Deer Hunting

Mississippi adjusts deer harvest regs

Well, we survived another Deep South summer, although this one seemed to be more wet at times than hot. My hope is that, in spite of the heat and humidity, you have long since been visiting your hunting properties mowing, spraying, repairing and building stands, supplemental feeding, and working trail cameras. If not, you are late and already running behind, and it is time to get the lead out. 

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Paddles 'N Puddles

October means prime kayak time

October is arguably the best month of the year for coastal Louisiana kayak fishermen. The weather is mild, with predictable patterns, and the fish are hungry. While speckled trout can be caught from the kayak year-round, now is the time they are heading back to the interior marshes en masse from their summer haunts in the outer bays. Fishing during the fall provides short paddles and less pressure, as many anglers switch gear to hunting seasons. Live bait is generally not necessary, and it’s prime time to get out in the ‘yak and fish.

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Sidebars

The forging of a fishing giant

Sixty-two-year-old Ken Chaumont lives north of Iowa (pronounced EYE-oh-way), Louisiana. The Lake Charles native moved to the country because in his own words, he hated boom boxes. “I like peace and quiet.”

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Bass Fishing

Carolina concepts

It’s rarely the first choice for modern anglers boasting tackle bags full of the latest-and-greatest, but it’s always a good idea to keep a Carolina rig handy. Now, the slow drag may seem askew compared to more active presentations common to the fall season. But for those times between the craziness — for the dreaded bluebird days following a fall cold front or for those times when you just can’t seem to get ‘em going ­— the old ball and chain can be a straight-up day saver.

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Bass Fishing

Tail gunner

Spinnerbaits are one of the most productive baits you can throw during the fall feeding frenzy, as the big profile and flashing blades do a good job of attracting attention and fooling hungry bass into thinking they’ve cornered a mouthful of shad. But don’t assume that attraction automatically equals success.

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Sidebars

Tourney winning tactics

Kayak fishing tournaments are held year-round across the coast, and offer friendly competition and great prizes. No matter your skill level, fishing these tournaments makes you a better kayak angler. We’ll catch up with the anglers that come out on top of a variety of tournaments and learn what they did, and possibly more important — didn’t do — to earn their win.

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Freshwater Fishing

Bring choupique back alive

Regular choupique anglers all agree on one thing: The fish must be cleaned alive. Even if held properly iced but dead, as are other fish, the texture of their flesh very rapidly deteriorates. 

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Deer Hunting

Must-haves for scent control

• Scent eliminating spray

Several companies, such as Scent Killer and Scent-A-Way, manufacture liquids that neutralize odor on fabrics. These can be applied after laundering, or before storage or a hunt. The ease of use and convenience make it an ideal product to keep in your hunting bag all season long.

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