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, March 29, 2017

Two Riverboats Visiting Our Hometown

Today, we got lucky to have "America" and "American Queen" riverboats with their passengers, visiting our Civil War town of Vicksburg, MS.  Vicksburg: The Key To The South!


They are spending the whole day and I'm so glad the weather was perfect for them.

America and American Queen docking in the Yazoo Diversion Canal.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Queen Of Mississippi Docked @ Vicksburg, MS

The Queen of the Mississippi showed up at our waterfront today with her passengers to spend the whole day touring our Civil War town of Vicksburg, MS.  Pictures were taken around 5:00 when most of the passengers were boarding to leave at 5:30 for more ports of call on the Mighty Mississippi River.  Tomorrow. the luxurious American Queen and America will be docked for a full day of touring our town as well  Tourism is so great for Vicksburg because we have so much to offer with the main attractions being the Vicksburg National Military Park/Cemetery/Battleground, Old Court House Museum, churches, antebellum homes and much more.  

I took this picture of the Queen of the Mississippi while departing.  You can also see some of the Vicksburg Riverfront Murals on the floodwall which is another unique attraction to our city by renowned artist Robert Dafford.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Riverboats Passing Through My Hometown

My Facebook friend, Marty Kittrell, took this video of the riverboats that come through our historic civil war town of Vicksburg, MS.  We are so fortunate to live on the Mighty Mississippi and get to see these majestic riverboats stopping by with their passengers to tour our town.  Check out more videos on his Facebook page called, How Great Thou Art!  Enjoy!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

My Photo Published In The Vicksburg Post

LEAVING TOWN:  Marian Ann Love submitted this photo of the American Queen as she was leaving the city waterfront in the Yazoo Diversion Canal Friday, heading toward the Mississippi River northbound as her calliope was playing.  You are invited to submit your photos to share with The Vicksburg Post readers.  Simply email high resolution images in .jpg format to

Once again I'm humbled to have my picture selected for publication in our Sunday hometown paper, The Vicksburg Post.  Thank you so much!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Steve's Turkey

Today, Steve Phillips of Marietta, GA and Owner-Operator at Phillips Outdoors Inc., took down this very nice turkey opening morning near Bowersville.  His hunting story below in his own words. 

No measurements yet. Located a Tom before light. Unfortunately I was standing under him when he reflex gobbled to the owl hooter. Backed out and set up. Heard him pitch out but never heard him land. That didn't pan out. 8 o'clock I started moving. High spot to high spot. No responses. Got in my ground blind in some hard woods at 9:15. Two jakes came in silent. This guy was with a hen. Passed at about 80 yards in the thick pines. He wouldn't break off. That mountain hussy... hen took him away. Figured they might be headed for a food plot in the thicket. Grabbed my pack and exited the blind. Followed the road to within 120 yards of the food plot and there he was in full strut looking my way. The hen was to the left and the thicket kept me covered from hen eyes. I waited. Then when he would turn I closed the distance on 3 separate Occasions. Finally at 40 yards the flop was on. Got a long hump to the truck now. No cell coverage when I start down hill. Been a fun morning.

Nice beard!


Friday, March 24, 2017

American Queen Docked/Leaving and Northbound!

I went down to the waterfront today near The Old Depot Museum around 1:00 to take pictures of the American Queen before she departed.  While standing there taking some pictures the Captain blew the whistle and I waved back!

She is docked in the Yazoo Diversion Canal at the waterfront.  To the right leads to the Port of Vicksburg and to the left leads out to the Mississippi River.

I made it up to one of the two parking garages and took a picture of the American Queen sideways turning around to head towards the Mississippi River.  The building in the mid far right (The Old Depot Museum) was where I took the two pictures shown above.

She is passing near the Exit from the waterfront and a hotel that will be opening soon.  Lake Centennial is in the background.

Passengers taking pictures and the enjoying the music from the calliope!

Heading out through the woods on both sides of the canal.

Here she comes heading to the Mississippi River.

Coming through and leaving our town till next Wednesday when she will return with her passengers along with the "America" riverboat and her passengers to tour our historic Civil War town for a whole day.

Took this picture of the American Queen from the Louisiana Circle northbound for her destination of Memphis, TN, and I headed home.  So great to see so many riverboats coming to our historic City of Vicksburg:  The Key To The South!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Brian's Turkey!

Brian Walls of Tupelo, MS, recently killed this very nice turkey near Bloody Springs with an 11-inch beard and 7/8-inch spurs. 

My congrats to Brian in our great, wild and wonderful State of Mississippi.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The "America" Returns To Vicksburg

The "America" riverboat showed up yesterday at our waterfront in the Yazoo Diversion Canal with her passengers to tour our civil war town. It was a cloudless day with temps up to 87 degrees and a beautiful day to enjoy the historical sites. The American Queen will return Friday, Queen of The Mississippi, Tuesday, March 28 and both the America and American Queen, Wednesday, March 29.  It's great to have all the riverboats visiting our historic town of Vicksburg: The Key To The South!

The "America" is the second brand-new vessel of eight to be launch in 2016 by the American Cruise Lines in 2016.  This picture was taken between 4:30 and 5:00 when most passengers were already on board to leave Vicksburg at 5:30 for other ports of call on the Mississippi River.

The history on the flood wall of flood marks showing the great Mississippi flood of 1927, etc.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Turkey Hunting Together!

Papa Sam Cochran of Lucedale, Mississippi, said that his grandson, Dawson is hooked on turkey hunting.  He went with his Papa and Dad recently and got this very nice turkey.  Dawson said he was going back again next Saturday with his Papa. 

My congrats to this little guy and I'm so proud of him.  Raising them right in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors! 

Monday, March 20, 2017

A New Exercise/Fitness Trail

Yesterday, a friend and I checked out a new exercise/fitness trail and had a nice .88 mile walk with her dog, Rocky!

Halls Ferry Park is located on Halls Ferry Park Road in Vicksburg, MS.  

Rocky is ready to take a walk with us... 

...and his first trip on the new trail too!

A nice asphalt walkway.

Nice benches along the way that needs to be concreted down.

Trees with pretty flowers.

Very nice water fountain.
Batting cage.

A winding trail.


A new parking area.

Dead grasshopper on the walkway.

Beautiful fruit trees in bloom along the way.

Practicing at the ball field.

We enjoyed our walk and looking forward to going back soon.  Many thanks to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, City of Vicksburg and Shape Up Sisters!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

My Picture Published In The Vicksburg Post

RIVER ROYALTY:  Marian Ann Love shared this picture of the American Queen returning this week to Vicksburg.  The American Queen comes to Vicksburg nearly every week during the spring, bringing passengers to Vicksburg and other cities along the Mississippi River.  Readers are invited to submit your photos to share with The Vicksburg Post readers.  Simply email high resolution images in JPEG format to

Many thanks to The Vicksburg Post for publishing my pictures once again in our hometown paper!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Guest Post ~ 5 Turkey Hunting Tips

5 Turkey Hunting Tips Every Beginner Must Know Before Venturing Into The Woods

A beginner turkey hunter?

Congrats. You’ve just joined one of the most fun activities man ever discovered. It dates back to centuries ago when the man used to hunt the birds for food and fun.
But one thing most people will never tell you is that hunting these birds isn’t always a walk in the park. They’re highly engaging, intelligent creatures.
You might have to spend hours before you successfully entice one to your range.
But with the beginner turkey hunting tips and tactics I’m about to share with you below, you’ll easily sail through the turkey woods on your very first day.
Here we go…

1. Pick A Favorable Hunting Spot
The No.1 mistake all beginner hunters make is dipping their feet into the turkey woods without first identifying a particular area to hunt. If you want to hunt the birds, you ought to go where they are.
Assuming you’ve already identified the area you wish to hunt in, obtain a large map for the same. Mark a large location where you’re likely to find the turkeys, narrow it down to a smaller area, piece of property, and eventually into a hunting zone.
You can enlist the help of area biologists, hunt club members, DNR workers, etc., to help you identify the turkey hotspots in your hunting area.
Don’t hesitate to look into private and public lands as well - juts ensure you’ve got the necessary permits.
And while scouting, look for signs like - ridges, high points, gobbling sounds, dry creeks, feathers, river bottoms, droppings, power lines, etc.

2. What’s The Best Time To Hunt?
This is the sad truth - turkey hunting isn’t the game for folks who like sleeping. Get up early, earlier than the birds.
Although most beginners prefer hunting in the middle of the day - which might still be viable - it’s not what I’d advise you to do…
If you can manage to get to the hunting spot you’ve identified above before the sunrise, the higher your success rates will be. You’ll minimize your chances of being spotted by the roosting birds.

3. Ensure You’re Totally Camouflaged
The wild turkey has got an excellent vision. Does that ring a bell in your mind?
It means that you’ve got to cover yourself entirely, else the bird will spot you before you even hunt them down. That alone will ruin your hopes of bagging any bird.
Cover yourself from head to toe - consider wearing camo hunting jackets, turkey vests, long-sleeved shirts, masks, and even boots (black ones will do better).
Above all, always ensure that your camo colors blend well with the environment you’re hunting in. Of course, this will depend on the time of the year you’re hunting in.
Take Note: No matter how well camouflaged you are, the birds can still notice you if you keep making some random movements. Still yourself!

4. Bring Along The Decoys
This is the best advice you’ll ever get from experienced turkey hunters - hunting the birds with decoys dramatically increases your hunting success.
But that’s not all. You’ll also need to learn how to set them up properly; else, not even a single bird will approach them.
If hunting in the early season, set up a hen decoy alongside the Jake (or even a gobbler) decoy. This is sure to make a Tom jealous and send him running towards your setup for a perfect shot!
As the season draws towards the end, you’ll just need to use 1-2 hen decoys only. At this time, the gobblers are already tired fighting for a mate. They’ll think that fighting with the Jake decoy for the “hen” will be too much work for them.
As a side note, ensure you buy a turkey decoy that displays a higher level of realism - regarding appearance, motion, etc. - it’s the secret to convincing even the wariest birds to come to your setup.

5. Turkey Calling Will Draw The Birds To You Faster
I repeat, calling the turkeys, plays a significant part in bringing them towards your range for an easy shot.
The idea behind using the turkey call is to produce sounds similar to those made by the birds (e.g. purrs, yelps, kee-kee, clucks, etc.) with the aim of enticing the gobblers.
Being able to use the turkey calls correctly doesn’t come easy. You’ll need to invest time in learning the various types of calls out there.
Don’t hesitate to seek the help of pro turkey hunters on how to use different calls to make different vocalizations.

Keep in mind these additional tips as well:
- Consider hunting alongside a friend who knows the ways of the turkey woods. This will significantly improve your learning curve
- Ensure you fully understand all the set rules and regulations of your hunting location
- Invest in the right hunting gear

If you’re planning to venture into the turkey woods for the first time, you need first to learn a few things about the birds and how to get them to your range for comfortable shooting. With the five tips and tactics above, you’ll raise your chances of bagging that bug gobbler on your first ever hunt.
Keep in mind that hunting is a waiting game. So don’t despair when you don’t sight any gobbler on your first day. Don’t give up; they’ll eventually show up, and you’ll start taking them down like a pro.
Wish you luck!

Author Bio:

Jennifer is the founder of, a great blog that focuses on helping you learn how to hunt deer with a bow. As an experienced bow hunter, she will guide you through the Do’s and Don’ts of the bowhunting world and transform you into a better hunter. Whether you are an experienced bow hunter or an absolute beginner, you will find BuckWithBow a gem!
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