In Mississippi, we can hunt turkeys from March 15 - May 1. State guidelines only allow longbeards to be harvested during turkey seasons. The beard must be at least 6 inches long. No jakes or hens may be harvested in Mississippi. No rifles may be used. You may use a bow or shotgun.
We scout heavily for turkeys before and during the season, plus years of hunting here gives us the knowledge of where the turkeys hang out. We cut timber here every other year so our habitat changes. Turkeys like to be able to see. They don't like thick cover. Turkeys like to roost in big timber and fly down in open areas. Therefore, when we cut our timber we have all wildlife in mind.
Our hunters arrive at 1:00 pm. We have a safety talk and sign release of liability papers. We discuss any health problems which could affect your hunt and special needs. We assign a room. Then we go hunting. We have had hunters kill a gobbler within minutes of starting to hunt. Most of the time, the turkey hunters try to roost a turkey and learn the land. If a full time guide is needed, one can be provided for an extra charge of $150 a day. Since everyone has a cell phone now with a GPS and mapping, most hunters don't need a guide. While you are hunting, I am scouting. You can text me for any suggestions on turkey possible movements.
We will not take more than 5 hunters at a time. We hunt far away from each other to prevent overhunting each other. Also, we don't book the hunts back to back. We try to not put too much pressure on the birds.
Most hunters hunt till 10:00 or 11:00 in the morning; that is , if you don't kill a tom earlier. We come in for lunch, then continue hunting later in the day. Even though we can start hunting March 15, the longbeards really don't start heavy gobbling until a week later. Of course this can change with the weather. The success rate on toms is 75%. Be sure to bring your rubber boots. It tends to get damp here in the spring.
March 15- May 1
On all hunts, we require a 50% deposit. We can take a personal check, money order or cashiers check for the deposit. Upon arriving at McKenna Ranch, the balance can be paid with cash, cashier's check or money order. We do not take any credit or debit cards.
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