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.

Monday, July 06, 2015

The Vine That's Eating The South

Photo by Jam Juice

The picture above is a train passing through my hometown of Vicksburg, MS, cutting it way through the kudzu off of Washington Street. 

Kudzu is a native of China and Japan and was introduced to the United States in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition that was held in Philadelphia to celebrate the nations's 100th birthday.  It is a creeping, climbing perennial vine that is a nuisance and is eating up the south.  A kudzu vine can grow as much as a foot per day and sixty feet during a growing season.   Kudzu kills the trees and plants by smothering and choking them with its fast-growing vines, and as the heavy vines engulf trees or shrubs their weight can break or uproot trees.  It's a love/hate relationship with it. 

It's not all bad news.  It makes excellent food for cattle and goats and controls erosion. The rubbery vines can be used for basket weaving.  Fiber from kudzu is referred to as ko-kemp and it can be used to make paper and cloth.  

It may be a permanent fixture in our landscape but we can control it but may never be completely rid of it. We have to learn to live with kudzu and keep our doors closed tight so it don't come in.  

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