• Hunting

    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
    If there’s anything more exciting than a mature gobbler in strut, it’s two mature gobblers in strut.

    Magnolia monarchs: State’s top gobblers

    Mississippi’s Magnolia Records program tracks turkey hunting records in the state and has a database that includes hundreds of birds taken by hunters within its borders.

    March 15 at 7:00am
    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

    2018 turkey season forecast

    Mississippi turkey hunters who had a good season last spring will enjoy the forecast for the 2018 season, but those who did not will not be so enthusiastic.

    March 07 at 7:00am
    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
    A bill in the state Legislature could create a harvest reporting system in Mississippi for deer and turkey beginning in 2019.

    Capitol report: Harvest reporting bill moves step closer

    Mississippi deer and turkey hunters are a step close to a mandatory harvest report system after the Senate wildlife committee amended a House bill that would establish the regulation beginning in 2019.

    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
    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
    Presleigh Stigler, 7, of Florence, killed two deer on Jan. 31, the final day of the season, including this 146-inch 10-point. A doe and that buck were the first two deer she’s taken without help holding the gun.

    Season’s last day is one to remember for 7-year-old

    On Jan. 31, the final day of deer season in much of Mississippi, Cameron Stigler of Florence took his 7-year-old daughter, Presleigh, to the woods for a last shot at avoiding a shutout season.

    February 08 at 9:30am
    Once Feb. 1 rolls around, rabbit hunters with a good pack of dogs are some of the most popular sportsman in the world. Deer season is over and invitations to rabbit hunt come in almost daily.

    Rabbit hunters take center stage

    February is also a great time to own a pack of rabbit dogs.

    February 08 at 7:00am
    A dying art, it might seem, squirrel hunting remains Mississippi’s top small game target.

    Bushytails best beware

    Mississippi’s No. 1 small-game animal remains the squirrel, although hunting pressure continues to plummet. The number of squirrel hunters in the state has dropped by half over the past 50 years.

    February 07 at 7:00am
    Abbye Hughes, 15, killed this turkey on March 26, 2017, while hunting with her dad in Clarke County. The gobbler had a 10-inch beard and 1 ¼-inch spurs.

    Apply now for WMA turkey hunts

    The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will accept applications through Feb. 15 for Wildlife Management Area permitted turkey hunts. 

    January 30 at 8:00am