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.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black Bear Hit By Car

The dead black bear, killed after walking into traffic on U.S 61 South in Warren County just north of the Claiborne County Line.  The Post Gibson Reveille

A black bear tagged and collared this month has died after being struck by a vehicle on U.S. 61 south of town.  

Brad Young, black bear biologist with the MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, said the bear was collared November 1, just north of the Big Back River, and died near the same spot a week ago.

"Unfortunately, it walked out into southbound traffic" at about 7:30 p.m. November 14, Young said.  "It looked like it was headed toward the Big Black."

The bear was hit about 4 miles north of the Claiborne County line, at the Big Black River.  Young said the bear, which was about 5 years old, could have lived to be 20 or 25.

"He was about 210 pounds when we caught him two weeks ago," Young said.  "He was healthy."

Terry Miles is a game warden in Claiborne County and was the first on scene.  He said it heavily damaged the car, which was driven by Vivian Rushing, who could not be reached today.

He said the bear was the first hit by a vehicle on U.S. 61 in several years.

"We had one hit about seven or eight years ago, just across the Big Black on the other side in Claiborne County," Miles said.

Young said bear-crossing signs then were placed to alert drivers.  However, because it was dark and between hills, the bear was likely not visible, Miles said.

Young estimated at least a dozen black bears are roaming Warren County and David Island, just northwest of the Claiborne County line.

"Obviously, that area around the river has a lot of habitat," Young said.  "They use those waterways as travel corridors, especially right there where you've got the Mississippi, Big Black and the bayous."

Young cautioned drivers, saying this was the time of year when bears are searching for food before winter.

"They do move around a lot right now," Young said.  "What they're going through right now, they're just eating as much as they can to build up fat reserves for the winter.  They're going to be moving, trying to find those food resources.

Young also said vehicles are the leading cause of unnatural black bear deaths in the state.

"For the most part, traffic is the biggest problem," Young said.  "We have the occasional poaching or accidental killing, but other than that, they don't have any natural predators."

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