Deer of the Year

Persistence pays off with Hinds County trophy buck

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” This is one of my favorite quotes by Thomas A. Edison. And while I am certain that Mr. Edison was not a deer hunter, his words certainly reflect the persistence of one Madison County deer hunter. […]

Other Hunting

Nighttime Bandits

“Load up, Music!”

The old blue tick coon hound did as Buddy Lisk commanded, leaping excitedly onto the tailgate of the pickup and settling in next to his litter mate, Blaze, for the short ride to Christian Bottom.

Both hounds knew that something was in the cold February air — they had been trying to get out of their pen all afternoon.

Arriving at our destination along the bank of Bayou Pierre, Mr. Buddy dropped the tailgate, and the two blue ticks were off like a streak into the darkness of the bottomland hardwoods. Within seconds, Blaze let out a deep bellow that rolled through the woods like distant cannon fire, and we knew she had struck a trail. […]

Hunting

That Old Black Magic

“If men had wings and bore black feathers, few of them would be clever enough to be crows.”

— Henry Ward Beecher

If you really want to add some fast-paced excitement to your days afield, there is a new game in town. With a few dollars in equipment and a little bit of knowledge, you can have a ton of fun hunting the clever crow. In fact, beginner success combined with an abundance of crows throughout the Magnolia State makes shooting these black bandits a perfect way to introduce a young person to the great sport of hunting.

Ask any experienced crow hunter why he got into this sport in the first place, and you will get the same answer — FUN!

When it comes to hunting experiences, they say you never forget your first time. For those of us who have seen more than a few seasons come and go, our hunting firsts may be years in the past. Even so, who can ever forget the excitement of the first time you splashed a drake mallard or dropped a bushytail from the top of a tall red oak tree? How about the adrenaline rush you felt when you harvested your first white-tailed buck? […]

Deer of the Year

Claiborne County yields opening-week trophy buck

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. […]

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High-Noon Showdown

In the movie “Groundhog Day,” weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is doomed to repeat Groundhog Day again and again until he learns that his actions can affect the outcome.

Anyone addicted to turkey hunting can easily understand the frustration experienced by Connors of having to live out the same frustrating scenario day after day. And such was the case for me during the 1992 spring turkey season. […]

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2012 Turkey Season Forecast

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. […]

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2012 Turkey Season Forecast

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. […]