• Happy Trails

    The author keeps an array of meds handy to deal with stings, itches and rashes.

    Prepare yourself and be cautious

    Trips afield during the summer can present some interesting problems
    18 hours ago
    Supplemental feeding of deer has been banned in six counties after an Issaquena County deer was discovered to have CWD.

    Another look at CWD feeding ban

    Could Mississippi officials have used better boundaries than county lines?
    May 21 at 9:00am
    The author with a mature buck. Unfortunately, older-aged bucks seem to be the most CWD susceptible members of whitetail deer society.

    CWD is here!

    Mississippi hunters need to understand the disease, how government agencies are responding, and why certain decisions are being made
    April 18 at 9:00am
    One of the trail-camera photos that caused him to want to be in an afternoon stand in mid-January.

    How’d that happen?

    Tree-stand failure brings up a number of questions
    March 15 at 9:00am
    One of the author’s nephews with a fully mature buck taken after a long, quiet hike to the stand.

    Food for thought:

    Is the convenience of an ATV worth the disturbance when it comes to getting to your stand undetected?
    February 14 at 9:00am
    This buck has the classic body build of a mature deer 5½ years or older, in spite of its paltry antlers.

    Rate that buck

    If a “big ol’ mature buck” is your goal, learn how to recognize one
    January 23 at 9:00am
    Jody Sistrunk shows off a nice, mature mainframe 8-pointer  taken during the 2015-2016 season.

    Map out the deer rut

    Peak of rutting, breeding activity varies greatly
    December 12, 2017 at 9:00am
    In this photo of the same mature buck, taken on Aug. 6, note the circumference of the bases and the overall general mass of the antlers, tell-tale signs of maturity.

    Try to educate your eyes

    It takes practice to age bucks on the hoof
    November 22, 2017 at 9:00am
    This young buck would just qualify in Mississippi for harvest in the Delta deer zone with a 12-inch inside spread, but it would exceed the 10-inch minimum in the other four zones.

    It’s time to recalibrate

    Changes to antlerless bag limits in Mississippi are in effect
    October 25, 2017 at 9:00am
    An interesting photo of a buck that appears to have been sheared by a dog groomer.

    Practical strategies for success

    September 20, 2017 at 9:00am
    This gravity feeder station is obviously set up in a great spot. The surrounding ground is cut to pieces with deer tracks.

    Supplemental feeding in better focus

    August 20, 2017 at 9:00am
    Summertime protein feeding can pay big dividends down the road.

    Helping your deer herd

    Minerals and supplemental feeding
    July 19, 2017 at 9:00am
    The author illustrates here the two jawbone views that you should photograph to ensure a reliable aging estimate.

    More jawbone talk

    Confirming your age estimate after the kill
    June 12, 2017 at 9:00am
    A really good early season buck in velvet. The photo says one thing, but what would his jawbone say?

    Ground proving buck age

    May 22, 2017 at 9:00am
    An older buck is seen here scent-checking an active communal scrape.

    Once again, we’re No. 1

    Mississippi leads the country in mature buck harvest
    April 18, 2017 at 9:00am
    Good “glass” is critical for crystal-clear views into thick brush when searching for bucks.

    Get the best sight picture

    Binoculars are a must-have for every hunter
    March 16, 2017 at 9:15am