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OUTDOORS — Hunting lands still worth investing in

by Published: September 6,2013

Tags: Business, hunting, Mississippi, outdoors, real estate

W hat is it they say about land? “Better get you some, because they are not going to make any more of it.” Landfills not withstanding. When I talk to hunters of all ages, regardless of the game species they like to pursue, everybody dreams about owning their own place one day. As it turns […] [...]

WOODS: AIMS Program right on target

by Published: August 2,2013

Tags: AIMS, fitness, John Woods, outdoors

The zing of arrows flying downrange across statewide school districts is evidence an archery program sponsored by the MDWFP is a huge success. Started in 2005 with only 10 schools signed up, today the AIMS, or Archery in Mississippi Schools, now has about 384 schools in the state participating in the program according to AIMS […] [...]

WOODS: Summer wildlife extravaganzas are on the horizon

by Published: July 5,2013

Tags: John Woods, outdoors, wildlife

Ok, the temps outside in the shade pushed above the 95 mark already. The weatherman suggested we soon would be having triple digit daytime temperatures. My main AC unit at the house threw in the towel last Monday and this is being written in June. So, what the heck is there to look forward to? […] [...]

WOODS: Mississippi outdoors dollars

What with the volatility of the American economic landscape amid assaults on Second Amendment rights, hunting, shooting and gun ownership, it makes one wonder if states are looking at the economic impacts of outdoors dollars to their state revenues? As some states sign into law more restrictions on private liberties and businesses alike, many outdoors […] [...]

WOODS: Time to put gloves on for handgrabbing

by Published: May 17,2013

Tags: fishing, handgrabbing, John Woods, noodling

If you like to get bitten by the mouth that feeds you, it may be time to take up the sport of catfish handgrabbing. The season officially opened on May 1st and runs through the 15th of July. That is more than enough time to get up the nerve to stick your hand into the […] [...]

WOODS: MSU’s waterfowl research revealing

Waterfowl research being conducted by Mississippi State University professors and graduate students could have important impacts on habitat conservation and duck hunting in the Delta region of Mississippi. Specifically one recent piece of work being conducted and continues deals with a study of mallard duck survival in relation to habitat use. Ultimately a better understanding […] [...]

WOODS: Outdoors retailers start small, then expand

by Published: April 5,2013

Tags: hunting, John Woods, Mississippi, outdoors, retail

It is often quoted that small businesses in America are the lifeblood of new business starts and expansions. How many such Mississippi businesses can we think of that virtually started in a garage before they became highly recognized national companies in their own right? Peavey Electronics, Primos and Mossy Oak come immediately to mind. There […] [...]

WOODS: On becoming Yeti-fied

The secret for making big money in Corporate America is to infuse your brand name into everyday life. That brand has to be part of the discussion at the kitchen dinner table, in the break room at work, church parking lots after service, and the logo has to be visible everywhere you turn. Consumers are […] [...]

Iconic outdoors retailer closes after slow decline, poor customer service

by Published: February 8,2013

Tags: Clinton, hunting, outdoors, shooting, Surplus City

A few months ago, I left the doctor’s office after an annual physical and thought I would reward myself with a visit to one of my long-time favorite outdoor supply hangouts in Clinton. Ask if I was shocked when I rolled into the parking lot to see a huge sign on the side of both […] [...]

The growing business of carrying concealed weapons

A new cottage industry is expanding in Mississippi. Believe it or not certified trainers and training courses for this new phenomenon are popping up all over the Metro area and indeed statewide. It’s not sales training, or a pyramid marketing scheme for a new seaweed energy drink or life insurance sales. Well, come to think […] [...]

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