• Hunting

    Homemade sandbags — actually filled with rice to make them lighter — are a cost effective, easy way to help sight in your rifle before opening day.

    Make your own sandbags

    Sandbags are a necessity for hunters when sighting in their rifles. And there are plenty of commercial options available.

    Yesterday at 7:00am
    Taking the time to accurately sight in your rifle goes a long way in preventing opening day disappointment, or worse yet wounding that trophy buck you’ve been having your eyes on.

    Sight in your rifle — with just two shots

    It never fails: The afternoon before rifle season opens, someone grabs a paper plate from the camp’s kitchen, rides his ATV out to the nearest 100-yard opening and takes a few shots with a rifle he hasn’t looked at since last season.

    If he hits the plate, he figures he’s ready to go.

    October 18 at 7:00am
    Jordan Watts and his big 12-point buck that scored 151 inches.

    Watts arrows big Mississippi 12-point on public land

    Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is an area that floods each winter. However, its over 38,000 acres also contains one of the few remaining large tracts of mature hardwoods in the Mississippi Delta.

    October 17 at 3:30pm
    Madelyn Kavanaugh of Vicksburg killed this 8-point on opening day of archery season. It was her third and biggest buck.

    Youngster gets big 8 with stickers

    One of the best bucks reported from the first few days of deer season was a nice 8-point with two stickers taken by an 8-year-old girl with a crossbow near Eagle Lake — and she didn’t wait long to get him.

    October 17 at 2:15pm

    What’s in your deer pack?

    Deer hunting has not been immune from advances in technology and tactics. Hunters run the gamut from carrying nothing more than a weapon and a pair of boots to an organized pack that contains everything but the kitchen sink.

    October 17 at 7:00am
    Dr. Frank Sullivan killed this potential state-record non-typical behind his St. Francisville dental practice the afternoon of Oct. 5. The deer grossed between 220 and 230 inches.

    Potential state record deer arrowed

    A St. Francisville dentist on Oct. 5 arrowed what could be the largest Louisiana non-typical deer to be killed with a bow — and he was hunting pretty much where he works.

    "I killed the deer inside the city limits — behind my dentist office," Dr. Frank Sullivan said of the 18-pointer that grossed between 220 and 230 points.

    October 09 at 10:00am
    Mississippi’s archery season opens on Saturday, but hunters better be prepared for a north wind.

    Archery, squirrel seasons open Saturday

    What most bow hunters would call a blessing — cooler weather — for the opening weekend of the archery deer season, Gene Glover of Jackson calls a curse.

    September 29 at 11:20am
    Dove hunters, like former Ole Miss quarterback Tim Ellis — who led the Rebels to a win over national champion Notre Dame in 1977 — can enjoy some September shooting.

    More than just mourning doves

    Mississippi dove hunters could find as many as four different species in their range of fire this season, and one of them — Eurasian collared dove — are not managed with a bag limit since they are not native to North America. These are larger birds, more like pigeons than other doves, and usually lighter in color except for a black collar around the neck.

    August 31 at 4:00pm
    Mississippi dove hunters can begin shooting on Saturday, Sept. 2.

    September means hunting

    Never have so many been so happy to see September arrive, and that certainly includes Mississippi sportsmen.

    August 31 at 9:40am
    An often-overlooked hunting opportunity is the early Sept. 1-15 season for resident Canada geese.

    Early migratory bird seasons

    They may be part of the migratory bird hunting season structure, but two of the three September migratory seasons put resident doves and Canada geese in serious jeopardy.

    August 30 at 6:00am
    Bryan Burnside (far right) set a new Mississippi record for length when he and Muddy Water Maniacs teammates (from left) Colby Acy, Stephen Brady and Anthony Acy, killed this 14-foot, 3/4-inch monster caught early Monday morning just off the Mississippi River near Natchez.

    Muddy Water Maniacs set gator record for length

    The Muddy Water Maniacs, a team of alligator hunters from Rankin County, cut loose two big bulls overnight, not impressed by their measurements.

    August 28 at 4:00pm
    Don’t over think your plan of attack. Read clues the deer leave and cover your scent.

    Hang your bow stands in obvious spots

    Although he admits that it’s hard to stay focused on a deer while perched in a tree when he knows the fish are biting out his back door in Lafitte, New Orleans Style Fishing Charters owner Capt. Jason Shilling gets in a little bow hunting during early October before buckling down on the deer later in the year.

    August 25 at 7:00am
    Mississippi's 10-day public lands alligator hunting season opens Friday at noon.

    Gator season opens Friday at noon

    For about 3,500 Mississippi sportsmen, Friday is the biggest day of their year — opening day of the public waters alligator hunting season. It opens at noon.

    August 24 at 4:30pm
    Successful bow hunters are the ones who keep their promise to set up their stands early and leave them alone while they are getting in shooting practice.

    When it comes to deer, let it be

    I am a chronic double-checker. That might be a good quality to have as a writer, but as a deer hunter it can be somewhat self destructive.

    August 17 at 9:30am
    The 2017-18 Mississippi Outdoor Digest included some incorrect information regarding the regulations and limits for the upcoming deer season.

    MDWFP issues ‘Digest’ correction

    Mississippi sportsmen who have gotten a copy of the 2017-18 Mississippi Outdoor Digest are being warned about misprints regarding the regulations and limits for the upcoming deer season.

    August 16 at 11:20am
    The annual waterfowl surveys by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has good news for Mississippi duck hunters.

    Annual duck survey promising

    About a half million fewer mallards — 11 percent less than last year — were found, but the overall news is good from the 2017 annual breeding duck surveys released Tuesday by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

    August 15 at 3:15pm