Throughout the night before, I’d listened to them laugh and talk on subjects unique to the little boy world. Toy trucks and airplanes and things seen in cartoons, how fried rabbit tastes, where ducks sleep and how long forever might last led the bill, followed by subjects too many to count or follow. They were […]

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Taco salads, above, and meatloaf, below, are two easy ways to prepare ground venison, an ingredient that easily replaces ground bee in almost any recipe.

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer With deer season just concluded and freezers filled with venison far and wide, there’s no time like the present to begin preparing nature’s harvest for the table, and there’s no method more flexible than one that begins with a grind. “You can use (ground venison) in just about anything,” Bubba […]

I was home from school for the weekend and, as always, my first stop was to check out whatever the Old Men had been up to while I was gone. They were always taking things apart that didn’t necessarily benefit from disassembly or building things that didn’t necessarily need to be built. Also, by my […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer BOULDER CITY, Nev. – On a day when many of the newest innovations in the outdoor industry made tremendous noise, one of the most universally useful and effective quietly continued its job of making every other product’s experience better. On a bright day at the Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club […]

The outline of hills under shadow broke an indigo sky. Land that stood in sun was a hundred shades of red. Between, the tan and sandy slopes grew steeper as they fell. Their depths were easier to drop into than climb out of, just like much in life. Walking in, I learned about the land. […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer The major spring crappie rush is still several weeks away, but some of the biggest and best can be caught right now. Before the late winter sun angles higher above the horizon and the water begins to warm, crappie will remain stacked and suspended over deep structure, a fishing scenario […]

The sky was the kind of bright, mid-winter blue that hurts your eyes, sometimes because it shows you more than you can stand to see. The sun lay along the horizon before us, screened by stands of tall pine as we wound our way home along the Natchez Trace that afternoon. The Boy sat in […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer If your freezer’s full of game and you find it still too cold to fish, a walk in the woods can be a great way to take advantage of a clear, cool, sunny day, and Tishomingo State Park has just the ticket. The site of one of the last obvious […]

We walked in cool shadows and warm sunshine on a day before the hard cold arrived, over sharp hills and foot bridges, past a bubbling spring and under great outcroppings of rock that drew the Boy’s attention. It was a good start to the New Year several days after it had formally begun. “This is […]