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Outdoors

Recreation Events: Oct. 11

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Zombie Walk The Front Royal Zombie Walk will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20 starting at the Bing Crosby Stadium and ending at the Gazebo. Information: 540-635-4181, ext. 246   Super Hero Scram 5k The ...

Craig Murto: MARRS wraps up season

The Mid-Atlantic Road Racing Series (MARRS) wrapped up its 2018 season at Summit Point (West Virginia) Motorsports Park last weekend, and if you didn’t take advantage of the free racing, you missed a lot of good action. MARRS is a regional road-racing series sanctioned by the Sports Car Club ...

Gerald Almy: Four places to set up your deer stand

One of the hardest choices hunters face as muzzleloader and rifle seasons approach is where to set up in hopes of connecting with a deer. To help with this challenge, here are descriptions of four time-proven stands you can turn to for this fall. In a follow-up column, we’ll cover several ...

Craig Murto: Common sense was lost at Martinsville

C.E. Falk won the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 for NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars at Martinsville Speedway, but not without confusion and controversy at the end as common-sense officiating was absent. Thousands of fans packed the Virginia half-mile facility for the biggest NASCAR Late Model race ...

Recreation Events: Oct. 3

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:   5k Run/Walk Shenandoah County Health Ministries Coalition and Shenandoah Valley Runners will host the 5K Run/Walk for Health at 9 a.m. Saturday at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock. Registration, ...

Gerald Almy: Ant flies for trout

You’ve probably had ants invade your kitchen at one time or other. Or maybe you’ve been on a picnic where the pesky insects made their presence felt. But while they are a nuisance for humans, these black, orange, and brown insects are a gourmet treat for trout. Sure, every fly fisherman ...

Craig Murto: Roval will be wildcard

NASCAR competitors move their playoffs into unknown territory this weekend as they compete on the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Roval is the trademarked name for Charlotte's 17-turn, 2.28-mile course that uses parts of the oval, but mostly races as a road course. A true wildcard in this ...

Recreation Events: Sept. 27

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Mudurance The annual Blue Ridge Mountain 5k Mudurance will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Ralph Dean Recreation Park in Luray. Registration: www.raceluraypage.com. Walk William Needham, president of the Washington, ...

Peter Brookes: A new challenge: Chasing carp

My West Coast fly fishing buddy texted me back, “It looks like a goldfish.” I tapped in response: “Well, yes...with all the rain we’ve had here this summer – blowing out the rivers and streams for a good part of the season – I’ve turned to fishing my son’s ...

Gerald Almy: Meeting challenge of hunting deer in hot weather

Hot weather is one of the greatest challenges deer hunters will face as early bow season arrives. Sometimes the heat even extends beyond archery into the black powder season. The air is stifling, the temperature is outrageous, and sweating makes controlling your scent a struggle. It’s ...

Recreation News & Events

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:   Run/Walk for Health The FCN 5k Run/Walk for Health will be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 6 starting at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock. The event is sponsored by Shenandoah Valley Runners and the ...

Craig Murto: Scott Dixon among the greats

Scott Dixon rightfully takes his place among the greats in IndyCar racing. On Sunday he raced to his fifth IndyCar championship, tying a record set five decades ago by A.J. Foyt. The 38-year-old racer finished second on the road course in Sonoma, Calif., to Ryan Hunter-Reay, but it was enough ...

Gerald Almy: Hunt cornfields for early season bears

The start of a new early rifle season has increased interest in bear hunting among Shenandoah Valley hunters. But bow hunters have always been on the lookout for a sleek-furred bruin in October when their seasons open. Whether you’re hunting with a gun or bow, though, finding the food is ...

Craig Murto: DiBenedetto deserves a real chance

Matt DiBenedetto just made one of the riskiest moves a person could make in his or her career; he quit his job without having anything else lined up. Prior to the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 27-year-old racer announced that he will not return to the No. 32 Go Fas Racing ...

Recreation Events: Sept. 12

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Golf tournament The Blue Ridge Association of Realtors will host a charity golf tournament Sept. 19 at Blue Ridge Shadows in Front Royal. The captain’s choice tournament will raise money for F.R.O.G., Families ...

Craig Murto: Harvick should grow up

Kevin Harvick needs to grow up, or at least stay out of the Xfinity Series. The former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion consistently acts like a spoiled 12-year-old. For all the goodwill he gains with fans in any one week, or gains by supporting local short tracks, he makes sure he ...

Gerald Almy: Outlook for coming deer season

With the abundance of rain, many sportsmen and women are asking, where has summer gone? Now suddenly thoughts are turning to deer season and what’s in store. Bucks have finished growing the antlers they will carry into autumn, and now need only to shed the velvet from their horns as September ...

Gerald Almy: Dove season opens soon

September means one thing to upland bird hunters in the Shenandoah Valley: dove season is here. It’s time to dust off your shotguns, pull your camouflage clothing out of the closet and shoot a few practice rounds. Dove season marks the unofficial start of the hunting year for most ...

Recreation News & Events: Aug. 31

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Grill n’ Golf tourney Bowling Green Country Club will hold its first Grill n’ Golf tournament Sept. 7 to benefit Warren County Social Services and the Humane Society at 838 Bowling Green Road, Front Royal. There ...

Gerald Almy: Time to head to the Shenandoah for late summer river smallmouths

On days when the sun bears down hot and relentlessly during summer, few types of fishing offer more soothing relief than casting to river smallmouths. You can use a kayak, canoe or johnboat to get into fresh, lightly-tapped stretches, but plan on wet wading at least part of the day to stay cool ...