The phone rang early on the morning of Jan. 1, well before I’d intended to greet the day. “You haven’t had a bath all year,” the Old Man laughed when I picked up the receiver. “Thanks for noticing,” I grumbled. This was one of his two favorite jokes. The other was to say, whenever an […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Teaching new rifle shooters how to use a scope is a step of mentorship that can be more challenging than it sounds, but a little bit of advance planning on the part of the instructor can make a big difference. Using any scope correctly begins with eye relief, the distance […]

The Boy fidgeted and squirmed, put clothes on and took them off, was hungry and bored and anxious in turn. He moved too much and “whispered” too loud and sought new and clever ways to try my patience, but when the does walked into the field he froze and, in a moment, it was all […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Getting deer from fields around the state to the tables of the needy has been the mission of Hunter’s Harvest since its inception four years ago. Today, its organizers are working to expand that mission’s reach. Official estimates of how many people in America go hungry vary depending on definition, […]

The Old Man surveyed the torn paper and the castoff boxes, the blizzard of printed instructions and the light dusting of packing peanuts that, together, covered the den floor to a depth of several feet. He listened to beeps and boops and mock explosions that echoed from every corner of the house. The Opening of […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoor Writer Some of the best gift ideas for outdoor enthusiasts may come from a ramble through the gear the recipient already has. Most of us are hesitant to buy top-of-the-line equipment for ourselves, so an improved version of something the recipient already has and uses would be great. Another idea would […]

Art may imitate life or life may imitate art, but hunts definitely imitate the life and art of those doing the hunting. “Y’all are making entirely too big a deal out of this,” my wife told me as she reluctantly put on some of the gear I handed her to wear. “It’s not even cold.” […]

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Clay Coleman keeps the heat and smoke applied to his signature summer sausages steady at 250 degrees until they've reached an internal temperature of 155 to 160, then he allows them to cool very slowly.

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer One of the oldest methods of curing meat and game is still one of the most valid, flavorful and healthy, as well as simply achieved. Smoking hams and sausages has been a long-held family tradition for Clay Coleman, of Mantachie, and he’s offering his skills to the public from his […]

As each bird flew past his stand, Steve put up a shot from his Remington over-and-under that sent a gargantuan roar and plume of blue smoke skyward. He hit some and missed some – but, even from across the field, we could tell every volley got meat, at least on Steve’s end. We later discovered […]