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Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
Southern Traditions Outdoors December 2012 - January 2013
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This is a bi-monthly published magazine targeting outdoorsmen in the mid-south region to a readership over 45,000 in a five state distribution area. Article content and pre-designed ads are provided.

This is a bi-monthly published magazine targeting outdoorsmen in the mid-south region to a readership over 45,000 in a five state distribution area. Article content and pre-designed ads are provided.

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  • 1. Complimentary Copy DECEMBER ’12 - JANUARY ‘13 WATERFOWL HOT SPOTSTROLLING FOR DEERBUSY AS A BEETROPHY DEER IN TENNESSEE
  • 2. Union City Ford wEST TENNESSEE’S 4X4 HEADQUARTERS! 2013 FORD 250 SUPER CHIEF 2022 West Reelfoot Avenue - Union City, TN 38261 (731) 885-8833 www.fordlincoln.com TAYLOR AUTOMOTIVE MEET YOUR 2013 CHEVY TRUCK LINE-UP! 2013 CHEVY SILVERADO! 11989 Hwy 22 East in Martin, Tennessee. (888) 251-4751 www.taylorautomotive.net.2 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DEC2012-JAN2013
  • 3. TABLE OF CONTENTS From the Desk of Rob Somerville PG..................ARTICLE.......................................................AUTHOR Happy Holidays 8 ......................... TWRA News.................................................................. 11........................ Hunting Camp: Chicken Soup for the Soul ................... Rob Somerville Christmas is upon us and the New Year is quickly approaching. I want to take this time to thank God for my family and friends, especially Eddie Anderson and his family, who have become so dear to my heart. I also want 16....................... Born and Raised: A Duck Hunter’s Story....................... John Houston to thank our other STO Magazine partner, Kevin Griffith, as well as our beautiful and creative graphic designer, 20....................... Late Season Waterfowl Hot Spots................................. Garry Mason Kalli Lipke for making this magazine successful. 22....................... Trophy Deer Hunting in Tennessee............................... Walter Wilkerson STO Magazine would not be the top rated outdoor magazine in the region without our awesome writers such as Walter and Terry Wilkerson, Garry Mason, Eddie Brunswick, Gil Lackey, Joe King Jr. and others. Thanks, 24....................... Women in the Outdoors: Wild Cooking.......................... Terry Wilkerson my friends! 26....................... Busy as a Bee................................................................ Kevin Griffith Our entire staff wishes to express our sincere gratitude to the loyal family of advertisers that allow all of you 30....................... NWTF Celebrates 40th Anniversary reading this publication, to receive it free of charge! The entire team at STO wants to thank our readers, for making us what we are today, as well. 32....................... Trolling for Bucks........................................................... Rob Somerville Last, but most certainly not least, I want to thank God for blessing me by putting all of you in my life. 36....................... Kids and Puppies - Who’s Training Who?..................... Garry Mason From the entire STO Magazine family to all of you … have a very merry Christmas and may God bless all 38....................... Hot Products of you in the coming year! 42....................... Trophy Room 43....................... Kid’s Korner Rob Somerville STO Editor On the CoverChief, owned by Tom Schwartz of Dyersburg, Tennessee, retrieves a Suzie Mallard in eastern Arkansas timber.Photo by John Houston.Southern Traditions Outdoors Magazine, LLCOwners - Eddie Anderson Rob Somerville Magazine Design - Kalli Lipke Advertising Sales Visit Dyer County,Tennessee Kevin GriffithPublisher - Eddie Anderson Rob Somerville - Managing Partner A Spo rtsman’s Paradise!Editor - Rob Somerville Distribution Located just 1/2 hour, from beautiful Reelfoot Lake, Dyer Johnathan Anderson County has something for everyone. From the finest motels, Field Staff Editors restaurants, shopping malls, and bars ... we welcome allGarry Mason Eddie Brunswick Scott MarcinWalter Wilkerson Larry Self Ed Lankford sportsmen that are hunting or fishing at the “Quake Lake.”Terry Wilkerson John Sloan Drew Brooks There is nowhere else for miles that can offerSteve McCadams Richard Simms John Latham hunting and fishing licenses, sporting goods,Kelley Powers John Meacham John Roberts cost-efficient - yet clean and comfortable Buck Gardner lodging, and a cold beer or cocktail. Advertising Information: Our restaurants can tempt you with every- Southern Traditions Outdoors | Rob Somerville thing from a “Black Angus” ribeye steak - to (731) 446-8052 stomag1@gmail.com fast food. The best feature of all, which Dyer County has to offer, is that you will alwaysDISCLAIMER - Neither the authors nor Southern Traditions Outdoors MagazineLLC assume any responsibility or liability for any actions by readers who utilize enjoy your visit with us, in a safe andany information contained within. Readers are advised that the use of any and friendly atmosphere.all information contained within Southern Traditions Outdoors is at their own risk. So, what are you waiting for? Southern Traditions Outdoors Magazine Mission Statement: As far as area ratings go ... Southern Traditions Outdoors Magazine vows to put forth a publication to promote You can’t score higher than Dyer! the outdoors lifestyle in a positive manner. We will strive to encourage veteran and novice outdoorsmen, women, kids, and the physically challenged to participate in the outdoors in a safe and ethical manner. Our publication will bring positive attention to the wondrous beauty of the world of Nature in the mid-south. www.dyerchamber.com4 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DEC2012-JAN2013 DEC2012-JAN2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 5
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  • 5. TWRA NEWS From the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency • Licensed General Contractors Value Engineering / Constructability Analysis Over 30 years experience - since 1981 • Scope Includes • New Construction (Home or COMMISSION HOLDS FINAL MEETING OF is located on Aetna Mountain, in Hamilton and Marion coun- • Additions/Garages/Attic and Basement Build CALENDAR YEAR ties. The area has been heavily used by Off-Road Vehicles, • Outs/Sunrooms • Renovations (partial or full-house makeovers) which are causing environmental concerns. • Kitchens The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission held its fi- During the last year, TWRA has participated in a pub- • Bathroomsnal meeting of 2012 in a special one day gathering on Fri- lic meeting, to answer the public’s questions on why Cum- • Construction Managementday, Nov. 30th. mings Cove WMA has regulations that prohibit ORV use. The • Maintenance Contracts The commission heard from Mike TWRA also solicited public comments over a 76-day period, • Repairs/Improvements • Disaster RecoveryPatterson, a Middle Tennessee sportsman, voic- from March 1st, 2012 to May 15th, 2012, in an ef- fines and court costs. • Insurance Claim Specialistsing concerns about planned restrictions by fort to determine what the public expected in Timothy Chapman, of Mt. Pleasant pled guilty to seven • Repair – Rebuild - Total Restorationthe U.S. Corps of Engineers allowing the way of recreational opportunities on the counts of illegal possession of wildlife. He received fines and • HVACboating access below dams along WMA. In addition, TWRA conducted courts costs totaling $1,654.00 and loss of his hunting and • Electricalthe Cumberland River. Specifics several site visits to Cummings Cove trapping privileges for one year. • Interior Trim (crown molding, tile, cabinets, etc…) • Painting (Interior and Exterior)of the restrictions are not known WMA with various state and feder- The cases involved a joint effort by the Tennessee Wild- • Energy Improvementsat this time. al agencies, including TDEC and life Resources Agency special investigation unit, wildlife of- Frank Fiss, TWRA Assistant USDA Forest Legacy. ficers from TWRA Region II & III, Moore County District delivers projects on-time and within budget, then work withChief of the Fisheries Divi- The commission viewed a Attorney, Lewis County District Attorney and the Tennessee Renovation Plus Construction. - Rob Somervillesion, gave an update on tail recently aired video of a CBS Department of Agriculture. 6401 Hwy 51 Bypass E. - Dyersburg, TN - 38024water management along the evening News segment that The Smith case was settled Aug. 7th, while the Chapman 731.445.3722 www.rpcconstruction.comWatauga, South Holston and was filmed in Montgomery plea agreement was made Sept. 17th. The announcementCaney Fork rivers. He pre- County on White Nose Syn- comes as a reward program that has now been establishedsented a summary of recent drome (WNS). Bill Reeves, for information leading to a conviction of persons dealing inpublic meetings that were TWRA Chief of Biodiversity, the sale, illegal transportation and/or stocking of wild hogs.held to identify any resourc- said an artificial bat cave was A reward of $3,500 is now in effect and made possible by Lankford Taxidermyes issues. built by the Nature Conservan- contributions from TWRA, the Tennessee Department of 3070 Thompson School Rd. Chuck Yoest, TWRA Wild- cy on TWRA land in Montgom- Agriculture, the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation and the Huntingdon, Tennessee - 38344life Division Big Game Coordi- ery County to combat WNS. WNS Tennessee Ornithological Society. Phone (731) 986-3351nator, gave a report on the recently is a fungus infection threatening the Wild hogs cause extensive damage to farm crops, wildlifecompleted fall turkey season and the populations of bats that live in caves habitat, contribute to extreme erosion and stream pollution, Specializing infast start to this year’s deer hunting sea- in North American. The artificial bat cave and carry diseases harmful to livestock or other animals as Fish Mountings and Birdsson. About 2,700 birds were harvested dur- project is designed to attract bats and hope- well as humans.ing the turkey season, which ran from Oct. 13th fully be used in a study to evaluate ways to treat - 50 Years Experience - A primary reason for wild hogs rapid spread is illegal-26th. The figures were almost identical to the 2011 fall totals. and prevent WNS. movement by those who wish to establish hog populations The deer hunting season, which began with the archery The TFWC set its next meeting for Jan. 17th – 18th, 2013. for hunting in areas that may have little or no wild hog pop-segment in late September, has seen an increase in harvest The first meeting of the New Year will be held Thursday ulations. Illegal transport and release is the leading contrib-numbers. As of early on Nov. 30TH, about 117,000 deer were and Friday. uting factor in the spread of wild hogs.harvested, an increase from the 110,000 through the same The TWRA is among the more than 20 entities, from bothtime period last year. Gun season for deer began on Nov. GUILTY PLEAS REACHED IN CASES private sector organizations and state government agencies17th and will continue through Jan. 6th, 2013. INVOLVING WILD HOGS that have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Yoest presented an agency recommendation that adds the agreeing to work cooperatively in regard to wild hogs. ThePennsylvania counties of Adam and York to the Chronic Two guilty pleas have been made in cases involving nu- partnership between the private sector and state agencies isWasting Disease (CWD) restrictive zones. He also asked to merous charges involving wild hogs, in Moore and Lewis working jointly to create and implement outreach tools to ef-remove the statewide restriction on New York and decrease counties in Middle Tennessee. fectively disseminate information to the public, defining thethe restriction to only include Madison and Oneida counties. Dr. Stacy Smith, of Lynchburg, pled guilty to 16 counts problems associated with wild hogs in Tennessee and how theThe commission approved the recommendations. of illegal possession of wildlife. He also pled guilty to fail- parties are working cooperatively to help landowners combatA status report on the Cummings Cove Wildlife Management ure to use an approved source, failure to maintain records the problems associated with wild hogs.Area was presented by David McKinney, TWRA Chief of En- for a preserve, violation of a quarantine order and criminalvironmental Services. The 1,200 acre Cummings Cove WMA conspiracy. The veterinarian received a total of $4,944.00 in8 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DEC2012-JAN2013 DEC2012-JAN2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 9
  • 6. Visit Us www.dixiegunworks.com Hunting Camp: 731-885-0700 GUN WORKS, INC. Hwy. 51 South • 1412 W. Reelfoot Avenue • Union City, TN 38261 Information 800-238-6785 Chicken Soup for The Soul (Across from Wal-Mart) By Rob Somerville Orders WORLD’S LARGEST DISTRIBUTOR OF ANTIQUE & REPLICA BLACKPOWDER FIREARMS & ACCESSORIES Complete Line of Civil War Firearms, Supplies & Accoutrements Indian War Firearms & Leather Goods Cowboy Action Firearms, Clothing, Holsters & Belts A Complete Line of Living History Necessities & Accessories Over 1,000 Original Antique Firearms for Sale Plus a Huge Selection of Books Visit our Showroom and the Old Car Museum • Open 8-5 Mon.-Fri. & 8-12 Sat. Order the Dixie Gun Works Parts & Supplies catalog - Only $ 5.00 T he campfire spits a spark, high in to the chilled air, from the flaming the serene calmness of the evening. Now and then, one of the hunters will glance up side your circled tents around a campfire, or nestled in com- fortable recliners inside a ce- ly debate, which will never be solved, will ensue on the topic of which is the best oak logs that are ablaze with at the meat pole, imagining dar lodge, a hunting camp is caliber rifle for deer. It is a fire. As the aromatic tendrils five trophy bucks, hanging in a magical place. Conversa- place where boys learn to be of smoke curl upward in to the frosty air, with their eyes tions include the latest inno- men and men aren’t afraid to the starlit sky, a peaceful sol- twinkling in the firelight. vations in hunting equipment, behave like boys. itude falls over the hunting There is always one sto- the weather forecast or who Essentially, all hunting camp. The group of hunters, ryteller in the group, and he drew cooking and clean-up camps are made up of similar with a two-day old growth of clears his throat to speak. His duty that night. Good-na- characters. Let’s take a look whiskers on their faces, stare tale usually begins with, “I tured bragging about woods- around an average camp and into the multicolor flames as remember when …” manship and hunting skills see who we find. Furthest if held in a hypnotic trance. This scene is played out abound. Friendly ribbing will from the fire is the “Gadget There is no need for verbal yearly, in one fashion or an- generally follow, targeting Freak.” communication here. These other, at hunting camps all someone who missed an easy This person is staying men have hunted together for across the United States. shot, fell into the swamp or away from the smoke to keep years and are comfortable in Whether you are sitting out- got lost in the woods. A year- his new scent-free suit from continued on next page10 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DEC2012-JAN2013 DEC2012-JAN2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 11
  • 7. Hunting Camp Continued Humorous tales soon fol- Finally, the hunters will be- shanty. He rests easy, know- ics should also be discussed. low, usually attempts to em- gin to head to their sleeping ing he is the only one who This includes never leavingbeing contaminated. He has who should hunt where and some sort of combination of greedily fill their bowls with barrass a present hunter, quarters for a night of tossing will sleep like a baby tonight. the property until all huntersread every book and maga- makes sure the important all of these character traits. helping after helping. causing these grown men to and turning; fitfully dream- Summary are at the designated parkingzine available to man on the supplies are always on hand, And somehow, as if Mother After supper, as the gang laugh insanely like school ing of a huge buck. All the One of the most overlooked space and accounted for, andsubject of deer hunting. He such as aspirin, antacids and Nature stirred the contents clasps steaming cups of children until they finally hunters will retire, except advantages of a hunting club never acting disrespectful tohas a suitcase full of deer toilet paper. Crouched down of this melting pot with her strong coffee in their gloved have to walk away to catch one. He is the most senior of is the camaraderie formed another member.urine, scent blockers and on his aching knees, and usu- magic wand, the end result is hands, more to keep their their breath and wipe the the group, the grizzled vet- while scouting, planting food Last year, on the eveningcover scents. If an article ally found spitting chewing a happy and cohesive group hands warm than for the caf- tears from their eyes. It eran of many a deer camp plots and hunting. All of my before the opening of theof clothing can be made in tobacco into the fire sits “The of hunters. feine high, stories of past doesn’t matter how many and he remains alone at the best friends have become Juvenile deer hunt, I lookedcamo, he owns it. He may Complainer.” Stress disappears as soon as hunts begin to flow from times the stories are told; smoldering fire. He pokes a so, through my association around the campfire. I sawnever harvest a deer, but he He is happiest when grip- the hunters pull in to camp. their mouths. they always draw a fascinat- stick through the embers as with them as fellow mem- smiles and looks of content-looks good. Next to him is ing about the weather, the Expectancy levels are high There always seems to be ed and amused crowd. And if in search of something. bers of hunting leases I am ment on all of the adults, andthe “Rookie.” moon phases, his job or and each member looks for- talk of a legendary and phan- who cares that if with each As we edge of the shadows on. Planning, putting up excitement and awe in the The rookie is clothed in life in general. Immediately ward to the bond of fellow- tom-like buck in the area. It telling, some more details of a nearby large oak tree. deer stands, brushing duck eyes of the kids. I remem-hand-me-down camo. He has to his right, and serving to ship and camaraderie they is usually a monster 12 or 14 are added to make the story We can hear him sigh, and blinds and sitting around the ber saying a silent prayer ofborrowed a gun and ammo counter-balance the griper, is share together. The aromas pointer, weighing in at well more amusing. Maybe a time see him hoist himself up, on camp fire all help form a thanks to the Father of allfor this trip and hasn’t even the “Court Jester.” from the cook’s fire are a over 250 lbs. The buck usu- of reminiscence will follow, creaky arthritic knees. He has bond filled with memories things wild, and whisperingbothered to sight it in. He This individual doesn’t wonder in itself. Homemade ally has a nickname like “The where a hunting companion a smile on his face. He looks that will last a lifetime. I to myself, “It just doesn’t getdoesn’t own a deer stand and necessarily care if he takes a deer chili, simmering in a Gray Ghost,” “Bullwinkle,” who has passed on to a bet- up in to the heavens and rais- have been in clubs where any better than this.”often even gets lost trying deer or not, he is there pure- cauldron above an open fire, or “The Hat Rack.” ter place is remembered and ing a gnarled hand to the sky four generations of hunters I hope that your hunt-to find the bathroom in the ly for entertaining the troops. makes the crew salivate like This giant deer may or paid tribute to. he mutters softly, “Thank you sat around the lodge swap- ing club venture will be adark in his own house, let He is funny enough to have a pack of hungry wolves. may not exist, but it builds up Eventually the talk will Lord for this little piece of ping stories and laughing. success.alone a deer stand in the deep his own sitcom, and uses Even though the spicy chili the anticipation and excite- turn to who will hunt where Heaven on earth.” To put it simply, a huntingwoods. He will be put in the gestures and voice imperson- burns their gut with prom- ment level of the hunters un- in the morning. These spots Pouring the remaining cof- club’s quality will be decid-furthest deer stand, far from ations to perfection. All hunt- ises of an early morning trip til they reach a fevered pitch will change dozens of times fee on the fire to extinguish ed upon by who the membersthe most serious hunters in ing camps I have been privi- to the frozen toilet seat of the similar to ancient African as indecisions and hunches the glowing embers, he am- are and what they put in tocamp, so as not to spook deer leged to be a part of have had outhouse, the camp members war tribes just prior to battle. are the general rule of thumb. bles off, towards the sleeping it. An unwritten code of eth-off of others, andfor some reason,he is usually the RICK HILL NISSANone to bag the bigbuck on openingday. 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  • 9. Born and Raised: were in town that weekend to a break by the time we were different fields that our club the ducks will be flying. hunt. We managed to kill our finished. I was lucky enough uses to hunt. Based on the Thus far I have managed allotted quota of six ducks again on Sunday morning to flat eastern Arkansas land- to go duck hunting on open-A Duck Hunter’s Story a person on mostly teal and limit out with the group I scape, it is better to hunt ing weekend and Thanksgiv- mallards in forty-five min- hunted with, although it took down in these pits with a ing weekend this November. utes, so our time limitation a little bit longer to kill our view at ground level. We Opening weekend was a lot was not a factor. The shoot- quota that morning than it did use a roll-top cover for cam- more successful for num- By John Houston ing was fast all morning and Saturday morning. ouflage while we sit in these ber of ducks killed. Arkan- the retrievers were ready for There are two pits in two pits, and each pit holds be- sas’s duck season had a two tween six and eight people, week break after Thanksgiv- along with dog boxes on each ing through the first of De- side. This past summer some cember. I plan on heading of our club members built an back each weekend through above ground duck blind for the Christmas holiday, and our newly added, wooded hopefully it will get cold hunting area. This “timber enough to send more ducks hole” has done well killing down from the North. As fun ducks and has been a nice as the duck hunting is, I have addition to our club this year. just as much fun from the ca- Members take turns rotating maraderie amongst the men from each duck blind morn- in the club, the time spent ing to morning to make sure riding over from West Ten- everyone gets equal oppor- nessee, the goofing off, the tunities to hunt in different naps, and the other miscel- locations. There is never a laneous activities that come distinguished “sweet spot” from being at hunting camp. among the duck blinds, but I look forward to another it is a matter of luck on any great season of my favorite given morning as to where time of year. Gibs, owned by Jim Houston of Dyersburg, watches with anticipation as a ducks fly in. - Photo by John Houston The inaugural year of the author’s duck hunting club, 1994.F ive minutes. It is just starting to get light on decide against it because I do not want to miss out on any number of hours it takes to get there we all still love to grandfather whil growing up. Even my sister has been Front row (l to r): John Houston, Michael Boehmler, Sarah Houston, Jackie Boehmler, Blake Boehmler. Back row: Jimthe morning of November action. One minute. Our talk- come. We have kept a re- raised loving to hunt, and Houston and Bill Boehmler. - Photo courtesy of John Houston17th, 2012, and one of the ing amongst the group has cord book each season of the despite being three yearsmen in the duck pit has just quieted down to just pointing number of ducks and geese younger than me, she man- Surveying andannounced how much time out which direction the ducks killed, as well as who has aged to kill a deer before I Mapping Servicesis left before shooting time. are flying. Anxiousness per- hunted and out of which duck did. Through the busy years ThroughoutIt is the opening morning of meates the pit and is so obvi- blind. As digital photography of high school and the dis- Tennessee andduck season, and I am sitting ous that the dogs can sense it has grown, our hunts have tance of going to college in Kentucky.in the middle of a field in and start to whine and fidget. become better documented Knoxville, Tennessee, myeastern Arkansas. Four min- A group of teal are approach- through pictures, and our passion for duck hunting per- Boundary surveys - ALTA/ACSM surveys Hydrographic surveys - Route surveysutes. The last straggler hur- ing fast. “It’s time,” someone hunting lodge has a desig- sisted and now I go as often Topographic surveys - Soil mappingries into the pit from park- whispers. Seven shotguns go nated wall that has amassed as I can. It is a sport that has Construction layout - Subdivision platsing a four wheeler a little off to kickoff what is my fa- several intriguing and hilari- been a major part of three Geodetic control - Land developmentways off while the rest of us vorite time of year. ous photographs. There have quarters of my life, and the FEMA elevation certificates - Accident locationfumble around getting shot- I have been coming to Ar- also been numerous retriev- passion continues to grow GPS surveys - Lot & Tract divisionsgun shells loaded into our re- kansas to duck hunt as long ers that have come and gone as I age. Property Line adjustmentsspective guns. Three minutes. as I can remember. My dad in the nearly two decades our On this aforementioned Boundary Line AgreementsSomeone is pointing out that and a few of his friends start- club has existed. opening morning this past GISwe have ducks buzzing all ed this duck hunting club Out of all the different November, my hunting grouparound the pit and it is just in 1994, and this fall marks types of game I have hunted had an hour to hunt before a 100 N. Church Ave - Dyersburg, TN 38024getting light enough to see the beginning of its nine- over the years, duck hunting second group of club mem- cbarron@tnsurveyor.com www.tnsurveyor.comthem. Two minutes. I con- teenth season. The club has is the one I love the most. bers came to swap out in our December 2011, the author’s family tradition of duck hunting together Office: (731) 285.5263template searching my back- members spanning all across I have been blessed to hunt pit. This rotation was due to continues every year with their duck club. - Photo couretsy of John Cell: (731) 445.9333pack for my duck calls, but Tennessee, but no matter the alongside my father and my the fact that so many people Houston.16 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DEC2012-JAN2013 DEC2012-JAN2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 17
  • 10. Late Season M any waterfowl- ers enjoy taking a trip now and again, to get nie Capps and Ben Parker. All offer heated blinds and great meals can be expected to hunt new places in differ- while hunting with any of Waterfowl ent areas. I have been very these guys. Reelfoot Lake blessed to get to hunt some of has a history of over one America’s finest duck hunt- hundred and fifty years of ing locations and one thing great duck and goose hunting is for sure, the more you re- and just a trip to this pristine Hot Spots search and prepare, the bet- area is worth every penny ter your hunt will be. Follow spent. The scenery is beauti- along with me, while I tell ful and the hospitality great. you about some of the won- There are many places to stay derful places and great guides around Reelfoot and these By Garry Mason that I have been privileged to folks throw the welcome mat share a blind with. out for hunters during duck Stan Jones of season. While you’re in the Mallard Lodge, area, be sure to stop by Fi- Arkansas nal Flight Outfitters in Union City. Kelly, Jon Ed, and Trip The author is pictured here with a brace of mallards and a Stan’s lodge sits on over pintail. Photo courtesy of Garry Mason eight thousand acres of flood- have put together one of the ed rice, in the northern sec- finest stores in America for to bring your camera along. be sure and stop by Mack’s tion of Arkansas. This is the Water fowlers. Don’t forget Scot Kerron Prairie wings and pick up land that made duck hunting to get something for the little of Stuttgart a few of the items that you famous. As migrating flocks lady for Christmas while you Arkansas have always dreamed of hav- of water fowl head south, it are there. I have hunted with Scot ing. Mack’s has everything is corn and rice that they seek Steve Kerron on several occasions that a waterfowl hunter can to provide fuel for the flight McCadams of and both he and his guides imagine. Kentucky Lake work really hard to make While some of the loca- so to speak, and Stan sets a in Paris, TN sure that you enjoy a great tions in this article offer day huge table. What you will Steve hunts on Kentucky hunt. Most of his places are find when you get there is trips for hunters, and some of Lake, just off of the Tennes- that Stan’s lodge can accom- flooded rice and bean fields them are package hunts, two see River. His blind is just modate up to twenty eight and you can expect to shoot things are for sure. There is south of the northern part of people and his blinds are pit a variety of waterfowl while a great hunting trip available the Tennessee National Wild- style blinds, sitting over one there. Most of Scot’s prop- here for almost everyone’s life Refuge, which is one of hundred and fifty decoys, erties are adjacent to the fa- budget. All of these men are the largest refuge systems in plus speckle belly decoys. the state. He has over forty mous Bayou Meto Wildlife true professionals and do a Decoys are removed after years of guiding waterfowl Management area. Scott has great job to insure that you each days hunt. Stan also of- hunters in this area of the bird cleaning available and and your hunting buddies fers Arkansas style, flooded reservoir and his blind sets while there I suggest staying will have a safe and enjoy- green timber hunts. Cypress in a natural pocket, protected at Cross Heirs Retreat Center. able hunting trip. blinds, in flooded sloughs, from the northern winds that If you are going to Stuttgart, are also a very unique ex- blow down the big lake. For perience that Stan offers to NORTH DELTA SOIL SOLUTIONS INC. years, this area has been a Independent Soil Fertility Specialists his clients. Evening pheas- natural flyway for ducks and ant hunts are the norm at geese, as they travel up and Services Include: Precision Soil Sampling Services. Stan Jones Mallard Lodge, down the Tennessee River in Variable Rate Soil Fertility & Seed so come prepared to enjoy a Prescriptions. between the refuge system. A Yield Mapping & Analytical Services. full day of hunting activities hearty breakfast at Renate’s while you are there. restaurant in Big Sandy, Ten- Brennan Booker Reelfoot Lake, nessee is always a treat be- Soil Fertility Specialist 731-487-0968 Tennessee fore the morning’s hunt. A P.O. Box 266 The three guides that I drive through the refuge is Dyersburg, TN 38025 Pictured here are Tim Hayes and Marshall Minton, with a Kentucky Lake goose. Photo by Garry Mason have hunted with at Reelfoot always a pleasant experience brenbooker@gmail.com Lake are Billy Blakely, Ron- this time of year and be sure18 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DEC2012-JAN2013 DEC2012-JAN2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 19
  • 11. Trophy Deer NORTHWEST TENNESSEE GARY PERMENTER TOURISM CONSTRUCTIONHunting in Tennessee • • HUNT FISH We can fulfil your entire l Commercial & residential Bonded & insured! specializing in metal Buildings! NO JOB By Walter Wilkerson IS • BOAT family’s vacation TOO BIGB ack when I started hunting in 1972, we had to travel to This was unheard of twenty years ago. Talk about QDMWeakley County or Big Sandy in Tennessee, just to even see (quality deer management), our TWRA has really done an • GOLF dreams! OR TOO SMALL!a deer and could only kill two bucks a year. At that time, outstanding job managing our deer herd for all of our ben- • SWIMthere were NO does allowed to be taken. efit. The meat hunters can fill their freezers with does, and Then, around 1982, our deer herd grew so rapidly that the the trophy hunters can have their Wall Hangers. • HIKETWRA started having doe hunts and raised our buck harvest Now, we still go on out of country or on other state hunts • CAMPlimit to eleven bucks a year. This sounded like a good thing, for the adventure, not so much for the trophy anymore. So,but it really ending up hurting the quality of our herd. that means more money stays in our County and State to • LODGING It was like before. We would have to travel to different support our TWRA, as well as local businesses. They have • FINE FOODcounties, or even other states, just get a chance to harvest a given us a 3 buck bag limit and its working. Northwest Tennessee... A Great Place to Be!nice whitetail buck. We all need to remember ‘’Beauty is in the eye of the be- In 1994, we opened our family owned and operated, Wilk- holder.’’ It doesn’t matter if you have a 110 inch or 180 inch NORTHWEST TENNESSEEerson’s Taxidermy business. At that time, the average deer deer. If that deer gets your heart racing, then its a trophy tothat came in to be mounted was only 1 ½ years old. By the you, whether it be a Spike or a Booner. TOURISM The name to trust in the Mid-South!mid to late 90’s, the TWRA dropped our state-wide buck limit 731-593-0171 GARY PERMENTER CONSTRUCTIONdown to 2, and then back up to 3, where it remains today. Good Luck This Season! kentuckylaketourism.com 4400 LANES FERRY RD - NEWBERN, TN. Over the years, I could see our deer herd getting a little Walt ‘’Keeping the Tradition Alive’’ Wilkerson reelfootlakeoutdoors.com 731-589-1551more age andwith age comesmore maturewhitetails. Inthe past threeyears, our deer WILLIS HEATING & AIRherd has grown SERVING DYER COUNTY & SURROUNDING AREAto a more ma- FOR A QUARTER OF A DECADE!ture herd, withlarger bodiedbucks and more BONDED & INSUREDimpressive ant- A NAME YOU CAN TRUST!ler size. As I write this OFFICIAL HVAC BUSINESSarticle, we areonly half way FOR THE DYER COUNTY FAIR!through our deer WILLIS HEATING & AIR ISseason, and in WE STO MAGAZINE’S A HOPE YOU HAVEmy shop it looks RECOMMENDED HVAC “HOT” TIME, BUSINESS INlike a Mid-Western Taxi- AT THE WEST TENNESSEE • PROFESSIONALdermy shop. I • AFFORDABLE FAIR “COOLEST”probably have • DEPENDABLE IN TENNESSEE!over ten Boone • TRUSTWORTHYand Crockettracks and Lord 125 DAWSON ST. - DYERSBURG, TNonly knows howmany Pope and 731-285-4406 731-676-7165Yo u n g r a c k s . Through the Quality Deer Management policies and harvest quotas put in place by the TWRA, we now have the opportunity to hunt trophy bucks, right here in Tennessee. Photo by Rob Somerville20 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DEC2012-JAN2013 DEC2012-JAN2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 21
  • 12. Wild in the Kitchen If I’m not able to be doing something wild outdoors, I like WHITETAIL DEER FACTS soak to get all the blood out and marinade it to make it tender. DEER TENDERLOIN PEPPER STEAKto be cooking something wild in the kitchen. Cooking is one If you have any questions about any of these recipes please • Well-nourished bucks begin sprouting new racks each April. INGREDIENTS:of my favorite pastimes to do indoors. We eat a lot of wild Antlers can grow more than 1/2” per day. don’t hesitate to call. 1 whole loin, cutmeat, duck, deer and fish. There is a sense of accomplish- • If temperatures drop to single digits, whitetail deer often Hunting is hard work and the results are very rewarding, into strips (mari-ment in cleaning, preparing and cooking fresh meat that you move during the midday hours. but you have to know how to cook what you’re hunting. I nate 6 - 12 hrshave killed or caught. I would love to share some of my fa- • The large ears of a deer can rotate 180 degrees and pick hope you will try these recipes and enjoy them! in refrigerator).vorite recipes with you. These are a few of my family’s fa- 1 bell pepper & up high-frequency sounds.vorite venison, tips, marinades and recipes, as well as some 1 small onion • The entire molting process for whitetails is gradual, tak- Happy Hunting Everyone!interesting and fun whitetail deer facts. cut into strips. ing several months to complete. From early spring to late Terry “Living Life Outdoors’’ Wilkerson ¼ cup olive oil. summer, a deer’s coat transforms from a ragged brown to aITALIAN DEER ROAST SANDWICHES ¼ cup canola oil. solid, deep auburn. ½ cup allegro or Worcestershire. Salt, pepper, or garlic powder seasoned to taste. • When hunting in October, hunters will notice that the deer’s coat has changed from red to grey. The change occurs quick- KT Construction ly, often within one to two weeks. McKenzie, TN DIRECTIONS: • A whitetail’s hair appears bluish-grey in winter. New hair ALL TYPES OF CONSTRUCTION! Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet (I love my iron skillet). that grew in during autumn provides whitetails with added INCLUDING: Add sliced bell pepper and onion, cook until tender and re- insulation. The tips on these new hairs are dark, giving the ELECTRICAL winter hide its richer hue. REMODELING move from pan. • Studies have shown that deer can smell human scent on VINYL WINDOWS Add deer tenderloin strips into heated canola oil, cook until CONCRETE WORK well done. underbrush for days after we leave the woods. Wary bucks SEPTIC TANK SYSTEMS Drain oil and add vegetables. react very negatively when they run across our scent, often Licensed and Bonded! Serve over rice or noodles becoming leery of the area for weeks afterwards. • Bucks most often bed by laying on their right side and 731-234-9730INGREDIENTS: facing downwind, which allows them to use their eyes, earsHam roast from deer. and nose to detect danger approaching1 bottle Italian salad dressing. DEER McNUGGETS from any direction. INGREDIENTS:1 to 2 jars of whole or sliced banana peppers. • Deer are quick and skillful swimmers, 1 whole deerOnion.Sliced cheese (provolone is my choice). tenderloin - cut often taking to water when frightened. PHONE (731)286-0853 • 1529 MORGAN RD., DYERSBURG Deer can easily swim across lakes or WILKERSON’S into 2” chunksSubmarine sandwich buns. rivers, at over 10 miles per hour. {marinate 6 - 12 • When running, a deer takes a long hrs in refrigera-DIRECTIONS: stride, with its tracks spaced as much tor in Allegro or TAXIDERMYPlace roast in a slow cooker. as 25 feet apart. milk marinade).Cover with water adding cut up onion and seasoning to Dipping saucetaste. I love cooking for my family and (steak seasoning,Cook the roast on high, for 4 to 6 hours, or until ham will friends, but not everyone likes wild ketchup, ranchshred easily. meat. I can honestly say I have never dressing or other).Remove meat from crock pot. Discard water and onion. ¼ to ½ cup of canola oil. tried to serve wild meat without telling EVERY MOUNT IS AShred ham like BBQ and return to cooker.Add Italian dressing (not to much, but you want it juicy.)Add juice from banana peppers (reserve the peppers until DIRECTIONS: everyone what it actually is. I wouldn’t want it done to me, so that’s just always TROPHY Don’t trust just anyone. Remove tenderloin nuggets from marinade and pat dry on been one of my rules. But, any of these Trust a State, National & World Awardready to serve.) recipes you could pass off as beef orHeat and let flavors mix thoroughly. paper towels. Winning Taxidermists! “Quality Work at a Roll nuggets in flour and fry until golden brown in heavy chicken and wild game is the healthiestToast buns lightly in oven. meat you can eat; free of steroids and Reasonable Price” skillet.Add meat, peppers and cheese to sandwich buns.Serve with chips or fries. Serve with favorite dipping sauce, or with mashed potatoes growth chemicals. The key to making it WALTER & TERRY WILKERSON Member T.T.A. & N.T.A. and gravy absolutely delicious, is to let your meat22 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DEC2012-JAN2013 DEC2012-JAN2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 23
  • 13. Busy as a Bee By Kevin GriffithB ees… has multiple health benefits. value of having your own his logic and located a localThese amazing creatures The most commonly known natural sweetener that is bee keeper to obtain our firstspend their brief lives gath- is how honey made from lo- healthier than using refined hive. We could have orderedering in times of abundance cal nectar may help relieve sugar or high fructose corn everything we needed fromto survive. We all benefit the symptoms of allergies. syrup. And honey will never a catalog or on-line, includ-from their existence wheth- My understanding is that it spoil… its sugar content will ing the bees. However, weer we have our own hive(s) works very much like obtain- just crystalize. There was chose to start with an expe-or not. By assisting in plant ing allergy shots, desensitiz- even useable honey found re- rienced beekeeper that wasreproduction, bees are an es- ing an individual from the cently in an Egyptian tomb! willing to deliver the hivesential part of the food chain inside out to environmental In addition, the wax from the and train us on the basics ofof this planet. pollen allergies. Obviously, honeycomb has many prac- hive care and honey process- The Value of the more local your honey tical uses including the cre- ing. And boy, were we ever Bees source the greater its per- ation of soap and candles. happy we did! So, why would you want sonal benefit. Thus, if you Our journey into bee Maintaining Have your wedding, family reunion or cor- have pollen allergies, having keeping started when my Bee Healthto keep bees on your own your own bees gathering nec- brother, Kris, moved to Ten- I have been amazed at all porate picnic at the beautiful natural settingproperty? Besides helping of Fyrne Lake. Our 3000 sq. ft. pavilion hasthe production of any crops tar around your home would nessee to help out on our that is involved in maintain-or orchards you may have, produce the best possible hy- family farm. Soon after he ing healthy hives and pro- plenty of space, an oversized stone fireplacethe obvious benefit is provid- poallergenic honey for you arrived, Kris began talking cessing their honey. It is not and an excellent lake view The color variation is due to the different plant nectar used and your family! about the value of having our as simple as just setting up in the bees’ honey production. Lighter shades are more milding a natural sweetener that But, let’s not forget the own hives. I soon gave in to the hive and waiting for the 727-458-8193 compared the the bold flavor of the dark honey. -Photo courtesy of Fyrne Lake Farms honey. Bees have many en- attachment containing the ranging from pitch black to tric (heated) knife to cut off emies that require human in- frames where the bees store virtually clear. Because of the wax caps covering the tervention. Mites, viruses, honey) will give them the the time required to sepa- honey chambers within the hive beetles and wax moths added space they need. Con- rately process these differ- comb. Eventually we hope are the most common. Each versely, you may find that ent shades, most beekeepers to upgrade to a time saving has their own treatment. But, your bees are running out of simply mix all the varia- automated uncapping table. it takes frequent inspections their stored food reserves. tions together. We’ve cho- The next step involves to identify the attacking pest This will quickly kill your sen to process the lighter placing these frames in a cen- and prevent hive damage. hive through starvation. In and darker shades separately trifugal extractor that slings We’ve learned that checking this case you can supplement creating two distinct flavors. the honey out of the frames. the hive every 10 days or so their stores with sugar wa- The lighter color is mild and The basic extractor is hand will catch potential infesta- ter, winter patties (manmade sweet while the darker has a cranked… we chose an elec- tion issues in time. We open pollen/honey substitute) or stronger, bolder flavor. tric model. The hand crank the hive, look for any sign by adding frames of honey- Processing model just reminded me too of pests and check to see if combs back into the hive. Honey much of the old ice cream the bees seem vigorous and Starvation most frequently Speaking of processing, maker… but on steroids. I healthy. happens in the winter when the steps involved in har- could imagine both my broth- A side benefit of these too much has been removed vesting are numerous and er and I getting worn out hive inspections is that you from the hive to last the bee do consume a fair amount of pretty rapidly. These ex- really get to know your bees, colony until spring. time whether you have one tractors (at least the electric their productivity and needs. While inspecting the or twenty hives. The first ones) effectively remove the For instance, if your bees hive you’ll also notice shade step after the removal of the honey from the frames and have run out of space to store differences in the honey. honey filled supers (averag- collect the honey for the next honey, many of your bees These shades reflect the var- ing 60 lbs.) from the hives step in processing, heating. may leave to start another ious sources of plant nectar involves uncapping each of The heater we chose re- hive. Adding an addition- used in the honey produc- the honeycomb frames. We minds me of a double boiler. al “super” (the box shaped tion. We’ve seen colorations use a long knife or an elec- There is an outer jacket that One visit to a bee hive demonstrates how the saying, “Busy as a bee” came to be. STO file photo continued on next page24 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DEC2012-JAN2013 DEC2012-JAN2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 25
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  • 15. NWTF Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Professional Real Estate D.R.’s Auto Repair & SERVICE CENTER National Convention in Nashville Group Specializing in all types ofT he NWTF National Con-vention and Sport Show, truck, an African safari or one of many other fantastic graphs and mingle with fans at the Sport Show. Seminars NWTF memberships are $35 for adults and $10 for property, including hunting ground, wildlife managementsponsored by MidwayUSA, prizes. will feature tips from hunt- youth under 18, can be pur- areas, game hunting leases, farmwill celebrate the NWTF’s “There’s no better place in- ing pros such as Mark and chased at www.nwtf.org or property, and more.40th birthday when it returns doors for hunters and conser- Terry Drury and leading bi- by calling (800) THE-NWTF. Please contact me for all your realto the Gaylord Opryland Re- vationists,” said NWTF CEO ologists specializing in land Memberships and $25 single- estate needs.sort and Convention Center George C. Thornton. “It’s be- management. day admission tickets alsoin Nashville, Tennessee on come a favorite way for them With its “Then, Now, Al- will be available at the door. Hunter Newbill’s first name describes him just right. He is aFeb. 15th through the 17th. to prepare for the upcoming ways” theme, the convention Can’t make it to the conven- dedicated outdoorsman, who is very involved with introducing today’s youth, safely and ethically, into the outdoor lifestyle. When I am in need of vehicle repairs, or There’s plenty to explore spring season.” will recognize NWTF accom- tion? No problem. You can servicing, I always go see my good friend Daniel, He is a perfect choice for sportsmen or farmers that areat the NWTF’s annual gath- The event has something for plishments of the past while win a hunt without attending. shopping for a home, hunting land, farm acreage, or who owns D.R. Auto Repair & Service Centerering, beginning with the everybody, beginning with stressing the urgency of the Just go to www.nwtf.org/con- recreational property. in Kenton, Tennessee. - Rob Somerville “The Roost,” an area featur- organization’s current and tests for details on how to get Eddie Anderson - Co-owner STO Magazine WE NOW CARRY A FULL LINE OF220,000-square foot exhibit ing air gun and archery rang- future missions. in on the action. AC/DELCO MARINE BATTERIES!hall. Last year, 44,000 peoplemade a pilgrimage through es and other hands-on edu- “Our 40th anniversary is Country music favorites Hunter Newbill BRAKES - TUNE-UPS ELECTRICAL REPAIRS AND INSPECTION cational activities designed a special time for NWTF Craig Morgan and Sawyer Broker - GRI - CRS - ABRthe 650 booths stocked with ALL MAJOR AND MINOR MECHANICAL 2455 Lake Rd. - Suite 8 - Dyersburg, TN. REPAIRS - TIRE ROTATIONS-the latest in top-quality out- for youth. The centerpiece members to come together Brown headline the entertain- {Off.} 731-285-5505 {Cell} 731-445-9998 HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS.door merchandise. of The Roost is an inflatable and celebrate the success our ment at night. So the NWTF Outdoor enthusiasts can cave that youth can explore, organization has enjoyed and urges people to purchase spe- hunter@dyersburg.com 530 N. Poplar - Kenton, TN.browse through the exciting courtesy of the U.S. Bureau the challenges that we still cial-events tickets early, be- www.dyersburg.com 731-749-5333displays of taxidermy, art of Land Management. face,” said Thornton. fore they can sell out.and specialty turkey calls, or Outdoor celebrities, in- Admission to the Sport For more information aboutwatch the best turkey callers cluding some of the cast Show and various contests is the NWTF Convention, in-in the nation go head-to-head of The History Channel’s free for NWTF members and cluding accommodations atdemonstrating their skills. “Swamp People,” Michael active-duty military person- the Gaylord Opryland Resort,Anyone looking for some- Waddell, Brenda Valentine, nel. An NWTF membership visit www.nwtf.org and clickthing special to take home Lee and Tiffany Lakosky and card or military ID provides on the convention icon.can bid on a new Chevy Will Primos, will sign auto- quick entry.28 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DEC2012-JAN2013 DEC2012-JAN2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 29
  • 16. D uring early December, love is in the air… at partner. It was a cloudy afternoon stead of taking a chance that one would pass me by from fawn appeared behind me, splashing through the sloughTrolling for Bucks least in the deer woods. Yes, in the wooded bottoms where my stand location. I opted for creek. Amazingly to me, they it is that magical time in I hunt. I knew a storm front a method I call, “trolling.” I bedded down within ten feet which our four-legged friends was due to hit our area late cut a six-foot piece of bal- and directly behind me. She travel the fields and forests that night, which meant that ing twine and tied a hang- was facing towards me to in hopes of contributing to the deer would be moving man’s noose in one end to at- make matters even worse. the procreation of their spe- earlier than usual. This was tach temporarily to my leg. I Now what? cies. In laymen’s terms – big the deciding factor in get- then tied a small piece of rag I couldn’t move. I was By Rob Somerville bucks are chasing does in ting to the woods early. The to the other end, which had afraid to even breathe. I had hope of a romantic interlude. terrain was thick and full of been washed in scent-free de- a white-tailed alarm system Today, I will share how I got cypress trees. Recent rains tergent and soaked with Code ready to bust me. I kept cut- one to go, “Looking for love had flooded the majority of Blue’s “Standing Estrus” doe ting my eyes towards her in all the wrong places.” (My my leased ground. I chose urine. With my “drag rag” in as she groomed herself. I apologies go out to all coun- to hunt an area that I call place, I walked to the stand, just knew that if a shooter try music fans.) the “old clover lane.” It con- trailing this scent trail be- buck came by and I raised Love Hurts sists of a twelve foot wide hind me. my gun up, she would send A few years ago, around strip of land that cuts a swath When I got about forty off an alarm whistle and the December 1st, I knew the through the woods from the yards in front of my deer game would be over. After timing would be right. The hill ground, all the way down stand, I loosened the hang- about fifteen minutes of be- rut was in full swing. The to the river. The elevation man’s noose from my boot ing afraid to scratch my nose, does were ready to accept the of this area is about a foot and hung this smelly concoc- which of course seemed to amorous attentions of their higher than the bottomland tion in the lower branches of need it badly, I decided I antlered better halves and of woods on both sides, thus a tree. I was trying out my needed to get rid of her. I course, the bucks were also. making a sort of dry express- new Traditions Premiere Pro took out my grunt call and With noses to the ground way for deer. muzzleloader. blew it softly. No reaction. and eyes wide open, they I wanted to pull in one of It was now 2:10 p.m. With- Louder still – and again no were trolling for a receptive these love-struck bucks, in- in ten minutes, a doe and her reaction! continued on next pageWhen a bedded buck like the one pictured here, gets a scent of a hot doe’s trail, a hunter can “reel” him in by trolling. STO file photo30 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DEC2012-JAN2013 DEC2012-JAN2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 31
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  • 18. Kids and Puppies - LEFT - The author’s grand- daughter, Morgan Mason is pictured here with her dad - Michael Mason, and her very first turkey. Photo courtesy of Garry MasonWho is Training Who? By Garry MasonB ack in the 1960’s my Granddad had bird dogsfor quail hunting and I helped he is cute and cuddly and they try to work with him too much and too long at a time. hear me out on this philoso- phy. Let’s take a look back to Granddads theory. Most to come. We all like to be bragged on from time to time and we feel that through thishim train them on occasion. Then, the puppy starts to re- folks get a new puppy and wonderful puppy we can ob-From time to time, he would alize that he is being made boy, they are proud of that tain a certain level of highsit me down and tell me to work and the training ses- new little bundle of joy. They status with our hunting com-things that made no sense sions get less and less fun for can’t wait to show him off to rades. This is not true all ofto me then, but what strong the dog. Once the pup gets to all of their buddies. You see, the time, according to mywords of wisdom they have be six or seven months old, deep down inside, most of Granddad, but most of theturned out to be for me since most folks have just given up us want to prove something time it is. The minute that athat time. I remember one on training or have run into through this puppy. We want hunter gets a puppy he starts R I G H T - T h e a u t h o r ’sparticular day he said to me, problems that they have no to show just what our skill the training process. He be- grandson - Austin Flow- ers, is shown here fishing“Son, raising puppies and idea how to handle. Kids are level is by training this young gins by taking the pup with with Granddad. ABOVE - Hannah Henegar is shown reeling inkids should be approached the same as a puppy.” pup to turn out to be the best him everywhere he goes. He Photo courtesy of Garry her first fish, under the tutelage of Grandpawith the same manner of di- Now, before any of you get that he can be, so all of our lets him ride in the front seat Mason - Garry Mason.rection. Most folks want to upset with me for comparing buddies will acknowledge of the truck with him and the Photo courtesy of Garry Masonwork with their puppy when your young’uns to a puppy, our expertise in the months pup gets to do all kinds of fun and exciting stuff each love to have fun and play and buddies. I don’t think he ever that we were both in train- day, as everyone pets him they don’t even mind a little tired of his friends, mak- ing. You see I was his first WHEN I STEP ON TO YOUR FARM and loves on him. But, then work every now and then, ing good comments about grandkid and I took to the I am DEDICATED to serving you. I will offer you only the BEST SEED for the work starts one morn- especially if they don’t real- me or my manners. He had training really well. What a your farm. ing, and the puppy realizes ize that they are working. We taught me safe gun handling great Granddad he turned out I represent a national brand that focuses that it is just not so fun any- worked training puppies my and good shooting skills, as to be, and I remember all of its research on YOUR SUCCESS Call a CPS sales representative for your area: more and he starts to get into Granddad and me, but I don’t well as conservation. Grand- my buddies bragging about bad habits. Before long, the think I ever understood that dad would not hunt a single how wonderful he was. I I AM DYNA-GRO Clint Hutchison - Mgr. owner loses interest and the it was work. He had a certain quail. He would take his dogs now have five grandchildren Steve North puppy becomes just another personality with both puppies on to another covey, instead of my own and another one pet around the farm, instead and kids that made you just of hunting the singles after on the way. I get to hunt and Steve Rice of reaching his full potential want to be around him. He breaking up a covey. The bot- fish with each one of them Marty Hinson as a wonderful hunting com- panion. This is not something always made you feel like you were the most important tom line is that he made work fun for both me and the pups and even though they are all different, one thing remains Barry Ward that happens overnight and part of everything that was that we were training and the same. I am being trained many folks don’t even see it being done, no matter what he never let you know that by the best of the best and I Barry Cooke - Fertilizer Manager coming. it was that we were doing. you were in training. When I am sure that if you will stop 2842 Highway 88 S. - Bells, TN. - 38006 Granddad told me that As I grew older, I got look back at all of the won- and think about it, you are kids are the same, in a lot to hunt a time or two with derful things that my Grand- as well. 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  • 20. Andrew Griffith, 8 years old, shot his first buck, 7-point on his parents property in Dyersburg. Photo submitted by Kevin Griffith Young Daniel Clegg makes his second Trophy Room Clay Hollingsworth killed this huge, 9-point buck while appearance in this issue with an alligator gar that he hunting with his granddad, Pete Hollingsworth on Nov.26th, 2012 in Dyer County. shot while bow fishing on the Tennessee River. Photo courtesy of Wilkerson’s Taxidermy Photo courtesy of Wilkerson’s Taxidermy Jennifer Whalen killed this huge, 11-point - 165 inch Pictured here is fourteen year-old Daniel Clegg of whitetail on Nov. 5th, 2012 while hunting in Carroll Dyersburg,Tennessee with his first bow-killed doe. It County. was a 25 yard shot. Photo submitted by Wilkerson’s Taxidermy Photo courtesy of Wilkerson’s Taxidermy Ethan Smith harvested this nice 9-point buck on November 3rd, 2012. Photo submitted by Wilkerson’s Taxidermy38 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DEC2012-JAN2013 DEC2012-JAN2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 39
  • 21. Mary Malone Adcock, who is 11 years-old, bagged this awesome 8-point buck while hunting with her dad and sister, in Northwest Tennessee. Photo submitted by David Adcock Parker Lamb harvested this nice, ten-point buck in Dyer County, Tennessee this past November, while hunting with his dad - Marty. Photo submitted by Donna Hicks Tim Smith is pictured here with his great buck, which he This nice doe was taken by Kathryn Clegg during the took in Weakley County, on opening day of muzzleloader Tennessee muzzleloader season, while hunting with her season. It had 11-points and dressed out at 207 pounds. husband Chris, over a new food plot. Photo submitted by Wilkerson’s Taxidermy Photo courtesy of Wilkersons Taxidermy Marty Lamb took this buck on the same hunt in Dyer County that his son - Parker harvested a Pictured here is Will Welch, with his first buck ever. He was ten-point buck. Talk about a father and son team! hunting with his dad, Joe Welch in Dyer County. Photo submitted by Donna Hicks Photo submitted by Wilkerson’s Taxidermy40 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DEC2012-JAN2013 DEC2012-JAN2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 41
  • 22. KIDS KORNER DUCK’S UNLIMITED - GREENWINGS 2012 EVENT TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Rob Somerville Held at Anderson Farms Now listen my friends and you shall hear, Of a Christmas tale so strange and so rare. Twas the day before Christmas, a cold, snowy day you see, An hour before morning, found me perched high in a tree. I had one more buck tag to fill for this year, As I sat bundled in all the warm clothes I could wear. All of a sudden I saw such a strange and wondrous sight, Twas a bright red light, soaring high through the night. As I sat and pondered as to what I just saw, A tremendous noise broke the silence and filled me with awe. Limbs crashed and rained down, as the woods seemed to shatter, And I woke from my stupor at this boisterous clatter. Bodies were crashing, and running askew, Could it be a whole deer herd? Well it was more than a few. I slipped quietly from my stand, a few steps had I taken, Is that sleigh bells I hear? No, I must be mistaken. As daylight arose, I crossed my fingers for luck, Peeking around a huge oak tree I spied a huge buck. My legs turned to Jell-O, and I shivered and shook, At the chance of this trophy, which would make record book. I forced myself to steady and raised my rifle to aim, When from over my shoulder a cheerful voice came. It said, “Just hold on a minute Rob, and listen to me. And in my voice I believe some logic you’ll see. I’ve got no problem at all with hunting, my friend, But if you shoot this animal, then Christmas might end. He’s not a whitetail, of that you should know.” And as I looked through my scope, I saw the deer’s nose all aglow. “Rudolph?” I asked with my voice all a stammer, And the voice simply said yes, hitting home like a hammer. So I turned to the voice and said, “Then you must be ….. ,” But I was cut off with a wink, a Ho-Ho, and Tee-Hee. “That’s right”, said the old man in red and in white, So chubby and happy with pink cheeks so bright. “I’m Santa Claus, who some call Saint Nick, And I’ve got a big problem. You see, Rudolph is sick.”42 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DEC2012-JAN2013 DEC2012-JAN2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 43
  • 23. I stepped back on to something, and heard a funny noise, And looking around, I saw thousands of toys. “It seems Rudy likes you,” said the fat man in red, I glanced up in a tree, and saw a sleigh upside down, “And it just might work,” with a wink, Santa said. All broken up, with presents strewn all over the ground. Oh no, not me, I’m just an ordinary man, As Rudolph walked up and licked Santa’s hand, But Santa smiled at me and said, “If you believe, then you can.” I saw a tear run down the cheek of that man. The next thing I knew, my four-wheeler was packed, With candy canes, teddy bears, and presents all stacked. Rudolph was hooked up to my front-end winch, Santa pulled out some Skoal and thumbed out a pinch. He sprinkled the dust on me and my ride, Saying, “This magic dust will give you the power to glide. Though Rudolph is too old to pull such a load, His bright red beacon will light up your road.” To make sure I wasn’t dreaming, I pinched myself hard, Thinking that we must look like a strange Christmas card. Santa jumped up behind me, and gave the throttle a tweak, And I thanked my heavy-duty shocks as they let out a shriek. We tore out through the woods, and soared through the sky, Over mountains and valleys, so far and so high. The rest of the night went by like a blur, It went by in fast motion, with a dizzying whir. We went down the chimneys of millions of houses, We awoke not a soul, not even the mouses. We ate milk and cookies, till I felt my belly would pop, And at the end of it all, I just wanted to drop. “Here’s the last stop Rob”, I heard Santa say, As I stepped on to the roof, and said “What a day!” We had arrived at my own house; and I was ready for bed, So I hugged old Saint Nick, all clothed in red. He said, “One more thing, before you leave, I have one more gift, and it’s yours to receive.” He handed me a box, wrapped in paper and bow, It read, “Do not open, until tomorrow.” He said, “Well Rudy, we must be just a couple of old fools. He told me he loved me, and I hugged Rudolph’s neck, We’ve outlived our uses, and bent all the rules. I bent over to Santa, and gave his cheek a peck. I guess there will be some sad girls and boys, “I’ll never forget you, please call me next year, Who behaved all year, but still wont get their toys.” And we’ll do this again, me, you, and that deer.” I sat down on a stump, blinking back my tears, The next morning I rushed to the tree like a kid, As memories filled me, from past Christmas years. To see what present under the paper were hid. When I, as a boy, crawled in to my bed, I tore it apart, and eyed it with glee, MERRY And visions of presents filled my young head. It was a photo of Santa, and Rudolph, and me. CHRISTMAS But what could I do, no magic had I, Santa is magic, and Christmas is too, FROM THE I could barely run, let alone could I fly. It’s not just for kids, but also for you. STO STAFF! I told Santa, you know I’d help if I could, Keep Christ in Christmas, for his birth is the reason, If I knew what to do, I certainly would. That we celebrate with gifts, during this glorious season. As I stared down at my boots, feeling so useless and weak, I hope your holidays, are filled with peace, love, and light. I felt a wet nose, as It nuzzled my cheek. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! It was Rudolph the red, who nudged me to stand, And he lit up his nose, as he tugged at my hand.44 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DEC2012-JAN2013 DEC2012-JAN2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 45
  • 24. 2012 NISSAN TITAN PRO 4 X 4 CREW CAB FINALLY...... THE ULTIMATE TRUCK FOR TODAY’S OUTDOORSMAN! The Nissan Titan is a serious, full-size pickup truck designed for work and play. It is available in both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations, with two body styles - extended (King) Cab and Crew Cab. The Titan is offered in four trim levels: S, SV, PRO- 4X and SL. All are powered by a 317-hp 5.6-liter En- durance V8 engine, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with Tow/Haul mode. When properly equipped, the Nissan Titan King Cab has a 9500 pound towing capacity and the Crew Cab has a 9400 pound towing capacity. Safety features include active front head restraints, dual front airbags, anti-lock disc brakes and a tire pressure monitoring system. Standard equipment for all models include side curtain airbags, panic brake assist, and electronic stability control. The PRO-4X and the SL trims feature standard hands free Bluetooth wireless connectivity. The 2012 Nissan Titan receives a new SV Sport Appearance Package, and new exterior colors. To test drive the Titan or any of Nissan’s fine line of cars, trucks and SUV’s - go see our friends at Rick Hill Nissan. They are located at 2700 Parr Avenue in Dyersburg, Tennessee. You can call them 731-285-6294 or view their entire inventory of new and used vehicles at www.rickhillnissan.com. - Rob Somerville 2012 ARCTIC CAT 550 H1 4-Stroke Engine w/EFI Any day that involves your machine calls for fun and performance - that’s what you get with this 545cc EFI power plant. Plenty of muscle for work and plenty of go for play time. Ride-In Suspension Designed and proven on the racetrack, its Ride-in suspension features a lower profile and seat design, allowing for a lower center of gravity without sacrificing travel. Double A-arms prevent deflections during cornering, so steering remains consistent. This suspension gives you plenty of performance-oriented control and it still maintains 11 inches of 2012 Arctic Cat 550i 4x4 ground clearance. Only $7,799 Digital Gauge Displays your critical information indicators, including speedometer, tachometer, clock, hour meter, fuel level, odom- eter/tripmeter, gear position, 2WD/4WD, front differential lock, battery condition, temperature and oil pressure Duro 2 Star Kaden Tires & Powder-Coated Steel Wheels Powder-coated steel rims wrapped in Duro 2 Star Kaden tires. With these tires, you get the benefits of a 2-ply rating with a tread pattern that’s designed to get you through all types of terrain. Displaying all-around durability, traction and performance. alternating sized shoulder lugs. Front & Rear Steel Racks These front and rear steel racks provide the durability you want and the storage capacity you need. For more information on this ATV visit our friends at: OuterLimit Powersports 470 Highway 51 Bypass - Dyersburg, TN - 38024 (731) 285-2060 (731) 285-2078 www.outerlimitpowersports.com RIDERS MUST BE 16 YEARS OF AGE. SEE DEALER FOR SAFETY & TRAINING INFORMATION.46 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DEC2012-JAN2013 DEC2012-JAN2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 47
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