• Hunting

    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
    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
    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

    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
    Advances in battery-powered tools like a hedge trimmer and reciprocating saw make the job of brushing your blind much easier.

    Blind brushing tips for opening day

    With Mississippi’s waterfowl seasons kicking off this month, duck and goose hunters across the state will be heading out to scout and brush blinds.

    November 08 at 6:00am
    Stan Ethredge posing with “Big Nasty” following their fateful encounter.

    Ethredge’s ‘cactus buck’ busts 200

    With one buck in mind, Stan Ethredge raced home on Oct. 20, 2017, at the end of a fall family vacation to the Smoky Mountains, as fast as traffic and his good senses would allow.

    October 27 at 5:00pm

    MDWFP confiscates CWD-positive mule deer

    State wildlife officers used a two-year-old law to confiscate a CWD-infected mule deer from a DeSoto County hunter, who was then issued a citation, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks announced on Monday.

    October 23 at 2:15pm
    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.

    October 19 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