Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Working Through The Pandemic

Trent went to camp last weekend to screw around and hunt a little bit. Bill Hart went with him but he was serious. He was going to blast a hog no matter what. Hard work and patience rewarded him as he got two hogs. Some people are still working during this virus shutdown.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Gar Holes and Good Friends

Last weekend was the opener for turkey season at the famous and virus free Christmas Place.
My brother had a big crew of all his best friends down for the hunt and everyone had a great time.
Paul strategically placed them around the property to hunt while he just wandered to someplace in the woods to watch nature and enjoy the outdoors. None of his friends killed a turkey, They did hear turkeys gobbling though and guess where. Exactly where Paul was sitting. How bizarre and completely expected from the rest of the camp members. BLAM! Paul put this nice gobbler down and was back at the camp in no time to greet his weary friends back from the gar holes he had placed them all in.

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Hog Hunt 2020

The famous Christmas Place was bustling with activity as all our guests began arriving for the big hunt last weekend. We had the Minnesota boys, Paul and his crew of crooked shooters, My brother Wandering James, Matt the banker, Marko Hoggo and a slew of others there to kill a hog. Burney has been baiting them for 3 weeks and everything looked great.
The weather was the best it has ever been and we spent almost all of our time out around a campfire telling lies, reminiscing about old times and imbibing in spirits
Matt came through with a fine hog off Joe's Stand.

The Minnesota connection did not get a hog but we got their picture

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Sorry For Not Writing

Well, I've been busying. It s hard to run a crooked real estate company and blog too. Now that the horrible, ugly no-good, rotten deer season is over, maybe I can write a few lines on the screwed up hunts we had.
Now that my evil brother, no Trent, has won his Judges election, I am way too busy listening to people come in who want me to fix tickets or get them out of a jam even though I swear to them I can't help them. There seems to be a lot of money in this but I digress...........
Here is a pic of Trent with his solid oak and gold inlaid gavel.

Monday, February 03, 2020

The Doe That Ate Tokyo

It's been a slow year but do I really have to listen to how big a doe he killed

Stuart Allen with his monstrous 150 lb. doe

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Baby Willow Has Arrived

This Saturday while I was desperately trying to kill a damn deer, baby Willow arrived to show me that getting a deer was not as important as I thought. My daughter, Sarah, had the baby on her own birthday. That should be easy to remember. We are heading to South Carolina to see her ASAP.
Now remember, baby Willow will probably be the only decent deer hunter in the new crop of kids we have, so it is important you send hunting stuff now.
New boots size 11
.270 bullets
camo clothing men's large
new grunt call
etc etc- boy will she be happy!

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Monday, December 30, 2019

Marks' Pajama Buck

As you can see, Mark shot a deer in his pajamas.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Joe Gets His Just Desserts

Joe Newman finally got what he deserved this past weekend while visiting the Famous Christmas Place. Joe has hunted off and on with us for years and has never asked for anything except to chip in and work to help us. He has taken people fishing, worked on the camphouse, fixed all kinds of machinery, helped with planting, deer stands, and fixing our road and bridge. He is also involved with hosting the ershel Howell Memorial Squirrel Hunt.
Pau invited Joe this time to go out and shoot a big deer, Joe was excited and glad to finally have the opportunity and received his just desserts when this big bruiser came out on him in the middle of the afternoon. A job well done and much deserved. Congratulations Joe!!

Monday, December 02, 2019

Thankful for Deer Season, umm I mean Thanksgiving

Paul the Bloody managed to take this diseased, radioactive buck off the Christmas Place over the Thanksgiving Holiday. As you all know, he had no words to describe his great luck or at least I tuned him out after 5 minutes. Congratulations Paul!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Opening Weekend 2019

The Big Deer of the weekend.......

Burney got this nice hog. This camp is going to hell........

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Friday, October 18, 2019

SaveThe Date Squirrel Camp 2019

I'm sure that I will still be working on the stands and fields while they party on                    

Monday, September 23, 2019

His Finger Hurts

To  everyone,

Wanda and I spent from Tuesday night until Sunday at the camp working on various projects, but primarily completion of the bulldozer work which cost $3,000.00.  The bulldozer operator was Tom Gordon and he did an excellent job.  We got roads opened to The Graveyard, The Mountain, Sand Ditch, The Indian Mound, The Levy, The Hill Beyond The Lake, Arrowhead Field, Beaver Dam, The Hole, Stupid Stand, below Double White Oak, The Big Woods at Double White Oak, The Box Stand Field, and The Secret Field.  We also worked on the roads at Crossover, Spike Camp, the main road past Spike Camp, Negotiation Log, and Kudzu Road.  We built a new road with a ford that connects Pond Stand Corner to The Elbow.  We also removed big trees and stumps below the camp and at The Elbow.  Finally, we removed Dad’s garden which had become an eye sore.  None of the roads in the hills need to be driven on with a tractor until we get a big rain that packs the dirt down.   

It is still way too early to plant our food plots.  Therefore, I see no need to have the seed for this weekend’s work weekend.  (However, we could put some rye grass, etc. on the steepest parts of the roads to help prevent erosion and where the garden was in order to make it look better.  In addition, I would recommend that we put some Triple 13 around the walnut trees in The Witch’s Yard and clear out some of the grass across the road from them where some young walnut trees are growing.)  I would recommend that we plan to plant the weekends of October 12 and October 19.  (Remember, the Squirrel Hunt is planned for the weekend of October 26.)  

Instead of planting this weekend, we need to finish the disking in the big fields in the Delta and repair deer stands.  (Paul Jones is not planting his fields until October 19.)

All of the equipment appears to be working except the green tractor and Rex’s four wheeler.  (Paul Jones will look at the green tractor and Rex’s four wheeler probably just needs charging, like the others needed.)  The bush hog and the disc are fixed. 

Wanda has the camp in great shape.  However, we could not find the missing burglar alarm which needs to be reactivated as soon as possible. 

Finally, the ticks, mosquitos, and gnats are the worst since we have been at The Christmas Place.  Be sure to apply plenty of insect repellant. 

See you all at the camp this weekend. 

Paul B. Howell, Esq.
 
His finger is sore from all the pointing he did for the bulldozer guy
 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

You Had One Job!!!!!

 

Paul "Lipflapper" Howell is finally down at the Christmas Place taking care of the bulldozer work, which was supposed to be completed a month ago. WE all knew it would be a fiasco but we only gave him ONE Job.






At least it is being done, No telling how many bulldozers we are going to be liable for.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Watermelon Carnival 2019

This was the 50th Anniversary of the Watermelon Carnival and it was a blast! The day started with PHIL'S PHAMOUS PACHYDERMS coming through the park and trumpeting loudly enough to wake up everyone in town. They danced, sat up and thrilled the crowd. Leaving the park they hit the watermelons and I think the City had to buy about 100 of them after the elephants crushed them, threw them, ate them and carted off as many as they could get.. Friday was setup and start the party time but we also had guests. The New Orleans Legend and World Renown Artist CHRISTOPHER PERAGINE and his wife Ellen,(the Palates Queen of New Orleans), who happens to be Denise's cousin. His art exhibit was the talk of the town, but being from New Orleans and painting ships, the ocean and local scenes he did not understand that Here in Water Valley, paintings need watermelons and semi-nude girls to be really appreciated. He will do better next time.



 
We had a great crowd at our party that night as the band played and the politicians made insane promises. Of course there was Erin's Birthday (the Dark Princess), We visited od friends, consumed a lot of beverages , enjoyed the Fireworks Display and staggered home early in the morning.
 
On Saturday there was watermelon eating contests, seed spitting and lot and lots of vendors selling anything you can imagine (lots of birdhouses?),Burney was in the BBQ cook-off and won a prize, after he burned his hand off, for Most Persistence Entry, Music, music and of course the watermelon
weigh-in. We all enjoyed wandering and Denise and Wanda made the most of it.
Thank you to Christopher and Ellen for coming to the Carnival this year, It was great.
 
 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Friday, July 19, 2019

4th of July on Maralyn's Porch

This is the 4th of July pic of all our extended family.
I am the handsome one.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Something Strange

Spencer was at our work camp this past weekend and was a really big help as we took care of a lot of problems to get ready for deer season. Friday and Saturday night he pitched in to wash dishes without being asked. Amazing! I know all of you out there have perfect kids that always do this but it is unheard of around here. I believe something strange is going on and I'm going to get to the bottom of this conundrum.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Howell Open 2019

It was hot and all the Yankees were bitchin" but we made it through a rough 18 holes. Our team's A player played like a dog, I won't mention his name. No clubs were thrown but there were not enough rules officials on the course to sort out all the cheating that was going on. One thing for certain, after winning the last two years, thee was a concerted effort to make sure my team lost. I will say no more.
The match ended in a blood thirsty tie with many allegations and finger pointing, so it was decided that instead of a knife fight we would let it remain a tie.
Bebo and his team finally got the trophy!!!! 
 

The other team with Patsy Edward as the A player were allowed to hold the trophy for a few seconds before Bebo snatched it away from them.
The biggest winner and the biggest loser
You can see that Trent is still getting lessons over the phone
Afterwards there was beer and fun at my house with lots of happy fellowship and stories
 
 
 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

7000 ACRES OF GRASS

This past weekend, Denise and I packed up and went to camp for a romantic weekend. HAH!
I did manage to cut the7000 acres of grass around the camp with a little help after Erin showed up.
Glad we got it cut, you couldn't see the house!


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

A Memorial Memorial Day

After spending years working my way up the food chain at the famous Christmas Place, I finally managed to actually have a Holiday there with my family, without my Evil brothers bothering me.
Denise and I, plus my daughter Sarah and her boyfriend Ryan headed into camp Friday for what turned out to be a really nice, fun weekend.
Hamburgers on the grill Friday, cut some grass Saturday morning and then went riding and exploring the property so that Ryan could see everything.
we took pictures at all the Indian mounds, saw a crocogator in the lake, explored trails, got stuck, looked for sheds, saw 2 snakes (thank God Denise did not see them), and really enjoyed the big hardwood forests on the property.
That night into Jackson for dinner at BabaLou's restaurant and crashed that night.
The next morning we cut a little more grass and then went and walked in the clear spring fed creek that wanders across the property. The water was very cold, but we waded looking for arrowheads and old bottles. Then Sarah and Ryan left for the coast and we headed home.
A super weekend.



Thursday, May 02, 2019

Water Valley Cannon Returns

The old cannon we used to play on as kids has been AWOL for several years now but at last has been returned to the little downtown park it has guarded for 70 years. The cannon has been refurbished, repainted and reworked to be a proud sentinel for Water Valley and a symbol for the faithful soldiers of the town that gave their all to defend us.
The cannon was dedicated around 1950 to be that symbol, but of course it was also in place to guard the railroad and keep those damn Oxford people at bay. You can also see that it is pointed North, just in case...........

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Turkey Camp Success

Paul hosted a turkey camp last weekend at the famous Christmas Place and they saw quite a few turkeys, heard a lot of gobbling, caught a mess of fish, played golf, ate like kings, drank a lot of whiskey and even found time to actually shoot a big gobbler.
Andy Hall came down from Water Valley, worked his butt off cooking and helping out and also ended up with a well deserved 21 lb. gobbler with an 11-inch beard.
Congratulations Andy!!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Josh Meets Captain Blood

Here is the pic of Josh, Capt. Blood and a fine hog taken off the back of the Indian Mound area.
As you can see, do well and someone wants their picture taken with you.
Congrats on a really nice one Josh!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

A Great Hog Camp

The weather finally cooperated and we had great weather for the hog hunt, excepting rain Sunday morning. The food was great, the weather was great, the guest were great and it was easily the best Hog Camp ever.

Our Yankee friends shot some hogs, swapped stories with us and drank all the beer. Once again they were the best guests ever and a real joy to have come down from Minnesota every year.
Jay got this super nice one.

His buddy Joe got this one before they left to go back to the frozen tundra.
Josh got a hog too but no picture yet, too horrible to look at. Maybe it looked like Burney?
Will post if it ever arrives. Looking forward to next year and another round of The Game of Hogs.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Hog Camp 2019

Hog Camp is this weekend and the hunters are loading up on armor piercing bullets, hand grenades, and mortars to take on the horrible swine that have invaded the delta.
Looks like many of the survivors of last years' camp are coming with blood in their eyes. This year the Minnesota killers are expected to be there too!
Hope we have a great camp with pleasant weather, hogs on the pole and a great fire outside to enjoy.
PS- Everyone make sure your will is up to date and names me the beneficiary.
Below is a typical picture of the size hogs the good hunters usually get.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019

An Unbelievable Buck

Yes, it's true. Paul Howell finally killed the big buck our whole camp has been trying to get for as long as I can remember. We were all so shook up that instead of envy that he expected, we all congratulated him and told him how proud we were of him. For once in his life he was actually humbled and for about three hours there he could hardly talk for the big grin on his face. WHAT A BUCK!! A massive and beautiful 10 point that WILL be gracing the living area of the Droptine Lodge.
After Paul wandered around for an hour or so shaking hands Over and Over again, I decided to finally get to the secret of how he managed to kill all these big deer. I grabbed a bottle of whiskey, led him off to a dark corner, had him tell his story (Over and Over again) and drink 'till he could not see, and then I bluntly asked him to tell me the true reason for his success.
I am going to give this information now to our good and faithful readers so you will know how to get a gigantic monster buck too and it is very simple and easy.
If you will go down to the Crossroads about Midnight on the darkest night, there is a (man) there next to a blackened stump with a feral grin that will ensure that you can get the big bucks too. All you have to do is sign your name at the bottom of the contract.

Monday, January 28, 2019

CAMO 1/25/2019- A Great Dog Has Left Us

Camo was raised as a circus dog and at an early age learned to walk the high wire, juggle, leap through flaming hoops, ride bareback, do flips, catch flaming arrows in his mouth and chase trespassers. She turned this down to come live with me and Denise and become best friends with Thunderhoof. She loved to go to camp. All you had to say was "Camp" or for me to pick up my rifle and bag and she was howling at the door ready to go.
She hated a big eared deer, a squirrel, wild hog, any big black bird (crow or buzzard), didn't like a chipmunk or rabbit and was not too fond of a grasshopper. She would kill a damn snake.
When she was young, she loved to run like the wind, but in later years she would ride in the buggy with us around the camp. Her best hunting trips were barking at deer through the windshield of my truck at deer as we rode around in my truck and growling at me to drive faster so she could grab one by the ears. She refused to do any of the tricks she knew, she was above all that, but she could bark, beg or sleep on command or not. She had us trained to get her treats with just one bark! 
Camo was the camp mascot and most of my best hunts were when she was at camp. When I got a big old deer she would race out to meet me and double check just to make sure the big horned varmint was dead. She loved almost everyone and was the smartest, most loving dog I have ever known.
At home she slept by Denise most nights, guarded our house against Big Foot, rhinoceroses, and burglars and was the child we didn't have. Also she was our best friend.
We buried her in the yard so we could look out and check on her occasionally, but I think she will spend her time sleeping by the fire and keeping an eye on us.
Denise and I are heart broken but have been truly blessed to have known such a noble companion and best friend. I really don't have the words to express how much I loved that  dog.