Fun Hunting Games To Play

July 21, 2012

I was contacted by Christian of his Hunting Games Fun site and asked if I would give him a shout-out and get you hunting bloggers to come by to play while waiting for hunting season to start.  The site has lots of flash games for kids and adults alike.  It includes hunting games for deer, bear, turkey, wild boar, rabbit, duck, pheasant and buffalo.  Also, skeet shooting and paintball!  It looks like loads of fun!  Go over and check out his site and his Facebook page.  You can also follow Fun Hunting Games on Twitter!  

Hunting & Fishing

July 16, 2012

Cole Parker, above, killed his first deer in November 2011.  Cole is the grandson of Randy Crist.
My congrats to Cole on harvesting his very first deer in our great wild outdoors!

Kyle Killgore caught these catfish on the Mississippi River above Vicksburg.
Nice catch Kyle!  Congrats!

Alligator Captured and Killed On Coast

July 12, 2012

An 11-foot, 600-pound alligator in a pond in Biloxi's Hiller Park.

I thought this was noteworthy to post an article from The Vicksburg Post about an 11-foot alligator that lived in a pond at Hiller Park in Biloxi, MS, that was captured and killed.  

Sgt. Barry Delcambre, a state conservation officer, said the alligator weighed about 600 pounds and could have been as much as 50 years old.

Officers from the state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks were forced to kill the alligator because it had become a hazard to people after it swam into a pond at the park.

"Think about it,"  Delcambre said.  "You always have Canada geese there, and I've never seen a place like Hiller Park where you have a nutria come out of the water in broad daylight and you almost have to kick it out of the way.  If you were an alligator, what better place would you want to be?"

Delcambre said people had been feeding the alligator, causing it to lose its fear of humans.  That made it more dangerous.

Feeding an alligator is illegal in Mississippi.

"It upset me to kill that alligator," Delcambre said.  "It had been out there near the park for eight years. The city had put up signs that alligators might be present, and we'd arrested as many as five people for feeding alligators in the area off Atkinson Road.  But the bottom line is that we live on the water. The water is their habitat."

Panting & Coughing Deer, Plus A Nice Buck!

July 9, 2012

Dave said...Check out how much this buck is panting in the 100 degree plus temperatures...really tough on wildlife and everything else.  

Dave said...Watch this deer all the years I've been photographing and taking video of wildlife, I've never seen this before.

I'm sure Dave will have his eyes on this one!  GOODHUNTING Dave!

D. Robert (Dave) Quick

I want to Finish Well
I want to end this race
Still leaning on His Amazing Grace 
Member: Community Christian Church
Member: Pilots 4 Christ
Member: Christian Outdoor Fellowship of America

"GOTCHA" for Wildlife

July 2, 2012

Pearl resident Jasper "Ram" Buford holds a jar of Gotcha deer and raccoon attractant, an invention of his, Friday afternoon in Vicksburg.  Buford is a Vicksburg native who been an avid outdoorsman most of is life.  Brenden Neville-The Vicksburg Post

Pearl resident and Vicksburg native Jasper Buford has spent most of 79 years in woods, hunting deer and hunting raccoons commercially.

He fished area waters and killed plenty of deer to feed his family and giving the rest to needy families. He knows every nook and cranny in the woods and swamps surrounding Eagle Lake, the Big Black and Yazoo Rivers.

He's hunted to feed his family when he was young.  He's slept on the banks of the Mississippi River with a blanket, a tarpaulin and a fire for warmth and woken up to ice in the switch willows to hunt at first light.  He and his fellow hunters converted 55-gallon oil drums into tree stands at the Tara Hunting Camp near Eagle Lake.

But one thing has bothered him.  An now he's come up with a solution - a substance called Gotcha - that he claims is better at any on the market at attracting deer and raccoons.

"It always bothered me that there are so many hunters who go out in the woods and not see one deer," Buford said, "I've killed my quota.  If I don't kill another deer for the rest of my life, I'm happy.  I just want to help the hunter.  I've sat on a deer stand from daylight until 11:30 and you're talking about cold.  I'll put this up against anything on the market.  Anything that's out there.  You don't have to stay out there in that freezing weather.  You put this up, put a trail camera on it.  You pick the time. Your time."

Buford, better known to his friends as "Ram," went to Culkin Academy, where he played football and had a chance to go to Ole Miss to play in college.  But he felt he'd get a better experience enlisting in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War.

"I got an urge to see the world," Buford said.  "It would be places I could go, people I could meet.  I could learn about their lifestyles.  I'd been a little boy at home and it was about time for me to spread my wings.  I asked to go to Germany, because I always wanted to see Europe, but they sent me to the Philippines."

After he got out in 1955 and returned to Mississippi, he got back into the outdoors, trapping raccoons commercially and hunting deer.

Speaking of deer, he's tried every way to attract them

He used corn, which requires careful adherence to Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Parks rules, with unsatisfactory results considering the expense and work involved.  He's tried fake scrapes and other products.

None satisfied.  Buford thought he could to better.

He went to work to find a substance to attract deer and raccoons for hunters.  He spent long hours experimenting, combining ingredients and taking detailed notes, using the scientific method to find the best mix of ingredients.  He did test after test, using motion-sensor activated game cameras to record the results.

But after long hours of work, Buford finally developed Gotcha, a paste-like substance that come in a peanut butter-sized jar.  Buford claims the product, which uses nothing but ingredients easily obtainable in a store, works like no other.

"It's like lighting a fuse on a rocket," Buford said.  "I think hunters will use it because it works.  They won't be going in the woods without it.  If a hunter can get it to bring a deer in close enough for him to kill, that's great.  If a young person uses it to take a deer, that's even better, because a child will never forget that first deer they kill.  A deer is inquisitive by nature.  Curiosity will kill them.

In one of his tests, Buford applied Gotcha to a tree and his game camera snapped a picture of three raccoons licking up the product.  He also got a picture of a raccoon and a opossum snarling other the same tree.  Deer will get up on their hind legs to get a taste of it.

"Once they get a taste of it, they go crazy for it," Buford said.

He's waiting on a patent, which is due in August and will get the product in stores around mid-July.

Buford checked with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Parks to ensure his attractant was legal.  When he was told that his product was legal, he filed his patent paperwork and began shopping it around to outdoor stores regionally.

Buford is also hoping that he can license the product to a manufacturer, because he feels that once word gets out about Gotcha, he won't be able to keep up with demand making batches in his workshop.  It takes him around five or 10 minutes to whip up a batch at his workshop table.

"I think once word gets out, there are going to be so many dadgummed orders, I won't be able to keep up," Buford said.  By Steve Wilson -

At top, a raccoon and an opossum fight over a jar of Gotcha deer and raccoon attractant nailed to a pole.  Above, three raccoons cluster in a tree marked with Gotcha.


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