Outdoors

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 29th, 2015

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

Gerald Almy: Winter rabbit hunting tactics

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January 26th, 2015

With deer seasons closed, many Shenandoah Valley hunters oil their guns and store them away for the year. But that’s a big mistake. There are several game animals you can still hunt, including grouse, squirrels and a species we’ll look at today, the cottontail rabbit. Rabbits remain open for hunting through February.

Gerald Almy: Hunting winter squirrels

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January 19th, 2015

January is one of the hardest months for the outdoorsman. Deer hunting seasons have ended. Spring gobbler season is months away. Bears have hibernated and sometimes an outdoors person may feel like joining them and sleeping until spring.

Gerald Almy: Ponds reliable hotspots for ducks

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January 12th, 2015

If you’re still in the frame of mind for hunting, ducks remain open through Jan. 25. We wrote about rivers a while back, but another good place for Shenandoah Valley hunters to try is a small pond or pothole. Of course some of these may be frozen over, but if you can find ones without ice they can be magnets for traveling waterfowl this time of year.

10-point buck

Edinburg's Jacob Dodson killed this 10-point buck on the last day of rifle season in Shenandoah County.   Courtesy photo

January 7th, 2015

Edinburg’s Jacob Dodson killed this 10-point buck on the last day of rifle season in Shenandoah County. Courtesy photo

Gerald Almy: Events taking outdoors indoors

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January 5th, 2015

With hunting seasons winding down, there are still plenty of fun things for the outdoor sports people to do during winter. You can tie flies, order and repair gear, take a fishing class, or plan a trip out West for next fall.

Gerald Almy: Techniques for care of gamebirds

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December 29th, 2014

Last week we looked at some of the important factors in taking care of gamebirds bagged in the Shenandoah Valley or on trips to other areas to ensure that they provide the ultimate table fare. Avoiding deterioration by not piling the birds up in a game vest or leaving them exposed to the sun are some of the main factors to keep in mind. Trying for head and neck shots where possible during the hunt is also best.

Gerald Almy: Gamebirds from field to table

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December 22nd, 2014

Ruffed grouse are still legal game for well over a month. After that, many upland bird hunters in the Shenandoah Valley turn to pheasants, hunting on well-managed preserves as late as March. Once that closes, it’s only a few more weeks until spring gobbler season opens. If you enjoy a successful outing focused on any of these quarries, you’ll face the issue of how to care for the delectable birds you’ve bagged.

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.