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, November 30, 2013

Vicksburg Youth On The Hunt

Macey Bufkin killed her first deer, a 120-pound doe, on November 2 while hunting with her father in Warren County.  She made the 30-yard shot with a crossbow.  Macey is the daughter of Mickey and Mary Bufkin of Vicksburg,

My congrats to Macey on her very first deer in our great wild outdoors!

Friday, November 29, 2013

A Good Animal Story



On September 19, 2011, this video was posted on YouTube and went viral.  Kate and Pip now have their very own Facebook page.   A very unusual bond between a dog and a deer.  Precious!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Very Old Deer Stand


Check out this very old deer stand.  Have you ever climbed up in one similar to this?

Where my husband and I hunted was on Anderson-Tully land it was under a wildlife management program and you could not put nails in the trees.  I have hunted out of box stands, tripods, lean-up stands with a chain around a tree to lock-in-place and some stands tied down with rope.  Now they make all kinds of stands on the ground and one recently at a sports center that looked like a real tree stump! We also have a one-man stand but not particular fond of hunting out of it. 

What kind of deer stand do you hunt out of? 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My Deer Hunting Frame


I really like this deer frame that was given to me by my secret sister in my sorority (Pi Alpha Kappa, Omega Chapter) a few years ago.  I put the picture of my third 8 point that I harvested back on December 27, 2002 at Homewood Hunting Club in Claiborne County, MS.  They can make the cutest frames these day and I have a huge collection of them. You should see my bar because it is so full of pictures of family and friends that you cannot not sit at it anymore.  I cleared off all the pictures yesterday to get ready for our Thanksgiving Dinner to put all our food on.  The turkey of course will be in the center of the dinning room table.  Wishing all my blogging friends a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! 

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Fox Hunt



Just saw this and thought it was so interesting.  Never knew how a Fox would forge for food in 3 feet of snow.  This is awesome what he does.  Check it out!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Deer Season In Mississippi

It's too bad that I have been shot out this deer season for the first time in 28 years.  I simply love the sport!  I enjoy getting out in nature and watching the deer and whatever else crosses my path...a bobcat one time. You may see deer and you may not - but just being in the woods is enough for me.  I love shooting them with my camera as well. Hopefully, soon I can get in the woods and get behind a ground blind and take some pictures.  

It will take me awhile to recover from my rt. rotator cuff surgery and knowing that my daughter, Kathy, is in our great outdoors hunting today brings me great joy.  I have four daughters and I'm so glad that one of them wanted to take up the sport.  She has already harvested several deer and she said...since Mama can't get to the woods and get the meat, I will.  Wishing her GOODHUNTING! 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Vicksburg Youth On The Hunt


Sarah Lewis, 11, killed her first deer November 15 while hunting with her father in Warren County.  She used a 7mm-08 to take down the 125-pound doe. Sarah is the daughter of Bradley Lewis and Sonya Morgan.

My congrats to Sarah in our great wild outdoors.  So proud of you!

Friday, November 22, 2013

What A Deer Lady!

I hope when I get this lady's age that I will still be hunting in our great wild outdoors.  My congrats to her and her accomplishments!  You go girl!  

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pole Moose

Columbia Falls, Montana -- North Western Energy crews were laying new power cables which were strung on the ground for miles.  The moose are rutting right now and very agitated.  He was thrashing around and got his antlers stuck in the cables.  When the men (miles away) began pulling the lines up with their big equipment, the moose went up with them. They noticed excess tension in the lines and went searching for the problem.  He was still alive when they lowered him to the ground.  He was a huge 60-inch bull and slightly teed off!  Only in Montana!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Elk Freed From Soccer Net



Officer Bruce Richards of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works to release a young elk caught in a soccer net at Rock Creek Elementary School in Maple Valley, about 20 miles southeast of Seattle.  Fortunately, both the officer and the elk appear to be working toward the same goal.  This video was taken on November 15, 2013, by an officer from the King County Sheriff's office, which also responded to the call.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Safety First


With deer season in full swing here in Mississippi and surrounding states...lets all try to be safe and on guard in our great wild outdoors!  GOODHUNTING!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Five Exotic Places To Hunt

I was contacted recently by Kate Schumer who is the Content Coordinator at Priority One Jets.  She asked me if I would like to post their article on exotic hunting and was very happy to obliged.  Anything pertaining to hunting is what my blog is all about! 

I was also asked to tell about my wildest hunt and that would be a hog hunt at the famous Christmas Place Plantation and Hunting Club on the edge of the MS Delta.  My husband and I were invited guest and while in a stand together a big black hog came running past us.  I could not scoped it but my husband, being an Army expert marksman, shot but sadly missed.  He had another opportunity later in the year and got a really nice hog.  A hog is still on my bucket list but recovering from rt. rotator cuff surgery so I will have to wait another year.  I know I have a hog with my name on it in our great wild outdoors!  

Below are five exotic places to hunt around the world and maybe if you have the means you may want to check them out. 

Originally used as a means of survival, hunting has evolved into a favorite pastime for many. From traditional methods to modern tricks, hunters today have found new ways of capturing prey. If you are looking for a new locations with bigger and better game, consider traveling to one of these exotic locations for the excursion of a lifetime.


Immenhof Hunting (Africa) - Whether your preference is a bow or a rifle, this hunting farm sits on 20,000 acres of private land and boasts a variety of game.  From baboons to cheetahs, hunters can pursue prey of all shapes and sizes for their trophy wall. Experienced guides knowledgeable in multiple languages are available for one-on-one or small group sessions.  If your traveling companion isn't much of a hunter, the farm also provides non-hunting activities, such as horseback riding, farm tours, and nature walks.

Available game consists of:  Baboon, Giraffe, Impala, Leopard, Oryx, Ostrich, Warthog, Wildebeest, Zebra, and more.


Balam Mexico Jungle Hunt (Mexico) - Located in one of the largest jungle masses in the world, hunters will be thrown into the full nature experience.  The camp is surrounded by a 200,000 acre hunting playground packed with numerous four legged creatures such as deer, pecari, and forest cougars.  The season lasts from mid March to late Ma, with temperatures reaching up to a scorching 90 degrees.   Guns and ammo are available for rent depending on the selected package.  

Available game consists of:  Forest Cougar, Ocellated Turkey, White Tail Deer, Collared Pecari, Scaled Pigeon, and more.


High Mountain Hunts (Iceland) - If your're looking for a change of scenery and a drastic drop in temperature, bundle up and trek to Iceland.  Partner up with a group of 20-30 hunters (depending on your package) to track reindeer, geese, and puffin.  With packages catering to individuals and larger groups, hunters can enjoy their trip with any company they choose.  Depending on the type of hunt your're after, High Mountain Hunts also has destinations in Argentina, Brazil and Russia.

Available game consists of:  Reindeer, Geese, Ptarmigan, Puffin, Guillemot, and Razorbills.


Opatcho Lake Guide Outfitters (British Columbia) - Sitting on the shores of the sparking Opatcho Lake, this camp specializes in big game hunt adventures.  With a lake full of rainbow trout and a surrounding forest where grizzly bears creep behind every corner, hunters are counseled by trained guide outfitters every step of the way.  Hunters can appreciate the ambiance of the rugged outdoors while still enjoying home cooked meals, hot showers, and even a sauna!

Available game consists of:  Black Bear, Canadian Moose, Mule Deer, Whitetail Deer, Cougar, and Lynx.


Outdoors International (Mozambique) - For those seeking something a little more exclusive, this hunt is considered a unique add-on to the classic African safari adventure. Start the hunt in a 4x4 vehicle and continue tracking on foot through shallow areas and banks.  Between the size of the hippo and the speed of the crocodile, this combination is a fun yet challenging twist on the typical safari.  Although April through October is the prime season for this duo, hippo and crocodile hunting is available all year round.

Available game consists of:  Hippos, Crocodiles, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, and Leopard.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Vicksburg Youth On The Hunt

Vicksburg resident John Michael Lelonek bagged this 11-point buck with a .243 rifle in northern Warren County.  The rack had a 20-inch inside spread.

Brianna Poole, a 10-year-old Vicksburg resident, bagged this 6-point, 160-pound buck for her first deer. She made the kill in southern Warren County.  Brianna is the daughter of Nick and Jamie Poole.

Kaleb Britt, 11, took down this 120-pound deer while hunting near Campbell Swamp.  It was his first deer. Kaleb is the son of Jennifer and Herby Poole.

My congrats to all our young hunters in our great wild outdoors!  I'm so proud of you!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hunter-ed.com Videos



With hunting season coming into full swing here in Mississippi - here are some reviews of hunter safety videos that may be of interest and please be safe while in the woods this season. GOODHUNTING!


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Deer With Arrow


A young deer stayed for 9 days with an arrow in its mouth before being rescued in Rockaway, NJ.

The authorities were able to capture and administered a tranquilizer to operate successfully.

The deer which is 5 months old was spotted on 1 November in the garden of a resident of Rockaway, Susan Darrah, who then alerted wildlife officials.

Mrs. Darrah told the newspaper, after being treated, the deer had been released into the wild, but had started to take a nap in a field before heading into the woods.


Monday, November 11, 2013

My First Born Turns 50!

My oldest daughter, Theresa Marie (Teri) turned 50 years old today.  I want to wish her a very Happy Birthday and so glad I lived long enough to see her make a half of centery. It was indeed a pleasure to spend some quality time with her on her special day.  Wishing Teri many more happy returns of the day!  I love you very much!  MOM

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sadie's Very Nice Buck

Above is "Little Miss" Sadie Starnes sitting atop of her very nice buck in Tennessee.  What a cute little girl and hunting at a very early age.  I'm wishing her many more hunts in our great wild outdoors!  My congrats to Sadie!  An awesome job!

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Youth On The Hunt

Nine-year-old Vicksburg resident Drake Douglas bagged his first buck with a bow while hunting with his father, Shea Douglas.  The 8-pointer was taken just before dusk from a distance of 10 yards.  It was Drake's first kill with a bow.

My congrats to Drake in our great wild outdoors!  So proud of you!

Mississippi Deer Season for Youth Starts Today  

Deer season for hunters ages 15 and under begins today in Mississippi.

Young hunters are permitted to use any modern firearm and harvest one buck with hardened antler and one doe per day.

The season limit for each hunter is three bucks and five does.  The spread and main beam antler criteria do not apply to youth hunters.

Beginning today, all hunters, including archers, must wear hunter orange unless they are in a fully enclosed stand.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Happy Belated Blogoversary To Me!

As of yesterday, I have been blogging for seven years!  I have greatly enjoyed sharing my hunting stories of family, friends or whatever with you and my wonderful followers! Thanks for reading my blog and hope to bring you more exciting adventures of our great wild and crazy outdoors!  

Sarah's First Deer

Pictures of Sara Sikes, 14 years old, in South Carolina with her very first buck, a 4 pt.

Sarah Sikes with her Mom, Jessica!  She said she was so proud of her daughter for having the patience's in waiting for him.  My congrats to Sarah in our great wild outdoors!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Brad's Obituary

Morris Bradford (Brad) Cummins Jr., passed away Tuesday, November 5, 2013, in Vicksburg.  He was 60 years old.

Mr. Cummins was a graduate of Warren Central High School, Class of 1972.  He had a longtime career in retail sporting goods sale. He was a member in good standing of AA. Mr. Cummins was an avid sportsman and especially loved hunting.  He was a member of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Cummins is survived by his daughter, Alice Virginia Davis (Greg) of Florence; grandchildren, Katelyn, Ryan and Koty Davis; mother, Mary Virginia Burress Cummins of Mineola, Texas; sister; Patricia Ann Joye of Quitman, LA; niece, Jennifer Andirsch (Chris); nephews, Aaron Cummins, Blaine and Chase Andirsch; dearest friend, Corwayne Townsend.

He was preceded in death by his father, Morris Bradford Cummins Sr., and brother, Ronald Cummins.

The family would like to give a special thanks and acknowledgement to all his lifetime AA friends and family, and also to the Martin-nez family of Hobie's Sports and Outdoors for all of their love and support.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, November 8, 2013, followed by services at 11:00 a.m. at Riles Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 10: a.m. Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Kilpatrick-Rose Neath Cemetery, 5185 Swan Lake Road, Bossier City, LA.

Memorials - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

In Memory of Brad Cummins


I got word yesterday that my hunting friend, Brad Cummins, had died suddenly from complications of two surgeries.  I was in deep shock.  Last week, before he had to go back in the hospital again following surgery, we had been talking over the phone and had planned a hunt to his camp...just to be in the woods.  I got sick and so did he and it was postponed. Now, we will never hunt together again.  

Above and below are pictures of him that I took back on March 31, 2010, when we went to my deer camp, Jasper Bottom Hunting Club in Claiborne County, MS, for a turkey hunt. He was an avid turkey hunter and deer hunter.  

October 6, 1953 ~ November 5, 2013

My husband and I met Brad and his former wife, Karen, about 20 years ago and he would go hunting with us on several occasions at two camps we belonged to.  On one particular hunt, my husband, Bob and Brad were alone at Jasper Bottom to deer hunt. They hunted pretty close to one another and Brad heard a horrible noise in the woods and knew something was terribly wrong.  By the time Brad got down from his tree and walked over to where Bob was...Bob was standing there in a daze.  What happen was that Bob's well runner broke on his Big Man Stand and Bob did a flip and was slammed up against the tree and knocked out a tooth and fractured his first and second rib and wrenched his back...it was a good thing Bob had his safety belt which saved his life.  Bob said he did not remember how he got down but thank goodness Brad was there to help and to drive them back home.  

Brad was on disability but was still able to work a part time job at a sports center and had even gone back to work and got sick again.  His job was to order uniforms, etc., for all school sporting events and never met a stranger. He was very personable and friendly. He will be sadly missed by my husband and I and his only daughter, Alice, his Mother, Sister and all the friends he made through the years working in the retail business. Rest in peace my friend!

Monday, November 04, 2013

Great Grandson Turns 6 Years Old Today

My great grandson, Ian, had a big celebration yesterday at the Mississippi Children's Museum in Jackson, MS and had a blast with his classmates, family and friends.  Below are some pictures of his birthday celebration.

   
He loves Despicable Me characters and had a Birthday cake made just for him and a huge No. 6 cupcake!

Here he is with his friends eating a Crystal burger, and chips.

Getting ready to blow out his 6 candles.

Enjoying his cupcake!  Yum Yum!

Playing "Pin-The-Tail" on the Donkey!

Opening up his many gifts!

After his Birthday Party all the kids were able to play at the museum.  Here he is milking a cow that really MOO'S!!!

Driving in a real life-size car!

Checking out the Oil Station.

He loved this best of all!  So many nice things to play with!

A huge Scrabble game!

Here he is in the elevator before we left sitting up on a hand bar for this photo!
Happy Birthday Ian...Great Gran Gran loves you very much!

Sunday, November 03, 2013

First Time Bow Hunters

Here are two sisters both harvesting very nice bucks for the first time with a bow.  Above is Christin and below is Laken. I'm so proud of these young ladies.  Bucks were taken somewhere in Warren County, Vicksburg, MS.  My congrats to both in our great wild outdoors!  What a way to start the deer season! 


Saturday, November 02, 2013

Deer Hunt Gone Wrong



A decision that faced these two hunters recently in deciding what to do when you shoot a nice deer and a second deer refuses to leave.  Watch the video above and see what happens in our great crazy wild outdoors!


Friday, November 01, 2013

Love/Hate Cam

This is a cam shot of a very nice buck near an empty deer stand.  The very nice buck is looking at a doe in the woods.  To the right corner is a water well with a stick in it for critters to be able to climb out.  I made this my wallpaper.  Wish I was sitting on that deer stand at that precise moment, don't you?  Hope everyone is having a good hunting season!
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