Outdoors

Gerald Almy: The importance of micronutrients for food plots

Micronutrients are vital for all life forms including humans, animals, and plants. If you grow food plots for deer and other wildlife, they also need them to grow and thrive. And when those plants have sufficient micronutrients, it also helps the deer and other animals that eat those crops and ...

Peter Brookes: Happy on the Rapp: Fishing for shad, striper

The phone alarm went off in my chest pocket exactly at 8 p.m. It was the time I agreed with myself that I was going to make my last cast, get off the rolling Rappahannock River and head home before dark. But…the bite was on fire: stripers, shad and white perch. “Just a few minutes ...

Gerald Almy: Fly fishing for panfish

Dogwoods bloomed along the river’s edge and wood ducks squealed plaintively as the olive johnboat drifted too close for comfort. A squirrel barked angrily from a white oak and the muted sound of a gobbler drifted down from a nearby ridge. It was easy for our eyes to roam from their casting ...

Craig Murto: The racing has been fantastic

It boggles my mind that crowds and TV ratings are down at racing events this season, as the racing has been fantastic. Take NASCAR, for example. Did anybody expect on Lap 350 that Jimmie Johnson would win the race in Dover, Delaware, and tie Cale Yarborough with 83 Cup wins? Now that the cars ...

Gerald Almy: Sunn hemp great new food plot seed

For summer food for wildlife you can’t go wrong by growing soybeans. What the deer don’t eat, you can sell as a valuable cash crop when the beans ripen, or leave on the ground as a late-season attraction for all forms of wildlife when the snows fall. But if you’re looking for something ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Baseball The Winchester Royals Baseball Team will play today and Sunday at Bridgeforth Field in Jim Barnett Park, 1001 E. Cork St., Winchester. Admission is free. Information: 540-662-4466. Pattern Classic The ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:   Tournament June 10 is the deadline to register to enter the Warren Wildcat Athletic Association at Warren County High School’s Gold Tournament on June 16 at Bowling Green Country Club. There will be a 9 ...

Gerald Almy: Use clouds, wind to predict weather

Both clouds and winds can be important tools for the sportsman in predicting the weather and how it will influence your chances of catching fish or harvesting game. Use wind speed, direction and consistency to help you determine how a day’s weather is likely to unfold. If the wind velocity ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Loudoun Street Mile The annual Loudoun Street Mile will be held at 8 a.m. Monday on the Loudoun Street Mall in Winchester. Featured will be a fitness walk, open men and women, kids’ mile and a children’s 100 yard ...

Craig Murto: Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate

Last weekend's U.S. Short Track Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway was going to be an epic trip to the races. I've had many great road trips related to my work in racing. My first trip to Wisconsin, when I got to have lunch in the late Jim Sauter's race shop, comes to mind. The time Johnny ...

Gerald Almy: Weather insights for outdoorsmen

Leaden clouds blanketed the sky and the air had a heavy, raw feel as we pushed off into the emerald green river, but at least temperatures hovered above freezing. We were embarking on a 10-mile float trip for ducks and smallmouth bass. The last thing we needed was ice or snow to contend ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Cycling The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition has announced the following activities: • Bike to Work Day: 7-10 a.m., Friday, Court ...

Craig Murto: Short track U.S. Nationals

If you've never been to Bristol Motor Speedway, this weekend is the time to go. The Short Track U.S. Nationals, expected to be the largest pavement Late Model event in history, will be held Friday through Sunday at the Bristol, Tennessee, track. Tickets and pit passes are now on sale for the ...

Gerald Almy: Lots of exciting new products for hunters this year

Sure, it’s only May. But as turkey season winds down, most hunters are already thinking ahead toward fall whitetail deer and bear seasons or maybe planning a hunt out West for antelope, elk or mule deer. Here are a few new offerings for this year that might be of interest if your optics, ...

Gerald Almy: Virginia turkey hunters take over 3,000 birds

Virginia has a rich history of both spring and fall turkey hunting. Sportsmen will soon be wrapping up the spring season for gobblers only, so it’s too early to know how that has gone. But the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has released statistics on the fall ...

Craig Murto: Racing is a niche sport

Last week's Sunday afternoon Monster Energy Cup race at Richmond International Raceway was absolutely fantastic. The racing was great. Afternoon races always lead to a tricky and changing track surface, which in turn leads to a lot of action. The new down force package, along with the old ...

Gerald Almy: Bear harvest sets record

Virginia hunters who focused on bears last year did much better than those who sought out whitetail deer, establishing a record for the most bruins ever harvested. A grand total of 2,428 bears were taken during the 2016-17 season. That represents a 3percent increase over the previous year, ...

Gerald Almy: Best seeds to plant for summer food plots

Perennial clover fields came up early this year thanks to the incredibly warm February weather. These fields and food plots are still thriving now, after offering whitetail deer, bears, turkey, rabbits, and waterfowl lots of good forage during March and April. But as soil temperatures warm ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: 10K, Kids Mile The Apple Blossom Valley Health 10K and Kids Bloomin’ Mile will be held Friday and Saturday at John Handley High School, Winchester. The Shenandoah Valley Orthodontics Kids Bloomin’ Mile will ...