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, September 10, 2013
A Mississippi Wild Hog Problem
Mississippi wildlife officials say wild hogs are now in more than half the counties of the state, tearing up crops and destroying other kinds of vegetation. They said wild hog populations are growing because they reproduce often and can survive in virtually any habitat. The animals also lack any natural predators.
"It concerns me that many Mississippians are not aware of the serious nuisance and threat Mississippi's feral hogs present to our economy. If this was a virus, it would be considered an epidemic," Sen. Giles Ward, R-Louisville, the Senate wildlife committee chairman, said in a statement.
"These animals are reproducing far faster then they are being eliminated. They can destroy a huge row crop overnight. It's great that many sportsmen are hunting the animals, but these are not sport animals. They are a nuisance and we have got to develop and effective plan for reducing the ever growing population of wild hogs."
Members of the House and Senate wildlife committee met at the state Capital in Jackson.
Giles said lawmakers heard from experts on what state leaders should do to curb the growing threat that the animals pose to farmers and landowners.
A new state law took effect July 1 that added wild hogs to the state beaver-control program. The law created a Beaver and Wild Hog Control Advisory Board to come up with a program to control or eradicate beavers and wild hogs. The program is administered by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture.
Earlier this summer, the MS Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks removed all of the rules against shooting wild hogs. Officials said a landowner and leasehold can kill hogs or other nuisance animals any day of the year, day or night, without any type of caliber or weapon restrictions.