Outdoors

Craig Murto: Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate

Last weekend's U.S. Short Track Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway was going to be an epic trip to the races. I've had many great road trips related to my work in racing. My first trip to Wisconsin, when I got to have lunch in the late Jim Sauter's race shop, comes to mind. The time Johnny ...

Gerald Almy: Weather insights for outdoorsmen

Leaden clouds blanketed the sky and the air had a heavy, raw feel as we pushed off into the emerald green river, but at least temperatures hovered above freezing. We were embarking on a 10-mile float trip for ducks and smallmouth bass. The last thing we needed was ice or snow to contend ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Cycling The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition has announced the following activities: • Bike to Work Day: 7-10 a.m., Friday, Court ...

Craig Murto: Short track U.S. Nationals

If you've never been to Bristol Motor Speedway, this weekend is the time to go. The Short Track U.S. Nationals, expected to be the largest pavement Late Model event in history, will be held Friday through Sunday at the Bristol, Tennessee, track. Tickets and pit passes are now on sale for the ...

Gerald Almy: Lots of exciting new products for hunters this year

Sure, it’s only May. But as turkey season winds down, most hunters are already thinking ahead toward fall whitetail deer and bear seasons or maybe planning a hunt out West for antelope, elk or mule deer. Here are a few new offerings for this year that might be of interest if your optics, ...

Gerald Almy: Virginia turkey hunters take over 3,000 birds

Virginia has a rich history of both spring and fall turkey hunting. Sportsmen will soon be wrapping up the spring season for gobblers only, so it’s too early to know how that has gone. But the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has released statistics on the fall ...

Craig Murto: Racing is a niche sport

Last week's Sunday afternoon Monster Energy Cup race at Richmond International Raceway was absolutely fantastic. The racing was great. Afternoon races always lead to a tricky and changing track surface, which in turn leads to a lot of action. The new down force package, along with the old ...

Gerald Almy: Bear harvest sets record

Virginia hunters who focused on bears last year did much better than those who sought out whitetail deer, establishing a record for the most bruins ever harvested. A grand total of 2,428 bears were taken during the 2016-17 season. That represents a 3percent increase over the previous year, ...

Gerald Almy: Best seeds to plant for summer food plots

Perennial clover fields came up early this year thanks to the incredibly warm February weather. These fields and food plots are still thriving now, after offering whitetail deer, bears, turkey, rabbits, and waterfowl lots of good forage during March and April. But as soil temperatures warm ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: 10K, Kids Mile The Apple Blossom Valley Health 10K and Kids Bloomin’ Mile will be held Friday and Saturday at John Handley High School, Winchester. The Shenandoah Valley Orthodontics Kids Bloomin’ Mile will ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: 5K, 1K race Page County Public Schools and Page Alliance for Community Action will sponsor an Earth Day 5K/1K race at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Mechanic Street parking lot on the Luray Greenway. Registration fee is ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: 5K The annual Run/Walk for Autism sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership will be held starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Eastern Mennonite University’s University Commons in Harrisonburg. Race ...

Air pistol: A sport for the great indoors

At the risk of committing hunting-fishing blasphemy in print, I confess that when winter gets a little on the cold and nasty side, I’ll sometimes think about taking good ol’ Brookes Outdoors -- indoors. Inside where it’s warm and dry. Where your coffee stays piping hot. Where there are ...

Gerald Almy: How to avoid four common food plot mistakes

As food plot planting season arrives, there’s one step that can help your results probably more than any other: avoid making mistakes. I’m something of an expert on this topic. I have probably committed every flub-up in the book over the years when it comes to planting forages for ...

Recreation Events

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Parks/Rec Warren County Parks and Rec will offer the following programs: • Adult flag football (drop-in program): 9 a.m.-noon, Sundays at County Health & Human Services Complex football field, 465 W. 15th ...

Gerald Almy: Shad migrating up Rappahannock River

Like many other anglers, each spring I’m drawn to make a special trip to the Rappahannock River at the edge of Fredericksburg for a special fish – the hickory shad. The hickory is an anadromous fish that migrates up from the Atlantic Ocean, forging into a number of East Coast rivers to ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: 5K Walk/Run Stonewall Jackson High School will host the Fallen Generals 5K Walk/Run on Saturday. On-site registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with 5K walkers starting at 9 a.m. and 5K runners at 9:15 a.m. The ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Parks/Rec Warren County Parks and Recreation will offer two volleyball programs for children 4-16 at the Warren County Health and Human Services Gym. • Ages 4-8 will meet 6-7 p.m. starting today. • Ages 9-12 ...