Outdoors

Gerald Almy: Best seeds to plant for summer food plots

April 22, 2016

If you planted food plots early this year or last fall, they are likely thriving now. Those include clover and alfalfa fields that give whitetail deer, bears, turkey, rabbits, and geese lots of good forage to munch on during March and April.

Gerald Almy: How the pros deal with quiet gobblers

Gerald Almy

April 18, 2016

When gobblers won’t talk, expert turkey hunters such as Jim Clay, Rob Keck, Kelly Cooper, and Will Primos have a number of tricks and strategies they turn to. Here are six tactics they’ve demonstrated to me on hunts from Alabama to New York for coping with quiet toms.

First turkey

Lisa Carroll, 11, of Fort Valley, shot her first turkey with guide Tim Lutz in Toms Brook on Saturday.  Courtesy photo

April 13, 2016

Lisa Carroll, 11, of Fort Valley, shot her first turkey with guide Tim Lutz in Toms Brook on Saturday. Courtesy photo

Recreation Calendar

April 5, 2016

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:
Running clinic
Dr. Mark Cucuzella, a professor

Gerald Almy: Two tactics for freshwater stripers

Gerald Almy

April 4, 2016

It was a cold, gray day on Virginia’s Smith Mountain Lake. It was hard to believe the calendar said it was spring. My face and hands were chilled in spite of all the cold-weather clothing I was wearing.

LFCC to host Wits for Wellness 5K

March 30, 2016

Lord Fairfax Community College hosts the third annual Wits for Wellness 5K walk/run on April 16, as well as the second annual Kids Fun Run.

Recreation Calendar

March 29, 2016

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

Recreation Calendar

March 22, 2016

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

Gerald Almy: Black bear, turkey seasons successful

Gerald Almy

March 21, 2016

Virginia hunters harvested the second highest number of bears in modern history and also enjoyed good fall turkey hunting during the recently completed seasons. First let’s look at the bear hunting statistics.

Local brothers talk turkey

Matthew Presley, 13, left, and his brother Tyler, 18, practice turkey calls while inside the family's pet turkey pen in the backyard of their Browntown Road home in Warren County. Matthew boasts the national champion honors in the junior age group (11-15) and Tyler recently won the world champion turkey calling in the intermediate division age group (16-21).  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 19, 2016

When Front Royal resident Mary Presley married her husband Cliff, she had no idea there was a “turkey language.” Now her two sons are fluent in it.

Gerald Almy: Prepare early for spring gobbler season

Gerald Almy

March 14, 2016

Two hens appeared first in the dim early morning light. Following close behind them was a jake, half puffed out in strut. Finally, taking up the rear, came the long-bearded tom I had been calling to.

Gerald Almy: Virginia deer harvest increases

Gerald Almy

March 7, 2016

Virginia hunters harvested 209,197 deer in the just-completed 2015-16 season. That’s an increase of 16,919 over last year’s harvest of 192,278. The total included 103,310 antlered bucks (1 ½ years or older), 15,000 button bucks, and 90,887 does. Females represented 43 percent of the harvest statewide.