Outdoors

Gerald Almy: Hunt where the acorns are falling

Gerald Almy

September 26, 2016

With bow season set to open on October 1, it’s important to predict where whitetails will be feeding when you head out.
Most Shenandoah Valley deer hunters think tactically in two broad categories—1) hunting open country such as fields and food plots and 2) “hunting the woods.” And hunting the woods usually means hunting near oaks dropping acorns.

Gerald Almy: Fishing grasshopper flies for fall trout

Gerald Almy

September 19, 2016

Trout fishermen for the most part cast imitations of aquatic insects such as mayflies and caddis. But some of the best fall fishing in the Shenandoah Valley and nearby trout streams comes from imitating “terrestrial” insects.

Peter Brookes: Late summer is for hunting Canadas

September 14, 2016

When I think of the beginning of waterfowl season–before I even reflect on the timeless glory of hunting ducks and geese on the wing–I ponder the ungodly early morning wake up calls and the cold, sometimes nasty weather that comes with it.

Events

September 13, 2016

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being:
Still Standing 5K
Still Standing 5K, a race

Gerald Almy: To catch Virginia’s gamefish, try shad lures on jig heads

Gerald Almy

September 12, 2016

If you’re looking for a versatile fishing lure for Virginia and nearby West Virginia waters, one of the best artificials you can turn to is a soft-plastic shad lure rigged on a jig head. In fact, I would wager you could probably catch just about any fish that swims with this simple, inexpensive lure.

Variation of deer virus locally isolated

September 6, 2016

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has isolated a variation of hemorrhagic disease in deer to Shenandoah County according to Nelson Lafon, deer project coordinator for the DGIF. The isolated variation, or serotype, in question is known as Blue Tongue Disease and is viral in nature, transmitted via biting midges.

Gerald Almy: Tips for better food plots

Gerald Almy

September 5, 2016

Few things can improve both the health of your local deer herd and the success of your hunting more dramatically than putting in quality food plots. To help with that task, here are 20 quick tips that will help you grow the best food plots possible this year as prime fall planting dates approach for the Shenandoah Valley.

Events

August 31, 2016

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being this week:
Dash for Diabetes
The Shenandoah Valley

Gerald Almy: Dove hunting without the crowds

Gerald Almy

August 29, 2016

Bring up the subject of dove hunting and many sportsmen picture images of vast fields of harvested grain surrounded by dozens of shooters waiting for birds to fly under a hot afternoon sun.

Calendar

August 25, 2016

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

Gerald Almy: The 25 best National Parks for fly fishing

Gerald Almy

August 22, 2016

It’s no secret that our country has a wealth of natural treasures in its national parks. For the outdoorsman or woman who likes to fish, hike or camp, there’s a wide range of national parks to choose from within reasonable driving distance. Our own local Shenandoah National Park is a prime example.

Recreation Calendar

August 17, 2016

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

Gerald Almy: Pocket water a great holding area for trout

Gerald Almy

August 15, 2016

Standing shin-deep in the tumbling trout stream, Bill Bonner flicked the #12 Royal Coachman into a small trout hideout under a laurel bough. Landing at the top of the pocket in the gurgling creek, the fly floated 12 inches and was instantly nailed by a sassy native rainbow. The fish sailed across the surface in a splashing leap and then battled hard until Bill could slip it into his net and carefully release it back into the stream.

Recreation Calendar

August 10, 2016

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

Appalachian Trail trolley stop passes test

August 8, 2016

The trolley stop at the Remount Road Appalachian Trail trailhead in Front Royal was a success, said Tim Smith, coordinator for Front Royal’s Visitor Center. The stop was incorporated into existing trolley routes on a trial basis from May to July.

Gerald Almy: Four tactics for hot weather bass

Gerald Almy

August 8, 2016

Hot summer weather doesn’t have to slow down your bass fishing. Try these four tactics to incite strikes from stubborn largemouth bass even when the temperature soars and the air feels so muggy and thick you could cut it with a knife.

Gerald Almy: Outdoor sportsman show coming this month

Gerald Almy

August 1, 2016

When you think of outdoor shows, most people think of cold winter weather with snow on the ground, ice-covered ponds, and freezing temperatures. That’s the setting for most hunting and fishing shows. It’s certainly a fine time to hold such events, since there’s very little to do outside and most hunting seasons are closed anyway.

Recreation Calendar

August 1, 2016

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