Northeastern Mississippi was the last part of the state to develop a huntable turkey population, and it quickly became the best region to hunt. The reason? Plenty of birds, good habitat and no regional history of turkey hunting. "Once we built up the population through restocking, the birds didn't have a lot of pressure," says Ron Seiss, turkey project coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. This has resulted in some of the best hunting around, despite the steady increase in pressure. The best public area to hunt in the region is the 15,337-acre Divide Section Wildlife Management Area along the Tenn-Tom Waterway and on the northern end of the Waterway's Bay Springs Pool. Be prepared to work for your turkey. The land, which is crisscrossed with sloughs, creeks and ditches, presents a challenge, but it is a challenge worth undertaking. Contact: For more information, including regulations and maps, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (601-432-2400; www. mdwfp.com).