The Sporting South

The Masters by the Numbers

By Elizabeth HutchisonThe Sporting SouthApril 9, 2015

If the neighborhoods surrounding G&G’s Charleston offices are any indication, the famous azaleas over at Augusta National should be peaking right as the Masters practice rounds come to a close and golf’s biggest names tee off for tournament play. But the florescent pink flowers (and those pro athletes) are only part of the allure. Like Wimbledon and the Kentucky Derby, the Masters is built on tradition, and that means lots of history and plenty of quirks. Below, we run down a bit of both, by the numbers…

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Advice From a Master Angler

By CJ LotzThe Sporting SouthApril 7, 2015

After more than seven decades, most of them spent with a rod in his hand, Charles Gaines has learned the most difficult fishing lesson of them all—to slow down and enjoy it. The Birmingham, Alabama-based author’s latest book, Waters Far and Near: Tales of Angling Misadventure Around the World, is available today. Here, he shares more wisdom—about bonefishing in Cuba, Florida’s Forgotten Coast, and life on and off the water.

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Guide to the Southeastern Wildlife Expo

By Elizabeth HutchisonThe Sporting SouthJanuary 30, 2015

Each February, we watch from our office windows in Charleston as the big white tents go up across the street in Marion Square. For three days (February 13-15), the annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is as close to an outdoorsman’s paradise as you’ll find this side of a duck blind. There are birds-of-prey demos, fly-casting classes, decoy carvers, duck call makers, wild game cooking lessons, art shows, guides, gear, book signings, lectures, fine gun shops, shopping, dining, and drinking. And dogs—lots and lots of good dogs. Working your way through that kind of lineup is a pretty daunting task, so we went ahead and did it for you.

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Field Report: New Shotguns at SHOT Show

By Irwin GreensteinThe Sporting SouthJanuary 29, 2015

The SHOT Show, held January 20-23 in Las Vegas, is like candyland for hunters and firearms aficionados, with 12½ miles of aisles hosting some 1,600 exhibitors for industry folks and a few lucky journalists, it’s the place to see and test new guns, including a number of new shotguns for field and clays. These were a few of my favorites:

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Women in the Field Weekend

By Elizabeth HutchisonThe Sporting SouthJanuary 9, 2015

When you start planning this year’s girls’ weekend, put Sea Island on the short list. But instead of holing up at the Cloister spa, book a bunk at the resort’s Broadfield Sporting Club & Lodge. Through the end of March, the historic hunt club—located on 5,800 acres of pristine Georgia coastline—will host a handful of Women vs. Wild weekends, upon request. The three-night adventures are open to experienced outdoorswomen and novices alike. The guest cabin and pool house can accommodate up to six in five-star comfort.

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One Man's Plea for Oysters Less Shriveled

By Doug CuttingThe Sporting SouthJanuary 8, 2015

I’ve clearly gotten saltier over time. With the carefree gypsy years behind me and the vast, child-rearing void in front, I’m a good bit more set in my ways. No need to impress a girlfriend or a bunch of college dudes by pretending to like things. No time for mean people or liars. And absolutely no patience for overcooked oysters.

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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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