• Deer 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. 

    Yesterday 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
    A total of 128 deer from six counties in the 25-mile buffer zone have tested negative for CWD.

    Second round of CWD tests all negative

    Mississippi wildlife officials have now tested 128 deer — two sets of 64 each — since the state’s first case of the deadly deer disease was confirmed in a buck in Issaquena County on Feb. 9.

    March 13 at 1:25pm
    The MDWFP will host its second public meeting at the Vicksburg Convention Center on March 19 to discuss CWD and its response plan.

    MDWFP sets CWD meeting in Vicksburg

    State wildlife officials and representatives of other agencies will meet with the public March 19 in Vicksburg to discuss the latest information related to Mississippi’s first case of Chronic Wasting Disease.

    March 12 at 8:00am
    The MDWFP will continue to monitor the CWD situation and collect deer for sampling.

    CWD testing finds no new cases

    Tests on 64 deer taken from the five-mile Chronic Wasting Disease containment zone in Mississippi’s South Delta were all negative for CWD, state wildlife officials said on Tuesday.

    March 07 at 9:55am
    Over 60 samples from the containment area were sent to be tested, and the MDWFP expects results back this week.

    MDWFP relying on other CWD states

    Biologists say there are two kinds of states, those that have confirmed Chronic Wasting Disease in deer, and those that will.

    March 06 at 8:00am
    With deer season in the rearview mirror, take time now to scout your woods for sign you might have missed last season.

    There’s no better time than now to prepare

    As I write this, another year’s deer season has come to a close. For many hunters, this is a sad time, as thoughts of a long offseason become reality. 

    March 01 at 7:00am
    The Mississippi Department of Health is advising against eating venison from from deer taken in the 6-county area.

    Mineral, salt licks added to CWD feeding ban

    Mineral sites, mineral blocks and salt licks have been added to the supplemental feeding ban in the six counties within the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management zone, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks announced Wednesday.

    February 22 at 3:00pm
    The public is invited to attend a meeting on how state officials plan to deal with Mississippi’s first confirmed case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

    CWD public meeting in Jackson

    A public meeting to discuss how state officials plan to deal with Mississippi’s first confirmed case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a deer will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson.

    February 20 at 5:20pm
    One of the author’s nephews with a fully mature buck taken after a long, quiet hike to the stand.

    Food for thought:

    By the time you are reading this, unless you live in the extreme southern part of Mississippi, the 2017-2018 deer season will already be “in the books,” as they say. 

    February 14 at 9:00am
    Mississippi’s first case of a CWD-infected deer was confirmed Feb. 9 when an Iowa laboratory completed its tests on a free-range mature buck found dead Jan. 25 in Issaquena County.

    Deer feeding banned in 6 counties due to CWD

    Supplemental feeding of deer was suspended on Feb. 9 in six west-central counties of Mississippi after a lab in Iowa confirmed the Magnolia State’s first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a free-range buck from Issaquena County.

    February 12 at 4:30pm
    Aubrey Dale hunted all season to get her first rack buck, but it paid off on Jan. 28 when she took this 175-pound 7-point on family land in Holmes County.

    Brandon youngster really has to wait on first buck

    Aubrey Dale had hunted all season to get her first buck, joining her father in the deer stand whenever she could, showing more patience than one would expect of a 10-year-old.

    February 08 at 10:20am