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    Shannon Denson loves the heat of the summer, and a Carolina-rigged worm is one of his top producers on deep structure.

    Denson masters bass in the heat

    As a longtime reporter of fishing on Barnett Reservoir, and other Mississippi waters for that matter, I am often asked how to catch fish in the summer.

    June 18, 2015 at 4:45pm
    This photograph shows a doe that was a victim of chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin.

    CWD news concerns Mississippi hunters

    Even casual Mississippi deer hunters are concerned about news that Michigan has confirmed its first case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in its wild deer population.

    June 02, 2015 at 11:00am
    After getting poked a few times with a rod tip and having its back rattled by trolling motor blades, an alligator about this size took the writer and his spinnerbait for a memorable ride at Eagle Lake.

    Surprise: Snag starts swimming off

    EAGLE LAKE — When I felt something hit my lure hard, instinctively, I set the hook.

    What followed was comical, a bit sobering and never forgotten.

    May 18, 2015 at 1:45pm
    Fishing is always a mystery, as in the day of trolling for striped bass on Barnett Reservoir turned up this giant catfish.

    Fishing: We’ve got it, go get it

    Redfish, speckled trout, white trout, ground mullet, croaker, flounder, black tip shark and even a big ol’ blue crab.

    Largemouth bass, spotted bass, crappie, bluegill, redear, green sunfish, goggle eye and long-eared sunfish.

    May 14, 2015 at 9:20am
    Taylor Pratt of Canton strains to hold some of the bluegill that were biting on a trip with his grandfather on April 1.

    Bluegill, not chinquapins, were hot

    The moon’s reflection in the water was nearly full circle, which is why the plan was to find an active bed of redear bream, a.k.a. chinquapin or shellcracker.

    April 06, 2015 at 10:00am
    With a full moon set on April 4, it will be a perfect day for the spring ritual of seeking redear — a.k.a. chinquapins or shellcrackers — on the bed.

    Spring panfish ritual

    For 25 years, it has been a spring ritual for one of my favorite fishing partners, Li’l Joe, and me. Sure, we may get together a few times earlier in the year and try to catch a hybrid or two, or maybe a bass and a crappie. 

    March 19, 2015 at 3:30pm
    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

    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.

    January 28, 2015 at 10:00am
    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

    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:

    December 18, 2014 at 9:30am
    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

    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.

    December 15, 2014 at 4:10pm
    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

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

    December 05, 2014 at 3:45pm
    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

    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.

    November 28, 2014 at 9:30pm
    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

    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.

    November 19, 2014 at 10:30am
    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

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

    November 08, 2014 at 5:00pm
    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

    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.

    October 29, 2014 at 11:00am
    Squirrel make great table fare, but only a few will eat the heads.

    Squirrel for breakfast: Heady stuff

    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.

    October 03, 2014 at 12:45pm
    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

    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.

    September 12, 2014 at 11:30am