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, December 16, 2017
I was invited earlier in the week to deer hunt this afternoon but the hunter that invited me to his camp came down sick. Hopefully, in a couple of weeks, I can get back into the woods and hunt for a deer in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors!
Friday, December 15, 2017
The largest paddle-wheeler on the MS River showed up again today for her passengers to tour our historic civil war town of Vicksburg, MS. The American Queen moored all day while four buses were used to transport her passengers to all our historical sights. Looks like she is parked in a NO PARKING ZONE but that's alright since she's the Queen!
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Chris Rollins of Southhaven, MS took down a beast last weekend. He said he was blessed with his best buck to date. Someone asked him where he killed it and he said, I don't kiss and tell! Most likely the hills of Tennessee. Main beans measured 22-1/2 and 22-5/8. He dropped him off at the taxidermist and he scored 160. Congratulations to Chris in our great wild Mississippi outdoors! PS: Check out that nice rifle!
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Matt Jones from Starkville, MS is a very proud Dad announcing that his baby girl got her first buck over the weekend. So proud of Lanie myself and congratulating her on her accomplishment in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors! Way to go, Lanie!
Monday, December 11, 2017
Jeff and Erin Sanford of Sumrall, MS killed her biggest buck this morning in the Delta. A very nice 8-point buck, with 17-1/2 inch, spread at 200 yards. That is a very long shot! Congratulations to Jade in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors.
Saturday, December 09, 2017
The potential of striking a deer while driving on Mississippi roads remains a higher danger than in most states but has declined in recent years.
Mississippi ranked sixth nationally in deer-vehicle collisions in 2014, but fell out of the top 10 in 2017, according to data from State Farm Insurance. There are about 3,000 such wrecks each year in Mississippi.
The odds of hitting a deer with a vehicle double during the months of October through December when deer are actively on the move and mating. The deer population in Mississippi has exploded over the last decade with the Mississippi State University Extension Service estimating there are approximately 1.75 million whitetail deer in the Magnolia State, the highest population density in the nation.
Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace reminds motorists that collisions with deer and wildlife increase in more rural areas, as well as during dusk and dawn.
“Unfortunately, that is something we have to deal with because of the wildlife population in Warren County,” Pace said. “Drivers have to be cautious and know deer and other wildlife will cross the road at any time, but are especially numerous at dusk and early in evening.”
According to Pace, from March 1 through Dec. 1 of this year, the sheriff’s department has responded to 55 incidences in the county of deer-vehicle collisions where someone has either struck a deer or wrecked their vehicle avoiding a deer.
“We also have to remember that we as humans are building homes and businesses in their habitat,” Pace added. “They’ve always been here, but as we expand into their habitat we are encroaching on them.”
Collisions with deer remain a high risk, especially in rural areas such as Mississippi, and can cause a great deal of damage and injury. But avoiding a deer collision can also be harmful.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, a driver swerved off a road near Edwards to avoid a deer and, according to the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office, five occupants of the vehicle were injured in the single-vehicle wreck. None of the injuries was life-threatening, but all five were transported to the hospital.
Such accidents also cause an increase in insurance rates. According to State Farm, the national claim cost average from July 2016 through June 2017 was $4,179 — up from $3,995 the previous year.
The Insurance Industry Institute estimates about 1.5 million deer-vehicle collisions each year, which result in approximately 150 deaths, thousands of injuries and about a billion dollars in damage.
Drivers are advised to remain alert for deer, especially during dusk and dawn. According to the Mississippi Department of Transportation, about 20 percent of crashes with deer occur in the early morning, while half happen between 5 p.m. and midnight.
And if you see a deer, be prepared for more deer to cross the roadway.
By Rob Sigler - The Vicksburg Post
Friday, December 08, 2017
Hunting the Sneaky Stand was my last hunt for the day. I had a deer to come to the right and crossed the road behind me in a hurry around 6:30. About 7:00 had one to blow and stomp trying to make me move or leave. 7:45 a doe came out and just stood and looked at me for a minute and about the time I was able to get my .270 up to check she turned and stepped back in the woods from the field and only had a back-end shot and gone. 15 mins. later at the very end corner, a deer came out and was gone in 4 seconds and may have been the same doe.
Sitting in a ground blind under the Sneaky Stand.
The main road was directly behind me.
Walking the field to the road where a deer had crossed the road earlier and could not see it but heard it.
I turned around and took this picture before I left to meet Rex on the road heading back to camp.
The road back to the camp.
The road to the opened field, lake and hunting grounds.
Our last campfire after the hunt.
This picture was taken last Sunday right before camp broke at noon celebrating a great weekend of hunting together starting Friday afternoon. We all had a blast and was great to get back into the woods and being one with nature again. We all saw deer but no deer were taken but all's right with the world. My hunting buddies left to right are Terry Cutrer, Paul Howell, Trent Howell, Spencer Howell, myself, Rex Howell and Tim Crosby.
Thursday, December 07, 2017
I mentioned to one of the hunters about the Privy Stand for an afternoon hunt and was told that no one had hunted it. My plan was to get under it but when we got there it was too much growth. Thought I might set up my ground blind to the left of the stand but decided to try the steps and was able to get up in it but with a good bit of struggle. I know now that I can't do this again. Either I hunt behind a ground blind are in a stand where I can just step into it or a staircase which I hunted recently in Edwards, MS and missed because my rifle was off. It took 6 bullets to get it zeroed in. Last season I had just had total knee replacement surgery and did not see a deer hunting off the ground and may have gotten it knocked off then. Now, I have no excuses.
Took a picture of Rex leaving going to hunt the Point (tripod) Stand which is across Christmas Road and down from me. Did not get a chance to take a picture of the stand but it is a black molded stand on 4 legs.
Looking out the stand to the left.
Looking to the right.
Waiting for a deer or a hog with my .270.
Sun going down and nothing yet.
Super Moom and no deer.
To be continued...
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
My Saturday morning hunt was sitting under the Arrowhead Stand because I could not get up in it. I have killed several deer from it and seen a lot of bucks, does, fawns, a hog and a bobcat that I took a picture of. Since my right knee replacement last November I have had 3 bouts of cellulitis with a hospital stay and my left foot a venous ulcer with 3 infections. It was hard to pull myself up in it. I tried but the rungs are just too far apart for me now. Plus the fact that I will be 77 next month and truly grateful and thankful I can still get out in the woods and hunt in our great wild outdoors.
This is facing behind the Arrowhead (tripod) Stand to my left.
Sitting in my folding chair waiting and facing the side and holding my .270.
I took this picture of the Arrowhead Stand walking out to meet Rex at the top of the hill.
Passing by the beautiful fall foliage in the woods.
This is the field facing the front of the stand.
Leaving the field and walking out. Such a beautiful hunting ground.
Stop to take more pictures of the fall leaves.
Waiting at the gate for Rex to come and pick me up.
My ride back to the camp!
Saw Tim Crosby laying down on his 4-wheeler waiting for Rex's brother Paul to come out of the woods. Stopped to talk about what we saw and what we didn't see.
Rex and I rode by the 40-acre lake on the property.
We passed by a field of cotton that had been harvested. The Taj Mahal Stand is in the background where I had killed a 180lb. hog and another one running about 3 years ago.
Back at the camp with Rex pontificating!
Tim splitting firewood. Afterwards, Rex gave him a hand.
The famous Christmas Place Plantation and Hunting Club camp house.
Storage building to keep 4-wheelers, tractors, etc. across from the camp house on Christmas Road.
To be continued...