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.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Bow Fishing For Gar

Michael Winningham (with beard) from my hometown of Vicksburg, MS, is showing off with his friends this huge gar they killed recently.  What a monster weighing in at 145lbs. and 7 feet 2 inches long.  

With a bow no less!

My congratulations to all involved in our wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors! 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Honoring Dad On Father's Day


I love this picture of my Dad, Marion E. Love, Sr., and myself taken in November 1986. Unfortunately, he died the following November of a heart attack while hitting the Wisconsin bridge abutment. 

This was my very first deer (6-point buck) on opening day after a big thunderstorm.  All the other hunters left and went home and we stayed. I initiated myself by slapping blood on my face after finding what appeared to be a lung-shot from where it had stood.  I was on my deer stand only five minutes before it walked out from where I had just walked to my stand.     

After leaving Jasper Bottom Hunting Club in Claiborne County, we went by my sister's home in Bovina, MS, where Dad was recuperating from being in the hospital and showed him my deer. He was so proud of me!  He thanked my former husband for taking me and for teaching me how to hunt.

I love and miss you so much, Dad! 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

"American Song" Ship Coming To Town Later This Year



My hometown of Vicksburg and also Natchez, Mississippi will be one of the ports of call on American Cruise Lines' New Orleans to Memphis cruise, aboard the line's newest cruise ship, American Song, starting October 6.  

The New Orleans to Memphis cruises will be eight-days and seven nights with "daily shore excursion," in ports of call including New Orleans; Oak Alley, Louisiana; Baton Rouge; St. Francisville, Louisiana; Natchez with a stop at Frogmore Plantation, Vicksburg; Memphis.

The American Song is touted on the company's website as "The First of the New Modern Riverboats," with lounges 40 feet above the water and "triple the glass of other riverboats, offering astounding views," and a four-story, glass-enclosed atrium.  

The American Song will accommodate 184 passengers.

After the maiden voyage, American Song will turn around on October 13 for a Memphis-to-New Orleans cruise and the cycle will continue.  

"I think this is great," said Pablo Diaz, executive director of the Vicksburg-Warren Chamber of Commerce as he watched the Queen of the Mississippi, American Duchess, and America dock at the same time last November.  "I think this is a glimpse of what's to come as the interest in the Mississippi River and Vicksburg grows and riverboat companies learn more about the changes going on in Vicksburg and plan more stops here.  We will be a greater attraction once the river walk is completed."

(American Song, Queen of the Mississippi and American Duchess will dock in Vicksburg, MS on Wednesday, October 24, 2018)

(Queen of the Mississippi, American Queen and America will dock in Vicksburg, MS on Wednesday, October 31, 2018)

Friday, June 15, 2018

The American Queen Moored In Hometown Today

It was great to get down to the riverfront to see the American Queen moored today while her passengers toured our historic civil war town of Vicksburg, MS.  I have been having mechanical problems with my truck for about three weeks and was liberating to finally get out and take pictures again. I took this picture one street above looking down towards the Children's Art Park at Catfish Row.

I found a cool shady spot to take this picture with the temps in the 90's today with a heat index of 103.

A full-size picture of the American Queen on a very hot day!

When I got ready to leave I'm looking at vehicles, people walking, two American Queen busses, a Kansas City Southern train and the American Queen showing off her smokestacks in the Yazoo Diversion Canal.  She will return next Wednesday, June 20th.  

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Pond Bass #23


Looks like Carl Mallett from Wiggins, Mississippi had a nice catch of bass in a Stone County pond showing here a table full of 23 nice ones.  I'm sure they were tasty in a cookout with family and friends in our great wild Mississippi outdoors.   My congrats, Carl! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Red Bellies

Danny Pertuit came home with some red bellies that he caught at Pearl River swamp where they go into any slew with running water.  Just look out for snakes!  I have never seen a red belly fish before.  

A very nice catch with a meal to feed his whole family in our great wild Mississippi outdoors!  Way to go Danny!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Catch & Release

Lee Hayden's daughter of Past Christian, MS had a little luck over the weekend while fishing for bluegill.  She was so happy to catch it but did not want to hold it.  All she wanted was a quick picture, and to promptly let it go back home.  My congratulations to this adorable little girl on a fine catch for the day and releasing it in our great wild Mississippi outdoors!

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Debbra's Very Nice Mount

Debbra Greenhaw Lyon from Cleveland, MS just received her mount back from the taxidermist, Ferrell & Company of Forest, MS.  It was killed in Montgomery County, MS on December 29, 2017.  

Congratulations to Debbra who is happily married with a young son on a very nice buck in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors!

Friday, June 08, 2018

Great Grandson & Turbo

My Great Grandson Ian just got a new haircut recently and is showing it off with his dog Turbo.  He is growing up so fast and I'm so glad he lives here in my hometown of Vicksburg, MS.   Ian lives in the country with his pet goats and chickens.  He is also a deer hunter and I'm looking forward to the day when he gets his first deer with his Dad and hopefully, we will get a chance to hunt together as well.  Ian is the second oldest of my three great-grandsons and will be 11 years old in November.  Tidus David lives in Great Falls, Montana turning 11 years old last month and William David "Will" in Raymond, MS will be a year old in September.  Looking forward to another great-grandson coming into this world in October.  I'm truly Blessed.  

Ian is looking so sharp and handsome with his new haircut!  I love you so much and hope to see you soon!  Great Gran Gran  xoxo
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