Hunters can expect overall good season
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:00 AM
Location, location, location.
The first gun season for deer hunting has come, and almost gone for area hunters. It officially ends Nov. 30. But if during your first outing, you didn't see that many deer moving around, don't worry. They are there.
"The biologists are saying this is going to be a very good deer season," said Gordon Adkins, conservation officer for the Mississippi Department of Parks, Wildlife and Fisheries who works in Neshoba County. "They say, based on their studies from last year, some big deer are going to be taken.
"But if you have been hunting over green fields or around feeders, you may not have seen that many deer yet," Adkins said. "We had a very heavy acorn crop and the deer are staying around the big oak trees back in the woods. Set your tree stand up near a big oak tree and you'll see deer."
Don't have very many oaks on your hunting area? No to worry, said Adkins.
"When that gives out later in the season, they'll be coming out to the green fields. It just may take a little while," Adkins said.
The first gun season ends November 30. Here are the remaining deer seasons.
Dec. 1-14 - Primitive weapons, crossbow and special archery season;
Dec. 15-23 - Gun season without dogs, crossbow and special archery season;
Dec. 24-Jan. 17 - Gun season with dogs, crossbow and special archery season;
Jan. 18-31 - Primitive weapons, crossbow and special archery season.
There are plenty of hunters in the woods. Adkins said he checked 90 hunting licenses during a four-day period last week. That's why he urges hunters to remember to wear their hunter orange when they go out.
"According to the law, you are supposed to have 500 inches of hunter orange on when you are in the woods," Adkins said. "An orange cap or a few small patches of orange won't do. We aren't going to measure it but you are talking about the size of a medium hunter orange vest.
Adkins added that there have been some problems in the county with people spotlighting deer.
"Not only is this dangerous," Adkins said. "But it is an expensive ticket as well.
"Anyone convicted of spotlighting deer has been convicted of a Category One violation that can result in fines of $2,000 and up to $5,000. They will also have their hunting license suspended for a year.
"That can be a very expensive deer," Adkins said. "Also, you might not see that porch light over the hill and a bullet could go into a house and kill someone. Then you are facing manslaughter charges."
Head lighting and trespassing are the two main problems during hunting season.
"We get complaints about people trespassing, and usually that is between neighbors," Adkins said. "If people would take time to go and meet their neighbors before hunting season starts. And discuss the boundaries; that would solve a lot of that."
Each year, wildlife officials remind hunters to use safety harnesses when they are using tree stands.
"Because of hunters education courses, we are having less accidents with guns," Adkins said. "But we are still seeing a lot of accidents with people falling out of tree stands. People can be killed from falling out of a tree stand, or seriously injured and that can be avoided."
He noted he recently worked a tree stand accident in Lauderdale County.
Adkins said he has heard reports of some good deer being harvested so far this season. One 10 point was taken near the Neshoba-Leake county line and another near the House community.
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Also, deer pictures are welcomed at the Neshoba Democrat.