It’s Turkey Time

March 31, 2012

Dalton Morgan,10, took his first turkey March 16 while hunting with his father in southern Warren County.  The turkey had a 6-inch beard and was shot from 35 yards away.  Dalton is the son of Brian and Jaclyn Morgan.  Dalton is one happy kid in our great wild outdoors!  My congrats!

Monty McGuffie shot this 20-pound turkey March 22 in Claiborne County.  The gobbler had seven beards measuring from 5 1/2-inch to 11 1/2-inches in length, and also had 1 1/4-inch spurs. 

Monty is also a taxidermist who mounted my very first 8 point buck.  His mother and I are good friends and worked together for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.  We have also deer hunted at my old hunting ground, Jasper Bottom Hunting Club in Claiborne County.  I'm so very happy for Monty and congratulate him on his fine gobbler!  

Take A Two Minute Break

March 27, 2012

Strong Turkey Season in Parts of State

March 21, 2012

A wild turkey walks in a Vicksburg neighborhood.  State biologists think this turkey season could be a good one.

In Monday’s paper was an article about this being a great spring for turkey hunters in east central and southwest parts of MS, but hunters in the Delta should be cautious because spring floods kept hens from nesting last year, says the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

This year’s 2-year-olds may be the only adult males around in the Delta, turkey biologist Adam Butler told other media outlets.

“For the third time in the previous four years, the MS River flooded much of the low lying areas of the Delta during the height of the spring nesting season,” said the 2012 turkey report posted on the department’s website.

Partly because numbers already were down in the area, the annual survey couldn’t even predict how many were likely, it said.  It said there may have been a moderate hatch outside the flood zone but few or no chicks within it.

The 2011 spring turkey season was one of the worst in years.  Butler said this year should be better.

The spring season opened March 15 and runs through May 1.

The report said Northeast Mississippi had relatively low hatches in both 2011 and 2010.

East Central and Southwest MS both have had strong hatches for several years.  The 2010 hatch was one of the best on record in the Southwest region, but only about one hen in three hatched a brood last year, it said.  It said the survey indicated very good 2010 hatch in Southeast Mississippi but fewer then one in four hens there hatching a brood last year.  (The Associated Press)

Picture Published Again!

March 20, 2012

Marian Love Phillips took this photo of a "river rat" at Louisiana Circle overlook above Riverfront Park and the Mississippi River.

Back in February, I drove by the Louisiana Circle overlook to see if there was any river traffic and nothing was in view.  I suddenly saw something in a tree that caught my eye and zoomed in and took this picture of a squirrel that I called a "river rat." Every time I have a picture published in the paper I am most humbled and thankful.  The picture was a nice size in order to view the squirrel sitting on a limb with the bend of the river in the background.  Photos by readers are placed in the classified section and called, Give Us Your Best Shot! The photos have to be current and of interest to the public, either because of their subject matter or their oddity, or the photographic skill shown.  The photos also have to be accompanied by a compete caption information.  

Networking With Business Cards & Pamphlets

March 19, 2012

Here's a collection of pamphlets and business cards while networking at the Warren County Wildlife Extravaganza which was held this past Saturday, March 17, 2012.  I was very impressed with the wildlife event and it will be held again next year.  Check over the pamphlets and cards and visit the sites for more info on their products.  You may find something that just might interest you! (Click on each for better viewing) 

Fun Wild Time

March 18, 2012

Yesterday, Bob and I attended the very first Warren County Wildlife Extravaganza hosted by the Warren County Baptist Association at the Vicksburg Convention Center.  It was a great success!

It brought back memories for me to enter the convention center again because I was one of the first employees to moved into the building after it was constructed approximately 12 years ago.  It was a great part-time job after retiring from the Corps of Engineers after 25 years service.

I was very pleased to see such a great turnout for this wildlife event.  My husband and I usually have to go out-of-town to attend an event like this and was refreshing to have it here in our hometown which was free to the public.  Seminars were also held on Wildlife Habitat Management, Area Lake Fishing Strategies, Snake Species of MS and Feral Hog Management, throughout the day.  Bluegrass and Church music also entertained.

The Bowfishing Association of Mississippi let children to try their hand at bowfishing to promote the 2012 Youth Tournament that will be at Eagle Lake Public Boat Landing on June 16.

A guest speaker put the finishing touches on the event and after his presentation a Mathew's Z7 and Mathew's Genesis Bows were given away and you had to be present to win.  I was really lucky to win a free oil change up to $35.00 from George Carr dealership from where we had purchased our GMC Sierra truck.  Below are some pictures I took while walking around the wildlife show.

Bob checking out Delta Outfitters display booth which is located Hwy 61North bypass.

One of many deer mounts.

All kinds of farm and hunting vehicles.

Bob talking to a knife maker, Bill Mangum of Handmade Custom Knives.


Never seen a giraffe mount before.

This lion was taken here in Mississippi in a sanctuary that is now closed.

Red Fox

A nice zebra mount.

Superior Outdoor Supply LLC of Bay Springs, MS
"Hi-Rise Hunter"
Troy Davis
(Be sure and check out their video)

Ducks flying in the convention center.

Bob with Smokey the Bear!  

Little Charlie, with a painted deer on his face, will soon be a member of the Love Family.  His mom, Cassie Jo, will marry my nephew, Marion "Bubba" Love, III, next month. at the Old Court House Museum.

A Very First Time Event

March 16, 2012

My husband and I are looking forward to going to the "very first time" event in Vicksburg of the Warren County Wildlife Extravaganza.  It will be held at the Vicksburg Convention Center from 10:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., tomorrow and hosted by the Warren County Baptist Association.  We have been to many shows in Jackson and Natchez areas and looking forward to going to this one right here at home.   Featured speaker will be Doug Payne of Buck Creek Outfitters.  Two bows, a Mathews and a Genesis, will be given away after his presentation but you will have to be present to win.  Admission will be free!

Note:  Randy McPherson, was scheduled to be the speaker but will not be able to attend the event due to an automobile wreck that occurred this week In Montana.  His wife sustained severe injuries in that wreck and there he must stay at home to attend to her medical needs.  Doug Payne of Buck Creek Outfitters was on stand by for Randy.

In 1962, there were only a couple of deer camps in Mississippi. The Sam Newman Camp, just north of Vicksburg, is where Doug’s dad introduced his 5 yr old boy to hunting.  This was the beginning of a life spent hunting and guiding in God’s great outdoors.

As a career, Doug, and his wife Sandy, took over the family crop dusting business where Doug flew for many years. In recent years, Doug used his flying and hunting skills as a bush pilot and hunting guide in Alaska, where Doug and Sandy are Registered Assistant Guides. Also the Paynes, along with their good friends the McKays, own and operate Buck Creek Farms in Illinois, where they provide a Christian bow hunting experience for hunters every fall.

Doug’s walk with Christ can truly be called a relationship. God speaks clearly to him through experiences in life. As a result, he has many stories where God has directed his steps and produced fruit for the Kingdom of God. Doug does a fantastic job of sharing these stories in a conversational manner. You’ll feel as if you’re on the front porch of the lodge, coffee in hand, as he weaves a hunter’s tail. Whether he’s giving an account of a big bear hunt in Alaska, an elk hunt in Colorado, or a whitetail hunt in Illinois, you’ll be inspired by what God says, and how He says it!

Doug and Sandy live on the family farm in Brandon, MS along with their children and grandchildren. (Warren County Wildlife Expo)

Flooding Takes a Toll on Black Bear Cubs

March 12, 2012

I read in Sunday's paper about last year's Mississippi River floods might have killed a number of black bear cubs in Mississippi the state's black bear program leader said.

Three radio-collared females known to have had cubs this year had also given birth a year ago, said Brad Young of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

"Cubs stay with their mothers for 16 months," he said."  What we're taking away from this is that the litters of all three of those females were killed by high water.  That's why they had litters this year."

Young said about 120 black bears live in the state - at least 80 percent of them are Louisiana black bears and the rest American black bears.  With number of both subspecies so low, Mississippi has listed all back bears as endangered.

"While the flood didn't have much effect on adult bears, obviously it had a big effect on our cub survival from last year," Young said.

To document and track cubs, a wildlife agent tranquilizes the mother with a dart while she's in the den. Those might be on the ground or high in a hollow tree, but the agents can get up trees so quietly that the bear doesn't know they're coming, Young said.

Then the agent takes the cubs out of the den.  They get weighed, measured and implanted with a microchip between their shoulders just like the microchips used to identify cats and dogs.  After that, the mother's radio collar is replaced so it will last until the next spring.

"We put the whole family group back together and leave them in the den," he said

Record flooding was reported all along the Mississippi River in April, May and June 2011.
(The Vicksburg Post)

Blogger Friend’s Birthday

March 9, 2012

Today marks the 54th Birthday of my friend/mentor, Rex Howell, who is the author/editor of, Deer Camp Blog.  He has been friends with my husband, Bob and I since 2007 and we have had some great memories of hunting together at his famous Christmas Place Plantation and Hunting Club on the edge of the MS Delta. Today, Rex is taking a much needed break for his birthday and living it up on the MS coast with his fiancee, Denise. While there they will also visit with family and friends. Go over and wish him a very Happy Birthday on his special day!

A Stalking Godzilla?

March 7, 2012

I read in the paper last night about a woman being stalked by one tough turkey!

For over a month now, Edna Geisler, 69, has been stalked and harassed by a 25-pound turkey. She has named the foul bird, "Godzilla."  Edna lives on her property in Oakland County, Commerce Township, MI, and each day from nearby woods the turkey comes in to attack.  She recently couldn't get to her front door after a trip to the grocery store.

"I have to go to the post office at 6:00 in the morning to avoid him," said Geisler, who has been bumped and clawed.

Below is a video taken by a friend, Rick Reid and said the turkey went after him, too, when he opened the door of his minivan.

State wildlife expert Tim Payne said adult turkeys are known to aggressively defend their territory, although most fear people.

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