Outdoors

Gerald Almy: A buck on the Massanutten Range

Gerald Almy

November 22, 2016

Do you remember your first deer? This week, and next, I will tell the story of mine, taken many years ago in the woods above the cedar cabin where I lived on the banks of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River as it swept hard against the steep gray flanks of the Massanutten Mountain Range. It was my third year of hunting, but I had yet to draw blood. I was still searching for that first successful hunt that would remain vividly etched in my mind decades later.

Recreation Calendar

November 21, 2016

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:
5K
Shenandoah Valley Runners will hold a

Recreation Calendar

November 14, 2016

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:
Turkey Trot
Page County Public Schools and

Gerald Almy: Tips on bagging a turkey this fall

Gerald Almy

November 14, 2016

Mention wild turkeys and most sportsmen think of spring hunting and the challenge of calling in a wary gobbler. But if you want some exciting hunting before spring, try going after the big black and brown birds this fall and winter.

Recreation Calendar

November 9, 2016

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:
5K
The Shenandoah Valley Girls on the

Group holds river cleanup, tree planting

Volunteer Adam Smith readies a tree for planting at Seven Bends State Park on Saturday. The Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River planted trees at the park and removed trash from a portion of the river near Timberville. Courtesy photo

November 9, 2016

Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River held a joint river cleanup and tree planting over the weekend at Plains Mill and Seven Bends State Park respectively. John Eckman, the organization’s executive director, said that both did well to help their respective causes.

Gerald Almy: Solving problems that arise during the rut

Gerald Almy

November 7, 2016

The “rut” — the period when deer are actively breeding — is a dynamic time to be in the woods hunting. For Shenandoah Valley hunters, the timing of peak rut is from right about now through Thanksgiving. But if you think about it, lots of things can also go wrong during this high-octane hunting period.

Recreation Calendar

November 2, 2016

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:
Hail to the Trail
The town of

Gerald Almy: Blade lures for fishing trips

Gerald Almy

October 31, 2016

Mention “blades” and many fishermen probably think you’re talking about fillet knives. To a small group of anglers, though, “blades” describes one of the hottest lures available for catching a wide spectrum of gamefish. Best of all, they’re especially potent right now, from fall through spring. October through March is prime time for blades throughout Virginia.

Recreation Calendar

October 26, 2016

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:
Golf
Friday is the deadline to register

Gerald Almy: Hunt the fruit for whitetails

Gerald Almy

October 24, 2016

If crop fields and oak flats come up cold in your effort to harvest a deer this fall, here’s an alternative: hunt fruit. Fruit provides deer with nutrition, vital phosphorous, a sugar-packed energy boost, and sometimes security cover as well.

Recreation Events

October 17, 2016

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:
Project Zombie
Samuels Library in Front Royal

Gerald Almy: How to care for deer bound for taxidermist

Gerald Almy

October 17, 2016

How you handle a deer you harvest can play a large role in determining the quality of mount you get back from the taxidermist. Follow these tips from award-winning taxidermists Lewis Lee, of Plains, Virginia, Bradley Patton, of Patton’s Taxidermy in Woodstock, and Lee Fleming, of Bear Ridge Taxidermy in Maurertown.

Maurertown man bags 493-pound bear

Bobby Spiker, of Maurertown, poses with the 493-pound black bear he killed recently on private land near Maurertown. Courtesy photo

October 12, 2016

Bobby Spiker, of Woodstock took the shot of a lifetime Monday when he killed a 493-pound black bear just outside of Maurertown on Spiker’s land.

Recreation Calendar

October 10, 2016

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:
Boy’s basketball camp
Warren County Parks and

Gerald Almy: Top tactics for tailwater trout

Gerald Almy

October 10, 2016

Pouring out from dam gates like giant spring creeks, tailwaters offer some of the greatest trout fishing in America. Impounding the rivers upstream enhances the nutrient content of the water, creating rich habitat for the fish and a year-round growing season. Water is released at the optimum temperatures trout prefer, keeping the rivers cool enough for feeding during hot summer days and warm enough during winter.

Recreation Calendar

October 3, 2016

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:
Zipline
The Harpers Ferry Adventure Center will