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Outdoors

Gerald Almy: Virginia’s most overlooked sportfish

Old Dominion anglers are lucky. We have fine trout fishing, excellent smallmouth, striper and largemouth waters and a variety of tasty panfish to go after. One interesting gamefish that tends to get overlooked, however, is the walleye. Sportsmen and women in northern states or Canada would be ...

Recreation Events

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:   Stunt show Motorcycle stunt rider Rhett Rotten will be riding vintage motorcycles on his wooden “Wall of Death” motor drome style race track from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3:30 ...

Peter Brookes: Holiday fishing the ‘Little J’ up Pennsylvania way

I’d heard a lot about Pennsylvania fishing – mostly that it could be pretty challenging. Descriptions of its streams and rivers included worrisome words like “technical” and “pressured.” Not exactly encouraging. So you can understand my concern when guide Dan Baughman, of Little ...

Recreation Events

Golf tournament Edinburg VFW Post 2447 will host its annual CDR Jack Turley Memorial Golf Tournament June 15 at Bryce Resort. The tournament supports veteran outreach programs and community organizations. The driving range and registration opens at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. ...

Gerald Almy: Tips for fishing crankbaits

If you were forced to settle for one lure to fish with, it would be hard to top the versatile crankbait. This bait is a favorite of both novice and expert anglers alike. You can catch just about any species with them, and they’re easy to use. Simply choose the right depth offering, tie it ...

Recreation News

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Hike a Mile The Front Royal/Warren County Appalachian Trail Community will launch the Hike A Mile Share A Smile! coupon campaign for National Trails Day starting Saturday. Between Saturday and Sept. 29, take a selfie ...

Gerald Almy: Virginia’s best crappie fishing waters

  Virginia is blessed with quality angling for many types of gamefish, from trout to largemouth bass, stripers to catfish. But some of the most exciting fishing the Old Dominion offers is for crappies. A while back we wrote a multi-part column on tactics for this black and white ...

Recreation Events

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:   National Trails Day The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club will celebrate National Trails Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2 in Shenandoah National Park, 3655 U.S. Highway 211 East, Luray. Information: ...

Gerald Almy: Texas trip yields 300-pound wild boar, gobbler, bass

It’s always exciting to combine two outdoor sports in one outing. A grizzly bear hunt and salmon fishing trip was one of my most adrenaline-filled examples. But a spring hunt in Texas a few years back probably provided even more action than that exciting British Columbia adventure. Three ...

Recreation Events: May 11

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Strawberry Festival The Delaplane Strawberry Festival Trail Race/Walk will be held at 9:02 a.m. May 27 at Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane. Registration: www.tinyurl.com/y9eg3qeh.   Loudoun Street ...

Craig Murto: Short track nationals return to Bristol

For the second consecutive season, the world's best pavement short track racers will test their skills on one of the world's toughest tracks when Bristol Motor Speedway again hosts the Short Track U.S. Nationals May 18-20. The second annual running of the major event will be sanctioned by five ...

Recreation Events: May 3

The following are some of the area recreational events that are scheduled: Run/Walk for Charlie Luray and Page County will host the Run/Walk for Charlie from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Ralph Dean Park in Luray. Proceeds benefit Charles Sours in his cancer fight. Registration is $35 and $15 ...

Gerald Almy: Hunting gobblers in fields is a great tactic

When most of us first started hunting turkeys in the Shenandoah Valley, it was basically a woods game. The stately black and brown birds were pursued deep in forests amid towering oaks. That’s just the way they were hunted. After many years of woods hunting, though, from time to time I would ...

Recreation Events April 24

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Nature challenge The State Arboretum at Blandy Farm in Boyce will host a City Nature Challenge from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. The Arboretum will be joining over 60 cities to compete to see who can make the most ...

Gerald Almy: New gear unveiled for hunters for 2018

​A wide variety of new gear has been unveiled for hunters at recent trade shows. Here's a rundown on some of the products that might be of interest for this coming fall, whether you plan to hunt here in the Shenandoah Valley or take a trip out West. ​Mauser M 18 ...

Recreation Events

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Color Run The annual Skyline Warren Color Run 5K will be held at 9 a.m. April 28 at Skyline High School in Front Royal. The race will be a “fun” run with colorful powder being thrown on the runners. Runners are ...

Gerald Almy: Spring turkey season opens

Waiting in the early morning mist where the green wheat field nudged against the dark gray forest, I watched the trees take shape in the nascent morning light and listened. The tom’s call broke the morning silence like a rock shattering glass. Gobble! Obble! Obble! Approaching as close as I ...

Gerald Almy: Time to test soils, fertilize and prepare food plots

The coldest March in 25 years didn’t make things easy for food plot aficionados. There are not too many projects you can do when the temperature is bitter cold, the wind chill is unbearable and rain and snow spit from the sky. The periodic showers have not helped much with the area’s need ...