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.
My Great Grandson Ian had a wonderful 11th Birthday party last Sunday, November 4th at the Margaritaville Hotel & Family Entertainment Center. Here are some pictures I took of his "special" day. Family and friends all had a wonderful time!
Family Entertainment Center
Ian standing in front of a big flip-flop shoe.
Never seen so many arcade games under one roof.
Ian's Happy Birthday cake with...
...camouflage icing on the side of the cake.
My Granddaughter Lucy with her son, William David "Will" my precious Great Grandson.
The guests have arrived.
Ian, The Birthday Boy!
Floss Like A Boss!
Ian, blowing out his candles!
My Great Grandson, William "Will" David Kelly.
My daughter, Kathy holding little Will.
Holding my Great Grandson William David.
Looking towards the sunset from the Landshark patio.
Enjoying my Granddaughter's Victoria Leigh, myself and Sonya Michelle.
Will is trying to play a game.
Lucy looking over her son as he tries to play.
Will starting to walk more now.
Look at Will go!
Birthday Boy playing a game.
A selfie with my Great Grandson Ian!
Got some new PJ's from his Great Gran Gran!
A hunting knife from his Grandmother Kathy.
I enjoyed my Great Grandson Ian's Birthday Party! I love him so much and may he have many more returns of his "special" day! Great Gran Gran xoxo
It has been 12 years today my friends that I started my blog, Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc., and had no idea I would still be blogging to this day. I want to thank y'all for hanging out with me. Not only do I have this blog but several more that I created. I've met a lot of nice people and especially my hunting mentor/friend, Rex Howell of Deer Camp Blog who encouraged me to continue blogging about my hunting. So, thanks again for 12 years of friendship on Blogger for reading my posts and enjoying my pictures!
The second case of a debilitating deer disease has been confirmed in Mississippi. The state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks announced Tuesday that additional tests confirm a white-tailed deer found October 8 in Pontotoc County had a chronic wasting disease.
The contagious and fatal neurological disease causes deer to have tremors and other movement problems and lose weight. The disease is already present in 24 other states. An earlier case was found in January in Issaquena County. The department is implementing restrictions in Pontotoc and Union counties, and in Lee County west of U.S. 45, to control the disease's spread. Supplemental feeding, supplemental minerals, removing certain deer carcass parts, and trapping wild hogs without a permit are banned. The department is encouraging area hunters to submit killed deer for testing.
I'm so proud of Laney getting her very first deer! I saw her last night at my Great Grandson Ian's Birthday Party at the Margaritaville Hotel & Family Entertainment Center. He had friends and family to come and celebrate his special day and afterward they all played arcade games.
While visiting with Laney's Mom, Amber she showed me a picture of her very first deer a six-point buck that she got while hunting with her Grandpa Frank. I'm so proud of her and it reminded me of my first deer as well, a six-point buck in Claiborne County on opening day.
This past Saturday, November 3rd was opening day of rifle season for the MS Deer Youth Hunt. I asked Laney to tell me the story behind her hunt and this is what she had to say.
She went hunting with her Grandpa Frank to a camp Hwy 61 South of town and they got in a stand about 4 feet off the ground. She explained to me that there were several shooting lanes they could watch from the stand. She saw this buck in one of the lanes and was able to get ready and when he crossed over into the next lane she aimed behind his shoulder and shot. It was 4:25 pm. With her Grandpa they tracked her deer and he proudly took pictures with her trophy.
I know how excited he must have felt for her since I have taken my daughters, granddaughters, and grandsons hunting with me. My congratulations to Laney on getting her very first deer in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors. She is officially a deer huntress now and putting meat on the table! I'm sure she will have her trophy six-point mounted. I did too! Way to go Laney!
HALLOWEEN TREAT:Marian Ann Love submitted this photo of three riverboats - the Queen of the Mississippi, America and American Queen - docked at the Vicksburg riverfront Wednesday. I was pleasantly surprised that my picture of the three riverboats (an event that happens once a year so far) was published "in color" in our hometown paper, The Vicksburg Post. I've only had one other picture in color and that was a sunset on the front page! This did make page 2 and what a Halloween treat for our city of Vicksburg, MS. Many thanks to our paper today who found it worthy for publication.
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It was a sight to behold on this Halloween day with three riverboats at the waterfront in our hometown of Vicksburg, MS. Here are a few pictures I took and hope you will enjoy.
Riverboats Queen of the Mississippi and America moored in the Yazoo Diversion Canal with the Grand American Queen.
A side view of the riverboat, "America."
Close-up of American Queen.
The American Queen was moored at the far end of the riverfront since she is so much larger than the other two riverboats.
Queen of the MS, America and the American Queen moored at the riverfront which only happens once a year. A real bonus with a tugboat in the distance heading to the Port of Vicksburg in the Yazoo Diversion Canal.
Before heading home I stopped by the Navy Circle and was able to catch a Kansas City Southern train crossing over the Mississippi River around 1:30 p.m.
A deer hunter in training, Dakota Hutcherson of Biloxi, Mississippi, said it took him three years but he finally got his first deer. He had four bucks to walk out on a tree branch that they were rubbing down. He decided to take the biggest of the group. What's so impressive...he was using his buddy's bow! Dakota was so excited and happy that he was able to get a chance on his very first buck in our great wild Mississippi outdoors! Congratulations, Dakota!
My Facebook hunting friend, Susan Crain had a great afternoon deer hunting and got her first deer of the season. A doe with fresh back straps for tomorrow, she said. She announced that she came close to a bad afternoon and you just never know when your time could come. After taking the Doe with her bow...she climbed down from her stand without her radio, and while throwing her crossbow and running, her 9mm fell from the holster because she didn't have it strap in. Yelp, she said...when stepping onto the ground there sat a Rattlesnake and by the time she stepped off the last step, it was curled shaking its buttons. Of course, she was not prepared for that. She knows better.....but who the heck thinks about rattlesnakes at the end of October. Only in Florida. Susan said. So glad she had a happy ending and the rattlesnake went on its way and decided not to strike at her. My congratulations on a fine doe in the wonderful and wild State of Florida!
A great picture of Annie Sherrard, who lives in Hattiesburg, MS, with her very first buck taken with a bow. She works at Camp Shelby which is the largest mobilization stations of the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), and its also the biggest reserve training facility. My congratulations to Annie in our great wild Mississippi outdoors on a very nice buck!