Steve’s Comical Hunt With His Hunting Buddy

September 28, 2012

As the story goes....Steve was hunting with his buddy, Wilf Schwarz, both of British Columbia, on September 25th, sitting only approximately 70 to 80 yards apart.  (see map below) 

Wilf was on one field, and I was covering the other.  Unknown to him at the time, Wilf, also had a nice buck in front of him at 20 yards, along with a couple of smaller bucks, but he wouldn't stand right for a good shot, and was waiting patiently for that perfect shot.  Well, all of a sudden his deer takes off and runs way down to the other end of the field for no apparent reason.  Here I am, at the very same time, also waiting for the big boy in front of me to come in closer for that perfect shot too...and when he did, I lined up on him, and got myself a bulls eye!  Off he went on a gallop.  Well, at the same time Wilf's deer took off running, I guess I was shooting my buck, because Wilf said that only a few moments after they took off, here comes my buck, racing through the back door (tractor land from the two fields), runs over in front of him at around 15 yards, runs around in circles like a dog trying to lay down, and down he goes, right in from of him.  It just doesn't get any better than 

It was hilarious because we usually call each other when one of us gets a deer, so the other guy can come and help track it...but it was Wilf who called me this time, instead of the other way around, to whine about me chasing away his buck and to let me know mine was in his lap!  It was a very comical and a hunt we will always be joking about for years to come. 

Steve Kane, my hunting FACEBOOK friend, with his nice buck that he got with his bow and arrow.  

Map of hunting area.

Steve took this picture behind his ground blind on an awesome day to remember for the rest of his life. My congrats to him on getting his comical/memorable buck in our great wild outdoors!

Great Deer Cam Shot

September 26, 2012

A Record Breaker

September 24, 2012

Photo by Eli Baylis-The Vicksburg Post

Tom Grant, left, of Boyle, and Kenny Winter and Jim Reed, both of Greenville, show off the 13-foot-1-inch, 698-pound alligator they caught at the Tallulah Hunting Club near Shipland Wildlife Management Area.  Michael Robbers also participated in the hunt.  The alligator set a new Mississippi state record for heaviest by six pounds, but missed the record length by 5 inches, said Tracy Tullos, a game warden with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.  The 2012 alligator hunting season on private land ends October 1. 

Jake’s First Deer

September 23, 2012

My name is Jake Stone.  I am from Newton, Illinois. I have been deer hunting for the past three years now and I have loved every day. I am 18 years old and go to Lakeland College in Mattoon Illinois. For me deer hunting has truly turned from a weekend passion, to an obsession. I killed my first doe last year with a bow and it was one of the most exciting things to happen in my life and can’t wait to have that feeling again. I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to hunt some great bottom ground in Jasper County, Illinois and I am really excited for this up coming season. I shoot a PSE Brute X, carbon express arrows, and rage broad heads. A couple of my great friends Taylor Kerner and A.J. Hyatt have really got me into hunting in the last few years and I am so thankful to them for showing me the ways. When I’m not shooting my bow or handgun stands, I’m usually in the woods doing something. I have had dirt bikes and four wheelers my whole life. I also got started into turkey hunting last year thanks to A.J. I am definitely super excited to be back in the woods this year.  

Jake Stone is my friend on Facebook and a member of Deer Creek Farm where he hunts.  I hope Jake will let me share his next deer kill on my site and wishing him a great deer season. GOODHUNTING Jake!

MS Deer Hunting Seasons

September 22, 2012

Northern Warren County is in the Delta Zone and archery season begins there on October 1.  The area east of U. S. 61 and south of I-20 is in the Hill Zone.

Private and open public land east of I-55 and north of I-20 plus areas south of I-20 and east of U.S. 61, excluding areas south of U.S. 84 and east of Mississippi 35.

Oct 1 - Nov 16
Either sex (private and open public land)

Nov. 5-16 (antlerless deer only)
Dec. 1-14
Either sex (private land, authorized state/federal land and open public land)

Nov. 17-30 and Dec. 24-Jan 17
Either sex (private land) or legal bucks only (open public land)

Jan. 18-31
Either sex (private land and authorized state and federal land)

YOUTH GUN (AGES 15 and under)
Nov. 3-Jan 31
Either sex (private land and authorized state/federal land)

Private and open public land south of U.S. 84 and east of Mississippi 35.

Oct. 15-Nov. 16
Either sex (private and open public land)

YOUTH GUN (AGES 15 and under)
Nov. 3-Feb. 16 and Jan. 18-Feb. 15
Either sex (private land and authorized state/federal land)

Nov. 17-30 and Dc. 24-Jan.17
Either sex (private land) or legal bucks only (open public land)

Dec. 1-14
Either sex (private and open public land)

Dec. 15-23
Either sex (private land and authorized state and federal land)

Jan. 18-31 (either sex) and Feb. 1-15
Legal bucks only on private land and open public land.

Private and open public land west of I-55 and north of I-20, plus areas south of I-20 and west of U.S. 61.

Oct. 1-Nov. 16
Either sex (private and open public land)

Nov. 5-16 (antlerless deer only)
Dec. 1-14
Either sex (private and open public land)

Jan. 18-31 (either sex)

Nov. 17-30 and Dec. 24-17
Either sex (private land) or legal bucks only (open public land)

Dec. 15-23
Either sex (private land and open public land)

YOUTH GUN (AGES 15 and under)
Nov. 3-Jan 6, Dec. 1-4 and Jan 18-31
Either sex (private land and authorized state/federal land and open public land)

Animals That Are A Nuisance

September 21, 2012

In yesterday's paper, The Vicksburg Post, was a supplement called Outdoors which was pertaining to deer season that is fast approaching and the nuisance of animals. I wanted to share with you an article that was about the destruction that animals, like hogs, can do to farmlands and camps.  

Lonnie Fortner has a healthy respect for the feral hogs that have invaded his farmland in Warren and Claiborne counties.

"A hog is the smartest animal in the world," Fortner said.  When the decides he does not want to be trapped, seen or killed, he is not going to be trapped, seen or killed."

That sort of elusiveness is frustrating and costly for Mississippi farmers whose land is quickly being overrun by hogs and other four-legged intruders.

A 2010 U.S. Department of Agriculture report estimated the country's five million feral pigs cause more then $1 billion in damage to public and private property annually.

Wild hogs have been classified as a "nuisance animal" by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, meaning landowners may kill the animals throughout the year with few restrictions.

Beavers, coyotes, nutria, foxes and skunks also are on the list of nuisance animals.

Although they can be dangerous, alligators have their own hunting seasons in September and are not on the MDWFP's nuisance list.

Wild hogs are considered the most troubling of the nuisance species.  Their population has exploded in recent years and the creatures have become to farmland what cockroaches are to urban kitchens.

The beasts multiply quickly.  For every one that's spotted, are likely dozens more nearby.  And the damage they can do in a single night can undo days of work and cost farmers thousands of dollars.

"It's one of those thing where you cringe to know you have hogs on your place," said Wesley Purvis, the Warren County agent for the Mississippi State University Extension Service.  "It's not just row crops they'll tear up.  They will demolish pasture land, too."

Fortner, who farms mostly soybeans, corn and peanuts, said during the spring he'll often return to the fields in the morning and find uprooted seeds that had been planted the night before.

"In springtime, it's an all night job.  You spend all day planting, then stay up as late as you can to deal with the hogs," he said.  "You will feel completely helpless at times.  You spend the whole year dealing with them, and the fight literally never ends."

Hogs are the most destructive of Mississippi's nuisance animals, but far from the only ones drawing the wrath of farmers.  In Issaquena County, Josh Miller said beavers are a big problem on his 2,200-acre plot of peanuts, corn, soybeans and timber.

The bucktoothed beasts are well known for their habit of gnawing on trees, but cause enough damage.Their dams, too, create problems by stopping up streams and drainage ditches that lead to flooding.

Contributed by Ernest Bowker  

A Priceless Shot

September 13, 2012

When a male bird can't stand it anymore!

A photographer will die of old age
 waiting to get another shot like this one.

An Awesome Alligator!

September 12, 2012

Yesterday, we went by Downey's Barber Shop so my husband Bob could get his hair cut and Todd, who is my Facebook friend, (orange shirt) told me about this big gator that he and his wife and friends got over the weekend.  Below is some pictures of it.  I told him he needs to put this in the paper!  This is awesome and congrats to everyone who had a hand in hauling it into the boat.  

As the story goes....this past Saturday and into the early morning hours of Sunday, this monster gator was harvested by the above group.  It took them almost an hour to get it into a boat. They all had a hand in it.  It was hooked on a treble hook and took some time to wear the gator out.  When they got him close enough to the boat it took two shots to the head with a shotgun go put it down. It weighed 610 lbs. and 12' by 8" long.  It was killed somewhere on the big Black River.

Scott Lemons, Todd Downey and Danny Lynn 

Todd said they are going again this Saturday and try to help another friend get a gator but this one is Scott's.  

Still admiring their CATCH OF THE DAY!

Ride'em gator guys!

Gator tied up in the boat.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks alligator season is from September 7 until Monday, and a permit is required.  On Wednesday, Rob Neil, of Montegut, Louisiana, caught a 12-foot-long, 800-pound alligator in the Intracoastal Waterway at Bourg, Louisiana.

The Official Retriever

September 10, 2012

This little dove hunter is the granddaughter of one of my dear classmates.  She's a lucky little girl to have started hunting at a very young age.  I'm so proud of her and my congrats on her harvest in our great wild outdoors!  Her smile says it all!

Bob Richardson’s Monster 500lb. Bear

September 8, 2012

Bob Richardson with his 500lb. plus monster bear that he recently harvested in Canada.  

Bob Richardson, my Facebook friend, is the host of ScentBlocker Most Wanted on the Outdoor Channel with Larry Woodward, Scott Shultz and co-host Lauren Thomas at the command center.  Bob said on his FB page, "I guess lightning can strike three times!  I thought I was lucky to kill two monster bears in the last three years but a few weeks ago while filming a new episode of ScentBlocker Most Wanted in Canada, I was able to kill this 500 lb. plus giant black bear."  He said, "I know my Scentblocker suit was working, the big bear was sometimes 15 yards downwind and never got spooked."  My congrats to Bob on getting this monster bear in our great wild outdoors.  

Bear on trail cam before the kill.

Bob got the bear on August 17th on his 3rd day of hunting but started getting his Cuddleback pictures on the 14th.  "He said, I passed eight other bears and some OK bears.  If you want to kill a big bear sometimes it takes patience and you usually see most hunters shoot the first bear they see and the hunt is over.  But on the other hand, I've passed up many bears and gone home with nothing."  He said, "to shoot what makes YOU happy."  "The two other bigger bears was from the same area.  It's good to be lucky!  Our trail cam pictures tells the whole story for all three bears. They were there so I just had to wait!  Patience kills!"

Website, ScentBlocker Most Wanted, tells you that the hunter is like a detective pursing his fugitive.  Finding  clues, uncovering the signs, the tracks, the food, the water, etc.  The trail cameras tells the read story.  We track'em down!  We go after them and bring it all to you on this season's Most Wanted!  Central TV show times are: Monday at 6:30, Tuesday at 12:30, Saturday at 9:30 and Sunday at 8:30. Check it out!

Bob's two big black bears that are mounted at the studio, but not complaining that they take up too much room!  Way to go Bob and it's the nicest black bear mount I've ever seen.  My congrats!  

With hunting season fast approaching, I have decided once a week to feature a Facebook friend with their adventures in our great wild outdoors!  

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