Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Big Bucks for Mississippi in 2011
JACKSON -The early spring that occurred in 2011 was kind to many Mississippi deer hunters. William T. McKinley, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Deer Program Biologistsaid, "Recent research has shown that an early spring green-up allows deer more time to recover from the stress of the rut and cold winter, which helps deer devote more energy to body and antler growth."
Deer management zones, along with antler criteria that began in 2010, and the concept of quality deer management are resulting in many hunters observing more mature bucks on their properties.
This combination of sound deer management and increased nutrition has resulted in numerous reports of record class bucks, 160" or better, across Mississippi. At this time, 64 bucks, scoring better than 160 Boone and Crockett inches, have been reported in the following counties: Adams, Chickasaw, Carroll, Clarke, Clay, Coahoma, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jasper, Jefferson, Jeff Davis, Jones, Lauderdale, Leake, Leflore, Lowndes, Madison, Monroe, Noxubee, Pike, Rankin, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tunica, Warren, Webster, Winston, and Yazoo. Of these, 41 bucks scored greater than 170", 25 scored greater than 180", 8 scored greater than 190", and 3 scored over 200". Most of these scores are not official, as the required 60-day drying time has not elapsed.
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