Outdoors

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 ...

Craig Murto: Mixed reviews for Daytona 500

The 59th annual Daytona 500 now is in the history books, which will show that Kurt Busch took the win with a last-lap pass, only the 11th time the final lap determined the race. Overall I loved the race, and thought it was exciting. The final four laps saw four different leaders. But a quick ...

Gerald Almy: Tips for upcoming fishing seasons

With the unusually warm February we’ve enjoyed, it’s hard not to think ahead about fishing. Here are some quick tips that may help you fool that wary brown trout or jumbo-sized smallmouth bass this year. Catfish: Prime spots to find catfish include drop-offs, deep holes, steep bluffs, ...

Gerald Almy: Tactics for Virginia’s saltwater striped bass

Fishing for giant saltwater striped bass is mostly concentrated inside the Chesapeake Bay until December 31. After that, action moves off into the Atlantic Ocean along the Virginia and North Carolina coasts when the bay waters are closed to fishing for this species. Whether you’re ...

Gerald Almy: Fishing for giant stripers in Atlantic

To lots of people, fishing means sunny days, cold drinks, and shirtsleeve weather. But the reality is, some of the most rewarding angling takes place in the dead of winter and early spring when temperatures hover in the 40s and cold winds and gray clouds are the norm. One of the most obvious ...

Recreation Events

5K Shenandoah Valley Runners will host a Lose Your Shirt and Shoes 5K at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 25 at Skyline High School in Front Royal. Runners are asked to bring donations of running shoes and shirts for those less fortunate. Information: Krystal Hall at luvteaching7533@yahoo.com, Phil Laub at ...

Gerald Almy: Niagara River great fishing destination

Chunks of ice, some as big as a car, floated in the 32-degree river as we slipped away from the dock and began our winter angling adventure. Well, for me it was an adventure. For my fishing partner, guide Joe Cinelli, and his brother Chris, it was just another day at the office. Both are ...

Gerald Almy: Outdoor shows opens Saturday

Every year in February the largest sporting show in the world is held in nearby Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at the Farm Show Complex. And every year the management of the National Rifle Association, sponsor of the massive outdoor show, holds its breath that no blizzards will strike and curtail ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Kitten Bowl Cat's Cradle will host its first annual Kitten Bowl fundraiser and adoption event from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Pale Fire Brewing Co., 217 S. Liberty St., Harrisonburg. Information: 540-433-1135 or email ...

Tips for late season grouse hunting

With deer seasons finished for the year, there’s one sport that still draws diehard hunters to the woods no matter how cold the air and how deep the snow – grouse hunting. It’s hard to think of a better way to conquer the monotony of gray winter days than walking through the woods ...

Gerald Almy: Fishing schools, shows on tap

Yes, hunting seasons are winding down. But there’s still plenty of activity available for sportsmen and women, including fishing and hunting shows and hands-on fly fishing lessons. If you have the urge to learn more about the sport of fly fishing, you don’t have far to go. Harry Murray, ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: SVR Shenandoah Valley Runners will hold a Stickman’s tandem 5K at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 28 at Strasburg High School. Registration will be held from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. There will be four divisions: men, women, co-ed and ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Poker Run Shenandoah Valley Runners will host a Poker Run 5 Miler from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Saturday at Bowling Green Country Club South in Front Royal. Information: Colleen Snyder at 540-305-4944 or ...

Gerald Almy: Tips for hunting late-season ringnecks

While the Shenandoah Valley does not hold a native population of ringnecks, many area sportsmen pursue these birds this time of year. They do so in several ways. Some take trips to a well-managed preserve where the birds are stocked and guided trips are offered as well as on-your-own hunts. ...

Recreation Calendar

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Winchester Beer Mile The Winchester Beer Mile, a drinking game that combines running and speed drinking on a one-quarter mile course, will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday at 1043 Shady Elm Road. A non-alcoholic root ...

Gerald Almy: ​​Best strategies for cold water largemouths

A fierce wind blew across the pewter gray waters of Lake Anna and sporadic rain stung our faces as my fishing partner and I cast our lures toward a submerged island. It was the dead of winter and the weather was atrocious. Still, we thought our chances for a big bass were higher than ...

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 ...