Almost a Century of Hunting

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Bill Tanner of Jackson Mississippi began hunting when he was 8. It was just squirrels with his father's gun a .410 shotgun. With the money from selling squirrels he bought his own firearm, a single-shot Southern Arms 12 gauge shotgun with a 32-inch barrel. The price for Tanner then was $4.00.

When he was 21 or 22 he got his first turkey. He said there would be years that there wouldn't be any turkeys in the area, but that has changed. This year Tanner turned 96, and he was able to fill his turkey limit. He got his third turkey about a week after his birthday and well before the season ends on May 1st.

Tanner has been hunting longer than there was a state wildlife department or quotas. He is still very active and tough. His wife attributes it to his being from Smith County. From