Southern Traditions Outdoors July - August 2014


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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: 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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  1. 1. Complimentary Copy July - August 2014 REELFOOT LAKE FISHING CRAPPIE BY MOONLIGHT SUMMER CATS ON THE PROWL THE IMPORTANCE OF FARMING Please tell our advertisers you saw their ad in southern traditions outdoors magazine! COYOTE HUNTING
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  3. 3. JULY - AUGUST 2014 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 54 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | JULY - AUGUST 2014 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. On the Cover This mother coyote is teaching her pups the art of communication through a howling demonstration. - Photo courtesy of Debbie DiCarlo 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. Garry Mason Walter Wilkerson Terry Wilkerson Steve McCadams Kelley Powers Shawn Todd Eddie Brunswick Larry Self John Sloan Richard Simms John Meacham Buck Gardner Scott Marcin Ed Lankford Drew Brooks John Latham John Roberts Field Staff Editors 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 Southern Traditions Outdoors Magazine, LLC TABLE OF CONTENTS PG................... ARTICLE........................................................... AUTHOR 6...........................Chasing Coyotes................................................................Paul E. Moore 14..........................Crappie By Moonlight.........................................................Steve McCadams 20..........................The Importance of Farming................................................Rob Somerville 26..........................Battling Erosion..................................................................Kevin Griffith 34..........................Memory of a Memory..........................................................Shawn Todd 42..........................Summer Cats on the Prowl................................................Steve McCadams 48..........................Kid’s Korner........................................................................STO 52..........................Trophy Room......................................................................STO Reelfoot Lake - An Angler’s Paradise! Reelfoot Lake, located in Northwest Tennessee, was formed by a series of earthquakes in 1811-1812. A large area of land sank and later filled with water. This was a heavily forested area and the remains of this cypress tree forest are still found beneath the lake’s waters. The lake has approximately 13,000 acres of water and the average depth is only 5.2 feet. The deepest area is about 18’ deep. Due to the shallow, fertile water and the abundance of natural cover, Reelfoot Lake is one of the world’s greatest natural fish hatcheries. Approximately 54 species of fish can be found in the lake. The primary game fish include several types of bream, white and black crappie, several species of catfish, largemouth bass and yellow bass.   Reelfoot Lake fishing varies on a seasonal basis, just like all other lakes. The bass usually start biting best in March and continue until late fall. The best bass baits include spinner baits, plastic worms, spoons and topwater lures. Large, live minnows are also good. Many large bass are caught each year and five pound bass are not uncommon.   Crappie usually start biting best in early to mid-March around the deep water stumps. They move to shallow water in early April and the pre-spawn period is excellent. Crappie can be caught in the deep water stumps through the summer months. Fall crappie fishing is good during September and October. Favorite crappie baits includes live minnows, jigs and plastic grubs. Bream fishing is usually good April through June, and again in the fall. The bream in Reelfoot are famously huge and large catches of bream are common. Favorite bream baits include worms, crickets and Grizzly Jigs. Catfishing is good from spring to fall and favorite catfish baits include live worms, cut shad, commercial stinkbait and even hotdogs soaked in garlic salt. Besides using rod and reel, many large quantities of catfish are brought in using spring-loaded yo-yo’s tied to cypress branches.   Yellow Bass are found by the thousands in Reelfoot Lake. They are always hungry and strong fighters. They can be caught from early spring to late fall. They also bite well during the hot summer months. Favorite baits include jigs and minnows. Reelfoot Lake is an exciting place to fish; you never know what you are going to catch. It is common for over 100 fish to be caught per boat during one day.   Most fishermen do not use fiberglass boats because Reelfoot Lake is shallow and filled with stumps and logs. The most popular boats are the Reelfoot Lake boat and the aluminum Jon Boat. Larger boats can be used, but only with extreme caution. Boats are available from most private resorts for reasonable daily rates.  Even if you aren’t fishing, the pristine and prehistoric beauty of Reelfoot Lake is well worth the trip. It has been recognized as one of the top ten natural locations in the U.S. for nature and wildlife photographers.   -Rob Somerville From the Desk of the Editor
  4. 4. JULY - AUGUST 2014 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 76 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | JULY - AUGUST 2014 reasons. Most notably, it is cooler and coyote hunting falls right in place to coincide with other hunt- ing seasons. There are no crops in the field and there is much less other foliage, so visibility is much better. Plus, coyotes just seem to be on the prowl more during the cooler months. The latter reasoning may be in appearance only though, as coy- otes still have to eat throughout the summer. It is highly likely though that there is much less day- time movement during the warm months than when the temps are friendlier. Nonetheless, if a hunter gets set up in the right location and uses enticing calling to per- suade coyotes there is an easy meal nearby; dogs can be lured into range any month of the year. Hunting at this time of year also provides sportsmen a benefit not found at other times. Coyote pups have been growing for several months and will soon be almost as big as their parents. They are hunt- ing alongside the older coyotes and oftentimes are already out on their own. If not now, they soon will be. If there is such a thing as hunting a “dumb” coyote, this is as good an opportunity as any. These young canines have not de- veloped all the savvy of the par- ents yet, but don’t underestimate them. They are still very cunning and wary. One wrong move by the hunter and it is game over, just as with full grown coyotes. Most everyone knows coyotes are most active at night and as mentioned before, this is espe- cially true when Mother Nature’s heat is boiling down upon the landscape. Obviously, this means the most success for hunting comes at first legal shooting time and again just before the close of the day. That is not to say there is no chance of success throughout the day, but the odds are definitely better during these peak times. In the summer, the old adage of location, location, location is never truer. Coyotes do not like to venture far from their safety zones during the day at any time of year, but especially in summer. Not only does the heat factor in, but there are a lot of young-of- the-year critters around, so find- ing food usually does not require much travel. Plus, females with pups like to stay close to the den, even if the pups are nearing the point of being out on their own. The best setups are close to known denning locations or other areas where coyotes have been seen or heard consistently. Hunt- ers must slip in as close as pos- sible, without alerting the dogs to their presence. It is very similar to trying to get up in the grill of that big gobbler on the roost, dur- ing spring turkey season. Stealth is the name of the game. A part of that stealth is obvi- ell, right now is the hottest time of the year and there is nothing to do except sweat, right? Well, that is only partially true. There are plenty of things one can do, but of course, heat can sometimes be a limiting factor. There are lots of outdoor opportunities including camping, hiking, fishing and even hunting. However, one activity that needs to be on the to-do list and is often over- looked is coyote hunting. Most coyote hunting takes place in the cooler months of the year and is often secondary to other outdoor activities. But, diehard coyote hunters know late summer and early fall can be an optimal time for taking a few dogs. Sure, there are plenty of naysayers to summer hunting, but success may come easier than some people imagine. Most people hunt from late fall through winter, and into early summer. This is done for a variety of CHASING COYOTESBy Paul E. Moore W A coyote is a carnivore and you must keep in mind that when you go after them you are hunting a hunter. - STO File Photo. 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  5. 5. JULY - AUGUST 2014 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 98 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | JULY - AUGUST 2014 ously going to be scent. Coyotes are one of the best of nature’s crit- ters when it comes to playing the scent game and there is almost no way to completely beat them in that arena. However, there are a few tricks that help. First off, the hunter needs to be as scent-free as possible. Of course, just walking in to get set up in the summer is an effort in futility when it comes to not working up a sweat. That said, it still pays to start off as clean and odorless as possible and then not develop any more body odor than can be helped. Various masking agents may help lessen the impact of human scent, or at least con- fuse a wary dog just long enough for a shot. Another tip is a great method to use when the local topography allows. If there is a known den location or coyotes are known to be hanging in a certain wood- lot or other area, the hunter can sometimes set up in an area that prevents coyotes from circling downwind. This isn’t always pos- sible and sometimes the dogs sim- ply won’t show themselves if they cannot check the scent first, but other times the temptation of an easy meal overwhelms their cau- tion. This is especially true for the juveniles. Inexperience and eager- ness often causes young coyotes to bolt from cover to check out some intense calling before mom can corral them. This sometimes provides a lucky hunter with a double kill. Most coyote hunters have their favorite calls, but a rabbit in dis- tress is hard to beat at this time of year. There are lots of baby rabbits running around and by this time, the pups have probably heard and got acquainted with plenty of squealing bunnies. The addition of a decoy can be helpful too. Lots of deer fawns are also on the ground, so some summer hunters prefer to employ a fawn decoy and use a fawn distress call. Howling does not seem to be as effective at this time of year. However, mimicking the sound of a lost pup, or pup in distress, can often bring a mom out of hiding to investigate. This call is much like trying to lure a doe with a fawn dis- Coyotes communicate through a series of yelps, barks and howls. - STO File Photo. continued on page 10 WILKERSON’S TAXIDERMY PHONE (731)286-0853 • 1529 MORGAN RD., DYERSBURG WILKERSON’S TAXIDERMY EVERY MOUNT IS A TROPHY Trust a State, National & World Award Winning Taxidermists! Don’t trust just anyone. WALTER & TERRY WILKERSON “Quality Work at a Reasonable Price” Member T.T.A. & N.T.A. JULY - AUGUST 2014 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 9
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  8. 8. JULY - AUGUST 2014 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 1514 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | JULY - AUGUST 2014 f you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen, says the old adage. However, if you love summer fishing and can’t take the heat … then try night fishing for crappie. Anglers can beat the high tem- peratures during the summer dol- drums by fishing under the cover of darkness. You dodge the crowd and avoid sunburns too. Yet, the leading attribute might be what’s found in the cooler, as some hefty stringers can be taken once you master the night time routine. Night fishing for crappie, along with both white bass, largemouth and smallmouth, have long been popular in many middle and east Tennessee lakes where pristine waters are present. Move into the western portion of the state and anglers have been slow to em- brace night fishing, but that’s rap- idly changing. Deep and clear lakes such as middle Tennessee’s Dale Hollow, Center Hill and Percy Priest are popular places for night crappie fishing, as are most of the reser- voirs further east. Crystal clear water is pretty to look at, but it’s tough fishing at times, and one of those tough times is the summer season. Crappie are sensitive to light and will avoid it as best they can in a variety of ways. That’s why most of the west Tennessee lakes that sport a dingy water color, such as both Barkley and Ken- tucky Lakes, have enjoyed pretty good crappie fishing during the daylight hours compared to other clear lakes. The more turbid waters of west Tennessee reservoirs help filter By Steve McCadams I Crappie By Moonlight Pretty soon you’ll find that nighttime may well be the right time for summer crappie! - STO File Photo continued on page 14 Fyrne Lake - 2500 Acre Private Natural Park Lake Pavilion   Fishing Memberships Weddings - Special Events Corporate Meetings - Retreats Retreat Lodge The night approach for crappie requires adding floating lights or lanterns to your arsenal of fishing gear. - STO File Photo
  9. 9. JULY - AUGUST 2014 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 1716 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | JULY - AUGUST 2014 the bright sunlight, providing a larger comfort zone for light sen- sitive crappie. Yet, even the most popular panfish lakes, sometimes fall victim to the hot and humid weather that puts fish in a lethar- gic mood at times. When crappie take on a slug- gish behavior pattern during mid- summer, anglers might be wise to consider the nighttime approach. In fact, crappie might well go dor- mant during daylight hours and put on the feed bag at night. Many anglers make the mis- take of thinking crappie quit bit- ing during the summer months af- ter one or two unproductive trips during the daytime. What may be happening is that crappie are go- ing too deep during daylight hours and dodging the hooks of anglers, or the fish may just be riding it out and not feeding, choosing to wait for their peak feeding frenzies once bright light disappears. A few anglers on Kentucky and Barkley lakes have adapted to night fishing after learning the ropes from their east Tennessee buddies. Changing over to night fishing isn’t a big deal, but it does take some adjustments and altera- tions. The night approach requires adding floating lights or lanterns to your arsenal of fishing gear. A lot of anglers prefer pontoons as they can quickly adapt the boat to lantern holders or toss several floating lights out along the side. Pontoons are popular for other reasons too, as additional room allows more anglers to partici- pate. You can quickly adapt your regular fishing boat, however, as commercial lantern holders are available to keep the light out over the side. The floating lights work great too, so you don’t have to worry about drilling holes or mounting complicated light hold- ers. Of course the idea of the lights is to attract baitfish, namely shad. Various commercial fishing lights are available and they really lure the baitfish in and guess who isn’t far behind once you have a mil- lion minnows swimming under your light’s beam … Mr. Slab and his pals. Places like Barkley and Ken- tucky lakes have an abundance of main lake drop-offs and ledges where summer crappie hang out. Bridge piers are other popular venues, as they’re near the main river channel and usually around a narrowing of the reservoir that helps congregate fish. Anchoring out over the ledge of a main lake drop-off is an ex- cellent location for finding and catching summer crappie at night. Odds are that the fish are already in the area, and once you set up shop and allow your lights to at- tract baitfish, then you’ve already solved a big portion of the puzzle. Monitoring a depth finder is crucial in choosing the spot and utilizing a GPS unit is an active ingredient in the recipe for night- time success. That means you may have to log a few hours during the day to find and mark specific loca- tions on the lake, so as to return to them at night. Once you decide on a specific spot you’ll want to drop hefty an- chors to stay in place. Anchoring right over the break or drop-off where two depth extremes come close together is a valuable tip. The typical scenario is pulling fish from the deep areas toward the ledge, where feeding frenzies can take place. Depths of 15 to 25 feet are pop- ular, if deeper water is close by. You can select areas where sub- merged structure is present, such as stumps or brushpiles, but a lot of cover isn’t always required to experience good night fishing. Chances are the fish are roam- ing and leaving structure at night to pursue the path of their forage, which in this case means beneath your boat and in the cone angle of your light, once baitfish are pres- ent. Vertical presentations of jigs and live minnows work great. And, if you encounter mayfly hatches. then this natural buffet courtesy of Mother Nature will provide you with all the bait you need. Using two or three flies on a single hook fished in the light’s cone may prove to be the bait of choice, should the opportunity present it- self. The fish of- ten suspend beneath your lights and strikes are sometimes light, which m a k e s watching the rod’s tip and line manda- tory in or- der to detect finicky hits. Black lights on the boat really help il- luminate florescent monofilament lines too, which further help you monitor the business end of your fishing rods. While it’s true that night fish- ing is a different world, once you experience some light breezes and cool nights free from a blazing sun, then the transition will grow on you. You may soon discover those sleepy crappie that vanished from your favorite fishing holes by day are alive and well, while prowling around at night. A hefty cooler full of crappie, caught under the cover of dark- ness, sure beats empty stringers and sunburns by day. It may take an outing or two of trial and er- ror before you fine tune your ap- proach. Pretty soon you’ll find that nighttime may well be the right time for summer crappie! NORTHWEST TENNESSEE TOURISM • HUNT • FISH • BOAT • GOLF • SWIM • HIKE • CAMP • LODGING • FINE FOOD Northwest Tennessee... A Great Place to Be! We can fulfill your entire family’s vacation dreams! NORTHWEST TENNESSEE TOURISM 731-593-0171 Lankford Taxidermy 3070 Thompson School Rd. Huntingdon, Tennessee - 38344 Phone {731} 986-3351 Specializing in Fish Mountings and Birds - 50 Years Experience - 20% off and bass over 6 lbs. caught from Gibson County Lake or Carroll Lakes! Various commercial fishing lights are available and they really lure the baitfish in and guess who isn’t far behind once you have a million min- nows swimming under your light’s beam … Mr. Slab and his pals. STO File Photo
  11. 11. JULY - AUGUST 2014 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 2120 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | JULY - AUGUST 2014 The Importance of FarmingByRobSomerville am sure that most of you have heard the saying that if you don’t understand how hard a person has it that maybe, “You should walk a mile in his shoes.” This verbiage is especially ap- propriate in regards to the Ameri- can farmer. Most of us have low- ered ourselves to temper tantrums, and perhaps even unsavory words or gestures, when they were stuck in a slow moving line of cars wait- ing for a combine or tractor to plod down the road ahead of us. With no little amount of shame, I must unfortunately add myself to those impatient motorists … that is until a couple of years ago. My partner in STO Magazine, Eddie Ander- son, farms an extensive amount of acreage in Northwest Tennes- see. Two years ago, while playing with his grandkids, he fell down a flight of stairs. He injured his leg and ribs to the point where he could barely walk. I decided that I would then become his helper … an apprentice farmer, if you will. To put it mildly, it was an eye- opening experience. I quickly dis- covered that farming meant hard work and ex- tremely long hours, and be- ing a college educated man, I thought, “How hard could farming pos- sibly be to pick up?” Well, just let me tell you, it was a huge challenge to pick up even the most minor tasks that my friend thought I could handle. As I attempted to keep up with a man, crippled up with injuries {and ten years my elder} I soon discovered that farming was an extremely difficult way of life – both physically and mentally. I probably drove him crazy with all my questions, as I became more and more interested in this occupation. From weed and insect control, to erosion and planting techniques, to equipment main- tenance and usage skills, to fer- tilization and timing your every move to the various mood swings of Mother Nature’s weather … a few days of my inept labor was just the tip of the iceberg, com- continued on next page GIBSON FARMERS CO-OP CHECK OUT OUR CO-OP OUTDOORS SPORTSMAN’S CATALOGUE ON-LINE AT BIG BOY JUNCTION 731-285-0202 DYERSBURG 731-285-7161 NEWBERN 731-627-2525 TRENTON 731-855-1891 MILAN 731-787-6618 DYER 731-665-6161 CHECK OUT THE HUGE & UNIQUE GIFT SHOP IN OUR TRENTON LOCATION! VISIT US FOR ALL YOUR FOOD PLOT SEEDS & NEEDS! I
  12. 12. JULY - AUGUST 2014 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 2322 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | JULY - AUGUST 2014 There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors. This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is gen- erally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry. Benjamin Franklin When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farm- ers, therefore, are the founders of human civiliza- tion. Daniel Webster The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at whole- sale, and pays the freight both ways. John F. Kennedy pared to the fifty plus years of experience he had. I barely took away enough skills to now plant my own garden from this experience, but what I did gain was a renewed respect for the hard work, knowledge and extremely long hours that our farmers utilize ev- ery day to feed this country. The American farmer is often misunderstood, his workload and duties often underestimated, and the importance of his craft under appreciated. But, don’t just take my word for it. Here are some memorable quotes on farming from important his- torical people. Quotes on American Farmers The planter, the farmer, the mechanic, and the laborer... form the great body of the people of the United States, they are the bone and sinew of the country men who love liberty and desire nothing but equal rights and equal laws. Andrew Jackson If the rain spoils our picnic, but saves a farmer’s crop, who are we to say it shouldn’t rain? Tom Barrett The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer. Will Rogers I inherited that calm from my father, who was a farmer. You sow, you wait for good or bad weather, you harvest, but working is something you always need to do. John Adams As the Republican platforms says, the welfare of the farmer is vital to that of the whole country. William Howard Taft My father was a tomato farmer. There is the phrase that says he or she worked their fingers to the bone, well, that’s my dad. And he was a very good man. Sidney Poitier My dad farmed, my granddad was a farmer. I wanted to be a farmer. Sam Brownback I don’t know how the other senators see me. I hope they see me as a farmer. That’s really what I am. But I don’t think they see me on a tractor or fixing equipment. I hope they see me grounded, as somebody who has common sense. Jon Tester There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the stove. Aldo Leopold Whenever there are in any country uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on. The small landowners are the most precious part of a state. Thomas Jefferson We have neglected the truth that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist. Wendell Berry He was born to be a farmer. It was something that he was good at, something he knew well. He was a giver of life, an alchemist that worked in dirt, seed, and manure Tracy Winegar I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman’s cares. George Washington There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age. Bill Bryson TATUM’S PLUMBING SERVICE • NEW & OLD CONSTRUCTION • COMMERCIAL • RESIDENTIAL • WATER HEATERS • GAS LINES • LEAKY FAUCETS • INSURED ALDIE TATUM 731-676-5686 MID-SOUTH FARMER’S “Focused on Your Success” Brownsville, TN 1295 Boyd Ave. 731-772-9432 Jackson, TN 77 Ragland Drive 731-668-3070 Somerville, TN 17520 US Hwy 64 901-465-3655 Ashland, MS 16840 Boundary Dr 662-224-8933 Bolivar, TN 14840 Hwy 18 S. 731-658-3931 Alamo, TN 359 W. Main 731-696-5527 Selmer, TN 335 Tennessee Ave 731-645-5156 Tupelo, MS 1279 Rd 681 662-205-4024 For All Your Crop Needs!
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  14. 14. JULY - AUGUST 2014 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 2726 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | JULY - AUGUST 2014 AY DIRT! That’s what my neighbor called the soil of our new property, Fyrne Lake Farms. I asked him why he called it that and he told me because it MAY be here to- morrow or it MAY not! I was about to discover that he wasn’t joking! I had just spent (I should say bor- rowed) a small fortune on our dream property in West Tennessee on the bluff just northwest of Dyers- burg. It had a large beautiful lake, endless acres of forest and a few hundred acres of ridge fields.  I was ready to begin exploring and enjoying our new farm. But, as I traveled around, I started encoun- tering erosion… and not just little washes, but huge gullies! When the previous owner’s family acquired the land in the 1940s, it was mostly wooded hills. One by one, they cleared the connecting ridge tops for farming. It wasn’t long before erosion be- gan eating into the fields, so they created berms or catch basins to slow each gully’s progress. Even- tually, they had created miles and miles of vulnerable field edges to maintain. When I purchased the farm I knew very little about ero- sion and therefore didn’t notice the obvious warning signs. However, as I started spending more time on the property, I was shocked to dis- cover how many of the berms and catch basins had been created to correct major erosion issues in the past. Behind many of these earth- en structures were vertical drops of 10, 20 and sometimes even up to 50 feet. I began to panic! I needed to fully understand what was going on and I needed to cre- ate a plan to control and conquer this erosion problem! As I researched the soil in the area I discovered, to my horror, that our ground is some of the most erodible soil on earth. It is called loess and consists of windswept gla- cial dust that ac- cumulated here during the last ice age. Most of it is extremely fine and tightly packed before being dis- turbed. When dry, it is as hard as a brick. But loess quickly softens when damp and erodes rapidly in the presence of running water, especially if it has been disturbed (farming, bulldozing, vehicle traffic, etc.).  The more you work it the worse it gets, until the soil eventually turns back into the fine talcum powder like dust it once was. At that point, it can be carried away by the first wind or effectively dissolve in the water from the next rain. That is why it is called MAY DIRT. I witnessed the “may not be here tomorrow” part of my neighbor’s description first hand, when over one single night of hard rain I lost several feet of ridge field. I was realizing that I was up against an enormous challenge that was going to test me and my pocketbook. I needed to know quite a bit more before I could create a plan of attack. I started reading all I could get on erosion control in books, trade magazines and on the internet. I was amazed to see the number of products that had been developed to fight ero- sion. It was overwhelming to say the least. Erosion control had de- veloped into an industry in itself with its own trade association and annual industry conference. Tom- my Criswell (whom I had hired to help me care for the farm) and I decided we needed to attend this conference put on by the IECA (International Erosion Control Association) in Las Vegas. Hun- dreds of products from an amaz- ing number of manufacturers were represented at the show, in- cluding erosion control blankets, mats, wattles, logs and soil ce- ments. They even had a machine called a hydroseeder that would spray a mixture of mulch, fertiliz- er and seeds onto anything, even a vertical wall, and grow grass! Re- gretfully, these products had their uses, but were not the magic bul- let I was looking for. With much hopeful anticipation, I purchased one of the hydroseeders. But, while good for some issues, it was not the answer. I needed to find an experienced and unbiased expert to help me create a plan. I found that individual within a mile of our front gate. Aubrey Leake was an experienced and local dirt work contractor and had worked around the hills and gullies of the bluff area near Dy- ersburg for years. He knew the challenges of my loess soil and had even constructed some of the berms and catch basins on the farm for the previous owner. He freely shared his experiences and brought me back into reality. What I learned from him is that there is NOT a magic bullet that stops ero- sion. They call it “erosion control” for a reason and “control” is the active word. You can’t stop it! All you can do is slow the erosion process down. The method and materials to use varies upon the specifics of the situation. Howev- er, there is one guiding principle to keep in mind in all water ero- sion situations and that is to slow the flow of the runoff water down and spread it out. Wherever wa- ter starts to channel, it will erode our loess type soil quickly into a gulley. Aubrey also warned me to Battling Erosion By Kevin Griffith This pictures shows where we used straw bales to slow the progress of a gulley, encroaching one of our ridge fields. - Photo by Kevin Griffith. M continued on next page
  15. 15. JULY - AUGUST 2014 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 2928 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | JULY - AUGUST 2014 keep an eye out for erosion signs and address them immediately. “Kevin, the longer you wait, the more ground you will lose, and the more it will cost to repair”, Aubrey concluded. Wise words… but, I soon dis- covered that I would go bankrupt hiring a contractor to keep up with this issue on our needy farm. I was going to have to purchase our own equipment and have our own people to do the job.  Tom- my and I started with a bulldozer and a small dirt pan. However, it wasn’t long before Tommy pointed out that we needed bigger equipment and more help. That’s when Richard Cathey joined us at Fyrne Lake. Richard had worked his entire career on construction equipment preparing building sites, moving earth and control- ling erosion. With Richard on board and the addition of some heavier equipment, we were ready for battle! But wait! The dirt work is just the beginning. Once we repair the damage area and sculpt the land to gently spread the water out and guide it in the desired di- rection, we need to hold the dis- turbed earth in place. Ideally, you want to use grass. In open sunny areas, Bermuda is great because of its dense growth and deep root system. However, if you have the dual goal of controlling erosion and fostering an environment con- ducive to wildlife, you may not want to use Bermuda. Deer and turkey don’t like it. Where and when it is possible, we choose to provide desirable forage with our ground cover by seeding varying combinations of fescue, or- chard grass and clover. All three are favored by deer, while clo- ver is the favor- ite of turkey. By simply choos- ing wildlife fa- vored ground cover for our erosion control repairs, we’ve created miles of effective food plots along our forest’s edge.  Wheat grass is an- other desirable wildlife for- age and effec- tive temporary ground cover that sprouts up quickly and holds the soil well. It is a temporary so- lution, since it has a short life cycle. Howev- er, when mixed with fescue or other desir- able grasses, the wheat will hold the ground until your part- nered grass becomes es- tablished. One caution though, every grass has Save today. Start something big tomorrow with your New Kubota Disc Mower! $0Down, 0%Financing up to 60Months* A.P.R. © Kubota Tractor Corporation, 2014 *$0 down, 0% A.P.R. financing for up to 60 months on purchases of new Kubota BX, B, L, M, TLB and ZP, DM, RA and TE Hay Tools equipment is available to qualified purchasers from participating dealers’ in-stock inventory through 3/31/2014. Example: A 60-month monthly installment repayment term at 0% A.P.R. requires 60 payments of $16.67 per $1,000 financed. 0% A.P.R. interest is available to customers if no dealer documentation preparation fee is charged. Dealer charge for document preparation fee shall be in accordance with state laws. Inclusion of ineligible equipment may result in a higher blended A.P.R. Not available for Rental, National Accounts or Governmental customers. 0% A.P.R. and low-rate financing may not be available with customer instant rebate offers. Financing is available through Kubota Credit Corporation, U.S.A., 3401 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503; subject to credit approval. Some exceptions apply. Offer expires 3/31/2014. See us for details on these and other low-rate options or go to for more information. First Choice Farm & Lawn 1412 Stad Ave. Union City,TN 38261 (731) 885-1315 First Choice Farm & Lawn 305 Hwy 51 S Dyersburg,TN 38024 731-882-1855 TENNESSEE ARMS LLC.WE BELIEVE IN THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS! 916 South Main Ave - Dyersburg, Tn 38024 731-334-5106 TENNESSEE ARMS LLC AR-15 CRUSADER BOLT SYSTEM It’s a Military Spec bolt that we have had coated in a proprietary coating, requires no oil and will clean up with water and a toothbrush. There is a video of it online. $190.00 TENNESSEE ARMS LLC AR-15 POLYMER RECEIVER No more gumming, powder build-up or corrosion! Available in Black, Sand Tan, OD Green, Army Foliage, Pink and Grass Grey. Black - $45.00, Colors - $55.00 DEALER INQUIRES WELCOME! CHRIS YOUNG FOR DYER COUNTY MAYOR! • FAMILY VALUES! • CHRISTIAN BELIEF! • HONESTY! • EXPERIENCE! • BETTER EDUCATION! • MORE JOBS! • ECONOMIC GROWTH! • COMMUNITY PRIDE! • PRESERVING OUR OUTDOOR HERITAGE! • RESPECT FOR THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY! A VOTE FOR CHRIS YOUNG IS A VOTE FOR: FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE! Here’s a nice buck, checking out the ground cover grasses along our woods. - Photo by Kevin Griffith. continued on page 30
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  18. 18. JULY - AUGUST 2014 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 3534 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | JULY - AUGUST 2014 every time we could, which was mostly on weekends, because of school. I still remember the first coon I killed with him, as well as the exact tree and fence row we were hunting. That fence row and tree is gone now, along with many other things in my life that I miss and always will. That spring Mr. Jere took me crappie fishing in a pond he knew of. He showed me how to jig fish with a cork and always, back then, using a red and yellow jig. On that first trip we caught over 100 crappie, so needless to say, I was hooked once again on anoth- er outdoor sport. That fall, when I was 13 years-old, I went on my first squirrel hunt with him and his boys. On that memorable hunt I was proud of the two squirrels that I harvested, but the boys killed more than me and the harass- ment soon started and still carries on today with these my adopted broth- ers. All Mr. Blalock would do is smile and laugh when the kidding started. Through high school he was still put- ting up with me. During hunting sea- son, if I called and the weath- er permitted, we would be in the woods. Many a love was lost during those years, because I felt hunting was more important than dating (and still is). Mr. Blalock always joked, “Boy, you are never going to get a wife.” We laughed about that, but to this day he was right. I got mar- ried when I was 36 and as many of you readers know, things happen in a marriage that is beyond ones control, and nearly four years lat- er I was on my own again. But, I still had coon hunting and the out- doors. Even when I was at UTM, I would skip classes to come and hunt with him. I wonder, to this day, if this is why it took five and a half years to graduate. The years are fleeting and they go by like the leaves falling from the first frost of the year.As all you readers know, time never stands still. As the years gained on us, you could tell age and health was catching up with Mr. Jere. A heart attack prevented him from further coon hunting. He would go with us, but he would only be able to sit in the truck and listen to the dogs. Squirrel hunting with him became a thing of fond memories. Oh, but the fishing was still a priority. He could still go and every chance I got I went with him; mostly to a local pond, but quite a few times we traveled to Reelfoot Lake. He would come in to the café and say “Shawn lets go” and I would drop everything and go. In the winter years of his life cancer had taken hold and the fishing trips slowed and his health deteriorated quickly. Three months before his death his son Rusty and I tried to ello, to all you fine readers of STO. I hope your spring was good, even if it was too short. I was working in my office the oth- er day and started looking at some pictures I had not seen in quite a while. These pic- tures were from some of the cus- tomers we have had at my café over the past 39 years. Memories came flooding back to me, like the rivers in spring. Those memories were of enjoyment, better times and less re- sponsibility in life, than I have now. A lot of good friends were in those pic- tures. Most now are gone, but have never been forgot- ten by me. Back in those days it was okay for a “village to raise child” and “time outs” meant get ready, because you were getting a butt whipping. All the people in those pictures meant something to me during my childhood and they influenced my life in some way or another. The one picture that brought back the most memories was that of Mr. Jere Blalock. Jere Blalock was a painter and wallpaper hanger by trade and was one of the finest men I have had the pleasure to meet. Come to think of it, I have never heard a bad word mentioned about him. He was a man who loved the great outdoors. Every chance he had if work permitted, he would be fishing, or if it was in season he was hunting. Mr. Blalock was one of the most influential, if not the most influential, person in my life. I met Mr. Blalock in the sum- mer of 1982, during Dixie Youth Baseball. Needless to say, on that day, my life would change forev- er. My mother knew that I was go- ing down a path that a young man of 12 years of age should never entertain. One day she approached Mr. Blalock and asked, “Mr. Jere, would you take Shawn under your wing with your boys and show him how to hunt and fish?” “Yes, Miss Todd, I would be glad to” he replied. Mother also told him, “If he doesn’t do what you say, whip him like he is one of your own.” It goes without saying that I never received a whip- ping from him, but for his boys, now that was a differ- ent story. That fall I went on my first coon hunting trip and as I mentioned in my past articles I was immediately hooked. Bless his heart; Mr. Jere had the patience of a saint, putting up with all the questions of a young 12 year-old. I did not know anything. All the queries such as is the dog treed, when can you tell they are on a coon, and what is this and what is that, went on and on. We would go Memory of a MemoryBy Shawn Todd H Mr. Jere Blalock continued on next page
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  23. 23. JULY - AUGUST 2014 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 4544 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | JULY - AUGUST 2014 few smaller fish to eat, but releas- es the trophy-sized ones to one day bite again. Of course, the re- lease is done after a quick weigh- ing ceremony and a photo or two for bragging rights. Facebook mo- ments, no doubt! And the baits of choice? Like a master chef, catfisherman have been known to guard their favor- ite catfishing recipes with the ut- most secrecy. It just comes with the territory for this fraternity of fishermen. The rule of thumb is don’t ask and don’t tell. Very few catfish anglers will argue against the popularity of nightcrawlers, as the bait has withstood the test of time. The choice is probably number one among the ranks of both boaters and bank fishermen hoping to entice strikes. Some smelly concoc- tions, from both com- mercial bait manufac- turers and homemade recipes, always have a time and place too. A few anglers dip a small sponge in various blood baits or stinky soups, as the sponge serves as the carrying agent that awakens the taste buds of hungry catfish. Long known to possess a sen- sitive olfactory system that helps them find their forage, catfish will respond to a variety of baits at times, but veteran fishermen have their favorites as do the fish they chase. It seems the summer menu can also include such natural favor- ites as catalpa worms, the yellow and black wigglers that eat on the big green leaves of the catalpa tree once summer rolls around. Yet others have found the likes of leeches, chicken or turkey livers, beef heart, shrimp, cut shad, or big shiner and goldfish minnows to be their baits of choice. While working the main chan- nel areas is the most popular sum- mer pattern, there are times when bank fishermen find plenty of ac- tion to keep them entertained and a few jug fishermen are still at it each summer, with their buffet of baits drifting in the wind and cov- ering a wide area on various floa- tation devices. Seems there’s always a few cat- fish roaming the banks, especially if you can find some deep water routes close by. Tossing out a few bottom resting baits on a rod and reel and sitting back beneath the shade trees is a good way to spend summer days too. If you plan to keep a few catfish for the table, then you’ll immedi- ately want to put your fish on ice during the summer months. Sur- face temperatures are too high to keep fish alive, in either live-wells or fish baskets this time of year, so preserve the flavor and texture by tossing them on ice. It’s true that most anglers like to catch big fish and Kentucky Lake’s summer bite is well worth the time and effort. The smaller ones make it to the skillet; the big ones make it on Facebook! By the way, TVA’s website can help you predict both lake levels and discharge rates. Log on to for information that might help you plan your trip. Here’s hoping you wrestle with a river monster this summer and earn bragging rights. Otherwise, it’s another story about the big one that got away. It’s not all boys! Channel catfish like this bring a smile to girls too! - Photo by Steve McCadams. Begins on Labor Day - Monday, Sept. 1st and runs through - Saturday, Sept. 6th VOTED“CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS” AS THE BEST COUNTY FAIR IN THE STATE! MIDWAY CARNIVAL, BEAUTY REVIEWS, DARRYL WORLEY IN CONCERT, EXHIBITS & VENDOR BOOTHS, LIVESTOCK JUDGING, DEMOLITION DERBY, CASH DRAWING,“TENNESSEE IDOL”KAROAKE CHAMPIONSHIP, “WORLD FAMOUS”SORGHUM VALLEY, GREAT FOOD, KID’S DAY, FASHION REVIEW, ... AND MUCH, MUCH MORE! 2014 Living a long, fulfilling life means you need to address your long-term financial health, too.That’s where Woodmen of the World can help.We evaluate your needs and recommend life insurance and annuity solutions to help protect you and your family in the years ahead. With more than 100 years of experience, we know about financial longevity. CD0032WOW 11/08 Roger D.Anderson, FICF State Manager 50 Stonebridge Blvd. Jackson,TN 38305 731-664-6524 Roger D. Anderson, FICF 68 Lynn Oak Cove Jackson, TN. - 38305 731-664-6524 Kyle East Field Representative Dyersburg, TN - 38024 731-882-2012 731-693-0182 1321 ST JOHN AVE. DYERSBURG, TN - 38024 731-882-2202 You Dream It...We Can Make It! We make signs of all sizes, t-shirts, stickers, banners, license plates, memory decals, logo design, and also personalize acrylic cups for: CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS SCHOOLS & REUNIONS CAMO WRAPS FOR TRUCKS & ATV’S FARMS BUSINESSES No Job Is Too Big Or Too Small!
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  27. 27. JULY - AUGUST 2014 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 5352 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | JULY - AUGUST 2014 The smile says it all on the face of 14 year-old Hunter Jolly, who caught this 8 ½ lb. pound, largemouth bass at Gibson County Lake, in Tennessee. - Photo submitted by proud dad, Mike Jolly. Joe Cowell of Dyersburg, Tennessee caught these two, 15” crappie on May 31st while fishing at Fyrne Lake with Jeff Caldwell. Together, they caught 23 crappie, with the largest weighing in at 2 pounds. - Photo courtesy of Fyrne Lake. JULY - AUGUST 2014 | SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS 5352 SOUTHERN TRADITIONS OUTDOORS | JULY - AUGUST 2014 Tommy Hughes caught this nice stringer of 90 crappie in a secret honeyhole on May 16th. - Photo submitted by Tommy Hughes. Samantha Autry {age 11} of Carroll County, shot this longbeard on March 22nd, 2014 in Bruceton, Tennessee. It weighed in at 23lbs. had a 10” beard and 1” spurs. - Photo courtesy of Lankford Taxidermy. Russell Holladay shot this wide- racked, 9-point buck on Jan. 4th, 2014 near Huntingdon, Tennessee. - Photo courtesy of Lankford Taxidermy. Ricky Perry and his gal pal, Karen Beasley are pictured here with a few of the twenty-plus bass they caught this past June from a farm pond in Dyer County, Tennessee. - Photo by Tammy Riggs. Mason Mullins caught this nice crappie while fishing at Fyrne Lake with his father, Gene Mullins, on April 12th. - Photo courtesy of Fyrne Lake. Dwight Reed harvested this awesome, non-typical, 14-point buck in Carroll County, Tennessee. - Photo courtesy of Lankford Taxidermy. Jeff Caldwell of Dyersburg, Tennessee is holding two of the 18 crappie (along with 4 bass) he caught with Les Dieth at Fyrne Lake on Saturday, May 10th. - Photo courtesy of Fyrne Lake. Robert Parker caught this 35 lb. orange grouper at Orange Beach, Florida, while on vacation. - Photo submitted by Robert Parker.
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