The front tires turned slowly away from pavement and pressed into the quiet of deep sand. We rolled softly into the shade of pines that stood high overhead and closed the gate behind us. We had come back to the place where phones did not ring. We followed the path away from the noise of […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer The next shooting opportunity for most of Mississippi’s hunters won’t roll around on the calendar until September, but preparations for making the most of those dates is best begun no later than now. According to state and federal regulations, crops grown in the fields over which doves will be hunted […]

The Old Man killed the outboard motor and rocked it forward to lift its lower unit clear of the mud. We coasted into the shade of the buttonwillows, looked them over carefully for snakes, then clipped a line from the bow through their limbs. We passed around a worn bar of Lava soap, washing our […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Warm water temperatures on the big lakes mean the spring bass spawn of 2015 is well over and adherence to the summer pattern has begun. Participants in the Clay’s Bait and Tackle Tournament Trail at J.P. Coleman State Park Saturday found their fish early and deep when they found them […]

The wasps poured down like rain and I was stung a half-dozen times before I knew what was going on, then at least four or five more before I could get out of the way. The Old Men had mostly retired from running trotlines but were still a long way from giving up fishing. Fortunately, […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Food is a vital part of the enjoyment of any day or weekend outdoors, and the potential for creativity is bound only by the camp chef’s imagination and the limits of food safety. Hamburgers on the grill for the first night, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage for breakfast the next […]

The little girl sat in the high swing and waited for a push that would take her higher. She laughed and smiled and talked about the things that made her happy. Her world revolved around simple joys and time outside, and the two went together like blue skies and sunshine. I held the chains that […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer In its fourth year of promoting hand-to-mouth combat, the North Mississippi Grabbling Tournament will also lend a helping hand to an area veteran. The North Mississippi Grabbling Tournament will weigh in from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., June 13 at the stage and picnic area at Engineer Point on Sardis […]

Dark water swirled into the glass handle on the lid of the percolator as the Old Man turned three eggs on the stove. The heel and a few slices of bread lay dominoed from the end of a Sunbeam bag on the kitchen table. Daylight was hours away as we waited for the arrival of […]