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Cattail Lodge Outfitters
1093 Ebenezer Road
Pickens, MS 39146
Ph 662-834-3613
Cell 601-668-5533
           
Cattail Lodge places a premium on making you feel at home.  At the same time our property offers abundant hunting amenities... whitetail deer, turkey and ducks are just outside the door.  The lodge is located minutes from the highway, an hour north of Jackson, Mississippi.  Cattail Lodge property includes hundreds of acres diversely covered with agricultural field, hardwood and water... managed to provide exceptional habitat for hunting. We specialize in weekend hunting excursions and are committed to making the lodge an unforgettable get-away for family and friends.
Deer*Turkey*Hog*Boar
McKenna Ranch Outfitters
741 County Road 313
Pachuta, MS 39347
Ph 601-727-4926
           


McKenna Ranch is a family operation, with lots of southern hospitality, good food and great accommodations. We work year round at wildlife management to be able to offer you a great hunt at a fair price. We are a fair chase hunting operation, no hunt is guaranteed but we work hard at trying to make your hunt successful. At McKenna Ranch, we promote father-son, mother-daughter hunts. Kids 15 and under come for 1/2 price up to Christmas time. This is a great place to bring your wife or kids. Kids 12 and over must have a hunter ed card to sit on a stand alone. We welcome lady hunters, bow or gun. Mississippi Whitetail Deer Hunting is not only an excellent sport, but the racks of these beautiful animals are prized trophies for hunters. The whitetail deer is also a great source of meat, which is served for supper all across America. Whitetail deer hunting is one the most popular type of game to hunt in North America. Come to McKenna's Outfitters to bag yourself one of these Mississippi Monsters!. Our hunts are very affordable, our staff is top notch, and you couldn't ask for better lodging. Make McKenna Outfitters your Deer Hunting Paradise. Mississippi has more deer per acre than any other state. With more than 1.7 million deer in Mississippi there are plenty of great trophy's to be had in this deer hunting paradise. Come and experience a turkey hunt of a lifetime and hear multiple long beards every morning. We will guide you on thousands of acres of private managed lands for mature long beards. Your hunt will include lodging at our first-class lodge and main camp. McKenna Outfitters scouts year round and they can get you in the best possible location to take that mature turkey you've been waiting for. After your hunt you can return to the lodge to sleep, watch movies on the big screen, or just sit in the lodge and visit. Hog hunting is a popular sport in many parts of the United States. They are an exhilierating animal to hunt, with large tusks, huge bodies, and surprising intelligence. The wild boar can have tusks as long as nine inches! This would make a great trophy for any hunter! McKenna Outfitters will be able to help you in planning your next trip! Wild hog hunting is one of the fastest growing hunting sports in the United States. Most states, Mississippi included, consider wild hogs a nuisance and they have no season, so it hog season is open all year!
Deer*Turkey*Gator
Giles Island
Jimmy Riley
449 Old River Boat Camp Road
Ferriday, LA 71334
Ph 877-944-5374
       
At Giles Island Hunting Club, we have created the ideal scenario that most Hunting Clubs covet — we are shooting age class instead of a minimum number of points, spread, or score. As a result of our continuous work to enhance the herd, our buck-to-doe ratio at Giles Island Hunting Club Hunting Club has become better than one-to-one and our average Boone & Crockett score has improved from 120 to 140. Our average Trophy Bucks score in the mid-140’s, with the most impressive bucks scoring over 180 inches. As we continue to enhance the environment and habitat for the deer herd at Giles Island Hunting Club, we adhere to a set of guidelines that protect our growing bucks until they reach maturity. This is a mandatory fully guided deer hunt. Per each three-day hunt, each hunter has the opportunity to harvest one Trophy Buck and one Management Buck. In the event Giles Island Hunting Club is unable to provide a deer hunting guide for every hunter a drawing will decide which hunter will go guideless for that session of the hunt. Here is the criteria for the guideless deer hunter shooter requirements: Each deer hunt must be fully guided as the deer hunting guides will instruct you on which bucks are legal to shoot. Your mandatory deer hunting guide will also videotape the deer hunts. Turkey hunting season begins mid-March and continues through May 1st. Since we accept only three turkey hunters per day over our 9,400 acres, each turkey hunter can roam 3,133 acres of territory for our Trophy Eastern Wild Turkeys. All of our turkey hunts at Giles Island are semi-guided, but personal guide service is available on every turkey hunt. The average score of the birds harvested here is 65 NWTF. Most alligator hunts on Giles Island are done from a large aluminum boat. Gators can be hunted during the day or night according to hunter preference and alligator behavioral patterns. Mississippi rules for all alligator hunting require that the gator be captured before dispatched if the hunt is taking place at night. In other words, you must have a noose around the head, foot, or tail before you shoot him with a gun or bang stick. Capturing the gator is the exciting part of the hunt. You may use a bow or harpoon with a line and buoy attached but the most productive capture method is by rod and reel. We use deep sea rigs with 500 lb. test and a #10 weighted treble hook. 
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Mississippi Hunting Outfitters and Guides Deer Facts

The White-tailed Deer is the most popular game species in Mississippi. Nationally, the white-tailed deer population likely exceeds 30 million. In Mississippi, the deer herd is estimated at 1.75 million animals, which is higher on a deer-per-unit-area basis density than any other state. Mississippi has one of the best deer management programs in the country and cutting-edge deer research for several decades. This research has led to important statewide programs, such as the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP), whereby deer hunters and clubs collect harvest data that guide management to achieve club goals and other biologists coordinate and work with DMAP clubs.  . Deer home range size vary from 150 acres to more than 1,200 acres with does having smaller ranges than bucks. Smaller ranges also are found in higher deer populations in better deer habitat. Deer are most active around dawn and dusk. This is called a crepuscular activity pattern. Deer are the only native animals that routinely browse plants 4 to 5 feet above the ground. They eat about five pounds per day (dry weight) of hundreds of species of both native and non-native plants but have definite preferences for certain plants, fruits and nuts. Some of their favorites include Japanese honeysuckle, acorns, grapes, apples, persimmons, greenbrier, blackberry, maple, blackgum, grasses, corn, clover, summer weeds, and sumac. Deer are known as generalists because of their ability to thrive in a wide variety of habitats including forests, woodlots, suburbs, golf courses, extensive agriculture, swamps and coastal marshes. High deer numbers are a serious concern because they can destroy their own habitat and that of dozens of other species, even causing extirpation of plant species. The best deer habitat contains mixed ages of pine and hardwood forests interspersed with openings and agriculture. This provides the optimum combination of food, cover, and water that are the essential components of any deer  habitat.

 


Mississippi Hunting Outfitters and Guides Hog Facts

Wild hog have been released around the state specifically for hunting purposes. To help deter the spread of wild hog, the state passed a law making it illegal to transport and release wild hog into the wild. Spurred on by illegal releases and their prolific breeding, the wild hog is now found in at least 65 of Mississippi's 82 counties.Currently, the spread of feral hog are mainly due to the misguided practice of CATCH and RELEASE. Hog get trapped in one area, then transported to another area and released. This is usually done for future hunting purposes. Feral Hog are carriers of many diseases. Included are Swine Brucellosis, Pseudorabies, tuberculosis and Hog Cholera. The average litter of a feral hog is 4-6. This depends greatly on the breed of the feral hog and the food availability. Feral Sow which have just escaped or feral sow that retain much of their domestic breeding will have larger litters. Also wild sow perform baby sitting duties. In other words the litters from many hog sow can and will be watched over and suckled by one sow while the others are off feeding. Wild Hog have a very highly developed sense of smell which will match or even rival that of other competing wild life. Their sense of hearing is also highly developed. The hog eye sight is severely under estimated, according to Universities who have studied them. Others who have raised them tend to agree with this opinion also, as do I. I, myself can contribute to this. At over 100 yards my hog can distinguish not only a human figure, but have eyesight that is capable of distinguishing a "human friend" or "STRANGER" from facial characteristics and build. The hog will come running upon my father's or my recognition, to be fed. They will leave running when a stranger approaches. This recognition process has been observed consistently at 100 + yards. They can easily see me coming at 250 + yards. They may not run, they may not pay attention, but don't think they can't see you. Hog are at a disadvantage when it comes to sight mainly because of their low profile. They can't raise their heads high like a deer or other wild animals to see over grass or vegetation. According to many studies, hog are very intelligent. Undoubtedly they are the most intelligent animal in the woods. Any hunter or trapper who hunts hog specifically can easily make note of this fact. Wild Hog will eat both Plants and Animals. This classifies them as omnivores. Texas and New Hampshire are the only 2 states where true Russian Boar Hog may still exist on a rare basis. BUT, with hunters buying and releasing TRUE RUSSIAN HOG into the wild this is ever changing. Wild hog are both good and safe to eat when prepared properly. True wild hog really do have a shield. This shield is considered scar tissue or a callus which becomes harder and thicker with age. The shield covers the hog, beginning from the neck to the last rib. This hog shield is generally about 1 inch thick, but can be more than 3 inches thick and is found mainly on the hog. It's purpose is to protect the boar during battles with each other. The weight of fully matured feral hog will vary from 200 pounds to over 700 pounds.  True Wild Hog or Russian Hog will weigh around 400 pounds when fully grown (4 - 5 years of age).  The weight of the feral hog is determined by the domestic breed line of the animal.

 


Mississippi Hunting Outfitters and Guides Turkey Facts

Mississippi has a wild turkey population of approximately 350,000 and between 5,000 and 6,000 feathers cover the body of an adult turkey in patterns called feather tracts. A turkey feathers provide a variety of survival functions – they keep him warm and dry, allow him to fly, feel and show off for the opposite sex. The head and upper part of the neck are featherless, but if you look close, you can see little bumps of skin on the bare area. Most of the turkey feathers exhibit a metallic glittering, called iridescence, with varying colors of red, green, copper, bronze and gold. The gobbler, or male turkey, is more colorful, while the hen is a drab brownish or lighter color to camouflage her with her surroundings. Two major characteristics distinguish male turkey from females: spurs and beards. Both sexes have long, powerful legs covered with scales and are born with a small button spur on the back of the leg. Soon after birth, a male's spur starts growing pointed and curved and can grow to about two inches. Most hen's spurs do not grow. Gobblers also have beards, which are tufts of filaments, or modified feathers, growing out from the chest. Beards can grow to an average of 9 inches. It must also be noted that 10 to 20 percent of hens have beards. Wild turkey have excellent vision during the day but don't see as well at night. They are also very mobile. Turkey can run at speeds up to 25 mph, and they can fly up to 55 mph. When mating season arrives, anywhere from February to April, turkey courtship usually begins while turkey are still flocked together in wintering areas. After mating, the hens begin searching for a nest site and laying eggs. In most areas, nests can be found in a shallow dirt depression, surrounded by moderately woody vegetation that conceals the nest. Hens lay a clutch of 10 to 12 eggs during a two-week period, usually laying one egg per day. She will incubate her eggs for about 28 days, occasionally turning and rearranging them until they are ready to hatch. A newly-hatched turkey flock must be ready to leave the nest within 12 to 24 hours to feed. Poults eat insects, berries and seeds, while adults will eat anything from acorns and berries to insects and small reptiles. Turkey usually feed in early morning and in the afternoon. Wild turkey like open areas for feeding, mating and habitat. They use forested areas as cover from predators and for roosting in trees at night. A varied habitat of both open and covered area is essential for wild turkey survival.

 

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