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.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Shot It With His Camera!

Clay Kellar works at Stennis Space Center in south MS, which is also a game reserve and (no hunting since 1962). There are more trophy bucks in there than the surrounding area for 40 miles. NASA legals won't even allow bow hunts in there. I see this drop tine 12 point almost every day and now that hunting season is open it's making me sick. So I shot him with a camera.  Just WOW!!!!

Monday, October 30, 2017

James Got A Hoss!

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

James Hunter Morton goes to Vancleave High School in Vancleave, MS.  He killed this hoss (as he describes it) in Bentonia, MS, yesterday.  I'm so proud of him and not letting his disability get in his way.  Congratulations to James in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors!  Way to go!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Happy 48th Birthday, Debra Ann!

Today my daughter, Debra Ann turned 48 years old.  She was my fourth child out of five children that I gave birth too.  She works as a Nanny for two Doctors that are married and loves her job and so good with children.  I'm proud of her in what she has accomplished in her life.  She has two sons, Stephen and Ethan (serving in the Air Force stationed in Africa) and daughter, Lucy who gave birth last month to a son and became a Grandmother for the very first time.  Wishing Debra a very Happy Birthday on her "special" day and may she have many more returns of the day.  I love you! MOM

Thursday, October 26, 2017

It All Came Together

Patrick Bryant said that is all came together for him after a lot of hard lessons learned and highs and lows.  He got it done also with the help of nose to the ground and his biggest deer with a bow and his second buck.  Congratulations to Patrick in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors!  Very nice buck indeed!


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Jed's Two Stuck Hogs

Jed Mccardie of Hattiesburg, MS stuck these two hogs with his Mathews bow recently.  My congrats to him in thinning out the hog population and putting meat in the freezer as well.  Jed's getting the job done in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors!  

Monday, October 23, 2017

East TN Deer Disease Outbreak

Just before hunting season, an outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease has killed hundreds of deer across East Tennessee.  State wildlife leaders say the outbreak is the worst in a decade, but cold weather should end the outbreak.  It is a virus transmitted by tiny files.  With archery season for deer underway and firearm season just weeks away, some sportsmen are concerned that the outbreak has damaged white-tailed deer population to the point it will take years to restore in some areas.  The disease is spread by biting midges and other tiny biting insects.  

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Old Big Nasty!

My Facebook friend, Mike Snow sent me these pictures from his friend, Stan Ethredge killing this awesome buck in Neshoba County, MS.  Mike said he killed a nice one last year as well.  Stan is a Fire Captain with the City of Jackson Fire Department.  My congratulations to Stan in getting as he calls it, Old Big Nasty, in our great wild Mississippi outdoors!  What a buck hunt and story to tell the rest of his life!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Two LA Men Plead Guilty To Importing Deer

Two Louisiana men have pleaded guilty to importing live white-tailed deer into Mississippi.

Federal prosecutors say 75-year-old Edward L. Donaldson, Jr. and 42-year-old John Jared Oertling, both of Pearl River, Louisiana, pleaded guilty this week to conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act.  It is illegal to import live deer into Mississippi and against federal law to transport wildlife across state lines.

The Clarion-Ledger reports Donaldson and Oertling admitted to conspiring to import the deer from February 2010 through November 2012.  The men also admitted that the deer came from a facility in Pennsylvania that tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

Donaldson and Oertling manage a 1,031 acre, high-fenced enclosure in Forrest County know as Turkey Trott Ranch.  The property is owned by Jill Marie Donaldson, Oertling's wife, and daughter of Donaldson.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Happy 33rd Birthday Candace!


Wishing my Granddaughter Candace Lynn a very Happy 33rd Birthday.   I love this picture of her taken last October with her dog, Atlas.  Atlas is 100% Arctic Wolf and Malamute/Timber Wolf.  A loyal and beautiful dog and her best friend.  Hope she had a wonderful birthday today and sending lots of love and hugs her way.  Gran Gran  xxoo

Tips On Identification & Shot Placement

Donald Robertson, Administrator of the Facebook page, I Killed It In Mississippi, posted this tip for young hunters. 


(Click on picture to enlarge) 

Just a tip for those who have younger kids out hunting on their own this year, I like to keep these in the stands I have always let kids with Hunter Education hunt out of. Identification and shot placement is a must when hunting on their own.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

His First Squirrel Hunt

Love this picture of this little first-time squirrel hunter!

Steve Trosclair of D'Iberville, MS, took his younger brother hunting for the very first time.  It's all about getting youth in the great outdoors.  

Passing on his love of hunting to his little brother in our great wild Mississippi outdoors!  Congratulations!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tree Rats


Ricky Williamson of Grenada, MS, and 12 other hunters killed 63 squirrels over the weekend in the Delta.  It looks like a pretty good hunt to me and a great meal of squirrel dumplings.  My congrats to all the hunters in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors!  Way to go guys!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Not Into Coon, But...


I've heard it is good eating...but have never tried it and not sure if I want to.  Sap Hogan of Waynesboro, MS, said his PawPaw sent him this picture and trying to con him out of one or two for himself.  Sap says he likes his grill or on rice.  Here's a couple of recipes if you want to try that was posted.  (1)  Boil off the bone with cayenne pepper, put in crockpot with BBQ sauce and enjoy.  (2) Boil it and get the film off, cut it up with some sweet potatoes and bake it. Also, someone said they have too many worms in them for him and used to watch Trapper Parker skinned them and said he's fine, thank you!  I'm fine too, thank you in our great wild Mississippi outdoors!  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Three Pigs & A Boy!

Little 5-year-old Jathen got 3 hogs last Sunday at the camp with his .300 Blackout.  Jathen is the son of Shelly and Robbie Hunter of Walker, Lousiana.  Dad said it is all carbon fiber, really light, no scope, red dot open sight and zeroed in at 75 yards. You bring up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he shall not depart from it!  Congratulations to little Jathen in our great wild and wonderful outdoors!  Way to go!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Brinston's First Buck!

Brinston, son of Doug Matthews of Edwardsburg, Michigan got his very first buck recently.  Doug works for Forest River and Founder and CEO of Savage Road Outdoors.  

Doug said this was his "NEW" best day in the woods when his son got his very first buck.  I can relate to this hunting story so well when my grandson got his very first buck, a 5 pointer with my .270.  Congratulations to Brinston and to Dad teaching him to be a hunter with respect and responsibility in our great wild outdoors.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sandbar Is Out @ Vicksburg, MS

Went to the Mississippi Welcome Center this past Saturday after the flea market and took some pictures of the sandbar that is way out in my hometown.   

While taking pictures a tugboat passes under the bridges and a train is coming over the MS River on the old Hwy 80 bridge.

I met a cute peek-a-poo dog by the name of Phebe.

It was a very long train coming across the bridge from Louisiana.

A look at the sandbar from the Navy Circle next to the Mississippi Welcome Center.  Ameristar Casino is at the far right.
 
Another picture from Navy Circle looking towards the bridges of I-20 and old Hwy 80.

Took this picture from Ameristar Casino of the bridges.

My brother-in-law checks the gages to see if there is any shifting of the pier.  You can see the water levels on the pier itself.  Today the river level is 5.78 feet and changed +0.273 foot with flood stage at 43 feet.  You can almost walk across the river to Louisiana with the river so low!  

Monday, October 09, 2017

October Flea Market Was A Big Hit

According to our Sunday's paper, The Vicksburg Post, the fall festival was a big hit at the Old Courthouse Museum Flea Market. The above picture was taken from the grounds of the New Courthouse while I was walking by.  The Old Courthouse is across from it.  

The flea market serves as one of the main fundraisers for the museum with proceeds from vendor fees going to support restoration to the building and new exhibits. 

Bubba Bolm, the curator, and director of the museum said he thinks maybe three or four thousand people came out.  The Old Courthouse is to the right of this picture.

In all, there were 100 vendors selling items ranging from homemade wooden crafts to antiques, local honey and more.

The museum puts on the flea market twice a year, once in October and once in April and it raises funds for the museum.

While heading home I stopped and took a picture of what was going on with the 23rd Annual Fall Festival with food, live blues music playing, pickleball and tractors for the kiddies to get on downtown.   


Fall arrangements were all over town.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

A New Archery Hunter


Jeff and Sara Ensor of Hamilton, Texas are so proud of their daughter, Emma (Possum) getting a doe at 15 yards with her Barnett crossbow.  They announced that they now have a new archery hunter in the family.  Way to go Emma!  Congratulations on harvesting a very nice doe in the great wild and wonderful TEXAS outdoors!

Friday, October 06, 2017

Great Day For A Queenly Visit

Today, the luxurious American Queen showed up at our waterfront for a half-a-day.  It was a great day for her to visit our historic civil war town of Vicksburg, MS.   

The Yazoo Diversion Canal is very shallow but just enough space for the towboats passing through going to the Port of Vicksburg.

It was time for the American Queen to leave at 1:00 and had to back out of the canal because she did not have room to turn around.

A fisherman was getting his boat out of the water while she backed out.  A big round of applause from some of the passengers as they watched the fisherman load his boat on his trailer successfully. 

She's on her way out of the canal to the Mississippi River.  The river is very low now at 5.01 feet and a change of -0.35 foot with flood stage at 43 feet.

The American Queen will not be back to our hometown until November 8th from 8:00 to 5:00.  We look forward to her return! 

Thursday, October 05, 2017

A Buck Of A Lifetime!

Josh Hamilton of Maben, MS, killed this monster buck in Noxubee County this past Sunday at 30 yards.  He said it scored 168 3/8.  

Congratulations to Josh on a buck of a lifetime in our great wild and awesome Mississippi outdoors!  

That BIG smile tells it all!  Way to go, Josh!

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Jessica's Doe Kill With Her Bow

My Facebook friend, Jessica Jolene Barlow of Rogersville, PA is so blessed to get a doe around 5:48 p.m. recently.  Jessica said she came pretty close to her and shot with her bow and did not go far.  The close shots intimidate her more than the ones not as close.  She looked down at her Fitbit after she shot and it said her heart rate was 140!  Obviously, she was excited, cause it went right back down in the 60's afterward. 

Congratulations to my hunting friend Jessica in the great state of PA in our wild and wonderful outdoors!

Monday, October 02, 2017

Terrie's Archery Kill

Terrie Hutchins Broussard from Ocean Springs, MS was hunting in Noxapater in Winston County when she killed this very nice 7 point at 29 yards yesterday.  The buck weighed 125 lbs.  

The 2017-2018 Archery Hunting Season opened up last Wednesday, September 30th, which was a very hot day.  Terrie got real lucky Sunday afternoon with temperatures somewhat lower at kill time of 4:35 p.m.  Of course, she is still smiling and has meat on the table/freezer!

Congratulations to Terrie in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors!  
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