Turkey Hunting: Puppet Shows And Flamingos

There’s a tree in Tennessee called Red Bud. It is purple. There is a liquid that looks like water kept in mason jars. A sip of it will set every inch of your body on fire. Also, on some properties where the owner has a certain bent of mind, there are pink plastic flamingos sprinkled throughout the woods. Nothing is as it seems in Tennessee. I should have known my turkey hunt would be the same.

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Trophy Brown Trout In Tennessee

Eastern Tennessee is blessed with fantastic trout fishing. For fishing east of the Mississippi, many even consider these waters at the top of the list for the chance at hooking a wallhanger. Although there is some debate among regular fishers as to the best individual stream or river, one thing is for sure, you can’t lose if your destination includes the South Fork Holston or the Doe River.

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Ask Dr. Dave About Whitetails: Spike Bucks

Andy G. from Tennessee writes to ask about spike bucks. “I’ve seen literature saying that spikes are genetically inferior and will always have poor antlers. Then I’ve seen other literature that says that if you feed a spike a high protein diet, he will grow big antlers? Which is it?”

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Tempting Trout In Tennessee Tailwaters

In the crystalline water, fish suspended over huge ancient boulders, some marred by modern man’s inhumanity to nature. Above, water sparkled with an emerald sheen on this chilly fall morning as leaves competed in a kaleidoscopic rainbow of color. The Watauga River in Eastern Tennessee is a good trout river with large fish populations.

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Townsend, Tenn.: Smoky Mountain Serenity

The Smokies are incredibly beautiful, sharp, angular, and steep — a word that does not do justice to those precipitous pieces of nature. Townsend, Tenn.’s, distinction is its easy access to the natural environment and outdoor activities such as hiking and biking, or simply basking in the natural beauty. It is a destination of choice for those looking for a close-to-nature vacation.

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Floating Through The Land Of The Giants

The moving water that kept our McKenzie-style float boat scurrying along the surface reminded me of a theme park water ride. The excitement of this water ride, however, wasn’t in the ride itself or in its scenic overhangs and unspoiled surroundings, but rather in the possibility of catching the huge rainbow and brown trout that make these Tennessee waters their home.

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Beauty Abounds In Tennessee’s Secluded Cades Cove

Inside the Great Smoky Mountain National Forest in Tennessee is Cade’s Cove. It has an 11-mile one-way loop that goes through one of the most beautiful areas in the country. In fact, there are few other places within the entire national park system where wildlife and history can be enjoyed in such a pristine setting.

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Catching Spawning Catfish

Captain Edd Risner, a fishing guide from Paris Landing, Tenn., has been fishing Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Tennessee for around 20 years. Every catfish enthusiast worth his or her weight in dough bait will want to get in on the action!

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