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, November 30, 2015

17-Point Buck!


Kenny Underwood posted this picture on Facebook's page "I Killed it in Mississippi" of a 17-point buck that was killed in north Mississippi on November 28 by his boy, Cody Porter.  He stuck it with an arrow and wanted to give him a shout out!  A nice trophy in anyone's book in our great wild outdoors.  Congratulations to Cody! 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Doe, A Deer


John David Liggett killed this 120-pound doe in Warren County on November 22.  John David, 11, is a fifth grader at Vicksburg Catholic School in Vicksburg, MS.  My congrats to John David in getting a really nice doe in our great outdoors!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Red Ryder Packs A Punch!

Rex Homes, Jr., my Facebook friend, CEO and founder at Vapor Trail Scents, said that his buddy got this doe on Thanksgiving Day with his Red Ryder.  Can you tell he is happy?  My congrats to this little hunter in our great wild outdoors!  That's the way to go little fellow!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Illegal Deer Camp In WV

HINTON - Eight arrested, over a dozen deer killed, and the suspects face over $10,000 in fines!


"Over my 20 years in law enforcement, in game enforcement, this is the worst case I've encountered or seen," Captain W.W. Brogan with the Division of Natural Resources said.

Charles Powell from New Jersey, Kenneth Powell from Pennsylvania, Robert Canfield, Charley Simms, and Timothy Powell from West Virginia arrested for hunting without a license, not wearing blaze orange, and driving with loaded firearms. Police had the suspects remove the deer from their trailer to get an official head count.

According to Captain W.W. Brogan with the DNR, the suspects had NO intentions of checking the 18 deer they killed.


"These gentlemen had plans on staying in our state and hunting until the end of the week so the total number of deer, you could have only guessed what they would have had by the end of the week," Brogan said.

But the deer won't go to waste, they will all be held in a freezer and distributed to help families in need.

"Until we can find a home for each deer that you see behind us so that they don't go to waste," Brogan said.  Police tell us this type of illegal camp is a yearly issue for the hunters in West Virginia.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Happy Thanksgiving Gift!

I was so surprised the other day when I got a knock at my door and received this Edible Arrangement.  It was from my Secret Sister in my sorority, Pi Alpha Kappa, Omega Chapter.  I have never ever received one and so thankful for her thoughtfulness this Thanksgiving.  I will know who she is and thank her personally on December 9 when we will have our Christmas Party at ROCA.  I'm wishing all my blogging friends a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving Day and may God Bless each and every one of you!    


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Avery's First Deer

Avery Mabe, 12, killed her first deer on November 15 while hunting in Valley Park with her uncle, Jason Tatum.  Avery is a sixth-grader at Redwood Elementary School and the daughter of Levi and Kenda McMillian.

I know she must be very proud of her accomplishment in our great wild outdoors!  My sincere congrats!  Way to go, Avery!   

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sunday's Hunt

My Sunday hunt started around 3:00 and I got under a deer stand that was made around three trees.  It was located on the left side of the big ridge.  Saturday's hunt was on the right side of the ridge.  At the bottom of the ridge is Pecos Bayou where the deer walk and use as a highway.  Actually, I was facing the cave where I was told a bear lives.  Once again, I enjoyed being in the woods and my hunt.  While putting my hunting stuff away to leave, I was told that they had encountered the bear earlier while looking for a deer that was shot that morning.  It just happened to be on the right side where I was hunting the day before. They quickly gave up looking for the deer after the bear roared at them.  That was pretty scary to hear and I'm glad I have another place to hunt next weekend in our great wild outdoors!  That's too close for me!

Looking to the left of my ground blind.  

To the right towards Pecos Bayou where the deer walk and the bear cave.

My  trusty .270! 

Zoomed in to get a picture of the bear cave.

This leaf caught my eye with the sun shinning on it.  

While standing up taking a break something red caught my eye.  At first I thought it was a red cardinal but after looking through my binoculars saw it was an abandoned car. 

To the far right.

My ground blind under a homemade deer stand around three big trees.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Saturday's Hunt

Saturday before last, I went to see about some land to hunt on south of town.  It was very little acreage but was told that the deer used the property like a highway.  I was shown around and was excited about getting to hunt on opening day. I was even told about a bear that lives close by that my friend had already encounter. He said the bear got up on his hind feet and roared at him and he ran back to his house.  At the time I didn't think much about it and in my mind I'm thinking maybe it's in hibernation since it had gotten colder...but what do I know about bears?  I do know that you can't shoot a Black Bear in Mississippi because it's illegal and you could be fined up to $100,000 and a year in jail.

I had gotten out of my deer camp of 25 years about 5 or 6 years ago because the hunting dues went up again and could not afford it.  I hated to give it up but now I have to asked someone if I can hunt on their land or get invited to go hunting. I did not see a deer or a bear but did enjoyed being in the great outdoors once again.

I was behind a ground blind and below is Pecos Bayou where the deer walk.

To the right side of me.

To the left...

Far back left and a thicket behind me.

Leaves look so pretty and decided to take a pix of them.  The bright leaf in the middle had just fallen.

You can see my ground blind in place.

My .270 Ruger.

Looked up above me and got this pretty picture of the yellow leaves on the trees.

Heading home after opening day of deer season and driving down a hill towards the highway, I stopped to take this pretty spooky picture after sunset.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Family Bonding

Jerry Bourne, and his 4-year-old son Mason pose with this 100-pound doe they killed over the weekend in Warren County in Vicksburg, MS. A great time for family bonding and sending my congrats to both!

I'm very fortunate, out of four daughters, that my daughter, Kathleen (Kathy) is a hunter. We have had many hunts together and made great memories.
  
Kathleen (Kathy) Love Day at Homewood Hunting Club in Claiborne County, MS.

I have taken my grandson, Kathy's son, Carl, hunting with me as well and he got his very first buck, a 5-pt.  I did not have a youth gun for him to shoot, only my .270.  But that little guy shot it coming over a levee.  It was the most exciting day of my life besides my daughter getting her first deer. I am grateful that I was introduced to hunting at the age of 45 and carrying on my hunting experiences with my daughter and grandson.  

Carl with his first deer, 5 point buck with his proud Gran Gran!

I now have an 8-year-old Great Grandson, Ian, who received a youth .243 for his birthday recently and he is looking forward to getting his first deer this season with his Dad.  Maybe one day we can hunt together and carry on the tradition of hunting in our great wild outdoors with family!  

Ian is so proud of his 8th birthday present from his Mom and Dad.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Youngster's First Deer


Avery VanNorman, age 8, killed her first deer on November 9.  It was a 10-pointer with a 15-inch spread that weighed 180 pounds. She shot it with a .243 on family land in South Warren County while hunting with her father, John VanNorman.  A big trophy for this youngster!  My congrats!


Presley McMorris DeRossette, a 5-year-old Vicksburg resident, killed his first deer at his camp in south Warren County.  A little guy with a big trophy!  My congrats!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Ian Looking Tough!

My daughter recently sent me these pictures of Ian, my Great Grandson.  Ian is taking martial arts at The Good Soldiers MMA Kids' Class here in Vicksburg.  He is looking so tough in these pictures that she sent me.  He is 8 years old and being home schooled by his mother, Victoria.  I'm so proud of my Great Grandson who really likes getting involved in a lot of activities including playing tennis, fishing and deer hunting.  He's looking forward to using his new youth .243 he got for his birthday and hunting with his Dad. Wishing him GOODHUNTING in getting his very first deer in our great wild outdoors!




Ian's martial art class.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A 5-Year-Old Hunter

Warren Green, a 5-year-old Vicksburg resident, recently killed his first deer on a hunt in Flora.  Warren is a kindergartner at Beechwood Elementary and the son of Eric and Jessica Green.

My congrats to Warren for getting his very 'first deer' and to be able to start deer hunting so young in our great wild outdoors. Way to go!


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Youth On The Hunt

Vicksburg resident Braxton Hartley, 8, killed this big 8-point buck on November 8 while hunting in northern Warren County.  The deer weighed in a 165 pounds.  Way to go, Braxton!

Kade Lott, 11, is with his 7-year-old sister Kinley Lott after he killed a 150-pound spike deer on November 7.  Kade was using a 7mm-08 rifle and hunting with his father, Brian Lott, in Valley Park.  It looks like Kinley is getting some hunting pointers from her big brother, Kade.  Way to go, Kade!  

My congrats to both hunters in our great wild outdoors!  

Monday, November 16, 2015

Double The Luck!

Caleb

This past weekend was a great one for my cousins that live in Wisconsin.  Both were lucky enough to get a nice deer.  Above is Caleb shown with his very first bow kill of a really nice buck and below his oldest brother David harvesting this nice fat doe. My congrats to David and Caleb and I'm so very proud of both of you in our great wild outdoors!  Way to go!

David (DEK)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

My Picture Published Today

LUXE:  Marian Love Phillips shot this photo of the luxurious American Queen backing out of the Yazoo Diversion Canal yesterday evening after bringing passengers to tour our historical civil war town.

Today my picture of the luxurious American Queen was published in our hometown Sunday's paper, The Vicksburg Post.  The American Queen and the American Eagle were docked last Tuesday while the passengers toured our historical town of Vicksburg.  

When I took this picture the American Eagle had already turned around in the middle of the Yazoo Diversion Canal but the American Queen is so large that she had to back out.  This past summer I took pictures of her slowly turning around in the middle of the canal.  Her departure was scheduled for 5:00 but it was close to 5:30 when she left. 

Today the MS River level is 12.70 feet and rose 0.09 foot.  The flood stage is 43 feet.  A few weeks ago the MS River level was less than 7 feet. You can see the grass growing near the water's edge as to how low the water level stands.  

Friday, November 13, 2015

A Smack Down!


Barry Bishop is so proud of his son with his 9-year-old grandson putting the smack down on this deer during Mississippi Youth weekend.  Not his first but the first of the year and proud of both! My congrats to this young boy for getting a really nice doe in our great wild outdoors and to his Dad for taking him hunting. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Proud Hunter

Vicksburg resident Jake Brister, 11, killed this deer while hunting with his father at Tallula Hunting Club in Fitler, Mississippi.  Jacob is the son of Jake and Kara Brister.  My congrats to Jake on his doe in our great wild outdoors!

Jake Brister

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Alaina's First Buck

Alaina Rosalie Huskey, a 14-year-old Vicksburg resident, killed this 240-pound, 8-point buck while bow hunting with her father, Jesse Huskey on November 1.  It was Alaina's first bow hunt. The buck had an 18-1/2 inch spread. My congrats to Alaina on a very nice buck in our great wild outdoors! Way to go!

Monday, November 09, 2015

A Special Skating Party


My Great Grandson Ian had a skating birthday party at Big Wheelie on a very rainy day.  The GSMMA martial art's instructor, class and friends attended the celebration this past Saturday from 10:00 - 12:00. This was the first time for Ian to learn how to skate with the help of his parents. He finally got the hang of it after falling down and getting back up a few times.  Later, piazza and drinks was served along with cake and ice cream. He was one happy 8-year- old.  Below are a few pictures I took of his very special day!

A neat Birthday cake!

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Ian, The Birthday Boy!

Ian with his friend, Laney.

Dad (Jamie) with Ian and Mom (Victoria) helping him to learn how to skate.

Falling down...but got back up.

Blowing out his Birthday candle.

Kids eating piazza and having a great time.

Ian opening his gifts.

So happy to get his very first pair of skates.

He's finally getting the hang of it.

Stopped to talk to Laney.

A group picture of the GSMMA with instructor, class and friends attending his 8th Birthday Party. 
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