Outdoors

Gerald Almy: Tips for successful river duck hunting

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December 15th, 2014

Rivers serve as both feeding and resting areas for ducks and offer some of the most consistent waterfowling available. They’re great early season spots and get even better late in the year when many ponds and lakes freeze and birds are forced to concentrate on flowages that remain open longer because of the moving current.

Shenandoah County named Va. Green destination

Crissy Willis, co-owner and co-founder of Cristina’s Café, said her Strasburg restaurant has been certified “Virginia Green” since 2009.  Kevin Green/Daily

December 12th, 2014

Shenandoah County is an area known for scenic landscapes, agriculture and outdoor tourism. The county now has the distinction of being a “Virginia Green Destination.”

First deer

Natalie Loving, 14, of Edinburg, poses with her first deer during the Nov. 15 opening day of rifle season.   Courtesy photo

December 10th, 2014

Natalie Loving, 14, of Edinburg, poses with her first deer during the Nov. 15 opening day of rifle season. Courtesy photo

13-point buck

Jeremiah Warren, of Strasburg, harvested this 13-point buck on Nov. 25 in Strasburg.   Courtesy photo

December 10th, 2014

Jeremiah Warren, of Strasburg, harvested this 13-point buck on Nov. 25 in Strasburg. Courtesy photo

Gerald Almy: Avoiding mistakes late in season

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December 8th, 2014

If you’ve already bagged all the deer you want for the season, congratulations. But if you decide to continue hunting with bow, crossbow, or during the late muzzleloader season, one of the best ways to improve your chances is to eliminate tactical mistakes.

Riverkeeper prepares to fight EPA

December 4th, 2014

The Shenandoah Riverkeeper is preparing to comment on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s draft for the 2014 Integrated Report.

Youth hunter

Woodstock's Ella Emmons, 8,  and David Brock pose with a black bear Emmons harvested on youth day on Sept 27. She shot this 240-pound black bear on National Forest land in Zepp.   Courtesy photo

December 3rd, 2014

Woodstock’s Ella Emmons, 8, and David Brock pose with a black bear Emmons harvested on youth day on Sept 27. She shot this 240-pound black bear on National Forest land in Zepp. Courtesy photo

12-Point Buck

Matthew Runion of Mount Jackson poses with a 12-point, 152-pound buck taken Nov. 19 near Mount Jackson during rifle season.   Courtesy photo

December 3rd, 2014

Matthew Runion of Mount Jackson poses with a 12-point, 152-pound buck taken Nov. 19 near Mount Jackson during rifle season. Courtesy photo

Gerald Almy: Duck stamp reaches milestone

December 1st, 2014

Many people casually buy a “Duck Stamp” when they plan to go hunting for waterfowl, but few of them probably realize how incredibly important this conservation program has been to the healthy duck and goose populations we now enjoy across the United States and Canada.

Coalition pushes for new National Scenic Area

November 28th, 2014

A scenic area proposal from the Friends of Shenandoah Mountain received a big boost from last week’s revised plan from the National Forest Service concerning the George Washington National Forest.

Park aiming to reward visitors

November 25th, 2014

Shenandoah National Park is looking to reward its visitors during the Thanksgiving holiday and winter months.

Gerald Almy: Mixing tactics can be productive

November 24th, 2014

I think most hunters have faced this dilemma a time or two. You enjoy sneak hunting bucks (also called still hunting). The weather’s cold and it’s nice to be up and moving around. The season’s winding down and you haven’t been seeing much from your tree stands.

Hitting the slopes

Horst Locher, manager of the Ski School at Bryce Resort, stands along this section of Red Eye trail on Friday in Basye. The resort has had favorable weather for snow making and will open today.   Rich Cooley/Daily

November 21st, 2014

Bryce Resort in Mount Jackson, VA will be opening its slopes one week early, according to a press release from the resort.

Hunting season

Strasburg's Mary Mason, 12, shot this 8-point buck with a muzzleloader.   Submitted photo

November 20th, 2014

Strasburg’s Mary Mason, 12, shot this 8-point buck with a muzzleloader. Submitted photo

Gerald Almy: Finding right group of does

November 17th, 2014

We’ve all read in articles that when the rut arrives, as it has right about now, you should hunt where the does are. But the truth is you need to find the right doe group.

Gerald Almy: Mating season doesn’t end hunt

November 3rd, 2014

Experienced deer hunters know that the best hunting for whitetails often takes place during the “pre-rut,” before peak breeding occurs. This is when deer seem to be moving everywhere, with bucks chasing does that are not quite ready to mate. The pre-rut typically coincides with the second week of muzzleloader season, which opens Nov. 1 and extends through Nov. 14 this year for most of the Shenandoah Valley.

Almy: Book evokes thrills of hunting

October 27th, 2014

Do you ever get tired of reading technical information about hunting? Although we all like to improve our skills and knowledge about our favorite activity, sometimes these articles can get a bit too detailed and cause the mind to drift.

Almy: Small creeks a buck hotspot

October 20th, 2014

Ponds and lakes offer deer the water they need every day, but streams provide whitetails a lot more than just water. They allow them to quench their thirst while also finding cooler temperatures and thick cover. This makes them terrific early-season hotspots that are often neglected by most hunters.

Almy: Windy weather hunting

October 13th, 2014

It was frustrating. Every bow season I wait for the perfect wind for my favorite stand to arrive, then drop everything and head out. It has to be west or north.

Almy: Classic lures remain effective

October 6th, 2014

Most fishermen like to choose the newest, snazziest lures available to cast to their quarry. But sometimes the old proven lures are still worth considering. Here’s a look at two lures that still produce heavy catches on Virginia’s lakes and rivers, even though they were created decades ago.