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  1. 1. Complimentary Copy December - January 2013-14 HOLIDAY DREAM HUNT KIDS & COONS LATE SEASON DUCKS HARES & HOUNDS TAXIDERMY TIPS ITION BONUS ED GES PA 8 EXTRA Please tell our advertisers you saw their ad in southern traditions outdoors magazine!
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  4. 4. TABLE OF CONTENTS PG................... ARTICLE........................................................... AUTHOR 8...........................Late Season Ducks............................................................ Steve McCadams 15..........................Kids and Coons.................................................................. Shawn Todd 21..........................NWTF Convention.............................................................. STO 23..........................Hot Products....................................................................... STO 25..........................Taxidermy Tips.................................................................... Walter Wilkerson 29..........................Hares and Hounds............................................................. Steve McCadams 35..........................TWRA News....................................................................... STO 39..........................Holiday Dream Hunt........................................................... Garry Mason 43..........................Business Spotlight.............................................................. STO 47..........................Retriever Training............................................................... H. Joe King 49..........................Trophy Room...................................................................... STO From the Desk of the Editor For all of you fellow and nostalgic old-timers like me, I wrote this poem to bring back fond memories of Christmas past, on the old home place. So, travel back in time with me nearly half a century ago, to Christmas on the farm. A Country Christmas Carole We awoke before the sun rose as we did every day, to milk the cows, gather eggs and feed the horses some hay. Just because it was Christmas we still had to get up and work, as the smell of coffee on the Warm Morning stove started to perk. We stuffed newspapers down in our boots to stay warm, with all the kids hoping that Santa had made it through the snow storm. I was hoping for a Red Ryder wagon, or some sort of toy, as Papaw said, “Maybe Santa will be bring some flour sack drawers for that boy.” Mamaw was in the kitchen buzzing around like a bee, farm fresh eggs, ham and sorghum covered biscuits – our meal would soon be. Me and my brother went out to the pasture and got Queenie and Mack, to give our two working mules their grain-filled feed sack. ITION BONUS ED GES PA 8 EXTRA We finished our chores quickly and ran back through the kitchen door, met by Mamaw raising a wooden spoon, guarding snow from her floor. We shucked off our boots and our coats and sat down to break bread, Papaw said, First I got some words I need to put in your head. He got the family bible down from the mantle, all weathered and worn, and said, “The real reason we celebrate Christmas is, that Jesus was born.” He told us about our savior’s birth in a stable and when we all said amen, we quickly ate, got excused from the table and rushed to the den. On the Cover Girl Power! Mary Malone Adcock {12 years-old} is pictured with the harvest from her first “solo” hunt by herself; an awesome buck. - Photo provided by proud father, David Adcock, of Outerlimit Powersports in Dyersburg, Tennessee. 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 Mike Robinson Field Staff Editors Garry Mason Walter Wilkerson Terry Wilkerson Steve McCadams Kelley Powers 6 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 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: 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 | DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 Here was our Christmas tree, which we had helped Papaw cut down, decorated in popcorn strings and lights, it was the best one in town. It was then that I saw it, my Red Ryder wagon shining bright, Santa and Rudolph had been here, to my house, last night! I hope this poem brought back happy memories of Christmas gone past, and that your family has traditions that always will last, We wish you and your family a New Year so bright, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! Merry stmas Chri erville m -Rob So DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 7
  5. 5. Late Season Ducks Sometimes skittish , al ways challenging By Steve McCadams The SPINNER The SWIMMER The FLUTTER The REAL DeCOY® motorized decoys perfectly duplicate live movement, and you’ll be amazed at how these decoys bring life to your hunting site. Unlike other products you may have seen in the past, The REAL DeCOY® motorized decoys are durable, field proven, reliable, and economical. Fyrne Lake - 2500 Acre Private Natural Park Late season ducks are often finicky and exhibit strange behavior, as they’ve seen a lot of decoy spreads since departing their breeding grounds back in September and early October. - Photo by Steve McCadams By the time ducks descend on Dixie, they’ve had quite a journey. Just imagine how many duck blinds they’ve flown over, how many decoys spreads they’ve encountered, and how about the number of duck calls they’ve heard? Ducks left their breeding grounds in Canada and the Dakotas, way back in September, or early October. Since then, they’ve traveled hundreds of 8 miles; flying over fields and farms, swamps and rivers. Once they arrive on their wintering grounds here in the Deep South they have become educated and a bit skittish. You would be too, if you’d been called or shot at for the last few months! “Those plastic Judas ducks will sometimes lie to you,” is likely in the conversation between old ducks telling the young of the year about the journey ahead. Each year, waterfowlers here in Tennessee and throughout the South, get a dose of strange acting ducks that sometimes make us scratch our heads in disbelief. Even the best blind locations, with the most savvy duck callers, experience wary birds that shy away at times from our best tricks and tactics. SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 Fishing Memberships Weddings - Special Events Corporate Meetings - Retreats Lake Pavilion   Lake Aerial   continued on page 10 DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 9
  6. 6. Using motion decoys such as this Flutter Duck, made by The Real Decoy Company out of Ripley, Tennessee can bring life to your stagnant decoy spread and fool even the most wary ducks into gunning range. - Photo by Steve McCadams While finicky acting ducks can have mood swings throughout the year, especially when unusually warm weather has lingered or the lack of wind enters the equation; it’s the late season ducks that prove to be the most challenging for most. Practically every setup utilizes something special to help lure the illusive ducks into gunning range. Some still rely on the spinning wing decoys, often placing more than one throughout the spread. A few big spreads in open water areas even put out multiple spinning wing setups and rely on timers to offset the constant motion, as the on and off action further mimics real duck activity. In dry field hunting situations, where pits or blinds are located near refuges, some setups have been known to use more than a dozen spinning wing decoys in one spread. However, those still using spinning wing decoys often find themselves asking the question: how many is too many and when do the ducks shy away from too much motion? Late in the season, ducks are somewhat educated, having made the journey and wised up along the way. While they still have a proper time and place, most veteran hunters agree the that magnetism of spinning wing decoys has lost some of it mag10 Swimmer ducks, like this drake mallard from The Real Decoy will bring your spread to life, especially in calm situations when ducks are leery late in the season. - Photo by Steve McCadams ic, compared to a few years ago when they first came on the scene. Many hunters rig their spinning wing spreads with the ability to turn them off when ducks don’t finish. There are times when the ducks respond from the high heavens, only to flare on the final approach, when something scares them. That something could be too much flashing, frightening them out of gun range at the last second and when hunters sometimes turn the decoys off once ducks commit. Other spreads seem to entice late season ducks when various water motion decoys are added to the display. Swimmer ducks like the THE REAL DeCOY® from A & M Waterfowl, Inc. {www.therealdecoy. com} made right here in Tennessee, are quiet and leave a realistic wake, as they maneuver and bring life to a stagnant situation. “It’s realistic and definitely helps lure finicky ducks closer during the late season,” said Mike Allmand of Ripley, Tennessee who has manufactured a series of water motion style decoys since 1984 and are the oldest manufacturer of motorized duck and goose decoy in the world. “The swimmer has a small propeller that really scoots the decoy along and is powered by two “D” batteries. It runs for hours and has no long wires to mess with, as we use a small fishing line and swivel attached to the decoy and anchor.” Allmand also manufactures flutter style ducks and a feeder butt, which vibrates with an offset magnet. These decoys give off ripples that make your spread look like actively feeding ducks. From potholes in swamps to shallow flooded fields, or even open water on calm days, the flutter styles compliment the spread and help add that little something when stubborn susies or dreary drakes hang wide and window shop! Adding movement and motion has always been popular among the ranks of waterfowlers, but it seems modern day ducks are a bit more leery than their ancestors, especially around public hunt areas, where a lot of hunting pressure is a factor. In these types of scenarios, changing your approach might improve your appeal to late season ducks that are playing by a different set of rules, when compared to earlier in the season. Things like smaller spreads of decoys can be productive and for those mobile boat blinds or temporary setup situations, while hunting from shore or islands, it’s a deadly layout SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 Finicky, late season ducks sometimes require hunters to change and adapt their blind location, decoy layout and calling techniques, but these two hunters show it can be done. - Photo by Steve McCadams when playing the wind direction or scouting areas that stubborn ducks have been using. Bigger isn’t always better. Decoy shy ducks in late season will avoid some blinds that have huge spreads, just because there’s too much competition from other ducks. If they’ve been in the area for several weeks, they’ve learned the ropes. Tossing out a few decoys, with some swimmers or flutter ducks mixed in after erecting makeshift blinds on points where they been passing by will put you in the driver’s seat, especially if you learn to diminish your calling efforts. Calling less can produce more ducks at times and late season is one of those times. Allowing your small spread to work for you is a challenge, as it’s hard to leave that call in your pocket. Some diver species that enter the picture in January such as bufflehead, goldeneye, ringneck and scaup, will bomb a decoy spread but blow by the drive-in window on one pass unless you add a few of their buddies to catch their attention. Adding a few divers to your spread on the down-wind side, or even stringing them out in a long line, will usually persuade these speedsters to make multiple swings. Sooner or later their curiosity will blow your cap off, as they unload air and swing into gunning range. Adding a little more brush to the blind, applying a bit more camouflage face paint, rearranging the decoy spread and trying a wide variety of spinning wings or water motion decoys, can enhance your setup. It’s a work in progress and somewhat trial and error at times, but the ducks make the rules and have been known to change them on short notice. Be willing to adapt and try a few of these tips when the ducks lose respect for your efforts. Maybe you feel like chunking your call in the water or moving the whole blind, but late season ducks have a way of playing with your mind. Don’t let the ducks psyche you out, as they don’t discriminate. Just about all of us experience these weird waterfowling moments, but making a few changes just might help overcome the situation at hand. You’re never too old to try something new when late season ducks play games only they know how to win! DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 11
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  8. 8. Kids and Coons By Shawn Todd Zade Hunsley – age 8 H ello, to all you fine readers of STO Magazine. I hope everything has been going well for you and yours. First of all, I want to apologize to all you readers and ask for your forgiveness. Why you ask? The reason is I have been a hypocrite (not in a biblical sense) but because I have not been true to you. How you wonder? I have ended most my articles by emphasizing to get your kids in the woods and away from the idiot box and video games. Until this article, I have been a loser. In fact, I have always lost more than I ever won, when trying to get kids involved in the outdoors. Well, my friends, I hope that this article will show you that I am atoning for my sins. As I sit here, writing this article, the economy is in bad shape. The cost of everything is on the rise, from food to electricity. Maybe Merle Haggard was right when he said, “Are the good times 14 Kielee Hunsley – age 10 really over for good?” I think they are, but if you know me I am an pessimist. Hoping that something would change, I got a text from Rodney Hammbie, President of the Lauderdale County Coon Club. The text said, “Youth Hunt and Bench Show Nov. 2nd at 3:00 p.m.” I started thinking what young kids could I take, made a few calls and I got lucky. I had two youngsters to take - Kielee and Zade Hunsley, 10 and 8 years old respectfully. At 2:00pm on that November day, we began the hunt checklist: hunting lights - check, warm clothes - check, dogs - check, gun - check (yes, I have forgotten dogs and guns on a hunt before). Everything on the check list was there. So, we were ready to go, when dad (Rad Hunsley) says count me in. Rad had been a few times before, but was still an amateur when it came to cooning. Rad, being from South Dakota, is more of a pheas- ant hunter. As we were leaving, the mother of the two kids {Lee Ann} said thank you with a smile and I thought to myself that there would be peace and quiet for mom for a few hours. So, at 3:30pm the adventure began with “Uncle Shawn.” We arrived at the club at 4:00pm. There were about 12 young kids in attendance, all whooping and hollering and having the times of their life. Ages ranged from three to thirteen. The bench show started about 4:30pm. All the kids showed dogs and it was a sight to behold, with these small children and their large dogs. Food was served about 5:30pm. Everyone downed their meal in a hurry, waiting for the sun to set, so they could enter the woods. Anticipation was running wild. At 6:00pm all the kids that were going to go to the woods signed up. Every youngster that participated received a trophy and SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 a compass, for the bench show and hunt, which were just small tokens of appreciation for the kids and their parents who took the time to get them there. Then, there was a drawing for two coon lights that were given away. The lights, one for the girls and one for the boys, were won by Kielee Hunsley {age 10 and my guest} and Braden Renner {age 8}. The gleam in the eyes of the kids who received their trophies and the two winners of the lights brought back memories of the good old days; when life was easier and when responsibility mainly consisted of worrying about your test at school and if your first girlfriend really did like you or not. It was now about 6:30pm and time to go to the woods, so we headed out. Some attendees went to Tipton County and Gates Tennessee and we went to a local area that I have permission to hunt. As we arrived, I saw the landowner working on his combine, stopped to talk to him for a few minutes and off we went. I brought my young dog (Whiskey River) and my older dog; the legend {Money}. After tracking collars were put on the dogs, I thought to myself, “What a great fall night, with crisp air, kids learning and being with friends in the outdoors. It is just great.” Where we were was a fine place to have a fun hunt with youngsters. The kids were excited and ready. Zade asked, “When are we going to the dogs and get us a coon?” He asked this numerous times through the night. Kielee was with “Uncle Shawn” learning about her compass and asking things like, “What kind of tree is this? What goes in this hole? What is this and what is that?” This was a dream hunt, with easy access hunting, kids enjoying the continued on next page DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 15
  9. 9. outdoors and just no worries in the world. About 7:30pm, Money strikes a coon and 15 minutes later trees it in a pecan tree. Kylee walked with me and Zade was with Rad. We looked the tree over for about ten minutes and vines and nests hampered our view. So, alas we saw no coon. We petted Money and sent him on to the next tree. About 20 minutes later, Money strikes again and runs for about 20 minutes and trees again. As we walked to the tree, I was explaining to Kielee the difference in the dog’s barks, from striking and treeing vocalizations. We checked the tree. It was an empty den tree, so here we go again. A few minutes later Money strikes once more and this time Kielee can tell the difference in the bark and says with excitement, “Money is treed, Uncle Shawn.” I said, “Yes he is, Sis” and off we go. We looked over the tree and there is another hole, where the coon escaped. Rad and I decided to call it a night and the kids did not want to, but it was late and getting cold and church was in the morning. So we loaded up the dogs and we were homeward bound. You see, it 16 didn’t matter that we weren’t successful getting a coon that night. The success of the hunt was evident, from the excited smiles on the two faces of these young people; kids that we had introduced into the world of the great outdoors. I was at peace with the world. Well, readers of STO, I hope this will start your forgiveness for my hypocrisies of preaching about, but not taking kids hunting enough. This is just the beginning of my atonements. There will be more stories to come from me about hunting with kids. Like I have said in earlier articles, without more kids involved in hunting there will be no future in the sport, so try to take them any chance you can. I would also like to thank all the land owners and farmers that have allowed me to hunt on their lands through the years. If these fine people let you hunt on them, treat them and their land with respect. Maybe Merle was wrong, because when hunting with kids, “the good times are not over for good.” Merry Christmas to all and until next time, see you at the tree. Merry Christmas SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 D.R.’s Auto Repair & SERVICE CENTER When I am in need of vehicle repairs, or servicing, I always go see my good friend Daniel, who owns D.R. Auto Repair & Service Center in Kenton, Tennessee. - Rob Somerville WE NOW CARRY A FULL LINE OF AC/DELCO MARINE BATTERIES! BRAKES - TUNE-UPS ELECTRICAL REPAIRS AND INSPECTION ALL MAJOR AND MINOR MECHANICAL REPAIRS - TIRE ROTATIONSHEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS. 530 N. Poplar - Kenton, TN. 731-749-5333 Licensed General Contractors LICENSED CONTRACTOR Value Engineering / Constructability Analysis Lynn brooks drew brooks • Over 30 years experience - since 1981 731-445-1208 • 731-445-3722 Scope Includes • New Construction (Home or • • Additions/Garages/Attic and Basement Build new home construction • Outs/Sunrooms additions/remodeling/repair • • Renovations (partial or full-house makeovers) • • Kitchens insurance specialists • Bathrooms least cost roofing • • Construction Management • Maintenance Contracts plumbing • • Repairs/Improvements • • Disaster Recovery floor support • Insurance Claim Specialists • Repair – Rebuild - Total Restoration If you • HVAC want to work with a financially stable • Electrical company that will deliver • Interior Trim (crownprojects on-time and construction molding, tile, cabinets, etc…) • within budget, and Exterior) Painting (Interior then I highly recommend • Energy Improvements renovation plus construction - rob somerville delivers projects on-time and within budget, then work with Renovation Plus Construction. - Rob Somerville 6401 Hwy 51 Bypass E. - Dyersburg, TN - 38024 731.445.3722 DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 17
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  11. 11. NWTF Convention Coming to Nashville “I’m particularly excited this Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. the country’s best callers vie for the ultimate title during the Grand Na- year, because we are riding high on Save the date. the positive energy of our Save the tional Calling Contests. New experiences in a familiar There are a ton of new features Habitat - Save the Hunt. initiative,” place! The National Wild Turkey Fed- to make this convention like no other, said NWTF CEO George Thornton. eration returns to Nashville for its including the latest information on And change can be fun as well. Another new fea38th annual Conventure is the Waterin’ tion and Sport Show Hole, the social hub of at the Gaylord Oprythe convention, where land Resort and Conattendees can grab a vention Center, Feb. drink, a bite to eat and 13th-16th. rest their feet, in the The show will center of all convendraw nearly 50,000 tion activities. turkey hunters and “We’re on track to outdoor enthusiasts have our largest sport to Music City to Many famous outdoor personalities will be on hand to sign autographs. show to date with a browse the offerings - NWTF photo new registration area of more than 700 for easier access to the vendors showcasshow,” said Thornton. ing the newest and “Our Family Advenbest hunting gear, ture Village is in a home decor, Chevseparate, bigger venue rolet vehicles, boots, with more activities turkey calls, artwork for kids of all ages. and other products. Our staff is planning Participants can Thousands of hunters and conservationists from across the U.S. will attend this one of the most excittake in seminars from year’s NWTF convention at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee. - NWTF photo ing conventions we’ve outdoor pros Brenda the NWTF’s Save the Habitat - Save ever had and hope you’ll make plans Valentine, Michael Waddell, Ronnie the Hunt initiative, designed to con- to join us.” “Cuz” Strickland, Eddie Salter, Alex serve and enhance 4 million acres Visit Rutledge and many others, and hear of upland wildlife habitat, create 1.5 events or call (800) THE NWTF for world-class entertainers Thompson million new hunters, and establish more information, including show Square, The Isaacs and The Extraor- 500,000 new acres of hunting access. hours, contest rules, new exhibit dinaires. All work together to save our hunting hall layout and registration inforAnd outdoors folks can watch legacy. mation. 20 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 21
  12. 12. 2014 Arctic Cat Prowler 500 HDX Arctic Cat recently introduced its new 2014 Prowler 500 HDX series. This side-by-side line includes several features from the company’s larger 700 series, but comes at the lower price point. It’s a fun ride and a capable work machine. Handling is sporty even without electronic power steering (EPS is available on Limited EPS models). The simple controls and the digital display make it easy for beginners to operate on the fly. All three models are powered by a 443cc liquid-cooled engine. Sportsmen will definitely appreciate the tilting cargo box. It has a 600-pound cargo capacity and is large enough to fit plenty of hunting or fishing gear. The cargo box can also be converted into a flatbed. The XT and Limited EPS models have added front storage with a 25-pound capacity. Front and rear 2-inch receivers give added flexibility when towing items. To see this or any of their huge assortment of units, visit our friends at OuterLimit Powersports - 470 Highway 51 Bypass in Dyersburg, TN - 38024. Call them at 731-285-2060 or visit them at - Rob OUR EXPERIENCED STAFF IS HERE TO FILL YOUR EVERY NEED & WE HAVE THE ROOM TO DO JUST THAT! 2014 CAN-AM OUTLANDER 1000 XMR The newest member of the 2014 Can-Am Maverick lineup is the Can-Am Maverick 1000R X mr. The 101-horsepower Rotax powered Can-Am Maverick 1000R X mr is built to offer impressive performance, precision engineered handling and a driver focused design to conquer a muddy trail or closed-course bog. The new vehicle is based off the two-seat Maverick platform, but includes an industry-exclusive and mud-specific X package, as well Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering, Visco-Lok QE and an updated gauge package. The Maverick 1000R X mr also wears an Air Control Suspension (ACS) with FOX Air Assist HPG Piggyback shocks (with a four-inch range of adjustment) and mud-hunting 30-in. Gorilla Axle Silverback tires for ultimate control in the mud. In addition, to keep the engine air intake, CVT air outlet and PERFECT FOR SPORTSMEN OR MUDDING AT BIKINI BOTTOMS THIS SPRING! CVT air inlet free of water and debris, they have been snorkeled to strategic locations on the machine. To see this or any of their huge assortment of units, visit our friends at OuterLimit Powersports - 470 Highway 51 Bypass in Dyersburg, TN - 38024. Call them at 731-285-2060 or visit them at - Rob 22 22 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS || DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 DYERSBURG ELEVATOR COMPANY 300 PRESSLER RD - DYERSBURG, TN - 38024 731-287-7272 23 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS JANUARY 2013-14 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS DECEMBER - | DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 23
  13. 13. Taxidermy Tips By Walter Wilkerson of Wilkerson’s Taxidermy Many people think that after you catch a trophy fish, or harvest a bird or big game animal, all you need to do is take it to a quality taxidermist and your work is done. What they do not realize is that even an expert taxidermist needs your harvest in the best condition possible to preserve it in its ultimate glory. There are several steps you need to take after your harvest that can help guarantee your trophy to be the best mount possible. Here are tips on how to prepare you specimen for a beautiful mount if you can’t get it to a taxidermist immediately. 1. Fish - Keep fish wet and cool until you get home and wrap it in a wet towel. Place the fish in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer. 2. Birds - Keep the bird cool and out of the wind and weather. When you get home, place the bird’s head under its wing. Then, place it in a plastic bag and store it in the freezer. 3. Mammals – {squirrel, coons, bobcats, foxes etc.} Keep out of the weather and do not field dress. When you get home, place the animal in a plastic, air-tight bag and freeze. 4. Deer {same for big game} Keep the deer out of the weather and cape as soon as possible. To cape, hang the animal up by hind legs. You will see a white and brown hair pattern on the back side. Split the white and brown hair pattern down the sternum. Cut around the deer and skin down to the head, leaving about six inches of neck for 24 measurement. If you take the deer to the processor to cape, return within a day to get your head. They more than likely won’t freeze it. The deer head needs to be put in a plastic air-tight bag and froze. • Please DO NOT wrap fish birds and small mammals in newspaper. It will cause freezer burn more quickly! • If Wilkerson Taxidermist mounts the deer, they cape for free, before you take it to processor. • Weather is very important. If the temperature is 40 degrees or above, you need to cool your specimen as soon as possible to stop bacteria growth. Bacteria will spoil your specimen. [ABOVE] Pictured here is Walter Wilkerson in his showroom at Wilkerson’s Taxidermy of Dyersburg, TN. - Photo by Terry Wilkerson [BELOW] This is a photo of a properly caped deer. - STO file photo. City Liquor • Keep everything, but a fish, as cool and dry as possible. Wine & Spirits 2450 Lake Road - Suite H Dyersburg, TN 38024 Dyersburg Square Shopping Center 731-285-1761 PHONE (731)286-0853 • 1529 MORGAN RD., DYERSBURG WILKERSON’S TAXIDERMY HOURS MON. - THURS. 9AM - 9PM FRI. & SAT. 9AM - 11PM ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL HUNTERS RATES! EVERY MOUNT IS A TROPHY Don’t trust just anyone. Trust a State, National & World Award Winning Taxidermists! WALTER & TERRY WILKERSON SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 “Quality Work at a Reasonable Price” Member T.T.A. & N.T.A. Dyersburg’s Newest Hotel! 824 Reelfoot Dr. - Dyersburg, TN 38024 731-287-0248 SARTIN’S AUTO SALES “BUY HERE - PAY HERE” QUALITY OUTDOOR PRODUCTS CARPORTS STARTING AT $495.00 OWNER: STEVE SARTIN 1990 ST. JOHN AVE - DYERSBURG, TN - 38024 731-286-4401 CELL: 731-445-8383 DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 25
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  15. 15. HARES AND HOUNDS By Steve McCadams Baying beagles al ways hit the right notes. D eep in the swamps of Haywood County in Tennessee, where bottomland hardwoods had escaped the roar of chainsaws for many years, came the unmistakable yelps of rabbit dogs. The frisky black and tan beagle negotiated a wet and muddy briar thicket, where the silence stopped and a serenade began. First, the jump dog sounded off, alerting the pack of his newly found, hidden treasure with a series of “look-what-I-found” barks. Dogs have a code and while I’m not on the same wavelength or claim to speak the language, I am pretty sure what those call for reinforcements sound like. In a matter of seconds five dogs entered the hotly contested race and a swamp rabbit with home court advantage took the pack through sloughs and ditches surrounded by towering cypress and tupelo gum in this Forked Deer River wonderland. The canine choir was comprised of five tailwaggers who sported such names as Blue, Spook, Mouse, Tuffy and Bo. Every time I hear hound music, I ask myself why I waited so long to stop and smell the roses. Baying beagles, barking to the high heavens, never seem to hit a sour note. It’s pretty much impossible not to fall under the spell of a rabbit race. Each dog sports a different voice and when the choir sings folks just seem to pause and listen. It’s mesmerizing to any ear. From the dark swamp came echoes, as the dogs almost faded After a long hard race the dogs get to admire their prey as Joe Hill, of Union City shows off a cottontail to the beagle brigade. - Photo by Steve McCadams out of hearing distance, before the hot pursuit changed directions and headed right back to the scene of the initial encounter. “They’ll come right back to where they were jumped this time of year,” said Joe Hill of Union City, as he watched for movement in the shadows of the forest floor. Thanks to an invitation from Joe, I joined the hunting party with fellow Parisians Brent Greer and Crockett Mathis. We linked up with Larry Hicks of Yorkville and Tommy Bradberry of Dresden, forming a posse in search of illusive swamp rabbits on a cool continued on next page [LEFT] The Crockett Mathis of Paris, Travis and Joe Hill {left to right} of Union City, and Larry Hicks of Yorkville pose with a few swamp rabbits along with the canine companions who helped find them deep in the river bottoms of West Tennessee. - Photo by Steve McCadams 28 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 29
  16. 16. Cold weather rabbit hunts will warm you up once the dogs hit a hot trail. Pictured with some hill rabbits on a late season hunt are (left to right) Joe Hill of Union City, Larry Hicks of Yorkville and Travis Hill of Paris. - Photo by Steve McCadams Saturday morning in rural West Tennessee. Four wheelers ferried us and our canine companions a long way back in the bottom, where ducks sailed overhead in their lazy after-season flight patterns. Deer paths leading into the woods were abundant and the routes clearly indicated we were in a whitetail’s wonderland. While maneuvering into position for what I hoped might be a shot, a hen wood duck darted by 30 on a low altitude journey, weaving in and around the flooded cypress as though she had been there before. As swamp rabbits often do, the master of this mud Mecca used his wit and wisdom, losing the dogs when he hit water and likely swam to safety. From rapid barks to silence in a matter of seconds, the dogs seemed puzzled as the scent of their prey went cold. We moved on and hustled the four-legged brigade of bunny chasers to a new spot and soon it was an instant replay of hit and run as the race accelerated, but this time with a different outcome. Bradberry’s borrowed 28-gauge found its mark and our curse was removed as the long, lanky rabbit dangled, almost touching the ground even when held waist high. Swamp rabbits are bigger than hill rabbits, but today we didn’t have to worry about bulging game bags and heavy loads, as Hicks SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 was close by with the Polaris taxicab. Two-way Motorola radios helped pinpoint positions and also served as conduits for embellishment of shooting ability, or lack thereof. Several good races followed, as the noon hour approached. A smack sounded from Greer’s Remington Nylon 66, the light 22-caliber rifle that served as an excellent gun for close shots in thick cover, adding another notch to the success story. At midday it was lunch on the back roads with dogs at our feet. Sandwiches, crackers, bologna, and some of Hick’s special sausage helped formulate a meal fit for a king, as stories were swapped of hunts and hunters come and gone. Habitat loss, predator problems ranging from coyotes to hawks, pesticides and other possibilities are usually the topic of discussion among the ranks of both rabbit and quail hunters when we covey up during or after the hunt. Reminiscing about hunts from yesteryear, when more fencerows and ditchbanks supported bigger populations of wildlife, seems to always surface in the conversation. Lack of good hunting spots has taken its toll on the ranks of small game hunters, but it seems that rabbit hunters have fared much better than their small game hunting counterparts in the quail category. In between a little hot sauce, cheese and crackers on the sunny side of a levee is where a lot of problems are solved in a short time. After a short siesta it was back to the hunt, but not before a few grunts of stiffness from the dogs and those who followed them. Several big, swamp rabbits comprised our bounty by mid-afternoon, before we called it quits and slammed the doors shut on dog boxes full of wagging tails. A rabbit supper was in the making and I could hardly wait to tip my taste buds on some with a mild barbecue sauce surrounded by cream potatoes, gravy and a homemade biscuit or two. Whether it was six or sixteen, it made no difference to me as race after race more than made the trip worthwhile, not to mention the fellowship of shots taken and missed. Rabbit hunts seem to bring buddies together at a pace fast enough to remain interesting and slow enough to reflect on the moment at hand. The hound music deserves an encore. Dogs hot on the trail of a finicky rabbit seem to make all the rest of the world go by without worry and concern. Again, I wondered why I waited so long and made a silent promise to myself to return more often to such rural rendezvous that always seem to say “come back soon”. It was an adventure of the hare and the hound doing what they do best on a sunny day in the Deep South. Some things never go out of style. Baying beagles and buddies on backroads seem to rate high on the list. SIDEBAR: Tennessee’s small game seasons are long and liberal each year with the traditional opener on the first Saturday in November and running all the way through the last day of February. Daily bag limit is five on rabbits. There’s a lot of hunting opportunity left, so hop to it! DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 31
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  18. 18. TWRA NEWS From the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency STATE WATERFOWL SEASONS TO OPEN THANKSGIVING DAY; REELFOOT ZONE REOPENS NOVEMBER 30 The 2013-14 statewide waterfowl hunting seasons opened on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28th) in Tennessee. In the Reelfoot Zone, the late season reopened two days later, on Saturday, Nov. 30th. The seasons will both end on Jan. 26th, 2014. In addition to the traditional waterfowl season, the inaugural sandhill crane hunting season also started on Thanksgiving and will continue through Jan. 1st, 2014. The length of the season is more conservative than the number of days allowed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The sandhill crane hunting season is restricted to an area south of Interstate 40 and east of Tennessee Highway 56. Sandhill crane hunting hours are from sunrise daily until 3:00 p.m. (EST). There were 400 permits issued in October and each permit carries a limit of three birds. Hunters were required to pass a crane identification test and have their validation code written on their permit. Sandhill crane hunters should be aware that whooping cranes are currently in the Hiwassee Refuge area and will probably be present throughout the sandhill crane hunting season. For late waterfowl seasons, the possession limit has been increased from 34 two times the daily limit to three times the daily limit. This does not change the daily bag limit. Hunting hours, with the exception of the sandhill cranes, are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset (except where otherwise noted). The youth waterfowl hunting season is set for Feb. 1st and Feb. 8th, 2014. The season is for youth ages 6-15. This season does not include sandhill cranes. Sportsmen are reminded not to shoot unless they are sure of their target. Many protected species of waterfowl, wading birds, and other waterbirds occur alongside the many species of waterfowl that can be legally hunted in Tennessee. More information on waterfowl hunting in the state can be found in the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s 2013-14 Tennessee Waterfowl Hunting Guide. The guide is available at TWRA regional offices, license agents, and online at NEW NATIVE MOBILE APP AVAILBLE FROM TWRA The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has unveiled a new native (downloadable) mobile app that will allow sportsmen and wildlife enthusi- asts to take along the latest agency info whenever they are on the go. The native mobile app is accessible at the Apple App Store. It will be launched on Android in Google Play very soon. Some of the features of the new app include: • Follow all of the TWRA’s latest news through the mobile news feed. • Fingertip access to Tennessee’s Hunting/Trapping, Waterfowl, Fishing, & Boating guides. • Purchase licenses, renew boat registrations, report, and see harvests online. • Always know when sunrise and sunset is in your neck of the woods. • Find a WMA, check stations, Hunters for the Hungry processors, fishing spots, boat ramps, and wildlife viewing areas near you (and even get directions). • Upload your favorite trophy photos to the TWRA’s online Trophy Room. • Keep a hunter’s diary to remember your special moments in the woods and access your harvest log anytime. • Catch the latest fishing reports and identify your fish with TWRA’s Fish Identification Guide. • Learn more about Tennessee’s Watchable Wildlife. • Browse through wild game and fish recipes. • Stay connected to the TWRA through social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. More information is available on the TWRA website at The new mobile native app is created in collaboration with One-Click Outdoors ( SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 Fishing reports Let your smart phone be your key to the great outdoors! Locate a WMA Sunrise, sunset tables Buy your license Stocking schedules Check in big game Watchable wildlife Renew boat registration Available now at the App Store and Google Play Find a boat ramp Wildlife viewing locations DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 35
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  20. 20. Holiday Dream Hunt By Garry Mason federal Duck Stamp or they could not waterfowl hunt. Five dollars was the cost of the stamp that year and even though that does not seem like much money by today’s standards, back then it took my dad three hours to make that much at his hourly wage rate. Blood River Bottom was near our hometown of Buchanan, Tennessee and us boys hunted there almost daily during the Christmas break from school. This small waterway was full of big, fat mallards that year. However, I still had not killed a greenhead, as of yet. Knowing that I would not be able to hunt past Dec 27th (my birthday) I starting dropping hints to my Dad early in December. When Christmas came, presents were unwrapped. One of mine was a new Mallard Tone duck call, but there had been no Federal Duck Stamp. Had I missed it somehow? Was it in a package along with some other gift? Did my Sister hide it? December 26th was a long day and even though my Dad had let me go duck hunting with my friends on the day before my sixteenth birthday, he was not about to allow me to break any wildlife rules and hunt without a duck stamp. “You always obey the laws of the land”, he would tell us boys. “Rules are not put in place to be broken. They are made to help conserve and protect wildlife.” As darkness settled over our house on the last day before my birthday, the chores had been done and supper dishes put away. My Dad spoke up, “All of you children gather around the table for a minute.” He reached into his wallet and I thought that he was going to give me some money for my birthday, but no, to my surprise there it was a brand new Federal Duck stamp. As I signed my name across the front in ink, Daddy smiled and said, “Tomorrow morning we will see about getting you a shot at an ole greenhead. Merry Christmas son and Happy Birthday.” I will never forget my Christmas wish coming true for my birthday that year. I still have that Duck stamp, along with all of the ones that I have had during my lifetime of waterfowl hunting. My birthday wish this year is that I will be able to share a duck blind with my sons and my Grandsons. My Christmas wish is that all of you will get to enjoy sharing time and making new memories with your family and friends. Reach over 45,000 middle to upper-middle class income earners by advertising with us now. Pictured here are Tommy Garner, Stan Jones and Garry Mason {left to right} with three limits of ducks from a hunt at Stan Jones Mallard Lodge. - Photo courtesy of Garry Mason I remember many things about Christmas and how everyone back then hoped for just one special thing on their list that Ole Saint Nick would bring down the chimney. Christmas always seemed so long off in my memory, as we children waited for that faithful day each year. It seemed as if it took two years to get to our little home. Hunting and fishing were a way 38 of life for us on the farm, so I almost always wanted something that I could use in the outdoors. A new fishing rod, or a new pair of {OD green] insulated hunting boots were items that were always at the top of my list. I had high hopes that my sister would get the sticks and lumps of coal that were promised to us if we were not good all year. She never did, but I look back on it now and wonder at times why neither one of us were the recipients of a bundle of switches for Christmas. My birthday is on Dec 27th each year and I remember the year that I turned fifteen. I had started duck hunting with some of the other boys in our neighborhood. Federal guidelines then, as they do today, mandated that anyone who turned 16 years-old had to have a SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 Contact Rob Somerville for more information. 731-446-8052 DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 39
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  22. 22. QUALITY INN OF PARIS, TENNESSEE AT KENTUCKY LAKE Preferred Lodging for Sportsmen! ORIGINATING WEST TENNESSEE’S GRAIN SINCE 2002 Their Mission: Fair and Honest That seems like a simple statement, and it is. Too many times businesses of all types lose focus on what makes them prosper. At Dyersburg Elevator, they constantly remind themselves it is the fair and honest dealings with their customers that have gotten them to where they are today and that will carry them into the future. They know their customers on a first name basis. They also know that without their customer’s support they could not be the company they are today. They will continue to create a friendly and professional business that strives to please their customers today and for years to come. Dyersburg Elevator is staffed with knowledgeable employees totaling more than 75 total years of combined experience in the grain industry. So whether you are selling your grain across the scales, storing or forward contracting, or just stopping by to say hello, they have the personnel available to assist you. So come by and see Chad Smith and his crew at Dyersburg Elevator Company. They are located at 300 Pressler Road in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Their phone number is (731) 287-7272 and their website is - Rob Somerville RUSSOM’S CARSTAR COLLISION NOW WITH TWO WEST TENNESSEE LOCATIONS! You work hard for your money and vehicles today can cost you almost half as much as a new house. So, you want only the most modern and technical technicians taking care of your vehicle if an unfortunate accident happens. Well there is good news for West Tennessee drivers, because Brad Russom has combined his decades of exeprience along with his dedicated staff, with the most modern and enviromentally safe collission specialty comapny in the business ... CARSTAR COLLISION. 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  24. 24. Retriever Training By H. Joe King When your hunting dog is expected to perform with excellence in a real hunting situation, proper training and care must be exhibited by its owner. - STO file photo 46 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 Y our second dog training season is now under your belt. Plenty of practice time in the field and on the water holes should have paid off. I hope you have made a checklist of what was needed for training through this past year. Your consistency in working with your dog and mark memory work has gotten your second year dog to a more mature level. You can look back to the rambunctious puppy he was, and realize the solidly trained duck dog he has become. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a steady dog in his place, whether in a blind or boat, looking towards the sky, waiting for the birds to fall and then making that solid retrieve. What a team and conservation tool the two of you have become. Only a “dog man” can understand that. There are still several other issues to address with your retriever. One is the safety of your gun dog while traveling. I see a lot of retrievers riding in the back of a pickup truck, instead of in a secure dog box. This is a horror story waiting to happen, that could involve everything from just slipping out of the back of the truck, to the enticement of jumping out to get to other dogs chasing your vehicle. Your dog, which you have spent several hundred hours on in the last couple of years, training and caring about, could go right down the drain with a severe traumatic injury or death. The cost of a secure dog box is far less expensive than the time, effort and money you have put into your duck dog. From a plastic or airline style, up to even a stainless steel dog box is what you need. These boxes can be locked, securing your dog. Unfortunately, there are some disreputable people out there that will steal your dog. These dog boxes can also keep your dog out of the wind and weather. I know that retrievers are tough, but traveling down the highway at 65 mph, with the temperatures at 25 degrees or less, your dog needs to be out of the wind. That leads us into the hazard of hypothermia. Hypothermia can kill your prize hunting dog just as easy as it can kill you. The signs and symptoms you look for are uncontrollable shivering, along with your dog acting confused. You know your dog’s normal actions and behavior. If you are in this situation, get the dog dry and warm. His hunt for the day is over. Keep a close eye on your dog. If the shivering or lethargic confusion continues, seek veterinarian assistance immediately. Your game plan is to keep your dog in good shape and take proper care of it. You should feed it a top quality dog food with a good balance of protein and fat content. A dry dog box, or area where your dog sits in the duck or goose blind, can help prevent hypothermia. The dog industry makes drying towels that are very absorbent to use also. A small amount of warm dog food, before you go hunting or during continued on next page Lankford Taxidermy 3070 Thompson School Rd. Huntingdon, Tennessee - 38344 Phone (731) 986-3351 Specializing in Fish Mountings and Birds - 50 Years Experience - DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 47
  25. 25. Although many people consider retrievers to be impervious to a combination of frigid air and water temperatures, they are not, and hypothermia can kill them. - STO file photo mid-morning, will help your dog safely get through the day. The most important thing to remember is to use good common sense. In my opinion, when hunting in a good quality and dry, heated duck blind use this as a rule of thumb. If the temperature is not going to get out of the low twenties, leave him at the kennel. This is a good rule when dealing with a totally swimming, retrieve situation. My final thought is to get your dog a good quality vest that fits correctly. This will further protect your duck dog from the cold elements. You still have years of continual work to come. Set up good training scenarios, be patient and positive, and give correction when needed. If you follow these rules, you will continue to have that confident duck dog for life. 48 Charles Avery Heuring {age 9} of Dunklin County killed this magnificent twelve point buck on 11/3/13 during the Missouri youth deer season. Photo courtesy of Wilkerson’s Taxidermy Dustin Pritchett shot this nice buck while hunting in Missouri this year. Photo courtesy of Wilkerson’s Taxidermy I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! H. Joe King, Jr. Thunder Ridge Retrievers 731-676-7776 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 Dwight Lineberry harvested his first deer Oct 30th, 2013 while on a juvenile hunt with his mother, Kathy at Round Cane. Photo courtesy of Wilkerson’s Taxidermy Eric Klinkhammer, of Dyersburg, Tennessee took this whitetail buck while hunting Hadley Creek in Pike County, Illinois. Photo courtesy of Wilkerson’s Taxidermy DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 49
  26. 26. Lindley Brock of Bogota, Tennessee took her first deer in Haywood County, Tennessee on October 26th, 2013. Photo courtesy of Sartin Motors Tom Hall of Dyersburg, Tennessee is holding a huge 40lb plus grass carp he caught at Fyrne Lake on Oct. 15th, 2013 using a worm on a crappie hook that was rigged on a spinning rod with 17lb. test line. He was casting toward shoreline when the fish struck hard. Photo courtesy of Fyrne Lake Brad “Hollywood” Shumaker harvested this awesome buck at an understandably secret location. Photo courtesy of Outerlimit Powersports Tucker Kimbro of Yorkville, Tennessee caught this catfish on Nov 2nd, 2013 while fishing in Gary McCollum Sr.’s Pond in Yorkville. Photo courtesy of Sartin Motors Tristen Sipes went to Illinois on a weeklong hunt and returned home with this bruiser buck. Photo courtesy of Wilkerson’s Taxidermy 50 Hollie Marie Adcock (20 yrs old) is shown here with this huge buck that she shot while hunting with her dad, David. - Photo courtesy of Outerlimit Powersports SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 Hannah bagged her first buck on Nov 24th while hunting in Crockett County, Tennessee with her Dad, Scott. Photo courtesy of Wilkerson’s Taxidermy DECEMBER - - JANUARY 2013-14 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS DECEMBER JANUARY 2013-14 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 51 51
  27. 27. Lane Hamlin {7 years old} of Dyersburg, Tennessee shot his first deer this year in Madison county. Photo by proud dad - Jason Hamlin Lawson Hamlin {9 years old} of Dyersburg, Tennessee shot his first deer this year in Madison county. Photo by proud dad - Jason Hamlin Les Dieth of Dyersburg, Tennessee caught this chunky 2 and 1/2 pound bass at Fyrne Lake while fishing with Jeff Caldwell on Oct. 9th, 2013. Les released the bass to be caught another day. Photo courtesy of Fyrne Lake David Hunter killed this wild hog on a hunt in Gilbertown, Alabama while staying at the Watervalley Lodge in March of 2013 with his wife. Photo courtesy of Wilkerson’s Taxidermy Eric Klinkhammer of Dyersburg, Tennessee harvested this buck mule deer, which was still in velvet, in New Mexico in 2013. Photo courtesy of Wilkerson’s Taxidermy 52 Chuck Richardson of Dyersburg, Tennessee caught this nice bass while fishing at Fyrne Lake on Sept 16th, 2013. Photo courtesy of Fyrne Lake SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | DECEMBER - JANUARY 2013-14 Donna Hunter killed this wild hog on a hunt in Gilbertown, Alabama while staying at the Watervalley Lodge in March of 2013 with her husband. Photo courtesy of Wilkerson’s Taxidermy DECEMBER JANUARY 2013-14 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS DECEMBER - - JANUARY 2013-14 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 53 53
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