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Trophy season? Deer herd looking good for upcoming season

According to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, the state’s whitetail deer herd is smaller than it was last year as hunters prepared to take the field. And, that is a good thing. “Our deer population last year was high — extremely high; ridiculously high,” said Lann Wilf, leader of the MDWFP’s Deer Program. Wilf said the whitetail ...

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Largest gator record broken for third time in two weeks

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Mississippi’s record for the heaviest alligator has fallen again with the catch of a 741.5-pounder in the backwater of the Mississippi River near Port Gibson on Sunday morning. The Clarion-Ledger reports it also tied the record for longest alligator at 13-feet, 6.5-inches. Jimmy Greer of Canton, Dalco Turner of Gluckstadt, and Jennifer Ratcliff and John Ratcliff of ...

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OUTDOORS — Hunting lands still worth investing in

W hat is it they say about land? “Better get you some, because they are not going to make any more of it.” Landfills not withstanding. When I talk to hunters of all ages, regardless of the game species they like to pursue, everybody dreams about owning their own place one day. As it turns out these days, making a ...

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Researchers find link between habitat and deer antler size

STARKVILLE — Research conducted by Mississippi State University Deer Lab scientists has determined northern deer may have bigger bodies but they don’t necessarily have bigger antlers. The discovery, made by scientists in the university’s Deer Lab, a unit of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, shows that antler size depends more on diet than latitude. “In white-tailed deer, large antlers ...

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Gator-hunting season gets off to solid start

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Reasonably high water at the dark of the moon made for a great opening for Mississippi’s alligator season, says the state’s alligator program coordinator. Saturday was one of the best opening nights ever, said Ricky Flynt of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. “From everything I’m hearing — and I’m getting accounts from officers all ...

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Early-season hunters could see increased teal bag limit

JACKSON — For the first time since the season was opened in 1965, early-season teal hunters could see a six-bird limit this year. “The three flyways that have teal seasons put forth a recommendation for a 16-day, six-bird bag limit season,” said Jim Kelley, Mississippi Flyway representative for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In a meeting this past week, ...

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WOODS: Mississippi outdoors dollars

What with the volatility of the American economic landscape amid assaults on Second Amendment rights, hunting, shooting and gun ownership, it makes one wonder if states are looking at the economic impacts of outdoors dollars to their state revenues? As some states sign into law more restrictions on private liberties and businesses alike, many outdoors companies are seeking more friendly ...

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Magazine ranks state in top 10 for trophy whitetail deer

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Outdoor Life’s June/July issue names Mississippi as one of its top 10 states to hunt whitetail trophy. After tallying the scores, Mississippi ranked seventh with an abundance of game to hunt, relatively low cost for guided hunts and hunter-friendly laws and regulations. The magazine uses real-world considerations to assess the top ten whitetail trophy states in the ...

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Agency sets state's 2013 alligator-hunting season

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will issue 920 lottery-based permits for seven hunting zones for the 2013 alligator season. The 10-day season runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 9. A private lands season is also available to landowners whose properties meet specific qualifications within 28 open counties. Applications for the regular alligator season can ...

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