I had no idea there’d ever been a horse in the pasture but, by the time I learned one was supposed to be, he’d gotten out and I had to get him back. The Old Man had kept dairy cattle on his place for decades before I came along. Although he’d closed the operation during […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer The first step in enjoying any hunting season is finding somewhere to hunt and, for Mississippians, roughly 1.6 million acres of options stand ready for the taking. How to best gain advantage of hunting availabilities on public land, then, becomes the question. Public freedom to hunt public land is one […]

The Old Man wore leather-topped boots that were run down at the mouth, worn and pliable from miles of steps along cotton rows and through briar patches. They were a style that joined a leather top to a rubber bottom, and had the kind of gummed sole tread you don’t see much anymore. They left […]

MARIETTA Alfreda Forshee met Jeff Kidd a little more than a year ago, and the two have become like family, a brother and sister who look forward to each other’s company and get to visit almost every day. But it’s a relationship both wish had never come to be. Not quite two years ago, Kidd, […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Light weight, personal watercraft were surely invented long before the wheel, but ongoing innovation in their design keeps them at the top of the list of must-have outdoor equipment. Looking into what is available and taking care of craft already on hand are concerns that come up for every enthusiast […]

We rested our binoculars on shooting sticks or across the backpacks we’d gratefully shed and scanned mountainsides rising opposite ours, hills framing valleys that lay between. Deep scars of bare rock marked places whose angles allowed nothing to stand. Sarvisberry and sage coated pastures below. Aspen and dark timber sheltered quiet places above. Game was […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Youngsters looking for introductory instruction in any and all of the shooting disciplines may find their start Sept. 24 in Tupelo at the annual J.A.K.E.S. Day, sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation. Held for years at Jackson Camp in the Bay Springs area, this year’s edition will take place […]

I turned the slick, glossy pages, passing photos of elk and mule deer and of dogs pointing quail, past largemouth bass and king salmon. I read my favorite part first, a humor column that started on the magazine’s last page before jumping inside, then I looked up at the Old Man, who sat in his […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer There may be no better second and third steps for a youngster to make into the hunting world than those taken during early squirrel season, when the leaves are thick, the game is plentiful and another chance to do it right is just over the hill. Mississippi’s youth squirrel season, […]