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Grand Banks 42 Finds Grand New Home

July 8th, 2015 San Diego California-"Shake Rattle and Troll Outdoors" takes possession of a 42' Grand Banks Trawler. The vessel is of mid 1970's vintage and powered by twin 135 HP Lehman diesels. The ...

New 'Rock The Boat' Sponsor

Infinity Fabrics, a leader in woven vinyl surfaces, is preparing for growth by updating its logo, brand look and Web site to align with the future of the company. After spending several years...

From The Homefront

Twice a month, Coast Guard All Hands [features] "From the Homefront," a column for Coast Guard spouses by Coast Guard spouse Shelley Kimball. Shelley has been married to Capt. Joe Kimball,...

Captain's Corner

Well, summer is finally here, we have temperatures well above 100 degrees on a daily basis. It is time to head to the lakes and rivers in the great State of Arizona. Oh, but first — • Do you have ...

AZGFD Offers Tips For Boating Safely, Responsibly

Time on Arizona's many lakes can be fun for the entire family, but great memories can only be made if that fun is done safely and responsibly. The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds boaters and ...

Ethanol

Last week, the EPA held the only public forum on its proposal to raise the ethanol levels in our fuel supply. It was held in the heart of corn country, and no surprise it was decidedly a one-sided...

Recreational Boating Industry Turning to Biobutanol as Alternative Biofuel

Washington, D.C. – June 17, 2015 – Engine manufacturers from across the recreational boating industry have identified biobutanol as a suitable and safe alternative biofuel to ethanol, a...

Coast Guard Bomb-Sniffing Dog Retires

A Coast Guard Explosive Detection K9 retired after six years of service, in a retirement ceremony held at the Maritime Safety and Security Team in Galveston, Texas. Chief Bert, a Coast Guard military ...

California Recreational Boaters Advised To Exercise More Caution This Summer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - An analysis of 2014 recreational boating accidents shows that drought makes boating riskier, according to the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways....

U.S. Coast Guard Releases Boating-Safety App

The Coast Guard has released its first boating safety app. However, the Boating Safety Mobile app was not designed to replace a boater's marine VHF radio, which the Coast Guard strongly recommends...

Life Jacket Exchange Station Sunday At Canyon Lake

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department will hold a life jacket exchange event from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, July 12 at Canyon Lake. Boaters with tattered and worn ski-vest type III...

Major Donor Gives $5 Million to Maritime Museum for Major Improvements

The Maritime Museum of San Diego has received a $5 million donation from Dan McKinney, a long-time Museum supporter. The gift will fund new improvements at the Museum to make it more immersive for...

Third of Three Starts:

NEWPORT, R.I. (July 5, 2015) – With 2,800 miles to sail and just two boats on the starting line, a conservative start would seem like the smart play. But for the 63-foot trimaran Paradox, owned by ...

Life Jacket Exchange Sunday At Saguaro Lake

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department will hold a life jacket exchange event from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, July 19 at Saguaro Lake. Boaters with tattered and worn ski-vest type III life...

Sprague Lake Public Access Closed July 27-Sept. 7 For Boat-Launch Project

SPOKANE – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) public access site on the southwest end of Sprague Lake in Adams County will be closed to all entry July 27-Sept. 7 for a...

Tonto National Forest Lifts Fire Restrictions

PHOENIX -- Campfire and smoking restrictions on the Tonto National Forest have been lifted, effective at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 2. The fire restrictions, which covered the entire forest, are no...

Great American Campout Raises Funds For Wildlife

DENVER- Camping in Colorado offers scenic views, solitude and escape. Joining in the Great American Campout June 27 to Sept. 7 means raising funds for wildlife too. Colorado Parks and Wildlife,...

Boutique Air Announces Start Date For Phoenix To Show Low Service

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (July 20, 2015) – Boutique Air announced today that it will be initiating service between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) and Show Low Regional Airport (SOW)...

Arizona State Parks Board Seeking Volunteer Advisory Committees Applicants

(Phoenix, AZ - July 17, 2015) - The Arizona State Parks Board is seeking motorized and non-motorized recreation enthusiasts, and scientists from throughout Arizona to serve as volunteer advisors....

Camp Fire at Bronco Trailhead

Location: Cave Creek Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest Maricopa County, Arizona North and east of Bronco Trailhead, east of Forest Service Road 24; three miles southwest of Humboldt...

Arizona State Parks Offers Wilderness First Responder Scholarships

(Phoenix, AZ - July 9, 2015) - Arizona State Parks is offering Wilderness First Responder (WFR) scholarships for a Wilderness First Responder course taking place in Flagstaff. The funds for the...

On The Cover

In her article that features ten places to "Beat the Heat" during an Arizona summer, Margie Anderson notes that one of her favorites is Prescott and nearby Watson Lake. She says that although this...

Sail Aboard California's Official Tall Ship

SAN DIEGO―Set sail to the beautiful waters surrounding Catalina Island aboard the schooner, Californian. Sailing aboard the Californian offers an opportunity to step into the past and experience...

Downstream

We're Looking Forward To October And - Prescott!

What: Prescott's Great Outdoors - Outdoor Recreation Festival & Expo When: Saturday, Oct. 10-Sunday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Where: Watson Lake Park - 3101 Watson Lake Road Why: Please...

Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay

BEYOND ARIZONA – Kelsee Haws, San Tan Valley, Ariz., is one of over 20 Arizona students who took an Education First tour of the South Pacific in June. She sits on a dock of Lake Okareka,...

Kurt R. Davis Assumes Role of AZGFD Game and Fish Commission Chairman

PHOENIX – Kurt R. Davis is the new chairman of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. Davis will lead the five-member commission for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which began July 1. Each commissioner...

Coho Salmon Caught In Lower Columbia Must Be Released Under New Fishing Rule

OLYMPIA – The early arrival of coho salmon in the lower Columbia River has prompted state fishery managers to clarify a fishing regulation issued earlier this month. A new rule issued today...

Chinook Salmon Fishing In Marine Area 9 Will Close At The End Of The Day Sunday

OLYMPIA – The recreational chinook salmon fishery in Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) will close at the end of the day, Sunday, July 26, when state fishery managers expect the catch quota to be...

Drought Conditions Prompt Fishing Closures, Restrictions On Numerous Rivers

OLYMPIA – State fishery managers are closing or restricting fishing on more than 30 rivers throughout Washington to help protect fish in areas where drought conditions have reduced flows and...

Idaho Angler Shatters Washington Tiger Trout Sport Fish Record

OLYMPIA – Kelly Flaherty of Priest River, Idaho, has set a new state record for the largest tiger trout caught in Washington, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed today. ...

Lake Powell - Turn Your Angling Adventure Into Success

Subtle changes in fishing conditions continue. Here are some of the small events that may change your fishing adventure into a successful trip. Stripers have now received that warm-water spawning...

WDFW Plans Public Meeting To Discuss Kalama River Steelhead Management

VANCOUVER, Wash. - State fishery managers have scheduled a public meeting Thursday (June 25) in Vancouver to discuss changes in the way the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is...

Bartlett Lake's Rattlesnake Fishing Pier Closed

PHOENIX -- A heads up to those wanting to fish from shore at Bartlett Lake. Rattlesnake fishing pier in Rattlesnake Cove is closed after a weld broke earlier this week. The pier will remain closed to ...

AZGFD Excerpts - Mid-June Report

Tip Of The Week If you are in Apache County, don't ignore Nelson Reservoir. It's often ignored by anglers zooming to Luna, Big Lake and beyond, but it's a decent late-spring rainbow producer. It even ...

Groundbreaking Event Celebrates Skagit Bay Restoration Project

OLYMPIA - A groundbreaking celebration is scheduled June 30 to mark the start of a two-year construction project in the Skagit River Delta that will support salmon recovery, protect farmland, and...

Final Stocking Of The Spring Season Is Completed

The final stocking of the season is done until September, but Arizona Game & Fish made it a big one. Please enjoy a safe and fun summer with your families. Here's the last load sheet for the...

Sol Duc River Closes To Fishing Near Sol Duc Hatchery

Action: Close to fishing the Sol Duc River from 200 feet downstream of the hatchery outfall creek upstream to the concrete pump station at the Sol Duc Hatchery. Effective Dates: June 18, 2015, until...

Lake Tapps Reopens To Fishing

Action: Reopens Lake Tapps to fishing. Effective dates: June 20, 2015. Species affected: All fish. Location: Lake Tapps (Pierce County). Reason for action: Water levels are high enough to allow safe...

NMMA Encourages Angling Advocacy Through Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation

Washington, D.C. – June 18, 2015 – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced today is official endorsement of Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation (BASC), a new intuitive...

AZGFD Fishing Tip Of The Week

Largemouth bass fishing is a great bet at Bartlett Lake, and the dropshot technique using plastic worms is usually the most reliable method of catching these fish. Before heading out, see a video...

Commission Adopts Policy To Boost Wild Chinook Salmon In Willapa Bay

OLYMPIA - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a new management policy designed to restore depleted runs of wild, natural-origin chinook salmon in Willapa Bay during a public meeting...

WDFW Releases Trout Early Into King County's Morton Lake

OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have stocked King County’s Morton Lake with trout months ahead of schedule due to drought conditions. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)...

American Sportfishing Association Elects Board of Directors Members

Alexandria, VA – July 8, 2015 - Six members of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) were elected or re-elected to fill three regional seats and three at-large seats on the board of...

Public Input Sought On Wild Steelhead Management Zones In Puget Sound Rivers

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public input on the selection of at least three Puget Sound rivers where hatchery steelhead would not be released by the...

Trout Size And Daily Limits Change In Ross Lake

Action: Change size restrictions and daily bag limits on rainbow trout; add increased limit on brook trout. Effective dates: July 18, 2015, until further notice. Species affected: Rainbow trout and...

Halibut Fishing To Close In The Nearshore Area Of Marine Area 2

Action: Close the northern nearshore recreational halibut fishery in Marine Area 2 (Westport-Ocean Shores) at the end of the day, Sunday, July 19. The nearshore area extends from the Queets River...

2015 Fall Hunt Draw Results Now Available

PHOENIX – The waiting game is over for hopeful hunters who applied for a 2015 fall hunt permit-tag. To view draw results for the fall deer, turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, buffalo and pheasant...

Shooting Accurately

Target shooting is a sport that a lot of families enjoy, but let's face it - the thrill soon wears off if you shoot poorly. I see it all the time on social media: People post "went shooting with the...

2015 Hunt Arizona Now Available Online

The 2015 edition of Hunt Arizona, the Arizona Game and Fish Department's yearly compilation of big and small game hunting statistics, is now available online at https://azgfdportal...

Cottonwood Woman Receives $500 Gift Card

The last thing Jenni Rice expected was to get a call from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The Cottonwood woman had been randomly chosen to receive a $500 gift card to Sportsman's Warehouse, an...

Arizona Game And Fish Develops Draft For Proposed Hunt Guidelines

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking public comment on draft proposed hunt guidelines for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 hunting seasons. The guidelines were developed based on input...

Arizona Big Game Super Raffle

PHOENIX – As the deadline draws near to enter the 10th annual "Arizona Big Game Super Raffle," the Arizona Game and Fish Department is receiving inquiries about what the raffle is and how it works. ...

Deadline Near To Enter Arizona Big Game Super Raffle

PHOENIX – How would you like to hunt any of Arizona's 10 big game species for 365 days almost anywhere in the state? Then enter the 10th annual “Arizona Big Game Super Raffle,” where a hunter...

Okanogan County Limited-Entry Deer Hunt Applications Due Aug. 14

OLYMPIA - Eighteen lucky hunters will have an opportunity to hunt for deer this fall on the 6,000-acre Charles and Mary Eder unit of the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area in northeastern Okanogan County....

Meeting Set July 31 In Ellensburg To Discuss Hunting In Elk Area 3911

Master Hunters and area landowners are invited to attend a meeting July 31 in Ellensburg to discuss a recent boundary change and other issues in Elk Area 3911, located near Ellensburg in Kittitas...

Two Youths Suffer Minor Injuries From Elk Encounter

KINGMAN, Ariz. – The message has been clear and concise: stop feeding wildlife. The Arizona Game and Fish Department has been informing people for years about the dangers of feeding wildlife. Last ...

Hunter Education Classes Continue Through Summer

OLYMPIA—While major hunting seasons are closed in summer, hunter education courses continue to run throughout the state. Now is the time to enroll in hunter education and avoid the autumn rush,...

Colonial Shooting Academy And Gunsight Academy Announce Partnership

Richmond, VA, July 14, 2015 - Colonial Shooting Academy, the largest indoor shooting range in the country, and Gunsite Academy, the developer of the modern technique of the pistol and the world's...

Arizona Continues To Improve Hunting/Fishing Education Programs

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Wildlife conservation partners of the Hunting and Angling Heritage Workgroup (HAHWG, pronounced "hog"), which is coordinated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, met Saturday ...

Spring, Webbed Migratory Bird Hunt Recommendations To Be Available For Review

PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department has scheduled a series of six "open houses" for its constituents to review and ask questions about proposed hunt recommendations for webbed migratory...

Dove, Band-Tailed Pigeon Regulations Available Online

PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department has posted the 2015-2016 Arizona Dove and Band-tailed Pigeon Regulations online at http://azgfdportal.devaz.gov/PortalImages/files/regs/doveregs.pdf....

ArtPlace America Awards $500,000 Grant for Tribal Heritage Project at Grand Canyon National Park's Desert View

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – ArtPlace America recently announced that the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA), on behalf of the tribal heritage project partnership, received a...

Arizona State Parks Offers Funding For Motorized Trail Projects Grant Deadline - September 1

(Phoenix, AZ - July 17, 2015) - Arizona State Parks is offering funding from the State Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund (OHV) for motorized trail projects. Available Funds: A maximum of $750,000...

State Parks Urge Campers To Visit

The State Parks in Arizona provide many opportunities for campers. Sue Black, executive director, said, "Come out and visit your State Parks ..., whether it's for a day trip or a weekend adventure."...

Beat The Heat Visit The Cool Places In Our State

The wonderful thing about living in Arizona is that we have such a range of altitudes and ecosystems. When it's too cold up north, we can mess around in the desert, and when the desert is broiling,...

Fire Danger High!

Target shooting is prohibited while fire restrictions are in place; fireworks and explosives are prohibited year-round. Vital information is available. Effective immediately, open campfires will be...

Cool And Charming: This Is Flagstaff

At an elevation of 7,000 feet (2,135 m), in the midst of the world's largest ponderosa pine forest, Flagstaff is a four -season hub of activity where an eclectic mix of small-town charm and endless...

Create Unforgettable Family Memories

Travel to Slide Rock and Red Rock State Parks in Sedona to create unforgettable family vacation memories. Both parks were selected in a recent travel poll by FamilyFun magazine readers as one of the...

ATV, OHV Riders Reminded About Safety Techniques

Arizona's mild start to the summer created perfect conditions for off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts to head out and view some of the state's most picturesque locations. Although "mild" is now a...

Safe, Responsible OHV Riding

AZGFD encourages off-highway vehicle operators, passengers to ride safely PHOENIX - With the Fourth of July weekend upon us, many Arizona residents and visitors are planning to hop on their off...

Top 10 Things to Do at Arizona State Parks

(Phoenix, AZ - July 1, 2015) - Get away from the sizzling temperatures and make a splash at one your State Parks on the Fourth of July weekend. Cool down and relax by swimming, water-skiing, boating, ...

Be Water-Safe - It's Summer Swim Time

It's summer in the Southwest, and there's no stronger call than that of water for all of us to cool off. Whether boating, fishing, water skiing, wake boarding, swimming, or participating in any...

Good Company

It's official! The paint is dry, the kennels are in place, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony is complete. The Sojourner Center Pet Companion Shelter opened for business in mid-May. We are truly blessed ...

'Smokey' Has Spoken - For Over 71 Years

Smokey Bear (aka Smokey the Bear) is an advertising mascot created to educate the U.S. public about the dangers of forest/wild fires. An advertising campaign featuring Smokey was created in 1944 with ...

WDFW Implements Fire Restrictions In Eastern Washington

OLYMPIA - The arrival of hot, dry weather, combined with drought conditions, has prompted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to restrict fires and other activities effective...

Arizona Highways, Arizona Wildlife Views Partner On Photo Contest

This year for the first time, Arizona Wildlife Views magazine and Arizona Highways are co-hosting our wildlife photo contest! The partnership means this contest will be easier than ever to enter:...

2016 AZGFD Heritage Fund Grants Cycle Now Open

Do you need funding to initiate or complete a wildlife conservation-related project? Are you a teacher interested in getting children outdoors to experience nature and wildlife, but don't have the...

AZGFD Takes Action To Spur Development Plan

The Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Arizona Attorney General filed suit against the Department of Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing their statutory duty to develop...

Outdoor Writers Association Honors Arizona Game And Fish Video Producer

PHOENIX - Arizona Game and Fish video producer David Majure recently received five Excellence in Craft Awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Majure was recognized for his work on...

Pregnant Mule Deer Poached, Twins Found Dead

CHINO VALLEY, Ariz. – The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking information about the poaching of a pregnant mule deer in Game Management Unit 19A, east of Chino Valley. Game and Fish...

WDFW Takes Preventive Actions To Reduce Conflicts With Wolves

OLYMPIA – For the past year, wildlife biologists at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have been preparing for the summer grazing season when wolves are most likely to encounter...

Drought Conditions Harming Fish And Wildlife, Disrupting Some Fisheries

OLYMPIA - State fishery managers are taking steps to protect fish that are affected by drought conditions, and are asking anglers to do their part as well. The Washington Department of Fish and...

Endangered Species Updates

The following is a summary of Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Project (Project) activities in the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area (MWEPA) in Arizona, including the Fort Apache Indian...

Community: Hot Summer Days in Maricopa

Yesterday, Monday June 22nd at approximately 12:34pm Maricopa Fire crews responded to a reported working house fire. Upon arrival, fire crews noticed a working fire to the rear of the structure. Fire ...

Fatality in Grand Canyon National Park On North Kaibab Trail

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Last evening, Friday, July 3, a park ranger responded to a report of a hiker in distress on the North Kaibab Trail. When the ranger arrived on scene, bystanders had already...

First Aid

FIELD FIRST AID – "First Aid in the Field: What You Need To Know" by Guy Sagi, contains vital knowledge for the outdoors enthusiast. He says, "Don't let yourself be unprepared to render first aid...  Website

 
 
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