Outdoors

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 ...

Gerald Almy: Three new books for sportsmen

If you’re looking for some good reading from an actual book, instead of on the internet, three fine works have crossed my desk recently that might be of interest to Shenandoah Valley hunters, fishermen and conservationists. One is on the experiences of wildlife biologists in the field, one on ...

Recreation Calendar: Aug. 30

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Cruise in The Helltown Cruisers will hold a cruise in from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Gazebo in Front Royal. Half marathon The inaugural Shenandoah half marathon will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday in ...

Gerald Almy: Fishing strategies for moonlight bass

A common question you often hear about night bass fishing is what’s the best moon phase? The moon certainly affects bass behavior, but the truth is I’ve actually enjoyed good luck on all moon phases. If you’re new to the sport, a little bit of moonlight is nice to help keep your bearings ...

Recreation Calendar: Aug. 25

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Fair The following activities will be held during the Shenandoah County Fair in Woodstock: • Friday: 7 p.m., greased pig contest. • Saturday: 6:30 p.m., modified truck and tractor pull. • Sunday: 7 p.m., ...

Gerald Almy: Night fishing for bass great sport

We had been fishing for just over an hour since the sun disappeared as a vivid orange ball in the West. Amazingly, as I counted in my head the number of fish two of us had caught and released, I realized it was well over a dozen. On many daytime trips I have put in long eight- to 10-hour ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Bike Run A bike run will be held at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 26 at the Front Royal Nazarene Church. The cost is $15 for riders and $25 for passengers. Air show The Virginia Air Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 26 ...

Gerald Almy: Old time lures effective for catching fish

In these hi-tech times we exist in, it’s sometimes nice to look back on simple products that were not devised by a computer or software, but rather by one creative, pioneering mind of a single person tinkering in his shop. Such is the case with some fishing lures developed during the 20th ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Waggin’ for Dragons The Petco Foundation will present Waggin' for Dragons, a boat race featuring 17 teams of 21 paddlers and one drummer, to benefit the Warren County Humane Society starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at ...

Gerald Almy: What qualifies as a big black bear?

Countless articles, books, DVDs and videos tell us how to age and score whitetail bucks in the field, but very little advice is available on how to judge bears. That’s unfortunate because bears can be particularly difficult to judge, especially for the novice or those who haven’t hunted ...

Gerald Almy: A dozen tips for summer panfish

When trout streams are low and bass seem to have a case of lockjaw, it’s hard not to look for a more appealing group of fish to go after. One of the best answers I can think of is to concentrate on panfish. Quarries like crappies, bluegills, yellow perch, redbreasts, and white bass are ...

Gerald Almy: Outdoor sportsman show coming in August

If you’re starting to get excited about the coming hunting seasons you’ll want to mark your calendars for this year’s Outdoor Sportsman Show, set for Aug. 11-13 in Richmond. This year is the 34th time the summer outdoor show will be held. The event will take place at the Richmond Raceway ...

Peter Brookes: Lake of the Woods: World’s walleye wonderland

“Passport? ... why do I need a passport to go to Minnesota?,” I wondered out loud. I know the folks up there have a “unique” accent and are obsessed with curling and hockey, but what’s going on? It must be “Minnexit.” That’s it! You know, like this year’s “Brexit,”the ...