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Dry leaves and pine straw are cleared away in a round, bare area on the ground below small pine branches.
November 30, 2018 - Filed Under: Natural Resources, Wildlife, White-Tailed Deer

Deer hunters know all too well the power of a deer’s sense of smell, or more technically speaking, its olfactory system. A change of wind direction can give deer just a whiff of human scent and send them running and send a hunter back to the truck empty handed. 

A young buck grazes behind four turkeys in a green, grassy food plot.
November 30, 2018 - Filed Under: Natural Resources, Wildlife, White-Tailed Deer

Chronic wasting disease is the hot topic in Mississippi’s deer-hunting circles, and for good reason. MSU Extension experts encourage deer hunters to participate in the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks program for sampling deer to get an idea of where the disease has spread. (Photo by Michaela Parker/Cindy Callahan)

Several deer enter wooded cover area as four deer follow in single file across a gravel road with a corn field behind them on a foggy, early morning.
November 16, 2018 - Filed Under: Chronic Wasting Disease, White-Tailed Deer

Hunters play a large role in helping to manage Mississippi’s deer population. Hunters not only help control deer numbers but also provide statewide harvest data that gives biologists insight into deer numbers, health and conditioning. 

As we enter the first deer hunting season since the confirmation of chronic wasting disease -- or CWD -- in the state, we need assistance from Mississippi deer hunters more than ever. 

Dust billows out of a trailer on a large truck driving across a small, grassy area surrounded by tall trees.
September 7, 2018 - Filed Under: Wildlife, White-Tailed Deer

Planting food plots for deer and other wildlife is common practice in Mississippi, and for good reason: Food plots provide much-needed nutrition for deer and viewing opportunities for hunters.

A large buck walks through a brown field.
August 31, 2018 - Filed Under: Natural Resources, Wildlife, Chronic Wasting Disease, White-Tailed Deer

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi hunters will be on the front lines of the battle to protect deer from spreading a deadly disease throughout their herds.

Last February, a 4-year-old buck in Issaquena County tested positive for chronic wasting disease -- or CWD. This contagious, terminal disease affects members of the deer family, ultimately causing holes in their brains. Infected deer lose weight and “just waste away.”

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ECTO Apps

Filed Under: White-Tailed Deer
App type: Android
Deer Hunt allows club admin and members to:
  • Record deer observations and harvest data to share with hunting partners.
  • Manage stand location – identifies occupied stands.
  • View summary reports of deer seen and harvested by stand, hunter, and entire property.
  • Use password-protection to insure that no un-authorized people see your data.
Filed Under: White-Tailed Deer
App type: Android
A tool for planning and planting food plots for deer. Save money by purchasing the correct amount of seed and fertilizer. Map and accurately measure size of food plots. Plant descriptions help you select the best forages. Seeding rates specified for each food plot.
Filed Under: White-Tailed Deer
App type: Android
Aging criteria for live and dead deer. Criteria to estimate age of deer prior to harvest. Step-by-step guidance for extracting deer jawbone. Instructions and examples of aging deer by teeth replacement and wear.

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