Happy Trails

The author putting out seed and fertilizer on one of his food plots.

What’s wrong with simple?

Determine accurate food plot acreage with easy math
7 hours ago
For whitetails, the author’s arsenal contains everything from rifled slugs all the way down to a .223. His overall favorite is the .35 Whelen.

Pay attention to the business end

Preference in weapons, ammo and sights pales in comparison to the ability to put your shot on target when the opportunity presents itself
September 22 at 9:00am
If you want to consistently bag a buck like the author’s, pay attention to the little details.

Time is short

With deer season just over the horizon, it’s time to do all of that preseason work on trails, stands and weapons
August 22 at 9:00am
The author’s son aligns a trail camera to see what’s cooking in the deer woods.

Never too early for trail cams

July 22 at 9:00am
The author ran across this bad boy recently. Only his nose was above the water.

Prepping for fall hunting

Trips afield during the summer can present some interesting problems
June 22 at 9:00am
Supplemental feeding of deer has been banned in six Mississippi counties and three Louisiana parishes after an Issaquena County deer was discovered to have CWD in January.

Another look at CWD feeding ban

Could Mississippi officials have used better boundaries than county lines?
May 22 at 9:00am
The author with a mature buck. Unfortunately, older-aged bucks seem to be the most CWD- susceptible members of whitetail deer society.

CWD in Mississippi

Magnolia state hunters need to understand the disease, how government agencies are responding and why certain decisions are being made
April 22 at 9:00am
One of the author’s nephews with a fully mature buck taken after a long, quiet hike to the stand.

Food for thought:

Is the convenience of an ATV worth the disturbance when it comes to getting to your stand undetected?
February 22 at 9:00am
This buck has the classic body build of a mature deer 5½ years or older, in spite of its paltry antlers.

Rate that buck

If a “big ol’ mature buck” is your goal, learn how to recognize one
January 22 at 9:00am
Jody Sistrunk shows off a nice, mature mainframe 8-pointer  taken during the 2015-2016 season.

Map out the deer rut

Peak of rutting, breeding activity varies greatly
December 05, 2017 at 5:00pm
In this photo of the same mature buck taken on Aug. 6, note the circumference of the bases and the overall general mass of the antlers — tell-tale signs of maturity.

Educate your eyes

It takes practice to age bucks on the hoof
November 20, 2017 at 9:00am
This young buck would just qualify in Mississippi for harvest in the Delta deer zone with a 12-inch inside spread, but it would exceed the 10-inch minimum in the other four zones.

Mississippi adjusts deer harvest regs

Changes to antlerless bag limits in Mississippi are in effect
October 22, 2017 at 9:00am
An interesting photo of a buck that appears to have been sheared by a dog groomer.

Practical strategies for success

Trail cams provide keen insight for your property
September 21, 2017 at 4:49pm
This gravity feeder station is obviously set up in a great spot. The surrounding ground is cut to pieces with deer tracks.

Supplemental feeding in better focus

August 22, 2017 at 9:00am