Finn Norsworthy, 10, of Brandon, killed this 162-inch 12 point with a compound bow in October.

    10-year-old’s first bow buck tops 160

    Finn Norsworthy of Brandon is only 10 and a fifth grader at Brandon Elementary School, yet he is already an accomplished hunter. In October he claimed his first buck with a compound bow.

    November 09 at 8:30am
    You can “Texas rig” your decoys using basic fishing tackle if you plan on storing them hanging up.

    DIY decoy rigging

    Today’s waterfowl decoys come in innumerable shapes, sizes and species applicable to various hunting situations. 

    November 09 at 6:00am
    Advances in battery-powered tools like a hedge trimmer and reciprocating saw make the job of brushing your blind much easier.

    Blind brushing tips for opening day

    With Mississippi’s waterfowl seasons kicking off this month, duck and goose hunters across the state will be heading out to scout and brush blinds.

    November 08 at 6:00am
    Camo Systems Specialist Series Ultra-Lite Camouflage Netting

    Specialist Series Netting

    The Camo Systems Specialist Series Ultra-Lite Camouflage Netting works great as a concealment solution for boats, ATVs, duck blinds, ground blinds, tree stand skirts, tripods, ladder stands and more. Built with heavy-duty ripstop fabric, this 100% waterproof field net resists rot and mold and stays pliable through extreme temperature ranges. Treated to eliminate shine and glare, this quiet, rustle-free net is covered in 3D leaf-like foliage and measures 7’10” x 19’8”.

    November 01 at 7:00am
    Tenzing TX 17

    Tenzing TX 17

    If you can’t seem to find a hunting pack that lasts for more than one season, the Tenzing TX 17 might be what you’re looking for this fall. Providing a generous 2,500 total cubic inches of storage in nine pockets and compartments, the TX 17 is the largest hunting daypack in the new TX series. Available in versatile Realtree Xtra or stealthy Kryptek Highlander camouflage, the TX 17 pack weighs in at just a hair over 3 pounds and is an ideal choice for both stand and spot-and-stalk hunters. The adjustable waistbelt on the TX 17 is removable, and the ergonomic padded shoulder harness and included sternum strap are also fully adjustable to ensure an optimal fit with any load.

    November 01 at 7:00am
    Mission Archer’s F.I.T. cam system offers 80 percent let-off and 55 pounds of draw-weight adjustment for owners of the Hype DTX bow.

    DTX lives up to the Hype

    Not many years ago, compound bows offered little in terms of adjustability. Most models featured only 10 pounds of draw-weight range, and at most, only 3 inches of draw-length adjustment. For many first-time archers, this meant starting out shooting a higher draw weight than they were comfortable with so they wouldn’t have to purchase new limbs for a higher poundage later.  Worse yet, parents of youngsters who were still growing often had to purchase several bows before their kids reached adulthood.  

    November 01 at 7:00am
    Hunters of all ages can find success deer hunting at the National Wildlife Refuges in Mississippi. This young lady killed this fine buck during a youth hunt in 2013.

    Hunters, take Refuge! National wildlife refuges are among Mississippi’s best public-land offerings for hunters.

    The nest time you’re sitting in a stand or a blind, waiting for a deer to materialize in that sweet spot you’ve already picked out, ponder this: if you deer hunted a different tract of public land in Mississippi every week, you’d cover less than half of them. Our great state has just that much open, public land.

    November 01 at 7:00am