The Boy sat on the nose of the canoe and rode it through the shoals like an aluminum pony. He’d spent the morning casting a closed-face spinning reel, retrieving willow blades behind a white, rubber skirt, and he’d dug into the same task for the afternoon. The hills and mountains of the Ozarks hold wildlife […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer BELMONT – Paul Witt routinely sees the most exotic creatures that call our planet home. Zebras and lions from the plains of southern Africa, tahr and stag from the misty mountains of New Zealand, brown bear from the coasts of Alaska, whitetails from our nation’s heartland and elk from the […]

Paul Witt, of Belmont, has done taxidermy for a number of clients with names known around the world, but his primary customer is the everyday hunter, someone like himself, who wants to honor an animal and hold onto a moment by preserving a tangible memory. The resulting products help us share those stories with our […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer GALENA, Mo. – Helping clients cast bass baits from the seat of a moving canoe over the course of a quiet day’s float is a business model Dennis Whiteside has mastered to his satisfaction, as well as that of countless others. As a retirement job that pays for his hobby, […]

The brown water of the Tallahatchie cut the farmland south of Minter City, winding a lazy course through the richest soil on the planet. Trees lined the high banks, sweet gum and oaks of considerable size, but the topsoil stood deeper than their roots could reach and was undercut by the river at every turn. […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Beginning this deer season, since the Oct. 1 archery opener in fact, hunters on private land in Mississippi have been allowed to shoot deer while in clear view of shelled corn or other assisting feed provided certain rules are observed. Laws regarding the shooting of deer through the aid of […]

Thick fog clung to the mountainsides in a vast silence. It flowed down the valleys and covered the road in a roiling, soundless tumble. First, treelines were but a suggestion, then only a memory. Eventually I could see the tail lights of the truck ahead of me and the branches that closed in on both […]

By Kevin Tate Outdoors Writer Mississippi’s deer herd remains at an all-time high as both hunters and auto insurance companies can attest, so there has never been a better time to roll out recipes that feature whitetail as the star attraction. State wildlife officials estimate Mississippi’s deer population at 1.75 million and say hunters collect […]

Oil glistened in the cast iron skillets. Heat radiated from the stove and filled the room. Pots and plates banged and clashed as the meal came together from three directions at once to arrive right on time. It was the yearly breakfast-for-supper that capped the opening day of dove season, something I looked forward to […]