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.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
You are looking at 33 hogs taken by Jerry Ferguson of Vicksburg near Greenwood, MS. Jerry works at River Region Medical Center here and looks like he made a pretty good kill in the Delta. Lots of bacon to me! Congratulations to Jerry for eradicating these nasty hogs in our great wild Mississippi outdoors.
Monday, January 22, 2018
Raising a Hunter in Mississippi: How to Introduce Your Child to Hunting
Like most things in life, there is not one proven recipe that is guaranteed to get a young person
interested in hunting one hundred percent of the time. Similarly, even the best efforts do not ensure
your kid will grow up to be a safe and ethical hunter. However, there are some steps you can take while raising your kids that most of the time will yield positive results in both areas. Mississippi happens to have regulations in place that create a great opportunity to raise passionate hunters that are also safe and ethical.
The Tag-Along Days
While Mississippi does not have a minimum age requirement for hunting, most parents implement some limits on their own. This is a good system because some kids are ready to hunt much sooner than others. Bring them along on some trips where the weather is favorable, the trips are of flexible duration and there are good odds of encounters. Use your early trips into the woods or field to teach your kids safety, ethics and hunting skills.
This is also a good time to get them started shooting an airgun or a kid’s compound bow. Again, the focus should be on safety and responsible use of the weapon. Of course, they will also start developing marksmanship skills.
During both the hunting outings and the shooting practice, do your best to test and gauge their
readiness to actually start hunting. Once they seem to have a handle on the safety and responsibility
involved with hunting, allow them to start fully participating.
Until they are 12, youth hunters are not required to take hunter safety but must be in the presence of
an adult hunter. This is a great opportunity to further their training in the critical areas of safety and
ethics. Once they are 12, they will be required to pass a hunter education course to continue hunting. If you have done a good job of training them during their early hunting experiences, the course and test will just be a review for them.
After Hunter Education Hunts
Between the years of 12 and 15, youth hunters who have completed hunter safety can hunt solo, even though they do not need a license yet. Passing the course will make them eligible to hunt solo, but as their parent, guardian or mentor you should make the final decision on this. Make sure they have a full understanding of safety, ethics and the regulations before sending them off on their own. A critical part of this is not just explaining what to do in certain situations but also why you make each decision that you do.
Youth Hunt Opportunities
Mississippi offers youth hunting opportunities to kids 15 and under. These hunts generally come before the main season and offer better chances of success. Mississippi offers youth hunts for deer, waterfowl, turkeys and small game.
Youth hunts are a great chance to get your kid into the field on hunts where odds of success are better and there is not the added pressure to harvest your own animals. Even outside of youth-only seasons, do your best to make the early hunts focused on the youth hunter. In most cases, this will yield positive results.
No matter where you are in the process, make sure to take some steps to create the best chance of the young hunter loving it. Pack them lots of snacks and make sure they are dressed for the elements. Be patient with questions and mistakes, both are part of the learning process. Make sure you enjoy the process. Before long your youth hunter will be off on their own doing their own hunts and you will find yourself longing for those days when they were tagging along by your side.
Thank you Jon Sutton of Outdoor Empire for wanting to be a guest on my hunting site. I'm happy to say that I have three grandsons, Stephen, Carl and Ethan who are hunters and took them to the Hunter Education classes. My great grandson, Ian who is 10, hunts with his Dad for experience. Grandson, Carl got a nice 5 point buck with my .270 while hunting together. Grandson, Stephen killed a very nice 8 point buck with his Dad. My grandson, Michael "Ethan" (shown above holding my .270) hunted with me and finally got a deer with his Grandfather. Ethan is now serving his country in the U. S. Air Force stationed in Africa. I'm so proud of all my grandsons and my three great grandsons. Thanks again for your contribution to our great outdoors and to my site.
Friday, January 19, 2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Michelle Cole of my hometown of Warren County, Vicksburg, MS killed this monster buck this week in the snow. I don't know the hunting story behind it but it sure is a wall hanger! Michelle is married with a son and daughter and I know her family has to be very proud of her as I am. My congratulations to Michelle in our hometown in the wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors!
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Halleigh got her very first deer this morning in the snow and was an 8 point buck. Halleigh's only 10 years old and killed it at Brown Town in Greene County, MS. Imagine she will always remember hunting in the snow and of course, never forgetting that very first kill hunt.
Halleigh is the daughter of Jerrod and Alecia Turner and they are raising her right in our wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors. My congratulations to Halleigh on her very nice buck!
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
My Vicksburg hunting friend, Pat May Strange, said that two deer friends came to see her while hunting over the weekend so she kept them together. She got them with two shots! They crossed together in a bottom to her left and she hollered trying to stop the buck. Then the doe brought him in front of her and doe stayed around so she shot her too. She said this is the first time that this has ever happened to her and been hunting for a long time.
I had similar experience years ago during the muzzleloading season when dogs were running a buck and doe and they just happened to stop in front of my stand. I shot the doe with iron sights and she dropped. I thought it was strange that the buck was hanging around waiting for her to get up...so...I decided to reload and shoot again but with all the anticipation and excitement, I missed.
Congratulations to my hunting friend in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors! You go, girl!
Monday, January 15, 2018
My very best girlfriend (Jeanette) oldest son (born on my birthday) got a nice buck over the weekend south of Natchez, MS. Charlie, Jr., who is the oldest, John Kirk (My Godchild) and son Michael (who wanted me to be his Godmother) are all college graduates. Charlie, Jr. and his wife (Laura) live in Madison, MS with their two sons who are also young hunters.
Andrew "Drew" and Charlie, III.
Jeanette's husband, Charlie, Sr. hunts and they all enjoy hunting on family land south of Vicksburg. I have hunted the land and really had a great time. I saw a fawn and doe but Mama doe had her eyes on me. I did take a picture and have fond memories of the hunt.
Fawn feeding before Mama Doe walks out.
I'm so proud of Charlie, Jr. in getting a very nice buck in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors! My congratulations!
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Joey Rigby of Forest, MS, finally got him this weekend...the awesome buck he was after! Joey works for the Scott County Sheriffs Department and the Grabuone Outfitters.
The buck scored 164-6/8 and a mass with a lot of character! My congrats to Joey Rigby in getting the job done in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors! A wall hanger for sure!
Friday, January 12, 2018
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested 28-year-old Ronald J. Kimble, of Lettsworth, on Monday for taking a black bear during a closed season and possessions of a firearm by a convicted felon. It was unknown if he has an attorney.
Agents began November 29 investigating after the bear was found on the Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area in Concordia Parish. The necropsy revealed the 4-1/2-year-old female bear was shot twice with a rifle.
Agents later found Kimble hunting in the area and during questioning, Kimble admitted killing the bear on November 26 with a .270.
If convicted, Kimble faces up to 120 days in jail for killing the bear and up to 20 years on the firearm charge.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
A big buck down for Carlie's very first buck in Harrison County, MS. She killed it near Wolf River Road, Bay St. Louis, MS. I love the look and the initiation of blood on her face. My congratulations to Carlie in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors.