Deer of the Year

Poor Mississippi State University Gator Bowl performance leads hunter to 200-inch trophy buck

January 1 dawned dreary and rainy in Leake County, but that didn’t deter David Langford from going to the woods in search of a buck. After battling the rain and elements for a few hours without any luck, the discouraged hunter made a fateful decision to call it a day.

The Lena hunter decided to return home to watch his Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Gator Bowl — but that didn’t last long.

By the end of the day, he was back in his hunting stand and sending a bullet toward what turned out to be a 200-inch Buckmaster 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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Flora high-schooler kills two Madison County trophy bucks

Clara Grace Bozeman has been deer hunting with her dad Harvey for a few years now, and she harvested her first buck at the young age of 10.

“Clara Grace told me she wanted to go hunting and use her own gun as well,” Harvey Bozeman said. “So I bought her a 7mm-08 Browning A-Bolt, and we went hunting the next year and she killed her first deer with it. And she’s never missed since!”

She continued that streak with two huge bucks killed during the Christmas holiday while hunting on the Madison County family farm. […]

Deer of the Year

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. […]