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 07, 2009

A Weekend Armadillo Hunt

According to The Vicksburg Post, the 3rd anual armadillo hunt was set for this weekend. Teams of men, women and children took to the ditches and fields of rural Warren and Sharkey counties around sundown last night in hopes of catching enough armadillos to be named champion of the 3rd annual Norris Outfitters and Shriners Hospitals for Children Armadillo Roundup.

While the concept may sound strange, the idea is simple: catch as many of the armored animals through out one night as possible by hand or with a net. Armadillos must not be injured in order to be counted in team totals, and all the proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Alton Norris, owner of Norris Outfitter in Cary, organized the first armadillo roundup in 2007 and raise $630 for Shriners. Between the $10.00 per-team-member entry fee, a raffle and silent auction of items donated by local businesses, the roundup raised about $2,000 for the charity last year.

"It's just a great way to have some fun and benefit Shriners at the same time," said Norris. "We have a blast. It's a family-friendly event, and we encourage anyone to participate."

The event grew from three teams to five in its first two years. Team Oak Ridge Taxidermy of Vicksburg brought in 18 armadillos last year to take first place and defend its title as champ. Teams choose their quickest catches to participate in armadillo races following the awards ceremony this afternoon, with divisions for men, women and children. All the armadillos are released back into the wild following the races.

A catfish fry was on tap for today at Norris' camp in Sharkey County with awards ceremony, armadillo races, raffle and silent auction following. Norris' camp is located on U.S. 61 North and is the first driveway on the left after you cross the Sharkey County line from Warren County.


CDGardens said...

Sounds like an interesting way to raise funds for charity. ;)

Albert A Rasch said...

I wouldn't mind trying my hand at it!

Albert A Rasch
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Anonymous said...

I have never seen a armadillo other than on the tv but I have to say that sounds like a lot of fun. That surely is an outdoor event I would not mind trying.

Marian Love Phillips said...

We have armadillos, racoons, possums and deer, etc., running all around us here within the city limits.

Thanks for coming by cdgardens, Albert and Rick...another sport we have! :)

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