A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter

Friday, April 30, 2010

Creative Outdoors Productions

Yesterday, after I had posted about hondafast2004's nature video, I found out later that he also has a new blog called, Creative Outdoors Productions.  I checked it out and it is very nice with links, videos and great pictures of our great wild outdoors.  Hondafast2004, who lives in Logansport, Indiana, enjoys photography, making videos and of course loves country music!  I also mentioned and encouraged him to join our Outdoor Bloggers Summit and was excited to see that he added our banner to his blog.  Go over and welcome him and give him team support as hunters in our great outdoors!  Charming, Just Charming!  

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Video of Outdoors

My friend, hondafast2004, over at DeerSpace.com who hails from Indiana, added this outdoor video on April 15, 2010.  Some really good footage of our great outdoors.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Coyote Yes, Turkey No

We got to the camp at 12:45 and while walking in at 100 yards in front of us, a coyote came out of the woods and ran from us.  Did not like to see that, but went on in to try to make the best of our turkey hunt.  I just stayed in one spot while Brad walked the circunference of the field and nothing gobbled for both of us.  We signed out at 3:00 and came back to Vicksburg.  The woods were filled with new growth and some real pretty wildflowers.  Coming home stopped to take pictures of my favorite, cows!  We have more bad weather predicted for this weekend and I think turkey hunting will be a washout!  This is it for me, until next year. 

Gone Turkey Hunting!

Getting ready to head out to my camp to go turkey hunting and hopefully will harvest one.  Going with a friend of the family, Brad, who went with me turkey hunting last month.  Turkey hunting season will be over with this coming weekend.  Check back later and will post some pictures of our hunt and maybe a turkey or two.  The weather is perfect for turkey hunting today...nice, cool and as the weather man said, delightful!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A German Concept Laptop

Dennis, a friend of mine who lives in Port Gibson, MS, sent me this video yesterday.  He said, It's a known fact that the German people are smart, but take a look at their newest laptop computer. It will blow you away.  This is pretty cool, check it out.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Relaxing Sunday

I was invited by my neighbor across the street for a visit to just relax and enjoy girl talk.  I brought my camera with me because she has two adorable animals.  Here are a few photos that I took yesterday evening while sitting on her front porch.  It was so much fun to watch the two together.  The dog's named is Higgins and the cat, Pumpkin! 

Pumpkin hiding behind a flower pot on the porch.

Pumpkin listening to the birds.

Higgins standing guard at the front door.

Higgins is such a handsome dude!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Picture Published

I was so excited to open up today's Sunday paper and see a picture that I submitted to The Vicksburg Post for publication.  I had emailed it in about two weeks ago and when it did not appear in last Sunday's paper, I thought, maybe next time.  It took me about 6 tries to finally get this one shot.  Of course, by the time I click the picture it had flown away and as the saying goes...busy as a bee!  I enjoy taking pictures and have been fortunate to have had several published.  It's a good feeling to know your photography is worthy of being shared with the readers of my hometown of Vicksburg. (Caption under picture reads - Marian Love Phillips watched as a bee in her backyard bellied up for some nectar from purple flowers)

Tornado Damage North Of Town

Mary Clark of Jackson stands on top of what is left of her lake home at 207 Sea Island Drive Saturday afternoon.  Clark was in Jackson when the storm hit and rushed to Eagle Lake. The Vicksburg Post

Brian Strickland of Madison, sifts through debris when his extended family's lake home stood on Sea Island Drive at Eagle Lake.  The property is owned by Johnny Nosser of Vicksburg.  The Vicksburg Post

You may have already heard on the news about the devastating tornados that ripped through my state of Mississippi that killed 10 people including three children.  Thirty minutes from home, in the Eagle Lake community north of Vicksburg, two people were injured, 11 homes were destroyed and about 20 others were damaged Saturday when a violent tornado crossed the Mississippi River and slammed a residential neighborhood at Eagle Lake before heading to Yazoo City.

“It’s horrific,” Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said. “It’s complete devastation.”

Damage in the county was concentrated along a mile-wide stretch of Sea Island Drive, which runs parallel to Eagle Lake, an oxbow about 30 miles north of Vicksburg.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said late Saturday night that 30 homes at Eagle Lake received damage in the storm.

About half of the homes are occupied by full-time residents, and others are weekend lodges. Pace also said barns and outbuildings along Mississippi 465, the state highway that connects the lake area to U.S. 61 North were damaged.
In Vicksburg we had mostly high winds and a few rain drops.  We were very fortunate that it did not hit downtown Vicksburg like it did back in December 1953 when 38 people including children were killed.  I was 12 years old when it hit and I will never forget the terrible loud sound it made...like a freight train.  For 21 years we lived only 9 blocks from town.  My mother was downtown working at the time and was very fortunate that she was not killed.  You can click here and read all about the tornado that hit Vicksburg in 1953.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Direct From The Desk Of Ray Scott

Dear Fellow Hunters,

I'm writing to let you know about a website a friend of mine started called TalkHunting.com. This site is a lot like a real hunting camp. It's a great place for the whole family to talk about hunting and learn from each other in a clean, fun & family friendly atmosphere. And best of all, it's free!

There are lots of hunting-related sites on the web. I have decided to help get TalkHunting.com more recognition, though, for one main reason: I believe in what they're doing. It is designed to be educational and fun for hunters of all ages. And, it does it in a family atmosphere - foul language and other inappropriate things are not allowed at any time. In a nutshell, TalkHunting.com is a place where the whole family can learn about hunting, take advantage of all the tips and tactics used by hunters across the country, and most important - have fun together.

I mentioned that I have decided to help TalkHunting.com get more recognition because I believe in what they're doing. That's why my company, The Whitetail Institute, and other industry leading companies such as Hunter Safety Systems, Dead Down Wind, American Broadhead Company, Kolpin Powersports, Peep Eliminator, Bowie Outfitters, The Placita Ranch and many, many others, are donating products for them to give away free every month! To be eligible for free products, all you have to do is register at Talkhunting.com. That's all!

See you at TalkHunting.com


Ray Scott
President, Whitetail Institute
Thanks Ray!

To make this announcement even more exciting, we are going to allow everyone that responds to this email, and who is not already a member of TalkHunting, to enter into a drawing for some great prizes, even you decide not to register at TalkHunting.com. However, if you do register, we will add your name into the drawing FOUR times as a thank you for registering!

How to enter…

Simply visit http://www.talkhuntin.com/index.php?topic=17050.0 or click here and follow the instructions there.

Thanks for taking the time to look at this!

Your friend in the outdoors...
Robert "Hunt Master" Householder
Other areas you might be interested in...

The Campfire News - This is the free online Hunting magazine put out by TalkHunting.com

Turkey Tales - A Unique Turkey Hunting App for your IPhone

I am a member of Talkhunting.com and it's a neat virtual hunting camp to hang out and to meet some really nice hunters like yourselves.  Check it out!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

A good friend sent me an email yesterday of the images taken of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano.  Below is one of 35 images that you can see from Boston.com and they are awesome, ominous and beautiful at the same time. 

Lightning streaks across the sky as lava flows from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokul April 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)
Click here to see more images!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Josh Grills It All

Last Friday night at Riverfest we stopped at Duff's to relax and enjoy the evening.  There was a guy sitting all alone and Rex invited him over to join us for a drink.  His name was Josh and lives in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area and a blogger as well.  He told us that his blog is called, JOSH GRILLS IT ALL and it's about grilling but he has not blogged in awhile.  Rex and I both encourged him to pick up his blog and go with it.  He's really a nice guy who enjoys preparing food for others, spending time in the backyard with his dogs and cats and let them eat his mistakes!  We were able to meet up with Josh again on Saturday afternoon at Monsour's at The Biscuit Company and he spent the rest of the day with us.  Go over and welcome Josh and hopefully he will start giving us some more good grilling tips and recipes to share in our great wild outdoors.   You can also follow Josh on TWITTER at - http://twitter.com/JoshGrillsItAll.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Saying Our Goodbyes...

Rex and I

Denise and I

Rex, Bob and Denise

till next time.  Above are some pictures that was taken before our good freinds, Rex and Denise had to leave out for Water Valley before stopping on the way to the famous Christmas Place to pick up Camo, Rex's dog, for a trip back home.  We enjoyed sitting out on our front porch and just being lazy, talking and enjoying each others company and the beautiful spring weather.  It was sad to see them go but we have been invited in June to go fishing at their 40 acre lake at the deer camp.  I will take my new pink fishing pole that I won on The Hunters Wife's blog and get it wet for the very first time.  We have also been invited to come to their hometown of Water Valley in August for the Watermelon Carnival and Bob will take his copper trees to sell.  We are looking forward to both trips with excitement.  As always, it was a very memorable, fun and relaxing time with the best of friends!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Fun All Around

Denise and Rex (red cap) and Bob (with walking stick) far right checking out the flea market.

I love to collect crosses.

What happens at the River stays at the River!

Bob, Denise and Rex stopping for a photo!

Fun for the kids!

Highway 61 Coffeehouse  Rex giving a big wave!

Denise, myself, Josh (our Baton Rouge new found friend), Bob and Rex enjoying a cold beer on tap at Monsour's at The Biscuit Company.

Along with our annual Bluz Cruz canoe/kayak race across the MS River, Riverfest, arts and crafts festival downtown, we also had the YMCA's Men's Pancake Breakfast, two walks for medical research and support, the Alcorn State University Jazz Festival and the Vicksburg Red Carpet Classic auto show.  The weather was perfect for all the festivities.  We were so excited to have our dear friends in from Water Valley, Rex and Denise, to join us for a fun all around weekend.  We ate sugar covered cakes, homemade chocolate fudge, fried green tomatos, shrimp at Duff's, crawfish and more crawfish with all the trimmings at Tony's Restaurant & Lounge and topped it all off with a cold draft beer.  Good times!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Vicksburg Fun

Rex and Denise checking out the food sites.

One of the featured bands playing.

Enjoying shrimp and beer at Duff's Tavern & Grille with a new found friend, Josh, who is also blogger from Baton Rouge, LA, that Rex invited to eat with us.
We are having a great time, music on the river, big flea market today, dinner and dancing on tap for tonight. Vicksburg is a wonderful mixture of old and new and if you get the chance to visit, please do.  ----Rex

Friday, April 16, 2010

Jammin' On The River

Today is the beginning of Riverfest 2010 in Vicksburg, MS.  This is an annual spring event that will kick off downtown at 6:00.  On Saturday is the arts and crafts show which is back for the 42nd year.  It's going to be a lot of country, blues, rock, bluegrass and R&B that will blast from the South Stage and should be close to 4 to 6,000 in attendance each night.  Tonight will feature country music singer Jason Michael Carroll and Saturday night will feature blues and R&B artist J. Blackfoot.  To make things really nice is that our dear friends from Water Valley, Rex (Deer Camp Blog) and Denise will be joining us for a fun stompin and eatin weekend.  We are so looking forward to their visit to our river city. Charming, Just Charming!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hondafast2004 Nature Video

Happy Birthday Greg!

Today is my step-son Greg's 43rd Birthday and his Dad and I want to wish him many more happy returns of the day!

Greg is blessed with a devoted wife, Eleanor, and they have a daughter who is very active in gynnastics and golf and a son who loves to hunt, swim and play soccer.  Greg works for Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson, MS.

Happy Birthday Greg! 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Amazing K9 Dog

The K9 is Brutus, a military K9 at McChord. He's huge - part Boxer and part British Bull Mastiff and tops the scales at 200 lbs. His handler took the picture.

Brutus is running toward me because he knows I have some Milk Bone treats, so he's slobbering away! I had to duck around a tree just before he got to me in case he couldn't stop, but he did.

Brutus won the Congressional Medal of Honor last year from his tour in Iraq . His handler and four other soldiers were taken hostage by insurgents.

Brutus and his handler communicate by sign language and he gave Brutus the signal that meant 'go away but come back and find me'. The Iraqis paid no attention to Brutus.

He came back later and quietly tore the throat out of one guard at one door and another guard at another door.

He then jumped against one of the doors repeatedly (the guys were being held in an old warehouse) until it opened.
He went in and untied his handler and they all escaped. He's the first K9 to receive this honor.

If he knows you're ok, he's a big old lug and wants to sit in your lap. Enjoys the company of cats.

Thought you'd find this interesting. Talk about animal intelligence and bonding with humans!

Remember that they can't do a lot of things for themselves and that they depend on you to make their life a quality life!

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old - remember, you too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me, please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so..

~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets.  Enjoy and take good care of them.  Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God's critters.

Monday, April 12, 2010


I want to introduce you to hondafast2004 from Deer Space.com that I just became friends with.  He lives in Indiana and makes really cool videos and I wanted to share them with you.  He is an avid deer hunter/photographer and will be posting his videos from time to time. 

Sunday, April 11, 2010

An Eagle Has Landed

Juvenile bald eagle needs funds to fly.

Recently in The Vicksburg Post was an article about a Warren County resident bald eagle needing a bit of financial help in order to fly again.

Plans are to create a 20-by-50-foot cage in an unused outdoor storage space on the grounds of the Old Court House Museum. Pledges to donate labor, materials and half the costs have been made in hopes the larger enclosure will be followed by the eagle, now in a smaller cage, regrowing flight feathers and a tail and becoming strong enough to be freed.

Gilbert Rose, president of Tara Wildlife, a large preserve between Eagle Lake and the Mississippi River, brought the bird to Vicksburg in August after finding it unable to fly and being fed by fishermen.

“The eagle was very malnourished. It couldn’t sustain flight,” Rose said. “It wouldn’t have survived much longer in the wild.”

With an average lifespan of 20 years, bald eagles live near water because their diet depends greatly on fish. The protected species made a return to the region about 25 years ago and nesting sites were spotted near Warren County’s largest lake, named for its shape, not for the birds.

Soon after capture, the eagle spent two weeks at Louisiana State University School of Veterinarian Medicine getting X-rays, blood work and CAT scans, said Becki Bolm, rehabber for Mississippi Wildlife Rescue and Rehab.

“They (LSU staff) are the best, and they have no clue why this bird did not have a tail,” said Bolm, adding not having a tail eliminated the animal’s ability to fly and find prey.

Since being in Vicksburg, the eagle, believed to be a 2-year-old female, has begun to grow a tail and has shown signs of better health, Bolm said, adding she expects the tail to be fully replenished in five months.

“She’s going to be releasable. There’s no doubt. She’s too healthy. Her feathers look too good,” Bolm said.

Before setting the animal free, Bolm said she will study how well the eagle can fly in the new cage.

“She’s going to be so happy in this cage. It’s way overdue,” she said.

While she would prefer an 80-by-100-foot L-shaped cage, Bolm said plans were trimmed to match a projected cost of $3,000 to $4,000. Tara Wildlife has agreed to match donated funds “dollar for dollar,” Bolm said.

Construction on the cage began this past Monday and will be completed after wiring has been attached to the existing frame with clamps, said Joe Bonelli, a construction company owner who volunteered his efforts. “Ms. Bolm said she needed help. We try to do what we can,” said Bonelli.

There are strict regulations and protocols for wildlife rehabilitation. If the bird cannot be returned to the wild, she will become “an educational bird.” Until a decision is made, viewing is prohibited by law in order to limit contact with humans.

An adult female bald eagle’s body varies from 35 to 37 inches in length with a wingspan of 79 to 90 inches. Bolm said the injured eagle is about 30 inches with a wingspan of 72 inches. A juvenile bald eagle, which has no white feathers, is often confused with a golden eagle. They can be distinguished by their legs, which are covered with feathers on a golden eagle and bare on a bald eagle.

Bolm has multiple certifications in wildlife rehabilitation. She cares for about 150 animals per year and her 15-year tenure includes songbirds, skunk babies, beavers, coyotes and deer. The bird from Tara is her third eagle.  (Tish Butts at tbutts@vicksburgpost.com)

Becki Bolm

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Friday, April 09, 2010

Warren County Baby Bear

The black bear cub is near its mother's hind leg.

In Wednesday's Vicksburg Post was an article about a baby black bear that was found in Warren County.  The cub was only a few inches long when found on Davis Island in the MS River.  It went on to state that, “Prior to this cub, the last cub was tagged in Delta National Forest in March of 2008,” said Brad Young, Black Bear Program leader for the MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

The federal preserve is north of Warren County. Davis Island, all private property, is south of Vicksburg, and on the Louisiana side of the river, but remains part of Mississippi.

The infant male weighed about 2 pounds when Young discovered it during a routine changing of the 5-year-old mother’s tracker collar last month, Young said.

The department tries to change the collars every two years as well as check for new cubs, he said.

“We’ve checked five females this year, and she was the only one that had a cub. This was her first,” said Young. “He was the only cub that we’ve documented. He wasn’t more than a few inches long.”

Young said the cub will remain with his mother for the next 16 to 18 months before venturing out and will be collared when he weighs about 100 pounds.

“There’s a chance, since he’s a single cub, his growth rate might be faster,” Young said.

Black bears are listed as endanger in Mississippi. Harming them in any way is illegal. Most are found in river counties, including Sharkey, Issaquena and Yazoo. The population in Claiborne County is growing near the Big Black River, Young said.

“Anywhere up and down the MS River, there are bear sightings coming from the wooded area,” said Young. “Other sightings were concentrated in Biloxi and Gulfport."

Davis Island, which includes crop and timberland, bears the name of Joseph Davis, whose Hurricane Plantation was located there. His brother, Jefferson Davis, also had a plantation, Brierfield, on the island and was farming there when told he’d been chosen president of the Confederates States of America. The scene is depicted on one of the Riverfront Murals at City Front.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

104 Year Old Movie

Steve, a friend of mine, sent me this cool 104 year old movie yesterday of San Francisco taken four days before the Apirl 1906 earthquake.

This film was "lost" for many years. It was supposedly the first 35 mm film ever? It was taken by camera mounted on the front of a cable car.

The number of automobiles is staggering for 1906. Absolutely amazing!

The clock tower straight ahead at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero wharf is still there.

Click here to watch this 7 minute movie that will take you back in time and hope you enjoy watching!  (This film was shipped by train the next day to New York for processing)

(I'm also wondering...how many "street cleaning" people were employed to pick up after the horses.  Talk about going green!)

A Buzzing Bee

I took this picture yesterday of this honey bee buzzing around in my flowers.  I had to take several shots before I could get this one which I thought turned out really good.  I decided to enter this picture in our town paper, The Vicksburg Post,  and hopefully they will decide if it's good enough to publish from a reader.
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