• Hunting

    The author with a mature buck. Unfortunately, older-aged bucks seem to be the most CWD susceptible members of whitetail deer society.

    CWD is here!

    I had something else in mind originally for this column, but the recent happenings regarding the finding of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a Mississippi deer is more important than anything else. 

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    Cleaning with a scour pad such as Brillo or Scotch-Brite is how hunters should start, with fine-grit sandpaper in reserve. This will ensure that the shape of the calling surface is unchanged.

    Friction call conditioning and maintenance

    All friction calls — box, trough, pot or scratch box — will need a little TLC from time to time. A scour pad such as Brillo or Scotch-Brite, 120- and 320-grit sandpaper, and some box call chalk is what’s needed to get started.

    April 15 at 7:00am
    A gobbler showing off for a hen is unlikely to leave and head off in the direction of any hen calls from birds that he can’t see.

    Wait them out: Great hunting is on the way

    What’s the biological reason for gobblers to get “henned up” early during the annual spring turkey season? Charles Ruth, a biologist who works with turkeys in South Carolina, explained that it’s just a natural thing.

    April 15 at 7:00am
    Seventy deer tested for chronic wasting disease in an area of south Mississippi where biologist where concerned by the discovery of a non-permitted, high-fenced enclosure five years ago.

    Mississippi officials get good news on CWD tests in south Mississippi

    The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks continues to find good news related to chronic wasting disease in an area of concern in south Mississippi. Seventy deer tested during the 2017-18 hunting season were all found to be negative for CWD, a disease that is deadly in several species of cervids including white-tailed deer.

    April 03 at 8:40pm
    ElimiShield scent-control products

    ElimiShield scent-control products

    Here’s the equation deer hunters need to know. Any kind of physical exertion can lead to bacteria on the skin. Bacteria leads to body odor. Body odor leads to deer turning up their noses at areas where stinky hunters are set up in stands.

    April 01 at 7:00am
    Big Lake’s Breaker Box

    Big Lake’s Breaker Box

    Hugh McLaurin of Big Lake Outdoor Products has been making game calls out of a variety of woods for years, and he knows that dymond wood, a laminate that isn’t easy to come by, is one of the hardest, most-dense woods around, often used in the handles of custom knives.

    April 01 at 7:00am
    N°12 Explore Survival Knife

    N°12 Explore Survival Knife

    It’s always a good idea to carry a knife when hunting or fishing. The potential uses are unlimited, and one thing’s for sure — if you ever go on an outdoors adventure without one, you’ll surely need it. And just in case the unthinkable happens, it’s always good to have a knife with multiple uses.

    April 01 at 7:00am
    Josh Hawkins with the fruits of his labors. A retired Navy Chief, Josh considers his old military camo as a good luck charm.

    Tips to take that big Mississippi tom

    “Just when I thought I knew all the answers to the turkey hunting test, they go and change all the questions.” 

    April 01 at 7:00am
    This doe was the first whitetail discovered with CWD in Arkansas. It walked up to a wildlife check station with a typical CWD symptom — heavy, thick salivation.

    CWD’s impact? We just don’t know

    “Now is not the time to panic.”

    That’s how Russ Walsh opened the initial public meeting Feb. 22 after Mississippi’s first case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was confirmed in a 4½-year-old buck found dead in late January in Issaquena County. 

    April 01 at 7:00am
    Spruce up those old turkey calls in your turkey vest.

    Calling old calls! There might be a gobbler waiting for you

    During a recent hunt in the Homochitto hardwoods of Franklin County, my hunting partner Shane McCullough and I weren’t having any luck luring in a tom. We heard several on the limb, but they were quickly joined by hens and went silent.

    April 01 at 7:00am
    Are the gobblers ‘henned up?’ If you’re a turkey hunter, don’t give up just yet.

    Henned again? There’s hope!

    Sitting on a flat rock, tucked in against the base of a big tree on the slope down the end of a long ridge, the hunter heard exactly what he wanted to hear in response to his first calls as dawn broke.

    April 01 at 7:00am

    Cover

    Turkey season is in full swing as April arrives, and Mississippi hunters can pick up plenty of tips on tricking gobblers, outwitting bossy hens and making old calls sound like new. Photo by Brian Carroll.

    April 01 at 7:00am
    Modern carbon arrows that look like wooden ones and are fletched with feathers are a major improvement over wooden alternatives.

    Traditional archery

    Modern technology has made it easier than ever to be a successful archer. Tools such as compound bows with high let-offs, electronic rangefinders, magnified fiber-optic bow sights, fall-away arrow rests and many other advances have changed our sport forever. 

    April 01 at 7:00am
    Bo Brown killed this unique gobbler Sunday morning in Copiah County. In addition to being white, the bird had long spurs, 1 1/4 and 1 3/16 inches, and a 10 5/8-inch beard.

    Hunter kills white trophy gobbler

    Bo Brown had little choice, the way he had it figured, but to lift up his shotgun, aim and fire at the gobbler.

    March 28 at 1:00pm
    A turkey’s weight is only one piece of the puzzle that leads to his final NWTF score.

    How to score a turkey

    The National Wild Turkey Federation’s formula for scoring a wild gobbler is a combination of weight, spur length and beard length, with multipliers used for emphasis on spur and beard. All measurements are taken in 1/16-inch measurements, and lengths and weight must be converted to decimal form.

    March 19 at 7:00am
    One of the trail-camera photos that caused him to want to be in an afternoon stand in mid-January.

    How’d that happen?

    On one particular afternoon in mid-January, my son-in-law, Jody, had the itch to head over to his favorite deer-hunting area to try and get a crack at a couple of elusive, mature bucks  he had captured on trail camera. The weather was right, and the wind was blowing from a favorable direction, enabling him to get into a really thick area where these late-rut bucks seemed to be holed up.

    March 15 at 9:00am