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    Mississippi's long deer season switches segments on Saturday, with the opening of the eight-day still season. With rutting activity occurring at varying stages in most of the state, there's plenty of opportunity to take a buck.

    Next up for deer: Still season starts Saturday

    Mississippi’s gun season on deer hasn’t quite reached the halfway point, and, while there’s plenty of opportunity remaining to score a trophy or fill a freezer, there’s a change in seasons coming Saturday.

    5 hours ago
    Matt Powe of Carriere killed this trophy 148-inch 8-point in Pearl River County on Nov. 28, ending a five-year relationship with the big buck.

    Giant 8 taken in Pearl River County

    Matt Powe’s buck is a sure-enough trophy for Pearl River County in Southeast Mississippi.

    Yesterday at 2:00pm
    Sachh Kirk of Madison caught this 6½-pound bass with his first baitcaster in Hinds County.

    5 hot spots for December fishing

    Last December was a rarity; it had the two coldest weather fronts in an otherwise mild winter. Still, there was plenty of fishing action to talk about.

    Yesterday at 6:00am
    Camden Lott harvested this 11-point buck in Quitman County near Batesville recently while hunting on his grandfather's land. The 238-pound buck sported 12-inch tines, an 18-inch spread and scored 162 Buckmasters-BTR.

    Tenth-grader drops monster buck

    Camden Lott eased towards his stand in full stealth mode while searching for an unseen buck. Lott had hunted on this land many times before, usually with his grandaddy, James Homer Massey. Lott killed his first buck with Grandaddy Massey a few years back and the bond they created could never be broken, even by Massey’s unexpected passing last year. 

    December 13 at 12:15pm
    Ben Pearson, 23, of West Point, killed this trophy palmated buck Nov. 26 in Monroe County after patiently waiting nearly four years since his last buck. This 16-point, with great circumference measurements, should top 167 inches.

    Pearson’s patience produces palmated trophy

    Ben Pearson had only killed two bucks in his life, and it had been four years since he’d shot his last one, a 120-inch 11-point, with a bow.

    December 12 at 11:35am
    Attaching a welcome mat to the stand’s deck prevents your dog from losing traction in wet, muddy conditions.

    DIY duck blind dog stand

    When constructing and preparing land-based duck blinds in the marsh, we go to great lengths to ensure the hide is both comfortable and functional. But adding a retrieving dog to the mix brings additional considerations and challenges. The dog must be integrated into the hunt, but in a safe way that also hides him from circling birds. 

    November 30 at 6:00am
    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
    Eddie Berthelot Jr. fishes a gold spoon with his rod tip down to keep the lure 6 to 8 inches under the surface of the water, and he recommends being patient on the hookset to reel in more redfish.

    The lovin’ spoonful

    Fall is prime time for redfish, and the venerable old spoon is still an effective, fun lure to throw in interior marshes for solid action.

    November 20 at 6:00am
    Anglers make three mistakes when fishing with ChatterBaits, but FLW Tour pro Brian Latimer provides tips to ensure you get the most out of the vibrating jigs.

    Top 3 ChatterBait mistakes

    ChatterBaits are lures fish love to smash. Whether you’re targeting bass on your local reservoir or snatching redfish from coastal marshes, these vibrating jigs force reaction bites that are vicious.

    November 16 at 9:00am
    Rat-L-Traps are not inherently snag-free, but bass pro Cliff Crochet said you can make one simple alteration to throw the lures around hard structure and catch more fish.

    Remove back hook from Rat-L-Trap to catch more fish

    Rat-L-Traps are absolute fish-catchers. There’s just something about the lipless crankbaits that bass and redfish love — or hate, whatever. They will just crunch them.

    November 16 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
    The Tenn-Tom Waterway produces plenty of big blue and flathead catfish this month from deep holes. And eating-sized channel cats are around, too.

    Fishing through the fall

    Just because hunting dominates this issue of Mississippi Sportsman, don’t think for a minute that fishing opportunities just suddenly dry up and go away.

    No sir. No way.

    November 13 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