Features from October 2018

Columns - October 2018

  • ‘Draw’ your own conclusions
    While each of these elements is vital to a successful outcome, one of the most important is drawing the bow unnoticed.
  • October bass at Bogue Homa
    My October pick is one of the best fall bassing lakes in Mississippi is shallow, 882-acre Lake Bogue Homa with its several feeder creeks near Laurel. October is when the baitfish start moving out of deeper water and into shallow grass, vegetation and lily pads, with the bass following. Bass realize they need to put on weight for the cold weather that's coming. 
  • The new Matrix Monster
    Chas Champagne and charter boat captain Ty Hibbs, both Louisianians, were having a ball this summer catching jack crevalle and the occasional large speckled trout off the coast of Florida.
  • Tootie cooks ‘earnestly’
    It was just a short hop from the Residence Inn in Bossier City, La., to Chef Tootie's home near Cross Lake in Shreveport, La. But I didn't know what to expect.
  • Vanishing act
    A few years ago, I was fishing for smallmouth bass with Steve Quinn, a fisheries biologist and editor of In-Fisherman. We had caught plenty of fish throughout the sunny day. In the middle of the afternoon, we began fishing a bank that was partly shaded. I could easily see large rocks and boulders 5 feet deep in the clear water.
  • What’s wrong with simple?
    October is finally here, and beyond sitting in a stand and bowhunting, you know what that means. It is once again time to plant food plots.

Outdoor Updates - October 2018

  • 9-foot gator landed — from a ‘yak!

    In the inshore kayak community, the Hobie Pro Angler 14 is a beast in the marsh, perfect for pursuing specks, reds, bass and more — and stable as a rock if standing up and sight-fishing is your thing. 

  • Dove hunting continues
    Mississippi wing-shooters will have plenty of opportunities to take doves in October, but the focus shifts to the southeastern corner of the state for most of the month.
  • Duck numbers down in 2018
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officials announced a 13-percent decrease in ducks in the agency’s annual breeding population survey, which can be directly tied to a 14-percent decline in nesting habitat.
  • Fishing pressure falls, but bite increases
    One bonus of the October arrival of hunting seasons is decreased fishing pressure on inland and coastal waters of Mississippi. That it coincides with a time when many saltwater and freshwater species are entering major feeding periods creates an ideal situation for hard-core anglers.
  • Small game: Squirrel first, then rabbits
    October is a big month for small-game enthusiasts, with the opening of the statewide squirrel season on Oct. 1 and the statewide rabbit season on Oct. 13, giving both several weeks of hunting before the opening of gun season on deer on Nov. 17.
  • Will the velvet trend continue?
    The 2017 archery season saw an increase in the number of bucks killed with antlers still in either full velvet or at least partially covered in the hair-like membrane of skin that carries blood and nutrients to growing antlers until they are fully calcified.

Field Notes - October 2018

  • Draw a bead on bachelor-buck groups

    Hunters can pattern whitetail bucks twice a year, and both occur outside of hunting season.

  • Give a big-bore gun a chance this season
    The rifle was removed from its case long before dawn. The rich, walnut stock showed the wear of a 146-year-old gun. The U.S. Springfield 1873 Trapdoor is not what many would consider a good whitetail gun. Indeed, the 400-grain, .45-70 caliber, bullet is a bit heavy for most hunters, with small, fast projectiles all the rage.
  • Make a good shot with your weapon, then with your camera
    Hunters in Mississippi who take trophy bucks rarely turn down a trip to the taxidermist, even though a quality mount may cost hundreds of dollars. But few spend time taking quality photos of their kills. A shoulder mount over the fireplace will showcase a quality animal, but photographs from the day and place of the kill will better capture the event.
  • Prep your reels now for 2019 season

    The 2018 fishing season is almost over for those of us diehard hunters. We’ll trade in the rod for a rifle or shotgun, and spend the rest of the year in the woods or a blind.