Gerald Almy: New gear ideal for hunting in fall

w/ Gerald Almy column

May 18, 2015

In a winter column we reviewed a few of the new items being unveiled for hunters this fall. But that only included a small portion of the many products released at this year’s S.H.O.T. Show (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show), held in Las Vegas in January.

Gerald Almy: Best seeds to plant for summer food plots

w/ Gerald Almy column

May 11, 2015

Clover and alfalfa fields have given whitetail deer, bears, turkey, rabbits, and geese lots of good forage to munch on during March and April. But now that May is here it’s time to plant foods that will thrive in high temperatures with minimal moisture. After all, that’s generally the type of weather our summers here in the Shenandoah Valley dish out.

Gerald Almy: Classic lures still produce

w/ Gerald Almy column

May 4, 2015

When most anglers choose fishing lures today, they look for the most technologically advanced, modern offerings they can find. But sometimes it pays to consider some of the time-tested, older lures still available in tackle shops when heading out for a day on the water. Here’s a look at two classic lures that still deserve a spot in your tackle box and the stories of how they were invented.

Gerald Almy: Bolder tactics pay off for toms

w/ Gerald Almy column

April 27, 2015

When seeking out early-season turkeys, I’m a firm believer in the subtle, low-key approach to calling. But when a few weeks go by and you still haven’t lured in a tom with soft calling, it may be time to shake things up a bit and get bolder.

Gerald Almy: Mineral licks help herd’s health

w/ Gerald Almy column

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

w/ Gerald Almy column

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

Peter Brookes

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: Looking for shed deer antlers

w/ Gerald Almy column

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

Gerald Almy

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.

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

Gerald Almy

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

Gerald Almy

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: Get set for spring food plots

Gerald Almy

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

Gerald Almy

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

Gerald Almy

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

Drew Davis, a park ranger at the Andy Guest State Park, looks over the view of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River at the Everett Cullers Overlook inside the park. The park saw an increase of 16 percent more visitors in 2014 over the previous year. Rich Cooley/Daily

January 29, 2015

Shenandoah River State Park continues to see more and more visitors with each passing year.