Maybe you don’t need any new gear for this fall and winter’s hunting seasons. But it’s still fun to follow what’s being offered by top manufacturers in the hunting and outdoor fields. Here’s a look at some of the newest and best offerings.

A popular legend has it that a wise fishing philosopher once warned the uninitiated angler: The first time you fish for musky it’s for fun; the next time you fish for musky it’s for revenge.

As a change of pace from our usual column focusing on a single subject, here’s a collection of tips for a wide variety of species that might help your hunting success during upcoming seasons. Just about every species hunted in Virginia is either in season now or will be soon.

Talk to three different deer hunters about the present quality of deer hunting in the Shenandoah Valley and you’ll likely get three different opinions. The fact is, hunting quality can vary widely from property to property. It can vary dramatically from day to day. And it can be different fr…

When the subject of wild turkeys comes up, most hunters picture scenes of spring hunting and the challenge of calling in a cautious gobbler into shotgun or bow range when the redbuds are in bloom. If you want some exciting hunting before spring, though, try going after turkeys this fall and winter.

Lots of sportsmen and women are devoting their free time now to preparing for bow hunting or sighting in rifles and checking out muzzleloaders for upcoming deer gun seasons. But this is also a wonderful time to learn more about the sport of fly fishing. And one of the best places to do that …

I love fishing for brook trout in Virginia’s mountain streams as much as any other angling addict in the Old Dominion. Brookies don’t get very big around here but they’re a plucky group – and give us hours of outdoor pleasure.

Young racers often dream of making it big in NASCAR, but before they can, they’d better be able to make the transition to heavier cars.

By now most avid sportsmen and readers of this column are making their final preparations to get ready for upcoming hunting seasons. Tree stands are firmly positioned. Trail cameras are checked one last time. Gear is organized and cleaned. The weather forecast is studied intensely for wind d…

Last week we looked at three of the top lures you can use for river smallmouths in the Shenandoah and other nearby bronzeback waters such as the Potomac, Rappahannock, Cacapon and James. Here’s a look at four more offerings to stock in your vest or mini tackle box.

Kevin Harvick went winless through the first 19 races of the 2019 season, but Sunday he grabbed his second win in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis to score his third win of the year as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads into the playoffs.

Easing gently downstream with the flow of the current, I tossed the tiny prop bait toward a mid-river rock, waited until the ripples disappeared, twitched it once, then again. A loud whoosh filled the air and a visible swirl cracked the Shenandoah River’s smooth surface as a smallmouth grabb…

When the topic of the .22-caliber firearm comes up, people often look off into the distance, grin softly and think back to their first rifle or pistol — and that special person who introduced them to shooting sports as a kid.

Hot summer days, family vacations, work, lawns to mow, and plenty of fishing on tap…all those and other things make it hard to think about deer hunting in summer. But if you don’t do a bit of pre-planning, you may be caught without a sound strategy when opening day comes around, whether that…

One inescapable fact is that racing is dangerous, and often incidents that occur in the sport are spectacular.

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

Most trout fly fishermen are aware of the importance of aquatic insects in their quarry’s diet. These include mayflies, stoneflies, caddis and similar species. But while these water-born insects get most of the attention in trout fishing literature, in modern times terrestrial insects (those…

If there’s anything that can be learned from the August NASCAR night race at Bristol (Tennessee) Motor Speedway, it is that people in NASCAR need to get a clue.

It may seem hard to believe, but hunting season is upon us. Dove hunting is always first on the list for fall sportsmen and women wanting to get afield. That’s the case this year as well with the opening at noon on Sept. 2.

Early in the 400-mile Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, Kevin Harvick had to make an unscheduled pit stop and appeared out of contention for the win.

When planting fall food plots of brassicas, radishes, beets, and turnips, the first step is to do a soil test and add the needed fertilizer according to the test results. Also, add the required lime needed to bring the pH up to at least 6.0. A reading closer to 6.5 is even better. Kill any e…

With only five regular season Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races remaining before the playoffs, this is not the time for drivers in championship contention to be making enemies.

As we saw in last week’s column, plants with bluish-green leaves called brassicas are among the best choices for fall food plots. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), “brassica crops have a number of beneficial attributes including rapid fall growth, high biomass productio…

“Pinch me,” I thought, “I must be dreaming,” having a very hard time believing that here I was wading in cold, cascading water on a hot, humid early-summer day fishing for wild trout not far from home.

Many readers have asked recently for some information on what to plant for fall food plots. So over the next few weeks, we’ll delve into this topic with information on not only what to plant, but also how to plant it to ensure the best crop possible for wildlife. We’ll also delve into some o…

Today’s bass anglers have so many superb lures available that it’s sometimes difficult to decide which bait to tie on the end of the line. Topwaters, grubs, crankbaits, buzzbaits, swim baits, jigs, spinnerbaits, blade lures, tailspinners. The list is a long one. And then for each category, t…