August 31, 2016

When the cows come home!

Scoring Big Game

August 30, 2016

Tiffany, The Gator Lady

August 30, 2016

Hunting Story Behind Tiffany's Alligator!
Tiffany Wienke of my hometown of Vicksburg, MS, had been out hunting for nearly 20 hours before she ran into a behemoth at Bayou Pierre.

Saturday was only Wienke's third time alligator hunting, but she says in the past she has seen 10 and 11 foot alligators, but nothing this monstrous.

Wienke's alligator measured in at 13 feet, and 7/8 inches. The 686 pound beast that is just one-eighth of an inch longer than the previous record, but bigger is bigger, and Wienke is now the new record-holder!

"We're completely content with the fact that this will probably be the biggest alligator that we'll ever catch," Wienke said. "It's not gonna keep us from going back. But we're completely happy with this."

Mississippi's alligator hunt started August 26.

With the help of her husband and four others on the boat, Wienke caught her prize after a two hour battle.

"He ran us - literally crashed us into some trees, and bank-to-bank," Wienke said. "He was pulling this boat full of people like it was nothing."

The boat Wienke was on was just 20 feet long and she says the alligator's head was curled up in one corner, with its tail reaching all the way to the other side and resting up on the opposite deck.

For those still on the hunt, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks says not to lose hope - there are more alligators out there, and new records are broken every year.

"There's definitely other alligators out there that can exceed this," said Mississippi's Alligator Program Coordinator Ricky Flynt. "It won't surprise me to see an alligator in the 14 to 15 foot range at some point."

Congratulations to Tiffany!  Proud of you girl in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi Outdoors!

Good Man

August 29, 2016

New Male Alligator MS Record!

August 29, 2016

Just certified by the MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks!  

A new record length male alligator on public waters taken by the hunting party of Tiffany Wienke from Vicksburg, MS. It beats the previous record by just 1/8."

The alligator measures 13' 7-7/8" and weighed 686 lbs. with a belly girth of 59" and tail girth of 43."  It was taken from Bayou Pierre in the SW Zone.

MDWFP Alligator Program

Public Waters Season: 12:00 noon August 26 - 12:00 noon September 5, 2016. 

Private Lands Season: 12:00 noon August 26 - 6:00 a.m. September 19, 2016. 

My congrats to all who participated in capturing this male alligator in our great wild and wonderful MS outdoors!


August 28, 2016

A 600-Pounder!

August 28, 2016

Austin Casey, Tony Klingler, Nick Thompson, Brandon Snyder and Ed Williams show off the 12-foot, 600-pound alligator they caught Friday night in Eagle Lake. Alligator season in Mississippi opened Friday and continues until Sept. 5. 

First big catch of alligator season is 600-pounder 

in Eagle Lake north of Vicksburg, Mississippi

Not long after they hit the water on the first day of alligator season Friday, Austin Casey and his team spotted a 10 ½-footer lurking in Eagle Lake.
They kept an eye on it, ready to send a fishing line in its direction, but soon found a bigger and better prize.
Casey and four of his hunting buddies — Tony Klingler, Nick Thompson, Brandon Snyder and Ed Williams — hauled in a 12-foot, 600-pound gator early Friday evening near Buck Chute.
It took the group about 90 minutes to catch, kill and drag the beast back to shore.
“We saw a 10 1/2-foot gator and were sitting on him. Then Nick Thompson spotted this one coming out of his den,” Casey said. “Nick hooked him in the tail. We got another hook in him, and then got the last one in. We killed him with a knife. He bit the side of the boat about three times, but he didn’t puncture the boat. He attempted to.”
It was the first big catch of the 2016 alligator season in Warren County, but far from a record. Kennie Crechale of Morton caught a 14-foot-1/2 inch, 826-pound gator last season.
Heck, this wasn’t even the biggest one Casey and his team — who call themselves “The Channel Chasers” — have ever caught. They pulled in a gator measuring 12 feet, 9 inches and 680 pounds in 2015.
The Channel Chasers have been together for three years.
“We have had multiple 12-footers. We’ve killed a bunch of big gators,” Casey said. “As soon as gator season is over, we’re counting the days until the next one.”
The Channel Chasers were heading back on the water Saturday night with one less tag to fill. Mississippi hunting regulations limit each tag holder to two alligators per season — one over 7 feet long and another under 7 feet. Both gators must be at least 4 feet long.
Thompson, who hails from Cleveland, won the group’s tag for the West Central Zone in a statewide lottery earlier this summer. They also have a tag for the Pearl River/Ross Barnett Reservoir Zone, and one for private lands that’s good in most parts of the state. Alligator season opened Friday at noon and continues until noon on Sept. 5.
Klingler is from Bolton, Williams from Madison, and Snyder from Jackson.
Casey said they all enjoy other forms of hunting, but alligator hunting provides a special kind of thrill.
“Deer hunting is fun, but it’s low key. You see a big gator and go after it, and the fight is on,” he said. “There’s nothing that fights on a fishing pole like an alligator does.”  
~The Vicksburg Post

Two Alligator Seasons Ago

August 27, 2016

Jared Brister and his best friend of McComb, MS, snagged this 13 foot long alligator two seasons ago with a rod and reel.  He said they could not find any scales to get it's weight.  I would say that's a nice catch in our great wild Mississippi Outdoors on a rod and reel no less!

Sunflowers For Dove Season

August 27, 2016

Photo by E. V. Manship

Deformed Rack

August 26, 2016

Matt Singley of Foxworth, MS, said have you ever seen a deformed rack this bad?  It looks like it would have had a hard time eating in our great wild outdoors!  This deer really had a rough life!

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