Outdoors

Recreation notes: Dec. 7

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Hoop Shoot Front Royal Elks Lodge 2382 will host its annual Elks Hoop Shoot contest at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Skyline Middle School for kids ages 8 to 13. Registration will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Proof of age ...

Gerald Almy: Tactics for fishing streamers

The river flowed high and was slightly discolored. I knew the current might drive fish to locations where they could escape the brunt of the flow. They might be hunkering in eddies, behind boulders, or near undercut banks. Leaving the dry flies stashed safely in their boxes, I instead reached ...

Gerald Almy: Best streamer flies and how to fish them

Fishing elegantly dressed dry flies on the surface is the most glamorized way to take trout. But if you want a fish-catching machine, tie on a streamer. Streamers will fool all species of trout and in larger average sizes than any dry fly ever invented. They’re also fun, active flies to ...

Recreation page: Nov. 24

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Ugly Sweater 5K Shenandoah Valley Runners will host its Ugly Runner Sweater 5K at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 2 at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., Winchester. Registration will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 ...

Craig Murto: Truex Jr. is what NASCAR needed

Martin Truex Jr. is exactly what NASCAR needed; a feel-good story to take the sport into the off season. Truex and the small Furniture Row team out of Colorado dominated the regular season, and in points systems of the past would have clinched the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup championship on ...

Gerald Almy: New gear unveiled for hunters

If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for the sportsman in the family or just need to upgrade your own hunting gear, here are some excellent new items worth looking into for the 2018 season including ammo, optics, footwear, rifles, and knives. Kuiu Scarpa R-Evolution Trek Boots. I’ve been ...

Recreation Events: Nov. 16

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Berryville Turkey Trot Shenandoah Valley Runners will sponsor the Berryville Turkey Trot Saturday at the Clarke County Parks and Recreation Fitness Trail in front of Cooley Elementary School. Registration will be ...

Gerald Almy: Still hunting for November bucks

By far the majority of hunters out in the woods during the muzzleloader and rifle seasons will be taking a stand or sitting in a blind and waiting for a whitetail to walk into gun range. But if you want to try a more active approach, still hunting is an option. This means slowly walking through ...

Gerald Almy: Antelope hunting yields lots of action

Deer are on every one’s mind with major seasons now opening or set to open. But if you feel oversaturated with hunting deer, talking about deer, and reading about deer, it may be time to step back and think about hunts for other species for a change. In this regard, while I was waiting for a ...

Recreation Events

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: 10K The Jim Schatz Memorial 10K (formerly the Loudoun 10K Race) will be held Nov. 12 at Camp Highroad, 21164 Steptoe Hill Road, Middleburg. The race benefits Boulder Crest Retreat, the nation’s first privately ...

Gerald Almy: A topography feature that can be great for deer

If you have more than a few years of deer hunting experience under your belt, you know how good brushy hollows can be. They’re major travel corridors in mornings and evenings and favorite escape routes when deer feel pressure. Whitetails also like the seclusion and security feeling they find ...

Recreation Events: Oct. 27

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Alzheimer’s Walk The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held 9 a.m. Saturday at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., Winchester. Information, registration: 703-766-9025, ...

Recreation Events

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Walking meditation The State Arboretum at Blandy Farm in Boyce will offer Mindfulness in Nature: Guided Walking Meditation from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. Monday. Participants will learn to slow down and draw on nature ...

Gerald Almy: Gaining insights from buck ‘rubs’

As you think ahead about the upcoming rifle hunting season, or even if you don’t hunt but just want to learn more about whitetail deer, studying the signs these animals leave can reveal many interesting clues about their behavior. Both hunters and naturalists look for things such as scrapes ...

Peter Brookes: Sling some string today in the bay

You know when you have some sort of awesome attraction right at your feet and you never take advantage of it because it’ll always be there and, hey, you’re really busy, right? We all know the feeling -- and the guilt. Well, I’d been feeling that way about fishing the Chesapeake Bay. ...

Gerald Almy: The challenge of bow hunting during the ‘October lull’

Each year in mid to late October, many Shenandoah Valley bow and crossbow hunters start singing the blues. Deer that had not been pressured all spring and summer long start to feel the effect of hunters coming and going into the woods every day and don’t move as much as they did during the ...

Craig Murto: America’s team heads home

America's Formula One team did well last weekend, and hopes to continue the performance when they head home. For the second time in Haas F1 team's two-year history, Haas F1 drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean both finished in the points, eighth and ninth respectively, in the Japanese ...