MISSISSIPPI

Deer Forecast 2002

Outdoor Life Online Editor

Biologist Bill Lunceford says drought two years ago resulted in some big-bodied deer carrying comparatively small racks last fall. "Conditions improved last summer with a superb acorn crop, but bucks didn't move around until the peak of the rut last fall, so I think there was great 'carryover.' That, plus the four-point rule, should provide hunters with a good season this fall," says Lunceford.

Contact: MDWFP (601-432-2196; www.mdwfp.com).

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