Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...

Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...
Stories of my hunting experiences with family, friends or whatever else I want to blog about.

A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter

Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.

Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Riverboat "American Duchess" In Town Today

The riverboat "American Duchess" was moored in the Yazoo Diversion Canal all day today while her passengers toured our historic civil war town of Vicksburg, MS: The Key To The South!  

Here are two close-up pictures I took of her near the ramp that was partially covered by the rising flood waters.  

It was a perfect day for the passengers to tour our city.

A side view of her as I walked near the edge of the canal.

The new benches are already partially submerged in the flood waters.

Looking back south towards The Old Depot Museum on the left.  

I stopped and talked to Andrew Cummings of Vicksburg who was getting ready to get in his kayak and enjoy the day.  I asked him why was it so small and he said it was a racing kayak.  

That really looks tricky.

He's in and he's off!

I told him to be safe and enjoy his trip. 

He told me he may go to the MS River as well.  Safe travels!

Heading home with the Levee Street (truck route) closed off with a flood retaining wall going up to block it.  The American Duchess is moored on the far left.  A beautiful day to be out and about and a great one for the tourist to enjoy as well.

River Level: 49.83 feet - Change: n/a - Flood Stage: 43 feet

Friday, March 16, 2018

MDWFP Hosting CWD Public Meeting In Vicksburg, MS

MDWFP to Host CWD Public Meeting in Vicksburg

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will host a public meeting to discuss Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) at the Vicksburg Convention Center in Vicksburg on Monday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. Information about CWD will be presented by leading scientists and MDWFP personnel will discuss Mississippi’s CWD Response Plan. Biologists and Law Enforcement officials will be available to answer questions.

On February 9, 2018, the MDWFP was notified that a single sample collected from a white-tailed deer in Issaquena County tested positive for CWD, marking the first time the disease has ever been documented in Mississippi. Upon notification of the positive sample, the MDWFP enacted the CWD Response Plan. The disease is caused by a malformed protein or prion and is known to affect white-tailed deer and other related animals, such as elk, moose, and reindeer. There is no known treatment for CWD, which can only be confirmed through laboratory analysis.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

The American Queen Was Back In Town Yesterday!

The riverboat "American Queen" returned to our historic civil war town of Vicksburg yesterday with her passengers.  I love taking pictures of her when she docks and here's a few you may enjoy seeing.    

Her name on the front side.

The flood waters creeping up near the Vicksburg River Murals.  

I love this picture of the American Queen!

Taken from Washington Street of the American Queen.  She looks as large as The Old Depot Museum with the high water in the Yazoo Diversion Canal.  

As I arrived coming down the boulevard, I stopped and took this picture of the American Queen.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Riverboat "America" Returns In Floodwaters

Yesterday, a couple sits and relaxes before the new benches go underwater.  The Yazoo Diversion Canal is rising from the flood waters of the Mighty Mississippi River.  Riverboat "America" showed up for a full day of passengers touring our historic city.

A close-up where you can see how near the water is at the base of the concrete pad.

The riverboat "America" moored behind The Old Depot Museum all day yesterday for the passengers to tour our historic civil war town of Vicksburg, MS.

The floodwaters are at the base of the floodwall near the Vicksburg Riverfront Murals.  

Behind me is the Mississippi Lower Mississippi River Museum with the M/V Mississippi IV that is dry docked here in Vicksburg.  It will not be going anywhere!

The picture was taken yesterday from Washington Street of "America" docked behind The Old Depot Museum. Today, the American Queen is moored for a full day of touring with her passengers and Friday, American Duchess will be here as well.  You have to LOVE all the riverboats coming to our river city!   

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Queen Returns Again In Floodwaters

The American Queen returned Saturday for a full day of touring our historic civil war town of Vicksburg, MS.  I took this picture from the main street, Washington Street which runs north/south onto Hwy. 61.  The Old Depot Museum is located on Levee Street (truck route) which is now closed because a retaining wall is going up to keep the flood waters from the Riverfront Murals on the floodwall.  She's moored in the Yazoo Diversion Canal off the Mighty Mississippi River.  Some passengers decided to climb the hills of Vicksburg to shop downtown.  Others took tour buses.   

I walked behind The Old Depot Museum to take a picture of the American Queen.  An Aqua Dam will be going up soon around the Depot because of the flooding.  Not sure where all the riverboats will dock once that is installed.  The American Queen will be returning on March 14th and so will America (March 13), Queen of Mississippi (March 27) and the American Duchess (March 16th).  As of Sunday the river level was 48.31 feet and changed +0.40 feet with the flood stage at 43 feet.  

Saturday, March 10, 2018

MS Seeks Source Of Disease That Killed Buck

Tests on deer carcasses collected in Mississippi don't show any signs of the fatal infectious disease that was recently confirmed in a dead buck.
Investigators still don't know where the 4½-year-old buck contracted a chronic wasting disease, Russ Walsh, executive director for wildlife in Mississippi's Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks said in a video posted Tuesday on the department's website.
He said genetic tests show the buck found Jan. 25 was local and therefore was infected by a local source. Testing is continuing on other deer reported sick or dead, including roadkill, he said.
The tests on 64 deer found sick or dead within 5 miles (8 kilometers) of the buck came back Monday, he said.
"We've sent off multiple other samples," he said.
To avert or delay the infection's spread across state lines, Louisiana has banned supplemental deer feeding in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes — those nearest to Issaquena County, where the buck was found about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the state line.
Hunters in those parishes cannot bait feral hog traps with rice bran, non-fermented or whole cracked corn, soybeans, protein pellets and commercial feeds formulated for deer because of the ban, which took effect Monday. They can still use bait not normally eaten by deer, according to a news release emailed Tuesday.
Alabama forbids importation of deer carcasses from any of the 25 states where the disease has been confirmed. Hunters can still bring in deboned meat, tanned hides, and cleaned skulls with antlers and teeth.
The neurological disease typically causes deer, elk, and moose to have tremors and other movement problems and lose weight. It is part of a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies and is similar to bovine spongiform encephalopathy — mad cow disease — in cattle and scrapie in sheep.
The disease was already present among deer in Arkansas and 23 other states.
Mississippi banned the import of dead deer carcasses from affected areas last year in hopes of keeping out the disease.
It banned supplemental feeding in Claiborne, Hinds, Issaquena, Sharkey, Warren and Yazoo counties after the disease was confirmed.     

Note:  The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will host a chronic wasting disease public hearing in Vicksburg at the Vicksburg Convention Center at 6:30 on Monday, March 19, 2018.  Will discuss MS CWD Response Plan.  Biologist and Law Enforcement officials will be available to answer questions. 

Friday, March 09, 2018

Happy "60th" Birthday To Rex!

I'm wishing my blogging/hunting friend, Rex Howell a very Happy 60th Birthday today.  Rex is the Editor of Deer Camp Blog which is an outdoor column of "The Bodock Times" (a satirical periodical) Humor and Hunting at the famous Christmas Place Plantation Hunting Club on the edge of the Mississippi Delta.  Go by and wish him a very Happy Birthday and oh, did I mentioned the big drop-tine buck he killed?

Thursday, March 08, 2018

A Saturday Walk In The Park

Last Saturday morning we had our annual Run Thru History which I have walked (not run) several times but did not sign up for it this time.  It was a beautiful crisp cold morning and a perfect day for a run/walk.  That afternoon I decided to take the south loop for a short walk since I'm trying to get back on track recovering from some health issues.  Here are some pictures I took while on my walk.  I hope you enjoy and if you ever come through Vicksburg, stop and tour our Vicksburg National Military Park which is 16-miles starting at the visitors center with exhibits and an audio-visual program explaining the campaign and siege of Vicksburg.
Getting ready to walk under the Clay Street bridge on the south loop.

A train coming through the park while walking towards the bridge.

Looking west.

Looking east.

To the right looking towards the Texas Memorial.

Brig. General Lawler 

Up-close of Brig. General Lawler

Up-close of Major General O.C. ORD

Statue of Major General O. C. ORD. 

Major General John A. McClernand

The Iowa Memorial

Unnamed Soldier

Close-up of the soldier on the horse.

I saw another train passing by in the park in the distance.

One of many cannons throughout the park while walking out.


It was sad to see a doe that got hit by a vehicle on Clay Street during the run according to a passing Park Ranger on the way out of the park.

Just passing the deer on the right side while walking north under the Clay St. bridge towards the Vicksburg National Military Visitors Center.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

The Deer Song

''The Deer Song'' was written in dedication to all my fellow outdoorsmen. There's nothing like the feeling of landing that monster buck you've always dreamed about. And can they ever be too big?! Well, happy hunting and always remember to be safe! Thanks to all and I hope you enjoy. -Tanner Songwriter - Tanner Flowers Singer - Tyler Flowers
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