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.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Watch Out For Snakes While At Deer Camp!

My Facebook friend, Dana Sanders, a wetland consultant, had a bad experience back in September 2014 when he got bit by a rattlesnake. 

"It's that time of the year as we hunters head to the woods to get ready for the upcoming deer season," Dana said.  "Heck, I think getting ready is as fun as actual hunting...but...this is also the height of snake movement as they prepare for winter. Be extra cautious, wear some quality boots or snake chaps such as Turtle Skin Snake Armor and don't step where you can't see!  If you're a hunter, share this with your friends. This was a terrible experience for me, and it was totally preventable!" 

Rattlesnake bite ends Claiborne County hunting-club work day, sends a hunter to the hospital.  

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Pretty Hibiscus!

Wanted to share some pretty Hibiscus flowers that I took recently for your enjoyment. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

All Eyes On The Sky Today!

My glasses that I received to participate in the partial eclipse at the Vicksburg National Military Park today. 

At 1:00 pm a fifteen-minute program was scheduled detailing the different astronomical phenomenon that happened during the four years of the Civil War. It was timed to happen just before the eclipse at the park.  We had about 83% of the total eclipse.

Some pictures I took while watching the partial eclipse.  

I noticed a lot of dragon flies flying around and of course, they were confused because they come out at twilight. 

Park Ranger making an announcement of the upcoming program.

It was nice to share the excitement with everyone who attended.  

Water was offered to all who came.

Eyes on the sky!

The temperature also dropped two degrees during the eclipse. 

Sharing a picture taken by Ward Anderson, August 21, 2017.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Jason's First Rifle For TX Hunt

Dana Sanders, Jason, and Jimmy Bagby.

Dana Sanders, my Facebook friend got a surprise gift yesterday for his son Jason by his friend, Jimmy Bagby, a gunsmith, and owner of Firearms Outfitters, who gave Jason a rifle which was built by Jimmy.  It's Jason's first rifle and one he will use on his South Texas hunt on November 2nd. Thanks to Jimmy for making a promising hunter-to-be happy and wishing him the best of luck in harvesting a deer.  I have known Jimmy for a very long time and he is such a good Christian man and a very good friend. His wife, Lee and I worked for the Corps of Engineers, so we all go way back.  

Saturday, August 19, 2017

American Duchess Maiden Voyage In Vicksburg Today

The American Duchess is the first all-suite paddle wheeler on U.S. rivers, a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America's heartland. The paddle wheeler, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed to become one of the most luxurious rivers cruising vessels in the country, featuring single-seating main dining and entertainment venues, soaring ceilings, and all of the features guests have come to expect. 

We welcome the American Duchess with open arms today and hope this is the first of many returns to our historic city of Vicksburg: The Key To The South!

American Duchess received some TV coverage from WJTV Channel 12 in Jackson, MS.  

Also, coverage from the River City Network of Vicksburg, TV. 

While sitting down on the bench and waiting for the American Duchess to go by, I met this traveling man at the Mississippi Welcome Center and said he is walking the USA from his hometown of Georgia.  He was in Memphis and walked/hitchhiked down Hwy 61 South and ended up in Vicksburg today.  He loves the blues and wanted to check out the Big Muddy Blues Bar & Restaurant downtown tonight.  He told me he wanted to walk the USA and will most likely take him 3 years.  He claims to be an artist/writer by the name of Ricky Reidinger.  His gear was with him that he packs on his back and was stacked up to the left of the bench.   

When I checked my FINDSHIP app for the direction of the American Duchess, I saw where she was headed north even though it said destination was Natchez.  I then wished Ricky good luck and to be safe because it's going to be a long, long walk for him. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Lunch @ The Tomato Place

Last Sunday I had lunch at The Tomato Place and enjoyed a big fat hamburger and fries with my friend, Johnette.  It is a cool little place south of town on Hwy 61 South.  The place was packed full of people and a light rain shower was falling.  Here are a few pictures I took while there.  

They sell all kinds of produce, smoothies, etc.

You can also sit outside but it was too hot and muggy and of course the rain.  

(more pictures)

Raindrops on the elephant ears plant.  

Pretty flowers with raindrops as well!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bass & Snake

Austin and Courtney McLendon of Selma, Alabama, took their son Talan fishing in a private lake back in June.  He is shown here holding a bass he caught with a snake in its mouth. He said his son stuck his hand in its mouth and felt something hit his hand and luckily he didn't get bit by the snake.  The grandmother stated that he caught the bass while it was digesting the snake and it burped it up because the hook was causing pain.  This is very scary and I've never seen or heard of anything like this before.  Just a word of caution to all fishermen in our great wild/crazy outdoors.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Waiting On The BIG One!

Jerry Polk of Florence, Mississippi took this picture of his buddy while trying to catch the big one. What a great picture!  I hope he was able to catch one in our great wild Mississippi outdoors!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cousin's Nice Marlin

My cousin, John Peters of Houston, TX, formerly of New Orleans, got this nice marlin near Los Cabos Municipality, Mexico in the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas recently.  I know he is so happy with his catch in our great wild outdoors!  Congratulations, Cuz!  I'm so proud of you!  A memory that will last a long, long time!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Romy's Bighead Carp

Romy Whiistle of Nesbit, Mississippi had a blast this weekend landing this bighead carp while bow fishing.  She loves bow fishing and thanks her friend Joe Williams who is also a big bow fisherman in accompanying her in our great wild Mississippi outdoors.  My congrats to's almost as big as she is! 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

A South Mississippi Buck

Jarrett O'Grady recently got his deer mount back from Dales Taxidermy Vuyovich, Jr., of Saucier, MS.  Jarrett lives in St. Martin, MS and so proud of his awesome buck as he should be.    

Jarrett with his very nice buck harvest.

Congratulations to Jarrett on his fine buck that he saw on his trail cam in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Tribute To Deer Hunting

Deer Hunting brings millions of people together in America every year. Hunting whitetails is what unites us as friends and family, we felt inspired to make this deer hunting tribute because we see a need that each one of us needs to be more unified as hunters! Share this with your friends!
October 24, 2014

Friday, August 11, 2017

Stacking Hogs On 4-Wheeler

Austin Merritt of Pontotoc, Mississippi was stacking these nasty old hogs up on his 4-wheeler recently.  Looks like he will be eating high-on-the-hog for now!  My congrats in eradicating the wild hogs in our great State of Mississippi year round!  Way to go Austin!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Awesome Fawn Picture

My Facebook friend Rick Small took this picture of a fawn that is awesome and wanted to share it with you.  In his own words -

First time in a few years I've had the chance to photograph a fawn during any trip this time of year, much less several different ones in the same trip..... I got to see around 5 in the Cove and 4 on a drive/ride through Roaring Fork.... There were 2 times during these encounters of the fawn kind, that I had fawns almost run into me as I got set up in what I thought were good positions to get photos of the little ones... This was one such time that this fawn ended up so close, so fast that it was too close to photograph... I had to wait on it to take a couple of hops away, then turn to see what the heck it had almost run into, so I could get a decently focused and framed shot.... I had to laugh at the expression I saw come over the fawn's face as it came running around a bush only to find little ol' me standing there.... I've said it before and I'll say it again: NEVER underestimate my sneakiness!!!!!! Click on photo for the best quality viewing..... Also, sharing and commenting are both appreciated.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Caught Turtle

Amber Garrison of Newton, Mississippi caught a turtle recently but released it back into the water.  

She is also a cowgirl and a bull rider.  You go, Amber!

A catch and release in our great wild Mississippi outdoors!

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Very First Fish!

Scott Slage of Poplarville, MS, took his son fishing recently and look what he caught...his very first fish!  What a nice catch for a little fisherman in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors.  Congratulations little fellow!  

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Proud of Son's Catch!

Lisa Johnson said her sons did pretty good last week and they learned the famous man lie - Just one more cast, Momma! Congratulations to these two young fishermen in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors! A proud Momma for sure!

A really nice catch for her son.

"Look at my wall hanger momma," her son said.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

A Great Catch!

This past Sunday David Bond and his buddy Rick Triplett hit Bond Lake in Stone County, MS.  A very nice 9lbs.14 oz. fish was caught in our great wild Mississippi outdoors!  Congratulations!  
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