The Old Man who’d taken charge of the cooking liked Sunbeam loaf bread, he said, because it was consistent. He said most things in life aren’t consistent and when you find something that is, you need to hold onto it, even if it’s just a slice of bread. The subject came up because I was […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Sitting still, confident gun handling, knowing where to aim and basic turkey identification are key points to cover in advance for mentors taking a youngster turkey hunting this season. The best teachers remember what it was to be small and to see things from a child’s point of view. All […]

The worksite of my first real summer job had a lake on it, and fishing in it during our down time led to laughter I’ve remembered ever since. The summer I was 15, possibly the most obnoxious and dangerous age any boy ever survives, I worked as a construction hand for my uncle, who was […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Hunters are typically the ones looking for the things they find. Sometimes, though, something they never knew existed will find them. Josh Morgan, of Bruce, is an occupational therapist for the North Mississippi Medical Center. He’s an avid hunter who likes nothing better than to share the rewards and excitements […]

The Old Man watched the small fire grow as three green sweet gum branches fell one after another to the short blade of his pocket knife. Bark peeled away in long, even strips and, in no time, the shiny white wood was bare except for a handle’s-worth at the back. A chiseled point marked the […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Two weeks ago, when Al Smith of Prairie – located in Monroe County – got word that a large wild hog was harassing his cattle, he reached out to members of a local hunting club who were more than willing to help. They eliminated a threat and confirmed the unusual […]

The boy watched the water dance across the rocks while his thoughts played over possibilities only he could see. Sometimes he talked of things that might be or could be. Sometimes he described things that only happen in stories or tall tales. In his mind’s eye, though, both are real, at least for the length […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Falling into a situation filled with prehistoric reptiles may seem like an unwelcome transition but, for Ricky Flynt, alligator program coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, it’s been ideal. An employee of the department since 1993, he took over the program in his tenth year on […]

Live bait and catfishing don’t always go together but, when they do, the results can be exciting. Sometimes, you even catch a few fish as well. From the moment they’re sold, minnows spend every second looking for a way to die. The bigger they are, the better they are at doing this, too, and we […]