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Outdoors

Gerald Almy: Deer harvest statistics released

Ask Shenandoah Valley deer hunters how many whitetails were harvested this past season in our area compared to the year before and chances are – at least judging from those I’ve talked to – they’ll say fewer. They’ll be right. But only by a mere nine deer for Shenandoah County. The ...

Craig Murto: Were you watching?

The Supercross motorcycle series raced in Atlanta on Saturday night, bringing its exciting "triple crown" format with them. The triple-crown format consists of three main events for each division. Using Olympic-style scoring (winner receives 1 point, second place 2points, etc.) an overall ...

Gerald Almy: Advice for catching Virginia’s abundant panfish

A variety of tackle can be used to catch panfish in Virginia’s lakes and rivers. Spinning gear, bamboo cane poles, and fly fishing tackle all work for these scrappy fish such as crappies, bluegills and, perch. Here are some of the top tactics you can use as crappies and other panfish start to ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:   Valley Runners Shenandoah Valley Runners will sponsor the following races: Lose Your Shirt and Shoes 5K: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Skyline High School, Front Royal. Information: Krystal Hall, email ...

Gerald Almy: Tricks for catching more crappies

What do over 20 million anglers have in common across the country? They love catching crappies. While these black and white speckled fish are fun to catch at any time of year, they are a particularly intriguing quarry in late winter and spring. Many people wait until the redbuds bloom to head ...

Gerald Almy: Blade lures effective for winter, spring fishing

Blade lures are one of the hottest types of artificial baits available for catching a wide spectrum of gamefish. Best of all, they’re especially productive right now, from winter through spring. It’s difficult to imagine a more plain-looking lure. Stamped into a tear-drop shape out of a ...

Gerald Almy: How to fight a tarpon

If you like your fishing laid-back and mellow, rod-in-forked-stick style, don’t go after tarpon. Few other kinds of fishing are as mentally intense or physically exhausting as hooking and battling these muscular 50-150 pound silver fish on lines and tippets testing 12-20 pounds. On the other ...

Peter Brookes: Hittin’ the ‘Hooch: Fishing in Georgia

When you think of the state of Georgia, you probably think of things like the epic movie, "Gone with the Wind," peanuts, searing summer heat, perhaps even the southern start of the 2,000-plus mile long Appalachian Trail. It's certainly not trout fishing – at least not for me. That's why I ...

Gerald Almy: Outdoor sports show runs Feb 3-11

It has become an event that many sportsmen look forward to with more excitement than holidays or birthdays. Every year in February the largest outdoor sports show in the world takes place in nearby Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at the Farm Show Complex. In one way, this is a good time for a sports ...

Gerald Almy: ​​Offseason care of fishing rods, reels, lures important

​For many anglers, fishing has become a year-round activity. So what if it's winter out. So what if its threatening snow and ice freezes in your rod guides and your coffee gets cold the minute you pour it from the thermos.  ​If there's a fish swimming around that might be caught, ...

Peter Brookes: Angling for redfish off Amelia Island

Sportsmen sometimes make elaborate, detailed and optimistic plans for their outdoor adventures, which only gives the hunting and fishing gods and goddesses an opportunity to have some fun with us mere mortals and our intentions.Am I right or what? I'm sure of this because that's what ...

Gerald Almy: Fishing show coming soon

Yes, hunting seasons are winding down. But there are still plenty of activities available for sportsmen and women, including fishing and outdoor shows.  ​If you have the urge to learn more about the sport of angling, you'll want to mark your calendar and attend the biggest show in ...

Gerald Almy: Grouse hunting missteps to avoid

In last week's column, we looked at some common errors grouse hunters make that reduce their chances for bagging this elusive brown and black quarry. Here are 10 more mistakes we should all try to avoid as we hike through the sere, gray forests this winter in search of this ...

Recreation events: Dec. 15

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Pre-Hangover 5K   Shenandoah Valley Runners will hold its Pre-Hangover 5K race at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 30 at Long Branch Plantation in Boyce. Information: Alex Lane, 540-323-1925 or email alexlaneiiii@yahoo.com. ...

Gerald Almy: To collect more grouse, avoid mistakes

Veteran upland hunters consider the ruffed grouse the most challenging game bird of all. From years of pursuing this beautiful brown, russet and black bird, I can vouch for that. One way to improve your success, however, is to avoid making mistakes. I feel well qualified to write a piece on ...

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 ...