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Warren County Wildlife Expo

February 29, 2012

The Warren County Wildlife Extravaganza will be at the Vicksburg Convention Center, 1600 Mulberry Street, from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm.  All outdoors enthusiast are invited to be a part of this first time event hosted by the Warren County Baptist Association. Over 25 vendors will display the latest in outdoor equipment and clothing, covering everything you need for your favorite hunting, fishing or other outdoor activities.  In addition informational speakers will cover a range of topics from fishing trips to hog eradication measures to snakes found in Mississippi. There will also be local musicians in the stage area providing entertaining music from Blues Grass to Gospel and several kids activities.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the day from the Vicksburg Convention Center concessions.  Featured speaker Randy McPherson, outdoors personality and brother of the founder of Mathews Bows will speak at 6:00 pm.  He will be giving away at the conclusion of his presentation two new bows.  One Mathews and one Genesis (you must be present to win).  Admission is free.  For more information visit http://www.warrencountywildlifeexpo.com

CONTACT INFORMATION:
1600 Mulberry Street
Vicksburg, MS 39180

866.822.6338
601.630.2929

http://www.vicksburgevents.com

A Wild Boar’s Boiler Room

February 26, 2012


A little history about a wild boar - The term boar is used to denote an adult male of certain species.  However, for a wild boar, it applies to the whole species, including for example, "wild boar sow" or wild boar piglet."

The body of the wild boar is compact; the head is large, the legs relatively short. The fur consists of stiff bristles and usually finer fur.  The color usually varies from dark grey to black or brown, but there are great regional differences in color.  During the winter the fur is much denser.

They can weigh from 100 to 300lbs or more depending on the geographical ranges. 

Adult males developed tusks, continuously growing teeth that protrude from the mouth, from their upper and lower canine teeth.  These serve as weapons and tools.  The upper tusks are bent upwards in males, and are regularly ground against the lower ones to produce sharp edges.  Females also have sharp canines, but there are smaller, and not protruding like the males' tusks.

Wild boar piglets are colored differently from adults, having marbled chocolate and cream stripes lengthwise over their bodies. The stripes fade by the time the piglet is about 6 months old, when the animal takes on the adults grizzled grey or brown color.

Adult males are usually solitary outside of the breeding season, but females and their offspring (both sub-adult males and females) live in groups called sounders.  Sounders typically number around 20 animals, although groups of over 50 have been seen, and will consist of 2 to 3 sows; one of which will be the dominant female.

Wild boar forge in early morning and late afternoon or night but rest for periods during both night and day.  They eat grass, nuts, berries, nests of ground nesting birds, roots, tubers, refuse, insects and small reptiles.  Wild boar in Australia are also known to be predators of young deer and lambs.

If surprised or cornered, a boar (particularly a sow with her piglets) can and will defend itself and its young with intense vigor.  The males lowers its head, charges, and then slashes upward with his tusks.  The female, whose tusks are not visible, charges with her head up, mouth wide, and bites.  Such attacks are not often fatal to humans, but may result in severe trauma, dismemberment or blood loss.

Christopher Columbus brought 8 hogs to the West Indies and was later imported to the American mainland by the mid 16th century by Herman Cortes and Hernando de Soto, and in the mid 17th century by Sieur de La Salle. Large population of wild boar also live in Australia, New Zealand and North and South America.  Recently, Germany has reported a surge in the wild boar population. According to one study, "German wild boar litters have six to eight piglets on average, other countries usually about four or five."  Info from Wikipedia

Hog Hunt

February 25, 2012



The 3rd Annual Hog Hunt is being held at the famous Christmas Place Plantation and Hunting Club on the edge of the MS Delta this weekend.  As Rex (Deer Camp Blog) puts it, the camp is surrounded by these nasty crazy hogs and are attacking anything that moves.  The guys are up there now trying to eradicate some of them with bullets and whiskey!  Thought I would post a hog hunt with bows which is very hard to do.  I would have to use my .270 to get one.  I almost came close to getting a hog in December 2011 while deer hunting.  I walked in to the Arrowhead stand and as soon as I sat down I heard a noise in the woods and it was a hog!  I lost my chance that time but hope to have a hog hanging at the pole this year with my name on it.

Guest Post – Deer Populations Across the Nation

February 24, 2012

I received an email back in January from, Steve Jacobs, of Sportsman Warehouse, about doing a guest post on my blog.  I consider this site to be a great resource for my readers who love to fish and hunt.  Below, Steve has written an informative post on our deer population in our great wild outdoors.

DEER  POPULATION  ACROSS  THE  NATION


In the early years of the 20th century in the United States, the population of the white-tailed deer was estimated to be under just a half million deer. Those were the early days of conservation, and that was a very good thing for the white-tailed deer. Those early conservationists raised an outcry that the deer was on the verge of extinction. Soon states began creating regulations for hunting the deer. The most important of these was the prohibition of shooting antlerless deer, which saved all of the breeding females.

Unfortunately, the conservationists were not as successful at saving the large predators that feed on the white-tailed deer. Wolves and mountain lions were basically eliminated from the majority of the white-tailed deer’s range. With no large predators and favorable hunting regulations in place, the deer was suddenly free to expand its numbers in short order. This has led to an explosion in deer populations across the country.

It is now estimated that there are over 20 million white-tailed deer in the United States, and that number is very swiftly rising. The number of deer in forested areas of the Eastern United States is usually about 40 per square mile, but it pales in comparison to their numbers in metropolitan areas of the Eastern United States. Many Eastern metro areas have populations as high as 100 deer per square mile. It is no wonder that there are so many deer and automobile collisions. The deer populations in metro areas are denser than they are in the forests.

This is due to the fact that many suburban areas of Eastern metros are perfectly suited for the white-tailed deer’s needs. White-tailed deer love a habitat that includes forest and open areas in close proximity. With the advent of modern urban sprawl across the United States, open areas have been interspersed between forested zones all over. This has created the perfect method to encourage deer to establish their populations in suburban zones.

It is imperative that something be done to stop this rapid rise in deer populations across the country. The reason that deer have rebounded so quickly is that they can double their populations every three years if enough food is present. With the abundance of habitat that has been created for them, they have no trouble finding all the food that they need right now.

Since there are no large predators left to check the deer populations, hunting must be increased to fight the explosion of the white-tailed deer populations. More states need to allow hunters to kill antlerless deer, because this is one of the best methods to quickly shrink the deer population. If something is not done soon, this is only going to get worse.

Author Bio:  Steve Jacobs is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys everything from hunting to fishing and beyond. Over the years Steve has come to be an expert in many of the fields – fishing and hunting supplies, gear, ammo etc - he loves and works for Sportsmans Warehouse helping others enjoy the outdoors.

Vicksburg Youth On The Hunt

February 18, 2012


Lane Gordon,7, shot his first buck while hunting in Carroll County.  The 4-pointer was taken with a .243 rifle from 92 yards away.  Lane is the son of Will and Amanda Gordon of Vicksburg.  My congrats Lane on your very first buck in our great wild outdoors!


Robley Shingleton, 10, shot this 7-point, 125-pound buck while hunting with his father in Texas. Robley is the grandson of Jim and Anita Hossley of Vicksburg.  Anita is in my sorority, Pi Alpha Kappa, Omega Chapter, and she told me that her daughter's husband and grandson went hunting near Amarillo, TX on Christmas afternoon.  My congrats Robley...what a Christmas present! 

A Useless Hunting Dog

February 16, 2012

You've got to watch this - it is one of those "awww" moments. 


Click on Best Friends



Peeping "Deer" Tom!!!

February 13, 2012


I had to laugh when I saw this picture posted in the Classified section of The Vicksburg Post yesterday.  Angel Starr Brown of Vicksburg said she had just returned home when she found a lost baby deer hiding behind bushes outside a window.  The deer took off after she took this picture and was gone like a flash and never to be caught! 

An All Hunt Adventure

February 12, 2012


In the latter part of January via email, I was contacted by Brian, CEO and Founder, of Allhunt.com (a blog network of hunting and guns) to come on board.  I was truly humbled and accepted this new adventure.

The site is off to a great start with professionals and even 'celebrities' on board such as Michael Lee (www.huntlikemike.com) and Vincent Buckles from the hit TV show, Sons of Guns (www.vicentbuckles.com).  My blogging friend, Phillip Loughlin, from The Hog Blog, (http://hog-blog.com) is also featured and the list is still growing (http://allhunt.com/bloggers/).

The ultimate goal is to increase awareness in our great industries while increasing everyone's traffic via reaching a broader audience that you may not have reached previously!  It is a win win situation and offers some good perks to go along with it.  So head on over to AllHunt.com and also check them out on Facebook!  It may be what you're interested in and I look forward to working with Brian and his staff and watching the new network grow.

Vicksburg Youth On The Hunt

February 11, 2012


Sara Grace Daniels killed this 8-point deer while hunting with her grandfather in northern Warren County on January 29.  She is the daughter of Mark and Shannon Daniels.  


Kade Lott shot this 300-pound hog while hunting with his father, Brian Lott, at Kerr Farms near Valley Park.  Kade made the 200-yard shot with a 7mm-08.  Phillip over at The Hog Blog would get a kick out of this!  I think this is the first time that I have seen a youngster harvesting a wild hog and being published in The Vicksburg Post!

My congrats to both Sara Grace and Kade for their successful hunts in our great wild outdoors!

Tennessee Turkey & Deer

February 10, 2012


I have a dear friend, Sharon, who loves to turkey hunt and lives in Tennessee.  When her husband was transferred to Vicksburg for a year, we got together and went to my hunting camp, Jasper Bottom, in Claiborne County and hunted for a whole week and had a blast. Since she and her husband have gone back to Tennessee, they put up this cam to see what's walking by on their land.  I love this picture of the turkey...looks like he's posing for the picture!  She has invited me up this Spring for a turkey hunt and I hope I can make the trip. 

Deer caught on cam.  Very nice!  

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