Gerald Almy: Looking for shed deer antlers

w/ Gerald Almy column

March 30th, 2015

Lace up your hiking boots. It’s time to start searching for shed deer antlers. And while you’re at it, you’ll be getting yourself in shape for the coming turkey season

Gerald Almy: Virginia anglers haul in fewer big fish

Gerald Almy

March 23rd, 2015

If you took a trip to the Chesapeake Bay, Eastern Shore, or Virginia Beach last year, chances are you enjoyed some rewarding fishing, but maybe not quite as good as the previous year. That’s likely the case if you were looking for a trophy-sized catch, anyway.

Park sets spring openings

March 15th, 2015

On Monday, Shenandoah National Park announced the opening dates for its visitor centers, campgrounds and picnic areas for the 2015 spring season.

Gerald Almy: Time to consider a trail camera

Gerald Almy

March 9th, 2015

One of the jobs of a full-time outdoor writer is to try to keep up with the latest new developments in hunting and fishing gear. This can be fun, but it also can be a lot of work. And it’s a challenging task because of the many new innovations in technology and manufacturing that take place every year.

Gerald Almy: More tips to score a buck

Gerald Almy

March 2nd, 2015

Last week we began looking at the technique for scoring a buck using the Boone & Crockett system. This is the most widely used method for describing the measurements of a deer’s rack. When someone says they harvested a “130-inch buck,” this is typically the scoring system they are referring to.

Gerald Almy: Get set for spring food plots

Gerald Almy

February 16th, 2015

Yes, it may seem early to get started on food plots in the Shenandoah Valley. But there are several important steps you should take now to be totally ready to put them in the ground quickly as soon as the weather breaks in spring. Neglect these preparations now and you’ll be playing catch up from the start when the time comes to sow seed in the ground.

Gerald Almy: Sports show stacked with vendors

Gerald Almy

February 9th, 2015

If you’re looking for activities to pass the time and make spring come more quickly, you’ll want to mark the weekend of February 20-22 on your calendar. Those are the dates for the 28th Western Virginia Sports Show at Augusta Expoland, just east of Staunton and a short drive down Interstate 81.

Gerald Almy: Newest hunting gear unveiled

Gerald Almy

February 2nd, 2015

Manufacturers unveil a wealth of new hunting gear each year around this time so it will arrive in stores well before the fall seasons open. Here’s a look at some new products sportsmen might be interested in either for a local outing in the Shenandoah Valley or long-distance trip to Canada, the West, or even Africa!

Be our guest

Drew Davis, a park ranger at the Andy Guest State Park, looks over the view of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River at the Everett Cullers Overlook inside the park. The park saw an increase of 16 percent more visitors in 2014 over the previous year. Rich Cooley/Daily

January 29th, 2015

Shenandoah River State Park continues to see more and more visitors with each passing year.

Gerald Almy: Winter rabbit hunting tactics

Gerald Almy

January 26th, 2015

With deer seasons closed, many Shenandoah Valley hunters oil their guns and store them away for the year. But that’s a big mistake. There are several game animals you can still hunt, including grouse, squirrels and a species we’ll look at today, the cottontail rabbit. Rabbits remain open for hunting through February.

Gerald Almy: Hunting winter squirrels

Gerald Almy

January 19th, 2015

January is one of the hardest months for the outdoorsman. Deer hunting seasons have ended. Spring gobbler season is months away. Bears have hibernated and sometimes an outdoors person may feel like joining them and sleeping until spring.

Gerald Almy: Ponds reliable hotspots for ducks

Gerald Almy

January 12th, 2015

If you’re still in the frame of mind for hunting, ducks remain open through Jan. 25. We wrote about rivers a while back, but another good place for Shenandoah Valley hunters to try is a small pond or pothole. Of course some of these may be frozen over, but if you can find ones without ice they can be magnets for traveling waterfowl this time of year.

10-point buck

Edinburg's Jacob Dodson killed this 10-point buck on the last day of rifle season in Shenandoah County.   Courtesy photo

January 7th, 2015

Edinburg’s Jacob Dodson killed this 10-point buck on the last day of rifle season in Shenandoah County. Courtesy photo

Gerald Almy: Events taking outdoors indoors

Gerald Almy

January 5th, 2015

With hunting seasons winding down, there are still plenty of fun things for the outdoor sports people to do during winter. You can tie flies, order and repair gear, take a fishing class, or plan a trip out West for next fall.

Gerald Almy: Techniques for care of gamebirds

Gerald Almy

December 29th, 2014

Last week we looked at some of the important factors in taking care of gamebirds bagged in the Shenandoah Valley or on trips to other areas to ensure that they provide the ultimate table fare. Avoiding deterioration by not piling the birds up in a game vest or leaving them exposed to the sun are some of the main factors to keep in mind. Trying for head and neck shots where possible during the hunt is also best.