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Outdoors

Gerald Almy: Deer breeding going strong for rifle season

If you were fortunate to be out hunting during early muzzleloader season, you faced some challenging weather. First, there was strong wind on the opener, then several days of rain. But chances are, if you stuck it out, you may have seen a buck chasing does. Maybe you didn’t get a shot, but ...

Craig Murto: Memorable road trips

Race trips can be memorable for a lot of reasons, and often the most memorable incidents aren’t associated with any particular on-track action. Like the time Wendell Scott played with my brothers and me in Danville as if he were going to drag race us at a stoplight as we traveled through ...

Recreation News & Events: Nov. 8

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:   Turkey Trot Page County Public Schools and Page Alliance for Community Action will hold its annual Turkey Trot 5K and 1K Nov. 17 at Hawksbill Greenway at the Mechanic Street parking lot in Luray. This ...

Gerald Almy: New products unveiled for hunters

As fall hunting seasons swing into full gear, here’s a look at some new equipment manufacturers have unveiled, ranging from inexpensive hand-warmers to high-priced optics to great deer hunting rifles. Franchi Momentum. This firearms maker is well known for its superb shotguns. Now it’s ...

Craig Murto: Logano did his job

Joey Logano put the “chrome horn” on Martin Truex Jr. in the final corner on the last lap to take the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup victory at Martinsville Speedway and ensure he’ll race for the championship in a few weeks at Miami-Homestead. The two competitors battled relatively cleanly ...

Recreation News & Events: Nov. 1

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Battlefield One-Half Marathon Shenandoah Valley Runners will host the Battlefield One-Half Marathon for ages 15 and older starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at Kernstown Battlefield, 3050 Saratoga Drive, Winchester. The ...

Gerald Almy: When acorns are scarce, look for these deer foods

Few sights are more appealing to a whitetail deer hunter than finding a section of forest with abundant acorns falling to the ground and the leaves littered with hoof prints, droppings, scrapes, and rubs. But as experienced hunters know, acorn crops can be light, spotty, or nonexistent in some ...

Craig Murto: Raikkonen returns to the top step

It had been five years – 2,042 days to be exact – since Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen stood atop the podium following a Grand Prix. But that all changed Sunday when Raikkonen drove his Ferrari to victory in the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas (CotA) in Austin, ...

Recreation Events: Oct. 25

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Super Hero Scram The Kiwanis Club of Strasburg will host a Super Hero Scram 5K run/walk and kids mile fun run Saturday at the Strasburg Mennonite Church, 239 High St. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. with the fun run ...

Gerald Almy: Three deer hunting spots to try this fall

In a recent column we profiled a number of habitat and vegetation setups that make good locations for waylaying a buck on his daily travel routines. Here are several more locations for setting up a deer stand that you can turn to as you mull over where to hunt during upcoming gun seasons. Any ...

Craig Murto: Covert wins Hub City

Jason Covert won the Super Late Model portion of the Hub City 100 at Hagerstown (Maryland) Speedway in what turned out to be a record-setting night. The 40-lap Ultimate Northeast Super Late Model Series (UNSLMS) feature paid $5,000 to win, but it became evident the night was special before the ...

Gerald Almy: Fall, winter time to learn fly fishing skills

Many sportsmen and women are devoting their free time now to bow hunting or preparing for gun seasons. Next week, we’ll look at a few more great deer stand locations to help with that task as muzzleloader and rifle seasons approach. But this is also a wonderful time to learn more about the ...

Recreation Events: Oct. 17

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Fun shoot Skyline Archery will hold its annual Fun Shoot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Front Royal. Registration is $10 by Saturday or $20 at the gate. A first time archery class, ...

Recreation Events: Oct. 11

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: Zombie Walk The Front Royal Zombie Walk will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20 starting at the Bing Crosby Stadium and ending at the Gazebo. Information: 540-635-4181, ext. 246   Super Hero Scram 5k The ...

Craig Murto: MARRS wraps up season

The Mid-Atlantic Road Racing Series (MARRS) wrapped up its 2018 season at Summit Point (West Virginia) Motorsports Park last weekend, and if you didn’t take advantage of the free racing, you missed a lot of good action. MARRS is a regional road-racing series sanctioned by the Sports Car Club ...

Gerald Almy: Four places to set up your deer stand

One of the hardest choices hunters face as muzzleloader and rifle seasons approach is where to set up in hopes of connecting with a deer. To help with this challenge, here are descriptions of four time-proven stands you can turn to for this fall. In a follow-up column, we’ll cover several ...

Craig Murto: Common sense was lost at Martinsville

C.E. Falk won the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 for NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars at Martinsville Speedway, but not without confusion and controversy at the end as common-sense officiating was absent. Thousands of fans packed the Virginia half-mile facility for the biggest NASCAR Late Model race ...

Recreation Events: Oct. 3

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:   5k Run/Walk Shenandoah County Health Ministries Coalition and Shenandoah Valley Runners will host the 5K Run/Walk for Health at 9 a.m. Saturday at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock. Registration, ...

Gerald Almy: Ant flies for trout

You’ve probably had ants invade your kitchen at one time or other. Or maybe you’ve been on a picnic where the pesky insects made their presence felt. But while they are a nuisance for humans, these black, orange, and brown insects are a gourmet treat for trout. Sure, every fly fisherman ...

Craig Murto: Roval will be wildcard

NASCAR competitors move their playoffs into unknown territory this weekend as they compete on the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Roval is the trademarked name for Charlotte's 17-turn, 2.28-mile course that uses parts of the oval, but mostly races as a road course. A true wildcard in this ...