Sparks from a campfire drifted high on a cool wind that arrived a week or so before the first full day of fall. They hatched from the last pops of a smoky smudge, one built of wood leftover from another adventure carried out several rainstorms before. The Boy had been patient as I’d gotten the […]

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal BLUE SPRINGS – On a whim, Dick Hollaway and some friends went to the old Tupelo Gun Club one Saturday to “shoot some skeet.” Sounded like a good idea to Hollaway, 23 years old at the time. He had hunted, but he had never shot clay targets. “They were having […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Mississippi’s archery season for whitetail deer opens Oct. 1 and, while shooting practice for most hunters has long been underway, a seasonal check of the shooting equipment itself is always critical. “Every bow is different so, unless you have the numbers for it handy, the best thing to do is […]

Come morning and afternoon we hike through sage and sarvisberry, through aspen, scrub oak and pine, up hills that make mountains. We step and slide through dry soil mixed with volcanic tumble, a glacial slurry eons in the making. Base camp sits at 7,200 feet, more than high enough to notice the thin air, and […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer A 3-D archery competition and a concert by the host of TV’s Maximum Archery will help highlight a weekend of fundraising efforts focused on building a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Tupelo. Set for Sept. 19-20 and billed “A Weekend For Our Heroes,” the effort seeks to continue […]

I had two thoughts when I saw the guy trying to solve his problem. The first was, I’ve got to get a picture of this. The second was, I sure wish my Old Men could see it. I’ve no doubt they would have approved. I was in the parking area of a rural butcher shop […]

JACKSON (AP) – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says there’s a new state alligator record. It reported Saturday that Robert Mahaffey of Brandon and two assistants hauled in a 756-pound ‘gator. That broke the record by 14 1/2-pounds. Saturday was the second day of Mississippi’s alligator season, which ends at noon on […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer One of the best options for hunters seeking spots for Monday’s dove opener and beyond may lie on public ground nearby. State dove program coordinator Scott Baker and the staff with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks have been developing public dove hunt offerings for many years, and […]

The Boy brought his BB gun, sunglasses, camo gloves and cap. He carried his folding stool and his pocket knife. Along with my own gun and gear, I brought a bottle of water and a ThermaCELL for each of us. I also brought lots of memories I hoped to share, but those require a little […]