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The Sporting Life

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Meet the Georgia Trainer at the Pinnacle of Dog Handling

Record-setting Luke Eisenhart is at the top of his game

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Chipping Away at the Old Blocks

Whether you find one or carve it yourself, every wooden decoy holds a little magic

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Fish Hawks in Paradise

Set two top-notch anglers loose in the untouched waters off Andros Island and you have a master class in angling—and pure joy

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Squirrel Day in Ville Platte

The seat of Louisiana’s Evangeline Parish all but shuts down for the opening of squirrel season, a celebration of Cajun culture and community

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Inside a Rare-Gun Auction

History and craftsmanship take center stage at one of the country’s most anticipated antique and collectible firearms sales

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For the Love of Quail

When the Rollins family isn’t overseeing a vast business empire and philanthropic foundations, you’ll find them among the Old Florida live oaks and cabbage palms of Blue Cypress Ranch, where the bobwhite is king—and a kennel of American-bred British Labrador retrievers is turning heads in the dog world

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A Turkey Hunter’s Paradise

One family opens its doors to
share a slice of Old Florida

The Sporting Life

The Other Montana

While they may not get the attention of the storied waters out West, two East Tennessee rivers—the South Holston and the Watauga—hold the kind of brown and rainbow trout that usually only swim through anglers’ dreams. Welcome to the Tennessee Tailwaters

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Are Paper Shotgun Shells Ripe for a Revival?

Why some shooters are ready for a blast from the past

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A Weekend at Turkey Camp

Each spring, Birmingham chef Chris Hastings invites a handful of friends and their children to his camp in Alabama for a week of hunting, camaraderie, good food… and a few life lessons

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The Amazonian Sporting Trip of a Lifetime

Deep in the jungle of the Amazon Basin lies a surprisingly well-appointed lodge, where the only thing that tops the amenities just might be the fishing

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Tour the Ultimate Shotgun Collection

A trove of classic doubles brings America’s golden age of shotguns to life

Best of the Sporting South

The South’s Next Great Wildlife Artist

From his home base in the North Carolina mountains, Ryan Kirby is bringing an unbridled passion for the outdoors to the canvas—and giving the sporting art world a jolt of youthful energy

Land & Conservation

Currituck Defenders

Long a duck-hunting mecca, North Carolina’s Pine Island stands as one of the few remnants of the untamed Outer Banks. Today, thanks to the National Audubon Society, it’s also a living laboratory for how to protect the coastal South’s uncertain future

Made in the South Awards: Outdoors

Winner: Hollifield Bamboo Fly Rods

Runners-Up: a fire pit from Deus Modern, landing nets by HeartWood Trade, and axes from Richardson Axeworks

Hurricane Michael

What Hurricane Michael Did to Quail Country

After slamming into the Gulf Coast, Michael set its sights on some of the South’s most cherished pine forests

ADVENTURES

Falconry in Georgia: A Hunt Like No Other

The sport of kings still reigns at Sea Island Resort

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Gulf Showdown: Shark vs. Grouper

On a South Florida fishing excursion, one hungry, hungry grouper bit off more than he could chew

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Call of the Quail

Few things top a great day in the field with good friends, fine bird dogs, and plenty of quail. A photographer captures the beauty and joy of a Southern tradition

Guns

Shotgun Marriage: Beretta’s New Over-Under

Old-world gunsmithing meets modern-day technology in the Italian company’s new SL3 over-under