South MS offers the best in both hunting and fishing

South MS offers the best in both hunting and fishing
Colby Ehlers poses with a 10-point buck harvested near Latimer (Photo source: WLOX)
Colby Ehlers poses with a 10-point buck harvested near Latimer (Photo source: WLOX)
Charlie Webb poses with a large speckled trout (Photo source: WLOX)
Charlie Webb poses with a large speckled trout (Photo source: WLOX)

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - South Mississippi is a great place to live, especially for hunters and anglers of all ages.

The 2105-16 deer season in Mississippi winds down Monday for local hunters while the majority of the state closed on Jan. 31.

What makes South Mississippi so great? We can fish for speckled trout in the morning and deer hunt in the afternoon.

Five trout extended across the bow of Charlie Webb's skiff and were caught on artificial jigs in an undisclosed area.

Knowing Webb like I do, I would say the trout were caught near the Gulfport Harbor, with the largest weighing six pounds. However, the majority of trout are still in the bays and rivers with sheepshead and black drum along the pilings of bridges.

In terms of hunting, Colby Ehlers, of Hurley, harvested a fine 10-point recently. The massive deer, especially for South Mississippi, was harvested near Latimer, which is just north of Ocean Springs.

Did you know that Mississippi has an estimated deer herd of 1.75 million? Think about this in terms of the population. The 82 counties in Mississippi consist of nearly 2.5 million acres.

Needless to say, Mississippi is second to none in terms of quality deer from the Delta to the Coast.

Keep in mind that hunters are only allowed to harvest legal bucks on private or open public lands through the Feb. 15.

What's up next for South Mississippi? Spring turkey season from March 15 through May 1, and of course, speckled trout moving out from the bays and rivers and into the immediate beachfront.

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