Tires squeaked through careful turns on wet pavement as the engine rumbled its way uphill. Midmorning sunshine blazed from a high blue sky in places not blocked by mountain or tree. Between, the road was dark. I shifted sunglasses up and down while the transmission did the same with its gears. The map said this […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer When he hit the ground at the base of the tree, Jon Cunningham broke 12 ribs and many other bones, injured countless internal organs, lost the use of his left hand and, ultimately, lost his career. Still, he counts himself lucky. Through the years as an Oklahoma game warden, Cunningham […]

Lightning walked over the mountain behind us like the devil’s fingers playing piano. As it closed, each stroke slammed a crisp, bass note while we checked the bushes for rattlesnakes, looking for a safe place to hide. It was the first week of September in the Rockies of northwestern Colorado. The days before had been […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer With deer season officially underway, duck season around the corner and small game seasons all around, cleaning out any of last year’s provender remaining in the freezer is high on the job list for hunters everywhere. That this time coincides with cooler weather and the return to the table of […]

The Boy looked at the folded tent and the rolled sleeping bags. He stepped over the chairs necessary for enjoying any campfire and walked around the stack of empty coolers. “When are we going camping again,” he asked, “just you and me?” I told him I had a trip coming up and some other obligations […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Sharing opportunities to shoot everything from bows to shotguns with youngsters who’ve never had the chance is the focus of an event set for Saturday in the Jackson Camp Recreation Area at Bay Springs. “We’re calling it ‘Kids’ Hunting Heritage Day’ because we wanted to make it clear what the […]

My little girl took my hand as I shambled along with her on her exercise trek. “Would you like to come walk with me?” she’d asked. As quickly as she’s growing up, who could say no? She held my hand as we walked in the growing dusk. Crickets and cicadas greeted the dark as she […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Cooler weather and falling water levels are triggering shad by the thousands to run shallow as they do each year, bringing bass along in a feeding frenzy and putting one of bass fishermen’s favorite tools into play. When the Rat-L-Trap, a product of Bill Lewis Lures, was introduced in the […]

Sweat filtered through my eyebrows and dripped from the end of my nose, making it hard to watch for yellow jackets. June had not yet given way to July, and it was still early in the day to boot, but summer had already been in full force for what felt like months. The Old Man […]