It’s that time of year again. Even though the days are sweltering and fishing is going strong, it’s time to shift gears occasionally and focus on the upcoming hunting seasons. A good way to do that is to mark your calendar for Aug. 9-11 and plan on attending the annual Outdoor Sportsman Show…

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Rising to the surface, the black-spotted brown trout gently sipped in the Blue-Winged Olive mayfly imitation. Setting the hook, the angler was fast to a gorgeous 14-inch trout that had been planted as a fingerling and was now fighting virtually like a wild fish. The trout raced furiously thr…

Tossing the silver-bladed lure into a swirling eddy near the shoreline of the Shenandoah River, I closed the bail on the ultralight spinning reel. After two turns on the handle, I was rewarded with the sharp stabbing take of a hefty smallmouth bass.

People’s lives are so busy these days that it may be hard to find time to read a whole 800-word column--even if you’re interested in the topic. So for those people, here are some short tips and tactical insights that might help you catch more fish or harvest more game, or at least enjoy the …

Easing carefully along the bank of the trout stream, I suddenly spotted a large brown trout hanging under a branch of a willow tree. This would be a special challenge. He was obviously an old, educated trout that had seen many flies during his lifetime.

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What should have been the best Formula One race of the year was absolutely ruined by one of the worst calls race officials have ever made.

If you like to fly fish for warm water species such as bass and panfish, you may well focus on large lakes like Frederick, Anna, Moomaw and Smith Mountain. But some of the best sport with the long rod for these gamefish takes place on smaller waters – farm ponds, stock tanks and tiny natural…

Kyle Busch won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Pocono (Pennsylvania) International Raceway on Sunday but it’s what will take place at the track in 2020 that is interesting.

A wide array of new products have been introduced by hunting equipment companies in recent months. Here’s a quick rundown on some of the most impressive ones that might be of interest for fall hunting seasons, arriving soon with the opening of doves and Canada geese in September.

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:

Many fishermen turn to topwater lures when bass and other gamefish are feeding in shallow water. It’s certainly exciting to see a bigmouth or smallmouth slam into a chugger wobbling across the surface of a calm lake or the Shenandoah River. But sometimes fish will hang out in thin water but …

If you have perennial food plots or agricultural fields such as white clover and alfalfa, you were probably glad to see them finally green up this year. After the incredibly cold winter and early spring I was wondering if my ladino clover fields were ever going to fully emerge. That finally …

If you just want to go out and catch a few fish, it’s hard to find a better quarry than the humble sunfish. The classic “sunfish” is the bluegill. But there are several other common members of this group that local anglers can catch in ponds, lakes and rivers in or near the Shenandoah Valley…

Kyle Busch took a lot of heat on social media for something he said at Dover, Delaware, but he was absolutely correct – the cars are going too fast.

When I sat down to watch Sunday’s NASCAR race from the superspeedway at Talladega, Alabama, the first thing that impressed me was that the place was jam-packed full of spectators.

In Part I and II of this extended series we delved into a number of ways to up your odds for success in the woods during this spring’s turkey season. Here are some final insights to help you score on a longbeard during coming weeks.

Last week’s column looked into some of the rewards and attractions of hunting for antlers that deer have dropped in late winter. But besides the fun and internal satisfaction it provides, hunting antlers has practical benefits as well. It can also make you a better hunter. It does this by sh…

At its core, the Shenandoah Adventure Weekend held each April at the Shenandoah River State Park in Bentonville is a chance for participants to compete annually in the world of adventure racing. But as Margo Harris, Director of Marketing and Communications for Adventure Enablers, said on Tue…

The buck’s long main beam and sweeping tines seemed to glow with their own inner light on that gray, drizzly day. It was one of the most impressive racks I had seen in many years of hunting. It was definitely a large deer for Shenandoah County.

Colton Herta became the youngest IndyCar winner when he won the inaugural IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, on Sunday.

Virginia has long had a reputation as a good state for whitetail deer hunting. But over the last decade the Old Dominion is also becoming known as a prime destination for black bear hunting. The state offers prime natural habitat for bears, and thanks to the contributions of hunters’ dollars…

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: