|Claiborne County yields opening-week trophy buck
October 09, 2012 at 12:59 pm
Having grown up hunting his family’s farm in rural Claiborne County, 23-year-old Patrick McManus is no stranger to massive whitetails. His walls are adorned with a number of these monsters, but none had been taken with stick and string.
An avid bowhunter since the young age of 12, McManus has harvested dozens of does with archery gear; however, due to an intense deer management program combined with his own personal choice to hold out for a mature whitetail, McManus had yet to realize his dream of taking a trophy buck with his bow.
|2012 Turkey Season Forecast
February 01, 2012 at 11:35 am
The Magnolia State is blessed with some of the finest turkey hunting to be found anywhere in North America. But before you can draw a bead and seal the deal on a longbeard, you must first identify the areas that offer up the best opportunities for success.
Here is what the state’s top turkey biologists are predicting for the 2012 spring turkey season.
|Mississippi’s turkey hunting hot spots
February 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
Selecting the top Mississippi turkey hunting hotspots has never been easier. The top eight turkey counties can all be found in the same area — Turkey Region 4 in Southwest Mississippi.
|How to participate in the 2012 Spring Gobbler Hunter Survey
February 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
The Spring Gobbler Hunter Survey (SGHS) was initiated in 1996 as a means of collecting long-term data on turkey activity and population numbers. The success of the survey is largely due to voluntary participation by hunters who are interested in assisting with turkey conservation within the state.
|Mississippi wild turkey state records
February 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
As an interesting side note, four of the five Mississippi wild turkey record categories have been set in the last three seasons. This is a good indication that the best the Magnolia State has to offer may still be yet to come.
|Here, There and Everywhere
September 27, 2011 at 10:07 am
For most deer hunters these days, the term “deer stand” conjures up images of a nice and cozy box stand situated on the edge of a lush, green food plot. And while these shooting houses can be effective in taking a trophy whitetail, not all hunters (especially many of the old-timers) see them in a very favorable light.
|Never Too Early
June 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm
When it comes to hunting whitetails with stick and string, Jimmy Cassell of Port Gibson takes this challenging sport quite seriously. While most archers consider it an achievement to harvest any legal buck, Cassell sets his standards much higher. In fact, he has passed up more 140+-class whitetails than most hunters ever encounter in a lifetime. His bowhunting success is evident by the numerous trophy bucks that adorn the walls of his Claiborne County home.
|New dog-hunting regulations for Homochitto National Forest approved
May 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm
The Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks on yesterday (May 24) adopted four 2011-12 deer-hunting regulations changes, including a provision that places new restrictions on dog hunters in the Homochitto National Forest.
What surprised many in attendance was the fact that there was no one present to speak either for or against any of the proposals, included the much-debated Homochitto National Forest dog-hunting proposal that will require hunters within the national forest to take a series of new steps to legally use dogs.
“We had met previously with groups representing both sides of the issue, and had already had multiple public comment sessions,” MDWFP’s Director of Technical Programs Larry Castle said. “And since neither side requested to speak at the Commission meeting, we can only assume that they were satisfied with the answers provided to their concerns about this proposal.”
|Homochitto National Forest dog-hunting proposal sparks emotions
May 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks officials are meeting tomorrow (May 24) to decide if new, more-restrictive regulations should be placed on deer hunters using dog hunters within the Homochitto National Forest.
And the proposal has stoked up passion within the deer-hunting community.
“Good. (S)top dog hunting all together,” Randall Orman posted on Mississippi Sportsman’s Facebook page. “(It) wouldn’t bother me; no sportsmanship in letting dogs do the huntin(g).”
|Commission to consider changes to deer season May 24
May 20, 2011 at 10:28 am
When the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks meets on May 24, they will decide whether to adopt four amendments to the regulations concerning the 2011-12 deer seasons and bag limits. Three of the amendments are expected to pass without much debate. However, the fourth change, which would implement new restrictions on dog hunters, has garnered some controversy.
The first change is a no-brainer. This amendment is directed solely toward the youth deer hunts, and helps clear up some confusion that exists about the season dates for these hunts.
|Turkey trifecta provides family memories
April 04, 2011 at 9:16 am
Nowhere else across this country do wild turkeys receive more hunting pressure than right here in Mississippi. This intense hunting pressure results in our Magnolia State longbeards being a little bit wiser, a little bit spookier and a whole lot harder to kill than gobblers in any other state. However, the challenge of luring one of these wise old toms into shotgun range is what calls hunters to the Mississippi turkey woods each spring.
|Prescription for Turkeys
March 29, 2011 at 9:55 am
I have never met anyone who loves to hunt more than Dr. Eddie Lipscomb of Port Gibson. Doc, as he is known by his friends, hunts just about everything — deer, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, ducks, geese, crows, quail and pheasant.
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