Outdoors

Events

June 21, 2016

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:

Gerald Almy: More tips on getting started with food plots

Gerald Almy

June 20, 2016

In Part I – http://tiny.cc/pbsdcy – of this series we covered the basics of buying equipment, choosing food plot locations, and laying out the sites, with consideration given to natural contours, prevailing wind direction, sun angle, and nearby cover. We stressed selecting locations not visible from roads and located along natural deer travel corridors, so the animals will find them and feel comfortable using them.

Mountain biking at Bryce Resort a downhill ride

Stan Duda, of Reston, starts down the mountain on one of Bryce Resort's mountain biking trails.  Nathan Budryk/Daily

June 20, 2016

For parents unsure of how to entertain their newly-liberated children, or those who have grown weary of the typical summer cycle of pools or summer camp, there’s a more adventurous option – downhill mountain biking.

Learn joys of camping during Great American Campout

June 15, 2016

The National Wildlife Federation will be sponsoring the Great American Campout, with events slated for state parks across Virginia including at Shenandoah River State Park in Bentonville and Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane.

Recreation Calendar

June 8, 2016

Woodstock 5 Miler
Shenandoah Valley Runners will hold the Woodstock 5 Miler on Saturday starting on Kingree Street at the

Educational river trips floating to area this week

June 8, 2016

The Potomac Riverkeeper Network is holding several paddling and floating trips on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers to celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial and to promote responsible stewardship of the bodies of water. There will be more than 12 such trips, which began Wednesday and will continue through June 19.

Gerald Almy: Glass, stalk western spring bears

June 6, 2016

Heaving ourselves to the ground after a 1,000 foot vertical climb up northwest Montana’s Cabinet Mountains, we struggled to catch our breath and then grabbed our optics. We had scaled the steep terrain shortly after dawn to get a good vantage point for glassing across and down into canyon side hills and benches for foraging spring bears.

Park works to rehabilitate area affected by April wildfire

June 1, 2016

Crews in Shenandoah National Park are working on rehabilitation efforts following the wildfire that burned more than 10,000 acres within park boundaries. The fire, the second-largest in the park’s history, raged for much of the second half of April and was declared contained at the end of the month.

Gerald Almy: The case for growing food plots

Gerald Almy

May 30, 2016

Some people talk in terms of spring food plots and fall food plots. But the truth is, it’s hard to draw a sharp line dividing the two. Work can be done on fields and other potential food plot sites virtually any time of year. Chores to keep you busy can vary from killing weeds to picking up rocks to plowing, liming and fertilizing.

Rainfall causing scheduling issues for fishing guides

May 25, 2016

Pervasive rainfall in the area over the past few months has been making life difficult for guide services in the region. While trout fishing across the valley is still being considered good by guides, they say they have had scheduling problems.

Recreation Calendar

May 24, 2016

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:
 Loudoun Street Mile
The 29th annual Loudoun

Take a hike on National Trails Day this Saturday

May 24, 2016

National Trails Day, an annual event put on by the American Hiking Society will hold its 24th observation June 4. Both Shenandoah National Park and Shenandoah River State Park have events planned.

Gerald Almy: Fish tandem rigs to boost your catch

Gerald Almy

May 23, 2016

Easing quietly up to the brush pile, I reached out with the 9-foot fly rod and dropped a pair of small jigs down next to the cover. Waiting patiently, I held the rod steady for several seconds, and then twitched the jigs twice.