Joining a hunting club is a time-honored tradition in Mississippi and a way of life for many sportsmen. But in recent years, clubs in the Magnolia State have seen their fair share of hardships, challenges, and struggles.
If you were to survey any given piece of hunting property, there are areas that cry out to be hunted. A majority of times, these areas are soon saddled with a permanent hunting stand, be it a ladder, box or other permanent fixture. A hunter may even take one or more deer from that stand the next season, or it may be one of those rare stands that produces every season. But the reason that site was chosen is because it looked good to the hunter, not because it was conducive to the deer.
Barrett Van Cleave arrowed this huge buck on Oct. 1, opening day of archery season in the area around Woodville where he was hunting. The season was barely 30 minutes old when he scored on this 157 3/8-inch buck.
Hayes Nance was scanning the area around his stand, looking for a deer or any sign of movement, when, without warning, the woods came alive, and a couple of yearlings burst out, followed close behind by their mothers.
Finally, anglers and the fish they pursue are getting a reprieve from the heat. Football season is in full swing, cookouts are more comfortable than they’ve been in months, and the fishing action is as good as it gets along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.