Deer of the Year

Eight-year-old takes down Tate County legend

In Independence, a small unincorporated town in Tate County in Northwest Mississippi, one buck has been the talk of the community and the obsession of its deer hunters for three years.

They even gave the odd 10-point a nickname, Hercules, or Herc for short.

“Pretty much all of Independence knew about Herc,” Jody Freeman said. “He was legend and about half the hunters and landowners up here have been hunting him hard, very hard, for a long time. He was like a local celebrity.” […]

Bass Fishing

My Thanksgiving trophy

All the days I spent in a deer stand around Thanksgiving, the holidays have only produced one trophy moment. And the trophy I nailed didn’t walk on dry land, it swam in an oxbow lake. […]

Hunting

Hunting now safer than ever

When veteran Mississippi hunters talk about the differences between deer hunting now and 40 years ago, the conversation is usually a combination of the improvement in quality and quantity of deer. […]

Bobby C's Outdoors

Hunting now safer than ever

When veteran Mississippi hunters talk about the differences between deer hunting now and 40 years ago, the conversation is usually a combination of the improvement in quality and quantity of deer.

We certainly do have bigger bucks and more of them, thanks to changes in attitude. Hunters, with guidance from wildlife officials, realized that deer management and selective harvest could produce better results.

But, that’s not the biggest change, nor is it the most significant. […]

Deer of the Year

Young hunter downs big Holmes County 9-point despite nerves

To hear Jeff Martin and his daughter Cameron of Lexington tell their hunting story, we know that there was a “whole lot of shaking going on” in their deer stand on last Thursday (Nov. 8).

So much so that it’s a miracle that Cameron Martin, 10, was able to take the shot that led to her first buck — a 9-pointer her father said would be a trophy buck for anyone. […]

Deer Hunting

Hunting conditions turning around

First, there was a good run on big bucks in early October during the opening weeks of archery season, which biologists always expect when deer hunters first climb stands in deer habitat.

Then, the reports of trophy racks slowed and, eventually, ended.

Expected? Yes, but not simply because the big bucks disappeared after human intrusion into their home ranges. Instead, biologist Chad Dacus, Mississippi’s deer program coordinator, pointed at many factors. […]