Gerald Almy: More tips to score a buck
March 2nd, 2015
Last week we began looking at the technique for scoring a buck using the Boone & Crockett system. This is the most widely used method for describing the measurements of a deer’s rack. When someone says they harvested a “130-inch buck,” this is typically the scoring system they are referring to.
Craig Murto: Plenty of drama at Daytona
February 25th, 2015
NASCAR’s Daytona 500 weekend was eventful, on and off the racetrack.
The off-track drama almost eclipsed coverage of the racing
Gerald Almy: How to score a deer’s antlers
February 23rd, 2015
If you ever bagged a deer that had better-than-average antlers, you may have wondered what it would score. Or maybe
Craig Murto: Daytona qualifying sparks debate
February 18th, 2015
Tonight’s twin 150-mile qualifying races, known as the Budweiser Duels, will determine the starting grid for Sunday’s running of the 2015 Daytona 500.
Gerald Almy: Get set for spring food plots
February 16th, 2015
Yes, it may seem early to get started on food plots in the Shenandoah Valley. But there are several important steps you should take now to be totally ready to put them in the ground quickly as soon as the weather breaks in spring. Neglect these preparations now and you’ll be playing catch up from the start when the time comes to sow seed in the ground.
Craig Murto: NHRA season is off the line
February 11th, 2015
The quarter-mile strip of pavement in Pomona, Calif., on which the NHRA holds the annual Winternationals, is sacred ground.
Gerald Almy: Sports show stacked with vendors
February 9th, 2015
If you’re looking for activities to pass the time and make spring come more quickly, you’ll want to mark the weekend of February 20-22 on your calendar. Those are the dates for the 28th Western Virginia Sports Show at Augusta Expoland, just east of Staunton and a short drive down Interstate 81.
Craig Murto: NASCAR 2015 Hall class all winners
February 4th, 2015
The NASCAR Hall of Fame class of 2015 were all winners, and the induction ceremony was top-notch.
Gerald Almy: Newest hunting gear unveiled
February 2nd, 2015
Manufacturers unveil a wealth of new hunting gear each year around this time so it will arrive in stores well before the fall seasons open. Here’s a look at some new products sportsmen might be interested in either for a local outing in the Shenandoah Valley or long-distance trip to Canada, the West, or even Africa!
Craig Murto: Rolex 24 still all about time
January 28th, 2015
The 53rd annual Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway was all about time.
Peter Brookes: Quail country is worth the trip
January 28th, 2015
Nothing like starting a bobwhite quail hunt in the South with a “Yankee Double.”
Gerald Almy: Winter rabbit hunting tactics
January 26th, 2015
With deer seasons closed, many Shenandoah Valley hunters oil their guns and store them away for the year. But that’s a big mistake. There are several game animals you can still hunt, including grouse, squirrels and a species we’ll look at today, the cottontail rabbit. Rabbits remain open for hunting through February.
Craig Murto: Abreu wins Chili Bowl
January 21st, 2015
Rico Abreu may only be 4-foot-4 and 95 pounds, but he stands tall among open-wheel competitors after his win Saturday night in the 29th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals presented by General Tire.
Gerald Almy: Hunting winter squirrels
January 19th, 2015
January is one of the hardest months for the outdoorsman. Deer hunting seasons have ended. Spring gobbler season is months away. Bears have hibernated and sometimes an outdoors person may feel like joining them and sleeping until spring.
Craig Murto: NASCAR Hall of Trouble?
January 14th, 2015
The NASCAR Hall of Fame has financial troubles.
Gerald Almy: Ponds reliable hotspots for ducks
January 12th, 2015
If you’re still in the frame of mind for hunting, ducks remain open through Jan. 25. We wrote about rivers a while back, but another good place for Shenandoah Valley hunters to try is a small pond or pothole. Of course some of these may be frozen over, but if you can find ones without ice they can be magnets for traveling waterfowl this time of year.
Craig Murto: Stewart’s penalty too harsh
January 7th, 2015
Ken Roczen won the 450cc AMA Supercross season opener in Anaheim, Calif., but the biggest stories were who did not race.
Gerald Almy: Events taking outdoors indoors
January 5th, 2015
With hunting seasons winding down, there are still plenty of fun things for the outdoor sports people to do during winter. You can tie flies, order and repair gear, take a fishing class, or plan a trip out West for next fall.
Craig Murto: Tradeshow season, bucket lists
December 30th, 2014
The Performance Racing Industry tradeshow in Indianapolis each December is the largest racing trade show in the world. But racers and fans alike still have regional and local opportunities to explore the business of racing before the 2015 season kicks into high gear.
Gerald Almy: Techniques for care of gamebirds
December 29th, 2014
Last week we looked at some of the important factors in taking care of gamebirds bagged in the Shenandoah Valley or on trips to other areas to ensure that they provide the ultimate table fare. Avoiding deterioration by not piling the birds up in a game vest or leaving them exposed to the sun are some of the main factors to keep in mind. Trying for head and neck shots where possible during the hunt is also best.