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Articles from the February 1, 2018 edition

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  • AZBW/WOT On The Cover - Together, The Sky's The Limit

    Carol L Allen

    We are grateful for all the activities that celebrate our outdoors - expos, festivals, shows, etc. - and for those who work so hard to make them successful. AZBW/WOT Feb. 2018 AZBW/WOT Feb. 2018 Together, The Sky's The Limit - We are grateful for all the activities that celebrate our outdoors - expos, festivals, shows, etc. - and for those who work so hard to make them successful. Find out more on MagCloud LAND CRUISING - Artisans Abound At The Faire HUZZAH! -- Come see the plethora of artisan... Full story

  • NMMA|Feb 1, 2018

    The sixth round of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations took place in late January, and the National Marine Manufacturers Association is working with members of Congress to address the issues that it says would affect the recreational boating industry....  Website

  • WDFW On Sea Otters, Pygmy Rabbits, And Grizzly Bears

    WDFW|Feb 1, 2018

    WDFW IS seeking comments on the draft status reviews for sea otters, pygmy rabbits, and grizzly bears. OLYMPIA – State wildlife managers are seeking public input on their recommendations to keep the pygmy rabbit and grizzly bear on the state's endangered species list, and to downlist the sea otter from endangered to threatened. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) periodically reviews the status of protected species in the state. The public can comment on the listing r... Full story

  • Ruger Security 9 - Sig Sauer P365 - Glock 19X - Smith & Wesson M&P M2.O

    John Anderson|Feb 1, 2018

    Check Out These Four Great New Pistols It's January as I write this article , and that means it's time for the S.H.O.T. Show in Vegas. The Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trades Show is a huge deal that covers an incredible amount of square footage and lasts five days if you include the Industry Day at the Range. Margie and I will be going again this year, and we'll have a lot of stuff to tell you about next month. The S.H.O.T. Show is for Industry and Media only – you can't just walk in because y... Full story

  • AZGFD Joe Foss Shooting Complex Open

    AZGFD|Feb 1, 2018

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds recreational shooters that the Joe Foss Shooting Complex near Buckeye will be open several more Saturdays and Sundays. The complex will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the following dates: • Saturday, Feb. 10 • Sunday, Feb. 11 • Saturday, Feb. 24 • Sunday, Feb. 25 • Saturday, March 10 • Sunday, March 11 • Saturday, March 17 • Sunday, March 18 The complex, operated by the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association (ASRPA), features two ra... Full story

  • AZGFD New Year News

    Doug Burt, Hunting and Shooting Sports Program Manager|Feb 1, 2018

    The winter Hunting, Angling Heritage Workshop Group (HAHWG) will gather under the tent at the Arizona Game & Fish headquarters under the tent at the Archery Center on Saturday, Feb. 24. Other important events just ahead are these two: • CHA Mentored Javelina Hunting Camp – Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 22-25; mentors and camp assistance always welcomed (sorry this overlaps with winter meeting) • AZSCI Junior Jack Kamp – March 9-11 For more information, contact Douglas Burt at dburt@a... Full story

  • Mexican Wolf Population Survey Flight Operations Began Mid-January

    AZGFD|Feb 1, 2018

    Residents of Alpine, Ariz., Reserve, N.M., and surrounding areas may notice a low-flying helicopter in the region between through Saturday, Feb. 3 as biologists conduct their annual Mexican wolf population survey and capture. The flights are part of the Mexican wolf Reintroduction Project, a multi-agency cooperative effort among the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD), U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Service... Full story

  • AZGFD Studies Cormorant Impact On Wildlife, Fish

    AZGFD|Feb 1, 2018

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) prides itself on providing ample fishing opportunities for its legions of anglers and the state's growing populations of cormorants have taken notice. State Has Two Species In early 2017, AZGFD began a study of the state's two species of the bird - neotropic and double-crested cormorants - both of which are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Under those protections, cormorant populations have flourished nationwide, competing... Full story

  • Arizona Bald Eagle Breeding Season Leads To Restrictions

    AZGFD|Feb 1, 2018

    Each year as part of its highly successful program to manage and conserve bald eagles in the state, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) asks outdoor recreationists, aircraft pilots, drone operators and motorized paragliders to help this magnificent bird in Arizona. Various land and wildlife management agencies close areas around breeding locations during the birds' breeding season to protect the state's 67 breeding pairs of bald eagles. Some closure areas are located near popular... Full story

  • John And Margie Anderson - Family Fishing

    Margie Anderson|Feb 1, 2018

    When I met John (decades ago!), I had never really fished much at all. My dad took my brother and me hunting and camping all the time, and we always did a lot of target shooting, but we never really fished. In fact, I hadn't even seen most of the lakes because Dad didn't go there. Too many people, he said. But John was both a hunter and a fisherman. And once he took me fishing, I was hooked. We went to Christopher Creek and caught trout. I had a blast. Bartlett Was Our Favorite Once we got... Full story

  • BoatUS Reports On Fires; SmartPlug Responds

    Boat US|Feb 1, 2018

    According to a 2017 BoatUS Foundation report (Foundation Findings #55 – Boat Burn Lessons Learned, http://www.boatus.org/findings/55/), "Electrical faults are the No. 1 cause of boat fires." Faulty shore power equipment can be one of the culprits, as it feeds a boat's entire AC system and transmits the full power load. The revolutionary SmartPlug System is the best defense a boat owner has to protect against the inadequacies of traditional twist-type shore connections. SmartPlug's 30A system o... Full story

  • ROV = Tons of Fun!

    Margie Anderson|Feb 1, 2018

    John and I went Coues hunting this year. We have a great 4-wheel-drive pickup, but while scouting and hunting we discovered that we needed more. Our little whitetails are spooky, and once the season opens, you have to get far away from the easy roads or you're just not going to see any. And although we could get over a lot of stuff in the truck, there always seems to be an impassable piece of road keeping us from where we want to be. I'm sure there are guys who insist they can get their trucks... Full story

  • Cold Water Kills Tilapia

    WOT|Feb 1, 2018

    The fish shown in this picture are tilapia. These warm water fish, native to Africa, cannot tolerate cold water temperatures below 55 degrees. When lake temperatures fall below 55 degrees, then tilapia most often die. This situation occurs during normal or cold winters and generally lasts a few weeks to a month. Tilapia are found in many Community Fishing Program lakes. There is no public health risk. Cold water temperatures cause the immune system of tilapia to fail. Consequently, dying... Full story

  • Helping People. Saving Pets

    Carol L Allen|Feb 1, 2018

    People love their pets. But sometimes hardship forces them apart. That's where we come in. As the only organization in the Valley focused on both pets and people in crisis, we are dedicated to rescuing pets abandoned or at risk of homelessness. We provide pet care when people find themselves in challenging life situations. When people are facing times of crisis that jeopardize their ability to care and provide for their pets, we are here to help. Some Unfortunate Factors Domestic Violence... Full story

  • San Diego's Tenth Annual International Yellowtail Derby

    San Diego's Tenth Annual International Yellowtail Derby

    John Campbell|Feb 1, 2018

    Will you be fishing the San Diego waters during the months of April & June, 2018? Specifically, from April 28 through June 3? San Diego's International Yellowtail Derby is a World Class fishing tournament reminiscent of San Diego's famous Yellowtail Derby of the 50s and 60s. This is a competition for the best catch of yellowtail, halibut, tuna, or seabass. The Derby is for 37 days, but anglers can fish for only one day or for all thirty-six days. And all participants have an chance to win the... Full story

  • Excerpts From Lees Ferry Fishing Report

    WOT|Feb 1, 2018

    As a New Year begins, [it is interesting] to review where the Lees Ferry fishery has been in the past few years - and where it's headed. Fall 2013 Decline In the fall of 2013, there was a decline in the trout population due to much lower- than-normal water flows and warmer-than-normal water temperatures from Glen Canyon Dam. The lower water flows were part of the Experimental High Flow Event and the warmer water was a result of Lake Powell water levels' being low due to drought. This was the... Full story

  • If OHVs Are Part Of Your 2018 Plans, Take A Safety Course, Get A Decal

    AZGFD|Feb 1, 2018

    For those whose garages got a little bit fuller during the holiday season with the addition of an off-highway vehicle (OHV) - or veteran riders who frequently hit Arizona's trails and dirt roads - the Arizona Game and Fish Department encourages everyone to take a riding safety course. An Overview Of Basic Skills Whether riding an all-terrain vehicle, dirt bike or side-by-side, completing a safety course will ensure users have an overview of the basic skills required to safely ride in or operate... Full story

  • Grand Canyon's South Rim Roads Improvement Project Has Begun

    GCNP|Feb 1, 2018

    Construction has begun at the Hermit Road interchange to resurface and improve the Hermit Road and Village Loop intersection. This is the first part of a 2018 Federal Highways Administration project to improve several intersections and about 15 miles of roads in the park. The road improvements will help preserve and extend the life of existing roads. Work will be completed by Fann Contracting, Inc of Prescott, Ariz. During First Phase During this first phase of construction, Village Loop Road... Full story

  • Tonto National Forest Announces Fee-Free Dates For 2018

    WOT|Feb 1, 2018

    Tonto National Forest joins other federal agencies in waiving fees at day-use sites on six remaining days. These special days will provide people an easier way to experience national forests and grasslands, sometimes referred to as "America's Backyard". The fee-waiver program is in cooperation with other federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Day-use fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the forest for these listed dates.... Full story

  • Palo Verde Boat Ramp At Canyon Lake Closing For Improvements

    AZGFD|Feb 1, 2018

    CANYON LAKE, Ariz. — Boaters and other outdoor recreationists are advised that the Palo Verde Boat Ramp at Canyon Lake will temporarily close from March 1 through March 17 for a facility improvement project. Arizona Game and Fish has been working with the Tonto National Forest to maintain the pavement in and around the ramp, and this project will involve milling, crack-sealing, seal-coating and other services as necessary. During the work, the area from the main highway down to the ramp will b... Full story

  • Lake Havasu Boat Show

    Lake Havasu Boat Show Packed With Boats, Accessories And Special Attractions

    Bob Brown, Media Direction

    "We're about a month away from opening day and we've already exceeded our goal of 140 exhibitors and vendors," commented Lake Havasu Boat Show producer, Bob Brown. "If this is an indicator of what the recreational boating season is going to be like this spring and summer, we may be headed for the best year on the water in a very long time." The 27th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show, the largest boat show in Arizona and Nevada, sponsored by Jet Renu and Mohave State Bank, drops anchor at Lake Havasu... Full story