A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Hauling Deer - Something Different!

That's one way to get the deer out of the woods for Jeremy Garner of Southhaven, Mississippi.  Way to go, Jeremy!  

Years ago while hunting at Brown's Point Hunting Club, on Kings Point Island north of Vicksburg, we had riders that would push deer and/or haul deer out of tight places so it could be picked up.  Never seen one strapped to a horse before.  It's something different and another way to get your deer out of the woods. 

It's all in the family!  My congratulations to Jeremy on his deer in our great Mississippi outdoors!  Happy New Year to you and yours!

Monday, December 30, 2019

Mason's First Deer

Mason Bourne took his first deer - a 7-point buck - during the Christmas Eve hunting trip with his father, Jerry, in Madison County.  Mason, 8, is a third-grade student at Bowmar Elementary School in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  My congratulations to Mason on a job well done and I'm so proud of you.  A very nice 7-point buck in our great wild Mississippi outdoors!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from my home of Vicksburg, Mississippi to yours!  Have a Blessed Christmas day!  2017 Photo by Marty Kittrell 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The Gentle Giant With Doe

My Facebook friend, Mike Persichini took these spectacular pictures of a buck and doe.  I wanted to share them with you.  It's something you may never see in the woods to appreciate.  Thanks, Mike for sharing with everyone, especially us hunters, in the great wild and wonderful outdoors.

Monday, December 23, 2019

My GMC Sierra 4X4 Truck Broken Into!

I was having a fairly good morning until I was told by the maintenance man, did I know my windows were busted out of my truck.  Of course, I did not and walked around the building to see this! 

I had to call the police to get a report and my truck insurance company.  Now to get this fixed!

The policeman said it most likely was juveniles and had some more vehicles broken into in the area during the night.  

Right here at Christmas time and it just puts a damper on everything.  I also had to cancel my doctor's appointment as well and errands to run.  The only thing that I can see that was taken was an android phone charger that I kept in a plastic bag in the middle compartment and also my Tums.  Maybe they thought the Tums were medicine.  It's unfortunate, but they said things happen for a reason and I have to deal with it whether I like it or not.  :(

Friday, December 20, 2019

Clay's 17-Pointer

A monster Georgia buck has been killed, a 17-pointer with crazy thick mass and tines that look more like tree branches than antler points...including one growing out of its cheek right behind its eye.
Clay Crawford has known about this buck since 2017 when he started getting trail-camera photos of the deer on the Early County family farm he hunts. Clay said the buck stayed close, but that didn’t mean he was easy to kill.
“I’ve always been picky about what deer I kill, but I would have killed that buck in 2017 if I had gotten a chance,” Clay said. “He stayed in that one area.”
It didn’t happen during the 2017 season, and in 2018 deer hunting was the last thing on the minds of people in southwest Georgia. Hurricane Michael was still a strong Category 3 storm with 115 mph sustained winds when it slammed through Early County and the town of Blakely.

“I was busy helping others clean up from the storm and didn’t put cameras out or get to go deer hunting,” Clay said. “After Thanksgiving this year, I decided to put my camera back out on this tract of land.”

This buck never shed and never came out of velvet, it just grew and grew, and grew!  The buck had male parts, but there wasn't anything going on in the sack.  He likely wasn't producing testosterone, whether from injury or just born that way.  “He was just giant. He had grown tremendously in two years,” Clay said.
“On Sunday, Dec 8, I put out a new Double Bull ground blind,” Clay said. “All week I had been waiting for the wind to change out of the north.”
The wind was right on Wednesday, but Clay couldn’t hunt because of a kid’s school function. It was again out of the north on Thursday, but Clay and his wife had a Christmas party to go to.
“I told her I had to hunt, we might be late to the party, but I had to go.”
It was overcast and a light rain was falling.
“I was running late and got in the blind at 4:45 p.m. About 5:25, a spike walked out and fed for 15 minutes and left out the back of the shooting lane. It was getting hard to see because of the weather conditions. Not long after the spike left, I saw some deer movement about 100 yards away. I looked through my scope, and my heart stopped!”
It was the giant velvet buck, but he was coming straight down the shooting lane toward Clay and taking his time about it.
“I was not going to take a straight-on shot, I just wasn’t,” Clay said. “Meanwhile I’m watching this buck for like 10 minutes.”
Another deer walked out at the back of the shooting lane, and the big buck turned to look back. Clay had his shot, and he squeezed the trigger on his .243. He stayed in the blind for about 10 minutes, but the rain was picking up. He walked down the lane to where the buck had been standing and found some brown hair, but no blood. 
“By then it was flooding rain. I just had my cell phone light, and I looked off the edge of the shooting lane a little bit, but I didn’t want to jump him. I just decided I’d play it safe and come back and find him in the morning. We went to the Christmas party, and I’m doubting myself all night. I didn’t tell anyone about the buck except for my wife.”
It rained more than 2 inches overnight. The next morning Clay spent about 20 minutes searching the woods to the side of the lane the buck was facing when he shot.
“I decided to make a loop on the left side of the lane. I walked about 20 yards and saw something unusual. It was the deer. It had been covered up with leaves by a bobcat. The only thing exposed was his rack. The bobcat had eaten the back ham of the deer before covering him up. The deer had obviously run the opposite direction he was facing. He only ran about 40 yards. The flash from the gun must have blinded me.”
The 17-point rack is a main-frame 5×5, there’s nothing typical about it. The abnormal points grow widely, including a 10-inch point that’s growing out of the buck’s face just behind its eye. It has been roughly green-scored at around 205 inches, but who knows how or what this buck will tally when certified scorers look at it after the 60-day drying period. And who cares about the score—Clay Crawford’d velvet giant from Early County is as unique and awesome as they come. 

My congratulations to Clay Crawford for a very fine and unusual buck in our great wild Georgia outdoors! 

By Daryl Kirby 

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Adrian's Bigger Buck!

I posted yesterday about Dana's big buck taken and the next day his wife, Adrian took her turn in the woods getting a bigger buck.  This is what Dana had to say about what happened leading up to his wife's great harvest. 

~ Last week I had a new buck show up on a camera that was bigger than any I’ve had in a while. 

This morning I hunted that area and afterward, pulled my camera. Then there he was! In daytime hours! I had killed a nice 8 point buck yesterday, it was Adrian’s turn this afternoon while I kept Jason. 

I had stepped outside just after 5:00 and I heard her shoot! Not 1 minute after the shot she texts me “OMGosh I got him!” The deer came out and she made a great shot with her Ruger No 1.

Adrian and I have been hunting together for over 30 years. This buck tops them all. 17” inside spread, 11.5” G2’s and 24” beams. 

We will take better pics tomorrow... I’m so proud of my Adrian. Today was her day! This hunting couple has had a great season so far!

My congratulations to Adrian who lives in Utica, Mississippi which is close to my hometown in our great wild outdoors!  Way to go and a great picture of you with your bigger buck!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Dana's Nice Buck!

Dana Sanders, my friend on Facebook, who lives in Utica but from my hometown of Vicksburg, MS, killed this nice buck recently.  It looks like from the comments everyone was more excited about the food plot and wanted to know what he put on it.  (300 pounds of Ammonium Nitrate or Urea per acre)

He was back in the wood hunting this morning and this is what he had to say - Twenty-six degrees, tucked in a blind in the woods waiting for something to happen.  Geese flying high overhead and the woodies clipping the treetops.  I just love this precious time of year when it's cold.  I'm wearing my warmest Mossy Oak with my favorite rifle leaning in the corner.  Coffee is never as good as it is right now.  Thank you, Lord, for allowing this undeserving person to live in your perfect creation.  

Most of us hunters feel this way.  I know I do when I'm in the woods.  My congratulations on your nice buck, Dana and I hope this morning hunt will be as successful in our great wild Mississippi outdoors!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Warren's Big Buck

Warren Green, a fourth-grade student at Bowmar Elementary School, here in Vicksburg, Mississippi, took this 8-point buck while hunting with his father, Eric, in Madison County on Thursday.  The buck had a 15.5-inch spread and weighed 180 pounds.  My congratulations to Warren on a very nice buck in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors.  

Monday, December 16, 2019

A Fine Yazoo County Buck!

Len Bentz of D'Iberville, Mississippi killed this very nice buck in Yazoo County which is the next county over from Warren County where I live in Vicksburg, MS.  Someone commented that Len had it chained to a tree not free-range and thanked him for doing that!  What a very fine 8 point-buck in our great wild Mississippi outdoors.  My congratulations to Len for killing a beast!  Well done!

Friday, December 13, 2019

Triple Deer Down

Frankie Farmer and his two sons of Kosciusko, Mississippi had a great hunting adventure.  The Monday before Thanksgiving is a day Farmer said he would never forget with the family getting three deer.  It was his son on the right who got his very first buck.  He is so proud of his boys and what a great hunt to remember for the rest of their lives.  My congratulations to all the proud hunters in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors.  

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Three Hogs Down

Jess Hardy killed three hogs while deer hunting this past Sunday.  Jess lives in Neshoba County, MS and a good pig is a dead pig.  We need to shoot them all in the wild woods.  Way to go Jess!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Great Grandson Ian On 4-Wheeler

I took this picture of my Great Grandson, Ian, on top of a 4-wheeler in the bed of his Dad's truck day before yesterday.  He is trying to shoot his first deer this season and hopefully, he will.  I can't wait to post a picture of him with it.  Ian turned 12 years old last month.  I'm so lucky to have three more Great Grandsons.  Tidus is also 12-year old in Montana and Noah 1-year-old and William David 2-years-old in Magee, MS.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Little Aubrey's Very First Deer!

John Lauderdale of Batesville, Mississippi, daughter Aubrey (6-1/2 years old), killed her very first deer. He didn't get the beginning video of her because he had to stand behind her so she wouldn’t fall out of the chair, but she did the rest. He said words cannot describe how proud he was of Aubrey. She told her Dad she loves deer hunting now. He can’t wait until their next hunt.  Aubrey used a 6.5 Creedmoor rifle.   I'm so proud of little Aubrey starting her hunting career so young that will last a lifetime in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors!  #allbyherself

Little Aubrey in deer stand hunting with Dad.

Dad finally convinced her to put the blood on! We have a lifetime hunter in the making.

Congratulations little Aubrey!

Monday, December 09, 2019

Emily's Nice Buck!

Scott McBride of Charleston, Mississippi is so proud of his wife, Emily, killing this very nice buck recently.  What a really great looking buck in our great wild Mississippi outdoors.  My Congratulations, Emily!  That is a wall hanger for sure!

Friday, December 06, 2019

A Woman Killed By A Feral Hog in Texas

Feral hogs have attacked and killed a woman in Chambers County, TX.
The death of Christine Rollins, 59, of Anahuac, TX has officially been ruled caused by feral hogs.
Rollins was killed outside of a home on Highway 61 near Anahuac where she was a caretaker for an elderly couple.
The most important thing here is that someone lost their life. Family and friends will grieve the unthinkable loss of their loved one to something so horrible a few could imagine.
As feral hog populations soar in Texas and spread into new territory all around the nation, more attacks will happen.
Some basic information you need to know about hogs. 
*Hogs are dangerous. They can attack and kill. Never approach them.
*Never approach even cute piglets. Baby feral hogs are adorable but their mothers (sows) will go to any length to protect them. The sow may be out of the line of sight if you see tiny pigs but she is nearby and will respond.
*Do not feed hogs. Unless hogs are being baited in a wild location in preparation for hunting them, do not feed them. Never feed around houses or in parks. In areas like urban centers where hogs are never hunted, they can seem tame. Do not make them accustomed to seeing people as a food source. Additionally, do not throw scraps outside. That can also attract hogs.
*Be especially mindful of large, solitary boars. If you see such an animal on a hiking trail, for example, give it wide berth and report to officials. That animal certainly needs to be targeted for removal and elimination.
*Shoot big boars. Many hunters don’t like killing big boars due to smell and taste of meat but statistics show most fatal attacks (nearly 90 percent) are large lone boars. Kill these hogs with no hesitation.
*Shoot sows first. If you have a group of hogs coming in with the typical size structure of hogs 150 pounds and below, shoot sows, then boars. The more sows we take out the fewer hogs areas will produce.
*Trap. Trap. Trap. If you have a deer lease, pool resources with other lease members and get hog traps going. Mature hogs will become trap shy but you will catch younger hogs along with others. Keep the pressure on year-round. No mercy.
*Turn in hog traffickers. If you know of people releasing feral hogs into open range for hunting purposes turn them in. It’s illegal. Very few people do this any more but this is the key reason hog numbers have spread so far. A handful of hunters have released them into different areas
I have seen feral hogs while hunting at the famous Christmas Place Plantation & Hunting Club on the edge of the MS Delta while deer hunting. I shot two hogs 3 years ago, a sow weighing 180 lbs. and a smaller one running.  It was about 12 out in an opened field.  Another time while hunting, I decided to walk to the road and wait to be picked up by a hunter and was so close I could hear them in a bush.  After that happened, I just stay in my stand and wait for hunters to come and pick me up.  It was a frightening experience and lucky I wasn't attacked. 

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Annie's Bobcat!

Annie Sherrard of Forest County, MS, saved a few rabbits, squirrels and turkeys this morning.  Way to go, Annie!  My congratulations on a very nice bobcat in our great wild Mississippi outdoors!

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

A Little Hunter's First Deer!

Donald Robertson above said this was his cousin's little boy last year.  He put him on his first deer and he got a 5-point with a 20 gauge at about 20 to 25 yards using buckshot.

Thanks to Donald for taking the time to take a young child to have the experience of deer hunting.  My congratulations to this "little hunter" in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors!  Way to go!

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

A Five by Five

Brandon and Ashley are so proud of their son killing this nice buck here in Mississippi.  They hail from Pierre Port, Louisiana.  Brandon has a business called, Alleman's Crawfish.  My congratulations to him and may he have many more seasons as a hunter in our great wild outdoors!

Monday, December 02, 2019

8-Year-Old Buck Taken!

Valerie Hardy's husband, Tony, killed this 8-year-old buck in Sandtown, Yazoo County recently and said it was a good day! What a nice deer Tony!  My congratulations to you on a very fine buck in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors!

Friday, November 29, 2019

Lily's 7-Point Buck!

James Monroe is so proud of his daughter, Lily (11-years old) killing her a very nice 7-point buck in Alcorn County.  My congratulations to Lily who is off to a great start for our Mississippi hunting season.  Way to go, Lily!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

It's Never Too Late Or Too Old @ Age 104

Florence Teeters isn’t letting her age stop her from experiencing one of the state’s most popular fall traditions.
According to a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources database, preliminary data shows Teeters is the oldest person to date to purchase a gun deer license and harvest a deer.
She bagged a small buck during the gun hunting season.
Teeters is something of an adventurer.
She also recently went ziplining.
It was reported by NBC25 that Teeters shot the deer while hunting with her son in Price County, about 270 northwest of Milwaukee.
"I took mom out to the blind this year.  I had a nice chair for her and it was nice and warm.  A little after 4 p.m., a buck shows up about 30 yeards away.  I tapped her on the knee and I pointed.  She nodded and smiled and was really quiet.  Then she took the shot," her son Bill Teeters said.
Her son told the Madison TV station she wanted to go hunting because she likes being outdoors.
That is awesome to kill a deer at the age of 104!  I just want to make it to my 80's and hope I have good health to keep hunting as long as I can in our great outdoors!  My congratulations to Florence and it goes to show you that it is never too late or too old to get out there and deer hunt. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Becky Has Gone Hog Wild

My Facebook friend, Becky McBay Hemphill got her a hog recently after seeing eleven deer and five hogs including the one she put down.  Becky hails from Florence, Mississippi and I'm so proud of her.  Congratulations Becky in our great wild Mississippi outdoors!  Way to go!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Happy 30th Birthday, Stephen Kelly!

My oldest Grandson Stephen Kelly is celebrating his 30th Birthday today!  Celebrating him is easy because he is a gift from God and that's the way it's always been.  I'm asking God to bless your day, your year, and your life with good things!  I love you very much!  Gran-Gran  xoxo

Back Online With New Laptop!

It has been a while since I have posted on all my blogs but this past week I got an "early" Christmas present from my Granddaughter Victoria and I'm so happy to be back online again.  Going to enjoy my new laptop and hopefully bring you some interesting stories to tell you all about at Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Broadway & Doe

My Facebook friend, Mike Persichini took some pictures recently of a buck he named "Broadway" with a doe on lock-down.  Enjoy the pictures!
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