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.
For many hunters, the first day of dove season is often also the last day, as they quickly shift their attention to deer and the excellent fishing that September generally provides. While the dove population takes a major hit on Labor Day weekend, the rest of the season shouldn’t be ignored.
With an estimated population of 275 million in North America, the mourning dove is one of the most-abundant and recognizable birds in the land. In the south, Labor Day weekend brings hunters from all walks of life into fields for the opening day of the dove season.
Temperatures soar over the peak summer months across the southeast, with daytime temperatures in the 90s almost every day. Anglers looking to fish during the best conditions should look at tide charts and be ready to take advantage of rising water if they want to bust a limit of inshore targets.
Hunters invest countless hours in deer stands under a wide variety of conditions. After years of sitting motionless in the stand and watching the time tick by, they have practically earned a master’s degree in several outdoor disciplines, including interpreting nature’s signals, which can come in many forms, including wildlife alerts.
From using the latest technology in optics, attractants and calls to different hunting strategies in the woods, deer hunters are always looking for something that helps them gain an advantage over their quarry.
On the morning of Nov. 11, Thomas Capps of Richmond, Va., killed a 782-pound black bear from a blind overlooking a field of soybeans and corn on private land in Hyde County. The bear is officially the largest-ever killed in North Carolina by a still-hunter and is the second-largest bear ever taken in the state.