Bobby C's Outdoors


Mississippi sportsmen and sportswomen, like writer Bobby Cleveland, have always been proud that they pay to support their hunting and fishing habits. He feels a bill that would abolish resident hunting and fishing licenses threatens the future of both sports in the Magnolia State. Senate Bill to end licenses dangerous
1535 Views - Posted: January 28 at 10:00 am

Just when I thought I’d seen or heard it all ...

There’s a bill in the Mississippi Senate that if passed would abolish the requirement for resident hunting and fishing licenses.

Without a doubt, wearing orange has made hunting safer. Not wearing orange as required by law was a contributing factor in an accident in Franklin County on Friday that resulted in Mississippi's first hunting-related fatality this season. The ultimate responsibility lies with the hunter who mistook the victim for a deer. Hunter’s death puts focus on safety
20728 Views - Posted: December 18, 2014 at 9:30 am

Mississippi’s first fatality of the 2014-15 hunting season serves as a perfect reminder of what can happen when people disregard two basic rules of hunter safety:

The immediate public reaction to this eagle being found a bloody mess was that it was a scumbag hunter who shot the eagle. Hunters get immediate blame for injured eagle
1378 Views - Posted: December 15, 2014 at 4:10 pm

It was easy to do, jumping to the conclusion that an unethical hunter had shot and injured a bald eagle, leaving it in such a poor, bloody condition that it couldn’t — or wouldn’t — fly.

Jeff Terry, right, enjoyed a great opening morning duck hunt near Eagle Lake, and has had limit hunts ever since. Ducks came south early, now headed north
1086 Views - Posted: December 05, 2014 at 3:45 pm

If ever a biblical verse has fit a hunting season, it is Job 1:21 and the start of the 2014 Mississippi Duck season.

When coated lightly with Jezebel Sauce and grilled over a hot fire, venison steaks take on a nice char while still producing the medium rare results sought with backstrap. The steaks can then be served with more sauce. Jezebel Sauce perfect for venison
1003 Views - Posted: November 28, 2014 at 9:30 pm

There are several tricks to serving venison to people who say they don’t like the taste, and getting them to savor it enough to demand more.

With so few stories of big bucks from the archery season, Bobby Cleveland thinks football is to blame. Kiel Higginbotham (left) and Brandon Dewease were hunting on a Thursday and not a Saturday when they took this buck. Fewer big bucks — blame football
919 Views - Posted: November 19, 2014 at 10:30 am

After an obviously tough archery season, Mississippi biologists and hunters — not to mention the outdoor magazines and writers that love to share good deer stories — are wondering why there’s been a shortage of big buck reports.

Seeing deer is always a good thing, but great days in a stand don't always involve the wildlife outside its walls. Best day in deer stand? No doubt about it
1044 Views - Posted: November 08, 2014 at 5:00 pm

It was our last day in a deer stand together one hunting season. 

Anthony Denny caught the state record bass on New Year's Eve of 1992 at Natchez State Park. Did his 18.15-pounder raise the bar too far? Winter is lunker time
786 Views - Posted: October 29, 2014 at 11:00 am

It was a warm winter’s day, the last one of 1992 in fact, when Anthony Denny saw the telltale sign of a big bass making a feeding run on some shad in a cove on the lake at Natchez State Park.

Squirrel make great table fare, but only a few will eat the heads. Squirrel for breakfast: Heady stuff
794 Views - Posted: October 03, 2014 at 12:45 pm

It’s been more than 55 years since I first sat down to a wild game meal, breakfast at my grandparents’ house in Houston, Texas.

When the stripers are biting in the late summer, early fall period, doubles on the fish are common for fishermen when trolling with crankbaits. Dustin Frucci of Louisville, Ky., holds a double caught with the author last fall. Rez stripers starting to heat up
698 Views - Posted: September 12, 2014 at 11:30 am

It really wasn’t fair last year, since so many bass fishermen were on Barnett Reservoir in September and then October, pre-fishing for the B.A.S.S. Central Open that was held on the lake.

Favorite Ganza memory still funny Favorite Ganza memory still funny
634 Views - Posted: July 25, 2014 at 3:15 pm

(Editor’s note: As a longtime newspaper columnist, Bobby Cleveland covered over 20 Wildlife Extravaganzas in Jackson. This story from one of the earlier shows is his favorite.)

I can't remember the year it happened, but I know it was prior to 1995. That’s when the newspaper began an electronic archive, and the story predates that. 

Cobia can be dangerous even after being gaffed. Rodeo memories: ‘Here’s to sharp hooks’
695 Views - Posted: July 03, 2014 at 11:00 am

Note: Bobby Cleveland covered the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo as a reporter for nearly 25 years. This is the fifth in a series of his favorite stories as the 66th annual event is held this weekend.

It wasn’t so much that Bobby Brown’s shrug wasn’t believable as it was just how bad the two holes in his right thigh actually looked at the 53rd Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo.