Outdoors

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 ...

Recreation Events

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: 5K run/walk The annual Race to Beat Breast Cancer 5K fun run/walk will be held Oct. 21 at 305 S. Dogwood Drive, Harrisonburg. Proceeds will benefit Rockingham Memorial Hospital Foundation for breast cancer care and ...

Gerald Almy: Aging deer on the hoof

I sensed the buck was an old timer when he first emerged from the brush. My guide soon confirmed it. The deer moved stiffly, pained with arthritis. His belly sagged and loose skin hung around his face and neck. The legs looked short because his body was so thick and deep. That deer, which I ...

Gerald Almy: Fall and winter great times to brush up fly fishing skills

Most outdoorsmen in the Shenandoah Valley are busy target practicing with rifles, muzzleloaders, bows and crossbows, refurbishing tree stands and getting all their camouflage gear ready for deer hunting seasons. Others are partaking in the special new three-day firearms bear season this ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Fall Fest Crums United Methodist Church in Berryville will host a Fall-Fest Truck Cruise-In from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Featured will be barbecue, raffles, give-aways and music. A free-will donation upon entry ...

Craig Murto: Timothy Peters wins at Martinsville

The 2017 season has been one filled with the lowest of lows and highest of highs for Timothy Peters. The racer from Danville was a star in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series until May, when Red Horse Racing, the team for which Peters drove, shut its doors. It doesn't get much lower for a ...

Gerald Almy: Three ways to catch the neglected rock bass

The lure landed with a “plop” a foot from the shoreline as we floated silently down the Shenandoah River. Literally the second I engaged the spinning reel handle, a sharp strike telegraphed through the graphite rod. Setting the hook with a solid sweeping motion, I felt steady resistance ...

Recreation Events

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: 3K walk NAMI, a support group for family, friends and caregivers of adults with various types of mental illness, will hold a 3K Walk for Mental Illness Sunday at the Frederick County Fairgrounds in Clear ...

Recreation Events

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Night catfishing The Town of Luray will offer night catfishing until midnight today at Lake Arrowhead, 265 Lake Arrowhead Road, Luray. Fishing permits are required and are available for ages 16 and older at the Parks ...

Craig Murto: More good, bad and ugly

The racing world served up more of the good, the bad, and the ugly last weekend. In the good category, Josef Newgarden won the Verizon Indycar championship with a decisive win on the road course at Sonoma, California. The race win was the seventh Indycar win of Newgarden's career, and the ...

Peter Brookes: Try 3-D shooting to get an archery A-game

It was clear I needed to up my archery game. Sure, being self-taught, I’d gotten to the point where I could consistently hit an 8-inch circle on a big bag target at 20- and 30-yards with a 60-pound draw Mathews compound bow using field-tipped arrows across a flat, grassy field. Oh yeah, in ...

Gerald Almy: The challenge of owning 100-plus acres leads to downsizing

Regular readers of this column are familiar with my fanatic devotion to wildlife projects and land management. This concluding article of a two-part series explains why I will soon be downsizing the amount of such projects I undertake due to health and age issues. * * * * * After my wife, ...

Craig Murto: NASCAR needs a full-time safety team

Matt Kenseth started on the pole for the 400-lap Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Richmond Saturday night and had a car that was capable of winning. But during a caution, as the cars headed to pit road, so did an errant ambulance. As drivers swerved and slammed on their brakes to avoid the ...

Recreation Events

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:    Still Standing 5k Shenandoah Valley Runners will sponsor the Still Standing 5k at 9 a.m. Saturday at Skyline High School, 151 Skyline Vista Drive, Front Royal. Packet pickup and race day registration ...

Gerald Almy: Selling land a hard decision

Regular readers of this column are familiar with my fanatic devotion to wildlife projects and land management. This article and the conclusion next week will explain why I will soon be downsizing the quantity and scope of those habitat improvement efforts. But while I may be cutting back on the ...

Peter Brookes: Seeking silver: Atlantic salmon in Maritime Canada

The closest thing I can think of to equate it to for someone who hasn’t done it before is to describe it simply as chasing after shadowy, silver spirits from the sea. What I’m talking about is fly fishing for the exciting -- and elusive -- Atlantic salmon, a ghost-like gamefish ...