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Southern Traditions Outdoors is a free publication providing articles, photography, and places of interest for the outdoor sportsmen in the mid-south. Publications are printed every two months: ...

Southern Traditions Outdoors is a free publication providing articles, photography, and places of interest for the outdoor sportsmen in the mid-south. Publications are printed every two months: Jan/Feb, March/April, May/June, July/Aug, Sept/Oct and Nov/Dec, and include articles on hunting, fishing and the outdoors. You can always find sections dedicated to children, veterans, women, and the physically challenged in our publication encouraging outdoor participation. You can find our publication throughout Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Arkansas and Kentucky at any of our advertisers as well as many marinas, vehicle and ATV dealers, TWRA license agents, resorts and outdoor related retailers.

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    • October - November 2013 Complimentary Copy THESE DOGS WILL HUNT DUCKS ARE ON THE WAY A FARMER’S HANDS DOGGING FOR SQUIRRELS LATE SEASON CRAPPIE ITION BONUS ED GES PA 8 EXTRA www.southerntraditionsoutdoors.com Please tell our advertisers you saw their ad in southern traditions outdoors magazine!
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    • TABLE OF CONTENTS PG................... ARTICLE........................................................... AUTHOR 8...........................Fall Flight Forecast is a Good One - Ducks On Way.......... Steve McCadams 12..........................A Farmer’s Hands............................................................... Rob Somerville 18..........................Cypress Creek Outdoors.................................................... Rob Somerville 20..........................Hot Products....................................................................... STO 24..........................Duckblast Offers Deal of Lifetime....................................... Rob Somerville 28..........................TWRA News....................................................................... TWRA 30..........................Fyrne Lake 10K.................................................................. Kevin Griffith 32..........................Hunting with Four Legged Friends..................................... Garry Mason 36..........................Kentucky Lake Late Season Crappie................................. Steve McCadams 39..........................Dogging for Squirrels.......................................................... Shawn Todd 42..........................The Fyrne Lake Saga Continues........................................ Kevin Griffith 48..........................Birds of a Feather............................................................... Rob Somerville 52..........................Trophy Room...................................................................... STO ITION BONUS ED GES PA 8 EXTRA On the Cover Nothing brings as much joy as hunting with a beautiful well trained retriever. The black Labrador Retreiver on the front cover is named Libby. - Photo by Garry Mason Southern Traditions Outdoors Magazine, LLC Owners - Eddie Anderson Rob Somerville Kevin Griffith Stacey Lemons Publisher - Eddie Anderson Editor - Rob Somerville Magazine Design - Kalli Lipke Advertising Sales Rob Somerville - Managing Partner Distribution Johnathan Anderson Field Staff Editors Garry Mason Walter Wilkerson Terry Wilkerson Steve McCadams Kelley Powers 4 Eddie Brunswick Larry Self John Sloan Richard Simms John Meacham Buck Gardner Scott Marcin Ed Lankford Drew Brooks John Latham John Roberts Advertising Information: Southern Traditions Outdoors | Rob Somerville (731) 446-8052 stomag1@gmail.com DISCLAIMER - Neither the authors nor Southern Traditions Outdoors Magazine LLC assume any responsibility or liability for any actions by readers who utilize any information contained within. Readers are advised that the use of any and all information contained within Southern Traditions Outdoors is at their own risk. Southern Traditions Outdoors Magazine Mission Statement: From the Desk of the Editor Dyersburg High School Initiates the First Ever DU Varsity GreenWings Chapter Recently, David Greer invited me to attend a meeting at Dyersburg High school in Tennessee. To me, a fantastic and previously unheard of partnership had been formed, between a public school and DU. The positive thinking administration at Dyersburg High School had teamed up with Duck’s Unlimited to form a Varsity GreenWings Chapter in their school. I was excited at the huge turnout and here is what I learned. History of DU Ducks Unlimited got its start in 1937, during the Dust Bowl, when North America’s droughtplagued, waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows. Determined not to sit idly by, as the continent’s waterfowl dwindled beyond recovery, a small group of sportsmen joined together to form an organization that became known as Ducks Unlimited. Its mission: habitat conservation. Thanks to decades of abiding by that single mission, Ducks Unlimited is now the world’s largest and most effective private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization. DU is able to multilaterally deliver its work through a series of partnerships with private individuals, landowners, agencies, scientific communities and other entities. Waterfowl are not the only beneficiaries of DU’s habitat work. Wetlands improve the overall health of our environment by recharging and purifying groundwater, moderating floods and reducing soil erosion. Wetlands are North America’s most productive ecosystems, providing critical habitat to more than 900 wildlife species and invaluable recreation opportunities for people to enjoy. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands, and tens-of thousands of additional wetland acres continue to be lost, at an accelerating rate, each year. Introduction of the Varsity GreenWings Chapter The purpose of a Ducks Unlimited Varsity banquet is to raise money for developing, maintaining, restoring and preserving waterfowl habitat on the North American continent and to develop a local image for DU. In addition, Ducks Unlimited aims to support the continuation of our nation’s outdoor sporting heritage through increased education efforts and cultivation of youth involvement in volunteerism, conservation, as well as safe and ethical hunting. Ducks Unlimited Varsity chapters offer students and their respective high schools the unique opportunity to learn of the importance of habitat conservation in a fun setting that engages the entire community. Students that volunteer for Ducks Unlimited Varsity chapters develop a keen understanding of our wild landscapes and their associated benefits. Additionally, high school members acquire life and leadership skills that will benefit them throughout their educational and career pursuits. Regardless of a student’s personal interests, there is great value in being a member of a Ducks Unlimited Varsity chapter. Teddy Roosevelt once stated “Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us.” For continued on next page Southern Traditions Outdoors Magazine vows to put forth a publication to promote 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. SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 5
    • From the Desk of the Editor Continued Union City Ford wEST TENNESSEE’S 4X4 HEADQUARTERS! 2014 FORD 250 SUPER CHIEF A large crowd of high school staff, students and DU committee members met in the common room at Dyersburg High School recently to begin the first ever DU Varsity Chapter. - Photo by Rob Somerville over 75 years, Ducks Unlimited has strived to provide a better landscape for future generations, and through participation in the Varsity program, Ducks Unlimited will continue its mission to provide sustainable wetland habitats throughout North America. Benefits of Varsity Chapters While North America’s wetlands are the primary beneficiary of Ducks Unlimited Varsity chapters, there are a variety of additional benefits for the communities and individuals that participate in these programs. Student volunteers gain valuable teamwork and leadership experience by working together to accomplish a common goal. Throughout the process, students will be challenged with proper planning, budgeting, problem solving and implementing basic business strategies. Coupled with the conservation education that coincides with being a Ducks Unlimited volunteer, the volunteer experience is very enriching for all Varsity participants. Parents, extended families, and communities are also able to rally behind and benefit from Varsity high school chapters. Because Ducks Unlimited promotes wholesome family-friendly events, anyone and everyone are welcome to attend and participate. Regardless of what drives people to Varsity events, whether it is in support of our conservation mission, the desire to engage in raffles and auctions or just to enjoy a great meal and camaraderie, Ducks Unlimited encourages people from all walks of life to join them in their mission to conserve, enhance, and restore North America’s wetlands. On behalf of everyone at STO Magazine, I just want to take our hats off to the Dyersburg High School administrators, DU and its local chapter officers and the parents and kids who are participating in this “first time ever” endeavor. We support you! 2022 West Reelfoot Avenue - Union City, TN 38261 (731) 885-8833 www.fordlincoln.com TAYLOR AUTOMOTIVE MEET YOUR 2014 CHEVY TRUCK LINE-UP! 2014 CHEVY SILVERADO! Rob 11989 Hwy 22 East in Martin, Tennessee. (888) 251-4751 www.taylorautomotive.net. 6 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 7
    • Fall Flight Forecast is a Good One Ducks on the Way! By Steve McCadams “We started with high numbers of breeding ducks, and we had great water in the right places for re-nesting and duckling survival,” said Frank Rohwer, president of Delta Waterfowl. “Duck production should be excellent.” “This spring saw abundant moisture in much of the heart of North America’s most important duck breeding areas,” said DU Chief Scientist, Dale Humburg. “That bodes well for duck breeding success this summer and hopefully, for hunting this fall.” “Even with abundant moisture on the prairies and good breeding success this year, the weather and habitat conditions the birds encounter on their fall migrations can impact local hunting success. Many areas along traditional migration routes are experiencing significant drought, and this will likely have an effect on how many birds hunters see this fall. Other areas have seen excessive moisture, which could affect food supplies for migrating birds. As always, weather patterns can also have a huge impact on local hunting conditions and the timing of the migration.” Of the 10 species surveyed, 7 were similar to last year’s estimates, including mallards. Scaup and blue-winged teal were significantly below last year’s estimates. American Wigeon were 23 percent above last year. Mallards, similar in number to 2012, are 36 percent above the long-term average. Two species (northern pintail and scaup – lesser and greater combined) remained be- in favor of duck hunters across the region, as an extended spell of mild conditions allowed big numbers of ducks to stay north of their normal wintering grounds. Refuge waterfowl surveys across the region were below their 5 and 10-year averages during December and January, which reflected the influence of warm weather, both here and up north. Yet, last winter was unusual and every year is different. Cold fronts can happen overnight and north winds can change the waterfowl picture quickly. Every morning in the duck blind is different! Of concern to many West Tennessee waterfowlers this fall and winter is the food, or lack thereof, in many of Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s wildlife management areas. Flooding this spring lingered on up into summer and that prohibited the agency from planting winter waterfowl food in such popular units as Gooch, Tigrett, Big Sandy, Gin Creek, Camden Bottoms and West Sandy. The lack of corn, milo, millet and some moist soil foods could make it ...it’s nice to know the ducks are there in big numbers. low their long-term average and North American Waterfowl Management Plan goals. Weather and water conditions are always big factors, influencing the seasons down here in Dixie, but it’s nice to know the ducks are there in big numbers. Now we’ll keep our fingers crossed for normal winter weather to stimulate the migration as last year’s temperatures (especially during late December and most of January) were above normal. Last year’s warm winter did not work continued on next page Johnson Motor CoMpany Dyerburg, tn High Quality! Low Mileage! 731-285-0465 Weather and water are always factors for Dixie duck hunters but good numbers of ducks should be winging South this fall and winter according to the Fall Flight Forecast. - Photo by Steve McCadams F rosty morningsa and bone chilling winds are still few months away, but most of us in Waterfowl World are always thinking ahead and wondering about the status of the Fall Flight Forecast. How was the hatch? What does the season look like? When does it open and has the bag limit changed? These are a few of the questions I hear on a 8 regular basis, from enthusiastic duck hunters, anxiously awaiting early season sunrises. Mid-summer reports are released each year and it shows that our feathered friends had another great year on the breeding grounds. Thanks to a wet spring, duck numbers heading south this fall and winter, should be well above the long-term average. SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 The fall flight survey, known officially as the Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, has been conducted annually since 1955 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Canadian Wildlife Service. This year it puts the breeding duck population at 45.6 million, the second-highest level ever recorded. This year’s estimate was 33 percent above the long-term average. Buy, Sell, Pawn! Something for Everyone! Coming Soon: Brand New Ashley & Simmons Furniture! 731-287-8544 Both Businesses open: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri - 9am to 5pm Saturday - 9am to 12pm 1942 St John Ave - Dyersburg, TN OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 9
    • tough to attract and hold wintering waterfowl in the area. If cold weather descends and the ducks arrive to find very little food, then odds are they’ll fly somewhere else to meet their needs. Just how this spring and summer flooding scenario plays out remains to be seen, but no doubt it will have a negative impact on several popular wildlife management areas. Water availability will be another big factor too, as winter flooding across West Tennessee tributaries such as the Obion, Forked Deer, and Hatchie River bottoms can supply thousands of acres of soybeans and corn to hungry ducks at times. Thanks to a good Fall Flight Forecast, duck hunters will see another 60-day season and 6 duck bag limit. Tennessee’s statewide season opens Thanksgiving Day (November 28th) and runs 60-days straight, ending on January 26th, 2014. The Reelfoot Lake zone varies from the statewide dates. A two-day segment will be held in the Reelfoot zone on November 16th-17th. The second segment there resumes November 30th and runs 58-days straight, ending on January 26th, 2014. Tennessee will offer youth waterfowl hunts for kids ages 6-15 on two separate Saturdays after the regular season closes. The first hunt will be held February 1st and the second hunt is slated for February 8th, 2014. Soon, the web-footed visitors will arrive. In fact, waterfowlers across Tennessee already have the welcome mat out. Here’s hoping the season ahead is a good one for you and your buddies. Sunrises spent with retrievers and friends are never wasted. Ducks are on the way so it’s time to patch the waders, tie up the decoys, tune up the outboards and Go-Devils, and cut brush for the blinds. Let the games begin! Editor’s note: Steve McCadams is a professional guide and outdoor writer from Paris, TN. He can be reached at stevemc@charter.net. 10 Three generations of duck hunters! Duck blinds are great places to share sunrises and make memories with friends and family. Bagging a pile like this makes getting up early worthwhile! - Photo by Steve McCadams Blue-wing teal numbers continue to increase and are well above their long term average. Tennessee’s early wood duck and teal combo season lasts only 5 days, but is quite popular among the ranks of waterfowlers. - Photo courtesy of USFWS SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 OCTOBER -NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 11
    • A Farmer’s Hands Fiction By Rob Somerville T he sun resembled a jack-o-lantern as it began to peek its lifenurturing face above the autumn woods. “Mornin, Mr. Sun,” greeted the old farmer with a smile. “It’s about time you woke up.” He figured that he could get away with that little jab, because he had already finished his last cup of coffee about two hours ago. The old timer sighed and his breath exhaled a white plume in the frosty October morning. He readjusted the weight of the week-old calf in his arms. The young animal struggled in his grasp. It had its eyes rolled up and was bleating with fear as the farmer began to make 12 the slow climb out of the drainage ditch, where it had been mired up to its chest in mud. He and the calf were both soaked to the bone with water from the drainage ditch and mud covered the old man’s Carhardt overalls and flannel-lined jean jacket. They finally reached the north pasture’s fence row. The old man set the calf down on its trembling legs. The calf buried its head in the farmer’s jacket and began crying out for its mama. Old Bessie, our milk cow, came trotting down the lane, mooing for her baby. The calf heard her, raised its head and ran to the safety of its mother. Another small crisis handled on the farm. The farmer grinned at their reunion and walked on arthritic legs to a big rock on a high point, where he could look out over several hundred acres of his crop land, and sat down. He took off his John Deere hat and wiped the sweat from his brow. Bowing his nearly bald head, he began his daily talk with God. “Well sir, you sure outdone yourself with nature’s paintbrushes this morning. The trees of autumn look like they got more colors in them then a 64-count box of Crayola crayons and the way the wind makes them branches sway and the leaves shake…well sometimes I think they hear the angels playing their harps and are dancing to the music. I know my sweet wife Clara just has to be one of em. Tell her I sorely miss her cornbread and beans and I reckon it won’t be too long before I see her. I sure do appreciate you giving that wonderful woman to this hard-headed man for 54 years, Lord. Thank you also for giving me the life of a farmer. I know that sometimes I complain, but I wouldn’t trade it for any other way of life. I promise to do my best to take care of your land that you’re letting me use and the critters that live here. Now, if we could just come to some arrangement on this weather. He smiled at that point and raised his eyes up to the sky, “Just kiddin Lord. I know that you must have a great sense of humor. After all, you put up with me for seventy five years. Amen.” The old man stood and looked out over his land. Memories began to fill his head. They were memories of hard times and good times, of struggles and victories … and some setbacks. His earliest recollections were of him as a youngin, maybe 3 or 4 years-old. He fondly recalled sitting on his daddy’s lap and steering the old John Deere tractor, he named Suzey. That was how we learned to farm in the old days. We were taught by family. It was a 1940 Model SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 B – sometimes stubborn as a mule, but high school. My dependable and durable. We didn’t have f r i e n d s , w h o no high-falootin climate controlled cabs played sports or with air fresheners hung on the mirror, just hung out at stereos or GPS systems back then. Our the local café afcomfort was climate controlled by Old ter school, didn’t Mother Nature itself. If it rained – we understand why got wet. If it was hot – we sweated. If I hurried back to it was cold – we shivered. Our musical the farm instead entertainment was courtesy of song- of joining them birds, insects and frogs. Our sense of every afternoon. smell was filled with the pure scent of I guess you could diesel smoke and freshly cut crops. We say I just liked didn’t have satellite navigation. Instead, to make things we used landmarks and plenty of good grow. My parents inold common sense. If Old Suzey broke sisted I go to coldown, we could go to the local hardware store and buy a fan belt for a couple of lege to study agdollars … now it’s a couple of hundred. riculture. When We went to work before sunrise and I respectfully ofhardly ever quit until long after sun- fered not to atset. We didn’t need these new energy tend, but rather drinks. The biggest meal of the day was work on the farm breakfast. Mother would get up at 3:30 with my dad, he am and cook a huge spread of biscuits, sat me down. Pa told me that times gravy, brown eggs {from our chickens} were changing. bacon, sausage, fresh milk and plenty of Farmers were becoffee. That would keep us goin til dincoming more sciner, which was on the table promptly at entific and farm twelve noon. Fried chicken, pot roast, land was growing vegetables and all the trimmins were scarcer each year. usually served. Man, did we eat good! He wanted me to As I went through school, my pa go and learn modwould start to let me have more and ern farming techmore responsibility. He was a stern task niques and busimaster, showing you once and expect- ness skills, and I ing you to learn it and do it exactly the figured out in my way he showed you, from then on. Some later years that would think him to be intimidating. he was unselfHe was a large, raw-boned man with ishly looking out a farmer’s tan and a weather bronzed for me. Pa wanted face. I have a permanent image of his me to be able to hands burnt into my mind. They were keep up the farm, huge and calloused with long fingers earn a livelihood and bulging veins. They were a farmer’s and become my hands. Not a man of many words, but own man. He also when he did speak up, people tended to said that Amerilisten. But, he never had to whoop me can farmers feed {thank the Lord} because I respected about two thirds him and did not sass back. He wasn’t of the world and exactly a nurturer; that was mother’s we took on that role. He was a role model; a man who responsibility and taught me the value of hard work, fam- need to fulfill its ily values and respect for the land. duties. I continued to work the farm through continued on next page Complete Line of New & Used Farm Equipment! Byron Medlin Office: 573-333-0663 Email: bmedlin@donmedlinco.com www.donmedlinco.com 1197 State Hwy D Caruthersville, MO - 63830 OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 13
    • Farmer’s Hands Continued I graduated from college, came back to the farm, got married and began to raise my own family. Pa and me worked side by side. He wasn’t much of a people person. He was always in the fields or in the shop fixing equipment. So, besides working as he did, I kept the books and handled transactions. It was a good partnership. We had good years and bad, banner crops and disasters, floods and draughts. I guess we survived through hard work and being frugal. We began buying up small areas of acreage that became available; with money we had saved and grew our farm business. Nowadays, it seems that I spend a lot of time in meetings, on this damn cell phone that I hate and doing paperwork. When I get overwhelmed, I go to my quiet space. I just get on a combine {sometimes until way after midnight} and work the fields. Then, I am at peace with the world. The old farmer shook himself back to the present, wiped a tear from his eye, and once again looked to the heavens. Keeping in mind that his dad was a man of few words, he still imagined a vision of his dad smiling down at him and nod14 ding with a tip of his hat. That was all the encouragement he needed. He looked down and saw his old dog, River, had joined him and was laying at his feet. He smiled, patted his four legged friend on the head and said, “Come on River, we got work to do.” As they walked to the shop, he looked down at his hands and smiled. They were a farmer’s hands. Note: This article is dedicated to all the farmers and agricultural based businesses in America, who feed the world and especially to my friend and partner, Eddie Anderson. OUR EXPERIENCED STAFF IS HERE TO FILL YOUR EVERY NEED & WE HAVE THE ROOM TO DO JUST THAT! PHONE (731)286-0853 • 1529 MORGAN RD., DYERSBURG WILKERSON’S TAXIDERMY EVERY MOUNT IS A TROPHY Don’t trust just anyone. Trust a State, National & World Award Winning Taxidermists! WALTER & TERRY WILKERSON SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 DYERSBURG ELEVATOR COMPANY 300 PRESSLER RD - DYERSBURG, TN - 38024 731-287-7272 “Quality Work at a Reasonable Price” Member T.T.A. & N.T.A. 15 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS -NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS OCTOBER | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 15
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    • Cypress Creek Outdoors I By Rob Somerville have known two, twin brothers – Don and Ron Parks, since they were students with my sons, at Obion County High School, over a decade ago. At that time, they asked for my help in creating an in-house hunting TV Show at the high school. The first thing I noticed was their total enthusiasm for the outdoor lifestyle. My other impressions, after getting to know them better, were their intelligence, drive and good old-fashioned manners. Great news for the Dyersburg Area After reuniting with them recently, none of those first impressions I had of the two brothers have changed and Dyersburg, Tennessee is about to get a little more wild with the much needed outdoor retail store they recently put in called Cypress Creek Outdoors, which opened on October 12th. The new outdoor store not only carries top of the line outdoor clothing, equipment, guns and ammunition, but it will also bring several jobs to the Dyer County community. Cypress Creek Outdoors will specialize in all your hunting and fishing needs with brands such as Drake, Walls, Columbia, and Benelli firearms, but will also cater to anyone who celebrates the great outdoors; whether it be camping, exercising, or hiking. Other brands will include Kavu, Under Armour, Stormy Kromer, Lodge Cookware, etc. Cypress Creek’s knowledge18 able staff is dedicated to giving you the best customer service and latest information on new products. Their mission is to make sure you leave with the right clothing and equipment for your next outing and their expertise comes in the form of their decades of living the outdoor lifestyle. Cypress Creek Outdoors offers more than just helping you get geared up; they are also steeped in Reelfoot Lake history and their store is decorated with wall murals depicting scenes from this historical locale. Employees are natives to the Dyer and Obion County areas with experience navigating the waters and wetlands of Reelfoot Lake and the surrounding areas. Bringing his experience and knowledge to Cypress Creek is Bart Orr, who also manages First Choice in Dyersburg. Mr. Orr is a former manager of Homestead in Union City, with over 20 years experience in the industry. The store is located in the old Riggs building off of Hwy 51 S. The location is perfect with its easy access from the highway, abundant space, and of course its proximity to its “big brother” business: First Choice Farm and Lawn. Dyer County sportsmen have long desired a full service outdoor retail store for years… well it seems that the Good Lord above has finally answered our prayers in Cypress Creek Outdoors. Cypress Creek Outdoors is open on Monday through Saturday {from 9 am to 6 pm} and Sunday {from 1pm to 5 pm}. The store is located in the old Riggs building at 305 Hwy 51 South and their phone number is 731-2871470. Its location is perfect with its easy access from the highway, abundant space, and of course its proximity to its “big brother” business: First Choice Farm and Lawn. They are open now for business, but will have their huge GRAND OPENING & HUNTER’S NIGHT OUT event on Saturday, November 2nd. So, check these folks out … you won’t be sorry! SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 “A New Place ... For An Old Tradition” WE CARRY SHOTGUNS, RIFLES, AMMO, CLOTHING, ACCESSORIES BY: AND MUCH MORE! THE MID-SOUTH’S NEWEST HUNTING RETAILER! HUNTER’S NIGHT OUT - SAT. - NOV. 2ND Cypress Creek Outdoors Open Mon-Sat. 9-6 Sun 1-5 305 Hwy 51 South Dyersburg, TN 38024 731-287-1470 dparks@firstchoicekubota.com OCTOBER-NOVEMBER OCTOBER -NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 19
    • Recommends... 2014 GMC SIERRA 1500 FOUR WHEEL DRIVE All-new for 2014, the GMC Sierra gets a new chassis, a redesigned interior, and an assortment of aluminum-block engines, including the 5.3-liter V-8. The GMC’s 5.3-liter V-8 was tuned specifically to beat the fuel economy of Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, and thanks to their variable valve timing, direct injection, and the ability to run on just four cylinders, its 16/22 mpg city/highway rating it does beat the Ford. GM has been hitting it out of the park with interiors lately and the Sierra is no exception. The hard plastics and panel gaps that made up the last-gen Sierra’s interior are gone, and in its place we get nice leather, comfortable seats, a soft-touch dash, and sharp-looking LCD screens. It also seems like there are a million USB and electric outlets in the center console. To view this model, as well as other great GM products, stop by our friends at Herman Jenkins Motors, located at 2030 W. Reelfoot Avenue in Union City, Tennessee. You can call them at 731-885-2811 or visit them on line at: HermanJenkins.com. - Rob Somerville WHERE TO EAT BY PICKWICK LAKE TOP O’ THE RIVER CATFISH & SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Eddie Anderson is my partner in Southern Traditions Outdoors Magazine and he loves a good quality meal. Eddie recently purchased a vacation home at Pickwick Lake and there is one place he takes the entire crew {wife, kids and their spouses, and seven grandkids} every time they go to the lake. That place is Top O’ The River Catfish & Seafood Restaurant. According to Eddie, not only is the food absolutely delicious {he likes their catfish steaks best} but they seemingly bring you endless platters of home-style fish, hush puppies, slaw, cornbread and french fries. He also told me that after eating there, the first thing everyone does after unloading their vehicles for the weekend, is to find a comfortable place to take a much needed nap. STO Magazine highly recommend this restaurant in the Pickwick Lake area. Top O’ The River Catfish & Seafood Restaurant is located at 5831 TN 57, in Michie, Tennessee. They open at 4:30 pm on Tuesday through Friday, 4:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 pm on Sunday. Their phone number is 731-632-3287 - Rob Somerville 2014 CAN-AM OUTLANDER 500 XT CAMO Let’s look into the Can-Am Outlander 500. This little slice of heaven comes packed with some great features that Can-Am considers more of a value than comparably priced units. The 500cc market has many competitors, but with the power of the V-twin fuel-injected Rotax engine in the Outlander 500, the power range in this machine is greater than most. This 46hp machine is a solid six ponies ahead of the pack even though in some cases it’s 50cc smaller! The power of the machine is kept cool by a large radiator and fan, so no need to panic on the slow trails or when working the machine. As you roll down the trail, you will notice the comfort of the saddle on the Outlander 500 as well as the prime location of the many switches and gauges mounted around the bars. The digital gauge cluster gives information on your speed, engine temp, 4x4 indicator and fuel level, to mention just a few. This machine also comes equipped with the D.E.S.S., or Digitally MEET NEW SALES ASSOCIATE Encoded Security System, that no other unit in this category JAMIE WILLIAMS has...or any competing category has for that matter. This means that if your machine somehow winds up in the hands of unauthorized riders, they will not be able to start it! The ECU is programmed to accept only the coded key for the machine and no other. To see this or any of their huge assortment of units, visit our friends at OuterLimit Powersports - 470 Highway 51 Bypass - Dyersburg, TN 38024. Call them at 731-285-2060 or visit them at www.outerlimitpowersports.com. - Rob 20 20 NITTO - ALL TERRAIN TIRES There is a new brand of tires that is quickly getting the attention of hunters, fishermen and off-road enthusiasts in our region ... it is the Nitto Terra Grappler. The Terra Grappler® offers year-round all-terrain performance through a balance of wet and dry performance and on-road comfort with minimal road noise. The Terra Grappler® All Terrain provides balanced performance in all weather conditions over various terrains. You can see these and the vast array of other brands and styles of tires that our good friends at Triple T Tire Pros, located at 450 Highway 51 Bypass East in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Call them at 731-285-8323 or check them out on line at www.triplettirepros.com. - Rob Somerville SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS || OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 All-Terrain Light Truck Radial OCTOBER -NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 21
    • ROBERTS-GIBSON, INC. & P & J PETROLEUM SIMMONS PhilliP’s dEEr ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL HUNTERS RATES! DEER ProCEssiNg PROCESSING dyErsburg, TN. • EXPERIENCED PACKED! VACUUM • RESPECTED TRADITIONAL BONELESS OR BONE-IN CUTS! • CLEAN • REASONABLE PRICES WE ALSO MAKE • QUICK & EFFICIENT BOLOGNA, SUMMER SAUSAGE, JERKY, • A “HUNTERS FOR THE HUNGRY” SNACK STICKS, BRATWURST. PROCESSOR Servicing farmers, construction, and commercial accounts in all of West Tennessee and parts of Missouri, Kentucky & Mississippi Dyersburg’s Newest Hotel! 824 Reelfoot Dr. - Dyersburg, TN 38024 731-287-0248 sleepinn.com NORTH DELTA SOIL SOLUTIONS INC. Independent Soil Fertility Specialists Services Include: Precision Soil Sampling Services. Variable Rate Soil Fertility & Seed Prescriptions. Yield Mapping & Analytical Services. DYERSBURG OFFICE - CONTACT LARRY OR TIM GIBSON AT: 1-731-285-4941 UNION CITY OFFICE - CONTACT DEVON GREGSON AT: 1-731-885-1747 GREENFIELD OFFICE - CONTACT SHEA MIX AT 731-676-4242 Brennan Booker Soil Fertility Specialist 731-487-0968 P.O. Box 266 Dyersburg, TN 38025 brenbooker@gmail.com 176622 E, CEdar - RD - TRENTON, TN. HALLIBURTON dyErsburg, TN. 731-885-9400 731-676-7712 731-487-2062 CELL: or 731-676-4520 LEMON’S MACHINERY LEMON’S MACHINERY & MILLWRIGHT MILLWRIGHTING MECHANICAL EXCAVATION CONSTRUCTION ELECTRICAL WORK PIPING WELDING MACHINERY INSTALLATION & REPAIR BONDED & INSURED FREE ESTIMATES 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN INSTALLATION, MOVING AND TROUBLESHOOTING PRINTING PRESSES, STITCHERS AND BINDERS! 345 BREWER RD. - DYERSBURG, TN OFFICE: 731-287-8867 CELL: 731-693-2604 EMAIL: staceylemons@att.net OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 22 OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 23
    • THE 3rd ANNUAL DYERSBURG KIWANIS DUCK BLAST OFFERS THE DEAL OF A LIFETIME FOR QUACKER SMACKERS! By Rob Somerville Just imagine yourself sitting in one of the top-producing, privately-owned duck blinds in the region. It is you and three of your closest “duck destroying” hunting buddies! It is ten minutes before legal shooting time. The inky black of night is morphing into the orange, yellows, and blues of sunrise. The whirring of wings is heard, as flock after flock of mallards and suzeys circle above your deluxe blind. Your dog whines anxiously, as he hears the splashes of ducks landing, mixed in with their quacks and feeding chatter. Finally, shooting time arrives! The guns are loaded. Your lab’s eyes are focused on a group of two dozen greenheads, with wings locked and feet dropped, as they attempt to land in the decoy spread. A voice yells, “Get ‘em!” Ten shots are fired from the four guns aimed by you and your three lifetime hunting companions. Nine ducks hit the water… dead. Your dog leaps out of the blind and begins to retrieve the first of your party’s limit of ducks. This dream hunt can happen for you and your friends at a price below what you would normally pay for a guided hunt… anywhere! The Kiwanis Club throws in a delicious dinner plate ticket for each hunter at a banquet and auction the night before. Unbelievable as it may seem, the price of all this is a mere $150 per gun {$600 per group of 4 hunters}. This opportunity is called the Dyersburg Kiwanis Duck Blast and it is being put together by The Dyersburg Kiwanis Foundation to raise some much-needed funds for the Dream Factory of Dyersburg and New Life Youth Camp. The profits will be used to help grant wishes for children as well as finance renovations at a local camp for children. The donated blind sites will be randomly drawn for each team. I know, I sound like an infomercial, but wait… the first-place team and the landowner that donated the blind, will each win a brand-spanking-new Stoeger M3500 automatic shotgun! You can’t beat this deal, so you better hurry up and get your team signed up now! The dinner and auction will be held Thursday, January 9th at the Lannom Center in Dyersburg. The hunt will be held the following day on Friday, January 10th. You need to register early as there will be a minimum number of teams allowed. For more information or to register, contact: Tommy Allmon at 731-2883581 or Megan Brock at 731-288-7375. Southern Traditions Outdoor Magazine is just one of the many proud sponsors of the event and you can bet your bottom dollar that my team will be there. To get more information, see the full page ad on the next page of STO Magazine. The proceeds go to help our region’s kids, so come on out. After all, if I said it once, I have said it a thousand times… our kids are truly our most precious natural resource. They are our future. See you there! Help us, Knock emí dead for our community. Third Annual Duck Blast Dinner & Auction-January 9, 2014 Duck Blast Hunt-January 10, 2014 Duck Blast 2014 Entry Fees $150 individual $600 per team • Maximum 4 members on team • Includes: Dinner for each hunter, auction, and an opportunity to hunt one of Northwest Tennessee’s prime waterfowl blinds • Additional Dinner & Auction Tickets available for $25.00 • Register Early! Limited number of teams. Event Agenda *Dinner & Auction Thursday, January 9, 2014 Lannom Center *Duck Blast Hunt Friday, January 10, 2014 Registration Deadline: December 30th, 2013 This year’s profits go towards: Dream Factory of Dyersburg and New Life Youth Camp We are providing much needed funding for local organizations. Thank you for your help and support of these great causes. For more information or registration forms, contact: Tommy Allmon, 288-3581 Pictured here with the winning team’s ducks from last year is the Duck Blast committee. 24 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 25
    • TODD’S CAFE BUCKETS NEIGHBORHOOD PUB & GRUB “A Great Place to Eat and Hang Out” NT GEME MANA N NEW A UNDER ESSICA FAG ON J NDERS ESDAYS! SA MIKE T - WEDN S! RSDAY IGH IES N TEST - THU SIC! LAD E MU A CON TRIVI AOKE & LIV ED DRINKS! ! KAR LASS MIX BEERS RTED S! LD C WOR TIC & IMPO ECIAL P S ! DOME PPY HOUR S REEN TV’S HA T SC ! S LA GAME S OF F DOZEN R GARDEN &R! TE BEE WE CA Code Blue Pizza washed down with a cold draught beer. Or dig in to a mound of our Super Cajun Nachos, enough to feed you and five of your friends. Peel-N-Eat shrimp, buffalo wings tossed in your favorite sauce, salads, seafood, juicy strip steak, tasty half pound burgers and oven toasted grinders help round out our extensive menu ... something for everyone, even the kids! SERVING DYERSBURG FOR 37 YEARS! DINE IN OR CARRY OUT! AT BEAUTIFUL REELFOOT LAKE! Camping, Boat Dock, Rental Unit, Licenses, Bait, Tackle, Camping Supplies, Cold Drinks, Ice and much more! We Carry everything you need to make your stay here a wonderful and unforgettable visit! 2275 St. Route 21 E. - Tiptonville, TN 38079 (731)253-7809 Monday - Thursday: 4:30 am to 8:00 pm Friday - Saturday: Open 24 Hours Sunday: Open until 2:00 pm 216 E. Court St. - Dyersburg - TN 38024 731-285-9954 BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY PARTIES NOW! IN OUR PRIVATE DINING AREA FOR: Banquets! Birthdays! Bachelor or Bachelorette Partys! Corporate Meetings! Church Functions! Club Meetings! Retirement Partys! Locally owned and operated since 1970 Main Office 420 Hwy 51 ByPass W Dyersburg, Tennessee 38024 Phone: 731-285-3021 Ridgely Chapel 515 Headdon Dr Ridgely, Tennessee 38080 Phone: 731-264-5845 2495 Lake Rd Dyersburg, Tennessee 731-287-3420 Book your holiday of party now at one convenient our two, locations! www.bucketspubandgrub.com BUCKETS PIG-N-OUT BBQ WE CATER! DINE IN OR EAT OUT! CHICKEN, RIBS, PULLED BBQ WITH SIDES! OWNERS: RICKY & TAMMY HORNER “A Great Place to Eat and Hang Out” BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY NOW! WE CATER! 26 Buckets Neighborhood Pub and Grub is a locally owned, family oriented sports pub where the regulars are greeted by name and jerseys representing local and state teams adorn the walls. The Bucket’s servers bop around to the beat of 70’s and 80’s rock as they serve up such treats as our famous all meat Code Blue Pizza washed down with a cold draught beer. Or dig in to a mound of our Super Cajun Nachos, enough to feed you and five of your friends. Peel-N-Eat shrimp, buffalo wings tossed in your favorite sauce, salads, seafood, juicy strip steak, tasty half pound burgers and oven toasted grinders help round out our extensive menu ... something for everyone, even the kids! With our full bar, Buckets is also a great place to kick back with your friends while you watch your favorite sports on one of our 21 TV’s. TRIVIA CONTEST EVERY WED. NIGHT WIN PRIZES! “Buckets is the place to go after a day enjoying Reelfoot Lake” Rob Somerville 1700 W. Reelfoot Ave. - Union City, TN - 38261 731-885-6646 www.bucketspubandgrub.com SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 Tiptonville Chapel 405 Church St Tiptonville, Tennessee 38079 Phone: 731-253-7252 www.dyersburgfuneralhome.net NEIGHBORHOOD PUB & GRUB Karaoke with Chris Chaos on Thursdays 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Dyer Co. Memorial Gardens 2455 St. John Ave Dyersburg, Tennessee 38024 Phone: 731-285-3021 225 N. FRONT ST. - HALLS, TN 731-836-5353 1610 E Court St, Dyersburg, TN 731-286-4488 SOLLIS SEAMLESS GUTTERS • • • • • • 25 Beautiful Exterior Colors! 5” & 6” Gutters! Affordable Leaf Guard Systems! Aluminum Seamless Gutters! Free Estimates! Bonded & Insured! OWNER: MIKE SOLLIS 6560 LENOX NAUVOO RD - DYERSBURG, TN - 38024 731-676-9865 BOYETTE’S RESORT on scenic reelfoot lake • COTTAGES WITH KITCHEN • CABLE TV & PHONE • HUNTING AND FISHING PACKAGES • SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY! www.lakereelfoot.net boyettesresort@lakereelfoot.net 1.888.465.6523 OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 27
    • TWRA NEWS LAKE ROAD BP - AMOCO From the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency QUOTA HUNTS TO GO ON AS SCHEDULED AT LAND BETWEEN THE LAKES WMA The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has been informed that the quota deer hunts scheduled for the Land Between the Lakes Wildlife Management Area will go on as scheduled. If the federal government shutdown continues when the hunts are underway, the South Welcome Center in Tennessee will not be open to check deer. Successful hunters will have to check in deer through the TWRA’s - REAL system, as they do now for the nonquota archery hunts. Land Between the Lakes remains open to hunting, back country camping, and hiking. However, all facilities that are normally staffed are closed. Persons in need of a hunting permit will need to purchase those online or at a license agent other than the LBL visitor centers. Land Between the Lakes is an area of 170,000 acres, 60,000 of which are in Tennessee’s Stewart County between Dover and Paris Landing. The closures have come due to the lapse in appropriated funds, affecting all public lands managed by the Department of the Interior (National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, Bureau of Land Management facilities, etc.). For more information, FAQs, and updates, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown. OWNER: BART GILLON A Full Service Station! Tires, Propane {LP Gas}, Brake Service, Starters, Alternators .... and all Types of Mechanical Repairs! Quality Service and Reasonable Rates! WE NOW CARRY THE ALL NEW DUCK COMMANDER “WAKE MAKER” DECOY SYSTEMS! 520 Lake Road Dyersburg TN. 38024 1-731-286-2999 GOTWRA.ORG southern_traditions_outdoors_aug2013.indd 1 28 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 8/7/2013 2:35:26 PM OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 29
    • Fyrne Lake 10K Trail Run By Kevin Griffith Do you love the outdoors? Are you looking for a challenge? I don’t mean a walk in the park type of challenge (we can supply that too). I am talking about a real, physically demanding challenge that takes place in one of the most beautiful wilderness areas of west Tennessee. The challenge I am referring to is the Fyrne Lake 10K Trail Run. This race extends 6.2 miles around Fyrne Lake (see course map in illustration), over Chickasaw Bluff ridge fields, through thick bottomland forests, by a gorgeous lookout vista of the Mississippi flood plain and that winds up crossing the dam that created Fyrne Lake 35 years ago. A 10K run is a challenge any day. However, the Fyrne Lake 10K is especially challenging, since it includes three major ascents totaling over 800 feet of vertical climb (see elevation in illustration chart). If this sounds like too much work, there will also be a family friendly “walk in the park” two-mile trail walk and two youth races. The first youth race is a half-mile run for ages 12 and under. The second race is a quartermile run, for ages eight and under. This is the third year for the Fyrne Lake 10K, which takes place at Fyrne Lake Farms, located 10 minutes northwest of Dyersburg, Tennessee on Highway 182 (6875 Lenox-Nauvoo Road). The race will be held on Saturday, November 9th at 9 am with registration beginning at 8 am. There are registration forms available at three locations in Dyersburg (YMCA, Ultimate Fitness & Anytime Fitness) or you can register online at www. fyrnelake.com. Early registration ends October 21st. The fun is not limited to the race. There will be live music and free food, and let’s not forget the t-shirts, goodie bags and 30 awards! All 10K runners will receive a Fyrne Lake 10K “Tech” shirt and official race backpack. Every two-mile and youth race participant will receive a finisher’s medal, a Fyrne Lake 10K t-shirt and a goodie bag. Medals will also be given for overall first place, both male and female, in the half-mile and quarter-mile youth runs. The 10K run will have first, second and third place overall male and female medals and first place male and female medals in multiple age brackets. So, you can enjoy challenging exercise, live music, free food, receive gifts and maybe even an award, all while surrounded by God’s creation...not a bad way to spend a beautiful Saturday morning! Starting this year, all the proceeds from this event will benefit the Dyersburg Community Mission Blitz. The Community Mission Blitz brings churches throughout Dyersburg together to be the hands and feet of Christ by performing service projects, pro- viding meals and sharing God’s love to individuals in need. Over 500 volunteers will fan out across the community on the Mission Blitz day next April. With the addition of the proceeds from this race, service projects will also be able to be performed throughout the year. If you are interested in finding out more, you can visit our website at www.fyrnelake.com or call us at (731) 676-5556. SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 WHEN I STEP ON TO YOUR FARM I am DEDICATED to serving you. I will offer you only the BEST SEED for your farm. I represent a national brand that focuses its research on YOUR SUCCESS I AM DYNA-GRO Call CPS sales representative in your area: Call aa CPS sales represntative foryour area: Clint Hutchison: Manager Clint Hutchison - Mgr. Barry Cooke: Fertilizer Manager Steve North Steve North Steve Rice Steve Rice Marty Hinson Barry Ward 2842 - Fertilizer Manager Barry CookeHwy 88 South Bells, S. 38006 2842 Highway 88 TN--Bells, TN. - 38006 731-663-0100 (731) 663-0100 OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 31
    • Hunting with Four-Legged Friends By Garry Mason e all that we hunt and share Wwith inhave special friends we alsolike tofavorite stories time the outdoors, and have about those friends and how they have helped to make our hunts memorable. This article is not about those companions, even though I treasure each one. Today I want to talk about my other friends; my four-legged, wonderful, fur-bearing buddies that have stuck with me through thick and thin. These hunting dogs have made me look good, even when I could not accomplish that feat myself, and they have all held a special place in my heart and in my life. This is about the ones who gave their unconditional love and undying devotion to me each and every day. They overlooked all of my shortcomings as both a hunter and as a trainer, and even though I did not realize it at the time, I was being trained and molded by some of the best dogs that ever stepped into a cold and wet duck blind or pheasant field. I am sure that you each have had some of the same type of furry friends. he was about one year-old and all of a sudden he wheeled around and stopped, raised his tail and pointed. I had never heard of a pointing Lab and I don’t think many others had back then either. I stepped up to his side and flushed a huge covey of bobwhite quail. It was all that I could do to get one bird down for Jacks efforts, but I think I was never as proud of a hunting buddy as I was at that moment. We hunted many quail from then on as we did ducks. Duke ed low and I thought I would take a shot at bidding, even though I did not have much money with me. I raised my hand at the start and my friends must not have wanted to bid against me, because the gavel slammed and I had won the bid. I took the pup home, walked into my son’s bedroom and placed the puppy on the bed beside him. The pup went straight for my son’s face and woke him up with licks to the cheek. He would be named Duke. The puppy would sit out on the blind’s dog porch all day and you would never know that he was there, until a bird hit the water. A client brought his dog one day to hunt with us and I did not know that his dog was part of the guide day. I brought Duke in the blind and made him sit beside me, while the other dog stayed out on the porch, waiting to retrieve. Not long after the morning sunrise, several geese came down the lake, looking for somewhere to rest from their long migration journey. A few notes blown on the goose call and they locked up and came straight in to the spread. We dropped four or five and the little dog on the porch was given permission to make a retrieve. Duke could not rest still, so I told him to fetch and went to open the door to the dog porch to let him out, but Duke sailed right over the front wall of the duck blind and beat the little dog back to the blind with a big, old goose. away, named Ged. Right away, that became my pup’s name, in honor of a great man. Ged must have approved, because his namesake turned out to be one fabulous retrieving machine. Just about the time me and Ged had our training finished, my job as a factory worker came to an end, as the plant that I had been employed at closed its doors. I had been guiding hunters for a few years and decided right away that I would try to become a professional outdoorsman. I would have never made it without Ged. I took him to South Dakota with me, as I was to guide duck and goose hunting for a major lodge and needed my retriever by my side. Neither Ged nor I had ever pheasant hunted, but when one of the pheasant guides quit, we were asked to fill in. Ged made it look easy, as if he had been doing it all of his life. As for me, well if took me a few days to get used to the way you hunt with several guns marching down a field together, but I caught on. Gator Ged Jack My very first Labrador Retriever was brought home to me in a small box at the tender age of 6 weeks old. I was nineteen at the time and had dreamed of owning a fine hunting dog for many years. My duck hunting buddies had all made fun of me and told me that I was wasting my time, because I knew nothing about training a retrieving dog at the time. Little did they know what a wonderful, little black bundle of joy that I had picked out from a litter of those six, wet-nosed pups. I did know one thing. I wanted my dog to retrieve and the only way that I knew to get him to do that was to play with him. My Grandfather had a theory about dogs and kids that I learned when I had helped him with his bird dogs and that was to play with them then put them up happy, and to never over do it with either. I made sure to follow that rule of thumb and it worked. It was almost as if my pup knew what to do, even though I did not. I named my pup, Jack. For years, Jack and I walked to bottom lands and creeks close to my home near Big Sandy, Tennessee and not a finer hunting buddy could I have hoped for. I never had to tell him to make a retrieve, he just knew. If I was lucky enough to shoot a double, he marked both birds and then made his retrieves. He never left my side, unless he saw a bird go down. Jack and I were walking in the bottom one day, when 32 Gator came to me by accident. He had been about eight months old and belonged to a man in Louisiana. As most continued on next page My next Retriever was actually purchased for my oldest son, who was fourteen at the time. I was at a Ducks Unlimited banquet and there was a lady there who had donated a Black Labrador puppy for the night’s auction. The bid start- SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 Duke had fathered a litter of puppies and I received the pick of the litter, which is a traditional choice of the guy who owns the sire of the puppies. When the time came, I picked a yellow male from the litter and brought him home. I was sitting on the step of the porch, playing with him and trying to figure out a good name for a fine hunting dog, when my phone rang and I was told that a friend of mine had passed OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 33
    • Four-Legged Friends Continued Labradors do at this age, Gator had a huge instinct to make everything in the area a chew toy. The owner locked Gator in his garage one day while he went to work. This was all fine and good, until Gator decided to chew the seat clean off of a brand new four wheeler, sitting in the garage. Note to self … never leave a four wheeler and puppy in the same room, unattended. Four wheelers cannot defend themselves. The owner was going to take a drastic measure, when a neighbor of mine found out about it and contacted me. It was duck guide to the rescue. Gator made many trips with me and loved to sit in the front seat of my truck and eat Cheetos. 3070 Thompson School Rd. Huntingdon, Tennessee - 38344 Phone (731) 986-3351 Dairy Queen Dyersburg, TN Specializing in Fish Mountings and Birds - 50 Years Experience - WE NOW CARRY DUCK COMMANDER CAKES FOR THE DUCK DYNASTY FAN IN YOUR LIFE! Libby Turning to last year, I had the great privilege to hunt with a very small, black live-wire named Libby, who is owned by one of the Guides at Stand Jones Mallard Lodge just outside of Walnut Ridge Arkansas. Libby weighs only about forty five pounds, but she never quits and is always under her owner’s control. Working to both whistle and hand signals in the flooded rice fields owned by Stan Jones, I watched as Libby made many retrieves, some of which were over two hundred yards and all done blindly, as she sat beside Jason hidden down in the blind where she couldn’t see many of the bird fall. Libby was totally amazing and as a professional waterfowl guide myself; I know that Jason was very proud with each and every retrieve. All of us have stories of great hunting companions and we have enjoyed sharing a blind with them all. One thing that they all have in common is the drive to excel in what they love the most; retrieving birds and hunting with their human buddies. Lankford Taxidermy STORE HOURS: MON - THURS & SUN 10:OO AM TO 10:00 PM FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 10:00 AM TO 11:00 PM 396 Highway 51 Bypass W Dyersburg, TN 38024 731-882-1931 Have your wedding, family reunion or corporate picnic at the beautiful natural setting of Fyrne Lake. Our 3000 sq. ft. pavilion has plenty of space, an oversized stone fireplace and an excellent lake view. 731-676-5556 727-458-8193 Visit our Jackson, TN office, located at 2690 Bells Highway - Jackson, TN - (731) 660-4072 Since 2003, Best-One of Jackson has provided outstanding tire sales and service along with exceptional mechanical work to customers in Jackson, Brownsville and Milan, Tennessee. We provide passenger, commercial and agricultural tires to the West Tennessee area through honest and courteous service. We also have trained professionals who can perform a variety of auto repairs to keep your vehicle running smoothly. www.bestoneofjackson.com 34 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 35
    • Kentucky Lake’s Late Season Crappie... Overlooked and Underrated By Steve McCadams The author displays a nice slab crappie, taken from one of his mid-range stake beds on Kentucky Lake. - Photo courtesy of Steve McCadams 36 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 F ight the fish, but not the crowd. Sound appealing? Fall and early winter crappie fishing, on Kentucky Lake, has long been underrated and overlooked by legions of anglers, who are simply missing the boat. This autumn’s angling gig is worthy of consideration, yet each year fishermen fail to partake of this great season that has several things going for it. Some of the attributes are stable weather, with light winds and mild temperatures. That alone is worth the trip, but the list goes on. Another entry in the plus column is predictable lake levels that help crappie anglers hold on to patterns from week to week. Unlike spring or winter seasons, when overnight cold fronts slip in the door with bone chilling winds, fall outings are usually known for lightweight jacket mornings and shirt sleeve afternoons. Those heavy rains of spring don’t swell lake stages overnight either, or scatter fish all over creation. Another plus is that the odds are in your favor to find crappie in the same areas and depth locations where you left them the weekend before, a scenario that’s not often true in other seasons of the year. Once fall arrives and chases away the heat and humidity of summer, cooler surface temperatures enter the equation and that brings schools of crappie toward shallow flats, bays and secondary channel areas, as they follow their forage. After riding it out in summer venues of deep drop-offs, along main lake ledges, crappie transition toward midrange depths in a stair-step fashion that brings them back to similar areas where spring spawning took place. However, the fish aren’t migrating back to shallow structure to spawn; they’re hot on the trail of threadfin shad buffets. Meandering over midrange depths is what lures the crappie to natural stump rows and manmade fish attractors, such as brush piles and stake beds, in popular depth ranges of 9 to 13 feet. The crappie and their prey find comfort zones in shallow to midrange structure, as surface temps fall back from the upper Late season crappie, like this nice slab, can be caught in midrange depths on Kentucky Lake, using a variety of techniques. - Photo by Steve McCadams 80’s of late summer to the mid to upper 60’s by mid-fall. October and November usually offer some good days for anglers stalking crappie around the midrange depth zones, with a variety of patterns paying dividends. Probably, the most popular methods are using jigs and minnow rigs, fished in a vertical presentation. With light-action, telescopic rods anglers can put the bait right down in the face of finicky crappie that hide around structure like rabbits in a briar patch. Light monofilament line, in the 6 to 8 pound range, is a popular choice when dunking 1/16 to 1/8-ounce tube jigs or hand-tied hair and feather jigs. Keeping an arsenal of colors readily accessible is all part of the cat and mouse game. There is no perfect color combination, yet most of the success stories seem to involve some shade of chartreuse. It involves trial and error and the fish are the ultimate judge. Sometimes, tipping a jig with a mincontinued on next page OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 37
    • now or the marsh mellow-style scented baits, such as Berkley’s Power Bait or Gulp can enhance the appeal and stimulate strikes. These additions come in wide variety of colors ranging from chartreuse to pink. Glitter baits are also available in several colors and can mimic the scales of injured baitfish. Working the jig in and around submerged structure takes talent, as knowing when not to jerk is just as important as knowing when to set the hook. The method requires an ever watchful feel and a cautious eye. Watching the line and rod tip is imperative to the detection of light strikes, while doubling as an indicator of sly snags that love to grab your hook and hold on. Experience is the best teacher when it comes to manipulating jigs or minnow rigs in and out of deep cover, where illusive crappie play the game of hide-andseek. It is indeed a game of finesse. Not to be overlooked are the bottombumping rigs, where two hooks on a weighted line are used, to present live minnows around submerged structure. Known for their productivity in deep water, the rigs can produce well during the late fall phase too. Most fishermen use the double hook rig on heavier monofilament, such as 12 to 14-pound test, in order to pull free by bending the hook when snagging occurs. Casting grubs on light spinning tackle is yet another technique that works well this time of year. Some anglers like to toss curly tail grubs and swim them around the submerged structure, using weedless leadheads, such as the Charlie Brewer Crappie Sliders. Others just use the typical tube style jigs, but apply a slip-bobber that helps regulate depth and detect light strikes. Using a stop-start-stop motion over shallow structure can be deadly, as it keeps the bait in the strike zone longer and fools even the most finicky crappie into biting at times. Live minnows can be substituted as well on the slip-bobber or Carlyle style floats for casting. The bobbers also assist you in staying out of the snags; instead of causing constant snagging that can disrupt your fishing trip in more 38 ways than one. Using your sonar is vital for observing bait fish and finding structure, and fall is no exception to that rule. Keep several floating marker buoys h a n d y, f o r marking spots when fish are present in open water too. Those midrange depths mentioned earlier are popular hideouts and crappie will move quite shallow if you encounter a rainy, cloudy d a y. S o m e times, structure in the 4 to 8 foot areas will appeal, especially once sur- Stable weather and lake levels combine to produce excellent fishing conditions for fall crappie on Kentucky Lake, during October face temps cool and November. - Photo by Steve McCadams into the lower 60’s and low light conditions nal you’ve discovered the right location. are present. Expect to catch good numbers while Trolling seems to produce too at this finding a lot of fish in the 10-inch range, time of year and spider-rigging, or longline trolling has its time and place as mixed in with some larger fish. It’s not does trolling crankbaits over main lake unusual to find a variety of year classflats. Covering a lot of water with these es sharing the same locale this time of techniques can account for good num- year. Don’t be fooled if that old slab sends a few youngsters out to trick you bers of slabs. The bottom line is that Kentucky into thinking he’s nowhere around! Even though no dogwoods are bloomLake crappie don’t run off and disappear ing, crappie fishing on Kentucky Lake after spring spawning phases. They’re still out there, sporting an appetite dur- is thriving, as the fall transition brings ing the late fall months, as they take on great opportunities your way. It’s a season that slips by most anglers. Don’t let a structure-oriented mood. Odds are you won’t have trouble find- yourself be one of them! ing a parking place at the boat ramp and Editor’s note: Steve McCadams is a you won’t have to share your spot with professional guide and outdoor writer goggle-eyed anglers yearning to move living in Paris, Tennessee. He can be in on you when pole bending slabs sig- reached at stevemc@charter.net. SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 Dogging for Squirrels By Shawn Todd H ello again, to all you STO readers. I hope you have been safe since the last time we met in these pages. Squirrel season is upon us and hopefully you bagged your limit every time you hit the woods this year. Most all of you readers of STO have been squirreling sometime during your lives. To the majority of you hunters, this was a way somebody in your past introduced you to hunting. I was one of these kids. I loved it and it stuck with me through the years. If you know me, you know I cannot sit still for longer then ten minutes. I have to be moving, so I never killed many squirrels while still-hunting. The ones I did shoot, everyone said they must have been mentally challenged. Lucky for me I knew a few people that had some squirrel dogs and this definitely was the way to go. I first went with Walter Wilkerson Sr. and to watch his dog work was phenomenal. Now, 30 years later, I had the chance to see some of the finest Mountain Cur dogs work squirrels again. The United Mountain Cur Association was formed in 2007, to give Mountain Cur enthusiasts a chance to come together and hunt these fine hounds for competition. The UMCA has 700 registered dogs and over 300 members, holding certified hunts all across the southeast. The granddaddy of the all their hunts {the world championship} is held in the spring, at a destination to be decided by the members at their fall meeting. This years officers are president - Greg Selman, vice president and hunt director - Clifton Robinson, secretary - Jeremy Garner, and treasurer Terry Snider. This fine organization has garnered a huge following and some awesome dogs. Friday nights they have their sanctioned coon hunt. On Saturday morning, they have their sanctioned squirrel hunt, with the big show following the hunt. I have guided on both hunts, and what fun we had. First of all came the coon hunt, which was easy going and just plain fun. I guided Terry Snider this past year and if you get a chance you need to go hunting with this man. It is a guaranteed enjoyable time. That morning it was time to squirrel hunt and the dogs could move a track and tree squirrels like crazy. The great thing about these hunts is the camaraderie of the participants. Why you ask? It is because they do not worry about winning, but concentrate instead on how the dogs work and the enjoyment of seeing these hunting machines doing what they do best … treeing squirrels. I would like to thank Doug Walk and Ted Lowe for bringing the UMCA fall hunt to Dyersburg and letting me guide and watch those amazing Curs work. So, if you readers ever get a chance go squirrel hunting with a dog, take a few kids and watch just how much they will enjoy this type of hunting. Until next time, see you at the tree. This cur dog is shown doing what it does best; treeing its quarry. - Photo by Shawn Todd [Right] Pictured here is Jeremy Garner of Southaven, Mississippi with his dog, Buck’s Dixie Chrome. They took 1st place in the squirrel hunt category. - Photo by Shawn Todd OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 39
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    • Fyrne Lake The Saga Continues By Kevin Griffith The completed guest house at Fyrne Lake shortly after it was built in 2005. - photo courtesy of Kevin Griffith. I n October of 2004 we purchased Fyrne Lake. In November of the same year, the Mennonites constructed our camping cabin and by February of 2005 we had acquired camping gear, two ATVs and a pontoon boat. I had everything I needed to enjoy the property. However with a 3 month-old child, Diana was understandably not in the camping mood. For us to fully enjoy the property as a family, we would need a home, not just a camping barn. Having a house on the property would also make it easier to share the farm with guests by providing them a place to stay. But, what should we build and where? Diana and I knew that we didn’t know enough about the farm to select our home’s final location. This property was going to take years to digest. So for now we concentrated on creating a guest house. First, we needed to find a local builder. A new friend OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 42 and neighbor had just built a custom home, so I called him for advice. It turned out that he had acted as his own contractor. But after his experience he said he would not do it again. Instead, he told us he should have used Jeff Thomas. Jeff is an independent custom home contractor from Newbern that grew up in the business working with his father, Guyve Thomas. Mr. Guyve Thomas was a well-known and respected custom home builder, who started his business in 1965. His father tried to encourage Jeff to go into a different profession. But Jeff was determined to follow in his father’s footsteps and convinced his father that he had what it took to succeed. In 1973 Jeff started working for his father full time. He was still a teenager and his father put him through the paces, teaching him every aspect of the trade. With Jeff by his father’s side, they continued to build quality custom homes. In 1987 Jeff’s father developed a heart condition that required him to retire and allowed Jeff to take over all operations of the business. Since then Jeff has continued to build the reputation of Thomas Construction for well built, unique custom homes across northwest Tennessee. We called Jeff and set up an appointment to meet during our next trip to Tennessee. Diana, Jeff and I met around a picnic table in the camping barn. Jeff was an easy going, yet serious minded person, who we were immediately comfortable with. At that point in time, all we knew was that we wanted to build a house. We didn’t know where it would go, or what of cutting down any trees to exit would look like. Jeff was used tend the view year round. I loved to starting with a blank slate and the woods and there were several he helped guide us through the hundred feet of forest extending process, by pointing out what we down a 90’ slope to the water at should be looking for in a site and both potential home sites. Either what he would require for build- location would require over a mile ing plans. The fact is… he would of road to be constructed from the work with anything for plans. front gate down separate ridges Jeff had even built a home that and through their respective narstarted from a drawing on a nap- row gaps. At each location there kin! Diana and I needed it to be was an immediate sense of prisimple and we need someone we vacy. Nature embraced you with could trust, especially since we the surrounding trees, abundant would be in the area to check on wildlife and the peace that comes our home’s progress only once a from being over a mile from anmonth. From the time we first met other living soul. The noise and Jeff, we knew he was a man we accompanying stress that comes could trust. from the traffic, crowds and crime While Diana checked out house in Florida was almost a thousand plans on the internet, I explored miles away and one of these two the property to narrow down the pieces of heaven was about to bepotential sites. I knew I wanted continued on next page the location to be secluded, THOMAS CONSTRUCTION accessible and Builders of Unique, High Quality Homes in Northwest near the lake. Tennessee and the Surrounding Areas Since 1965! At this point in 2005, even though there were many beautiful and secluded sites on the west side of Fyrne Lake, only the east side had practical road access. That “Jeff Thomas is a man of integrity who did an excelleft two narlent job in building our house at Fyrne Lake. I use row, ridge field Thomas Construction for all my construction needs.” points that - Kevin Griffith - STO Magazine co-owner would have JEFF THOMAS: 731-377-9676 a winter lake DAVID THOMAS: 731-676-9728 view. I had jeffdeb0158@bellsouth.net no intention OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 43
    • Fyrne Lake Saga Continued Beginning construction of the guest huose at Fyrne Lake - photo courtesy of Kevin Griffith. come our ultimate escape! I shared each location with Diana and let her choose. I was more than happy with either! She liked the lay of the land on the northern point better, since the slope along the approach to the southern site would require a driveway descending several feet in elevation as it approached the house. So, we now had a home site and all that was left was to define the house. Diana had been making progress in her search for plans. Since our builder, Jeff Thomas, said he could work with anything, she had been scanning the internet for ideas and had found several worth discussing with me. After going over the options, we settled on a lakeside cottage plan from a company in Canada. It had the elevation Diana was looking for and an efficient two bedroom layout that would work for our family now and as a guesthouse once we built our final home in the future. The complete elevation and construction plans were only three to four hundred dollars and they more than met Jeff’s requirements. However, as we mentally projected ourselves into the house we started making changes… mostly motivated by me. The double front doors opened into a great room, with a fireplace rising up to the 20’ high ceilings. However, the dimensions of the room seemed small. Especially since this room would be serving as the family room, living room and dining room. The bedrooms also measured out to be smaller than ideal. So, we started playing with the plans, expanding OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 44 the size of each room, including an island in the kitchen, moving the laundry room up from the basement and adding a separate dining room. Our guest house was growing in size and cost and Diana was getting nervous saying, “Kevin, if we make this guest house too big, will it delay the construction of our final home?” I assured her it wouldn’t. However, there was still more “expansion” of the guest house to come. The house was originally designed to have a walk out basement. That would require the house to be on a slope, and it was not. Thinking about what to do with the basement was difficult. I had never had a basement, since the water table is too high in Florida to have one. The more I thought about having a basement, the more excited I became. There was so much space created by the basement encompassing the footprint of the house. I wanted to fully utilize this new found space! As Diana can tell you, my vision tends to expand, and expand it did. At first, I tried to stay conservative and only include a safe room in the basement, leaving the balance for storage. However, while the house was under construction, my mind started dreaming about other ways to utilize the basement. I could see how the safe room could be finished as a spare bedroom, another bedroom could be added under the kitchen, a bathroom could be added in the corner and the balance of the open space divided between a family/ TV room and a library for Diana (she loves books and has a huge collection). We would have room for both our older kids in college to have their own rooms when visiting. Plus, we would have more room for guests. After much negotiation with Diana (adding the library helped in obtaining her buy-in) I went over my plans with Jeff. As we had now come to expect from our builder and friend, he said, “Sure, we can do that! However, adding a bathroom after the fact in a basement can be troublesome.” Sadly, he was right. To this day, the only real recurring issue with the house has been the basement bathroom. Flooding and an unpleasant smell have haunted us. The problem centers around the basement not being designed from the start with the in-floor plumbing required to accommodate the waste water. The only solution available after the fact was to utilize a sewage sump pump in a collection reservoir. The waste water from the toilet, sink and shower would drain into the reservoir and the sump pump would pump the liquid up to ground level and out toward the septic tank. The system worked. However, like everything mechanical, it would eventually fail… and then overflow onto the basement floor causing a terrible mess. The moral to this part of the story is … think EVERYTHING through before you build. Especially if you plan to have a bathroom in your basement! Basement bathroom aside, our “guest house” has now served us well for 7 years. But just like Diana had feared, the house had been enlarged enough (especially with the finished basement) that there was no urgent need to build another house. However I promised her we would start on our “final” house whenever she was ready. That time is now fast approaching. Diana has been working on the floor plans and accumulating items to incorporate in the structure. If all goes as planned, she’ll be in her house (also being built by Jeff) sometime in 2015, 10 years after we broke ground on our original guest house. Maybe by then, I’ll be out of the dog house! OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 45
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    • Birds of a Feather Fiction by Rob Somerville He was my best friend and I hated to see him go. A part of me was grieving, but selfishly, another part of me was angry. What would I do without him? I watched as they lowered him in to his final resting place and found myself wishing that more people could have been touched by his personality and his compassion. My mind began replaying all the good times we had shared together. The memory of our very first duck hunt filled my senses as a scalding hot tear rolled down my cheek, nearly freezing solid before it hit the ground, in the bitter winter wind. 48 Two of a Kind Beats a Full House Any Day I was generally considered to be a “lone wolf” hunter and somewhat of a curmudgeon. But, upon being introduced to my new buddy, something just clicked between us. I remember a beautiful and brisk November day, when we anxiously jumped out of the truck and stepped into my old and leaky, jon boat. I was constantly worried about traversing the frigid depths of the lake in our ancient, aluminum rig. But my hunting partner, in his usual stoic and quiet manner, didn’t give hypothermia a moment’s thought. He just sat patiently in the front of the boat, staring into the darkness, deep in thoughts of mallards, with wings locked and feet dropped, coming into our decoy spread. I guess we got along so well, because neither one of us had much use for idle chatter. We just went about our business in a serious fashion, working hard at what we both loved to do, that being hunting ducks. As the blurry grays of pre-dawn began to cast shadows on the horizon, I noisily fumbled with my shell bag and shotgun, drawing a patient yet disapproving look from my friend. You see, he was always ready, and didn’t much like waiting on me. SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 Shoot Them Birds As the sun crept slowly above the eastern horizon, my partner constantly scanned the sky for ducks. I found myself getting distracted and reaching for some grub out of the cooler, confident that no birds would evade his eagle eyes. All I had to do was glance at him occasionally, between bites of my sandwich, to see if he had spotted any birds. Suddenly, I noticed a change in his vigilant posture. He was no longer scanning the entire horizon. His eyes were locked towards the north. He glanced over at me, silently, to see if I had spotted the ducks, as they began to circle our spread. I simply nodded and his eyes returned to our quarry. Mixed calls of feeding chatters and clucks soon filled the air and the birds liked what they heard. Two ducks were locked up and spiraling downward – a drake and his mate. Two gray ducks began to follow suit, but as is their frustrating manner, soon gained altitude and left. When the pair that remained were twenty yards out, I quickly raised up and fired three times. The drake hit the water, but the suzey flew off, with nary a tail feather ruffled. Knowing I had disappointed my friend with my quick and errant shooting, I snuck a sidelong glance over at him. He was doing his best to look at me in disgust, but his eyes gave away a smile that said, “Nice shot – quickdraw.” This immediately set me off in to a fit of laughter. He merely sighed, stood up and went out the door to pick up the dead duck. A Lifetime of Memories Since that day, I learned a lot from my hunting buddy. We both shared a passion for the hunt, but there were many lessons he taught me that were even more important. He taught me about trust, loyalty, and perseverance – to never give up. We enjoyed over a decade of shooting together; including quail, pheasant, dove, geese and of course hundreds of duck hunts. We ate our meals side by side and shared many a campsite. The most amazing thing of all is that we never seemed to get mad at each other. There simply was never a cross word passed between us. He was tireless, and whether in the duck blind or hunting a fencerow, as good a hunter as any I’d ever seen. One Last Hunt Fierce determination and an iron will, these were what possessed him to go on his final hunt for woodies, this past September. I thought it might be alright, as the weather was unseasonably warm. He was getting way up there in age, and though neither one of us let the other know our thoughts, I think we both understood that this would be his last hunt. It nearly broke my heart when I had to help the old veteran in and out of the truck and boat, but he never once complained. He was a true warrior of the wetlands. Although age had taken some of continued on next page OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 49
    • TripleT_Mag_7.12x4.38_10.14.13_Layout 1 9/27/13 10:15 AM Page 1 Birds of a Feather Continued the “get up and go” out of his body, a fierce fire of determination and desire still burned bright in his heart and in his eyes. We killed a couple of wood ducks that day, but mostly shared a morning of quiet talk and reminiscence. He seemed to want to thank me for taking him on this last trip, but no words were necessary ….. not between us. Two months later, after weeks of complete bed rest, he passed on quietly, after a bout of pneumonia complicated by his old age. He died as he would have wanted to, resting in front of the fireplace in the den; a room full of shotguns, duck calls, photographs of our trips afield and mounted birds from 50 hunts we had shared together. He never complained in those final days. It wasn’t his style. I was by his side when he gave up the fight. He just looked up at me, sighed, and passed away. Goodbye Old Friend I was shook out of my memories of the past and returned to the somber situation at the grave site, by a gentle and persistent tugging at my pants leg. Looking down through misty eyes, I saw a small, black Lab puppy. I looked across the mound of earth at my wife and three daughters. All of them had tears in their eyes, but hopeful smiles on their faces. My wife nodded her head and pointed at the pup, which now was fast asleep with his head resting on my boot. Picking him up, I looked in to his huge brown eyes and had to smile myself. It was now time to say a final farewell to my hunting partner. I looked up towards the heavens and said, “Goodbye for now, old buddy. I hope when it is time for me to join you in the big duck blind in the sky, the wind will always be out of the north, there will be bluebird skies and the ducks will be flying low”. My hunting buddy had been the best damn dog there ever was! I scratched behind the ears of the young pup that was cradled in my arms and realized a part of my old friend would be with me forever. Note: I wrote this story after the death of my black lab, named Shadow, in his honor. He had been like my third son for over 15 years. I dedicate this story to those of you that have lost your four-legged friends, and encourage those of you that still have the pleasure of your faithful dog’s company, to treasure every moment of it. SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 6 MONTHS, NO INTEREST FINANCING AVAILABLE Lube, Oil & Filter Service 6 OFF $ www.triplettirepros.com With this coupon. Expires 11/30/13. 270 US Hwy 51 Bypass South Dyersburg, TN 38024 450 US Hwy 51 Bypass East Dyersburg, TN 38024 2845 East Wood Street Paris, TN 38242 Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Sat: 8:00 am - Noon Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 731-287-0333 731-285-8323 731-642-0313 Reach over 45,000 middle to upper-middle class income earners by advertising with us now. Contact Rob Somerville for more information. 731-446-8052 stomag1@gmail.com OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 51
    • Amy Eastin, from Huntingdon, caught these big catfish and crappie while fishing with her husband in Eastin Pond. - Photo courtesy of the Eastins. Ben Cloar, of Dyersburg, recently caught and released this nice crappie while fishing at Fyrne Lake with his father, John Cloar, on August 13th. - Photo courtesy of Fyrne Lake Chuck Richardson, of Dyersburg, caught this 12.5 pound catfish while bass fishing at Fyrne Lake on September 3rd. He was casting a Yum worm toward the shore in 5 feet of water. - Photo courtesy of Fyrne Lake Grant Hilliard, from Huntingdon, Tennessee shot this duck during the juvenile season in 2013. - Photo courtesy of Lankford Taxidermy This 32 lb. white catfish was caught by Amanda Rhodes, on rod and reel, with some help from her dad, Danny Rhodes. - Photo courtesy of Lankford Taxidermy Dousin Langley {ten years old} killed this six-point buck on November 10th, 2012. - Photo courtesy of Lankford Taxidermy 52 52 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2013 OCTOBER-NOVEMBER SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2013 2013 These two big white catfish {weighing a total of 40 lbs.} were caught by Chris and Charlie Rhodes on the Tennessee River. - Photo courtesy of Lankford Taxidermy Young, Zade Hunsley, is pictured here with a nice cat caught on a yo-yo at Reelfoot Lake. - Photo by Shawn Todd OCTOBER -NOVEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 53
    • Jeff Caldwell caught these 20 crappie at Fyrne Lake on 10-2-13. Jeff is holding the largest, which measured 14” and weighed in at 1 pound, 7 ounces. - Photo courtesy of Fyrne Lake Taylor Hillard, of Huntingdon, Tennessee caught these two nice bass while fishing at Birdsong on the Tennessee River during the summer of 2013. - Photo courtesy of Lankford Taxidermy Marcus Lipham caught this 6 lb. 1 oz. bass at the new Carroll Lake in Mckenzie, Tennessee. He is pictured here with his son, Marcus Lipham Jr. and Ben Newman. - Photo courtesy of Lankford Taxidermy 54 54 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS || OCTOBER - NOVEMBER2013 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013 AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2013 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 55
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