Every year scores of hunters harvest whitetails throughout the state. Each buck, in the eyes of the beholder, is truly a trophy - hosting a set of antlers that are individually unique. Yet once comparisons of harvested bucks are made, the stigma of big verses small and scoring classifications can toy a hunter's perspective. Simply put: Competition and influence from the hunting media attempts to set a standard of what constitutes a trophy buck.
Was I really going squirrel hunting? A squirrel would have to pack a lunch to make it here. It was nearly solid pine trees — tall straight pine trees. Maybe 1 in 5,000 trees was a scrub oak or a stunted, gnarly magnolia.
So I’m discussing bass-stocking strategies with a fish hatchery biologist and he explained that the concept of manipulating brood stock with light and temperature moderations can prompt the fish to spawn early and provide larger fingerling bass to stock in conjunction with the threadfin shad spawn.
If you leave out of my launching pad in Shell Beach you can enter the Biloxi Marsh by one of two general routes. Either you cross Lake Borgne and enter through one of the numerous bayous that wind snakelike into the heart of the marsh, or you head up Bayou LaLoutre and enter through Stump Lagoon.
Jon Black killed this 25-point buck a week after his son shot a 170-inch deer. Read about the hunt during which this amazing deer was killed on page 14.