March 31, 2016

Eddie Joe’s Prized Possession

March 31, 2016

Eddie Joe Jackson of Bassfield, Mississippi, shot a turkey over the weekend and said that this old gun belonged to his granddaddy, Charles Jackson.  He was making turkeys do the flop way before he was even thought of.  He killed his first turkey with it and his paw paw was right by his side.  Here it is 30 some odd years later and can still make it do the dance and taking every step with him, he said.

My congrats to Eddie Joe on his turkey harvest in our great wild outdoors!

Little family members sharing the excitement with him!

Gobble Gobble

March 30, 2016

Hunter Shot While Turkey Hunting

March 30, 2016

A hunter has been released from the hospital after being shot in the face by his hunting partner in Carroll County.

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks" Lt. Chris Reed said the incident happened last Friday morning.

Reed says 63-year old Curtis Entrekin and 69-year-old-Charles Childs were hunting turkeys together but had separated at some point during the morning.

Officials say Childs was returning to the area where the two men parted when he was shot.  Reed says it appears to be a case of a hunter mistaking another for game.

Reed says Childs was taken to a hospital, where he had 26 pellets removed from his face and neck area.

A golden rule in firearm safety is to identify your target beyond all doubt.

National Wild Turkey Federation's hunter safety expert, Tom Hughes, has a strategy to prevent him from failing to identify his target.  He calls it "ironclad identification."

"You have to insist on ironclad identification," he said.  "It's not enough to see the red of a turkey's head; you've got to see its eyes, beak and beard."  In other words, look for several details specific to that animal.

Unlike other hunting accidents, failing to identify your target is not preventable by a piece of gear, but by a safety mindset that has been forged by habit.

Rules for Gun Safety
  • Keep your gun pointed in a safe direction.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot
  • Identify your target and what is beyond it.
  • Keep your gun unloaded until you’re ready to use it.
Scenario 1
While turkey hunting, you see another hunter walking by. What you do next is important for both of your safety. The best course of action is to stay still. Then get their attention by saying “I’m over here!” Say it in a clear, loud voice. Don’t worry about messing up your hunt. It’s best to announce your presence and both of you move to different locations.

Scenario 2
You see turkeys as you walk through the woods. Could this be your lucky day? Not likely. Turkeys have strong senses, and they would have seen and heard you long before you could catch sight of them. They are probably decoys. First, use ironclad identification. Are the turkeys moving? Are they standing still? Seeing they are decoys, what do you do next? Announce yourself in a clear, loud voice.

Be safe and enjoy the hunt.


March 29, 2016

Covering Turkey Tracks

March 29, 2016

Conservation officers say a Louisiana man killed a turkey out of season in Louisiana and attempted to cover his tracks with Mississippi's turkey season.
According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Joshua Seal, 24, of Angie, La., was cited on March 23 for alleged turkey hunting violations in Washington Parish. LDWF said the citation came after a joint investigation involving Louisiana officers and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
MDWFP agents notified LDWF that Seal was suspected of illegal hunting in Mississippi and Louisiana. LDWF agents conducted an investigation and according to their report, found that Seal had killed a turkey on March 19 on private land near Angie where he did not have permission to hunt. Louisiana's turkey season did not open until March 26.
LDWF's report indicated that Seal then took the bird into Mississippi, where turkey season was open, in an effort to make it appear the bird was legally harvested. He was discovered by MDWFP officers.
Seal was charged with criminal trespassing, taking a turkey during a closed season and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations. Killing a turkey out of season carries a $900 - $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Criminal trespassing carries a $100 - $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail. Seal may also face civil restitution of $1,539 for the replacement value of the illegally taken turkey.
By Brian Bloom ~ The Clarion-Ledger

See You In The Morning

March 28, 2016


Jay’s First Turkey

March 28, 2016

Jay Walker got his first turkey yesterday with the help of a friend calling it in.  He said it was his third time to try and kill a turkey and it was the charm!  Jay resides in Jackson, Mississippi.  

His turkey had a double beard, 9 inches and 3 inches with 1 inch spurs. 

My congrats to Jay in our great wild outdoors on an Easter Sunday.

Don’t Bother!

March 27, 2016

Have A Blessed Easter

March 27, 2016

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