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  • Arizona Students Can Immerse Themselves In The 16th Century


    The Arizona Renaissance Festival gives students a chance to do more than just read about history. We let them experience it! The Renaissance ideas that laid foundation for later inventions are still evident and influential today. Today's Thinkers, Dreamers, Inventors are pushing the boundaries of what is known into the unknown; who knows what their discoveries will become? Remember, Da Vinci knew flight was possible when no one else did...There are Da Vincis of today just about to emerge - with... Full story

  • AZGFD Offers Fish Tips, 'New News'

    AZGFD|Feb 1, 2016

    Tip Alamo Lake can be a crappie hot spot this time of the year. Heavy rains might delay the great winter crappie bite, but it bodes well for the lake's productivity. Catfishing can still be excellent. These voracious channel catfish at Alamo routinely feed on shad. Try live minnows on the bottom or drop-shot style just off the bottom. The Reel Deal Water temperatures across the state have dropped to their winter standards, and rain and snow has slowed or stalled driving in the high country. Be... Full story

  • From The Deck

    Don McDowell, Shake Rattle and Troll Radio|Feb 1, 2016

    I review hundreds of products over the course of the year and few have the "WOW" factor this one does. In today's society, personal security is on everyone's mind. Choosing a hand gun for personal protection certainly is a matter of individual choice, and I personally choose the Colt Combat Elite Series 80, 1911 .45ACP. One problem, though, with the Colt 1911 and other quality hand guns is they don't have a factor rail system for the addition of lights and lasers. Being a regular customer at... Full story

  • National Hunting And Fishing Day - Join In This Nationwide Celebration

    AZBW|Feb 1, 2016

    Honorary Chair: Johnny Morris National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) has named leading national conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris to serve as the honorary chair for NHF Day 2016: Saturday, Sept. 24. A lifelong sportsman with a passion for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation, Morris is one of the country's foremost leaders working to ensure natural habitats, wildlife and the outdoors remain healthy for future generations to protect and enjoy. "America's sportsmen... Full story

  • Eliminating Waterspots On RV Finishes Is Easy

    WOT|Feb 1, 2016

    Rain and rinse water often leave behind unsightly spots on glass and otherwise perfect RV finishes-even those that have been recently waxed or treated. Using Shurhold's innovative SHUR-Dry Flexible Water Blade, owners easily wipe liquids away before they becomes blemishes. The SHUR-Dry Flexible Water Blade is made of soft, durable silicone that molds to an RV's shape. Its 12" T-bar edge covers large areas quickly. And because it's light and doesn't absorb water, it's less tiring than using a tow... Full story

  • Find Your Park In Arizona

    AZBW|Feb 1, 2016

    Winter in Phoenix is a beautiful thing! There is so much going on: great events every weekend, the sun shines (almost) every day, and the temperature is just right. It is an ideal time to get out in the parks to explore the Sonoran Desert. Phoenix has some of the most parkland per person within city limits in the United States, and mountain preserves and public land surround the metro area. Here are three great options for getting outdoors in the Phoenix area. • Phoenix Mountain Parks and Preser... Full story

  • Congratulations! Margie Anderson


    Margie Anderson has again been honored with the Arizona Game & Fish Commission's "Outdoor Writer of the Year" award. Anderson and her husband John are invaluable parts of our Arizona Boating & Watersports/Western Outdoor Times team. Together, they contribute informative and meaningful articles on a plethora of outdoor topics: hiking, fishing, shooting, outdoors products and news, wildlife (including birding knowledge) and more. This couple knows and relishes the incredible wonders offered in... Full story

  • New Rules Approved To Combat Aquatic Invasive Species

    AZBW|Feb 1, 2016

    SANTA FE – All boats soon will be subject to inspection and possible decontamination before launching in New Mexico waters under new rules adopted to combat the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species. The new rules, approved by the State Game Commission at its Jan. 14 meeting, will take effect Feb. 12. Changes to the AIS rules include:  Mandatory watercraft inspection required any time an inspection station is set up and in operation.  Mandatory inspection and, if necessary, decon... Full story

  • Arizona Marinas

    AZBW|Feb 1, 2016

    Whether you already live in Arizona or are planning to visit our beautiful desert from another state or even out of the country, you shouldn't miss our great marinas. jim@azbw.comClick here to email Jim and find out how to enhance your listing. Antelope Point Marina Apache Lake Resort & Marina Bartlett Lake Marina & Boat Club Bartlett Lake Marina: Click Here"borde Bartlett Lake is located in the northeast valley only 48 miles from downtown Phoenix and 17 miles northeast of Carefree and is within... Full story

  • Little Bits Of Fun

    Herman|Feb 1, 2016

    I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People get out of the way much faster now. Optimism is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you! You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone? That's common sense leaving your body. I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row. I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning. Old age is... Full story

  • Snatcher Evolution

    Don McDowell, Shake, Rattle And Troll Radio|Feb 1, 2016

    The evolution of the lead spoons or flat falls continues with local Striper Guide Derrick Franks, aka The Striper Snatcher. I told you previously of the 3" jig very effective in fresh and saltwater. Well he's taken the lure to the next level, with the 5", 130 gram version with high performance Daiichi saltwater hooks. The jigs performance on the fall is more erratic than any I ever seen or used. Like the 3" version, the Snatcher has standard colors and has the ability to custom finish with your... Full story

  • Recreational Boating Industry Remains Significant To Canadian Economy

    NMMA|Feb 1, 2016

    Sales of personal watercraft and pre-owned boats see surge and boater participation rises, demonstrating Canadians' ongoing interest in boating. TORONTO - (January 12, 2016) The Canadian recreational boating industry's leading trade group, the National Marine Manufacturer's Association (NMMA), announced today the release of its annual Canadian Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract for 2015, which reveals the Canadian recreational marine industry remains steady as sales increase in certain ca... Full story

  • One Million and Growing: Arizona's Canadian Tourists


    PHOENIX, AZ (February 8, 2016) - Record breaking is simply the best way to describe Arizona's unique relationship with Canada as the state celebrates Canada Week. For the first time ever, 2015 brought more than one million recorded Canadian tourists to explore and enjoy communities across all of Arizona. "Arizona enjoys a long standing friendship with our Canadian neighbors who bring an incredible economic impact of more than $1 billion each year in tourism dollars," said Kim Sabow, President...

  • NMMA Recognizes 46 Boat and Engine Manufacturers with Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index Awards

    NMMA|Feb 1, 2016

    CHICAGO—February 11, 2016—The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) today announced 46 recipients of the 2015 Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Awards for excellence in customer satisfaction. Award recipients were acknowledged this morning during the annual Industry Breakfast at the 2016 Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show® in Miami. The Marine Industry CSI Awards honor manufacturers who actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue conti... Full story

  • Re-Enactments of Southwest Civil War Skirmishes at Picacho Peak State Park at "Civil War in the Southwest" on March 19-20


    (Phoenix, AZ - February 10, 2016) - Join us for the annual historic re-enactment of an Arizona Civil War skirmish, Battle of Picacho Pass, and the New Mexico battles of Glorieta and Val Verde at "Civil War in the Southwest" at Picacho Peak State Park. The three re-enactments will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2016 and will be repeated on Sunday, March 20, 2016. Activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days but gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and no further entry is allowed after... Full story

  • Bureau of Land Management Seeks Public Input for Revision of a Portion of the Sonoran Desert National Monument Resource Monument Plan


    Project Description Due to a ruling from the U.S. District Court - District of Arizona issued in March 2015, the BLM will develop new management actions to address recreational target shooting in the Sonoran Desert National Monument (SDNM) Resource Management Plan (RMP). An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be written to assess the potential impacts of each alternative. Upon completion of the EIS, an alternative will be selected that best balances the environmental impacts with the... Full story

  • No Need To Wait Until Spring To Catch Fish, Observe Wildlife

    WDFW|Feb 1, 2016

    Temperatures are warming, birds are singing and the lower Columbia River will soon be teeming with spring chinook salmon. Spring is still a ways off, but February offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. State fishery managers expect about 299,000 adult spring chinook to the Columbia River this year. The fishery is open now below the Interstate 5 Bridge, but it usually doesn’t catch fire until March when fishing expands upriver to Bonneville Dam and beyond. For information about the... Full story

  • Get Nest Boxes Ready For New Occupants

    WDFW|Feb 1, 2016

    Spring may officially be several weeks off, but now is the time to get your bird nest boxes cleaned out and ready for new, incoming occupants. If you don’t already have nest boxes up, this is the time to either build or buy and place them, following our specs at http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/projects/nestboxes/index.html Many backyard birding enthusiasts who use nest boxes leave them up year-round and leave nesting materials in them through the winter, when some birds will use them as nightime r... Full story

  • WDFW Plans To Add Two-Day Razor Clam Dig At Copalis

    WDFW|Feb 1, 2016

    OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have proposed two days of razor clam digging in February at Copalis beach in addition to an approved a month-long opening at Long Beach that starts today. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has tentatively scheduled a dig on evening tides for Feb. 19 and 20 at Copalis, provided that marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. WDFW will announce final word on the dig about a week before it is scheduled to begin. The upcoming dig at C... Full story

  • Agencies Host Meeting On Recreation For The Eastern Cascades To Columbia River

    WDFW|Feb 1, 2016

    OLYMPIA – The Washington departments of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Natural Resources (DNR) will host a meeting next week in Ellensburg to discuss implementation of the Naneum Ridge to Columbia River Recreation and Access Plan. The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Hal Holmes Center in Ellensburg. The public is invited to attend. The collaborative recreation plan, which was adopted by both agencies last year, encompasses 230,000 acres of DNR and WDFW lands s... Full story

  • Public Meeting On Salmon Forecasts, Season-Setting Process Scheduled On March 1

    WDFW|Feb 1, 2016

    OLYMPIA – Anglers, commercial fishers and others interested in Washington state salmon fisheries can get a preview of this year's salmon returns and potential fishing seasons during a public meeting March 1 in Olympia. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will present initial forecasts – compiled by state and tribal biologists – of 2016 salmon returns. The meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington Street S.E.,... Full story

  • WDFW seeks public comments on proposed 2016-17 hunting seasons

    WDFW|Feb 1, 2016

    OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comments on proposed recommendations for the 2016-17 hunting seasons. Through Feb. 25, WDFW will accept written comments from the public to help finalize hunting rules and regulations proposed for the upcoming hunting seasons. The proposals and comment forms are posted on the department’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regulations/hunting_regulations/ Most of the proposals address changes in special per... Full story

  • International Yellowtail Derby

    2016 Yellowtail Derby

    John Campbell, International Yellowtail Derby|Feb 1, 2016

    Last month two amazing fish were landed in our San Diego waters. A 50# Yellowtail was landed off La Jolla by angler Naum. The photo is by Victor Posada. Kayak angler, Brian Fagan, on Jan 28, landed a 74.2 # White Seabass off La Joll. It was weighed in at Dana Landing. This could be an IGFA line class World Record. Brian's picture with the White Seabass was in a story in the San Diego Union Tribune on Tuesday of this week. I called Brian and encouraged him to submit the catch to the IGFA. Looks l... Full story

  • WDFW approves razor clam digs at Copalis, Mocrocks

    WDFW|Feb 1, 2016

    OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers can count on openings beginning Feb. 19 at Copalis and Mocrocks beaches, state shellfish managers announced today. Additionally, Long Beach remains open to clam digging on afternoon or evening tides through March 10. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved a two-day opening (Feb. 19 and 20) at Copalis and three days of digging (Feb. 19-21) at Mocrocks on evening tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. Dan Ayres, WDFW co... Full story

  • A Weed Over Troubled Water

    Craig Springer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southwest Region|Feb 1, 2016

    The plant's scientific name is your first clue that it is something that you do not want. Botanists know it as Salvinia molesta. It's commonly known as giant salvinia. Native to South America, the floating fern made its way to the United States via the ornamental plant industry. It's pretty, but the beauty belies serious economic and ecological harm that usually follow when it is accidentally or purposely released into the wild. John Naugle would know. He's a fisheries biological technician at... Full story

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