Outdoors: The Buzz January 4, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Bass are still biting at Pickwick, Trace
While crappie reports have gone quiet, big bass reports continue to roll in from Pickwick and Trace Lakes, Clay Coleman, of Clay’s Bait & Tackle, in Tupelo, says.
“All my buddies are still catching bass on the Alabama rig,” Coleman said. “The A-rig is working great on Pickwick.”
Coleman said jerk baits should work well there also, although he hasn’t had any confirmed reports.
“I do know the jerk baits have been working well on Trace Lake,” he said. “Guys have been catching bass on jerk baits there consistently for the last two weeks.”
Even if they aren’t biting right now, Coleman also said that sales of crappie gear have picked up lately in anticipation of the spring spawn.
Kevin Tate

Wild game contest set for Feb. 11 in Pittsboro
The Calhoun county Wild Game Tasting Buffet is set for Monday, Feb. 11, at the Multi Purpose Building in Pittsboro.
All dishes for judging must be present by 6 p.m. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. The annual event typically draws a wide variety of wild game dishes and includes lots of fun and fellowship.
Dishes will be judged in the categories of fin, feather, deer, other fur and wild hog, and from those category winners a best-in-show grand champion will be selected.
Admission is $1 with dish and $3 with no dish. For more information, call Millie Goforth at 628-6260.
Kevin Tate

State bird report: Mallards on the move
Hunters continued to report mixed success over the holidays. However, there have been many reports of increased mallard harvest, particularly in forested wetlands.
This time of year, males and females begin to form pair bonds and seek out thicker cover of forested wetlands to isolate themselves. This is an important part of the annual cycle of waterfowl, and hunters should keep this in mind when scouting for potential hunting locations.
It is also likely that recent cold fronts have contributed to this increase in mallard abundance in these habitats.
The Delta and other regions of the state received quite a bit of rainfall since the last report.
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