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, February 17, 2018

Kareen's Hog #140

My Facebook friend, Kareen Beinhauer of Alpine, TX is at it again killing hog #4 of #140.  Her story below about her hog kill last night in her own words. 

I was out by 6:15 and the usual javelinas and 6 deer were there. The wind was blowing in my face so that was perfect too. Game cam showed hogs coming in at 7:39. Sometime later I heard some grunting and the javelinas and deer sprinted off. Put my earplugs in and could see one hog coming and then there were probably 6 more, all about the same size. I took my shot on one and took three more shots as they ran off and the only reason I did that was that I saw the deer run off in the opposite direction. Don't know if I hit anything else but I got a small sow which is excellent. One less breeder out of commission. That makes #140 for the grand total and 4 for the year. Y'all have a good night!

#140, Sow, horse trap, 7:15 p.m., #4 for the year!

Again, my congratulations to Kareen (Hog Killing Queen) on a job well done in our great wild and wonderful outdoors!  

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Safety Tips For Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease, a neurological disease in white-tailed deer that's 100 percent fatal, has arrived in Mississippi  It was probably inevitable.

A 4-1/2-year-old buck in Issaquena County was confirmed late last month to have CWD, and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks banned feeding deer in counties as far south as Claiborne County.  Feeding deer tends to congregate them, making it easier for the disease to spread.  

The disease can be spread from one deer to another or through the environment of an infected area.  Once established, it can linger in the soil, leaves, and roots for a long time.  So the first and most obvious danger of CWD is to the deer herd itself.

Deer infected with CWD lose weight, lose appetite and develop an insatiable thirst.  They tend to stay away from herds, walk in patterns, carry their head low, salivate and grind their teeth.

Wildlife officials have been tracking the spread of the disease, and they have restricted the import of deer carcasses from other states.  They also cracked down on high-fence owners who import infected deer from other states.  None of that was enough.

A lurking concern is a possibility the disease could spread to humans.  That has never happened, so far as scientists know, but they are researching the possibility.  CWD is similar to other diseases found in humans (such as Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease) and animals (Mad Cow Disease) - similar, but still distinct.

The wildlife department offers safety tips for deer hunters:

Do not shoot, handle or consume any animal that is acting abnormally or appears to be sick.  Wear latex or rubber gloves when field-dressing deer.  Bone out the meat; don't saw through bone, and avoid cutting through the brain or spinal cord (backbone).  Minimize the handling of brain and spinal tissues.

Wash hands and instruments thoroughly after field dressing are completed.  Avoid consuming brain, spinal cord, eyes, spleen, tonsils and lymph nodes (cutting away from fatty tissue will remove remaining lymph nodes).  If you have your deer commercially processed, request that your animal is processed individually to avoid meat from other animals.

If every hunter follows these suggestions, Mississippi can contain this threat to wildlife and, possibly, humans, too.

~The Greenwood Commonwealth

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tailgate Full Of Bunnies

Above is a tailgate full of bunnies that were killed by Noble Williams of Egypt, Mississippi.  Time is running out with rabbit season ending on February 28th.  He said he had a great hunt yesterday in our wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors.  My congratulations to Noble and it looks like rabbit stew may be on the menu.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A Truckload Of Pork Chops & Bacon

Wayne Cambre of Franklin County, Meadville, MS is bringing a truckload of pork chops/bacon home when he trapped seven sows and two boars recently.  These unattractive animals are taking over areas of Mississippi and are very destructive.  You can kill them year-round because they are a nuisance animal in our wild outdoors.  My congratulations to Wayne!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Time For The Rod And Reels

Timothy Moran and Austin Henson are putting the rifles up and dusting off the rod and reels.  It's a very nice catch for both Timothy and Austin in our great Mississippi outdoors!    

Saturday, February 10, 2018

MS Dead Deer Found With Fatal Disease

Mississippi's efforts to keep out a debilitating deer disease appear to have failed.

The state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks announced Friday that a white-tailed deer found dead January 25 in Issaquena County has tested positive for the chronic wasting disease.

It's the first deer found in Mississippi with the disease.

The contagious and fatal neurological disease typically causes deer to have tremors and other movement problems and lose weight.  The disease was already present among deer in Arkansas and 23 other states.

The department is ordering hunters to stop supplemental feeding of wildlife in Claiborne, Hinds, Issaquena, Sharkey, Warren, (my hometown county) and Yazoo counties as part of its response plan.

Mississippi last year banned the import of dead deer carcasses from affected areas in hopes of keeping out the disease.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Kareen's Hog #139

My Facebook friend, Kareen Beinhauer of Alpine, TX is starting the year off killing hog #3 of #139.  Below is the story of her hog kill last night. 

I was out by 6:32. I was going to put my corn out earlier but the horses were there so I waited until I went out later. They were still there so I went up the hill in the horse trap and whistled them up there and put out some deer feed and hoped they would stay up top. I got my corn put out and settled in. Of course, the deer and javelinas were there. Finally, there was one javelina left and I could see a deer moving around. All of a sudden they ran off and there he was. That hog that was on the game camera! My pulse went through the roof because I was excited to see a hog. I ever so slowly put my earplugs in and quietly took the safety off. I wasn't sure if I could hit him because he was not triggering the lights all that well. But when the light came back on, I took my shot which I also wondered if I should do since he was facing me. Dropped him like a bad habit and I watched him make sure he would not be getting up but he was done. He was a little bigger than I thought so I was super happy! I am also dedicating him to John Neill, Roy's brother-in-law because he always gets such a kick out of my silly hunting stories. More pics below of #139!

Congratulations to my Facebook friend!  Proud of you, Kareen!

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Saving Larmar County's Corn Piles

Leslie Brown, a mother of two young sons trapped and killed these four hogs near Purvis, MS.  Looks like she is saving Lamar County's corn piles.  She looks so happy and I love her T-Shirt which reads: Breakfast Checklist: Bacon, Bacon Bacon!  I know the feeling of eradicating these nuisance animals and to bring home the bacon.  I think it's time to break out the smoker!  My congrats to Leslie on a job well done in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors.  

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Duck Fever For A Young Hunter

Tim Stringer of Columbia, Mississippi took his daughter duck hunting recently and now he says she loves knocking down the greenheads.  On top of that...she's got duck fever!  My congrats to this young hunter in our great Mississippi outdoors.  I'm very proud of her!
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