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A Pristine and Abundant Environment

By The Virginia Sportsman

Chances are if it’s got gills, you can catch it in and around the Ford Plantation, 18 miles south of Savannah. “We’ve got it all—it just depends on what you want to catch and what time of year,” says Mike Womble, director of outdoor pursuits at the 1,800-acre private club. “We’ve got anything from blue…

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Working Man’s Country: Tyler Childers Stays True to His Roots

By Jedd Ferris
Tyler Childers released his latest record, Country Squire, in August 2019.

At last year’s Americana Music Awards in Nashville, Tyler Childers made it clear what type of music he’s aiming to play. During his acceptance speech for winning Emerging Artist of the Year, Childers said, “As a man who identifies as a country music singer, I feel Americana ain’t no part of nothin’.” Perhaps Childers is…

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OUTFITTED: Field-Tested Gear and Apparel for Sport and Style

By Jedd Ferris

As the leaves turn and the temperatures dip, get outfitted for autumn adventures with our editor-approved selection of seasonal essentials. Forsake Wilson The Wilson transitions easily from trail to town; a heritage hiker updated with a modern touch to fit right in during urban walkabouts. The boot’s premium full-grain leather sets the tone for the…

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LITTLE BROTHER OF WAR

By Eric Kallen

LACROSSE: NORTH AMERICA’S ORIGINAL TEAM SPORT YOU COULD HEAR THE INJURED SCREAM. Mobs of warriors fought to advance a ball—a leather object stu ed with hair—on elds with loosely de ned, unmarked boundaries. The men wielded crooked sticks resembling war clubs in a constant state of chaos. They attacked one another; wood clashed and bashed…

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Back to Basics

By Jedd Ferris

SOUTHERN ROCKERS BLACKBERRY SMOKE PLOT ACOUSTIC TOUR Blackberry Smoke has spent nearly two decades building a loyal following with a dynamic sound that mixes the anthemic power of Lynyrd Skynyrd with the bluesy experimentation of the Allman Brothers Band, while also incorporating a bevy of roots-based influences in between. Emerging from Atlanta in the early 2000s,…

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Sinjin’s Crossing

By Tim Waldron

A Short Story by Tim Waldron Sinjin Morann sat on the New Jersey bank of the Delaware River late into the evening and periodically pulled whiskey from his flask. Hundreds of drib- bling creeks in the Catskills and upstate New York came together in northwest New Jersey to form the moody piedmont that Sinjin loved…

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Bob Brophy, Decoy Artist

By David and Mary Gayle Sartwell

The geese came in over the tree line, heads moving back and forth, looking for a place to land in the recently cut corn field. They were unusually quiet. No honking or calling, just floating down through the blue late-October sky toward their morning breakfast spot. The 200 or so wings slicing the air made…

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Christchurch School

By Joe Shields

William Styron is a distinctive voice of the South and successor to William Faulkner. His journey as a Pulitzer Prize-winning author began at Christchurch School, along the banks of the Rappahannock River, a few miles above the Chesapeake Bay. He graduated from there in 1942. In This Quiet Dust: And Other Writings, Styron recalled: “Christchurch…

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Turkey Time in East Tennessee

By Bruce Ingram

Cherokee National Forest and two major wildlife management areas, the Chuck Swan and the Catoosa,” he said. “The 656,000 acres of Cherokee are so huge that they dominate the public-land hunting around here. It’s just a tremendous resource for local and visiting hunters.” On my second visit to East Tennessee, I shot my first Cherokee…

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James River Muskie

By Joe Shields

Our guide was prepared. Matt Miles had a pair of 11-weight fly rods rigged with sinking line stored in the drift boat’s gunnels. He had extra 10-weights onboard and self-tied, out- landishly large, multicolored flies to attract monsters that should not exist in Virginia’s fresh waters. Chris Young and I thought we were prepared, too–for…

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Take a Walk on ‘The Wilds’ Side

By Karen Kirsch

Story by Karen Kirsch Photos by Graham S. Jones For anyone whose bucket list might include a photo safari to some exot- ic place, but time, expense or travel have kept it from coming to fruition, a trip to The Wilds could be the next best thing. For the cost of a tank of gas…

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Danube Riverboat Cruise

By Richard Warren

Sometimes, hidden gems are right out in plain sight, like a simple bench high on a hill overlooking the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers in Belgrade. Neda, our young guide, explained, “We call that the Kissing Bench. It’s said if you kiss someone there, you’ll be with them forever.” Local legends pointed out…

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Sporting Clays Prodigy: Anthony I. Matarese Jr.

By Joe Shields

Northbound Interstate 295 crosses high above the Delaware River and drops into Pennsville, New Jersey, home of M&M Hunting Preserve and shotgun and sporting clays prodigy Anthony I. Matarese Jr. Born in 1984, Matarese started shooting sporting clays at age six, the same year he shot his first deer on his family’s property. Three generations…

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The Rise of the Vizsla ‘Velcro Dogs’ in the Southeast

By Joe Shields

I have owned several dogs: a Dalmatian that bit friends, a Great Dane that ate a couch and a Shih Tzu that barked at the sky. Today I own a fat Dachshund that is not house broken and an English  Springer  spaniel  with a misspelled name. (Called “Gauge” to reflect his gun-dog heritage, the name…

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A Fishing Safari in the Land of Fire and Ice

By Eric Kallen

My friend Chad Pike invited me to go fly fishing with him in Iceland. At first I wondered, why Iceland? But truthfully I would go fishing with Pike anywhere. He is a world-class sportsman who fishes and hunts around the globe. He is also the founder and owner of The Eleven Experience, an experiential travel…

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Mount Fair: A Mark Findlay Project

By Hay Hardy

Mount Fair is a well-preserved antebellum property located in the valley of Brown’s Cove in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Albemarle County, Virginia. The Brown family constructed the main residence in 1848 and it is on the National Register of Historic Places. Over the years, Mount Fair has retained its rural setting…

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