July 2024 Edition

  • Will A Vessel Safety Check Save You

    Boat US

    Will A Vessel Safety Check Save You From A Random Boarding By Law Enforcement? Each spring and summer, recreational boaters debate getting a free, no-penalty vessel safety check (VSC). Some may also wonder if that VSC decal on their boat will save them from a random summertime boarding by law enforcement. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, the boating safety arm of the nation's largest membership-based boating group and Vessel Safety Check program sponsor says there is no... Full story

  • Dumping The Derelicts

    Boat US

    From June 10-August 12, organizations are invited to apply for grant funding to clean up their local waterways. WHAT: In a nationwide effort to remove abandoned and neglected boats from our nation’s waterways, the Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS) Foundation is seeking qualified, diverse and experienced organizations to submit projects for funding. The massive cleanup effort to remove abandoned and derelict vessels (ADVs) in U.S. coastal waterways and the Great Lakes is... Full story

  • AZGFD Urges Everyone To Wear A Life Jacket


    The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is urging everyone to wear a life jacket, and follow all safety regulations and laws this summer when recreating on Arizona's waterways. "A life jacket does exactly what it says - it saves your life when you need it," said Danny Rodriguez, watercraft law enforcement program coordinator. "However, it can only save your life if you're wearing one, and often it's too late to put one on once you realize you need it." According to U.S. Coast Guard... Full story

  • Good News - Boaters May Be Doing Better

    Boat US

    Decrease In Fatalities, Accidents, But Problems Persist The recently released U.S. Coast Guard 2023 Recreational Boating Statistics shows some good news on the boating safety front, with fatalities falling by 11.3% to 564 from 636 in 2022, and overall incidents decreasing by 4.9% from 4,040 to 3,844. Nonfatal injuries also dropped by 4.3% from 2,222 in 2022 to 2,126 in 2023. Over the long haul, the Coast Guard report also noted that when the Safe Boating Act was first passed in 1971, the... Full story

  • On The Cover July 2024

    Carol L Allen, Editor

    From bears to bison, from trout to turkeys, from fish to falcons, our Arizona wildlife is a plethora of precious beings who share our world. Arizona Game & Fish is a major guardian of this resource, assisted by various species-specific groups and caring individuals. The Wildlife for Tomorrow's Hall of Fame each year recognizes people and organizations who have significantly cared for the environment and those who inhabit it, our wildlife. We congratulate this year's inductees and thank them... Full story

  • Stateline Main Ramp Temporarily Closed


    News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 10, 2024 Contacts: General Park Information: 928-608-6200 Media Inquiries Only: GLCA_Media@nps.gov Stateline Main Ramp Temporarily Closed Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah/Ariz. – Beginning July 15, 2024, Stateline Main Ramp will be temporarily closed to accommodate vessel salvage operations. The salvage will be occurring at Wahweap Marina and will take approximately 1 week to complete. Staging for the operation and removal of salvage... Full story

  • AZ Outdoor Hall Of Fame Banquet


    Eight inductees to be honored Aug. 24 at the Wigwam Resort. PHOENIX - Make plans to honor your fellow conservationists at the Wildlife for Tomorrow(WFT) Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet Aug. 24 at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park. Eight new members will be inducted this year, a diverse group of experts and advocates who have made significant contributions to Arizona's natural heritage and have demonstrated passion and leadership in shaping the future of wildlife conservation in... Full story

  • Carol L Allen, Editor

    JULY 1ST – JULY 7TH Downstream Events Calendar July 2024 Photo Courtesy dulcey-lima-as9sa7c81e4-unsplash Prescott Frontier Days® World's Oldest Rodeo® 840 Rodeo Drive, Prescott AZ Prescott, Arizona 86305 JULY 3RD Downstream Events Calendar July 2024 Photo Courtesy ray-hennessy-gdTxVSAE5sk-unsplash Fireworks at Lake Pleasant July 4TH 4th of July at Green Valley... Full story

  • Pike Fishing

    Margie Anderson, Outdoors editor

    If you like bass fishing, you will love fishing for pike. Pound for pound, they are among the most aggressive fish you will ever tangle with, and they can weigh up to 40 pounds or more. Even in a state as far south as Arizona, northern pike thrive at higher elevations and provide plenty of action for anglers who would otherwise be dangling earthworms for trout. Behave Like Tigers Pike not only behave like tigers, they have a mouthful of teeth to match. The jaws, roof of the mouth, and even the... Full story

  • Mr. Whiskers Awaits You


    Community Fishing Program waters teeming with scrappy fighters. It doesn't have to be Friday to enjoy a good, old-fashioned fish fry. Cole slaw. French fries. Red beans and rice. Oh, and don't forget hush puppies. All are perfect complements to a pile of fresh-caught catfish filets, fried in a savory cornmeal batter until crisp and golden-brown. Whatever your choice of side dishes, leave the main course up to the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD), which is now stocking Community Fishing... Full story

  • Convenient Tackle Storage


    Hardcore fishing platforms have lure storage in every possible spot on board. But for the average boat, there's the new Tackle Station from SeaSucker. Because it mounts temporarily and is so easy to relocate, it's perfect for owners who may be pulling a tube one day and trolling the next. Made in the USA of durable high-density polyethylene (HDPE), the Tackle Station uses SeaSucker's powerful 4.5" Vacuum Mount. Supporting up to 120 lbs. once attached to any non-porous surface, it holds the... Full story

  • Visit Cooler Prescott


    Prescott's trails systems continue to expand: next up - Gateway Park. The City of Prescott continues to add new trails to its ever expanding system, many of which connect to one another. The overall design Is intended to give users as many options as possible. Although the more remote trails have access by connecting to other trail systems, such as Peavine National Recreation Trail, it often requires a trek of a couple of miles to arrive at these more remote trailheads. The City intends to... Full story

  • On The Road Again With The Anderson's

    Margie Anderson, Outdoors Editor

    Note - all photos were by John and Margie Anderson. When I was a kid, my dad always took us kids hunting off Dugas Road. There used to be a dirt road and a gate right on the side of I-17 and that road led to Hooker Tank, and from there over the hill to road 68D which goes from Dugas Road north to Squaw Peak Road. We loved it there and since we went there so often we all knew that area very well. There's a lot to be said about knowing all the best and prettiest places in an area, but after I... Full story

  • No Roof Rack?


    Many camper vans, overlanders and tow vehicles either aren't equipped with roof racks, or their design isn't conducive to adding them. That's where SeaSucker comes in. Its SEMA award-winning Ridge Ready Monkey Bars make it simple to mount a pair of sturdy crossbars to a vehicle with grooved channels, vents or A/C units on their roofs. Made in the USA, Ridge Ready Monkey Bars use SeaSucker's innovative Vacuum Mount technology. The four front and two rear 3.25" oval mounts have a combined holding... Full story

  • AZGFD Announces Wildlife Photo Contest


    Submissions accepted through 5 p.m. Aug. 9, 2024 Do you want to see your photo on the cover of Arizona Wildlife Views? Do you have a knack for capturing great photos of wildlife? Then you won't want to miss the Arizona Game and Fish Department's 18th annual wildlife photo contest. One best in show and 11 winners will be showcased in the 2025 calendar, which is published as part of the November-December 2024 issue of Arizona Wildlife Views. The best-in-show photo is published on the cover of the... Full story

  • VFW 3513 Alley Cats


    VFW 3513 Alley Cats Rescue The 'VFW Alley Cat Project' Has Brought Kitties, Vets, And Community Together Another Success Story Fearless Kitty Rescue was kind enough to help us find a home for Greystoke. Greystoke was one of those young cats who just tells you he would like a real home. In fact Greystoke found two homes. The owners of the first home did not know until Greystoke got there that the husband was allergic to cats. They reluctantly had to bring Greystoke back to Fearless Kitty. While... Full story

  • What's Up With The Wolves


    How fostering helps disseminate genetics in the wild population. What is the best way to infuse genetic diversity into the wild Mexican wolf population? Some argue that releasing captive-reared adult wolf pairs into the wild is the best way. But is it really? In this video, Jim deVos, Mexican wolf coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, discusses why fostering of wolf pups into wild dens is more effective than releasing captive pairs in the long run because of the geographic... Full story

  • Dove, Band-Tailed Pigeon Regulations


    Waterfowl and snipe, trapping rules also on AZGFD's website. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has posted the "2024-2025 Arizona Dove and Band-tailed Pigeon Regulations" at www.azgfd.com/hunting/regulations. In addition, the "2024-2025 Arizona Waterfowl and Snipe Regulations" and "2024-2025 Arizona Trapping Regulations" can be found on the department's website. The dove and band-tailed pigeon regulations are produced in a downloadable format that hunters will find handy in the field.... Full story

  • Independence Day 2024

    Jim Allen, Publisher

    Intelligence allows you to learn from your mistakes. Wisdom allows you to learn from other peoples mistakes. Wisdom generally only comes with age. In the 70's I made one of the largest mistakes I have ever made in judging a political figure. Because I had unknowingly listened to some bad information I made a judgment about a key political figure. Over the years when the subject came up I stuck to my opinion, wrong though it was. Many years later I took the time to listen to someone whose... Full story

  • The Price They Paid


    Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? ....Their story. . . Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; ..Another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.... Full story