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Youth On The Hunt

January 28, 2013

Landen Malone, 13, killed this 11-point buck while hunting with his grandfather, Glenn Wells, on family land in Claiborne County.  He used a 7mm-08 to take down the 220-pound buck from 250 yards.  The buck's rack measured 24 inches on the main beam, 22 inches inside and had a 7-inch front tine.  Landen is the son of Mel Malone and Heather Wells Clark.

Cole McLeod shot this 7-point, 153-pound buck while hunting with his father, Bo McLeod, in November.  The deer had a 15-inch spread.

Brothers Zane and Peyton Flaharty each took a deer within 15 minutes of each other while hunting on private land in southern Warren County. Zane, 11, killed a 7-pointer and 6-year-old Peyton's first buck was a 3-pointer.  The brothers were hunting with their grandfather, Steve Reed, and father, Paul Flaharty.

My congrats to all the hunters above in our great wild outdoors!  So proud of each one of you!

Interviewed By The Vicksburg Post

January 26, 2013

This past Wednesday I received an e-mail from Steve Wilson, Post Sports Editor of The Vicksburg Post, for an interview.  I had sent in my picture of my doe I had harvested on January 5 at the famous Christmas Place Plantation and Hunting Club the Monday before.  My husband had insisted that I send it in and I finally gave in thinking that it would be placed with the other hunters in Friday's section of, On The Hunt.  I was pleasantly surprise to see a very nice write-up of my interview per Steve the next day.  Below is a copy of the article that appeared on the front page of the sports section of our paper.

Many thanks to Steve who really made my day a very happy and exciting one!

Click on the article to read

Interviewed By The Vicksburg Post

January 26, 2013

This past Wednesday I received an e-mail from Steve Wilson, Post Sports Editor of The Vicksburg Post, for an interview.  I had sent in my picture of my doe I had harvested on January 5 at the famous Christmas Place Plantation and Hunting Club the Monday before.  My husband had insisted that I send it in and I finally gave in thinking that it would be placed with the other hunters in Friday's section of, On The Hunt.  I was pleasantly surprise to see a very nice write-up of my interview per Steve the next day.  Below is a copy of the article that appeared on the front page of the sports section of our paper.

Many thanks to Steve who really made my day a very happy and exciting one!

Click on the article to read

Kevin’s Great Pope & Young Buck!

January 23, 2013

Olive Branch's Kevin Medlin officially took the top archery spot in Mississippi's Magnolia Records with this 173 2/8-inch Pope & Young deer he killed back in November while hunting in DeSoto County.

The score sheet, courtesy Rick Dillard of Magnolia Records, with measurements to  the nearest 1/8 inch:

• Inside spread: 21 7/8.
• Right side
• Main beam: 28 2/8.
• Tine lengths — G1 2 5/8; G2 11; G3 12 3/8; G4 8.
• Circumferences: 5 3/8; 4 5/8; 5 2/8; 4 6/8.
• Left side
• Main beam: 27 5/8.
• Tine lengths: G1 1 6/8; G2 11 1/8; G3 10 7/8; G4 9 5/8.
• Circumferences: 5 4/8; 4 5/8; 5 1/8; 4 6/8.
• Abnormal points: Right side —2 inches (off brow tine) and 1 1/8 (off G3); left side 3 6/8 (off G2).
• Deductions: 11 7/8 inches (6 7/8 abnormal points, 5 inches symmetry).
• Typical gross score: 185 1/8 inches
• Nontypical gross score: 192 inches.
• Net typical score: 173 2/8 inches, NEW STATE RECORD.


Read all about his amazing hunt here from Mississippi Sportsman!

Blue Hunting For Prevention Of Child Abuse

January 22, 2013

Ricky Wood from Parsons, Tennessee, contacted me recently and said he would send me a free T-shirt to promote and tell all my friends about this wonderful cause for child abuse prevention.  Just as pink is for cancer, blue is for the prevention of child abuse, he said.  We enjoy hunting and fishing so why not take this to another level and promote this worthy cause.

He has a NEW website up at http://www.bluesportsoutdoors.com and it's an organization dedicated to raise awareness for the prevention of child abuse.  You can also buy clothing and a % will go to programs that support it.

I'm asking you, if you would, to please support this worthy cause!  We must help and save our children...they need us!



Vicksburg Youth On The Hunt

January 19, 2013


Siblings Kyle and Kayla Foster both bagged deer this winter.  Eight-year-old Kyle shot a 7-pointer while hunting with his grandfather, Hugh Guest.  Kayla, 12, took down her deer in December.



Vicksburg resident Parker Waites took down this 9-point buck on January 6 in Bentonia, while hunting with family friend Ronnie Ingram.  Parker is the son of Kearney and Stacey Waites of Vicksburg.

My congrats to all the young hunters above in our great wild outdoors!

Target Practicing

January 16, 2013


Deer Processors Are Scrambling

January 15, 2013

In Sunday's paper, The Vicksburg Post, was an article written by Matt Stuart about the meat processors around town who are scrambling to fill orders due to the large deer population and warm winter.

An active deer season has area meat processors working nearly around the clock to fill the orders.

Last year's warm winter, coupled with an increase in deer population has forced some processors to limit how many they take each day, with several having to send customers to other processors.

Hank Hearn, owner of The Buck Stops Here in Bovina, said they have processed between 800 and 900 deer so far this season, which is in line with previous seasons.  What is different, Hearn said, is the timing they are receiving the deer. "I think it's two things," he said.  "I think the small acorn crop is making those deer go look for food more than they usually do, so people are just killing more of 'em. The other thing is we had warm weather early, so when it got cold, everybody started killing'em in those two weeks around Christmas and New Year's."

Hank Hearn, owner of The Buck Stops Here, prepares deer sausage for shipping Saturday evening at this shop in Bovina.  Hearn has stopped taking orders to process because of the overwhelming demand.               Photo by Justin Sellers - The Vicksburg Post

Last spring and summer, does likely moved over wider areas of Warren County then usual as they searched to find water during a dry and early fawning season, state deer biologists said in the summer.

Combined with a good mast crop, or the fruit eaten by deer from forest trees, has Mississippi's deer population in good health.  William McKinley, a deer biologist with the MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, estimates the deer population in Mississippi to be 1.75 million.

Leland native Ed Horton was looking for hunting equipment and clothing Saturday a Sports Center on Pemberton Boulevard.  He said that while he has not had problems processing his deer in the Delta, he understands why local processors are busy.

"Up there, it's not like it is down here,"  Horton said.  "I hunt over in Arkansas and there's a bunch of sausage and deer processors up there.  There's just a lot of people that do it on their own instead of just a few."

Warren County, which is bordered on the west by the MS River and the south and east by the Big Black River, provides a perfect habitat for a large deer population.

In 2009-10, the most recent deer program report available, 2,763 bucks were harvested by 91 participants in Warren County in the agency's Deer Management Assistant Program.  Both figures were tops among the state's 82 counties in the program.

Added deer means processors' freezers are staying filled, preventing them from accepting anything that might spoil.,

By December 28, B&L Meat Processing on Standard Hill Road had stopped accepting deer and sent their customers to The Buck Stops Here, Hearn said.

B&L owner Danny Bowler said he did not have an option.

"Once you get full, you just have to turn them away cause it'll go bad," he said.  I'd rather turn them away then let the meat go bad."

Bowler agreed with Hearn, saying most of the deer came in a short amount of time.  "I think more people hunted from Christmas to New Year's Bowler said.

Now, Hearn is taking deer by appointment-only, saying that they are backlogged on what they already received.

"I'd rather tell them no than take a deer we can't get done on time," Hearn said. "You know, you lose one deer and 10 people know, but if you do it right only a couple know, so we have to just tell some customers we can't take them."

Hearn said he has had to send customers to other processors, such as Dave's Custom Meats on U.S. 80 where staff were working late into Saturday night to process meat.  (This is where we take our deer to be processed)

The pressure placed on Vicksburg processors has driven some to travel to other areas, such as Utica and Crystal Springs.

Dwight Traxler, owner of Dwight's Deer Processing in Utica, has run his processing business for five years and has been processing meat for 13 years.

"I've noticed a pickup from Vicksburg, Clinton, Madison - just all over," he said. "Being right on Highway 18, I kinda pull from all over."

The Hunting Halls

January 13, 2013


The Hall family of Vicksburg has had a successful hunting season.  Meg Hall,7, left, harvested a 7-point buck while hunting with her father.  Six-year-old John Ryan Hall, middle, took down this 8-pointer.  At right, 10-year-old Ken Hall shot a 9-point buck.  All three Halls are the children of Joel and Amanda Hall. 

My congratulations to all three of the Hall's children in our great wild outdoors!   

A Wildlife Video Wins Grand Prize

January 12, 2013


Below is a video by Scott McKinley Production, Produced for Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for an ad campaign.  Licensed music by Kenny G.  This short video won grand prize - Best of Show at the International Film Festival in Missoula, Montana! The majority was shot on location in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Click here to view!  Spectacular view and beautiful music!  Enjoy!


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