Mississippi Deer Hunt

D&DH-TV Producer Chris Hermans and I just returned from southern Mississippi where
we met loyal D&DH subscriber David Cargill for a hunt with renowned hunter and
callmaker Will Primos. Cargill was the winner of our latest sweepstakes hunt and prize
package that was publicized throughout the year in the magazine.

The hunt could be described in one word: HOT! When I left home from Wisconsin the
morning of December 6th, the temperature gauge in the vehicle read minus 11.

We met Cargill at the Atlanta airport. Needless to say, he was fired up- — as we
were — to get into the woods that night, but due to some airline issues we didn’t
arrive in Jackson in time to hunt. We did get a chance to walk though the office and
meet a lot of great people, and stock up on the latest Primos calls. We then headed
to camp just in time to give us a quick tour and the first food plot that we saw had
a number of deer in it, including one nice buck. To say we were excited would be an
understatement. But the next morning the warm weather had already arrive. Cargill
would be filmed by Chris for a muzzleloader hunt, while I bowhunted. However, with
the warm weather, the deer just didn’t move.

After the entire first day we had seen a total of six deer, all does and fawns. Maybe
our luck would change the next day! Mine didn’t, as I got skunked for the second strait
sit on stand. However, Cargill faired much better, harvesting the largest buck of
his lifetime on film. It was a main frame eight with great mass. It grosses well over
130.

The highlight of the hunt for me was the final 30 minutes when a 3.5 year old 8-point
came into range. The place we were hunting is intensely managed and try shooting only
4.5 year olds or better so we abided by the rules and passed him up, and as always
once you decide to pass him up he didn’t want to leave the area. He stood for the
longest time at 20 yards giving us some great behavioral footage.

As we were driving back to the airport the temperature was hovering around 80 degrees
and very humid and I found myself wondering what the hunt would have been like had
the temperatures been 20 degree’s cooler. All and all it was a great trip, and I want
to thank the staff at Primos for hosting a great hunt!

–Brad Rucks, Publisher

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