Dawn’s First Doe!

November 30, 2012

Pictured above is Dawn Ziegler with her very first doe with a rifle.  She was using OakSturdy's vita shot gun rest to make the shot.  My congrats to Dawn on her harvest in our great outdoors!  Way to go!
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Puppy Cakes!

November 29, 2012

The owner grabbed a camera instead of chasing the puppy away.

 "Until one has loved an animal, 
part of their soul
Remains un-awakened."

Chase Chasing Rabbits

November 28, 2012

This is Chase with a big ole rabbit he got and looking so proud.  My congrats to Chase chasing rabbits in our great wild outdoors!

Wild Hog & Buck Ride

November 26, 2012

Pictured above is our hunting friends, Trent and Rex Howell, on the edge of the MS Delta at their famous Christmas Place Plantation and Hunting Club, Thanksgiving weekend. 

Rex is showing off his very nice Rochester Redback hog and his brother, Trent, with his very nice buck!  Go over to Rex's blog, Deer Camp Blog, to read this hilarious story of how they both hunted together at the lake and then try to get all this meat back to the camp by taking a Mississippi Boat Ride!  My congrats to both on their wild/ride harvest in our great outdoors!  Way to go guys!

An 81 Year Old Lady Hunter!

November 25, 2012

Ms. Wilva Marshal, 81 years old of Black River Falls, WI, took down this big boy this past Tuesday afternoon.  My congrats to her and hope I'm hunting at 81 just like she is!  Way to go Wilva!

Daughter and I Went Hunting In Claiborne County

November 24, 2012

A shadow of me in a one-man stand.

At least I saw three nice does out of this one-man stand. They came in to the upper right hand corner in a clearing and knew I was in trouble when I saw the second one stomp and another doe was coming up behind it. The first one was closest to  me but they all knew something was up by then. I had the closest one in my sites and only had the back half of it's of course was not a good shot and was hoping it would move out away from the tree but one of them blew and they all took off! That was at around 8:45 this morning. It was so nice to at least see a deer and be in our great wild outdoors! My daughter had no luck at all...but next time hopefully we will both get one!

Afternoon hunt and nothing came out!

Patiently waiting on a deer!

Woods were beautiful! was the moon.  Deer will eat good tonight with low in the 20's!

Charli’s First Deer

November 23, 2012

Vicksburg resident Charli Van Norman, 6, shot her first deer November 6 while hunting with her father, John Van Norman, on family land in Warren County.  The 8-point buck weighed 175 pounds and had a 15-inch inside spread.  My congrats to Charli (and so young) on her first deer in our great wild outdoors!  Way to go!

Charli’s First Deer

November 23, 2012

Vicksburg resident Charli Van Norman, 6, shot her first deer November 6 while hunting with her father, John Van Norman, on family land in Warren County.  The 8-point buck weighed 175 pounds and had a 15-inch inside spread.  My congrats to Charli (and so young) on her first deer in our great wild outdoors!  Way to go!

Black Bear Hit By Car

November 21, 2012

The dead black bear, killed after walking into traffic on U.S 61 South in Warren County just north of the Claiborne County Line.  The Post Gibson Reveille

A black bear tagged and collared this month has died after being struck by a vehicle on U.S. 61 south of town.  

Brad Young, black bear biologist with the MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, said the bear was collared November 1, just north of the Big Back River, and died near the same spot a week ago.

"Unfortunately, it walked out into southbound traffic" at about 7:30 p.m. November 14, Young said.  "It looked like it was headed toward the Big Black."

The bear was hit about 4 miles north of the Claiborne County line, at the Big Black River.  Young said the bear, which was about 5 years old, could have lived to be 20 or 25.

"He was about 210 pounds when we caught him two weeks ago," Young said.  "He was healthy."

Terry Miles is a game warden in Claiborne County and was the first on scene.  He said it heavily damaged the car, which was driven by Vivian Rushing, who could not be reached today.

He said the bear was the first hit by a vehicle on U.S. 61 in several years.

"We had one hit about seven or eight years ago, just across the Big Black on the other side in Claiborne County," Miles said.

Young said bear-crossing signs then were placed to alert drivers.  However, because it was dark and between hills, the bear was likely not visible, Miles said.

Young estimated at least a dozen black bears are roaming Warren County and David Island, just northwest of the Claiborne County line.

"Obviously, that area around the river has a lot of habitat," Young said.  "They use those waterways as travel corridors, especially right there where you've got the Mississippi, Big Black and the bayous."

Young cautioned drivers, saying this was the time of year when bears are searching for food before winter.

"They do move around a lot right now," Young said.  "What they're going through right now, they're just eating as much as they can to build up fat reserves for the winter.  They're going to be moving, trying to find those food resources.

Young also said vehicles are the leading cause of unnatural black bear deaths in the state.

"For the most part, traffic is the biggest problem," Young said.  "We have the occasional poaching or accidental killing, but other than that, they don't have any natural predators."

Marian’s Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc., 2012-11-20 22:14:00

November 20, 2012

And Now We Shall Do Manly Things: Discovering My Manhood Through The Great (and Not-So-Great) American Hunt by Craig J. Heimbuch  

He had never thought of owning a gun when, in his early thirties, he was given a 12-gauge Winchester over-under shotgun by his father.  He considered himself the black sheep in his Midwestern family and possibly the only male Heimbuch never to have taken an animal.  Now he had a shotgun and figured he might as well try it out, and in doing so, explored the meaning of manhood while getting closer to his hunting-enthusiast dad.
His Dad had his own hunting stories and he wanted to live his own stories and tell them.  He also wanted to know what it was like to be out in the woods to carry a gun and listen to the sounds of the woods, to taste what he had hunted.  He thought hunting would make him feel more like a man and his wife was all for it.  Through his experiences he finally realized that he had been a loyal and loving, devoted father all the time.  Sometimes a man has to step away, to step outside his everyday life to understand the blessings he already has and to see himself as the man other people knows him.

In my own experience my Father was not a hunter and when I met my 2nd husband he taught me all about hunting and has been a very rewarding one since.  After several hunting trips I let him know that I was very interested in learning and felt like I could really do this.  I truly love the outdoors and that made it much easier for me.  It has been 28 years since I harvested my first deer.  It gave me a lot of confidence and I can relate to some of his feelings of being in our great outdoors and listening to the sounds of the woods and just being close to nature is rewarding in itself.  I have now proudly past the sport of hunting to one of my four daughters and three of my grandsons.  It does make you feel so proud that you can go into the woods and bring home food for your family.  When I first started hunting women hunters were few and far between and I had to jump right in with the rest of the guys.  They all made me feel proud when I did harvest a deer and if you were late coming out of the woods everyone would wait for you to be accounted for.  Now I have stories of my own that I can tell and can relate to other men/women hunters.  It has given me a higher level of respect from men being a woman hunter in a so called man's sport.  

This book is a witty, moving, and insightful story of one man’s quest to free himself from the shackles of his domesticated suburban lifestyle by getting himself involved for one year in the sport of hunting which his family had always cherished.  He learns along the way what putting food on the table entails and what it means to be a man in America.  He also learns that it’s possible to be a committed father, a loving spouse, and a hunter without being mistaken for a gun-toting lunatic.

A book written by Craig J. Heimbuch who is an award-winning journalist and author. He is currently online editorial content strategist for BBDO/Proximity WorldWide, providing strategic direction for editorial content websites around the world.

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