Columns

Gerald Almy: Outdoor sportsman show coming up

w/ Gerald Almy column

July 27, 2015

When you think of outdoor sports shows, most people think of late winter events with snow on the ground, ice-covered ponds, and freezing temperatures. That’s definitely a great time to hold such events, since there’s very little to do outside and most hunting seasons are closed then.

Craig Murto: Garvey makes mark on track

CRAIG MURTO

July 15, 2015

Mike Garvey took a break from working on Brayton Haws’ car prior to the Snowflake 100 last December at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla.

Gerald Almy: Ban on deer urine scents in effect

w/ Gerald Almy column

July 13, 2015

To reduce the chance of spreading Chronic Wasting Disease, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) has banned the use of urine-based deer scents in the state by hunters. Effective July 1, 2015, Virginia hunters may not “possess or use deer scents or lures that contain natural deer urine or other bodily fluids while taking, attempting to take, attracting, or scouting wildlife.”

Craig Murto: Daytona facing safety issues

CRAIG MURTO

July 8, 2015

The last-lap crash in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona that sent Austin Dillon’s Sprint Cup car flying into the catch fence raises new concerns for safety.

Gerald Almy: Prime time for Brassicas

w/ Gerald Almy column

July 6, 2015

Every type of plant used for food plots has an optimum season for growing. In the case of brassicas, that season is now. From July through September is the time to get these plants in the ground. Brassicas include plants such as kale, turnips, rape, radishes and others. They have become extremely popular among food plot managers because they are easy to grow, provide tremendous amounts of protein and are fed on well by deer. Protein levels can exceed 30 percent in many cases.

Gerald Almy: Float fishing a balm for senses

w/ Gerald Almy column

June 29, 2015

Daybreak slips in softly when you’re camped at river’s edge in the shadows of a tree-cloaked mountain. By the time sunlight sneaks in and illuminates the scene, eggs will be frying, coffee brewing and toast browning in a skillet laced with sweet country butter.

Craig Murto: Activate your local sponsors

CRAIG MURTO

June 24, 2015

I always hear local racers talk about how tough it is to get sponsors. And I hear local sponsors talk about how tough it is to get anything out of the sponsorship.

Gerald Almy: Fishing heats up on lakes, rivers

w/ Gerald Almy column

June 22, 2015

If you like fishing, it would be hard to find a better time to hit the lakes and rivers than right now. Waters have warmed into ranges that have fish feeding actively, but not hot enough that they have gone into the “summer doldrums.” Here’s a rundown on some of the best fishing opportunities in waters that are popular with Shenandoah Valley sportsmen and women.

Gerald Almy: Flounder treat for anglers

w/ Gerald Almy column

June 15, 2015

A sharp tap telegraphed up the thin graphite rod, then another. Was it a crab nibbling on my bait? Those pesky bottom-feeding crustaceans had annoyed me before. But this time I sensed something was different. There was a heavy “alive” feeling on the line that seemed a bit more serious that an annoying crab.

Craig Murto: Longshot Truex Jr. scores big win

CRAIG MURTO

June 10, 2015

Martin Truex Jr. gave Furniture Row Racing its second NASCAR Sprint Cup win when he crossed the line first at Pocono last weekend, and it may be the start of something big for Truex and the team.

Gerald Almy: Crankbaits ideal for fishing in shallows

w/ Gerald Almy column

June 8, 2015

When bass, pike and walleye venture into thigh-deep water, many anglers turn to topwater plugs. While these can be effective and are exciting to use, sometimes skinny-water fish just won’t surface feed.

Gerald Almy: Sunn hemp a new food plot option

w/ Gerald Almy column

June 1, 2015

For summer food plots for wildlife, you can’t go wrong with soybeans. And what the deer don’t eat, you can sell as a valuable cash agricultural crop when the beans ripen.

Gerald Almy: Mouse flies can trigger big strike

w/ Gerald Almy column

May 26, 2015

Cats aren’t the only predators who like to prey on mice. Bass, pike and trout will also gladly attack and wolf down these furry little rodents. And even though they are terrestrial creatures by nature, mice often stumble into lakes, ponds and rivers.