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, October 31, 2018

Three Riverboats On Halloween Day!

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.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Dakota's First Deer

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!    


Monday, October 29, 2018

Susan's First Deer Of The Season

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!  

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Berney's 275 lb. Buck!


My hunting friend Berlin Austin Howell "Berney" of the famous Christmas Place Plantation and Hunting Club on the edge of the MS Delta, got this really heavy buck over the weekend.  


Berney said it has been a while since he got a nice buck with the old 'stick-&-string' but scored last Saturday in the rain on a 275 lb. six point buck!  

My congratulations to my hunting friend, Berney on his awesome six-point buck in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Annie's First Buck With Bow

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!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Kimberly's Bow Kill


Kevin McDowell said his wife got her bow in July and this past weekend she put the smack down on this doe. After a 30-yard shot and 150-yard track job, she was all smiles! I’m sure proud of her! 

It was killed in the great wild outdoors of Tallahatchie County, Mississippi.  My congratulations to Kimberly!  Way to go!  

Monday, October 22, 2018

Hard To Believe Hunting Story


I'm sharing a deer hunting story today that is hard to believe by my hunting friend Candice York of Dalton, Georgia. I have never had this to happen to me in my 33 years of hunting, so I'm glad to get the heads up from her.   


All I can say is Muzzleloader Season has not been good to me this year. This has never happened to me before. I was hunting in the afternoon a few days ago and right when it's time for the deer to step out it happens! I look to my left and out walks this beautiful Buck, he had a nice rack and his body was dark brown, just beautiful!! I waited for him to get a little closer to get a good shot on him, and when he turned to the left I got him in my crosshair and squeezed the trigger!!! When the smoke cleared I was thrilled to see I had dropped him. With excitement and shaking like everything, I took a quick picture so I could send it to my hubby and let him know I dropped this beautiful Buck. As I am sitting there trying to get back to my sense's I looked over at him and he just stood back up! I about died, I thought he was dead laying belly up, not moving, not kicking and wobbled off. I learned my lesson that day with a Muzzleloader to ALWAYS reload even if they are laying there looking dead. I watched him with disbelief as he stumbled into the woods I could see him through the woods and immediately I reloaded by the time I was ready he quietly disappeared!!! We tracked him for about 100 yards on a small trace of blood. Never found him! He was a tough Buck! This will haunt me for a good while, although it has taught me some things. I wonder how many people this has happened to before?




I won't give up as today starts rifle season and I hope to see him again.

GOODHUNTING Candice! I hope you get this beautiful buck in our great wild and wonderful outdoors!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Riverboat "American Duchess" Returns

Looking at the Riverboat "American Duchess" from Children's Art Park at Catfish Row.

Across on Levee Street, passengers were loaded onto the buses to tour our historic civil war town of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

School children were on a field trip and someone went into the center and turned the water on to start the spray.

School children and chaperones walking toward the playground at Art Park.

An American Duchess sign at the entrance to the waterfront.

A side view of the Riverboat American Duchess today.

A full view of the American Duchess in the Yazoo Diversion Canal while her passengers toured our town.  She will be back next Wednesday with American Song and Queen of the Mississippi.  The following Wednesday is scheduled for three more riverboats.  Queen of the Mississippi, American Queen, and America.  This will be a site to see on both occasions!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Mollie's Nice Doe

My congratulations to Mollie Munn of Sumrall, Mississippi on a fine deer she harvested recently in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors!  I'm proud of you, Mollie!  Meat on the table!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Riverboat America, Towboat, Etc.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a riverboat moored in my hometown yesterday because "America" was not on my schedule to be here until Saturday.  I found out "America" was moored by an app FINDSHIP on my phone.  After my doctor's appointment, I decided to run down to the riverfront to see the boat.  Here are some pictures I took on my way through town.


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A picture of a new restaurant that opened last Saturday called The Mississippi Barbecue Company. I'm looking forward to eating there and I know it will be a BIG hit downtown for sure!

 A closeup-up picture of the Maritime towboat.

Took this picture from my truck of the same Maritime towboat in the Yazoo Diversion Canal heading to the Mississippi River.  

A dingy in the Yazoo Diversion Canal just puttering around.  

Riverboat "America" moored yesterday at the waterfront while workers were loading fresh produce onto the boat.  

A side view of "America."

Today the Grand "American Queen" is at our waterfront for a full day for her passengers to tour and enjoy our historic civil war town of Vicksburg, MS.  Friday the "American Duchess" returns.    

Monday, October 15, 2018

The American Queen Returns To My Hometown


I went down to the waterfront to see the American Queen moored for a full day of sight-seeing for her passengers last Friday around 12:30.  It was a perfect day for a tour of our historic civil war town of Vicksburg, MS.  

Transporting and loading up the buses for the passengers to see and visit our historic sites. 

Passengers pouring off the American Queen.  I spoke to the lady in the brown dress who was from Denmark.  I wished her a good time and safe travels.  

I love taking pictures of the American Queens stacks!

A side view!

Sitting down taking a picture after I got out of my GMC truck.

A close-up of the Queen with a fisherman on the banks trying his luck in the Yazoo Diversion Canal!

An Egret beyond the waterfront.

Looking at the hill I need to climb after taking pictures. 

M/V Big J.O. of the Yazoo River Towing Company pushing it's load towards the Port of Vicksburg while passing the grand American Queen Friday afternoon around 4:00 while making another trip to the waterfront.  

Friday, October 12, 2018

Some Country Scenes Of Cotton & Bales Of Hay

I love driving through the backroads and seeing cotton fields and hay bales in my home State of Mississippi. 

Cotton fields were taken near Bolton, MS.  This was taken to the right of the field.

The cotton field to the left.

Up-close pictures of cotton.

Many bales of hay.




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