Outdoors

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Bike Run A bike run will be held at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 26 at the Front Royal Nazarene Church. The cost is $15 for riders and $25 for passengers. Air show The Virginia Air Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 26 ...

Gerald Almy: Old time lures effective for catching fish

In these hi-tech times we exist in, it’s sometimes nice to look back on simple products that were not devised by a computer or software, but rather by one creative, pioneering mind of a single person tinkering in his shop. Such is the case with some fishing lures developed during the 20th ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Waggin’ for Dragons The Petco Foundation will present Waggin' for Dragons, a boat race featuring 17 teams of 21 paddlers and one drummer, to benefit the Warren County Humane Society starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at ...

Gerald Almy: What qualifies as a big black bear?

Countless articles, books, DVDs and videos tell us how to age and score whitetail bucks in the field, but very little advice is available on how to judge bears. That’s unfortunate because bears can be particularly difficult to judge, especially for the novice or those who haven’t hunted ...

Gerald Almy: A dozen tips for summer panfish

When trout streams are low and bass seem to have a case of lockjaw, it’s hard not to look for a more appealing group of fish to go after. One of the best answers I can think of is to concentrate on panfish. Quarries like crappies, bluegills, yellow perch, redbreasts, and white bass are ...

Gerald Almy: Outdoor sportsman show coming in August

If you’re starting to get excited about the coming hunting seasons you’ll want to mark your calendars for this year’s Outdoor Sportsman Show, set for Aug. 11-13 in Richmond. This year is the 34th time the summer outdoor show will be held. The event will take place at the Richmond Raceway ...

Peter Brookes: Lake of the Woods: World’s walleye wonderland

“Passport? ... why do I need a passport to go to Minnesota?,” I wondered out loud. I know the folks up there have a “unique” accent and are obsessed with curling and hockey, but what’s going on? It must be “Minnexit.” That’s it! You know, like this year’s “Brexit,”the ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Cruise-in The Helltown Cruisers will hold a free cruise-in from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Gazebo in Front Royal. Information: 540-450-7939. Car show The annual car show at the Edinburg Mill will be held from from 10 ...

Craig Murto: NASCAR president addresses start times

Brent Dewar, NASCAR's new president, addressed the issue of NASCAR starting times when pressed about it in New Hampshire. NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series races have been starting later and later, with at least 13 Cup races in 2017 starting no earlier than 3 p.m. Dewar's reasoning was that it ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:   Splash dash The Strasburg Splash Dash will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Town Park. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. An awards ceremony will begin at 9:15 a.m. Registration is $10 for youth and ...

Gerald Almy: Factors to consider when booking outfitter

Editor's note: This is the second part of a series about planning a western hunt. Read the first part at http://tinyurl.com/y8enlga3. Many things should be considered when you begin to plan your first western big game hunt. We covered a number of these in last week’s column. Now let’s look ...

Recreation Calendar: July 15

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Bike/car show Warren County 4-H will hold a bike and car show from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today at the County Fairgrounds in Front Royal. Vendors, 50/50 raffle, music, and games for kids will be featured and food will ...

Gerald Almy: Planning and booking a western big game hunt

Every Eastern hunter dreams of a trip out West at some point in their lives. But the Western U.S. is a vast region with an incredible variety of game species, terrain, and habitat, and a sometimes confusing system for issuing hunting licenses to non-residents. For setting up a hunt, figuring ...

Gerald Almy: Saltwater citations falter this summer

Normally you would expect a large number of citation awards to be given out by now for trophy caliber Virginia saltwater gamefish. With a few exceptions, though, the number of fish registered by weight, when kept, or by length, when released, has been modest this year. Perhaps that has ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Highland Games The Kernstown Battlefield Association and Clan Adrenalin will host a Highland Games competition from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on the south field. There will also be Scottish and Irish dancing all day ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Cruise In The Helltown Cruisers will hold a cruise-in from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Gazebo in Front Royal. Music provided by DJ Freddie. Information: 540-450-7939.

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:     Liberty 5K, Kids Run Shenandoah Valley Runners will hold the Liberty 5K and Kids Fun Run starting at 8 a.m. July 4 in Jim Barnett Park, Winchester. Entry fees are $25 for the 5K and $15 for ...

Gerald Almy: Important micronutrients for food plots, crops

Last week we looked at some of the reasons why micronutrients and a few other lesser-known elements are important for food plots and agricultural crops as well. Here’s a rundown on eight of the most important ones that plots might need. Boron Boron is vital for both forming and ...

Gerald Almy: The importance of micronutrients for food plots

Micronutrients are vital for all life forms including humans, animals, and plants. If you grow food plots for deer and other wildlife, they also need them to grow and thrive. And when those plants have sufficient micronutrients, it also helps the deer and other animals that eat those crops and ...

Peter Brookes: Happy on the Rapp: Fishing for shad, striper

The phone alarm went off in my chest pocket exactly at 8 p.m. It was the time I agreed with myself that I was going to make my last cast, get off the rolling Rappahannock River and head home before dark. But…the bite was on fire: stripers, shad and white perch. “Just a few minutes ...