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Boating Safety Advocates Remind Boaters to 'Wear It!'

Boating Safety Advocates Remind Boaters to 'Wear It!'

Boating safety advocates across the U.S. and Canada are teaming up to promote safe and responsible boating, including consistent life jacket wear each and every time boaters are on the water, during... Full story

Safe A Life (Or Several)

It's tempting not to wear a life jacket while on the water, especially on nice days. You want to get some sun, you think you'll get too hot, or you think you're a strong swimmer. But whether you're... Full story

Arivaca Lake Reopens To Vehicles After Construction

Renovation has been completed on the boat ramp and facilities at Arivaca Lake, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) says the lake is once again open to vehicular traffic. However, the... Full story

These Numbers Tell The Safety Story

All figures are from the U.S. Coast Guard's 2012 Recreational Boating Safety Statistics, the latest official record of reported recreational boating accidents. The full report is available online at: ... Full story

'Blue Ridge' Reservoir Is A Favorite For Paddlers

The long wait for the reopening of the C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir is finally over. The Arizona Game and Fish Department, in cooperation with the Coconino National Forest, has completed a... Full story

Maritime History In The Making

NEWPORT, R.I. (April 14, 2014) – While lathes are turning in Washington State, dozens of riggers have begun working on the standing rigging that will faithfully support the three masts of SSV... Full story

Come Join Us

Saturday June 21, 2014 Hosted by Division 10 1800-2300 Oakwood Country Club 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd Sun Lakes, Arizona Join us for fellowship, dinner, dancing and a formal celebration For more... Full story

Words Of Wisdom, The Value Of Free Sticker

It’s getting nicer outside every day and boating season is upon us. Many of you in the marine industry and boating world know me; my name is David Esparza, and I have been a member of the United... Full story

Fun Times Await In The Center of Arizona

The geographic center of Arizona is about 55 miles ESE of Prescott, and the closest town hall to that location is that of Camp Verde. There is a bronze plaque to that effect in Rezzonico Park,... Full story

Oracle State Park Opens for Weekends Year-Round; Event Schedule through April

(Phoenix, AZ - April 9, 2014) - Beginning in April 2014, Oracle State Park Center for Environmental Education will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round. For ... Full story

Fun, Adventure, Great Memories Are Just Ahead

Don't miss the fun and adventure of the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop April 25-27 at Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott. Space is limited for this popular all-inclusive women's' weekend in... Full story

Outdoor Enthusiasts To Gather In Prescott

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to be a part of the 2nd Annual Go Outdoors Event, taking place Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8 in Prescott, Ariz. The Go Outdoors! Event and the Yavapai ... Full story

AZGFD Outdoor Expo/Youth Day Draw Record 48,000

The Arizona Game and Fish Department's 2014 Outdoor Expo and Friday Youth Day drew a combined 48,000 attendees, the highest three-day total in the event's history. The weekend Outdoor Expo, held... Full story

Day On The Lake

This popular and valuable program will be at Bartlett Lake in May, June, and September. The Day on the Lake program is the only adapted watersports program for those with physical and neurological... Full story

Better Biking

Experienced mountain bikers will teach workshops Saturdays at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. At press time, the remaining Better Mountain Biking sessions are scheduled for April 19 and 26 and May 3.... Full story

Local First Arizona to Celebrate Arizona's Independent Businesses Week of Independence Day, June 29 - July 6, 2014

Phoenix, AZ (March 26, 2014) - In recognition of National Independents Week, Local First Arizona will honor locally owned and independent businesses across the state from Sunday, June 29, through... Full story

Women's Wilderness Escape

The National Rifle Association (NRA) Women's Wilderness Escape provides women 18 and older with an eight-day getaway opportunity to experience the softer side of firearm education with exposure to a... Full story

Star Parties at Catalina State Park on April 19 and Lost Dutchman State Park on April 26

(Phoenix, Arizona - April 8, 2014) - Catalina State Park (Tucson) will hold a Star Party on Saturday, April 19, 2014 and Lost Dutchman State Park (Apache Junction) will hold a Star Party on Saturday, ... Full story

Birding and Nature Festival at Dead Horse Ranch State Park on April 24-27

(Phoenix, AZ - April 18, 2014) - On April 24 - 27th, the Verde River Valley Nature Organization (VRVNO) and their partners will present the 14th annual Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival at... Full story

Arizona Anglers Are Invited

Winter, about to be spring, fishing has already produced yellowtail in the Coronado Islands. Home guard yellowtail, white seabass and California halibut are here year around. Who will catch the... Full story

AZGFD Fishing Tip Of The Week

For something different, head to Lynx Lake, where some anglers reportedly are having some decent action catching brown trout. Here's the tip: Try fishing a No. 18 or 20 with wooly bugger about 4 feet ...

Tagged Razorback Suckers Released in Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – On March 16th, in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation, the Nevada Department of Wildlife, BIO-WEST, Inc., and the Arizona Game and Fish Department, National Park... Full story

Closed Section Of Rufus Woods Lake Will Open To Anglers

Action: Open the closed waters section on Rufus Woods Lake to recreational fishing. Effective Date: April 15, 2014 until further notice. Species affected: All species Location: From Grand Coulee Dam... Full story

State Fishery Managers Stand Ready To Truck Salmon Around Wanapum Dam

EPHRATA - As construction workers race against the clock to make fish ladders at Wanapum Dam operational, state fishery managers are standing ready with an alternate plan to move spring chinook... Full story

Spring Fishing Has Arrived In Northern Arizona

Now is the time to get the tackle box ready, grab the fishing rods, and explore northern Arizona for some spring fishing! A particularly warm and dry spring has arrived, and unfortunately it followed ... Full story

Rosie Gets Monster Bass

Anglers who love to fish Roosevelt Lake located in central Arizona's Tonto National Forest have a future hope for the fishery -- monster bass. To help boost fishing opportunities at the 13,000-acre... Full story

Lake Powell Fishing Report

Lake level remains fairly constant with a slight drop to 3574 MSL. We hope spring runoff holds off for another few weeks as the Castle Rock Cut deepening project will continue until the last week of... Full story

Attention Anglers

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is implanting radio tags into a small percentage of hatchery-raised trout that will be stocked into the East Verde River in order to examine stocked trout... Full story

Excerpts From AZGFD Fishing Report

April and October can be the best months of the year to fish in Arizona. The water temperatures are ideal for waves of spawns. Access to high country lakes has opened the way for lunker holdovers.... Full story

More trout fishing opens this Saturday

For many Oregon anglers, the 2014 trout season officially kicks off on Saturday, April 26 with the opening of several popular fisheries throughout the state. Easy Angling Oregon can help you choose a ... Full story

WDFW plans additional razor clam digs in April and May

OLYMPIA - Washington's remarkable razor clam season continues as state shellfish managers plan to add digs in late-April and early May. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced ... Full story

2014‐15 New to Hunting Listing Annual Hunt Regulations

2014‐15 New to Hunting Listing Annual Hunt Regulations Doug Burt via HAHWG solicitation 2014 (new) June – July: Outdoor Skills Summer Adventure Camps Info: Multiple 5‐day, day and overnight... Full story

Commission Adopts New Hunting Rules

OLYMPIA - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission took action to expand the number of big-game hunting permits available this year and reduce the cost of several types of permits during a public... Full story

Elk, Antelope Draw Results Available

The draw results for Arizona's 2014 elk and pronghorn antelope big game hunts are now available by visiting https://az.gov/app/huntdraw/home.xhtml and scrolling down to the "View results and bonus... Full story

Oracle State Park Opens for Weekends

(Phoenix, AZ - April 9, 2014) - Beginning in April 2014, Oracle State Park Center for Environmental Education will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round. For ... Full story

Seeing Stars

Lost Dutchman State Park (Apache Junction) will hold a Star Party on Saturday, April 26, starting at 7 p.m and hosted by the Superstition Astronomical League. Families are welcome to come spend an... Full story

Draft Environmental Assessment for

Lake Havasu City, Ariz. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lake Havasu Field Office is seeking public input on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for a recreation commercial lease request for a ... Full story

Go Wild For Grand Canyon National Park!

Go wild for the history, nature, trails, and archeology of Grand Canyon National Park during National Park Week, April 19 through 27. To get the celebration going, Grand Canyon National Park will... Full story

Arizona Aqua Stars Synchronized Swimming Team

Masters Star for a Day Ladies, have you ever seen synchronized swimming on TV? Maybe you have seen the spoof from Saturday Night Live. Or perhaps you have always wanted to be a water ballerina? The... Full story

Can You Co-Exist With Backyard Beavers?

Some streamside landowners find themselves battling backyard beavers that gnaw down trees and flood yards with their dams. But even after removing dams or even the beavers themselves, most... Full story

National Park Service Seeks Public Input On Bison Management

The National Park Service (NPS) is pleased to announce the latest step to manage the impacts of bison on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP). After meeting with cooperators Arizona... Full story

Good Company

THANK YOU – Not always the case with all cats, Muffin Man Brookes was a friend of and to everyone who was part of his life – even those who aren't "cat people." In fact, all one needed to do was... Full story

Venom Begins To Flow As Weather Warms

Residents of the desert should always remember one simple rule when the weather begins to warm: know where you are placing your hands and feet. "That one rule can help people avoid the majority of... Full story

Bald Eagle Breeding Closure Lifted On Lake Pleasant

The Arizona Game and Fish Department and its partners of the Southwestern Bald Eagle Management Committee have lifted the closure put into place annually to help bald eagles during the breeding... Full story

Leave Baby Wildlife Alone

Rising temperatures and longer days mean spring is here and newborn wildlife will become increasingly visible. The Arizona Game and Fish Department understands people's desire to help seemingly... Full story

Arizona Game and Fish Commission votes to support alternative on Mexican wolf conservation developed by large stakeholder partnership

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted unanimously today (April 22) to support an alternative developed by 28 cooperating agencies and stakeholders for the non-essential population rule that... Full story

New SBA Chief / SBA Steps In

I guess this week I am going to merge two topics the SBA’s new head and how the SBA is now stepping in and getting involved as a watchdog for small businesses within the Federal Government for...

Superstition Search & Rescue

It has been a while since we have had a write up on Superstition Search and Rescue. This group of highly trained volunteers has accomplished an amazing amount of service to this community - aside... Full story

Nominations Sought For Arizona Outdoor Hall Of Fame

The Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation is soliciting nominations for this year's inductees into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame. Every year the Outdoor Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and... Full story

Recogintion Of Arizona's 25 "Tree City Usa" Communities

Phoenix, Arizona, 21 April 2014 — In honor of Arbor Day the Arizona State Forester Scott Hunt is pleased to announce that 25 Arizona communities have received the Tree City USA recognition. Cities... Full story

Fire restrictions now in effect at Arizona Game and Fish Department wildlife areas

The Arizona Game and Fish Department implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions at all department wildlife areas on Friday, April 18. The restrictions are part of the restrictions issued by the Arizona... Full story

Arizona Arbor Day Celebration

Phoenix, Arizona, 23 April 2014 – The Arizona State Forester Scott Hunt and Arizona State Forestry Division (ASFD) will celebrate the 142nd National Arbor Day on Friday, April 25, 2014. They will... Full story

Fire Restrictions Announced for Bureau of Land Management

To protect the public, natural resources, and reduce the risks of wildfires, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado River District has announced fire restrictions on 5.4 million acres of public ... Full story