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  • 1. Complimentary Copy APRIL-MAY 2013MAKING MEMORIESST. JUDE COON HUNTGOOFY GOBBLERPICKWICKSTRIPERS
  • 2. 2 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 20132030 W. Reelfoot Ave - Union City, tnHermanJenkins.com731.885.2811HeRmAn Jenkins motoRsneW RAm 2013
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  • 4. 4 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 2013Union City FordwEST TENNESSEE’S 4X4 HEADQUARTERS!2013FORD 250SUPER CHIEF2022 West Reelfoot Avenue - Union City, TN 38261(731) 885-8833www.fordlincoln.comTAYLOR AUTOMOTIVEMEET YOUR 2013 CHEVY TRUCK LINE-UP!2013 CHEVY SILVERADO!11989 Hwy 22 East in Martin, Tennessee.(888) 251-4751www.taylorautomotive.net.4 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 2013
  • 5. APRIL-MAY 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 5www.derksenbuildings.comDanny RammMAGNOLIA BEACH RV PARKSTUMP JUMPERS BAR & GRILLLOCATED ON SCENIC REELFOOT LAKE!owned by vicky alfordrv park with electrical hook-ups & picnic tables!located only 200’ from boat ramp!bar & grill has outdoor patio - pool tableskaraoke - full menu for dine in & carry out!event center perfect for meetingS & partys!thurs & fri: 5pm to 1am - sat: 10am to 1am - sun: 2pm to 6pmfor rv park call MIKE OR VICKY ALFORD: 731-676-2951 or 731-589-1605for stump jumpers bar & grill: 731-253-87773060 hwy 21 e. tiptonville, tn
  • 6. 6 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 2013Advertising Information:Southern Traditions Outdoors | Rob Somerville(731) 446-8052 stomag1@gmail.comDISCLAIMER - Neither the authors nor Southern Traditions OutdoorsMagazine LLC assume any responsibility or liability for any actionsby readers who utilize any information contained within. Readersare advised that the use of any and all information contained withinSouthern Traditions Outdoors is at their own risk.On the CoverPictured on this issue’s cover, is Pickwick Lake striped bass guru, Dave Harbin, with a huge rockfidsh.Photo by Rob SomervilleSouthern Traditions Outdoors Magazine Mission Statement:Southern Traditions Outdoors Magazine vows to put forth a publication topromote the outdoors lifestyle in a positive manner. We will strive to encourageveteran and novice outdoorsmen, women, kids, and the physically challengedto participate in the outdoors in a safe and ethical manner. Our publication willbring positive attention to the wondrous beauty of the world of Nature in themid-south.Garry MasonWalter WilkersonTerry WilkersonSteve McCadamsKelley PowersEddie BrunswickLarry SelfJohn SloanRichard SimmsJohn MeachamBuck GardnerScott MarcinEd LankfordDrew BrooksJohn LathamJohn RobertsField Staff EditorsOwners - Eddie Anderson Rob SomervilleKevin Griffith Stacey LemonsPublisher - Eddie AndersonEditor - Rob SomervilleMagazine Design - Kalli LipkeAdvertising Sales Rob Somerville - ManagingPartnerDistribution Johnathan AndersonSouthern Traditions Outdoors Magazine, LLC PG..................ARTICLE.......................................................AUTHOR8....................... Making Memories - Fiction............................................. Rob Somerville12....................... TWRA News.................................................................. TWRA16....................... The Striped Tigers of Pickwick Lake ............................. Rob Somerville22....................... Retriever Training: Mark! Mark! Everywhere a Mark!.... H. Joe King28....................... St. Jude - World’s Largest Coon Hunt........................... Shawn Todd32....................... Fun, Friends & Fishing................................................... John Lantham34....................... The Goofy Gobbler - Humor.......................................... Rob Somerville38....................... In Pursuit of a Dream - Fyrne Lake - Part Two.............. Kevin Griffith44....................... STO Recommends........................................................ Rob Somerville45....................... Kid’s Corner - Crossword Puzzle...................................46....................... Trophy Room.................................................................TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • 7. APRIL-MAY 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 7Where the Magic HappensJust like you, I love the outdoors, and it never fails - I have hit crunch time for completing the design and layout of the next edition of the STO magazine. That means 24 waking hours and 18 hours of work ahead of me, andit’s the most beautiful weekend anyone could ask for. But, I sit in front of my computer screen clicking away, whilethe sun shines, bees hum, and birds chatter outside my window, taunting me to come play. Luckily, one of my otherfavorite hobbies is graphic design.I have been picking up freelance graphic design jobs since 2006, and about a year ago I was hired to designand layout Southern Traditions Outdoors. The editor, Rob Somerville, supplies the content and ads to me, andI through the use of design software make a magazine out of it. After we have a final draft, I upload to ourprinting company. It takes about 24 hours to get a physical copy of the color proof back tous. We then go through the printed proof and check every last detail. I makethe necessary corrections, and upload the final to the printer.After it is printed, Rob picks up the copies anddistributes (along with a network of friends and co-owners) them across Tennessee, as well as to partsof Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Arkansasover the next three weeks, which is how it arrives atthe strategic locations where you pick them up andenjoy them ... free of charge!In addition to designing the magazine, I developedthe website - www.southerntraditionsoutdoors.com-which has the publication in its entirety, as well as theads and links to our advertisers. I have also created socialmedia accounts (facebook & twitter). I unfortunately donot have the time that is necessary to continuously addcontent to our social media, and ask that you “like” usand upload any photos you may have of your hunting,fishing, and outdoor experiences!KalliFrom the Art DepartmentKalli BioSTO Position: MagazineDesign & LayoutSTO Duration: 1 yearEducation: Bachelor’s ofArtExperience: 7 yearsHave a graphic design job?Email me!Kalli@kallimarie.com770 US Hwy. 51 Bypass W. - Dyersburg, TN. - 38024731/285-8601 Toll Free Reservations: 866-285-8601www.bestwestern.comFree High-Speed Internet!Complimentary Breakfast!Built-In Pool!Minutes From Reelfoot Lake!Fine Dining in adjoiningPerkins Restaurant!Cocktail Lounge in Motel!“The choice of visiting sportsmen to Reelfoot Lake”Best Western - Dyersburg, TennesseeFree High Speed Internet!Seasonal Outdoor Pool!Minutes From Reelfoot Lake!Adjoining Perkin’s Restaurant!Cocktail Lounge in MotelNORTH DELTA SOIL SOLUTIONS INC.Independent Soil Fertility SpecialistsServices Include:Precision Soil Sampling Services.Variable Rate Soil Fertility & SeedPrescriptions.Yield Mapping & Analytical Services.Brennan BookerSoil Fertility Specialist731-487-0968P.O. Box 266Dyersburg, TN 38025brenbooker@gmail.com
  • 8. 8 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 2013Making Memoriesn early, misty fog curlsaround the cypress knees. Itmakes me feel as if I’ve trav-eled back in time to a prehis-toric era, untainted by manand his ignorance. The brack-ish water laps gently at mycanoe, keeping time for na-ture’s symphony, comprisedof the belches of the bull-frogs and the cry of seagullsas they acrobatically soarthrough the air.Up ahead, a half-sub-merged log supports a col-ony of turtles and they slopinto the water, as my canoecloses in on their turf. Not farupstream, a small school ofshad frantically skip acrossthe surface of the lake, as anunknown predator, unseen byhuman eyes, hunts its break-fast below the surface. Aswe pass a small creek chan-nel, a mother coon seems tobe instructing her young onproper hygiene habits as theyplayfully wrestle each other.They comically tumble overand into the water, payingher no mind whatsoever. Onebaby coon gets in too deep,and we witness the mothercoon patiently reach in andgrab him by the back of theneck with her mouth, placinghim back on the shore. Thisstarts my companion to gig-gling. We venture too closeto the family and the motherrises up, bristling and chat-tering at us. Not wanting toupset nature, I quickly paddlethe canoe away.Today is my grandson’sfirst fishing trip and he is asanxious as a coondog on afull moon night to begin. Wepull up to a secluded groupof lily pads that routinelyhold fish year after year andI solemnly hand my grand-son my treasured “good luck”pole. His eyes nearly pop outof his head, as he finally getsto handle the pole that hadbeen previously off limits tohim. I set the cricket box onhis lap and watch his faceturn white, as he sticks histiny hand in and hesitantlypulls out a cricket. I nod myapproval, hiding my smilewith my hand.He rears back on the ten-foot cane pole and tosses theline in the general directionof the water. I reach up andpull off my hat, which has hishooked cricket firmly embed-ded in it and both of us gig-gle like a couple of school-girls. A little more cautiouslythis time, he tries again. Thistime he is successful and thesplat of the bobber causesrings of ripples on the mir-Fiction by Rob SomervilleAToday is my grandson’s first fishing trip and he is asanxious as a coondog on a full moon night to begin.
  • 9. APRIL-MAY 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 9ror calm surface of the lake.Five minutes go by andnothing happens! He startsnervously casting glances atme and I keep pointing backat the bobber. He’s startingto get fidgety with the im-patience of youth, but I onlyhave to chastise him witha single index finger to mylips to be still. Suddenly,the bobber jiggles, and it’slike an electrical current ofexcitement running throughhim and into me. He looksat me expectantly and I holdout my hand for patience andwhisper, “He’s just playingwith it. Wait for the bobberto go under.”Almost immediately, thefloat pops under the surfaceand the boy rears back on thepole to set the hook, near-ly toppling us both into thewater.Off into battle goes thisbeautiful bluegill, into its ha-bitual circular dance and themagic of a lifetime of fishingenjoyment is projected fromme into my grandson withina period of seconds.He pulls the fish up andinto the boat, and I show himhow to unhook it. We popit into a five gallon bucketand I watch with love as mygrandson stares with pride athis first fish.At that very moment aneagle glides by overhead, asif in celebration of this oc-casion and I realize one ofGod’s greatest gifts to manwas ours to share today. Arain comes up out of no-where, soaking us to the boneand extinguishing my cigar.But, we don’t care. We justsmile at each other. He reach-es out his tiny hand and putsit into my large and callusedone, shaking it firmly like alittle man, and simply says,“Thanks Pops.”I realize then and therethat an important momentin both of our lives had justhappened. It was the passingon of the great American tra-dition of fishing … as a fam-ily. I raise my hand to thesky and give silent thanks tothe Master Creator of all thatis good, while my grandsoneagerly reaches for anothercricket.grecian steak house is the restaurant of choicewhether you are an office worker, farmer oroutdoorsman, if you’re looking for a delicious andfast meal served by a courteous staff!dine in or carry out!sun thru thurs: 11 am to 9 pmweekends: 11 am to 10 pm2623 st. john ave. - dyersburg, tn731-286-6842
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  • 12. 12 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 2013TWRA REQUESTS PUBLIC INPUT FOR 2014FISHING REGULATIONSThe Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA)is soliciting comments for its 2014 fishing regu-lations. This is an opportunity for the publicto share ideas and concerns about fishingregulations with TWRA staff.Public comments will be considered byfisheries managers and may be present-ed as proposals for regulation changes.Comments may be submitted by mailto: Fish Comments, TWRA, FisheriesManagement Division, P.O. 40747, Nash-ville, TN 37204 or emailed to TWRA.Comment@tn.gov. Please include “FishComments” on the subject line of emailedsubmissions.The fishing regulations are usually set each yearduring the October meeting by the Tennessee Fish and Wild-life Commission.This comment period concerning fishing regulations willbe open until May 3, 2013.CHATTANOOGA MAN FACES CHARGESAS A RESULT OF OCTOBER 2012 BOATINGCRASHTennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wildlife of-ficers have filed charges against a Chattanoogaman as a result of an October 2012 boatingcrash on Chickamauga Lake.Jason D. Payne, (40), was charged af-ter TWRA officers secured warrants onReckless Operation of a Vessel Boat,Boating Under the Influence (BUI), andsimple possession of drugs. The charg-es come as a result of the boating crashthat injured Payne and two other persons.Payne was the operator of the vessel whenit crashed into a dock on Chickamauga LakeOct. 13, 2012.Payne turned himself in at the Hamilton Countyjail and has been released on $25,000 bond. He is sched-uled to appear in Hamilton County General Sessions Courton April 1, 2013.TWRA NEWSFrom the Tennessee Wildlife Resource AgencyVisit Dyer County,TennesseeASportsman’s Paradise!Located just 1/2 hour, from beautiful Reelfoot Lake, DyerCounty has something for everyone. From the finest motels,restaurants, shopping malls, and bars ... we welcome allsportsmen that are hunting or fishing at the “Quake Lake.”There is nowhere else for miles that can offerhunting and fishing licenses, sporting goods,cost-efficient - yet clean and comfortablelodging, and a cold beer or cocktail.Our restaurants can tempt you with every-thing from a “Black Angus” ribeye steak - tofast food. The best feature of all, which DyerCounty has to offer, is that you will alwaysenjoy your visit with us, in a safe andfriendly atmosphere.So, what are you waiting for?As far as area ratings go ...You can’t score higher than Dyer!www.dyerchamber.com
  • 13. APRIL-MAY 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 13“SWING FOR THE TREES” HAS PLANTINGEVENTOfficials from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency,the Nashville Sounds, Metro Parks staff, and Friends of EdwinWarner Park, along with other volunteers, gathered at the parkto plant trees as part of the “Swing for the Trees” program.“Swing for the Trees” is a tree planting program to pro-mote the importance of trees to Tennessee. The TWRA par-ticipated in the program beginning last season. During theSounds home games, where there was at least one brokenbat, resulted in the opportunity for obtaining trees to beplanted this spring. A total of 114 bats were broken by theSounds in 2012.Native trees including sugar maple, sycamore, northern redoak and red were planted along Vaughn Road between theEdwin Warner Park Headquarters and near the Little Har-peth River. The tree plantings will replace some of the treesused to make baseball bats and help to restore the riparianor stream bank habitats. In addition to wood products, treesprovide shade, wildlife habitat, cool streams, fresh oxygen,erosion and flood control, and are a key part of contributingto Tennessee’s year-round beauty.TWRA, along with the Sounds, and the Tennessee Depart-ment of Agriculture-Division of Forestry are set to be partnersfor the “Swing for the Trees” program in 2013. The Soundsplay a 72-game home schedule and start the new campaignwith an eight-game homestand beginning April 4.2013 ELK HUNT APPLICATION DATESSCHEDULED FOR JUNE 12 - JULY 24The application period for Tennessee’s 2013 elk hunt willbe June 12 through July 24, the Tennessee Wildlife ResourcesAgency has announced. This year’s application period, whichalso includes the youth hunt application period, will be heldconcurrently with the Wildlife Management Area (WMA)and WMA Youth quota period.Tennessee’s fifth elk hunt is scheduled to be held Oct. 21-25 at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area, lo-cated off I-75, north of Knoxville. There will again be fiveElk Hunting Zones designated at the WMA.Previously, the application period for the elk hunts washeld April 1 through May 31 each year.Customers who are interested in applying for both theWMA quota hunt and elk quota hunt will have to submit twoapplications, one for each. The computer drawings will behandled separately. The rules and regulations for each quotahunt will remain the same.As in the previous hunts, five individuals will be selected toparticipate. Four of the participants will be selected throughthe computer drawing conducted by the TWRA. Nonresidentapplicants will be restricted to no greater than 25 percent ofthe drawn permits. The fifth participant will be the recipientof a permit that is donated to a Non-Governmental Organiza-tion (NGO), which this year will be announced at a later date.When the application period begins, persons may apply atany TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office or online atwww.tnelkhunt.org. The deadline is midnight (CDT) on July24. Mailed applications will not be accepted.This will be the second year for the Young Sportsman ElkHunt. After completing the regular elk hunt draw, a specialcomputerized youth drawing will take place for resident ap-plicants who will be between the ages of 13-16 on the open-ing day of the elk hunt. The lucky recipient will be awardedTennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Nashville Sounds wereamong those planting trees in Edwin Warner Park as part of the“Swing for the Trees” program. From left; Don King (TWRA Infor-mation and Education Division Chief), Pandy English (Instream FlowCoordinator, TWRA Environmental Services), Doug Scopel (SoundsAssistant General Manager), Brad Tammen (Sounds Vice President/General Manager) Steve Patrick (TWRA Assistant Director), and Ozzie(Sounds mascot). continued on next page
  • 14. 14 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 2013the special youth elk tag. The dates of the youth hunt will beOct. 26-27 and the participant would be able to hunt on anyof the five elk hunting zones designated at the North Cumber-land Wildlife Management Area. A youth entering the drawmust select the regular elk hunt or youth elk hunt. COMMISSION AMENDS COMMERCIALFISHING PROCLAMATION AT MARCH MEET-ING IN NASHVILLEThe Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission approved anamendment to the commercial fishing proclamation amongbusiness at its March meeting held at the Tennessee WildlifeResources Agency’s Region II Ray Bell Building.TWRA Assistant Fisheries Division Chief Frank Fiss pre-sented Proclamation 13-02. The amendment added black carpto the list of commercial fish species, modified commercialfishing hours on embayments of Kentucky Lake, and changedgillnet mesh size regulations.On the Mississippi River, legal mesh size will be 3 inchesor larger. On other commercially open waters, legal mesh sizewill be 3 to 4.5, and 6 inches and larger. The changes will beeffective 30 days after filed in the secretary of state’s office.He also reported on a recently-held Asian carp Tourna-ment in Kentucky on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.More than 83,000 pounds of fish were removed in the twoday tournament.Chuck Yoest, TWRA Wild Hog Coordinator, provided asummary of the 2012 landowner exemption program. Theexemption program exists to enable property owners to con-trol wild hogs. There were 1,114 exemptions issued in 2012to landowners across the state.TWRA estimates that approximately 3,800 wild hogs weretaken by exemption holders in 2012. Of the wild hogs taken,38 percent were taken through trapping, 38 percent by shoot-ing, 18 percent by other means, and 6 percent by unknownmeans. TWRA has received overwhelming positive feedbackregarding the exemption program, Yoest said.TWRA Sate Ornithologist Scott Somershoe gave a reportabout TWRA’s participation in a multi-state project to trackthe movements of golden eagles. The report indicated thatwinter golden eagle population is higher than it was origi-nally thought to be in the state.The March meeting was the first under the direction of thenew TFWC officers that were at the February meeting. Dr.Jeff McMillin, the new TFWC chairman, announced the eightcommittee assignments for the commission for the comingyear. One of the committees is new which will be known asthe biodiversity/multiple use committee. Commissioners JulieSchuster will serve as the chairperson while Clayton Stoutwill serve as the vice chairperson.Bill Reeves, TWRA Chief of Biodiversity, reported onthe TWRA receiving the Teaming with Wildlife Partner-ship Award for its efforts with hellbenders. The award waspresented earlier this month by the Association of Fish andLICENSED CONTRACTORLynn brooks drew brooks731-445-3722 731-445-1208• new home construction• additions/remodeling/repair• insurance specialists• least cost roofing• plumbing• floor supportIf you want to work with a financiallystable company that will deliverconstruction projects on-time andwithin budget, then I highly recommendrenovation plus construction- rob somervillewww.rpccpnstruction.comLicensed General ContractorsValue Engineering / Constructability Analysis• Over 30 years experience - since 1981• Scope Includes• New Construction (Home or• Additions/Garages/Attic and Basement Build• Outs/Sunrooms• Renovations (partial or full-house makeovers)• Kitchens• Bathrooms• Construction Management• Maintenance Contracts• Repairs/Improvements• Disaster Recovery• Insurance Claim Specialists• Repair – Rebuild - Total Restoration• HVAC• Electrical• Interior Trim (crown molding, tile, cabinets, etc…)• Painting (Interior and Exterior)• Energy Improvementsdelivers projects on-time and within budget, then work withRenovation Plus Construction. - Rob Somerville6401 Hwy 51 Bypass E. - Dyersburg, TN - 38024731.445.3722 www.rpcconstruction.comWEST TENNESSEEGOLF CARSSALES & SERVICEAUTHORIZED DEALER!HUGE INVENTORY OF NEW & USED CARS!PARTS & ACCESSORIES!LARGE SELECTION OF TRAILERS!SERVICE DEPARTMENT!1295 HWY 51 BYPASS - DYERSBURG, TN - 38024731-286-6275 OR 800-264-1175www.WtngolfcarS.com
  • 15. APRIL-MAY 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 15Wildlife Agencies in Washington, D.C. at the Rayburn HouseOffice Building.Joey Woodard, Executive Director of the Tennessee Wild-life Resources Foundation, spoke to the commission aboutthe upcoming 2013 Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt to beheld April 5-6. The format for the event has changed this yearas the hunt will now be held on two days. The WilliamsonCounty Ag Expo Center in Franklin is the new hub for theevent. The Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt benefits theFoundation and various TWRA outreach programs.TWRA RECEIVES TEAMING WITH WILD-LIFE AWARD FOR PARTNERSHIPS FORHELLBENDERS RESEARCHThe Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has been hon-ored with the Teaming with Wildlife Award for Partnershipsfor its collaborative research on hellbenders in Tennessee.Bill Reeves, TWRA Chief of Biodiversity, received theaward in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. at the RayburnHouse Office Building. The award is the culmination of ex-tensive work on the current status of the species of giant sal-amanders that is endemic to eastern North America.Hellbender populations were historically abundant in Ten-nessee and other states. Surveys conducted over a two-yearperiod verified that hellbender distribution and abundancewithin its historic range have severely declined over the last20 years.A team at the Nashville Zoo is developing new reproduc-tive technologies to breed hellbenders in a laboratory setting.It is the goal that when perfected, large numbers will be pro-duced and genetically diverse offspring will be reintroducedinto the wild. The Nashville Zoo project launched about fiveyears ago with three male hellbenders and one female froma healthy wild population.Other partners with the TWRA in the project are Lee Uni-versity, Middle Tennessee State University, Nashville Zoo,Orianne Society, University of Tennessee, Antwerp Zoo, andthe University of Idaho.OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:• RESIDENTIAL• COMMERCIAL• PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION• SERVICE ON ALL MAKES & MODELS• INSTALLATION & REPLACEMENT• INDOOR AIR QUALITY SPECIALISTS• SERVICE AFTER THE SALEOWNER: COREY JEFFRIES{731} 287-3225BONDED & INSURED!FREE ESTIMATES!D.R.’s Auto Repair& SERVICE CENTERWhen I am in need of vehicle repairs, orservicing, I always go see my good friend Daniel,who owns D.R. Auto Repair & Service Centerin Kenton, Tennessee. - Rob SomervilleWE NOW CARRY A FULL LINE OFAC/DELCO MARINE BATTERIES!BRAKES - TUNE-UPSELECTRICAL REPAIRS AND INSPECTIONALL MAJOR AND MINOR MECHANICALREPAIRS - TIRE ROTATIONS-HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS.530 N. Poplar - Kenton, TN.731-749-5333
  • 16. 16 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 2013Question:What do Bengal tigers havein common with PickwickLake rockfish?Answer:They both have stripes andare considered the most fe-rocious and aggressive mem-bers of their species.A couple of years ago, Ihad the opportunity to meetthe resident “striper guru” ofPickwick Lake, David Har-bin. He asked me if I hadever been striper fishing be-fore. I told him I had forsmall striped bass at Reel-foot. He laughed and toldme to plan on coming downand becoming addicted to thestripers of Pickwick Dam.Dave wasn’t very enthusedat the timing of the tripthough. It seems that TVAdoes not generate much, ifany, water from the dam onweekends. This fact, coupledwith the huge crowds comingto holiday at Pickwick, didn’thave his hopes up too highfor success. He informed methat during the weekdays,several generators usually arerunning. The noise of the tur-bulent water is like a dinnerbell sounding off to stripers.But we had a chance, as TVAwas running one of their sixgenerators each day.The BiggestBait Store inTennesseeDave told me that the con-ditions we would be fish-ing under would require livebait. Unbeknownst to me, thebait we needed could notbe found at your averagebait store. We would have tocatch our own from PickwickLake itself! It seems that thereason gizzard shad are notkept at bait stores is becausethey can only be kept alivefor short periods of times.The same goes for anotherrockfish favorite - the yel-low tail shad. The method heused to accomplish this featwas by throwing a six footdiameter throw seine {net}along the rocky shore nextto the dam.In our favor, was Dave’s ex-pertise with the weighted net.Going against us, was my in-experience in navigating theboat. I was told to keep theTheStriped TigersofPickwick LakeBy Rob Somervillecontinued on page 18Pictured here are two happy customers and a Pickwick Lake striped bass fishing guide, holdingup a day’s catch of five nice rockfish. -Photo by Rob Somerville
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  • 18. 18 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 2013boat steady, about ten feetfrom the rocks. This provedextremely difficult for me asa rookie, due to the turbulentwater and ever-changing cur-rent. But, somehow we man-aged to net some six giz-zard shad, a favorite food forthe stripers. These fish looklike super-sized minnows andranged in length from four toeight inches.Rigged for theRapidsDavid outfitted us with me-dium duty spinning rods andbait casting reels. The reelswere spooled with twenty-pound test, monofilamentline. At the business end ofthe line was a ½ oz. bellsinker, tied on to a swivel.Approximately twenty inch-es below the weight was alarge Kayle style bait hook.We hooked our shad throughboth lips from the bottom up,similar to rigging minnowsfor Reelfoot Lake crappie,dropped our baited hooks into the live well and motoredup-current to the base of thedam, near the running gener-ator. David instructed me tocast my bait at the base of thedam and to count slowly totwenty, before locking downmy reel, as he performed acontrolled drift with the cur-rent. A controlled drift is per-formed by using your out-board motor to maintain thenose of the boat, while fac-ing up-current. This preventsmultiple line tangles and rigsgetting fouled in the motorpropeller. As we drifted, Da-vid said to watch my rod tip.When it bounced randomly, itmeant I was bumping bottomand needed to reel in aboutsix to twelve inches, to pre-vent snagging on the rockydepths.Running andGunningStriper fishing at Pickwickis not for the stereotypicalcasual angler, who wants toleisurely sit on a bucket un-der a shade tree and nap be-tween nibbles. The action isfast and can quickly becomefurious. The distance of thecontrolled drift is about ¼of a mile. Veteran Pickwickanglers call this a “run” or“drift”. The preferred meth-od of these Pickwick pros isto constantly run these seriesof drifts. When they reach theend of the current, they reelin their line and gun the mo-tor back up to the base of thedam, in constant repetition ofthis process.I was just about to askDavid what a striper wouldfeel like when it hits my baitwhen my rod bowed intoan arc and the tip began vi-brating spasmodically. “Fishon,” yelled David, as he ex-pertly maneuvered the boatfor me to fight my first Pick-wick striper. The line whirredagainst my drag, as the fishtook off on run after run. IStriped Tigers of Pickwick Lake ContinuedThis young angler is shown getting his seine net ready, to catch somegizzard shad, to bait his striper hooks. - Photo by Rob SomervilleGizzard shad are the bait of choice for striped bass at Pickwick Lake.- Photo by Rob Somerville" Gizzard shad look like super-sized minnows..."
  • 19. APRIL-MAY 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 19thought I would never get itin to the boat. I would pumphim in and reel, and the mag-nificent fighting fish wouldtake off again, peeling linefrom my spool. Finally, hetired and David netted therockfish, mouthing it with agloved hand, ever cognizantof its sharp teeth. It was trulya Kodak moment.We ended up landingtwelve fish in about threehours. They ranged in weightfrom two to nine pounds eachand we kept four of the de-licious fish to eat for lat-er in the evening. I had myline break on two fish thatDavid said would go betterthan 15lbs. each. As we allenjoyed a delicious meal ofribs with all the trimmingsand homemade pie from theRib Cage restaurant, Davidinvited me to come back ona weekday striper trip, whenseveral generators would berunning. He said that is whenwe might tie in to some twen-ty and thirty pound fish. Justto be sure, I asked him fora signed invitation. He justlaughed and said, “You arenow officially hooked.”SummaryThe rockfish at Pickwickoriginate from a salt waterspecies. Many believed thatthey would not live and breedin this fresh water lake. But,they not only have survived– they have thrived! Striperfishing at Pickwick Lake canbe done year-round. Othermethods of catching theserockfish are by casting luresthat imitate large shad, blue-gill or crappie. At least foryour initial visit to this out-door paradise, I recommendyou hire a guide. These folksknow the lake pool, the gen-erating schedule and fishtransition period. They candefinitely put you on somefish.There are many other at-tractions and activities inthe area such as world classgolf, antique shopping, rus-tic log cabins for rent onthe lakeside and fine restau-rants. Other species of fishthat draw many anglers fromall over the United Statesto Pickwick Lake includemonster-sized catfish, blue-gill, crappie, and all speciesof bass. The National Cat-fish Derby is held there eachJuly and it is not uncom-mon to see sixty pound catsat the weigh in. The localstreat visitors like family andwith each trip I make newfriends there.This family hooked this big striper, while fishing right next to theauthor. - Photo by Rob Somerville"I thought I would never get it into the boat."WILKERSON’STAXIDERMYPHONE (731)286-0853 • 1529 MORGAN RD., DYERSBURGWILKERSON’STAXIDERMYEVERY MOUNT IS ATROPHYTrust a State, National & World AwardWinning Taxidermists!Don’t trustjust anyone.WALTER & TERRY WILKERSON“Quality Work at aReasonable Price”Member T.T.A. & N.T.A.
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  • 22. 22 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 2013As I stated in the last issue, I hope you have bonedup on your retriever’s discipline. Your dog’s obedi-ence, to the sit and stay command, is one of the mostimportant steps in helping you with the marking drillswe are about to talk about. Having a non-steady dogwill deter him in seeing the mark or dummy thrown.So let’s go with the eager, yet steady dog at heel.The single mark, which can vary from about 45yards and go up tot 250 to 300 yards, should have thetraining dummy thrown at a 90 degree angle in frontof the dog. Get the dog’s attention with a “Hey, Hey”command, or a blank gun shot out in the field wherethe dummy was thrown. Take notice of the attentionof the dog, as it is looking toward the training dummythrown. The dog should show eagerness to retrieve,with its ears cocked. Release the dog on your retrievecommand. He should return with the training dummy{or dead duck} and deliver to the heel position.The beginning single-mark, leading up to multiple-marks, should be used with the white/black trainingdummies. You are teaching your dog to look out infront of you. The white/black dummy tumbling in theair will help him marking the object all the way to theground. White and black flag trailers attached to thedummy will help with the dog’s focus out in the field.Training your dog on marking drills needs to be donein different types of field area terrain. Flat, hilly, treelines and grassy fields are some of these examples.These different areas of marking are needed to increasefocus and confidence in the retriever. Remember tostart with short retrieves, extending them in distanceto long retrieves, based on your dog’s success. Do notadd additional marks until your dog is marking andpicking up the singles with repetition and confidence.Your next step in training is the addition of multipleretrieves. Start out by throwing out a mark {trainingdummy} to the right, then another one to left, at 180degrees. What you are doing, is standing with your dogat heel, between the two marks thrown. Start short withboth marks. Throw the right mark first, keeping yourdog at heel and position the dog for the second markto the left with steadiness. When first attempting this,you will need to have the dog on a lead. This willhelp with his steadiness.Send your dog for the last mark thrown, or themark he is focused on. Finish the first retrieve, andthen send him on the second. Repeat these two marksor “Double Retrieve” until the dog is very successfuland confident in picking up both marks and return-ing them in the heel position. Practice these doublesin several different field scenarios. After continuoussuccess retrieving doubles, the third and fourth markscan be added.Following plenty of practice with field marks, youcan begin training for retrieves on the water, startingwith singles and going up to multiple marks. Throw-ing dummies into the center of a pond at 90 degrees,just like you did in the field, is the way to progress.Get your dog’s attention with a “Hey, Hey” com-mand or a blank shotgun blast, then release your dogfor the retrieve. Various and irregular areas of the pond(points, irregular banks, flood trees or brush) shouldbe used. This builds confidence in your dog upon suc-cessful retrieves. Just like in the field, not every areais open and all of them can differ while actually hunt-ing. When adding “multiple” water marking retrieves,wide angles between retrieves should be utilized. Thiswill hopefully keep your dog from switching from onedummy to another. If he swaps from going after onemark to a second one, stop the drill and re-throw thedummies, letting him know to finish what he is sent for.Proper marking and retrieving takes time and pa-tience. Start short and extend your distance, addingadditional marks one at a time as your dog’s successdictates. Use your different terrains, on both land andwater, and with repetition and patience your dog willbecome a better marker. With all areas of gun dogtraining we want a willing and eager dog, who wantsto work for you. In future articles, we will be talkingabout further about advance marking and blind re-trieves. Good luck with training!Joe H. King, Jr.Thunder Ridge Retrievers, 731-676-7776Retriever Training: Part 5 in the SeriesMark! Mark!Everywhere a Mark!By Joe H. King Jr.22 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 2013
  • 23. APRIL-MAY 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 23The key to making excellent retrievesduring duck season is repetition andpatience in your practice sessions.- STO file photoUsing an artificial dummy to teachyour dog to mark, retrieve and re-turn the dummy to the heel positionshould first be done on land.- STO file photoAfter your dog routinely handles mul-tiple retrieves on various terrains ofland, the next step is to repeat thetraining process on the water.- STO file photoAPRIL-MAY 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 23
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  • 25. APRIL-MAY 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 25While you’re huting or fishing on ReelfootLake, stop by and see Johanna and her crewfor a quick, delicious meal.Or, beat the heat with our“World Famous” ice cream.Dine-in or eat outside on our Patio!!Home Owned and operated731-253-6311HWY 78 - TiptonvilleLess than 5 min from Reelfoot Lake“Something Different”OPENEVERYDAY!• 25 Beautiful Exterior Colors! • 5” & 6” Gutters! • Affordable Leaf Guard Systems! • Aluminum Seamless Gutters!• Free Estimates!• Bonded & Insured! OWNER: MIKE SOLLIS6560 LENOX NAUVOO RD - DYERSBURG, TN - 38024731-676-9865SOLLIS SEAMLESS GUTTERSSTAFFORD’SFISH MARKETTWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS!305 S. MAIN ST. - DYERSBURG, TN731-287-0879&103 N. MAIN ST. - RIPLEY, TN731-635-2080OPEN 10 AM TO 6 PMMON. THROUGH SAT.OWNER JERRY STAFFORDFRESH FISH ATTHE BEST PRICE!CATFISH:STEAKS - $2.50 LB.FILLETS- $3.00 LB.BUFFALO:$1.80 LB.Main Office420 Hwy 51 ByPass WDyersburg, Tennessee 38024Phone: 731-285-3021Dyer Co. Memorial Gardens2455 St. John AveDyersburg, Tennessee 38024Phone: 731-285-3021Ridgely Chapel515 Headdon DrRidgely, Tennessee 38080Phone: 731-264-5845Tiptonville Chapel405 Church StTiptonville, Tennessee 38079Phone: 731-253-7252Locally owned and operated since 1970www.dyersburgfuneralhome.netRICKY & TAMMY HORNERPOTTED PLANTS & SHRUBSANNUAL & PERENNIAL FLOWERSFRUITS & VEGETABLES, MULCHMON THROUGH SAT - 8AM TO 5 PM1937 UPPER FINLEY RD. - DYERSBURG, TNOPS MANAGER: BRYAN: 731-431-0256VINTAGE NURSERY
  • 26. 26 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 2013The Main Street Farmers Market wascreated by Main Street Dyersburg tobring more people back to the HistoricDistrict downtown. The Dyersburg/DyerCounty Chamber of Commerce, throughits Downtown Development Board, firstcreated an open air market on MarketStreet on Saturdays from June to Octo-ber. With the donation of a large lum-ber shed and four acres of land on theForked Deer River, the Farmers Mar-ket moved to a covered, open air mar-ket. The former Forcum-Lannom Lum-ber Company property was repurposedto become a River Park and FarmersMarket. Main Street, with grant fund-ing from the Tennessee Main Street Pro-gram, USDA Rural Development andthe Tennessee Agriculture EnhancementProgram reworked the lumber buildingto include electricity, lighting, new paintand secure storage. Later, the Yates fam-ily built a stage, so the building couldbecome a multi purpose venue. The landadjoining the Market once was the Dy-ersburg Public Works department. Fivebuildings were removed by the CityMain Street Farmers Marketof Dyersburg & Obion CountyReap What They Sow!
  • 27. APRIL-MAY 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 27335 Clark Avenue at the River ParkDyersburg, TN 38024Open Tuesday and Saturday 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.A member of Pick Tennessee ProductsCome Grow with us!Call Steve Guttery at 731-285-3433We Grow What We Sell!OBION COUNTYFARMER’S MARKETHOMEGROWNFRUITS & VEGETABLES!GRAND OPENING MAY 4TH, 2013HOURS OF OPERATION:TUESDAY THURSDAY & FRIDAY: 7AM TO 3PMSATURDAY: 7AM TO 4PM214 E. CHURCH ST - UNION CITY, TNCONTACT OBION CO. CHAMBER AT:731-885-0211and the County of Dyer did extensivedirt work to the property to prepare forthe walking trails and facilities of theRiver Park.The Main Street Farmers Market hasmany public and private partners andadvertises to be one of only a few mar-kets that include kayak rental and blue-way paddling trips as a part of its op-eration. Steve Guttery is the Director ofDowntown Development for the Cham-ber and is the manager of the FarmersMarket. Guttery says, “We seized theopportunity to add some amenities tounderutilized property in our down-town area. Most community plannerswould love to have a river through theirdowntown. Dyersburg had turned itsback on the very river that created thetown. Our thought was to do somethingthat would get people back downtown,so we put the market on the River andinvited everyone to come.” The Mar-ket now stands as the centerpiece ofthe development. “Our success with afarmers market has not been built uponcreating a sustainable market. The goalwas something much easier - to bringpeople back downtown”, said Guttery.Of course, you don’t get the people ifyou don’t run the market correctly anddoing that has led to a thriving produc-er-only farmers market for the commu-nity to enjoy. Guttery added, “And yes,it brings people back downtown!”The Main Street Farmers opens June15th through September 28th, everyTuesday and Saturday. For more in-formation, contact Steve Guttery at731-285-3433Obion County Farmer’s Marketannounces their Grand Opening!The extremely popular, Obion CountyFarmers Market {OCFM} is returningthis year, bigger and better than ever!The OCFM will offer local produce,honey, meat, milk and even fresh gulfseafood.Alongside with local farmers, willbe local crafters who will be offeringhomemade wood making crafts andart, wreaths and much more. OCFMwill have its grand opening May 4th indowntown Union City. This year prom-ises more events with a wholesome fam-ily atmosphere. The market will be openTuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays – from7:00 am until the last vendor leaves andon Saturdays from 7:00 am until the lastvendor closes shop.So, bring the whole family and comeout and support the local traders at theObion County Farmers Market. Stay up-dated with us on Facebook. For more in-formation call the Obion County Cham-ber of Commerce at 731-885-0211.
  • 28. 28 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 2013St. Jude’sWorld’s Largest Coon HuntBy Shawn ToddThis photo depicts one of the championship coon dog trials at the event, from 2009. - Photo courtesy of www.akccoonhounds.org.ello to all the readers ofSTO magazine. Last is-sue, we talked about gettingyoung people involved in theworld of coon hunting. To-day, let’s talk about the goodthat coon hunters do. Onesuch event is the 38th An-nual “Worlds Largest CoonHunt” to help benefit St. Ju-de’s Children Research Hos-pitals. This year on the week-end of April 11th, 12th, and13th it was held at the rollinghills and hollows of Parsons,Tennessee. The air was virtu-ally echoing with the beauti-ful sound of hound music.Every cent raised in thisevent will go to St Jude’s,and each and every year, withthe help of hunters and tire-less volunteers, this eventgets bigger and better. TheSt. Jude hunt was started in1976, when some caring peo-ple of Decatur County decid-ed to combine their passionfor coon hunting with theircompassion for sick childrento help St Jude Children’sHospital.The event raised $9,059,the first year. After that in-augural first event, you couldsay the rest is history, withthe hunt raising more than4.1 million for St. Jude’sChildren’s Research Hospi-tal, over the years. This justgoes to show you that there isstill good in people’s hearts,and in the world, despite thebad news we see everyday onthe idiot box. Let us hope thisevent will see many moreprosperous years in the fu-ture, for this great cause. Iknow this is one coon hunt-er that will do his best to bethere, for as long as I can.On Thursday night, theyhave a white bean supper foreveryone. Let me tell you,the white beans are to die for,and if you know me, food isone thing I know about. Af-ter the supper, they conducta youth and a ladies hunt.The youth hunts are dividedinto two groups. One groupfor children under the age of13, and the other group is forkids ages 13 to 17.It is a blast to watch theyouth compete. One year, Ibrought two young men withme to compete. They wereBrock “Kid Brock” Elkinsand Ryan “PBR” Blalock.They did not win, but theyhad a great time and werequickly educated on the goodthat St. Jude’s Children Hos-pital does for sick kids. Thelast two youth hunt winnersH
  • 29. APRIL-MAY 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 29for the category of 12 andunder, were Chase Rushing(2012) and this year’s win-ner Maddox Derryberry. Forthe category of 13 to 17, thewinners were Blane Burdette(2012) and this year’s winnerEthan Roller.The ladies hunt is also funto hear about and these la-dies take this as serious asany man does. It offers en-couragement to females of allages to participate in hunting,while helping a great cause.Some of the past winners ofthe ladies hunt are SheliaLewis of Gates, Tennessee,and for the past two years thewinner was Bethany Woodof Wildervillie, Tennessee.And all this transpires juston Thursday night!On Friday and Saturday,the main event hunt, kicks offwith an average of 100 en-tries. This will make 25 castsof 4 dogs (a cast consist of3 to 4 dogs competing witheach other, depending on thenumber of entries).They will be sent through-out various terrain, in Ten-nessee and North Mississippi.I have been fortunate enoughto be grouped with somegreat handlers and houndsin the hunt. The first year Iparticipated, I was with JakeBrasher of Scotts Hill, Ten-nessee. He came in secondthat Friday night with “2Goose Skid,” a walker dogowned by Mike and MacNeal Creasy, with a score of650 plus. The second yearI attended, I was with Mr.Tommy Hall of Medon, Ten-nessee and his black and tan“High 5’s Black Hawk” whowon Friday night. The nextnight, I was paired with Jus-tin Wallace and his femalewalker “Barking Bell” whowon that night.Some winners from the pastyears are “Carolina Peaches”owned by Billy Bell, and the2011 winner - “Bedwell’sHatchie River Max” ownedby Jason Bedwell of ScottsHill, Tennessee. Last yearswinner was “Two GooseAll Grand Snickers” ownedby Mike and Mac NealCreasy who are also fromScots Hill, Tennessee.The 38th Annual World’s Largest Coon Hunt, is held each year tobenefit kids like these, being treated at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.- Photo courtesy of www.akccoonhounds.org.LEMON’SMACHINERYLEMON’SMACHINERY&MILLWRIGHTMILLWRIGHTINGMECHANICALEXCAVATIONCONSTRUCTIONELECTRICAL WORKPIPINGWELDINGMACHINERY INSTALLATION & REPAIRBONDED & INSUREDFREE ESTIMATES345 BREWER RD. - DYERSBURG, TNOFFICE: 731-287-8867 CELL: 731-693-2604EMAIL: staceylemons@att.net30 YEARS EXPERIENCE ININSTALLATION, MOVING ANDTROUBLESHOOTING PRINTINGPRESSES,STITCHERS AND BINDERS!continued on next page
  • 30. 30 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 2013If you love to coon hunt,watch great dogs work, fel-lowship with other hunters orjust believe in the wonderfulwork that St. Jude’s ChildrenHospital does – get involvednext yearYou will get to see somethings you have never seenbefore: water races, treeingcontest and hounds of alltypes. If you stay aroundlong enough, you can watchthe live entertainment eachnight and eat some mightyfine food. Remember to thankthe volunteers and the hunt-ers for doing some good inthe world and helping thosethat are less fortunate.For more information, go towww.akccoonhounds.org.Until next time, see you atthe tree.Pictured here are the participants and overall hunt winner from the 2011 event.- Photo courtesy of www.akccoonhounds.org.
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  • 32. 32 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 2013Fun, Friends& FISHINGBy John LanthamJohn Latham with a healthy, two pound largemouth bass. - Photo by Rob Somerville
  • 33. APRIL-MAY 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 33y good buddy (and theeditor of STO) Rob Somer-ville, stays very busy sellingand designing ads, takingphotos, and writing and ed-iting articles for this maga-zine. He hardly gets a chanceto hunt or fish anymore. Isaw it was wearing on himand know that he startedthis business due to his loveof the great outdoors. So,I called him late one after-noon, told him to load up hisfishing poles and meet me atthe pond.Joining us on this trip wasRob’s girlfriend, TammyHeadley. She claimed to bea country girl, but provedlater to be a little squeamishwhen handling crickets, tak-ing a fish off the hook andespecially when refusing totouch a catalpa worm. ButI digress, first let’s load upwith some ultra-lite fishinggear, some bass baits and abox full of crickets.We drive the Kubota RTV,which was loaded down withfishing gear, cold beveragesand an ice chest for the fishwe would keep.The large pond had a prob-lem. It was loaded with bass… too many bass. The ownerneeded several hundred bass,in the one to three poundrange, culled from the pondso that there would be lesscompetition for food be-tween the fish and ensuringthe pond would produce alarger quality of bass. Wellthe Moe, Larry & Curley(3 Stooges) of fishing wereready to comply.The plan was simple. Wewould be like the Ghost Bust-ers (of movie fame). Only wewould be the Bream and BassBusters. What transpired in-cluded more laughs, fun, andfast and furious fishing ac-tion than our trio had everanticipated.Rob and I were using Ea-gle Claw – Ultra-lite spin-ning rods and reels. It wasspooled with nearly invisi-ble, 4-lb. test, monofilamentline. With these rigs a threepound bass felt like a greatwhite shark and a one pound,hybrid bluegill made it feellike you had Moby Dick onthe end of your line.Our less experienced, butbetter looking, female coun-terpart opted for a basic Ze-bco 202 (just push the buttonand throw).The bass seemed to like thelooks of the double-bladed-willow, 1/8th oz. spinnerbaitsthat Rob picked up at HuntFish Plus in Dyersburg. Theyhad a white head and whiteskirts. At one point, Rob andI each got four bass, on fourconsecutive casts. The buck-etmouths were proving tobe gladiators of the pond,against the ultra-lite gear andline. They leapt and theydove, peeling line from ourspool drag. The nearly invis-ible line made the two agedand grizzled veterans put onour reading glasses to retielures.In the meantime, the ladyof leisure, was sitting com-fortably and contentedly un-der a shade tree, pulling inhuge bluegill on her cricketbaited hook. The only timeshe needed one of us wasto ask in a sweet southerndrawl, “Could one of youboys take my fish off?” or“Can one of you manly menput another cricket on myhook?”We fished from 5:30 pmto 7:30 pm and caught andkept over 40 bass and abouta half dozen huge bluegill, allin two hours. We were sun-burned, but happy!Later that evening, I spokewords of en-couragementto Rob, as hefilleted fortysix fish. Afterall, that’s whatfriends are for… right?Ta m m ycooked us afresh fish sup-per, comprisedof bass fillets,french fries,hush puppiesand slaw. Itwas deliciousa n d w e a t euntil we feltlike we wouldburst. I think Inodded off onRob’s coucha b o u t t w ominutes aftermy plate wascleared.That af-t e r n o o n w elaughed un-til we cried,cheered eachother on andrecognizedhow much wem i s s e d t h ebasic joys inlife … suchas a couple ofhours, fishingat a pond withgood friends.I rememberlooking overat my bud-dy Rob whilehe had a nicebass on theline. It seemedlike all the wor-ry was gone fromhis face, replaced with a hugesmile and a sparkle in hiseyes.That made me feel good forinsisting we go fishingthat day. After all, that iswhat true friends are reallyall about!STO editor & co-owner, Rob Somerville, is shownhere unhooking a fat 4 1/2 lb. bass from a whitespinner bait. - Photo by Tammy HeadleySelf proclaimed country gal, Tammy Headley, ispictured here begging one of the two male an-glers to take this hybrid bluegill off her line.- Photo by Rob SomervilleM
  • 34. 34 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 2013o, this isn’t an entry-level course in animalbiology. This article is in re-sponse to many of our read-er’s requesting informationon how to be more success-ful turkey hunters. I, by nomeans, am qualified to teachthis course. Harold Knight,who many believe to be oneof the world’s foremost ex-perts on turkey and turkeyhunting, once told me that,“No mere mortal should beconsidered an expert on tur-key hunting. The only quali-fied expert on turkey behav-ior is a turkey itself.”So being our readersmost accommodating andhumble servant, I went rightto the source. I intervieweda Mr. Thomas {you can callhim Tom} Turkey at a loca-tion deep in the woods of theObion River bottoms. I hopeyou enjoy our talk and learnfrom the expert himself, TomTurkey.The interview:As I trudged wearilythrough the seemingly nev-er-ending cypress swampsof the river bottom, striv-ing to find the assigned in-terview location that Mr.Tom’s agent, a Mr. Buck Fe-ver, had given me directionsto, I came upon a small dryclearing, nestled deep in thewoods. I plopped heavily tothe ground, slinging off mybackpack. Wiping the sweatfrom my brow, I struggledto catch my breath in theheavy, damp air. I leanedback against an ancient cy-press tree, wringing the sweatfrom my bandana, enjoyingthe unearthly silence of thewoods. As I began to relax inthis peaceful serenity, a thun-derous gobble shattered thesilence directly behind me,blasting my eardrums. I leaptto my feet, and attempted tocatch my heart, which haddropped down to around mysnakebite-proof boots. I tim-idly peaked around the hugetree. Leaning against the oth-er side of the tree, with hislegs casually crossed, stoodMr. Tom Turkey. He wascombing his long and luxuri-ous beard with a pine frond,seemingly without a care inthe world. He pushed hisMossy Oak sunglasses downto the end of his beak andlooked at me with an ex-pression, which held a com-bination of both pity andamusement. Here is how theconversation went.Tom: Gotcha, didn’t I? Ihope your writing is betterthan your woodsmanshipskills.Rob: Well I ....Tom: Never mind,my time is precious!Did you bring thelatest copy of theTurkey Talk calen-dar, the one withthose hot hens asthe pin-ups for themonth of April, aswas agreed uponwith my agent?{As I reachedinto my backpack,Mr. Gobbler let out an alarmputt, and scurried behind atree. Peering one beady eyethrough a knothole, he re-laxed as he saw I was merelytaking out the calendar andnot a firearm. He glancedat me with a sheepish look,stating that he thought hehad seen a coyote behindme. When he saw the calen-dar in my hand, he quicklystretched out one reptilianfoot and snatched it up withhis spur. He rapidly flippedit to the month of April andhis eyes nearly bugged outof his head. He began purr-ing and cooing, and fanninghis tail feathers. In a minutehe gathered himself, remem-bered he wasn’t alone andglanced back at me in em-barrassment, with his brightred head turning back to itsnormal coloration. He quick-ly tucked the calendar underhis wing.}Tom: O.K. humanoid, whatdo you want to know?Rob: Mr. Tom, my readerswant to know how to be moresuccessful at turkey hunting.Tom: Yea right, and RosieO’Donnell doesn’t eat meatand rap music really is a formof eloquent poetry. It sim-ply isn’t going to happen.For creatures with such largeheads, you hideous mam-mals must have the tiniest ofbrains. We have been pullingyour strings for centuries. Goahead and ask your trivialquestions, you {ha ha} high-est link on the food chain.Rob: Well, first of all,why do you drum and spitwhen performing your mat-ing dance?Tom: In case you haven’tnoticed, Sherlock Holmes,there are not too many elec-trical outlets in the swamp toThe GoofyGobblerNHumor by Rob Somerville
  • 35. APRIL-MAY 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 35plug in my boom box. I drumto keep my rhythm whiledancing. {With this commentTom began an elaborate dis-play of break-dancing, hischest drumming to a rhythmand blues beat}. “Move overElvis, there is a new king intown,” he yelped while spin-ning on his head.“As for the spitting,” hecontinued as he pulled a canof Skoal from his tail feath-ers, “Don’t you know thatyou can get beard rot if youswallow this stuff?”Rob: Why do you gobblers“hang-up,” strutting anddragging your wings out ofgun range, refusing to cometo our decoy set-ups?Tom: Put on your bifocalsyou nimrod, and take a gan-der at magnificence. If youlooked half as good as I do,the females of your specieswould flock to you also. Itis beneath my macho imageto approach them.I mate about 15times a morning.Discounting yourfemale relatives,y o u p r o b a b l yhaven’t even beenkissed by a mem-ber of the oppo-site sex in the lastsix months. I ama “stud muffin.”I make the blue-headed beautiespurr!Rob: Wouldn’tthat be considereda sexist remark?Tom: You ain’tin Kansas anymore Toto. IfGloria Steinemever strolled into my strut zone,I’d spur her into a new way ofthinking.{At this point we pausedfor a lunch break. My stom-ach was rumbling for thehoney-glazed ham sandwichin my backpack. Tom strolledover to a rotten log, and be-gan munching heartily onsome grubworms. At thisspectacle, I somehow lost myappetite and tucked my sand-wich away}.Rob: How important is call-ing techniques when luring amature gobbler in to shoot-ing range?Tom: {After a fit of rau-cous laughter}. We turkeysown a patent on every tur-key call manufactured. Wehave learned to imitate thesounds these calls make inorder to give you lowly hu-mans a sense of accomplish-ment. The money I make ev-ery year on commission fromthe sales of these calls hasmade me rich beyond means.I own three duplex swampalders, and a chain of Ken-tucky Fried Chufa stores. Youidiots will buy anything thatis camouflaged and makes anoise. And here is anothernews flash. You know how allof you mental midgets thinkwe have superlative hearing.Well, Amazing Kreskin, takea close look. Do you see anyears on this handsome head?Rob: You mean you aredeaf?Tom: You got it Einstein.But we are excellent lipreaders.Rob: Wow! Well, whatabout camo? Which is themost effective camo patternfor concealment? Don’t tellme you control the camo in-dustry also?Tom: You got it, tall darkand ugly. Allow me to let youin on a little secret. We tur-keys are blind as a bat. Youcould wear hot pink coverallsand we wouldn’t be able tosee you, unless we bumpedin to you. The reason yourum-dums can’t seem to har-vest us, is that we can smella certain chemical that hu-mans can’t. One of our sci-entists at Proctor and Gobbleinvented it. The chemical iscalled “Purr-Fection.” Webrokered a deal with all themajor camo companies toinject this scent in to theirfabrics.Rob: You mean turkeys cansmell?Tom: That’s right DanRather. These fleshy protu-berances that you underlingscall waddles, are actuallyover-sized scent glands.Rob: Wow! This interviewis going to revolutionize tur-key hunting. If there is everanything I can do for you,just let me know.Tom: Well there is onething. {Tom reached in tocontinued on next page
  • 36. 36 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 2013a hollowed out stump andspeared a large envelope withhis spur. He handed it to meand I stuffed it in to my back-pack, as I was anxious to getback through the swamp be-fore darkness overtook thewoods}.R o b : W h a t ’s i n t h eenvelope?Tom: Just a little somethingI’d like you to spread aroundto all of your friends.{Suddenly he perked up,his head rising high like aperiscope. “I smell Eau DeStrut cologne. The girls mustbe coming back to roost. Seeya later rumdum,” he cackledas he comically waddled overa ridge. I sighed and mademy way through the stag-nant waters of the swamp tomy truck}.Summary:Later that afternoon, as Isat typing the interview at mydesk, I remembered the hamsandwich in my backpack. Ireached my hand in and feltthe bulky manila envelopethe egotistical gobbler hadgiven me. I opened it up, andwas amused at what I found.Inside the envelope were sev-eral copies of a typed peti-tion. It was titled, “Citizensfor the Abolishment of theThanksgiving Holiday.”See ya,Rob.TODD’S CAFESERVING DYERSBURGFOR 37 YEARS!DINE IN OR CARRY OUT!Monday - Thursday: 4:30 am to 8:00 pmFriday - Saturday: Open 24 HoursSunday: Open until 2:00 pm216 E. Court St. - Dyersburg - TN 38024731-285-9954
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  • 38. 38 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 2013In Pursuit of a Dream,Fyrne LakeBy Kevin GriffithEditor’s note: This arti-cle is the second in a seriesthat chronicles Kevin andDiana Griffith’s experienceswith their dream property atFyrne Lake, located just out-side of Dyersburg, Tennessee. hen we left off inthe last issue, mywife and I had just spenttwo years searching for ourdream property. It was Octo-ber 2004, and I had just bor-rowed a small fortune to pur-chase Fyrne Lake (formerlyViar Lake - just outside ofDyersburg, TN) and over1300 acres of surroundingwoods and ridge fields. Thechallenge was that our westTennessee paradise was 800miles away from our homein Florida. It would be onething if we could move, butthat wasn’t in the cards. Ourfamily business was in Flor-ida and we were not going tomove or sell it. We couldn’tdo that to our employees.They believed in our missionand had helped us build thebusiness, from a home garageoperation into a very success-ful company.Fyrne Lake - Photo courtesy of Kalli LipkeW
  • 39. APRIL-MAY 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 39Have your wedding, family reunion or cor-porate picnic at the beautiful natural settingof Fyrne Lake. Our 3000 sq. ft. pavilion hasplenty of space, an oversized stone fireplaceand an excellent lake view.727-458-8193However, Tennessee wascalling. The property wefound perfectly matched ourvision of undeveloped privateland with a lake surroundedby wilderness. From the be-ginning our plan was for itto be a destination for fam-ily vacations, long week-ends and eventual retirement.But Fyrne Lake was just toogood! There was so muchto explore, digest and enjoy.It was painful to leave andseemed like forever betweenvisits. I had to find a way toenjoy the property betweentrips, if for no other reasonbut to keep my sanity. Thehundreds of pictures fromthe property I was accumu-lating helped, but they werejust NOT enough. I needed away to see the property andplan out my explorations be-tween trips.Bert Viar, the previousowner, had given me a large(38” x 38”) aerial photo-graph of the property thatwas taken in 1992. It was avery detailed view, reveal-ing highlights of the farmfrom an overhead perspec-tive. I devoured it! Having itwith me in Florida helped tosatisfy my longing to returnto Tennessee. I explored ev-ery square inch of the over-head, looking for details tocheck out the next time up.In an upper corner of thephoto I noticed identifyingnumbers. There was also alabel affixed to the back, re-ferring to a USDA office inSalt Lake City, Utah. May-be, just maybe, they wouldhave aerial pictures of thefarm from other years. Aftercalling the office, I discov-ered to my amazement thatthey have a complete libraryof aerials from across the US,dating back to 1955. Afterproviding them the detailsof our location, it turned outthey had photos available ofour farm from 1956, 1960,1965, 1972, 1980, 1992 and1998! (These were the yearsavailable in 2004. Since then,they’ve added several moreaerials, the most recent be-ing 2012.)It turns out that for over50 years the USDA has beenacquiring aerial photographsof most of the nation to helpmanage federal farm pro-grams. They are housed inthe USDA’s Aerial Photog-raphy Field Office (APFO)located in Salt Lake City,Utah. Accumulated there isone of the largest aerial filmlibraries in the nation, total-ing more than 70,000 rollsof film and 1000s of digi-tal images. Depending uponthe original film type, printsare available in black andwhite, color or infrared. En-largements of up to 38” x38” or computer tiff files areavailable.I was beside myself withexcitement. I wanted themall! I immediately placed myorder and anxiously await-ed their arrival. Once re-ceived, I was not disappoint-ed! Since the pictures weretaken at different times ofthe year, and varying timescontinued on page 42There was so much toexplore, digest and enjoy.Lankford Taxidermy3070 Thompson School Rd.Huntingdon, Tennessee - 38344Phone (731) 986-3351Specializing inFish Mountings and Birds- 50 Years Experience -
  • 40. 40 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 2013In Pursuit of a Dream ContinuedThis picture shows the farm in 1960, before the creation of FyrneLake. - Photo courtesy of Fyrne LakeThis photo shows the completed dam and Fyrne Lake 90% filled (thelake construction was begun in 1978 and reached full pool in 1981).If you compare this to the 1960 image, you will notice the reducedsize of some of the ridge fields and the fresh dirt work to controlerosion in the fields on the right side of the lake.- Photo courtesy of Fyrne LakeUSDA Map ContactInformationAddress:USDA - FSAAerial Photograph Field Office2222 West 2300 SouthSalt Lake City, UT84119-2020Website: www.fsa.usda.govEmail: apfo.sales@slc.usda.govPhone: 801-844-2922Fax: 801-956-3653Oppurtunity for Aspiring Young Writers & Photographers!The Outdoor Journalist Education Foundation of America(OJEFA) is an educational arm of the Southeastern OutdoorPress Association (SEOPA) and they are looking for potentialcandidates for our annual Lindsay Sale - Tinney SEOPAConference Scholarship award. The award provides oneaspiring young writer or photographer between the ages of 12to 25 to attend the SEOPA Conference this October in LakeCharles, Louisiana.This is a tremendous opportunity for young outdoor mediahopefuls to be able to not only attend the conference,numerous workshops and other learning opportunities, butalso to meet and network with some of the most notableoutdoor communicators in the nation. SEOPA brings togethersome of the biggest names in outdoor writing, photography,radio and TV broadcasting. There is no way to assign a dollarvalue to this extraordinary opportunity and the long-termbenefits thereof.One winner will be selected from applications received byJune 1, 2013 with the winner announced by July 1, 2013. Thelucky winner will receive one free conference registration,four nights lodging at the Isle of Capri hotel, and up to $750toward travel expense.We need your help to get the word out to anyone who wouldqualify and benefit from this one-of-a-kind career buildingopportunity.Please forward this to potential applicants or others whomight help spread the word. Much more informationincluding the application procedure may be found by contact-ing: SEOPA-OJEFA * P.O. Box 115 * Badin, NC 28009 *704-984-4700
  • 41. APRIL-MAY 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 41continued on page 42When compared to the 1980 image of Fyrne Lake, this beautiful 2006 color picture will showcase that several fields have been retaken bywoods, the outline of the lake has changed and kudzu (light green area) has taken over in two upper regions of the farm.- Photo courtesy of Fyrne Lake
  • 42. 42 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 2013of day, each picture revealedunique details of the farm.Another cool benefit wasthe time lapse effect, cre-ated by possessing over 40years of historical pictures.I could track the clearing offields, progressing erosion,pond building, farming ac-tivity and the before, duringand after views of the lake’sconstruction. These photoswere exactly what I neededto explore the farm from 800miles away!Starting in 2006, I beganordering the more recent pho-tographs in high resolutiontiff file format. Besides beingin full color, having them ina digital format allowed meto print out different areas ofthe farm for use in planningspecific projects. This fallwe’ll have owned the farmfor 9 years and have madecountless improvements andadditions. It’s interesting tosee the progress we’ve made,year after year, through over-head pictures. The imagesare detailed enough to trackour erosion control efforts,kudzu eradication, road/trailconstruction, orchard plant-ings, farming activities andnew structures. I still anx-iously await the arrival of thenext photograph like a childat Christmas!If you are interested inobtaining pictures of yourfamily’s property or poten-tial dream acquisition, you’llfind the USDA’s contact in-formation on page 40. Be-sides needing your contactinfo (name, shipping address,email and phone number),they’ll need your help inidentifying the location ofyour property. A legal de-scription (section, township,range, etc.) will work, aswell as the latitude and lon-gitude location, parish de-scription, or a map with anoutline around your area ofinterest. Also, remember tolet them know the years ofyour interest. If you’re likeme YOU’LL WANT THEMALL!WILLIS HEATING & AIRSERVING DYER COUNTY & SURROUNDING AREAFOR A QUARTER OF A DECADE!BONDED & INSUREDA NAME YOU CAN TRUST!OFFICIAL HVAC BUSINESSFOR THE DYER COUNTY FAIR!WE HOPE YOU HAVE A“HOT” TIME,AT THE“COOLEST” FAIRIN TENNESSEE!125 DAWSON ST. - DYERSBURG, TN731-285-4406 731-676-7165WILLIS HEATING & AIR ISSTO MAGAZINE’SRECOMMENDED HVACBUSINESS INWEST TENNESSEE• PROFESSIONAL• AFFORDABLE• DEPENDABLE• TRUSTWORTHYIn Pursuit of a Dream ContinuedReach over 45,000 middle to upper-middle class income earners byadvertising with us now.Contact Rob Somerville for more information.731-446-8052 | stomag1@gmail.com
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  • 45. APRIL-MAY 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 45KIDS KORNER
  • 46. 46 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | APRIL-MAY 2013Luke Cooper {7 years-old} of Huntingdon, Tennessee shothis first ducks ever on Feb. 9th, 2013, during the youthduck hunt. Luke also won the Mike McLemore MemorialDuck Calling contest at the Carroll County Fair last fallfor his age division. Pictured with Luke is his proud dad,Leslie Cooper on the South Fork of the Obion River nearMckenzie, Tennessee - Photo provided by Dale CooperTom Thomason from Birmingham, Alabama caughtand released this 6 lb. 7 oz. bass on a red/motor oilcolored worm on March 9th, 2013. Tom, aguest of Jeff Caldwell, was fishing around somerecently added structure in Fyrne Lake, locatednorthwest of Dyersburg. - Photo courtesy of Fyrne Lake.Ray Lewis was fishing with his father, Otha, inFyrne Lake on Feb. 23rd, 2013 and caught thisnice bass. It was a cold day of fishing, but it wasworth it! - Photo courtesy of Fyrne Lake.Tom Hall caught thishuge, 6 lb, 2 oz. basson a crappie pole riggedwith a minnow onMarch 30th, 2013 atFyrne Lake.- Photo courtesy ofFyrne Lake.
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