• Deer 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
    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
    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
    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
    Fourteen-year-old Joseph Blalock of Brookhaven, who won the youth non-typical gun division and biggest buck of the contest with his 205 6/8 inch buck taken on a small tract of family land in Franklin County.

    Big Buck Bounty: Blalock buck blows away competition

    Joseph Blalock of Brookhaven, who just recently turned 14 years of age, had the biggest deer at the recent awards breakfast for the 2017-18 Big Buck Bounty Contest at McClain Lodge in Brandon.

    April 23 at 10:00am
    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. 

    April 18 at 9:00am
    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
    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
    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
    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