Matthew Reilly doesn’t remember his first fish. Of course, most of us don’t remember much from when we were 1 year old. “My dad took me fishing ever since I could sit up on my own,” Reilly, 21, says. “He wasn’t the kind of person who’d take me fishing and make me fish all day. […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer GREATSMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK – If there’s a single icon of a wildlife experience in the Appalachian Mountains, it’s likely the sighting of a live and healthy black bear. Though last fall’s fires burned across 11,000 acres of park valleys and hillsides, much of it known to contain bears, wildlife […]

Working in close coordination with National Park Service employees in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park are members of Appalachian Bear Rescue, a group founded in 1996 and headquartered nearby. Among other things, its staff carries out key research on interaction between bears and humans. ABR employees Coy Blair and Jessica Giacomini are leading an […]

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Life is already re-sprouting and re-growing in the burned areas of the Smokies, hot on the heels of the wildfires that took place late last fall.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. While images of wildfires raging out of control are burned into the memories of all who saw them, reality finds the landscapes most familiar to tourists basically unscathed by the events of last fall. In Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville and outlying communities where local economies depend upon tourism, business as usual is […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer WEST POINT – Sustainability and profitability, together on the same ground, can thrive when managed with the best goals constantly in mind. That’s a project Jimmy Bryan and researchers from Mississippi State University have been working toward since the late 1990s on a stretch of historic Blackland Prairie in Clay […]

I peeled a length of monofilament off The Boy’s reel, threaded it through six guides and the casting top on a bright yellow rod, then set about tying on a hook. One loop through, five wraps around the main line, back down through the first loop, then up through the loop the last move made […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer AMORY – There are many varieties of friction-based turkey calls on the general market, but the best may be one that lies in relative secrecy, a condition not unlike the most valuable turkey hunting knowledge itself. In late winter, sporting good stores fill hunting equipment aisles with everything from lidded […]

I walked into the kitchen and dropped my school books on the counter, sat down at the table and held my head in my hands. I had homework due the next day, a passage of Chaucer in the original Middle English to memorize for later in the week, a paper to write over the next […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Grants in support of hunter education and firearms training, grants to help promote the shooting sports and grants to improve both safety and marksmanship have all stemmed from fundraising work done by committees of the Friends of the NRA. Their next local event and annual banquet is set to begin […]