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October 24, 2007

100 Best Public-Land Hunts: Mississippi

By Scott Bestul

Mahannah Wildlife Management Area
Location
: east central Mississippi
Size: 12,675 acres
ZIP: 39156

Starting this year Mahannah boasts the toughest antler restrictions in the state-a minimum 18-inch inside spread or 20-inch main beam. Those requirements set the public ground on equal footing with its neighbors, 32,000 acres of private hunting clubs that surround Mahannah. Like Sunflower, only ten miles away, Mahannah has fertile soil and abundant food. But here the hunting is archery-only, and if you're not lucky enough to snag a permit in the lottery you'll have to wait until January, when Mahannah opens to all. The wait is worth it: A few years back this WMA produced a nontypical that weighed 280 pounds and grossed 191 Boone and Crockett. High water can be a late-season factor in these flat, low-lying open hardwoods, but it bothers hunters more than deer. "Deer go right to the water," Fleeman says, "and lay up on a pile of vines and eat."

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 32 weeks ago

Did a Dove boy kill a buck on sunflower that scored over 195 boone and crocket

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from Keith wrote 5 years 47 weeks ago

Not meaning to dispute your info, although it is true, that the ms. river delta produces heavy deer, all of our state records come from region known as the Black Belt (named for it's rich soil) in eastern MS. The Tombigbee river bottoms have produced several 300 + # deer in the last decade. Thanks for what you do. Love your mag.!!! K.S.

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from adam wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

I'd like to hunt Sunfower WMA!

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 32 weeks ago

Did a Dove boy kill a buck on sunflower that scored over 195 boone and crocket

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from Keith wrote 5 years 47 weeks ago

Not meaning to dispute your info, although it is true, that the ms. river delta produces heavy deer, all of our state records come from region known as the Black Belt (named for it's rich soil) in eastern MS. The Tombigbee river bottoms have produced several 300 + # deer in the last decade. Thanks for what you do. Love your mag.!!! K.S.

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from adam wrote 6 years 12 weeks ago

I'd like to hunt Sunfower WMA!

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