This week Goosie and I headed up Hwy. 61 a little north of St Francisville to Pickneyville, Miss. Our trip there was at the invitation of Paul Rodriguez for some deer hunting at Patmos Hunting Club. We met Paul very early and off we went down a very hilly and curvy road to the lease.


We got situated on our stand and shot the breeze until it started getting light enough to see. That’s when the adrenaline began to pump. We were filming for an upcoming show for Ascension Outdoors, seen exclusively on EATEL channel 4 that will air beginning January 15.


This week Goosie and I headed up Hwy. 61 a little north of St Francisville to Pickneyville, Miss. Our trip there was at the invitation of Paul Rodriguez for some deer hunting at Patmos Hunting Club. We met Paul very early and off we went down a very hilly and curvy road to the lease.

We got situated on our stand and shot the breeze until it started getting light enough to see. That’s when the adrenaline began to pump. We were filming for an upcoming show for Ascension Outdoors, seen exclusively on EATEL channel 4 that will air beginning January 15.

It was not a very good day to be deer hunting as the wind was blowing 15 to 20 mph and they don’t like walking around with all that noise. They can’t distinguish wind noise with the noises that usually alerts them to danger, so they are very wary. The forecast was rain beginning at 11 a.m. and that’s another strike, not in our favor.

But a little time in the outdoors is usually pretty relaxing and enjoyable if things don’t turn out according to plan. Two or three gray squirrels entertained us on a regular basis and we were blessed with an appearance of three turkeys that came to feed in the food plot.

We got some really good video while watching the two mature gobblers and one jake for a long time. But one of them using their very keen eyesight undoubtedly saw us and the clucking started. Then the one that saw us flapped his wings, a warning sign in turkey language, and started walking away. When the turkeys thought they were far enough away, they took off running!

At ten o’clock we met Paul at the designated spot and neither of us fired a shot. Paul saw a deer in the road as he was approaching us but that was all the deer action we had that morning. We then went on a tour of the 1,500 acre lease to pick out a spot for the evening hunt. We needed a place to be out of the rain that was forecasted if we wanted to shoot any more film.

We picked out a box stand that was pretty roomy and sheltered from the elements. There was a food plot to the right and left that offered great shooting lanes, not to mention the fact that we saw a deer feeding on the grass as we pulled up. So that’s where we’d set up after a little lunch and a short break.

During the riding tour we saw five other deer and saw some great scenery in those hills and it got me to thinking about the number of sportsmen from Louisiana that travel to Mississippi to hunt and fish. We were in the hilly portion of the state and the layout of the land is tailored to outdoor activity.

I often wondered why so many of our people that enjoy our outdoor activities spend it in our sister state. This hilly country can’t be used any other way because of the terrain. It’s not really suited for the housing industry in a practical way, so lumber production is about the only feasible economic activity that’s utilized.

A lot of these really big tracts of land are owned by lumber companies and are leased out to groups of people to hunt. That way the lumber can be harvested and the hunting can be enjoyed by the people that lease the land. An added benefit that the land owners get is someone to watch the land just around.

Mississippi has a lot of big tracts of land that is very much suited for many species of birds and animals to flourish and give those that enjoy the outdoors many opportunities to experience nature in ways it can’t be done anywhere else.

Back to the hunt. We took our stand around two o’clock and the wait began. Tick-toc, tick-toc, tick-toc, the time went by and we saw no deer. There were 3 other hunters out on stands and we even waited to hear a shot from them; nothing.

But then at 4:45 a shot rang out and I turned to Goosie, “That was Hilton and I bet he’s got one.” A few minutes later another shot rang out and I looked at Goosie again and just shook my head, “Man, everybody is shooting but us.” Then another shot rang out a couple of minutes later, “This is just too much!”

It was 5:10 and time was running out. I looked to my right for what seemed like the 1,000th time and something caught my eye that I hadn’t seen before. I couldn’t make it out because it was a couple of hundred yards away so I looked through my scope and sure enough it was a deer. Man, my heart started pumping.

In about a minute’s time three more joined the first deer. Trying to get film adds an element to the equation that doesn’t make things any easier. We were moving around a little and another deer came out much closer but it was a smaller deer than the others.

In all of our attempts to get situated one of the four deer saw us and the jig was up; back into the woods they went. That left the younger deer; time was running out and the decision was made to take it as the club asked us to harvest some of the overpopulated animals.

I broke a 27 year dry spell and got a very nice deer and the three other hunters bagged one as well. We had a great trip to Mississippi and big thanks go out to Paul Rodriguez and the Patmos Hunting Club. So until next time, have fun in the outdoors, be safe and may God truly bless you!!