If ever there was a perfect morning, this had to be it. The bluebird sky above was filled with cotton ball clouds, and the air was crisp and cool. I held my fly rod in one hand and used the other to grab roots and rocks as we made our way down the river bank using a combination of climbing …

Brock Mosley cut his fishing teeth on Okatibbee Lake fishing with his father, Danny Mosley, and that experience ignited his passion for bass fishing and led to a professional career and a spot in this year’s Bassmaster Classic, which will take place this week on Lake Ray Roberts in Fort Wor…

James Byrd cast a lure towards the shoreline, and it settled slowly to the bottom, but it didn’t get far as a bass struck hard and started running towards deeper water.

Going into the final morning of their Texas Rio turkey hunt, lifelong hunting friends Allen Shortridge and Tommy Jackson had yet to score on a Rio Grande gobbler so they enlisted the aid of veteran turkey hunter Justin Jackson, who’d already tagged out. During the prior morning hunt, Shortr…

Billy Russell dropped a jig beside a cypress tree, and a hungry crappie sucked it in, and a split-second later Russell set the hook, and the first crappie of the day was in the boat. Russell had just made his first turkey hunting trip with me in 38 years, and we left the woods with a gobbler…

It was one of those days. The bad luck started early that morning when I busted an old gobbler that had been schooling me all week off his roost. By midday, I was bone-tired and totally frustrated. It seemed as though I was putting out one fire after another at work, and by that afternoon I…

Known as the “First Lady of Hunting,” Brenda Valentine has hunted and taken almost every big-game species in North America and has appeared on many television shows. She is such a talented personality who has been a spokesperson for Bass Pro, Mossy Oak and the NWTF, so she knows a thing or …

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Brock Mosley cut his fishing teeth on Okatibbee Lake fishing with his father, Danny Mosley, and that experience ignited his passion for bass fishing and led to a professional career and a spot in this year’s Bassmaster Classic, which will take place this week on Lake Ray Roberts in Fort Wor…

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“...all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise.” -Norman Maclean, “A River Runs Through It”

James Byrd cast a lure towards the shoreline, and it settled slowly to the bottom, but it didn’t get far as a bass struck hard and started running towards deeper water.

Going into the final morning of their Texas Rio turkey hunt, lifelong hunting friends Allen Shortridge and Tommy Jackson had yet to score on a Rio Grande gobbler so they enlisted the aid of veteran turkey hunter Justin Jackson, who’d already tagged out. During the prior morning hunt, Shortr…

Billy Russell dropped a jig beside a cypress tree, and a hungry crappie sucked it in, and a split-second later Russell set the hook, and the first crappie of the day was in the boat. Russell had just made his first turkey hunting trip with me in 38 years, and we left the woods with a gobbler…

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“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” —J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

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Somewhere around the time I graduated high school, or shortly thereafter, I was given a copy of Robert Fulghum’s book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”

It was one of those days. The bad luck started early that morning when I busted an old gobbler that had been schooling me all week off his roost. By midday, I was bone-tired and totally frustrated. It seemed as though I was putting out one fire after another at work, and by that afternoon I…

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It was one of those days. The bad luck started early that morning when I busted an old gobbler that had been schooling me all week off his roost. By midday, I was bone-tired and totally frustrated. It seemed as though I was putting out one fire after another at work, and by that afternoon I …

Known as the “First Lady of Hunting,” Brenda Valentine has hunted and taken almost every big-game species in North America and has appeared on many television shows. She is such a talented personality who has been a spokesperson for Bass Pro, Mossy Oak and the NWTF, so she knows a thing or …

Mark it down, when the fruit trees bloom the gobblers boom and crappie spawn. Now the fish may be up in the grass, or out in the shallow flats, ditches and stump fields, but they will bite. And you can catch them if you know what to do, where to fish and how to fish. If you can find them an…

“The better half of turkey hunters, in my opinion, do not love hunting turkeys because they are good at it. They are good at it because they love hunting turkeys.” —Hunter Farrior, “Ballad of a Turkey Hunter”

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“Through a series of developments that lead back to the original source, position, or situation — usually used in the phrase “come full circle.”

Andrew Hart and his hunting friends located a trophy buck in December of 2019 near Belzoni. Hart had an opportunity to shoot the buck late on Dec. 28, but he’d just returned from a Texas hunting trip where he harvested several deer.

Deep in the woods of south Lauderdale County stands the Stucky Bridge, so named because of a legendary outlaw who reportedly operated an inn and robbed patrons and others who dared cross his bridge with any money. The bridge still spans the river, but these days the river is home to spotted…

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “A temperature of at least 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19.”

Deer hunting for the 2020-2021 season ended in east-central Mississippi and on NAS Meridian Jan. 31. Hunters harvested a total of 71 deer on NAS Meridian during the season, compared to 48 deer the previous hunting season.

I am filling in for Brad this week; he didn’t ask me to, but since he is combatting Covid, I intervened.

I always carry at least three things in my pocket — sometimes more, but always these three: a money clip/wallet, regular Chapstick and a pocketknife.

My anticipation was running high and adrenalin flowed freely as I drove by the famous Windsor Ruins on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River last week. Anticipation rarely meets reality, but the mere fact that I’d hunted along the Mississippi River with my Pawpaw Pat Nolen and Uncle …

Veteran deer hunter Mark McPhail eased towards his stand during a late-season hunt when a buck suddenly appeared on the other end of his green field and stood as still as a statue. As the buck stared him down with a piercing gaze, McPhail froze a second.

Ian Prescott arrived at the Tanglewood Retreat for the Jeep Sullivan Wounded Warrior Outdoor Adventure’s hunt around 12 p.m. and joined the other warriors as they sighted in their rifles for the hunt.

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The older I get, the more I realize that every day is precious, and every day that I get to spend hunting or fishing is a treasure. However, there have been days in the woods that I would consider epic, days unlike any before, once-in-a-lifetime days, halcyon days.

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