Pro bass fisherman, Andy Morgan, shares what rural life looks like at home on his 70-acre farm outside of Dayton, Tennessee.
Andy Morgan: My wife, Missy, daughter, Keylee, and I live with our dog and chickens on a 70-acre farm on the outskirts of Dayton, Tennessee. This is where we both work and play when I’m not hosting a network hunting show or fishing professionally on the FLW—now MLF—Tour.
AM: Although we live on a rural Tennessee farm, we’re close enough to all the needed essentials, yet far enough out to enjoy rural living—and the wildlife and activities that go along with it.
AM: By intentionally positioning our home on the corner section of the farm just off the roadway, we’re able to utilize acreage directly behind it for backyard life (gathering for cookouts, archery shooting, and just hanging out with family and friends), and the property extending to our back property line is perfect to hunt and farm on.
AM: It gives us a peaceful, protected place to enjoy the outdoors from the comfort and convenience of our backyard.
AM: It would definitely be a lack of time. Due to my traveling and our busy home schedules when I am around, there always seem to be too many projects and not enough time to do them.
AM: Without question, preparation and planning ahead. If you let all the projects that come with living on a farm pile up, you’ll have a real mess on your hands.
AM: The backyard archery range we recently added. Although relatively simple to build, it’s helped create a ton of healthy competitions and ‘forever’ memories.
AM: That’s an easy one—grilling out and shooting bows with family and friends!
AM: Deer tenderloin and duck breast with a few side fixins is our favorite meal. The secret’s in the marinade, and making sure the meat’s not overcooked. We marinade for at least four hours in Italian dressing, Franks hot sauce, and then add some Allegro ‘Hot and Spicy,’ to taste.