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Another possible Lauderdale County record buck taken

Last Wednesday (Jan. 18) was the final day of Mississippi’s Deer Management Zone 1 modern-rifle season, and Ricky Sullivan was in his shooting house as he had been countless times during the long season.

He had lived in that stand the previous week, missing only that Tuesday because of work, because bucks were running does seemingly everywhere across East Mississippi. […]

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Annual deer hunting trip leads to 170-class trophy buck

Dusty Smith and his father have hunted at Giles Island for the last four years and come to enjoy their annual getaway to the renowned area northwest of Natchez.

Last season Smith killed a fine 8-point that scored about 120. When he and his father returned last autumn for their hunt, he couldn’t believe his good fortune when he knocked down another trophy buck. […]

Deer of the Year

Family farm gives up 155-inch Clay County 8-point

West Point’s Robert Lott was practically born into a deer hunter’s paradise. The 2,500-acre timber farm in Clay County on which he lives has been in his family for four generations and is loaded with deer.

Soon after Lott, his dad and younger brother, headed for their deer stands on Dec. 15, one of the farm’s monarchs stepped into the crosshairs of his scope. That buck, a product of careful management, later scored in the mid 150s Boone & Crockett. […]

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Rives rings in New Year with another pending state-record archery buck

Will Rives hadn’t been seeing many deer while bow hunting on the Jefferson County piece of property. In fact, it’d been a rotten year.

“I haven’t hardly seen any deer,” the die-hard Natchez hunter said. “I had been hunting hard for four days, and I saw two yearlings.”

So he made a change of plans, which didn’t produce numbers of deer but did put a 180-class 12-point in front of him on Jan. 2. And Rives didn’t miss. […]

Deer of the Year

Hunter kills 180-class buck on small tract in middle of Black Prairie WMA

Neil Waggoner and his family live on 40 acres he grew up loving, a familiar tract of gently rolling hills and a 10-acre lake surrounded by the Black Prairie Wildlife Management Area in Lowndes County.

For the last few weeks, Waggoner had been using his three tracking dogs to help other hunters. He also missed an 8-point buck that rattled him.

“Buck fever or I looked up or something, I guess,” Waggoner said.

A few days later on Dec. 18, amid an orange sunset casting enough light to make a set of antlers glow, Waggoner knew the big buck in the edge of the field was a good one. […]

Deer of the Year

Leake County gives up 178-inch 17-point

Elmer Busby was just enjoying an afternoon in the woods last Friday (Dec. 16), watching a group of does feeding in the green patch stretching down the Leake County gas line in front of the box stand.

He didn’t even lift his rifle when a 5-point walked out to join the crowd.

But Busby couldn’t get his hands on the gun fast enough when a huge buck stepped out of the woods about 5 p.m. That deer later scored 178 4/8 inches Boone & Crockett. […]

Deer of the Year

Persistence leads to monster Laflore County 18-point

Stephen Henderson was distracted at work the entire week of Dec. 12, but it wasn’t because of Christmas preparations. Nope, it was because he couldn’t help thinking he had missed his opportunity the previous weekend to bag a big buck he and his buddies had been chasing for a couple of years.

“He was 20 yards from me,” Henderson said.

The Madison County hunter resolved the issue on the afternoon of Dec. 16 when the big buck, which has been green scored at nearly 190 inches Boone & Crockett, made a fatal mistake. […]