Even in a culture that reminds us from the time we are small to always say “please” and “thank you,” it’s still possible to forget the value of appreciation, the necessity of gratitude. In fact, the people we fail usually deserve our gratitude the most. At some point, being taken for granted becomes the thanks […]

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Catfish destined for tournament weigh-ins have to be kept alive, a challenge 
answered by massive, custom-built live wells that fill the beds of pickup trucks.

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Thursday marked the opening of a fishing season that requires, in the way of gear, only a license and a strong spirit of adventure to pursue. Called grabbling, hand grabbing and a variety of other terms, the sport involves locating submerged hollow logs, current-etched cavities in creek banks or installing […]

As the skies turned dark and the wind began to pick up, I asked the Old Men if they didn’t think we ought to head back to the landing, but the crappie were quickly striking every minnowed hook that hit the water and they were loathe to leave. By the time they realized we should […]

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Accomplished shotgun shooter Bert Lawrence, left, coaches David Grant on the finer points of intercepting a fast rabbit target on the sporting clays course.

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer CANTON – In the same way the best golfers practice their skills by returning to the basics, shotgun enthusiasts can sharpen theirs by consulting with a pro, a service offered by staff and volunteers at the Turcotte Shooting Range near Canton. Formulated by Olympic, Pan-Am and World Shooting champion John […]

They sat around the perimeter of the pontoon boat and fished from lawn chairs, laughing at old stories, at old memories, at old fishermen. One had gotten soaked on a trotline run and was without spare dry clothes, they recalled. One had tried to make cornbread and only welded the batter to the pan. One […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer The season, the weather and the moon are combining to make this weekend one of the best of the year for crappie fishing, and experienced professionals say plastic minnows and grubs offer some of the best flexibility to be found. While it’s true a live minnow will always look like […]

The sun was hot and the fishing was slow, which tended to put the Old Man into a philosophical mood. “They say you can’t have your cake and eat it, too,” he offered, looking at me. “You know a good bit about eating, but that saying is too nice and soft for the subject it […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Outdoor pursuits step inside tomorrow and Thursday when northeast Mississippi chapters of Friends of the NRA and the National Wild Turkey Federation host their annual banquets. The Northeast Mississippi Friends of NRA will hold their annual banquet and auction tomorrow evening beginning at 5:30 at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo. […]

The gobbles were getting closer, so we decided to wake up the 7-year-old hunter sitting on my lap before the excitement started. Thing is, the excitement had already begun. We’d driven 13 hours the day before, rolled out of bed well before sunrise, crept into the blind in the dark. Decoys out front, 20 gauge […]