The Sporting South

Where to Shoot Helice

By CJ LotzThe Sporting SouthOctober 30, 2014

The Southern sporting world’s new-kid-on-the-block is a shotgun sport with European roots called helice. Also known as ZZ, winged helice targets spin and dip erratically like live birds when propelled out of a launcher.

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Casting Against Cancer

By Elizabeth HutchisonThe Sporting SouthOctober 16, 2014

What do fly-fishing and breast cancer have to do with one another? For Dr. Benita Walton, a breast reconstructive surgeon and avid angler, the rhythmic overhand motion of casting seemed similar to the exercises she was prescribing patients after surgery and radiation. As she pondered the connection, she realized that, combined with the meditative nature of the sport, a weekend spent on the water alongside other women experiencing similar physical and emotional challenges related to breast cancer might offer better medicine than any script she could write.

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Masters Week: 10 Things to Do in Augusta

By Elizabeth HutchisonThe Sporting SouthApril 8, 2014

Every year, come early April, the golf world’s elite descend on Augusta, Georgia. The population nearly doubles. The airstrip at Daniel Field is choked with private jets. More pimento cheese sandwiches are consumed at Augusta National during the Masters than on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July combined—or so it seems. And thousands of instagramable moments go undocumented (lest you make the unforgivable mistake of bringing your cell phone onto the venerable course). But whether you’ve managed to score Masters tickets or not, there’s plenty of entertainment to be found in the tournament’s host city. In a town this size, you don’t need a perch at Amen Corner to see your favorite pro up close; you’re just as likely to run into him at dinner or the local dive.

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Coming Together in the Name of Bonefish and Tarpon

By Monte BurkeThe Sporting SouthMarch 13, 2014

On a rain-swept evening in Manhattan, at one of those Upper East Side private clubs that prefers to remain unnamed, a host of fly-fishing luminaries came together to celebrate one of their own and help raise much-needed funds for the conservation of bonefish, tarpon, and permit, the three most important fish (both economically and as beguiling targets for recreational anglers) that haunt saltwater flats from Florida to the Bahamas to the far-flung Seychelles Islands.

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On the Trail of Ruffed Grouse in North Carolina

By David DiBenedettoThe Sporting SouthFebruary 28, 2014

I have never hunted elk in the mountains of the West though I’m aware of the divine form of physical torture that it can produce. But after two days of huffing and puffing around the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in pursuit of ruffed grouse, I think I’ve found the wing shooting equivalent. And it was damn fun.

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The Southern Olympics

By Jed PortmanThe Sporting SouthFebruary 20, 2014

With Russia hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics, the world’s eyes are far from Dixie. But we’ve come up with a series of Olympic-level challenges for those of us who are not so accustomed to ice and snow. Grab some friends and put your Southern skills to the test.

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Meet our Cover Dog: Rimi

By Elizabeth HutchisonThe Sporting SouthDecember 11, 2013

If we didn’t already know that our readers are dog people, the sheer volume of inquiries that pour in anytime we put one on the cover would certainly clue us in. And the most recent December/January cover featuring Rimi, a golden retriever, in the back of a 1972 Land Rover Series III near Ridgeland, South Carolina, is no exception.

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On the Fly in Nashville

By Monte BurkeThe Sporting SouthJuly 2, 2013

Visitors entering Jones Fly Co., a new shop near the Five Points area of Nashville, may feel like they’ve stepped back in time.

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Profile: Jerry Fisk Made in the South Award Winner

By Jessica MischnerThe Sporting SouthJune 24, 2013

Three years after winning one of our 2010 Made in the South Awards in the sporting category, bladesmith Jerry Fisk is busier than ever—and that's saying a lot, considering that the pride of Nashville, Arkansas, had built a devoted following, given the queen of England's official armorer a couple of pointers, and been designated a National Living Treasure by the time he ever appeared on our pages. But the thing about Fisk is, he's been doing impossible things at an impossible pace for such an impossibly long time that he just doesn't realize they can't be done. Which is why, in any given year, he's able to churn out 18-27 individual orders, plus one for charity ("You gotta give back."); promote innovation in bladesmithing around the country through internationally competitive juried competitions; host an annual collectors-only shindig on his property each October, complete with high-energy events like alligator-catching demonstrations (except for the time one got loose); and spearhead the resurrection of Brazil's national knife by teaching native artisans how to smith during annual trips to Sao Paulo. 

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Jesse Freidin Exhibit: Good Shootin’

By Blake WelchThe Sporting SouthJune 11, 2013

When Jesse Freidin started his newest project, Contemporary Hunters and their Gun Dogs, he admittedly knew very little about hunting. But then, that’s how things tend to go for the fine art photographer from San Francisco who was scared of dogs before a post-college job landed him at a dog day care.

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