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 […]

Meredith Moffett has been shooting competitively for five years, in which time he's learned patience, concentration and confidence, as well as accuracy. (Carolann Hilt)

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Concentration is the key to success, one young shooter says, a fact that’s proven true both on the firing line and in life. When Meredith Moffett, from the Becker community in Monroe County, steps to the line to compete against the best young shooters in the nation next month, her […]

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 […]