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 05, 2014
A Rise On Deer Camp Burglaries
I recently read in the paper that if history repeats itself, hunters can expect to see a rise in burglaries in the coming weeks.
"Your deer camps, of course, because of the nature of what they are, they're in rural, isolated areas," Martin Pace, our Sheriff of Warren County said. "They do fall victim to property crimes."
And as hunters begin to bring more gear to camp for hunting season, camps become more attractive targets for thieves.
"You see an increase essentially two times out of the year," Pace said. "One is during the season itself on weekdays when no one is there, and they are stocked.
"The other is after the season when they are essentially abandoned.."
During the season, one of the biggest concerns is gun theft.
"First and foremost, we always encourage people to not leave firearms when they are away from camp," Pace said. "Firearms need to go with the hunter."
While most hunters don't leave guns at camp, there are plenty of other items thieves are interested in. Protecting that property is a matter of basics.
The most obvious line of defense is keeping everything locked. Check windows and doors before you leave camp.
Another step Pace recommended, if possible, is to form what amounts to a neighborhood watch. Let neighboring camp members or landowners know when no one will be at camp, and ask them to call law enforcement if they see something suspicious.
If your camp is burglarized, knowing exactly what was stolen is critical. "Always know the make, model and serial numbers of items in the camp," Pace said. "Have that properly recorded somewhere.
"That dramatically increases law enforcement's chances of recovering the property and identifying those responsible."