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, May 28, 2017

A Holiday Celebration In Vicksburg, MS!

Yesterday, I drove to the Vicksburg National Cemetery in the Vicksburg National Military Park to take some pictures of the headstones with flags for Memorial Day weekend.  The holiday weekend began with a call for volunteers on Friday to place flags on the tombstones.  The celebration includes a festival, re-enactors, a monument rededication, concert and parade in my hometown.

Before I went through the Vicksburg National Cemetery, I stopped by the USS Cairo and Museum and took a couple of pictures. 

USS Cairo was launched in 1861 and commissioned on January 25, 1862.  It was sunk by a mine on December 12, 1862 and raised in 1964 as a museum ship.  A must see if you come to my hometown of Vicksburg, MS.

More than 17,000 American flags were placed in the Vicksburg National Cemetery Friday to honor the fallen soldiers for Memorial Day. More than ninety volunteers worked throughout the cemetery to place flags ahead of Monday's holiday.



US Union Trench C R Woods' Brigade

A beautiful magnolia blossom I took in the cemetery.

Tombstones and flags up-close!

Leaving the Vicksburg National Cemetery in the Vicksburg National Military Park.

Taken from Fort Hill looking west towards the Yazoo Diversion Canal, Lake Centennial and the Port of Vicksburg. 

Looking northwest where flooding is taking place from the rise in the Mighty Mississippi River.  MS River Level: 48.17 feet - Change: -0.15 foot - Flood Stage: 43 feet

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Picture Published In Thursday's Hometown Paper

American Queen shows an up-close comparison with the rise of the Yazoo Diversion Canal due to the Mississippi River being over flood stage while unloading her passengers to tour our civil war town at The Old Depot Museum May 24.  You are invited to submit your photos to share with The Vicksburg Post readers.  You can email high resolution images in JPEG format to

My picture was published in Thursday paper, The Vicksburg Post, but I was not credited for the picture, which was a first for me.  I did contact them by email about it and got a reply that it was a mistake and was being forwarded to the President and Publisher, Tim Reeves.  Whether it will be corrected and republished I do not know.  I do know that it was an honest mistake and that I'm proud that they considered my picture worthy to be published in our hometown paper, The Vicksburg Post

Friday, May 26, 2017

Great Grandson Passing To 3rd Grade!

My Great Grandson, James "Ian" has passed to the 3rd grade and I am so proud of him.  Here are some pictures that his Mother, Victoria took of him holding up his certificates of accomplishments and hanging out with his dog, TURBO!  Congratulations, Ian!

My Great Grandson is so patriotic!

Ian with his dog, TURBO!

Nothing like a boy and his dog!  Best of friends!

TURBO sporting Ian's patriotic hat!

My Granddaughter, Victoria...a very proud Mother of my Great Grandson, Ian!  I love them both so very much!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Happy 10th Birthday, Tidus David!

My Great Grandson, Tidus David Barnhart, lives in Great Falls, Montana and I don't get to see him at all since he lives so far away.  I wish I could be with him today to celebrate his birthday but can't.  I do hope he has a fun filled 'special' day and gets lots of presents. 

Tidus David is shown here with a cute penguin recently when he went to a marine water park featuring whales, sea lions, dolphins and other marine animals.  What fun he must have had!

Wishing him the best Happy "10" Birthday ever!  I love and miss you so very much!  Great Gran Gran

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Riverboats Visits Hometown Today!

The American Queen and Queen of the Mississippi are in town all day with their passengers to tour our historic civil war town while moored in the Yazoo Diversion Canal.

American Queen boarding ramp.

The American Queen moored by The Old Depot Museum in the Yazoo Diversion Canal with the Mighty Mississippi River above flood stage here.   

A lot of activity today with 8 buses transporting the tourist to historical sites.

The Queen of the Mississippi right at the Vicksburg Riverfront Murals near the entrance to the waterfront.

Trees all underwater at the Vicksburg waterfront.

The Queen of the Mississippi paddlewheel in the Yazoo Diversion Canal. 

Louisiana Circle at Delta Point, Vicksburg, MS.

Yesterday afternoon, a towboat navigating south on the Mississippi struck the Old Highway 80 Bridge.  In the process, a total of 11 barges broke loose from the tug, but were later recovered.  No one was injured and the Old Highway 80 Bridge was reopened to rail traffic Tuesday evening.

FLOOD ALERT: River Level at 48.30 feet and changed at +0.01 foot. Flood Stage is 43 feet.

Michael's Bobcat Mount

Michael Edward Ogden of Carriere, MS, said that he got his bobcat mount back this past weekend and forgot how big this dude was!  A beautiful and awesome mount.  My congrats to Michael in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors!

Love all Michael's mounts!

My bobcat that I took a picture of instead of shooting it while hunting on the Arrowhead Stand (tripod) at the famous Christmas Plantation on January 17, 2009 on the edge of the Mississippi Delta. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Last Turkey Hunt Of Year In WY

This was the last turkey hunt of the year on the Solitude Ranch & Outfitters own by Mike Schmid of La Barge, Wyoming, my Facebook friend.  

Barney Valentine (above) accompanied his wife Brenda Valentine to the Old West Turkey Shoot recently. While Brenda was involved in the event as one of Mike's special guests Barney hung out at the ranch with Mike's brother Jim and his son-in-law Heath. Jim and Barney hit it off great and the three of them enjoyed chasing turkeys. They didn't connect on one but made a new friendship. 

After the event the Bass Pro team spent a couple days extra with Mike.  On a Monday afternoon Barney teamed up with Allen Treadwell and they came back with this dandy Merriam's gobbler. Barney was a pretty happy Tennessee turkey hunter. Brenda made a beautiful picture of Barney and his Solitude Ranch gobbler with Devils Tower in the background. 

What a fantastic and awesome picture Brenda took and wishing my congratulations to Barney on a nice looking bird in our great wild and wonderful Wyoming outdoors. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Lights Out

I did not get to post/blog at all yesterday because of some trees that were blown down by high winds on Entergy transmission lines which knocked out power to more than 7,000 customers.  My power did not come on until 3:15 this morning after being off for about 13 hours. 

The bad news is more rain and storms are forecast for this afternoon and evening. 

It has been a rough five days with no water in the city because of a leak in a 36-inch main waterline into the city that was finally fixed and then the electricity goes off! 

Hopefully, life will calm down for awhile in my hometown of Vicksburg, MS and everything can get back to some kind of normalcy. 

"America" Riverboat Picture Published Today

The "America" riverboat was showing some curb service at street level May 17 with the rising Yazoo Diversion Canal.  This photo was submitted by Marian Ann Love.  You are invited to submit your photos to share with The Vicksburg Post readers.  You can email high resolution images in JPEG format to

Thanks again to our hometown paper, The Vicksburg Post for publishing my picture.  As always, I'm deeply humbled.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Siege of Vicksburg Won - Got Water!

A BIG MESS:  Construction crews continued repairs on a 36-inch water main that ruptured Wednesday that lead to a citywide water outage.  Vicksburg Mayor Georg Flaggs reported Friday afternoon that repairs had been completed and that water pressure in the system would build overnight and into Saturday.  The Vicksburg Post

I posted yesterday about our historic City of Vicksburg, MS, being under siege once again with NO WATER.  Today, water has been restored but could take at least 24 hours before the water systems is at full pressure, and it may take until the end of next week before a boil water notice that has been put in effect may be lifted. 

Our city has been without water since after 11:00 a.m. Wednesday when city workers discovered a leak in the main waterline.  The leak forced employees at the city water treatment plant to shut down the plant's main valve to prevent backflow into the system, cutting off the city's main water supply. 

The damaged valve was buried in the ground and under about 10 feet of floodwater, forcing the city to hire contractors to build a dam to wall off the water and allow workers to get in and repair the problem.  Mayor Flaggs said trucks from "four or five contractors" moved 16,000 to 20,000 cubic feet of dirt over almost 30 hours to build up the dam, which cleared about an acre of land. 

The city received assistance from the U, S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District, adding, "The Corps of Engineers came in and said we were doing what we should have been doing. They said the levee was well-built.

The Mayor said, "I think it is remarkable that we had the crisis we had and were able to do it with three days instead of five days."

"On behalf of the Board of Mayor and Alderman, (North/South Ward) we cannot begin to thank all the people who have helped us in this crisis situation, certainly the citizens who understood the crisis situation and accommodated and turning to each other instead of turning on each other," Flaggs said. 

I want to thank everyone that said prayers for our beloved City of Vicksburg, MS, during this crisis and appreciate each and everyone of you.  God Bless y'all!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Vicksburg Under Siege With No Water!

Bridges at my hometown of Vicksburg, MS, taken by Micheal Quinton. The black bridge with U.S. flag is the old Hwy 80 bridge and railway that is closed to vehicular traffic. The white bridge is I-20 over the Mississippi River. Ameristar Casino and Hotel can be seen as well as Waterview Casino and Hotel to the north of the bridges towards downtown

This past Wednesday a 36-inch line was discovered about 11:00 a.m. when official noticed water pressure was declining, and city employees found the issue was coming from a line buried 10 to 12 feet underground.  When the leak was discovered, plant employees shut off the main valve to prevent contaminants from coming back into the plant and stopped the flow of water. 

The problem is that the underground line is surrounded "by backflow water from the Mississippi River, and have to build a dam, then go in and go down about 12 feet and try to identify the leak and fix it.  It could be five days are more depending on the weather. 

Crews are working around the clock to build the dam and put the plant back online and will take approximately 24 hours before pressure is fully restored.   Good news - - dam was completed yesterday. 

All schools have been closed since Wednesday afternoon until further notice.  The town has literally shut down.  Parts of the city north and east are on different waterlines where the firetrucks can go and get water.  Wednesday night a home was destroyed and another severely damaged next to it in the city limits.  It's like living on pins and needles. 

My hometown of Vicksburg is a historic tourist attraction and has turned into a ghost town with approximately 29,000 residents affected.  The American Queen riverboat is moored today for a half-a-day with it's passengers to tour our town but I'm sure tourist are disappointed that most attractions are closed down.

Help is pouring in from all over the state and seven surrounding states to help out in bringing water to our residents.  When you don't have water you can't bathe, wash clothes, dishes, etc. 

We all have to hang in there and make the best of a bad situation and hopefully soon repairs will be made even with the pending rain that is in the forecast for the weekend. 

If you are reading this post, please keep my hometown of Vicksburg, MS, in your prayers that water will be restored soon without further complications.  Vicksburg under siege again!

FLOOD ALERT:  River Level: 47.09 feet - Change: +0.40 foot - Flood Stage: 43 feet - 5/18/17.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

"America" Riverboat With Curve Service!

Yesterday, the "America" riverboat showed up at our waterfront for a half-a-day of touring our historic civil war town of Vicksburg, MS.  This picture was taken from Catfish Row Children's Art Park. 

"America" at Levee Street ENTRANCE on the waterfront. 

Getting ready to walk across Levee Street to get a closer look. 

 Curve Service at the ENTRANCE!

"America" up-close!
Steps down to the waterfront underwater.

Framing "America" between the trees.

Trees in the water.

Looking back towards the EXIT.

The EXIT closed off.

Looking back towards the ENTRANCE. 

"America" is a BIG riverboat!

Met an artist/banjo player from "America" by the name of Dan Knowles. 

Dan was painting his art work at the waterfront and asked him if I could take a picture of them.  We struck up a conversation and found out that he works for the American Queen Steamboat Company playing the banjo on the riverboats.  I told him how much I enjoy coming down to our waterfront to take pictures of the riverboats and posting them on Facebook.  We talked about being friends on social media and now we are!  A really nice gentleman and very talented playing his banjo in a band rolling up and down the Mighty Mississippi River! 

River level 47.09 feet with a change of +0.40 foot: Flood stage 43 feet. Should crest by tomorrow at 48 feet. Vicksburg: The Key To The South!
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