Katelyn’s First Deer

December 31, 2014

I have known Katelyn ever since she was born and I am so proud of her accomplishments in getting her very first deer recently.  You can see by her big happy smile and also being initiated as a deer huntress.  That's a very nice doe she harvested!  Katelyn graduated from Catholic High School here in Vicksburg, MS and attends Mississippi State University in Starkville. Way to go Katelyn in our great wild outdoors! 

Blake’s First Deer

December 30, 2014

Chuck Wilkerson of Long Beach, Mississippi, is so proud of his son's first deer.  

My little man (Blake) killed his first buck, a small 6 pointer, and said he's just getting started.  

My congrats to young Blake in our great wild outdoors!  Job well done!

An Afternoon Hunt

December 29, 2014

Took off around 2:00 and headed down south to my Granddaughter Victoria and her hubby, Jamie's place to deer hunt. As I passed by the field walking to my stand I took some pictures of their pony, a donkey and some horses in an opened field near the barn.  When I got to my stand I decided not to get up in it but to used my ground blind instead. The temp was in the mid-forties and slowly falling. The temp in the morning will be 31 and looks like we will have one last blast of cold air before we get into the New Year.  I finally got all set up around 3:00 and at 3:15 someone shot in front of me across the main road.  At 4:40 another shot came to the right of me and was close. Around 5:10 a deer blew at me several times and I knew it was over with but stayed another five minutes or so while the deer continued to blow at me trying to get me to leave.  I packed up and stopped by to visit with my family and Great Grandson on my way out. It's always good to get back in the woods even though I did not see or get one. Maybe next time when I head to the woods I will get lucky and get a deer.  Here are a few pictures I took on my afternoon hunt to share with you.

Road to my stand.

My deer stand.

Highway where they have been seen to walk.  

Sitting behind a ground blind waiting for a deer to walk out on a wet and soggy ground.

My faithful .270 Ruger (Featherweight).   

Deer Harvest Chart

December 28, 2014

Harvest Chart by artist ~ Nadia van der Donk
The purpose is to tell what parts of an hunted animal is used or consumed, but also which kind of meat comes from which part of the body (in general.)

A single deer can provide a lot of meat that can last for months if cut properly.  The hide can also be used for a wall hanging or carpet.  Butchering at home requires a lot more than a deer meat guide.  You'll need the right knives for skinning the hide, a hacksaw, wet stone and gloves for cleanliness.  Plus, the process can get a little dirty, so having a safe place to do it without risking a seriously messed up kitchen is key.  If you don't know what you're doing, you'll be much better off taking it to a deer processing facility or an experienced butcher.  If you're up for the challenge this handy guide will certainly help out. GOODHUNTING in our great wild outdoors!

A Family Tradition

December 27, 2014

Wyatt Turner, 14, heads back to his grandfather's truck after hunting on family land in northern Warren County.  

Recently there was an article in our paper about a young hunter who has a passion for hunting that was inherited. Wyatt Turner, who is 14 years old, has been hunting since he was 7 years old.  He loves hunting with his grandfather, James Wyatt, in northern Warren County on family land.

They had been in the woods since 2:30 on this particular afternoon, and they only saw about a dozen deer - what they call a bad day.  "We see about 30 deer on a normal day, but never when we're trying to impress somebody," James Wyatt said.  "We've seen 80 out here before."

Wyatt hunts daily with his grandfather when he is out of school and said that's all I want to do.  When he killed his first deer, which he wasn't proud of because it wasn't very big, he said.  "But my second one was, it was an eight point," he said.

"I always used to shoot them as soon as I saw them, then I started passing them up because we really didn't need the meat," he said.  "That hunting, not killing."

Now that he's a seasoned hunter.  Turner looks for the "right" deer instead of just any deer.  The "right" one has got to have good size, he said, but there's something else that's inexplicable, he said.  It's more about what you feel when you see it.  "You start shaking," Turner said.  "You just know when you know."

Turner has become as much an observer as a hunter.  He can watch them for hours without ever taking a shot.  "I'll just sit back and enjoy it," he said.  "They're so pretty and it's just nature and your're right in the middle watching them"

His grandfather, James Wyatt, educated him as a woodsman and taught him many tips and tricks along the way.  His grandfather taught him how to spot turkeys by making a hooting call like an owl, and Turner swears he called up a fox once by making a high-pitched sound like a dying mouse.  "I don't know why it works, I'm not an expert," Turner said.  "I just know it works."

Hunting has been the bond between Turner and his grandfather for years, and although friends come and go, family is always there, he said.  "He's like a friend to me.  A lot of kids don't have the kind of relationship with their pawpaw like I do," he said.

Turner is a student in Scholastic Academy and makes good grades; he was exempt from all of his testing lasts week, which allowed for more hunting trips with his grandfather.  Nevertheless, he finds his true talent to be in the woods.  "School's hard, hunting isn't." he said.

He doesn't watch much television, but when he does, he's watching hunting shows, he said.  Turner's talent for hunting and passion for sharing it with people seem to point to a natural career path for his future in that industry.  "That would be my dream job, but it probably won't happen," he said.  But you never know.  The Vicksburg Post by Justin Sellers

Twas The Day After Christmas

December 26, 2014

Twas the day after Christmas, and all through the house,
Every creatures was hurting - even the mouse.

The toys were all broken, their batteries dead; 
Santa passed out, with some ice on his head.
Wrapping and ribbons just covered the floor, while
Upstairs the family continued to shore.
And I in my T-shirt, new Reeboks and jeans,
Went into the kitchen and started to clean.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the sink to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the curtains, and threw up the sash.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a little white truck, with an oversize mirror.
The driver was smiling, so lively and grand;
The patch on his jacket said "U.S. POSTMAN."
With a handful of bills, he grinned like a fox
Then quickly he stuffed them into our mailbox.
Bill after bill, after bill, they still came.
Whistling and shouting he called them by name:
"Now Dillard's, now Broadway's, now Penny's and Sears
Here's Levitz's and Target's and Mervyn's-all here!!
To the tip or your limit, every store, every mall,
Now chargeaway-chargeaway-chargeaway all!"
He whooped and he whistled as he finished his work.
He filled up the box, and then turned with a jerk.
He sprang to his truck and he drove down the road,
Driving much faster with just half a load.
Then I heard him exclaim with great holiday cheer,

Author Unknown

Milk & Cookies!

December 25, 2014

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

A Moose In A Maple Tree

December 25, 2014

12 Days of Christmas

Deer Christmas Story

December 24, 2014

Deer Meat

December 23, 2014

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