Outdoors

Gerald Almy: Hunting for late season ducks

​​​​For duck hunters, there's no season like the late season. The later in the year it gets, the more birds migrate from northern states and Canada. If you're still in the frame of mind for hunting, ducks remain open through Jan. 29. There aren't many big waters in ...

Gerald Almy: Look for fallen timber for a late buck

Sure, the major deer seasons are finished for the year. But muzzleloader, bow, and crossbow hunting are still options. And in many counties, mostly in the eastern part of the state, rifle hunting remains legal into early January. If you’re a diehard and are still looking for a late-season ...

Bryce Resort is making snow for slopes

Bryce Resort has kicked off its winter season and has begun to make snow, said Horst Locher, director of skiing at the southern Shenandoah County resort. “All the snow-making right now is 24 hours a day until we get that sleet or rain on Saturday. We're going all the time. We have the ...

Gerald Almy: Try these 10 tips for hunting squirrels

Even though their popularity has slipped in recent years with the rise in deer and turkey numbers, many local sportsmen still pursue gray and fox squirrels in late fall and winter. And it’s not hard to see why. Bushytails offer excellent chances for success. They can be pursued with a ...

Gerald Almy: New gear unveiled for hunters

If you felt some of your hunting gear wasn’t quite up to the task this fall or maybe it simply needs replacing because it’s old, here’s a look at some new hunting products that might be of interest. Bergara Woodsman rifle. Firearm company Bergara’s B-14 Woodsman features an ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Class The Warren County Parks and Recreation Department will hold a defensive firearms class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Community Center. The class is open to anyone 10 and older but those under 18 ...

Gerald Almy: Success on the Massanutten Mountain Range

Editor's note: This is the conclusion of the author’s story of his first successful deer hunt many years ago in Shenandoah County.  In some situations, dawn-to-dusk hunting is worthwhile. But here on the steep Massanutten Mountain Range behind my cabin on the Shenandoah River, I know ...

Gerald Almy: A buck on the Massanutten Range

Do you remember your first deer? This week, and next, I will tell the story of mine, taken many years ago in the woods above the cedar cabin where I lived on the banks of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River as it swept hard against the steep gray flanks of the Massanutten Mountain Range. It ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: 5K Shenandoah Valley Runners will hold a Beat the Clock 5K from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., Winchester. Runners pick their finish time and with a staggered ...

Shenandoah park fees to increase on Jan. 1

Shenandoah National Park visitors will see an increase in park entrance fees beginning Jan. 1. A fees comparison study conducted by the National Park Service as well as a static fund appropriation from Congress over the past 10 years or so led to the decision to move forward with ...

Gerald Almy: Tips on bagging a turkey this fall

Mention wild turkeys and most sportsmen think of spring hunting and the challenge of calling in a wary gobbler. But if you want some exciting hunting before spring, try going after the big black and brown birds this fall and winter. This year in Shenandoah and Frederick counties the season ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Turkey Trot Page County Public Schools and the Page Alliance for Community Action will sponsor a Turkey Trot starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on the Greenway in Luray.  Information: http://tiny.cc/x45ygy or ...

Group holds river cleanup, tree planting

Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River held a joint river cleanup and tree planting over the weekend at Plains Mill and Seven Bends State Park respectively. John Eckman, the organization's executive director, said that both did well to help their respective causes. Plains Mill, ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: 5K The Shenandoah Valley Girls on the Run will hold a 5K starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Jim Barnett Park in Winchester. Registration and packet pick up will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the fireman's shelter. Other ...

Gerald Almy: Solving problems that arise during the rut

The “rut” — the period when deer are actively breeding — is a dynamic time to be in the woods hunting. For Shenandoah Valley hunters, the timing of peak rut is from right about now through Thanksgiving. But if you think about it, lots of things can also go wrong during this high-octane ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Hail to the Trail The town of Purcellville and Nature Generation will host the third Hail to the Trail from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Champan DeMary Trail. The event features local organizations that focus on ...

Skyline Drive closing at night during hunting season

Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park will be closing nightly this month to coincide with hunting season. The national park's historic road between Front Royal and Thornton Gap and from Swift Gap Run to Rockfish Gap in the southern portion of the park will be closed from 5 p.m. and 8 ...

Gerald Almy: Blade lures for fishing trips

Mention “blades” and many fishermen probably think you’re talking about fillet knives. To a small group of anglers, though, “blades” describes one of the hottest lures available for catching a wide spectrum of gamefish. Best of all, they’re especially potent right now, from fall ...