It's Really HOT
when it's Cold !
are being taken at Wild Game Adventures
in Mississippi Now!
by Mike Lane
The deer are hot, BIG
Deer! Helmut, Alison and I just came back from
"Deer School". First deer hunt for Alison and me, the second
hunt for Helmut.
We were invited by Wilton Helveston, owner of
Wild Game Adventures in Mississippi, just to the southwest of Jackson
and about 15 miles east of the Mississippi River. It is only a 3 to 3 ˝
hour drive from New Orleans.
Our first evening hunt, Saturday the 22nd:
Opening day in Mississippi - Alison and I were
in one stand and Helmut was in another. The weather was working against
us. The temperature was in the high 70's maybe low 80's. We got
into the stands around 4:15 and at about 5:00 two does moved onto our
food plot about 150 yards from the stand. One was very young and the
other a little older, the biggest probably weighing 60 or 70 pounds.
Remember this is our first deer hunt.
Alison and I enjoyed watching both deer graze
and watch us watching them. The larger deer never took her eyes off of
our stand except when she would take a break and graze for a little
while. We were amazed at how aware this deer was of the potential danger
that the stand might offer.
I took advantage of raising my rifle and
watching them through the scope. Alison watched through Helmut's Nikon
Binoculars. At one point something spooked them and they ran about 25
yards, tail high in the air then settled down again. Great show but too
small to shoot.
Charlie picked us up after dark and drove us
back to the camp for dinner. The dinner was great. Mesquite smoked
venison, turnip greens, macaroni and cheese and corn bread. Peach
cobbler was desert. "Just another meal at the plantation" said
We sat with Wilton during dinner and asked a
bunch of questions and Wilton shared his in depth knowledge about his
place, how he manages the resource, how he feeds the deer year round,
not just during the season. He explained how deer have less of an
incentive to move when it is warm than when it is cold. He explained how
they rely on their sense of smell for their survival and how to use the
knowledge relative to the sense of smell to the hunter's advantage.
Wilton explained how to become a successful deer
hunter in simple terms so that even new comers like Helmut, Alison and
I could understand. He showed us hundreds of pictures of deer (BIG
deer… 200 hundred pounds plus…) that have been harvested on his
land. His leases consistently produce big deer.
Wilton has 75 stands strategically placed over
the 4,500 acres of prime Mississippi deer hunting property. He told me
"I don't decide which stands to put the hunters in until about an
hour before hunting time". The
weather conditions dictate the prime locations and our stands and feed
plots are oriented so that we can place our hunters using the wind to
their advantage regardless of the wind direction.
Second evening hunt Monday, 24th:
We were scheduled to come back on Tuesday after
a front had passed through. Wilton called early Monday morning and said
"the BIG boys are on the move, get your butts down here today if
you can!". At 3:30 we were on the way to the stands. Only three
hunters this afternoon. Alison, myself and a Wild Game Adventures
regular customer, Jim.
Alison and I had to walk about 1/8 of a mile to
the stand. As we approached the food plot there were two does
grazing. One was too small to take but the other looked to me a little
over a hundred pounds. We reacted like novice hunters and blew the
opportunity. By the time I came to my senses and got us down the damage
was done and the does were on their way back into the woods.
In the stand. set up and ready 4:15. The
temperature was dropping fast and the wind was gently blowing in our
face, giving us wind advantage. I told Alison you take the first
At 5:05 he stepped into the food plot about 60
yards upwind of us. Wilton told us to be calm and wait for the buck to
settle down and not take the shot too fast. He was wary and looked up at
our stand, we didn't talk, we didn't move. After a good long hard look
he began to graze.
Slowly and quietly Alison got into shooting
position and braced the front of the rifle and her right shoulder
against the blind as Wilton had taught her. Wilton said "get him
in your crosshairs, squeeze the trigger very slowly and keep your eye on
your target until
you see the bullet impact." Alison listened and followed the
directions well. She only fired her rifle once. The big buck dropped
where he stood.
Wilton told us "stay in the stand until
we come and get you. If the deer runs into the woods do not go after
him. We will send the dog after him and he will find the deer."
The dog would not be needed.
As the adrenalin started to wear off we started
to get cold. We put on every sweater and jacket we brought. We
were happy but we were cold. We continued to watch the food plot hoping
for a second opportunity.
It was getting darker, the temperature was still
falling and the wind was coming to a standstill. A deer appeared about
100 yards from us near the edge of the food plot. We didn't see him come
out of the woods and don't know how long he was there, but there he was.
I was thankful for the big Leupold scope that Helmut and I had bought
two years ago. The deer seemed better lit through the scope than with
the naked eye. The pressure was on as I got my rifle ready and my body
in position. Squeezing slowly, watching the bullet hit the target (I
still don't understand that one) and the explosion rang through the
stand but the deer didn't fall. He slowly lumbered off of the food plot
and into the woods. I wanted to shoot again but wasn't prepared, he was
Disappointed and now very cold, we waited for
the truck to come so we could go out and see Alison's deer. It got
really dark in what seemed like a few minutes.
When we saw the truck lights coming we climbed
down from the stand and put our gear in the truck, then out to the deer.
BIG! Nine points, over 200 pounds Charlie
I told Charlie I had shot and missed and he
asked me to show him where he was when I shot at him. We drove the truck
over in the direction and pointed the headlights into the woods and we
Charlie said "guess what Mike, you didn't
miss, here he is!. He is big, seven points and he might be bigger than
the other buck.
I guess Wilton really knows his stuff. He told
us the big boys were moving around and he was right.
You know what they say about BIG deer…
"When Wilton speaks everyone listens"!
told me that the hunting is only going to get better. "With a
little more rain and cold weather the acorns will sour and the food
plots will be the food of choice". Now is the time to book a
hunt or two with Wilton. Whether you are an experienced hunter are new
to the sport Wild Game Adventures can put you in a position to get a
wall hanger and maybe a trophy.
Our deer weighed in at 225 and 245 pounds...
Give Wilton a call and tell him you want to go after the big boys still
Wild Game Adventures Phone: 337-845-5519