He introduced himself improbably as Rob Roy MacGregor and he claimed to be an outdoor advertising specialist. What he was, more generally, though, was a guy who’d found a way to let his hobby and his passion pay for the necessities of life. It was Saturday afternoon and I was walking across Knoxville’s market square, […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Once confined to the realm of rifles and handguns, advanced sighting options are becoming increasingly popular in the turkey woods, a trend that’s likely to expand as the tools continue to improve. Users of shotguns in aiming situations are frequently surprised by how much their results improve when they give […]

I should have known I was being set up. I’d suspected the tales of this turkey and the directions to his location were leading me nowhere to hear and see nothing but, in fact, the results were just the opposite. The problem was seeing and hearing was all I did and, I suspect, that was […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer When it comes to restoring an old pond to productivity, sometimes it’s time to just start over. Through simple disuse or by not removing enough fish, bass can soon overpopulate a pond, overwhelming the food supply and stunting the growth of all involved. Additionally, undesirable wild species like bullhead catfish, […]

It was a typical August afternoon on the flood plains of Grenada Lake. The air was heavy and still, the sun a big yellow smudge in a hazy sky. We were tied up in the buttonwillows between trotline runs, dressing fish and using the lake for preliminary rinse water, reaching over the side and thrashing […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Electronic depth finders have been standard equipment on bass boats for decades, but recent advances in what that branch of technology can offer is opening up a whole new world from the waterline down. In addition to standard sonar, specialized arrays that scan sideways to cover wide areas and scan […]

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 […]