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.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Top Town for Sportsmen

Vicksburg has been named among the top destinations in the country for sportsmen.  Outdoor Life magazine ranked Vicksburg 160th in its third annual "America's Top 200 Towns for Sportsmen."

"To be honest with you, I thought we'd be a lot higher than that," said Eddie Buckner, owner of Delta Outfitters.  "I have friends who come and hunt with me from all over the country.  They go other places and (Vicksburg) is where they love to come the most." 

Buckner said Vicksburg has many opportunities for sportsmen with fishing and "second-to-none" turkey, duck and deer hunting.  "Hunting is a way of life down here," he said.

Bill Seratt, executive director of the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the city attracts sportsmen from across the country.

"There's so much public hunting, fishing and nature-viewing land here that we have seen an increase in the number of nature-based, both consumptive and non consumptive, visitors from all over the country," her said.  "We have produced a nature guide that has all the public lands within a 30-or 40-mile radius of Vicksburg.  People request that from the website and call for our brochure all the time."

Towns were ranked based on more than 20 criteria, including the gun-friendliness of each town's state, the number of hunt able and fish able species nearby and the town's proximity to public land and waters.  Quality-of-life factors, such as cost of living and the unemployment rates, were also considered.

Vicksburg ranked No. 146 last year in Outdoor Life, which has a circulation of 800,000.  The other two Mississippi towns on the list are Pascagoula (149th) and Greenville (168th).  Rapid City, S.D. topped the list.

"Vicksburg should be No. 1 in the state," said Jerry Johnson, owner of Chotard Landing Resort.  "It has more to offer than Pascagoula ever dreamed of."

Still, Johnson added, he thinks Vicksburg's inclusion of the list might draw more sportsmen to the area. 


Anonymous said...

Hi Marian - Congratulations on Vicksburg getting some notoriety from the outdoor world.

Thanks for the link attempt to my blog, but, it looks like I will have to encourage you to update my blog address. Here she be:

Marian Love Phillips said...

Thanks Mel...our city is very proud of this accomplishment in the great outdoor world. :)

I got it fixed Mel. Thanks for letting me know. I have been having problems with my links lately...thinking about converting over because I can't fix or delete links that are no longer good with the old version. If I try to go and save it, it's all scrambled up.

Bill Trussell said...
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Bill Trussell said...

Hi Marian
Vicksburg reminds me of the some of the hunting clubs over in the Mississippi Delta. When my father-in-law and Mother-in-law lived in Marigold, I had access to Donaldson Point up from Shelby Miss. That was some of the best bass, crappie and bluegill fishing I ever encountered. My wife and I are caretakers of her dad now who is 91, sorry to say my wife's mom passed away about 6 months ago. He is in an assisted living facilities here in Jasper. He would let me use his pass to go the club and fish. I never did any hunting but if I had I would have had all the deer, bore, turkey and quail I could have put in the deep freeze. The club has changed now that it is under new management. You must be with a member now to get in. I have tried to add you as one of my followers, but discovered I will have to join facebook to add you. Is there another way to add your blog and become one of your followers? If not I will join facebook.

Marian Love Phillips said...

Sounds like another paradise of hunting and fishing in MS. Sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. They have really been good to you over the years. Great that you are caretakers for your father-in-law now.

The only other suggestion would be to click on the yellow button (subscribe in a reader) under Hunting 100 Top Sites or go ahead and join Facebook. A lot of hunters and fisherman are there and you may be pleasantly surprise of how many you may already know through your blog.

Marian Love Phillips said...

...or you could add me as a link on your site! :)

Bill Trussell said...

I will join facebook. I don't kmow if I will use it that much, but it will give me a chance to add bloggers like yourself.

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