Outdoors

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 ...

Gerald Almy: Three tactics for spring crappies

Slipping silently up to flooded brush pile, we cast our jigs towards the cover, counted down three seconds and turned our spinning reel handles. First one, then the other rod bowed deep as my friend and I connected on a double with fat crappies from southern Virginia’s Kerr Lake (also ...

Gerald Almy: Exotics offer great off-season hunting

If you’re like many avid hunters, you dread seeing the end of deer season. Yes, we’re usually physically exhausted from the early morning rising, long waits on stand, and tiring stalk hunting sessions. But emotionally, it’s hard to see it come to an end. If you want to extend your big ...

Gerald Almy: Virginia’s deer harvest plummets

After bouncing back strongly during the 2015-16 hunting season to harvest 209,197 deer, Virginia hunters this year reversed course and took home nearly 30,000 fewer animals. The preliminary kill figure for the state’s 2016-17 season is 180,121 deer. This included 89,728 antlered bucks, 12,572 ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Tournament James Madison University Softball will present Shenandoah Saturday as they host the JMU Softball Invitation Tournament at Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday in Harrisonburg. The JMU team will take on ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: March Madness Shenandoah Valley Runners will hold a March Madness 5K from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Sherando High School in Stephens City. Registration, which begins at 8:30 a.m., is $10 for adults and $5 ...