Columns

Gerald Almy: Classic lures still produce

w/ Gerald Almy column

May 4, 2015

When most anglers choose fishing lures today, they look for the most technologically advanced, modern offerings they can find. But sometimes it pays to consider some of the time-tested, older lures still available in tackle shops when heading out for a day on the water. Here’s a look at two classic lures that still deserve a spot in your tackle box and the stories of how they were invented.

Gerald Almy: Bolder tactics pay off for toms

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April 27, 2015

When seeking out early-season turkeys, I’m a firm believer in the subtle, low-key approach to calling. But when a few weeks go by and you still haven’t lured in a tom with soft calling, it may be time to shake things up a bit and get bolder.

Gerald Almy: Mineral licks help herd’s health

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April 20, 2015

Deer seasons won’t open for nearly six months, but there are lots of habitat alterations you can make that will improve the health of the whitetail herd in your area. Some projects you can do include planting edges between woods and fields with shrubs, fertilizing native wildlife foods to boost their production, creating small ponds to collect water during dry spells and putting in food plots.

Gerald Almy: Fall turkey harvest drops

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April 13, 2015

Hunters in Virginia certainly experienced a mixed bag last year. The deer harvested dropped dramatically, falling some 22 percent. But the black bear kill set a new record. The 2014 fall turkey harvest continued that mixed picture with a harvest that fell 44 percent from the 2013 season.

Gerald Almy: Looking for shed deer antlers

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March 30, 2015

Lace up your hiking boots. It’s time to start searching for shed deer antlers. And while you’re at it, you’ll be getting yourself in shape for the coming turkey season

Gerald Almy: Virginia anglers haul in fewer big fish

Gerald Almy

March 23, 2015

If you took a trip to the Chesapeake Bay, Eastern Shore, or Virginia Beach last year, chances are you enjoyed some rewarding fishing, but maybe not quite as good as the previous year. That’s likely the case if you were looking for a trophy-sized catch, anyway.

Craig Murto: NASCAR correct in Busch case

CRAIG MURTO

March 11, 2015

NASCAR is not always my favorite organization. They’ve built the best racing sanction in North America, but they often overreact and simply get it wrong.

Gerald Almy: Time to consider a trail camera

Gerald Almy

March 9, 2015

One of the jobs of a full-time outdoor writer is to try to keep up with the latest new developments in hunting and fishing gear. This can be fun, but it also can be a lot of work. And it’s a challenging task because of the many new innovations in technology and manufacturing that take place every year.

Gerald Almy: More tips to score a buck

Gerald Almy

March 2, 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.