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Gerald Almy: Winter rabbit hunting tactics

Gerald Almy

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

CRAIG MURTO

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

Gerald Almy

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.

Gerald Almy: Ponds reliable hotspots for ducks

Gerald Almy

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.

Gerald Almy: Events taking outdoors indoors

Gerald Almy

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

CRAIG MURTO

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

Gerald Almy

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.

Gerald Almy: Gamebirds from field to table

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December 22nd, 2014

Ruffed grouse are still legal game for well over a month. After that, many upland bird hunters in the Shenandoah Valley turn to pheasants, hunting on well-managed preserves as late as March. Once that closes, it’s only a few more weeks until spring gobbler season opens. If you enjoy a successful outing focused on any of these quarries, you’ll face the issue of how to care for the delectable birds you’ve bagged.

Brad Fauber: Ravens primed to make playoffs

Brad Fauber

December 19th, 2014

About a month ago, I wrote about the Baltimore Ravens and how their playoff chances in the ultra-competitive AFC North hinged on an important road game against the Saints.

Gerald Almy: Tips for successful river duck hunting

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December 15th, 2014

Rivers serve as both feeding and resting areas for ducks and offer some of the most consistent waterfowling available. They’re great early season spots and get even better late in the year when many ponds and lakes freeze and birds are forced to concentrate on flowages that remain open longer because of the moving current.

Brad Fauber: Nats, O’s quiet at winter meetings

Brad Fauber

December 12th, 2014

Fans of the Nationals and the Orioles waited eagerly for their teams to make some moves during the annual MLB Winter Meetings this week. But the meetings have come and gone and, as action packed as they were, fans of both teams are still waiting.

Tommy Keeler Jr.: Cavs in good position

Tommy Keeler Jr.

December 11th, 2014

The University of Virginia men’s basketball team had a great season last year, and indications are that this season will be even better.