MS Outdoors S27 E09 – Neshoba County Rabbit Hunt, Turcotte Youth Fishing Rodeo

(bluesy guitar) ♪ Riding through the bayou ♪ Heading for the sky blue ♪ Back on the trail
again and again ♪ Hiking and hunting
and fishing the land ♪ Time is time well spent ♪ We’ll take it to the desert ♪ To the great wide shores ♪ There’s so much to see and do, ♪ Mississippi outdoors ♪ The great outdoors ♪ Mississippi outdoors ♪ The great outdoors ♪ Mississppi outdoors ♪ The great outdoors ♪ Mississippi outdoors (crunchy rock guitar) – Alright we’re in
Shelby County today, big rabbit hunt, February rabbit hunt, weather’s good, temperature
in the high 40s, low 50s, no wind, sunshine, let’s go kill some rabbits. We’re gonna have a
little safety meeting, who got a gun I can borrow? John, David? Alright, y’all are all
veteran hunters, okay? Always carry your gun up, okay? Carry it up like this. Don’t carry it down like this
cause you have a tendency to come up, when you come up and swing, you could shoot
somebody or shoot a dog or something like that, and we don’t want
that to happen. Alright, everybody
have fun today. Zed, you the hunt master, you tell everybody
if they’re getting in your off way, you just tell’em to
back off or spread out or whatever. – Well I’m actually thinking
of staying with the dogs, so they just spread
out and follow me, on both sides. – Okay, on both sides. Be sure of your targets, be
sure of what you’re shooting. Alright, which way are we going? We’re ready. (Bluegrass mandolin) – Well the big hunt we
run a pack of 10 dogs, and I’ve been training’em
all so I’m lookin forward to February cause you know
Mississippi big deer hunting, you don’t get the rabbit
hunting till February here, got a good pack of dogs, been training pretty hard, they’re ready to run. Well I try to work’em, try to keep’em like fifty
yards in front of me, I got what I call them, main dog, jump dogs, and the other ones hunting, you know they’re
jump to running, and the others’ll be
able to start running. Oh I’ve been rabbit hunting
probably the last 20 years but it takes a while to get
a good pack of dogs together, it’s something, you’re
constantly training all year round. This pack’s been training
together for about five years. (dogs howling) – [Man Offscreen] Here
they come, get ready. Get ready David. You’re right, they’re fixin to push’em out. – Well I’m excited
to be here today, Scott and I have been friends
for about 12 years now, served in the
legislature together, and he’s been telling
me about these exciting rabbit hunts he has up here, so I agreed to come, I brought my 13 year
old son with me, he’s never done this before, so I’m excited to be able
to teach him a little bit about it, hopefully he’ll get
a good shot or two and get addicted to it. I grew up rabbit
hunting with my father and some of his friends, I think it’s one of the
greatest things you can do with young children, take them out, expose
them to rabbit hunting, squirrel hunting, things like that. Watching the dogs work, how excited they get,
the passion they show, is just, it’s thrilling. You get an adrenaline rush
when you hear that dog bark for the first time, and you know something’s
about to happen, and it just generates an
entire amount of enthusiasm that gets you all pumped
up and gets you excited. (gun shots) – [Man Offscreen] There he is! There he goes. (dogs barking) – Explain to him what happened. – See, it came across the field, – It came out, and I shot him. – Somebody else missed him, which is a terrible thing, and I’ve never missed before, but I saw it first hand, that somebody else missed a shot and I was interested
in just observing that whole phenomenon, and I came around and
it was alive over here, – Just tell’em you
shot the thing. (laughs) – Well, I just shot the thing. – [Man] Well that one
took a little longer than we anticipated it taking, we figured we’d get
one pretty quick, and, old Annie Oakley Baker got him. – I think we just
ran him to death, that’s all we did. (laughs) I don’t think Baker shot him. And I think he just, died of a heart attack. – I think the rabbit
just stopped to rest. – It came through the lane, and they took a shot at him. – [Man Offscreen] Coming at you, coming back up,
towards the lane. – [Hunter] There he goes! (gun shots) – I just figured I’d come
up here and see whether he was still around, and I came up through the
little opening right there and he came and stopped, probably tired, they’ve been running
him about 15 minutes. He probably just taking a break, and, I shot him. (gun shot) (shouting) (blues rock) – [Hunter] Hey look out, he’s coming out to you. Musta missed out on
him, he’s still alive. (shots) there you go. That was the end. (dogs barking) – Told y’all I don’t miss. You get that on camera? – [Hunter] He’s over here. – We got five out here. – [Hunter] Really? Come on. (shots) I got that one. – Tell me about him Zed. Tell me about it, what happened? – He’s a little
something, right? He almost ran over me and Scott
coming through the thicket. – [Hunter Offscreen]
I think that’s 10. – Is it? – [Hunter Offscreen] Yeah. – I was getting a little
worried this morning that we weren’t
gonna get in any. – [Hunter Offscreen]
Well we’re gettin’em now. – Zed, Zed, Zed. (funky music) (gun shot) – Well I saw him, he was about 300 yards. And that’s a little
out of my range, so I let him get
about 200 yards, and decided I, I know it’s the one I shot, cause I shot him in the head, where I was aiming it, at 200 yards. (laughs) (slide guitar) – It’s back in pen, them now. I got 10 out here, I
know all them boys. Where they come from,
spend time with them, working with them every day, I run’em year round, never stop. Can’t cut a run a long way, instead of the hill,
he’s just circling, probably change
how he’s running, cause he’s going on now. – There’s a lesson
in that, isn’t it? There’s a lesson. They’re gonna come back. They’re gonna circle back. (yells) – My friend got a
10 acre rabbit pen we train those puppies in, went out there, they’re
putting puppies in it, they do work the whole 10 acres, didn’t want you to pick’em up, two years old, never got tired of it. He walked the whole 10 acres, and you try to pick’em
up, he gets mad. – Yeah I remember one
of the first times I went rabbit hunting
with my father. He told me what
was gonna happen, and I was all ready, and a rabbit literally
ran through my legs, between my legs, and I was trying to find him, and I never did get a shot off, and my father was laughing at me about how I had missed him. My fondest memories of my father are around Thanksgiving
and the holidays when we would go into the woods, and quail was open, rabbit was open season,
squirrel was open season and you could just go
into the woods and hunt. And that’s a part of life that
foster a lot of relationship between me and my father, gave us a lot of memories, and I hope to have that same
experience with my children. – Every rabbit
that’s been killed we have seen. – I know the one
y’all shooting at when he was up
there on the green, remember I told you to go down, he had his head out. You saw it. You said he Toby. I knew you would come. – [Hunter Offscreen] What you
think about rabbit hunting? Say I like it. It’s a lot of fun, a lot of fun. Enjoy the outdoors. – What he said. (laughs) – One there. – That a coyote den? – [Zed] Oh is that what that is? – [Hunter] Yeah. – [Zed] Didn’t know that. – [Hunter] He run in there? – [Zed] Yeah. – That’s him. – [Zed] That’s a coyote den? – That’s a coyote den. I’d about put money on that. – [Hunter] Pretty fun. (dogs howling) – Amazing how one
picks up trail, the rest of them, – Oh yeah. (howling dogs) (laughs) (fast country guitar) – Think this thing’s got a
southern county fair tag? Take this to a carnival. – Should I throw
it ping pong balls? – Yeah right. (laughs) – This is old swamp foot, this is one of our
management rabbits, we’ve had him on camera
for four and a half years, and he’s just, man, he’s thrilled. He’s probably a 160 inch rabbit, we’ve been after
him for a long time. (laughs) (reggae country) – [Narrator] For over 70 years, Mississippi Outdoors Magazine
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our toll free number at, 1-888-874-5785. (light acoustic guitar) – Fishing is one of those things you don’t have to be great
at to have a great time. Today we’re having our
Catfish and Kids Rodeo. It’s a great way to
introduce kids to fishing, hopefully gives them
an opportunity to catch their first fish. – We’ve been doing this
at least 10 to 15 years, it’s been a very
successful event. This event is for
youth 15 and under, and we get, primarily we get local folks
from the Hise, Madison, Rankin county areas. – We send out postcards
to all the area schools with save the day cards
talking about this and some of our
other youth events, just as a way to keep
it on people’s calendars so that they know about it, give them to
opportunity to come out and have a good time
outdoors during the weekend, and so a lot of these kids, they come out today, you know, are very interested in fishing, but just haven’t
had the opportunity. Maybe their parents don’t fish, and nobody’s just ever had
the chance to take them. So what we’ve done is
provide a safe environment a great place for them
to come and learn, and like I said actually catch
hopefully their first fish. This event is something that
we put on in conjunction or cosponsor with the
Mississippi Wildlife Federation and the Mississippi
Museum of Natural Science. We also have a lot
of corporate sponsors that help with this event. We do this event in
conjunction with national fishing and boating week, we always do this
event in early June, almost always the
first Saturday in June. We have two ponds here at
Turcott Education Center that we stock with catfish, we provide the fishing
tackle, the poles, the bait, everything, so all they have
to do is come up, we put the pole in their hand, the bait in the water, and they’re ready to catch fish. We also have an education
component to this event where the participants can learn
about fish and fish ecology, the type of aquatic
habitats they live in, they learn about what a
fish’s gills are for example, why fish have scales,
that kind of thing. We also have an education
area where they’re taught about fishing lures and
different types of lures for various types
of fish species, what kind of lures to
fish with for bass, for crappie, also how to use live bait, how to tie hooks
with fishing line, and also how to rig your poles
for both live bait fishing. This event is really a
great event for families to make memories catching fish, we see the kids get very
excited when the catch a fish. (inspiring guitar) – Say let’s go big catfish. (child murmurs) there’s a hungry catfish. – There he is. – Is he coming? – Yeah. There! Here fishy fishy, we’ve
got a ball for you. – [Person On Shore] There you
go, that’s a big one baby! – We got him now. Come here, he’s talking to you. You wanna feel him? You hear him talking? That’s exciting
right there isn’t it? You ever heard one talk? Listen, I think he
just said Derick. Derick, I heard it! (laughs) He just said Derick. You wanna give that
catfish a kiss? (boy screams) Your first catfish. – No. – Did you touch him? Look at those eyes, did you know they have whiskers? – This is really important
to get the families out there together in an
outdoor environment, get’em out there away
from the television and the video games, and get outside
and enjoy nature. You know we have obesity
and that kind of thing is a concern, so the more outdoor
activities the better, so we just think
this is a great event for families to
share with each other and have great
memories of the event. – We’re having a great day, we’ve got some great weather, we’ve had a really
good turn out, and we caught a lot of fish. – [Man Off Camera]
Is this a good one? – Oh absolutely, anything that we can do
to help introduce kids to the outdoors, whether it’s the fishing, kayaking, bird
watching, hunting, whatever the case might be, we can do to get them outside, get them off the couch,
away from the video games, and smart phones, we consider that to be
a pretty good victory. Today we think we had
somewhere just over 200 kids so we had 200 kids and their
parents and grandparents and brothers and sisters, so you know we reached
a lot of people. You know we always say of
course the kids get to fish and they get a lot out of it, but you know the parents, the parents that come get
a lot out of it as well. Our hope is you know that
these kids that get introduced to fishing today become
life long fisherman, you know like we said,
fishing is something you don’t have to be great
at to have a great time, there’s plenty of public
fishing opportunity throughout Mississippi, so hopefully these kids
have gotten a taste, and we hope that they’ll
be lifelong fisherman. (light guitar strum) – [Narrator] The Mississippi
Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks
is proud to offer two world class
shooting facilities. Turcott Shooting
Range near Jackson, and McHenry Shooting
Range near Woodlands. Our shooting ranges
are safe, affordable, and a great way to
sharpen your skills or introduce someone
new to shooting sports. We offer rifle, pistol,
archery, sporting clay, skeet and trap ranges, as well as a five stand
range over the water. Learn more at (happy acoustic guitar) – [Narrator] The North
Mississippi Fish Hatchery is located west of Enid
Lake on 58 acres of land leased from the US Army
Corps of Engineers. It is easily accessible
to locals and visitors from I-55. Phase one construction
was completed in 2006. – We were fortunate that
we were able to construct a brand new fish
hatchery at Enid, state of the art facility, we raise closed to a
million fish there annually, probably 10 to 12
different species of fish, and it’s an extremely
important part of the bureau. – We had hatcheries in
central and south Mississippi but no hatcheries in
north Mississippi, so our goal was to have a
hatchery that could stock fish locally in the north
Mississippi area. – You know most people when
they think of fisheries, or fisheries biologists, they think of where are
you gonna stock fish? We’re charged with stocking
the fresh water fish resources for the state of Mississippi. Reservoirs, ox
bows, state lakes, anything that’s
considered public waters of Mississippi show up
on our stocking requests from year to year. The fish hatchery
at Enid, Mississippi stocks several species of fish, they spawn and stock
northern large mouth bass, they spawn white
crappie, black crappie, the southern strain of walley, and the hybrid triployd crappie. People don’t realize
we have walley, we call that a species of
greatest conservation need, and we raise those fish at Enid, and are stocking those
in the tributaries of northeast Mississippi. The wallye is basically
a preservation project, it’s a unique species
that’s a southern strain which is genetically different
than the northern strain. They’re primarily
nocturnal feeders, not always, but they’re very
light sensitive, and the guys at the hatchery, they’ll collect, brood wallye starting in
the early part of March, and once the females
start releasing eggs and ovulating she’ll be ready to strip spawn, they’ll anesthetize her, strip spawn the eggs, strip the sperm from the males, they’ll be mixed in a container, and, once fertilization is complete, they’ll be placed in those
McDonalds hatching jars. These hatching jars
mimic natural water flow, keeps the eggs moving. Wallye take about seven
to 14 days to hatch, and once they hatch, they swim up out of the jars, they’ll be collected and once their
mouth parts develop they will be stocked into
fertilized rearing ponds. The hybrid triployd crappie, we were looking at be
able to stock a crappie in some of our
smaller state lakes, to be able to put crappie
in smaller bodies of water and not be concerned with those
fish becoming overpopulated and the hybrid triployd
crappie came about, whenever you triployd a fish, it become essentially sterile, so instead of the fish spending
the energy for reproduction, theoretically, that energy
can be used for growth. They try to find female
crappie that are very close to natural spawning, they’ll collect those fish, strip the eggs from the females, they’ll fertilize them from
the sperm from the males, and then those eggs, they’re very adhesive and sticky and they’ll stick together. They’re treated usually
with tannic acid, to reduce the stickiness, and then they’re placed in
McDonalds hatching jars, and they’re in those
jars until they hatch, until they become what
we term swim up fry. And at that time
they’ll be collected, and once they have
developed enough, they will be stocked in
the rearing pond as well. – We usually spawn
fish in the spring, and we don’t stock’em
till the fall, so we’ll hold those
fish in the pond, usually in the fall,
late fall, early winter, when water temps
start cooling down, those ponds will be drained, those fish will be harvested, and we’ll select where
those fish will be stocked in the state of Mississippi. When we induce them to spawn, particularly for example
large mouth bass, bass are looking for a
harder, firmer substrate, to spawn on, so we’ll take a spawning mat, a rough, almost like a door mat, we’ll put it in those raceways, or the ponds in some cases, and of course those fish
are gonna be attracted to the spawning mats, – Which are essentially
18 inch square coconut fiber or, synthetic coconut fiber, and once those mats
are placed in the tank, it may take a few days, but the females begin
making nests on them, they’ll spawn’em, deposit their eggs on’em, the hatchery personnel
will remove that mat, and they collect all the mats
from spawns that one day, hang’em in the trough, and once they’re in that trough, depending on the
water temperature, it’s 70 degrees, those bass
fry will begin to hatch within 48 hours. Another day or two, those fry will be called
what we call swim up fry, which at that point, they have their mouth parts, and they’re ready to eat, and they’re stocked
into the grow up pond. – We’re fixin to go drain
one of our shed pond fred fish, yeah,
that’s the first time we’ve raised shed here
at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery, and it looks like we’re gonna
be pretty successful with it. – These guys are well trained, our employees do a
great job each year. So a very important program
within the fisheries bureau is our hatchery program. (peaceful guitar) (water streaming) (blues guitar) ♪ Riding through the bayou ♪ Heading to the sky blue ♪ Back on the trail
again and again ♪ Hiking and hunting
and fishing the land, ♪ Time is time well spent ♪ We’ll take it to the desert ♪ To the great wide shores ♪ There’s so much to see and do ♪ The Mississippi outdoors ♪ The great outdoors ♪ Mississippi outdoors ♪ The great outdoors ♪ Mississippi outdoors ♪ The great outdoors ♪ Mississippi outdoors

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