Retired Marine Sgt. Amos Benjamin, center, took his first deer during last weekend's event, one hosted by Walter Hatchett, left, and others. Jordan "Country" Blissett, right, caught the event on video. (Mossy Oak Productions)

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer BAINBRIDGE, Ga. – Brian Proctor and Walter Hatchett launched a mission just to say “thank you,” and have found themselves saving lives instead. The Red Hills Wounded Warrior Group is an effort that unites the communities of Bainbridge, Ga., and Tallahassee, Fla., behind a project that takes wounded veterans hunting. […]

A breeze kicked up out of the north as the hushed whistle of wingbeats passed through the black air above. Water lapped quietly at the base of the blind. Inside, two Labrador retrievers whined with nervous excitement as they poked their noses through holes so they could look too. They stood with us on wooden […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer For fishermen with ice water in their veins – or, better yet, ample clothes upon their backs – winter’s coldest days are when the time is most ripe for chasing the biggest bass in the lake. In warm months, when water oxygen levels are low and the baitfish are thoroughly […]

My ears were red and had been numb for hours, and I could feel my fingers just well enough to unzip my coat. I’d had gloves on, but they had gotten wet and hadn’t done much good after that. The water in the bottom of my hip boots had taken care of everything from at […]

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Fishermen who finds schools of crappie in the winter are in for a good time.

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Though often associated with the first exciting, warm days of spring, the very depths of winter can be the best time to catch crappie. “People ask me when the crappie are going to start biting, and I tell them, ‘November,’” Clay Coleman, of Clay’s Bait and Tackle, in Tupelo, said. […]

The outdoor trade show season is once again upon us and, with it, is sure to come tales of derring-do both new and old from my colleagues around the nation. Some will claim to have been charged by a cape buffalo or gored by an oryx or mauled by a leopard. Some will claim to […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Hunting somewhere you’ve never been is a big part of the adventure of the outdoors, but whether your wanderings take you near or far, a little bit of research can go a long way toward reaching a good outcome. Generally, the only clients who go away from good outfitters disappointed […]

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 […]