June 24, 2016

Quickfire Outdoor Interview: Outdoors Down South

Name or Online Code Name: Jim McClellan
Blog URL: Outdoors Down South 

1) Outdoor Activity of choice?   I’m a generalist who likes to hunt and fish. I’ve even been known to do both at the same. (Shooting ducks and squirrels, while bream fishing.)

2) Outdoor Mornings. Up at 5 a.m.? 6…7…8…9…Or when the sun heats up the tent and you can’t take it anymore? 5 AM or earlier. I have more trouble getting to sleep than getting up for a hunting or fishing trip.

3) Snicker Bar or Granola Bar on the trail? Granola, but only grudgingly.

4) Your Birthday is coming. What outdoor (dream) present should we all chip in to buy you this year? You can take your choice: Either a Winchester Model 70 (.223 or .22-250) OR a 16-ft. all purpose jon boat with a 30 hp. Yamaha.

5) Seven days in the Alaskan Wilderness or Seven days on a Tropical Beach? My interests, combined with my body type, are far better suited to the Alaskan Wilderness than a tropical beach.

6) What kind of Outdoor Store would you own? There’s a store in Calhoun County, Florida, called the Scott’s Ferry General Store on the Chipola River that sells everything from beer to bait to bacon. That’s my kind of place.

7) Finish this sentence: When I was a little kid, I loved to go outside and... Rarely come back until forced.

8) Do you have an Outdoor related item that is priceless to you? What is it and why? My father gave me a Remington Model 742 Woodsmaster, (.243 semi-auto) for Christmas the year I turned 13. I’m 47 now and I’ve cussed that heavy, unwieldy piece of junk for years. However, I’ve only ever killed one deer with a weapon other than that one.

9)  Fill in the blank. When I head outdoors I need to have_________________with me? My truck carries all of my essential outdoor stuff. As long as I have it, I have most everything I need to hunt, fish, cook, eat and live.

10) What’s the story behind your blog name? I did some complex AB testing that involved asking my wife and a colleague which of two names they liked better. It was either going to be the Cypress Diaries or Outdoors Down South. By a margin of 2 to 0, they both said that Outdoors Down South made sense and that Cypress Diaries was stupid.

Courage Level Question:  It’s You and a Grizzly Bear face to face on the trail. Knowing yourself, will you 1) Hold your ground and see who blinks first 2) throw your gear at the Grizzly and run for your life 3) faint on the spot or 4) describe your plan…

I’ve actually written a blog post about this very situation. In the Sawtooth Mountains, I discovered that no matter what plan I might have had, my actual reaction would be fear-induced paralysis. The “bear” in question turned out to be a mule deer, but it was a good exercise in self-awareness.

Thank you Jim for playing along in the fire. 

Now is your chance to go visit Outdoors Down South


About Rebecca

When Rebecca isn't running the Outdoor Blogger Network, she is off Fly Fishing her favorite rivers. Occasionally she writes about those adventures at The Outdooress.


  1. 1

    Great to see Jim featured on Quickfire! One read on his blog and you know he’s a sportsman that would be a hoot to share a boat with…and if he’s serving up those hush puppies with that grouper…a helluva party host!!!!

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    I enjoy reading you Jim, even if I hardly ever leave comments. Cypress Diaries doesn’t sound that stupid to me. But then, you gotta live with your wife.

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    I just now realized there were comments on here, Ken. But thank you so much. I hate that my wife disagrees with me so often. I hate it worse because she’s usually right. Thanks for reading, Ken.

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