Mississippi hunter, Shane Pickard, stopped by Mean Mallard in Ridgeland to pick up a few last minute items for the weekend. For his time in the woods, he believes he'll have plenty of opportunities to bag the big one this season.
"This morning, I went in and got everything ready. I filled up all my feeders," said Pickard. "I stay in the woods a good bit and they're starting to chase does and that excites people. That's the time they want to be in the woods because to me that the easiest time to take a deer whenever their chasing."
At Mean Mallard, hunters have been chasing the latest in gear as they prepare for the weekend. Owner, Chris Bates, says this is one of their biggest weeks.
"Thanksgiving time around open season are the biggest times for us," said Bates. "It's when the latest and greatest in gear and all the new camos and everything else that are out really come into play for everybody."
But the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks has a few important reminders for excited hunters as they head out.
"They need to be certain that they've got that 500 square inches of continuous unbroken hunter's orange on," said Larry Castle.
Castle says safety should be number one on everyone's mind, particularly when it comes to tree stands.
"We have a lot of trouble with hunters being careless as they're climbing tree stands," Castle said. "We want them to be cautious. We want them to have that safety strap on."
More injuries actually result from falls from tree stands than gun accidents.
The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks has a 24-hour, 7-day a week hotline for any questions hunters might have, as well as getting hunting licenses. It's 1- 800-5-GO-HUNT.