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  • Tonto National Forest Announces Remaining 2017 Fee-Free Days

    WOT|Feb 1, 2017

    Tonto National Forest joins other federal agencies in offering four more fee-free days on public lands in 2017. The fee-free program is in cooperation with other federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Fees will be waived at all day-use sites including picnic grounds, shorelines and boat launches operated by the Tonto National Forest. Concessionaire-operated facilities, camping and campground fees will not be waived. The remaining four fee-free days... Full story

  • Glen Canyon Releases Off-Road Management Plan

    AZGFD|Feb 1, 2017

    Credit: Arizona Game & Fish Department The National Park Service recently announced the release of the Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The plan analyzes a range of alternatives and actions for managing off-road use of motor vehicles as well as on-road use of off-highway vehicles and street-legal all-terrain vehicles. Glen Canyon Superintendent, Billy Shott, said he is excited that the plan is moving forward.... Full story

  • Make Your Valentine's Plans Today!

    Carol L Allen|Feb 1, 2017

    Join a group of pet lovers like you for a unique, one-of-a-kind experience with the Phoenix Suns and the LA Lakers on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Do this all for the love of shelter pets - and enjoy an exciting evening of basketball as well. Get your tickets and get ready for a fun night! Arrive before the game and watch the pre-game warmups for both teams from the first six rows! Find your game seats in a section filled with pet lovers like you and cheer for your favorite team while the pets at the... Full story

  • 2017 Medical Exam Room Building Project: Will You Help?

    Carol L Allen|Feb 1, 2017

    A few years before Fur and Feather Animal Assistance's http://furandfeather.org/ founder Laurie Beauchamp passed away in 2015, she had a dream to raise the funds to build a new office with an exam/clean room, bathing station and supply storage on the property. She had plans drawn and talked about ways to raise the money to get the supplies. She spoke with volunteers on how to create a work party to erect the building and help with the finish work. But this was not to be. Laurie became too sick t... Full story

  • AZGFD Offers 10 Ideas For 2017

    AZGFD|Feb 1, 2017

    As many of us reflect on 2016 and think about the changes we’d like to make in this new year, how about adding an outdoors resolution to the list? From the Arizona Game & Fish Department here are some ideas for current outdoors enthusiasts and some who are new to the joys of participating in it: 1. Buy a hunting, fishing or combo license and head out for some outdoor fun while supporting wildlife. Licenses are inexpensive: Arizona residents pay $37 for a general hunting or fishing license or $... Full story

  • What Is 'I Support Wildlife'?

    AZGFD|Feb 1, 2017

    I Support Wildlife™ bridges the widening gap between wildlife facing new threats and a sharp increase in the cost of conservation. A one-year membership lets you explore Arizona's unique natural heritage while taking action to preserve our wildlife legacy for the future. What Does An I Support Wildlife™ Membership Give You? • Access to the new "premium" version of the Recreational Access Arizona (RAA) online mapping application. The premium RAA mapping application is a significant upg... Full story

  • Policy Gives Ranchers Compensation

    AZGFD|Feb 1, 2017

    Editor's Note: Although this interim policy was approved in November, there have been some obstacles in the delivering of the compensation. We welcome input on this issue; please send your "Letter to the Editor" to editor@azbw.comeditor@azbw.com. The Arizona Livestock Loss Board this winter approved an interim policy that allows ranchers to receive compensation for cattle taken by a Mexican wolf. While conservation efforts are helping to re-establish the Mexican wolf population within their... Full story

  • Lake Havasu Boat Show Adds Second Venue To Accommodate Expanding Exhibitor Demand

    Bob Brown, Media Direction|Feb 1, 2017

    Lake Havasu City, AZ: If the 26th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show coming April 7-9 to Lake Havasu State Park is any indicator, the recreational boating industry is on the brink of its best year in a decade. "We're still two months out from our opening day at the Lake Havasu Boat Show and we've already exceeded the amount of sold display space from a year ago by nearly 50 percent," commented boat show producer, Bob Brown. It's a combination of new companies and products wanting to target the Lake Ha... Full story

  • Washington - Marine Area 7 Salmon Season To Close Temporarily

    WDFW|Feb 1, 2017

    Action: Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) will close to salmon fishing Feb. 11. Effective Date: Feb. 11, 2017, until further notice. Species affected: Salmon. Location: Marine Area 7. Reason for action: Preliminary estimates and fishery projections indicate that Marine Area 7 will exceed the allowable limit of total chinook encounters – including both retained and released fish – prior to the planned April 30 closure date. The fishery is being temporarily closed until early April to allow the... Full story

  • Lake Pleasant Regional Park - Paddle Fest 2017

    AZBW, Terry Gerber|Feb 1, 2017

    Location: Off Hwy 74 (Carefree Hwy) at MP 19, follow signs from the main entrance off Castle Hot Springs Road to the north entrance of Lake Pleasant to Fireman’s Cove. What is Paddle Fest? It is a great time for everyone to come out to Lake Pleasant Regional Park and try different forms of paddle craft (sit on top, touring, sea, Hobie pedal kayaks, outriggers, rafts, white water kayaks, canoes and stand up paddle boards)! You can bring your own paddle craft too. The event also offers an ar... Full story

  • Fred Hall Shows Long Beach

    Fred Hall Shows


    Long Beach - March 1-5, 2017 - The 71 year old Fred Hall Show at the Long Beach Convention Center is the world's largest sportfishing show, California's largest boat show and an international leader in hunting and fishing travel. Virtually all forms of outdoor recreation are represented at this enormous event, featuring: more fishing tackle manufacturer displays than any other show anywhere, California's largest marine accessories display, hundreds of fishing tackle booths, hundreds of... Full story

  • Lake Pleasant Regional Park - Paddle Fest 2017


    Location: Off Hwy 74 (Carefree Hwy) at MP 19, follow signs from the main entrance off Castle Hot Springs Road to the north entrance of Lake Pleasant to Fireman's Cove. Motorless Fishing Derby at Lake Pleasant - Sign-in starts at 5:30a.m. You must sign-in by 6:15a.m. Sign in and start is at Fireman's Cove. Derby finishes at 12:30p.m. For details contact Brian Soefje at 480-297-9590. Follow details via this FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1220654774721860/ Photo Contest See Stage... Full story

  • Las Vegas - Red Rock Rendezvous Climbing Festival


    Special UClimb Package for New Climbers Returns to Red Rock Rendezvous Climbing Festival Las Vegas, Nev. – “Mountain Gear Presents: Red Rock Rendezvous” is offering its special UClimb Package for first time and entry level climbers at its 14th annual festival on March 24-27, 2017. Throughout the weekend participants will have the chance to learn from some of the sport’s best climbing athletes though a variety of specialty clinics based on interest and ability, on-the-rock clinics and... Full story