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Garden & Gun’s 50 Best Photos of 2017

A look back at fifty of our favorite photos from this past year
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Author Clyde Edgerton settles into the front cockpit before takeoff in North Carolina.

 

>”Born to Fly,” October/November 2017

photo: Thomas Hoeffgen

Great egrets and cormorants fly above the Paul J. Rainey Wildlife Santuary’s Mcllhenny Canal.

 

>”Winged Victory,” February/March 2017

photo: Rush Jagoe

Making a splash at Julep in Houston, Texas.

>”Good Libations,” February/March 2017

photo: Dylan + Jeni

Julep’s Bottled in Bond cocktail comes ready for sharing.

 

>”Good Libations,” February/March 2017

photo: Dylan + Jeni

A classic Old Pal on the bar at Little Jack’s Tavern in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

>”How to Make an Old Pal,” from the February/March 2017 cover

photo: Squire Fox

A sunfish in hand in southwestern Arkansas.

 

>”Filled to the Bream,” February/March 2017

photo: PETER FRANK EDWARDS

The only thing better than chef Duane Nutter’s classic cornmeal catfish is the whiskey-spiked sauce he pairs with it.

 

>”Anatomy of a Classic: Frequent Fryer,” April/May 2017

photo: JOHNNY AUTRY

Allan Benton and Jaime Oriol walk the grounds at Cobacha, Oriol’s family ranch in Spain’s Extremadura region.

 

>”On the Ibérico Trail,” April/May 2017

photo: PETER FRANK EDWARDS

Row upon row of Ibérico hams hang in a Spanish curing room.

 

>”On the Ibérico Trail,” April/May 2017

photo: PETER FRANK EDWARDS

Ham to go at Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid.

 

>”On the Ibérico Trail,” April/May 2017

photo: PETER FRANK EDWARDS

Blues phenomenon Christone “Kingfish” Ingram electrifying Red’s, one of the last of the Mississippi Delta’s juke joints.

 

>”Celebrate the South: The Ultimate Southern Bucket List,” April/May 2017

photo: William Hereford

Docked shrimp boats in the Thunderbolt neighborhood in Savannah, Georgia.

 

>”City Portrait: Savannah,” April/May 2017

photo: Amy Dickerson

G&G cover favorites Rimi, Deke, and BB.

 

>”G&G‘s Dog Stars,” April/May 2017

photo: Andrew Kornylak

The author’s 12-gauge Ithaca Flues, circa 1912.

 

>”Make Mine a Double,” April/May 2017

photo: DAN WINTERS

G&G’s ten-year anniversary punch.

 

>”Here’s to Ten: G&G Punch,” April/May 2017

photo: JOHNNY AUTRY

NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and his wife, Chandra, enjoying downtime at their Charlotte home.

 

>”The Slow Lane,” April/May 2017

photo: Brie Williams

Skillet cornbread with butter and honey, inspired by G&G‘s ten-year anniversary.

 

>”Celebrate the South: The Ultimate Southern Bucket List,” April/May 2017

photo: JOHNNY AUTRY

Alison Krauss, photographed at Riverwood Mansion in Nashville.

 

>”First Fiddle: Alison Krauss,” April/May 2017

photo: David McClister

photo: JOHNNY AUTRY

A spot on the sand in Alys Beach, Florida.

 

>”Why We Love the Gulf,” June/July 2017

 

photo: Amy Dickerson

Neil Carter, Jr., on Silver, works his dog Sinkola Job during the Georgia-Florida Shooting Dog Handlers Club’s annual field trial.

 

>”Finest Afield,” June/July 2017

photo: PETER FRANK EDWARDS

A gallery of friends and family follows the handlers and dogs through the pines outside Thomasville, Georgia.

 

>”Finest Afield,” June/July 2017

photo: PETER FRANK EDWARDS

Rings found in the rubble of Faye McKinney’s home after the Gatlinburg fire.

 

>”Fire on the Mountain,” June/July 2017

photo: Bill Phelps

A blackened stove in the hard-hit neighborhood of Chalet Village in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

 

>”Fire on the Mountain,” June/July 2017

photo: BILL PHELPS

A tattoo on Michael Reed’s arm bears the names of his wife and daughters.

 

>”Fire on the Mountain,” June/July 2017

photo: BILL PHELPS

Natural rock formations frame the south-facing façade of a home on the Llano River in the Texas Hill Country.

 

>”The Glass House,” June/July 2017

photo: Wynn Myers

Jason Isbell, photographed at the shop Serenite Maison in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee.

 

>”Jason Isbell: Music City Maverick,” June/July 2017

photo: Nigel Parry

Fishing the Traful River in Argentina.

 

>”Argentine Dream,” August/September 2017

photo: Eric Kiel

Patagonia River Ranch’s head gaucho, Damian Cruces.

 

>”Argentine Dream,” August/September 2017

photo: Eric Kiel

photo: PETER FRANK EDWARDS

A day on the houseboat on Louisiana’s  Atchafalaya Basin.

 

>”The Supper Camp,” August/September 2017

photo: Cedric Angeles

Dinner by Melissa Martin of Mosquito Supper Club.

 

>”The Supper Camp,” August/September 2017

photo: Cedric Angeles

Chef Marcus Samuelsson and the authors Matt Lee and Ted Lee hit the town in Memphis.

 

>”Marcus Samuelsson’s Memphis Joy Ride,” August/September 2017

photo: Squire Fox

A clamshell of Gus’s fried chicken for the road.

 

>”Marcus Samuelsson’s Memphis Joy Ride,” August/September 2017

photo: SQUIRE FOX

Marcus Samuelsson and Nate Barnes of Earnestine & Hazel’s share a laugh.

 

>”Marcus Samuelsson’s Memphis Joy Ride,” August/September 2017

photo: SQUIRE FOX

photo: SQUIRE FOX

Sisters Shelby Lynne (left) and Alison Moorer, photographed at the High Line Hotel in New York City.

 

>”In Tune,” August/September 2017

photo: Andrew Eccles

Biscuits with shaved ham and pepper jelly.

 

>”California Comfort,” October/November 2017

photo: Eva Kolenko

Casting on Mosquito Lagoon, in Florida, with the legendary outdoorsman Flip Pallot.

 

>”The Wild Zen of Flip Pallot,” October/November 2017

photo: William Hereford

Pit master Rodney Scott testing his ribs at Rodney Scott’s BBQ in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

>”The South’s Best Food Towns,” October/November 2017

photo: Margaret Houston

Carolina dogs from Asheville’s Foothills Food Truck.

 

>”The South’s Best Food Towns,” October/November 2017

photo: JOHNNY AUTRY

The gulf shrimp po’boy at Killer Poboys in New Orleans.

 

>”The South’s Best Food Towns,” October/November 2017

photo: PETER FRANK EDWARDS

Musician Margo Price, photographed in Nashville.

 

>”Margo Price: Diamond in the Rough,” October/November 2017

photo: David McClister

Jennifer Magnusson and gamekeeper Mattias Jonsson demonstrate proper driven-shooting form at Blixt & Co, near Driggs, Idaho.

 

>”Field of Dreams,” December 2017/January 2018

photo: Andy Anderson

Walking out to the pegs before one of the day’s drives.

 

>”Field of Dreams,” December 2017/January 2018

photo: ANDY ANDERSON

Wading to the decoys during a day of body booting on the Chesapeake’s Susquehanna Flats.

 

>”Carving a Legacy,” December 2017/January 2018

photo: PETER FRANK EDWARDS

Rodney, a springer spaniel pup, at Tibea Gundogs in Lancaster, South Carolina.

 

>Cover, December 2017/January 2018

photo: Andrew Kornylak

Golfer Ben Crenshaw (left) and Luke Wilson on the putting green at Lions Municipal Golf Course in Austin, Texas.

 

>”Saving Muny,” December 2017/January 2018

photo: Brent Humphreys

photo: Rush Jagoe