• Turkey Hunting

    Mississippi has a lot of prime public hunting land for the spring turkey. Some of the best is at Hillside and Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuges in the Delta.

    Hillside NWR accepting turkey applications

    Three hunting periods are open to hunters
    January 24 at 12:40pm
    Born with spina bifida, Mark Brown refuses to let his disability define him. Always an avid hunter, this year he reached another goal of killing his first gobbler.

    Wheelchair-bound hunter kills gobbler

    After a four-year chase, Brown gets his bird near Smithville
    May 19, 2016 at 11:30am
    Turkeys feeding on grain in a field are vulnerable to seeds that have been treated with certain insecticides. The deaths of 15 hens in Tallahatchie County are being attributed to treated seeds that were found during necropsies of the dead fowl.

    Treated seeds blamed in turkey deaths

    Necropsies on 15 hens found in Tallahatchie County confirm poisoning
    May 09, 2016 at 4:20pm
    Scott Kimock (left) poses with Lee Blackmon (right) and the York County gobbler that scored 168.4 by NWTF standards, and is the nation's best turkey killed with a bow.

    Hunter arrows record book, 7-bearded gobbler

    Bird is highest scoring NWTF turkey in S.C., best in nation taken with bow
    May 02, 2016 at 2:45pm
    Turkeys will congregate just about anywhere, as long as there’s enough food and safe places to roost at night.

    Why are turkeys so tough to hunt?

    April 15, 2016 at 7:00am
    Gobblers become active after hens have started to nest. These two couldn’t resist a hen decoy that coaxed them into camera range.

    Turkey regulations

    April 15, 2016 at 7:00am
    Lake George, Sunflower and Twin Oaks WMAs, along with Panther Swamp NWR, will be closed to turkey hunting for the rest of the season.

    3 WMAs, refuge will not have turkey season

    High water forces state, federal officials to extend closures through end of season
    April 14, 2016 at 11:00am
    Jacob Johnston killed this white turkey on opening day on his family's land in Wilkes County, N.C.

    Turkey hunter kills white gobbler

    Bird had all white feathers, black beard, dark eyes
    April 13, 2016 at 9:15am
    Jake decoys can draw a mature gobble that few extra feet — or spook it into the next parish.

    Are decoys turkey killers or rescuers? Veteran hunter is careful with decoy use

    Certain situations call for imitation hens and jakes, but they can turn away gobblers if the set-up isn’t right
    April 11, 2016 at 6:00am
    Zink’s Z-Combo Mouth Call

    Zink’s Z-Combo Mouth Call

    April 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Chad Newcomer poses with a tom he got on Hoosier National Forest in Indiana. His success came after traveling long distances in order to find un-pressured birds.

    Think like a tom

    Before you can bag a trophy gobbler, you’ve got to know where to find one. Here’s how to turn a turkey’s mind-set into an asset.
    April 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Scooter Whatley took this Scott County bird on the Caney Creek WMA, one of Mississippi’s prime public land areas for the spring turkey season.

    Public gobbles — Best bets for public turkey hunting success

    Mississippi has plenty of public land overrun with turkeys, but are there real hotspots? Try these WMAs and national forests to find plenty of action this month.
    April 01, 2016 at 7:00am