The Old Men occupied the window seats on either side of the small truck’s cab and smoked cigarettes in turn. They were old, and so could do what they wanted. Besides, they’d started smoking back when doctors in ads still said it was good for you, and that was the opinion they meant to follow. […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer An exercise that combines stealth, woodscraft and marksmanship, October squirrel hunts are a reminder of all skills necessary for hunting. The season opens next Thursday, Oct. 1. Finding squirrels early in the season begins as it would at any other time: by locating where they’re traveling and feeding. Listening for […]

The Old Man sat in his lawn chair at the pinch point of the funnel that yielded hundreds of squirrels over the years. His shotgun lay across his lap as he watched for the game to come. His front yard was full of mature pecan trees whose fruit we gathered each fall. Some were made […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer SMITHVILLE – With long miles behind them and just as many yet ahead, two friends from Chattanooga made repairs to their boat and motor in Monroe County Wednesday and continued their quest to complete the longest journey by johnboat ever recorded. Jim Gifford is a mechanical contractor and farmer. Aubrey […]

The Old Man lifted his feet as the boat settled to a stop and the water inside the hull sloshed forward. A coffee can of catalpa worms floated up and tipped. He picked it up and raked the spilled contents back inside. The flat-bottomed craft had bounced across thousands of waves in its career, ridden […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Crappie fishermen working the big waters of Pickwick and Bay Springs have had their challenges of late, but they’re ahead of the curve for one of the most rewarding times of the freshwater year. The first warm days of spring may be the only time many fishing enthusiasts hit the […]

This week, by way of social media, Will Jimeno told his friends about Antonio Rodrigues, a guy he and his buddies called “A-Rod.” He introduced us to Christopher Amoroso, who was a good cop and a great family man. We met David LeMagne, as dedicated a medical responder as there’s ever been, and we heard […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer For most wingshooters and outdoors enthusiasts of every stripe, an early dove season opener means there’ll soon be fresh birds on the table. Once traditionally fried only, today when it comes time to prepare doves for the table, no method may be more popular than grilling. Cooking meat harvested by […]

The Boy dug through his camping gear, describing the lightweight attributes of each piece in turn. There was a toothbrush with a short handle and one fewer row of bristles, a sleeping bag that weighed less than a dandelion’s dream and boots that nearly walked by themselves. Dehydrated meals formulated to feed a battalion rested […]