• By Langden Mason
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“It was about 5:59 this morning. The store clerk unlocked the door from the inside and before I could react, the crowd was pushing. I got caught up in this wave of people. It was horrible — but exciting all the same!”

RICHMOND — Deer mating season is here and while it officially started in October, November is when deer related crashes are the highest in the Commonwealth of Virginia, statistics show. 

  • By Matthew Reilly
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My middle school classmates defined hunting by “treestands,” “30/06s,” and “deer.” My background was different. I learned to shoot with a double-barreled cap shotgun, behind a dog with a nose for birds and a Dad with an aim for them.

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APPOMATTOX – Thirty new Virginia State Police troopers have reported to their respective Division Headquarters to begin the final phase of their training. The 126th Basic Session celebrated their graduation Oct. 6 at the state police Academy in North Chesterfield County. Upon receiving their…

  • By Langden Mason for The Rural Virginian
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I’m the guy people call when they’ve got a piano to move down two flights of stairs, squeeze through a 28-inch wide doorway, and finally rest it on the back of a pick-up truck.

  • By Matthew Reilly for The Rural Virginian
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The falling leaves and half-bear trees that come to mind when visualizing bow hunting in the autumn woods often do not mesh with reality during the front end of the early archery season in Virginia.

  • By Matthew Reilly |Special to the Rural Virginian
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Virginia Public Lands Day was established to encourage the enjoyment and appreciation of these public lands by the citizens of the Old Dominion.

  • By Matthew Reilly
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In an age of rapid population growth, LCD overload, and unprecedented cultural disassociation from nature and the outdoors, when mass marketability rules, often in favor of more traditional, refined values, outdoor television has been stolen from the everyman.

  • By Matthew Reilly
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As a fly fisherman, I do a lot of dreaming. I often dream of places — places I’ve been and fallen in love with, places I’ve not yet been and places I’ll probably never have the chance to touch physically. Those in the latter two categories elicit certain images, which are, more often than not, laughably two dimensional. Sometimes wrong.

  • By Langden Mason
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Have you eaten any tomatoes lately? Might as well ask if you’ve taken a breath lately. Summer in the South means tomato sauce, tomato paste, tomato sandwiches, stewed tomatoes, sliced tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and fried green tomatoes. Supper is not complete without a sliced, well-salted and well-peppered tomato on a blue willow plate.

  • By Matthew Reilly
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On the evening of Aug. 14, after a day full of training for my position as head resident adviser for Emory & Henry College, I went fishing, to wash away the day — and to take back the part of me that becomes diluted when I spend more than a few days in town and on concrete.

  • By SARA MOULTON | The Associated Press
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There are very few things more delicious than tomatoes in season. Sure you can buy them year-round, but these imports tend to be mealy and flavorless, so why bother? Tomato Mozzarella and Basil Tart is a celebration of the tomato at the peak of its perfection, namely right now.

HARRISONBURG — James Madison University is welcoming the Class of 2021 to campus this month. Members of the incoming freshman class include:

  • By Matthew Reilly
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Summer is stagnant and never ending in the South. And when the sun seems to melt the passage of time, and the willing-to-eat, enthusiastic fish fin the waters of farm ponds with water cooler than the air, it’s not uncommon to find me at my favorite local arena several days a week.

  • BY JOHN BOYER |Richmond Times-Dispatch
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The Charlottesville area will be left out of the most dramatic darkness when a solar eclipse transits the country on Aug. 21, but it could still be the best local solar eclipse experience since 1970.

If you read and remember, last week I ripped into the omnipresent cloud of greed that seems to hang in the background of the holiday season, and attempted to refocus on the reason for the season — celebrating life and each other, outdoors or otherwise.