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Thank You Lord

February 20, 2018


Not Lost

February 19, 2018


A Watery Grave

February 19, 2018


Cathy Episcopo Cameron of Stone County, MS said she finally found her 8-point-buck that she shot three weeks ago.  It was also her very first buck!  I'm so glad she found him because it's tough to shoot a good buck and lose him.  You need to always check a creek bed, pond, swamp or river when you shoot one you cannot find.  I shot a deer one time near the Big Black River and you could tell by the tracks that it went into the water.  It's very disappointing.  Congratulations to Cathy in our great wild and wonderful Mississippi outdoors. 

Note from Cathy:  Just to clarify to everyone, this picture is not where he was found lol. He wasn’t found in the water. He was found in a field. My hubby was just rinsing the horns off in the creek when this pic was taken. If you look closely, you will notice there isn’t a body in this pic. We know they usually head for water and we looked beforehand ???? Thank you all for the congrats though! Even though it took us a while to recover him, it’s still exciting!!

Teach em’

February 17, 2018


Kareen’s Hog #140

February 17, 2018

My Facebook friend, Kareen Beinhauer of Alpine, TX is at it again killing hog #4 of #140.  Her story below about her hog kill last night in her own words. 

I was out by 6:15 and the usual javelinas and 6 deer were there. The wind was blowing in my face so that was perfect too. Game cam showed hogs coming in at 7:39. Sometime later I heard some grunting and the javelinas and deer sprinted off. Put my earplugs in and could see one hog coming and then there were probably 6 more, all about the same size. I took my shot on one and took three more shots as they ran off and the only reason I did that was that I saw the deer run off in the opposite direction. Don't know if I hit anything else but I got a small sow which is excellent. One less breeder out of commission. That makes #140 for the grand total and 4 for the year. Y'all have a good night!


#140, Sow, horse trap, 7:15 p.m., #4 for the year!

Again, my congratulations to Kareen (Hog Killing Queen) on a job well done in our great wild and wonderful outdoors!  

BOWS!

February 16, 2018


MDWFP CWD Response Plan

February 16, 2018


Mississippi Department of Wildlife, 
Fisheries, and Parks
 Chronic Wasting Disease
Response Plan


Shoot Or Run

February 15, 2018

If I saw this in the woods I wouldn't know whether to shoot it or run the other way.  

Safety Tips For Chronic Wasting Disease

February 15, 2018

Chronic Wasting Disease, a neurological disease in white-tailed deer that's 100 percent fatal, has arrived in Mississippi  It was probably inevitable.

A 4-1/2-year-old buck in Issaquena County was confirmed late last month to have CWD, and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks banned feeding deer in counties as far south as Claiborne County.  Feeding deer tends to congregate them, making it easier for the disease to spread.  

The disease can be spread from one deer to another or through the environment of an infected area.  Once established, it can linger in the soil, leaves, and roots for a long time.  So the first and most obvious danger of CWD is to the deer herd itself.

Deer infected with CWD lose weight, lose appetite and develop an insatiable thirst.  They tend to stay away from herds, walk in patterns, carry their head low, salivate and grind their teeth.

Wildlife officials have been tracking the spread of the disease, and they have restricted the import of deer carcasses from other states.  They also cracked down on high-fence owners who import infected deer from other states.  None of that was enough.

A lurking concern is a possibility the disease could spread to humans.  That has never happened, so far as scientists know, but they are researching the possibility.  CWD is similar to other diseases found in humans (such as Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease) and animals (Mad Cow Disease) - similar, but still distinct.

The wildlife department offers safety tips for deer hunters:

Do not shoot, handle or consume any animal that is acting abnormally or appears to be sick.  Wear latex or rubber gloves when field-dressing deer.  Bone out the meat; don't saw through bone, and avoid cutting through the brain or spinal cord (backbone).  Minimize the handling of brain and spinal tissues.

Wash hands and instruments thoroughly after field dressing are completed.  Avoid consuming brain, spinal cord, eyes, spleen, tonsils and lymph nodes (cutting away from fatty tissue will remove remaining lymph nodes).  If you have your deer commercially processed, request that your animal is processed individually to avoid meat from other animals.

If every hunter follows these suggestions, Mississippi can contain this threat to wildlife and, possibly, humans, too.

~The Greenwood Commonwealth

Vegetarians

February 14, 2018


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