The ‘Pea Vine’ Buck

One, Mississippi, two, Mississippi … and so on, is one of the traditional
methods of counting in a game of Hide and Seek, and appropriate to the story of
a certain Mississippi buck dubbed “Pea Vine.” From the moment he was first
caught on camera, he lured, entranced and eluded his pursuers in his kind’s
most ancient version of the game.

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Mississippi Reefs Improve Coastal Fishing

Despite a small coastline with few natural reefs or other structure, the state of Mississippi embarked upon a program to improve fishing artificially — with some help from recent storms! Kerwin Cuevas of the Department of Marine Resources says, “We put limestone out and it provides a surface where oysters can attach themselves. This creates a living reef … fish come to that reef and forage on small fish and other species. That brings in bigger fish.”

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Old Catfish Ponds Make New Waterfowl Havens

Not long ago, catfish ponds produced millions of pounds of protein for restaurants. However, in the last few years, a bad economy combined with high fuel prices that led to high feed prices made American catfish more expensive to raise and bring to market. Some abandoned catfish ponds sat idle for years. Pond bottoms grew up in
native grasses and aquatic plants. Embankments grew thick with canes and brush. Grasses in the ponds provided food for various ducks. These ponds became ideal habitat for waterfowl!

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Hunting Mississippi: Sullivan Bags Legendary Ol’ One Eye

Well before daylight on a frosty, windy Jan. 18, 2012, Sullivan climbed into his shooting house for one more crack at the massive deer with the impressive rack. The legendary buck could only see through one eye. He scanned the cutover edges for activity with his
binoculars. Then, he spotted some movement. He raised his Remington Model 700 chambered in .308 and readied for the shot.

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Hunters Reach Deep Into The Bag To Fool Wary Birds

Many old-time hunters set their decoys in V, Y, J, L or I patterns. That works, but don’t fret so much over the shape. In the wild, ducks group in pairs or clusters and constantly swim back and forth,
obliterating any tidy patterns. Instead, arrange similar species together in small bunches or pairs.

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Mississippi Sound Offers Good Redhead Action

Scattered black clouds broken in places by pink tinges obscured the eastern horizon, as speedy black specters rocketed over the water as shooting hours began. “Here they come,” whispered Steven Ladner. “Five redheads! Flying low. Heading for the outer line of decoys.” About 40 yards away, five ducks flying barely a foot over the waves attempted to land as we opened fire. Four never flew again.

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‘Finatic’ Team Lands Miss. State Record Mako Shark

The crew of the “Finatic,” a 36-foot Yellowfin powered by triple 300-horsepower Mercury outboards, started the new year in a record-breaking way. On Jan. 8, 2012, the crew ventured about 85 miles into the Gulf of Mexico and battled the biggest shortfin mako ever landed in Mississippi!

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Mississippi State Parks Offer Excellent Fishing

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks operates 25 state parks totaling about 25,000 acres offering
varied activities for sportsmen. One park even produced the state record
largemouth bass! Here are some of my favorite Mississippi state parks you should check out.

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