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.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

St. Jude Dream Home Pictures #1

This past Friday Johnette and I took a trip to Flowood, MS to see the St. Jude Dream Home to be given away today.  We toured the lovely home and I took a lot of pictures and will be sharing them in the next couple of days.  We also took a chance on winning a house full of furniture from Ross Furniture that would be given away as well.  Tickets for $100.00 to win this beautiful dream home was sold out by 3:00 that afternoon.  (Click on pictures to enlarge)

A beautiful cross embedded at the entrance of the doorway.


Living and Dinning.

The Living, Dinning and Kitchen area was all opened in one space.


Loved this sofa pillow.

Over the fireplace.

The next two days I will post more pictures of this beautiful dream home.  The LUCKY winner of the 2017 St. Jude Dream Home is Coy Allen Hill of Brandon!  
To be continued...

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Old Court House Museum Spring Flea Market Today

The Old Court House Museum Spring Flea Market is being held today despite the weather predicting a cool front coming through with storms.  So far it has held off.  I went early this morning around 8:30 and was not too many people there but as I was leaving a lot more were coming.  I enjoyed seeing and talking to our famous hometown photographer, Marty Kittrell with his wife Karen, who had a booth selling his photos.  Saw some friends I haven't seen in a very long time and you just never know who you will run into.  Hope you enjoy the pictures I took.  

The Old Warren County Court House, was built in 1858, and stands today as Vicksburg’s most historic structure which stood and survived the civil war.  Guests and speakers such as Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, Booker T. Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, and William McKinley were hosted here.  It's a Vicksburg icon for sure!

Playing some blues!

Even the pets of the vendors were having a good time!

Mississippi Moods by TamArt
Tamra Garner had some really nice art work that was framed. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Deer Imprinted On Humans

At first glance this picture may appear cute or sweet but it is actually very sad. This whitetail deer is pictured with one of Mississippi's game wardens who responded to a call on a deer destroying someone's yard. This deer was undoubtedly raised as someone's pet and was given an ear tag. The deer had ventured off from its "home" and has taken up residence at someone's home where it has almost completely eaten all of their flower bed. This deer does not have the skills to survive in the wild so he is doing the only thing he knows which is go to humans for help. Deer imprinted on humans will not be accepted into the wild population. Deer imprinted on humans is also very dangerous. During breeding season these animals can become very aggressive and without an intact fear of humans can cause serious harm!! We will be picking up this deer tomorrow after with hopes he can be rewilded.

PLEASE do not attempt to raise a wildlife animal yourself CALL YOUR LOCAL WILDLIFE REHABILITATION ORGANIZATION!!!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Alligator In Storm Drain

An alligator has been wrangled after crawling out of a storm drain in Louisiana.

WWL reports a 7-foot alligator emerged from a drain in Jefferson Parish on Monday after heavy rains.

The drain was located behind an elementary school that wasn't hold class because of spring break.

The alligator did move around, but Bucktown resident Hazel Porter described it as mainly "just chilling."

Video obtain by WWL shows a group of Bucktown residents detaining the alligator by lassoing its neck and tying the rope to a nearby pole as the creature thrashes.

Steven Nicholson, a witness, says wildlife professions arrived and taped its mouth shut.  The wranglers place the bound alligator in a pickup truck and planned to relocate it.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Beware: Small Bear Spotted

A Wildlife biologist is warming people not to feed a young bear that has been wandering the streets of Natchez, Mississippi.

The Natchez Democrat reports local residents captured video of the black bear walking Sunday in downtown Natchez.

Bob Strader, who's retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says bears recently emerged from hibernation and this one is probably looking to establish a home range.

Strader says food left outside for stray cats could encourage the bear to become dependent on handouts -- and that would being "nothing good for people or the bear."

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Roadside Evening Fishing

Asheley Snell of Leakesville, MS took her daughter, Gabby fishing on a roadside one evening and caught a good mess of fish.  Raise them up in the way they should go and when they are old, they will not depart from it.  My congrats to little Gabby in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors!  Way to go!

Monday, April 17, 2017

MS Deer Plaque

Dalton McGowan of Wyatt, MS, recently got his big 12-point buck from this year back.  He said that Jamie Davis at Barebones Taxidermy did the awesome plaque behind him.  He said he charged $65.00 for it and couldn't be happier.  He does all sizes and awesome skull mount combos too.  If you are interested, go to this link at Bare Bones Midsouth for more information.   

Congratulations to Dalton on his fine 12-point buck and I really love the MS Deer Plaque!  Very classy looking!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Docking of America

Today, (Easter Sunday) AMERICA showed up at our waterfront with her passengers to tour our historic civil war town of Vicksburg, MS. 

Turning sideways to lineup to dock.

Coming towards the landing.

Crews getting the ropes ready to land and secure the riverboat.

Two crewmen jumped off to guide America towards the landing.

Trying to get things lined up to lower the walkway and securing the riverboat.

I left before America's walkway was down and was very interesting to see what was involved in landing/docking a riverboat in the Yazoo Diversion Canal. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

LA Black Bear Killed In Vehicle Crash

Authorities in Mississippi say a record-size Louisiana black bear was killed in a collision with a vehicle in Wilkinson County. 

Rosa Robinson of Woodville stuck the bear going southbound on U. S. 61 in her 2001 Chevy Suburban wagon.

The Natchez Democrat reported she fatally struck the full-grown male bear on April 5.  No other serious injuries were reported.  Official say the bear weighed 468, making it the largest ever recorded in Mississippi.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Black Bear Program leader Richard Rummel says the bear's body is currently being stored in a freezer at the Mississippi Museum of Natural History in Jackson, MS.

Rummel says the department is currently evaluating the preservation of the bear, but it will eventually be used for education purposes.

Officials say the bear was in excellent condition when it died, so a full-mount of the bear might be possible.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday

Jesus paid it all.
All to Him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

I will never be able to express the unspeakable joy I had on the day the Heavens opened up and framed the crucifixion statue at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg, MS!  For you see, Jesus is on the other side of that brilliant sunset!  He's alive, my friends, He alive! --

Marty Kittrell

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Bacon Bust

Tylertown, MS - Four people facing criminal charges are accused of trapping and illegally selling wild hogs in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Major Lane Ball says his department cited the four on March 29, raiding a pen in southern Walthall County.

Christopher and Mandy Miley of Franklinton, Louisiana, are charged will illegally importing, transporting and selling wild hogs, and trapping without a license.

Sierra Miley of Tylertown and Bethanie Toothman of Sulphur, Louisiana, are charged with illegally selling hogs.  The four are due April 27 in Walthall County Justice Court.

Although wild hogs are a nuisance, Ball says some people buy them to train hunting dogs.  He says the four are trapping hogs and selling them to people in Louisiana and Mississippi, charging as little as $50.00 apiece. 

Hog pen.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Riverboats Are Back In Town!

Today the Grand American Queen and America showed up at our waterfront with their passengers to visit and tour our Civil War town of Vicksburg, MS from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  You can see a walkway going down to the Catfish Row at Children's Art Park. Also, the floodwall with the Vicksburg Riverfront Murals painted by Robert Dafford.

Picture of "America" from above Catfish Row at Children's Art Park. 

I noticed this American Queen bus that may have been broken down.  Usually it's about 3 or 4 buses to take passengers to different historic locations in town. 

Went to the waterfront to see both of the riverboats up-close. 


American Queen

Different angle of America!

A towboat making it's way southbound in the Yazoo Diversion Canal with it's tow passing the American Queen and America riverboats.

My favorite picture of both while moored in the Yazoo Diversion Canal at the Vicksburg waterfront. 
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