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Alex Kardis shot this 10-point buck on the farm of his parents, Phil and Penny Kardis, in Flint Hill. It was on the second anniversary of the passing of his grandfather, Lawrence Chadwell, of Huntly. Kardis thought his grandfather would have been very proud.

On a cool Saturday morning in late April, Wakefield Country Day School students, faculty members and a parent volunteer helped with a Wounded Warriors project in Madison County, helping set up a Healing Waters Project. Veterans, assisted by guides, are able to fish local rivers and streams, …

Young Rappahannock hunter Bradley Settle, son of Lee and Ashley Settle of Castleton and Renee Settle of Chester Gap, harvested his first turkey on Youth Day for spring turkey season last month. With two beards, the bird was considered an atypical wild turkey.

Lewis Foster of Flint Hill was happy enough when he caught a 6½-pound trout in early March, but less than two weeks later, he reeled in this nine-pounder on Passage Creek, in the Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area of GW National Forest. If the trend continues, Lewis might need a find a larger truck.

With hunters getting ready to hit Rappahannock’s fields and forests in pursuit of deer, I wanted to encourage everyone to consider replacing their lead bullets with copper ones. Getting the lead out of gasoline and paint are universally considered milestone achievements with clear, demonstra…

I am an Amissville resident of 20 years living on Hinsons Ford Road. Our family members hunt, target shoot and have always supported responsible gun ownership, use and safety. From time to time I have heard target practice and shooting near my property. However, the Sunday of Memorial weeken…

The real estate tax in Rappahannock County is headed for an increase of 2 cents, and possibly 4 cents, when the new county budget is unveiled later this month, several board of supervisors members warned at the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday afternoon (March 4).

Wildlife biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) have compiled preliminary figures for deer, bear, and turkey harvests for the 2012-13 fall/winter hunting seasons. The white-tailed deer harvest was down from last year while the turkey and bear harvest inc…

A bill is now before the General Assembly in Richmond which would place restrictions on fox penning in the state. Supporters of fox penning claim that the purpose of the pens is to train foxhounds, hundreds of which may be let loose on confined foxes at one time. Competitions with judges sug…

Participants – human, equine and canine – gather around Rev. Sue Hardman for the blessing of the hounds at the start of a fox hunt at Thornton Hill Farm last Sunday (Nov. 4). After blessing everyone involved – including the foxes – the hounds and riders disappeared into the woods to official…

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