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Not every successful deer hunt takes place from a tree stand. Here’s how to level your playing field
Not every hunting situation or location lends itself to shooting deer from a high, distant perch. In fact, pursuing deer from the ground, on their level, can add an entirely new adrenaline rush to bowhunting. But there’s a right way and wrong way to find success from a blind. Here are a few things to keep in mind prior to your next zippered hunt.

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9 percent of hunters are women, which, according to my trusty calculator, translates to 1.25 million hunters who have guns that may or may not fit them properly. Some women get by quite nicely with about any shotgun, and my wife, Phyllis, is one of them. Well, almost, anyhow. She can handle the dimensions of most factory stocks, but like most women, her upper-body strength is not as great as a typical man’s, so some guns are too heavy.

Phyllis is strong enough to carry an overweight gun in the field and usually shoots it okay at the beginning of the day, but as the hours and miles take a toll on her stamina, she sometimes has a problem shouldering the gun quickly and swinging fast enough to catch up with a flushing bird. The ideal weight of a shotgun to be used for wing shooting will vary from hunter to hunter, but through trial and error, Phyllis has settled on a maximum of about six pounds. Her two favorite upland guns are an AyA side-by-side double and a Franchi 48Mm, both in 28 gauge and both weighing 5 1/2 pounds.

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So it’s cold, snowy, icy, the middle of winter. Even so, why not play a round of golf on your lunch break?
Yes, even this week.

Golfing diehards who just can’t wait until the summer, months don’t have to. LuckyGolfer Inc., a virtual gaming site based in Stamford, provides new virtual golf games that can actually be beneficial to golfers who want to improve their skills, said Rick Perrone, president and chief executive officer of LuckyGolfer.

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After reviewing and testing this year’s incredible selection of quality, lightweight, and surprisingly the best hunting boots, I can promise you that footwear manufacturers have really got their stuff together. Here are some models I have tried and would recommend.

It has been said that feet are the most misunderstood, neglected, and abused part of the human anatomy. Adventure writer Jack London once said, “It’s because they are so far from the heart.” Maybe so, but our feet still take us where our hearts want to go, and certainly all of us will go a lot farther in well-constructed, properly fitted boots.

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Besides yelling “fore,” an increasing number of golfers on incentive trips are chanting “anchors away” as cruise ships have begun incorporating an expanding variety of golf components in their itineraries.

Golf cruises are great values for incentive groups because there are fewer logistical, transportation, accommodation and dining issues,” says Bill Hogan, president of Wide World of Golf, a Carmel, Calif.-based company specializing in high-end golf excursions around the world. “On a cruise ship the accommodations are always consistent, the food is top quality, and there are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to play great courses in exotic locales.”

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When 35-year-old Danny Errico began playing golf, besides the best golf clubs for beginners, the Prada-wearing founder of Manhattan’s Equinox fitness centers looked to wear the kinds of clothes on the green he was accustomed to wearing on the street. His attitude is changing the course of golf apparel. Many years ago, few dared to use golf and fashion in the same sentence. With the sport’s fast-growing popularity and the rampant spread of Tiger Woods fever, Seventh Avenue has begun trampling the fairway.

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With more and more destinations vying for prominence in the golf market, how can you choose the right course for your client? Peter Ellegard suggests resorts and destinations to suit different golfing requirements
Golfers on a budget.

While golfers tend to have more disposable income than other holidaymakers, there are lots of options for those who need to keep spending on a tight rein.

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Golfers In Singapore are among the most fortunate In the world. Within the small and affluent Republic, there are no fewer than 25 courses.

Although membership rosters of the top clubs in the island-state read like a Who’s Who of Singapore, and the majority of the leading establishments are strictly reserved for members and their guests, Singapore’s burgeoning golfing population, estimated at more than 70,000, is still spoilt for choice.

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Peter Bige may know antiques, but he admits he didn’t know how to answer customers who visited his Issaquah antique store a few years ago and asked for golf clubs.

The question was so out-of-place, “I thought they were asking where the country club was,” the Hungarian-born antique dealer says.

Looking back on it, the co-owner of Ye Old St. Anthony’s Golf Shop across the street from Greenlake says he understood what his customers were saying, he just couldn’t figure out why anyone would want a golf-related item from an antique store.

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