Gerald Almy: Mineral licks help herd’s health
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
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.
Peter Brookes: High on pheasants
April 8, 2015
She gave me a skeptical up and down look and proclaimed, “Not too shabby, but you look a lot more like ‘Downtown’ Abbey than ‘Downton’ Abbey,” referring to the popular British series that recently concluded its fifth season on PBS.
Gerald Almy: Va. bear hunting record broken
April 6, 2015
While Virginia deer hunters were disappointed with last year’s season, the state’s bear hunters couldn’t be happier with their harvest tallies.
Gerald Almy: Looking for shed deer antlers
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
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.
Gerald Almy: Va. deer harvest plummets
March 16, 2015
If you thought you were seeing fewer deer in the woods this past hunting season, you weren’t alone. Preliminary harvest
Park sets spring openings
March 15, 2015
On Monday, Shenandoah National Park announced the opening dates for its visitor centers, campgrounds and picnic areas for the 2015 spring season.
Gerald Almy: Time to consider a trail camera
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
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.
Gerald Almy: How to score a deer’s antlers
February 23, 2015
If you ever bagged a deer that had better-than-average antlers, you may have wondered what it would score. Or maybe
Gerald Almy: Get set for spring food plots
February 16, 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.
Gerald Almy: Sports show stacked with vendors
February 9, 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.
Gerald Almy: Newest hunting gear unveiled
February 2, 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!
Be our guest
January 29, 2015
Shenandoah River State Park continues to see more and more visitors with each passing year.
Peter Brookes: Quail country is worth the trip
January 28, 2015
Nothing like starting a bobwhite quail hunt in the South with a “Yankee Double.”
Shenandoah National Park adjusts fee proposal
January 26, 2015
Shenandoah National Park has revised a proposal to increase its fee structure moving forward.
Gerald Almy: Winter rabbit hunting tactics
January 26, 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.
Gerald Almy: Hunting winter squirrels
January 19, 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
January 12, 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.