Meridian Star

October 5, 2012

Harvest time in the Mississippi Foothills

By Mike Giles
Mike Giles

MERIDIAN —    Fall is harvest time, an ending of a long growing season, yet a dawning of new possibilities for thousands of outdoors enthusiasts in our area. Prompted by crisp, clear, cool mornings, the signals are unmistakable; fall is here, offering untold opportunities. We’re limited only by our imagination and desires. Let’s look at the bountiful possibilities.  

    Come with me to Lauderdale County where monster bucks roam and the soil grows trophy bucks. Watch as Ricky Sullivan harvests a Canadian sized whopper scoring 201, 4/8 BTS points, sending shock waves through Mississippi and the south.

    Wade the shallow waters of Okatibbee Lake as Wade and Tyler Wood and Justin Giles hear the whistling wings of teal, mallards and wood ducks and fill their limits on an early morning hunt in the flooded backwaters of a beaver slough.

    Traverse the magnificent cypress swamps with Randy Pope and friends along the Chunky River on an action packed wood duck hunt and harvest a limit of ducks while being serenaded by barred owls signaling the dawning of a new season.

    Follow me to the bountiful waters of Okatibbee Lake on an action packed angling trip with Ken Murphy and experience the bass fishing trip of a lifetime. Bass and crappie school up and feed ravenously along the ledges, ditches and creek channels and offer red hot fishing action. Close your eyes and imagine the smell of succulent bass or crappie fillets frying until golden brown; a scrumptious treat indeed!

    Explore the hills surrounding Meridian and view a flock of turkeys. Hear their sweet purring, yelping and clucking, beckoning you to join them. Stalk silently through the woods with Coloradan Scott Dillon and watch as he accompanies me on a spring visit to this veritable Promised Land teaming with fish and game, to the place where he harvests his first trophy Mississippi gobbler.

    Canoe the Chunky River and shoot the shoals as Dr.  George Arrington maneuvers the beautiful rock strewn river and skillfully angles yet another limit of spotted bass.  

    Lift up your eyes and catch a glimpse of eagles soaring overhead at Bruce Martin’s Farm, sailing over Okatibbee, or gliding high at Kemper Lake.

    Come to the fertile streams of Kemper County where bucks roam the swamps, ducks fill the sloughs and walleye swim the streams! Come and enjoy.

    Follow me into the woods of Clarke County on a pitch black night with Gary Rodgers and listen carefully as his world class coon hounds sing a glorious tune and tree another coon.

    Be still and listen as whippoorwills whistle familiar tunes filling the nights and early morning hours with melodious refrains free to all who will hear.

    Accompany Donna Huff Owen on a birding trip and catch a glimpse of a yellow billed cuckoo, oriole and black faced titmouse.

    Join Taylor Odom on an angling quest as he catches the lake record bass at Okatibbee Lake, a 10.64 pound monster!

    Come with me and view the sizzling dove hunting action as Chase Davis, and Barrett Dudley burn up the doves on an early fall outing near Stonewall.

    Float the gentle flowing waters of Okatibbee Creek and observe a wondrous assortment of wildlife living right here among us. Watch for bucks, ducks, coyotes, hawks, and even wild hogs, while catching red bellies, spotted bass, or catfish.

    Steel away and explore beautiful Bonita Lakes. Catch a monster bass, hike, bike, or jog the hills and hollows. Traverse the trails, ply the waters in a Hobie and enjoy the beautiful explosions of color painting the fall foliage with a magnificent harvest scene second to none.

    Close your eyes and inhale nature’s sweet perfume of honeysuckle, sweet magnolia, and dream of the endless possibilities. You are limited only by your own imagination.

    Lose yourself in the Mississippi Foothills Area for just a short while and capture a glimpse of the beauty and wonder of it all. Join me and experience the trip of a lifetime in this place I choose to call home; my “Southern Promised Land”!



    Contact  Mike Giles at 601-917-3898

or e-mail him at mikegiles18@comcast.net