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  • Like any ethical hunter would do, I let a borderline shooter (a respectable bow kill / I estimated 16 in. wide 8 point w/ 18 in. mainbeams) walk on a WMA (Mahanna) this past January )NOT a shooter by Mahanna's rules. No big deal, but don't get me wrong, I would have loved to harvest the deer.

    Well, after studying the 'WMA report'(on the MDWFP website), It bothered me to see that several deer were taken that seemed to be too small according to the state's rule at Mahanna. Of course the report shows averages, but if you study the statistics, it's clear that several deer were taken that were too small.

    Does anyone know what the penalty is for taking a deer too small on a WMA, according to the state's regulations? A fine? A slap on the wrist? A suspeneded license?...

    August 18, 2011 at 7:31pm

    I am interested in trying a new broadhead this year (I'm not a big fan of mechanicals). Has anyone used an 'Atom'? If so, what kind of results did you have?

    August 14, 2011 at 9:29pm
    A comment titled: Little 8? in response to a report titled: Little Baby 8

    either this deer is inappropriately named, or you need to take me huntin' with you!

    September 02, 2011 at 2:34pm
    A comment titled: response in response to a report titled: WMA antler criteria & penalties

    Andy, thank you for following up with Chad. I'm glad to hear that MDWFP does penalize the folks who do not respect the antler criteria rules on the WMAs. Hopefully people will read this thread and respect the rules so we can all have better quality deer on our public lands in Ms.

    August 25, 2011 at 6:24am
    A comment titled: rage in response to a report titled: changing broadheads...

    Andy, lol! I bought some Rage last season...almost cut finger off trying to get the dang o-ring on it. you're doing better than I did with 'em!

    August 18, 2011 at 9:52pm
    A comment titled: response in response to a report titled: WMA antler criteria & penalties

    Thanks Andy! I'm really interested to see what he says.

    Shoot em up, it was so close to legal I still question myself as to whether I was a complete idiot for not taking the shot. Like I said, the width of the rack was right at 16 inches, but the mainbeams were not quite 20 from what I could tell, but dang close. Not a lot of mass or tine length though (5-7 inch g2s). I passed on it on the 2nd morning of a 3 day hunt, and was really hoping for a hands down shooter. Of course I didn't get that opportunity and was mad at myself for not taking the shot. But, I sure didn't want to find out the hard way what kind of trouble I'd be in upon chekcing the deer in if it had been shy of the 16/20 rule.

    August 18, 2011 at 9:45pm
    A comment titled: atom, vortex in response to a report titled: changing broadheads...

    Thanks Mike, I appreciate the feedback. You are the first person that I've talked to who has tried them out; it sounds to me like I need to give 'em a shot. You are definitely right, the Atom is not easy to find locally.

    I like the idea of the wire flexing as opposed to a traditional fixed blade getting lodged into bone on a not so perfect shot.

    Hopefully I'll have pictures to show with a deer down, courtesy of an Atom.

    Which model Vortex do you use?

    August 15, 2011 at 7:25pm
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