Times Spent Outdoors: Priceless!

Articles from the January 15, 2015 edition

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  • International Sportsmen's Exposition Launches New Consumer Blog


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Get closer to the great outdoors with International Sportsmen's Expositions' (ISE) new consumer blog, ISEConnects. Show attendees and those who haven't attended can access information about their favorite outdoor experts, get industry insider news, and connect with show specials, discounts, contests and other value-enhancing programs. ISEConnects is also the perfect forum to share stories of the outdoor adventures. Since 1975, ISE events have presented America's premier... Full story

  • Arizona Renaissance Festival - 27th Annual


    Are you looking for an uplifting good time? It's easy! Take a trip back in time to the wildly popular and entertaining Arizona Renaissance Festival. The annual faire begins at 10 a.m. every Saturday, Sunday - and on Presidents' Day Monday - from Feb. 7 through March 29. Today's audience want to be more then spectators. They want to interact and be surrounded by entertainment as they seek to escape the everyday world. European-Style Country Fair This festival transports visitors to an... Full story

  • AZGFD's Outdoor Expo


    Welcoming the wonderful outdoor activities that come with spring in the Southwest (the first day of spring is March 20) will be one of Arizona's favorite annual events: the Arizona Game & Fish Department's Outdoor Expo. Expo Objective The objective of this popular outdoor event is to inform, educate, train and introduce the public through activities, demonstrations and exhibits of hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, archery, wildlife watching, off-highway vehicle and watercraft recreation,... Full story

  • On The Cover


    Margie Anderson recently snapped this photo of a deer poised above beautiful Bartlett Lake. He symbolizes to us the many opportunities to learn more about wildlife and outdoor activities at the two expos that traditionally begin the New Year: the International Sportsmen's Expo and Arizona Boat Show, Feb. 19-22 at the University of Phoenix Stadium and the Arizona Game & Fish Department's Outdoor Expo, March 28-29 at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. Although wildlife per se is not its feature, ano... Full story

  • AZGFD Fishing Report Excerpts

    AZGFD|Jan 15, 2015

    Tip Of The Week At Silver Creek, Cinda Howard of Fly Fish Arizona said fishing is good but has been getting tougher. Flies of choice have been bunny leeches in tan or black, Glo Bugs, San Juan worms and zebra midges. There also has been some top-water action, especially when the sun hits the water and generates midge hatches. Water temperatures are in the 40s. The Reel Deal We call them "incentive" trout for a reason: To get you out on the water and hopefully onto some big fish. The reports of... Full story

  • Bill Luke Bass Days


    BASS DAYS ARE BIG -- Bill Luke Bass Days is the Southwest's largest family fishing tournament and festival – to be held March 13, 14, 15 at Lake Pleasant. This year's is sure to be one of our biggest events! For the fishermen, we are featuring over $50,000 in cash prizes. For everyone, we will have a day and night time festival featuring a cornhole tournament, carnival rides, vendors, food, wildlife exhibits and live music. For more information, visit http://www.billlukebassd... Full story

  • Orlando Is Destination For Global Sportfishing Industry


    Now is the time to mark your calendar for the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, the world's largest sportfishing trade show. Produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the trade group that represents the sportfishing industry, ICAST will be held July 14 – 17, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. From buyers to media to exhibitors, ICAST annually attracts more than 11,000 representatives from the international s... Full story

  • Arizona Pronghorn Antelope, Elk Hunt Draw Booklet Online 2015

    AZGFD|Jan 15, 2015

    The 2015 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information booklet has been posted online by the Arizona Game and Fish Department at www.azgfd.gov/draw. Printed copies of the booklet should be available at hunting license dealers in the next few days. Hunters may now begin applying for hunt permit-tags issued through the drawing process by submitting a paper application by mail to Arizona Game and Fish Department, P.O. Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052, or by hand delivery to any Game and Fish... Full story

  • AZGFD Seeks Input On Game Management Hunt Guidelines

    AZGFD|Jan 15, 2015

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department is accepting comments on improving the hunt guidelines to continue the sustainable management of the state's game animals, while providing as much hunting recreation as possible. Comments on the existing hunt guidelines may be submitted through Feb. 15, 2015, either by e-mail to azgamebranch@azgfd.gov, or by mail to Hunt Guidelines, Arizona Game and Fish Department, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086. "This is the public's opportunity to get... Full story

  • Arizona Game & Fish Commission To Cost-Share Repairs To Willow Beach Hatchery

    AZGFD|Jan 15, 2015

    The Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted to give the director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department authority to finalize a cost-sharing agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to repair the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery. In a 5-0 vote, the commission agreed to pay up to $389,000 to fix a broken pipeline for the hatchery. The contribution amounts to 50 percent of the cost of the project. "This is a great pre-New Year's present for the people of Mohave County and... Full story

  • James Zieler Appointed To Arizona Game And Fish Commission


    Outgoing Governor Jan Brewer on Dec. 31 announced the appointment of James Zieler to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. Zieler has been with Salt River Project since 2008, and has served as Supply Chain Manager, Operations and Maintenance Supervisor and Safety and Security Coordinator. He previously served as Chief of Police for the St. Johns Police Department (1998-2007); Narcotics Agent, Gang Enforcement Officer and Deputy Sheriff with the Apache County Sheriff's Office (1991-98); and,... Full story

  • Arizona Game and Fish Issues Notice Of Intent

    AZBW|Jan 15, 2015

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department served a Notice of Intent with the secretary of the Department of Interior and director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). The action was taken in an effort to support development of an updated recovery plan for Mexican wolves that utilizes the best available science as legally required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Outdated Plan Game and Fish has requested an updated recovery plan from the Service on multiple occasions over the past... Full story

  • Bald Eagle Workshop

    AZBW|Jan 15, 2015

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department will present their annual workshop for the public on bald eagle natural history at the Pinetop regional office at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7. The program is free to the public and will consist of a classroom presentation and discussion of bald eagle life history, behavior patterns and their current population status in Arizona and North America. The presentation will be followed by an optional trip to a local lake to observe eagle behavior first-hand.... Full story

  • Amateur Astronomers Are Invited

    ASP|Jan 15, 2015

    If you have a sense of curiosity about those twinkling lights in the night sky, come to Catalina State Park for the next Star Party. As news evolves everyday from the many probes into our universe, everyone seems to be more fascinated about night skies including details like the rings around Saturn and tracking down glittering galaxies. A galaxy can be only 2½ million light-years away and you can see it with the naked eye. Now imagine what you can see with the 10 big telescopes that... Full story

  • Buffalo Soldiers Provide Living History

    AZBW|Jan 15, 2015

    Join the Buffalo Soldiers, as they provide living history presentations at Fort Verde State Historic Park on Saturday, Feb.14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring your special someone or all of your loved ones to Fort Verde State Historic Park and learn about history with the Buffalo Soldiers. There will also be flag raising and lowering ceremonies, and presentations about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers. Dressed In Period Replica Uniforms At Fort Verde, the Buffalo Soldiers will be dressed in... Full story

  • Kartchner Caverns 'Cave Fest'

    ASP|Jan 15, 2015

    Kartchner Caverns State Park will hold the annual "Cave Fest" event on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14 and 15, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park will have hour-by-hour activities and displays and the cave will be open for tours but should be reserved in advance. Displays Galore Some of the activities and displays will include live animal displays, children's activities and crafts, mining history display, caving equipment display, plus a Speleothem cave formation display. Tour Prices The park... Full story

  • Oracle State Park Throughout The Winter

    AZBW|Jan 15, 2015

    Oracle State Park, Center for Environmental Education, is open on weekends in 2015 and will present events throughout the winter including a Stargazing Event to celebrate the Park recognition as a "Dark Sky Park," guided hikes, walks and is open to tours of the Kannally Ranch House. See the schedule below. On weekdays, the park has school programs by reservation by calling (520) 896-2425 and on weekends is open for hiking, offers tours of the Kannally Ranch House and holds events. Group... Full story

  • Superstition Mountain Solitude

    Margie Anderson|Jan 15, 2015

    One of our favorite things to do is take day drives in Arizona. Recently we decided to head east for a change, since every road we take off the highway going north seems to be closed to shooting. We wanted to do a little target practice, so we headed down Highway 60 toward Superior. At first we tried Mineral Mountain Road which goes south off 60 just a few miles past Florence Junction, but that road also had "No Shooting" signs. This time, for State Trust Land. According to my map, it changes to... Full story

  • Sedona Red Rocks News

    AZBW|Jan 15, 2015

    At the New Year, it is customary to reflect and aspire to do better in the coming year, often through the traditions of New Year's resolutions. In 2015, Sedona welcomes those who resolve to travel more, offering its vast red rock landscape as the backdrop to next year's memories. Before planning the next trip to this desert oasis, the city offers the top five secret sights to see while adventuring in the city. Here, then, are the city's top five (in ascending order) hidden treasures to create... Full story

  • Women's Sailing Convention Offers Range Of Sailing Topics

    Boat U.S.|Jan 15, 2015

    CORONA DEL MAR, Calif. - Do women sailors, when desiring to learn more skills, prefer courses taught by women instructors? Celebrating 26 years as the number one sailing education event for women on the West Coast, the Annual Women's Sailing Convention on Saturday, Feb. 7, proves that women-only educational opportunities are highly popular. With water and land-based workshops, the convention is full of hands-on courses for the beginner to the experienced, and returns to the Bahia Corinthian... Full story

  • San Diego And Maritime Museum Offer Unique Maritime Experiences

    AZBW|Jan 15, 2015

    Whale Watching on America Through April Come enjoy San Diego whale watching tours with our partner! Next Level Sailing has never made it so easy for you to see these wonderful mammals off our beautiful coastline. So do it right on board the beautiful 138 foot sailing yacht America. Boy Scouts Take Over Sunday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate the 105th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. This event is designed to provide Boy Scouts and youths a unique,... Full story

  • Ideas For Boaters

    Ed Huntsman, United States Coast Guard|Jan 15, 2015

    Eighth District's Recreational Boating Safety Program Manager, United States Coast Guard Need gift ideas for your favorite boater? Even though the traditional gift-giving holidays are over for now, there are always special occasions when presents are in order. When they come around, give a gift of life. Following are a few ideas that may end up ensuring your boater is around for the holidays next year. Coast-Guard Approved Life Jacket First on your list should be a comfortable Coast Guard... Full story

  • Don't Miss The Boat

    AZBW|Jan 15, 2015

    Sail-World receives an average of 800,000 visits per month, with three million unique visitors per year. So, make sure your event public relations officers or your class or association has provided Sail-World with the event preview, the daily reports, mid-regatta reports or the wrap at very least. There is a news submit button on the front page. It's a very simple process. Around the world, 12 different events provided their news reports to us this way on a single day alone. Of course we also... Full story

  • Seven Tips To Get More Out Of A Marine Survey

    Boat U.S.|Jan 15, 2015

    In 2013, over 955,000 boats changed hands on the pre-owned boat market. That meant for a nearly a million boat buyers, hiring an accredited marine surveyor to inspect their potential dreamboat was often the first step after finding it. Boat Owners Association of The United States has seven tips on how to get the most from a marine survey: 1. The only good survey is a current one: Relying on an old survey is a bad idea. The marine environment isn't nice to boats and sometimes a "little"... Full story

  • Captain's Corner

    Captain Dave Esparza|Jan 15, 2015

    It is that time of the year again, time for your annual Vessel Safety Check, courtesy of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Have you had your vessel inspected? If not, now is the time to do so. The courtesy vessel safety check is performed at your boat — whether in a slip, at the launch ramp, or in your driveway — by a certified Vessel Examiner, at a mutuallyconvenient time, and usually takes 30 to 45 minutes, depending upon the size of your boat. To find a vessel examiner, go to www.cgaux.org and cli... Full story

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