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Articles from the February 15, 2015 edition

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  • Lake Havasu Boat Show Primed To Deliver More Than Ever Before

    Bob Brown, Media Direction|Feb 15, 2015

    The count-down to the 24th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show, presented by the Lake Havasu Marine Association, has begun. This year, the Lake Havasu Boat Show opens on Friday, April 10 and runs through Sunday, April 12 at Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4 on London Bridge Road. The Newest From Boating Industry "Our vendor sign-ups are running ahead of last year and we had a record number of exhibitors in 2014," said Boat Show organizer Bob Brown. "We'll definitely fill all available space with at... Full story

  • AZGFD's Outdoor Expo

    Carol L Allen, AZBW

    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

  • ISE - Experience The Outdoors

    Carol L Allen, AZBW

    ISE Phoenix and the Arizona Boat Show are ready to welcome you Feb. 19-22 at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Last year's introduction of the Arizona Boat Show was a giant success, and ISE is ready for another great year. With more marine dealers and accessories scheduled to exhibit, this is your best opportunity to research and buy your next fishing, wakeboarding or pontoon boat. Check back often as we update the exhibitor list and presentations; information is at http://www.sportsexpos.com/a... Full story

  • Day At The Docks


    A SUNDAY IN SAN DIEGO – Any Sunday would be a pleasure, but this one is special: April 19 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. is the annual celebration of sportfishing, "Day at the Docks." This favorite fishing event is fun and it's free. At the Port of San Diego's sportfishing landings in Point Loma, there will be displays of fishing tackle and items related to diving and nature as well as seminars, free kids' fishing, bay boat rides, cooking demos, entertainment, and great prizes. For more on this m... Full story

  • Big Bass Days


    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, there are over $50,000 in cash prizes. For everyone, there are a day and night time festival featuring a cornhole tournament, carnival rides, vendors, food, wildlife exhibits and live music.... Full story

  • AZGFD Fishing Report Excerpts

    AZGFD|Feb 15, 2015

    Tip Of The Week Alamo Lake has possibly the best crappie fishing in the state right now. Bartlett is also noteworthy. Mark Knapp from Alamo Lake State Park said these "specks" are fishing up by the north end of the buoy line. Anglers are using a road runner with a white jig head and minnow trailer. The fish are in approximately 25 to 30 feet of water. The Reel Deal Bass fishing in the desert regions could pick up in the next weeks, maybe a few days after the recent cold front has run away and... Full story

  • BoatUS Renews Title Sponsorship

    Boat US|Feb 15, 2015

    The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) announces that Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has renewed its title sponsorship of the 2015 Collegiate Bass Fishing Series Championship. Now in its 10th Anniversary year, the event will be held May 20-22 on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala.. The Championship is the final of four tournaments in the rapidly expanding Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series slated for this year. BoatUS has been the title sponsor of the Championship s... Full story

  • Ben Avery Shooting Facility


    The largest Western-style encampment in the world will return to the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, Feb. 23 - 28. Winter Range, the Single-Action Shooting Society's (SASS) National Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting, will draw more than 1,100 competitors from 42 states and six foreign countries. These male and female competitors, ranging from ages 12-80, compete in nearly three dozen categories dictated by age and competitive style. Shooting Events In addition, this year the Cowboy... Full story

  • AZGFD Receives Grants For Grassland Habitat, Irrigation Projects

    AZGFD|Feb 15, 2015

    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited Arizona in mid-January to announce grants to the Arizona Game and Fish Department and four other groups to restore more than 15,000 acres of grassland habitat in Arizona and to improve water conservation in the Verde River Valley. The projects receiving grants are part of the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Three Focus Areas The RCPP projects in Arizona announced by Secretary Vilsack will help restore habitat for fish... Full story

  • AZGFD Suspends Wildlife Rehabilitation License

    AZGFD|Feb 15, 2015

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department recently suspended the wildlife rehabilitation license and denied the wildlife holding license of Forever Wild and owner Darlene Braastad of Tucson due to substandard care and conditions of the wildlife in her possession and failure to allow full inspections of her facility, a condition of her license. Action was taken after multiple repeat violations were documented in a December 2014 inspection of Braastad’s facility. The department requested that B... Full story

  • Lake Powell

    Wayne Gustaveson, Project Leader, Lake Powell Fisheries|Feb 15, 2015

    Sport fishing at Lake Powell enjoyed a great year in 2014. Threadfin shad came back in record numbers, allowing all fish species a seat at the banquet table. Fish responded by growing rapidly in the warm water during fall 2014. Now, over winter, feeding continues for striped bass. Fish health and condition is remarkable. Striped bass have not been this healthy since the backs of the canyons where shad spend the winter. It looks as if 2015 will be a year to fish the backs of the canyons instead... Full story

  • Get Ready For Boating Season

    Captain Dave Esparza|Feb 15, 2015

    It’s time to be preparing for the upcoming boating season. With the temperatures in the 70 and 80s already, the time is quickly approaching. There are several things that you can do to be the prudent skipper of your vessel before you hit the water. Getting your boat serviced so that it is in good running condition is an excellent starting point. Service your trailer, wheel bearings, brakes, lights, and check the age of your tires. We have all seen the boat and trailer sitting on the side of t... Full story

  • BoatUS Urges Boaters To Speak Up Now

    Boat US|Feb 15, 2015

    New bipartisan legislation recently introduced would help ensure recreational boaters don't put unsafe fuel in their boats, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), with 30 co-sponsors, introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2015. BoatUS is urging all boaters to contact their US Representative to support the bill. Recognize The Failure "The new bill would recognize the failure of the current Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and... Full story

  • WDFW Seeks Volunteers To Count Elk With And Without Hoof Disease

    WDFW|Feb 15, 2015

    VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking volunteers to help conduct a survey designed to determine the proportion of elk in southwest Washington with hoof disease. Scheduled for March and April, the survey is part of a broad-based effort by the department to understand and manage the crippling disease that has spread through the region’s elk population in recent years. To assess the prevalence of the disease in area herds, WDFW will send teams of “ci... Full story

  • Desert Storm Poker Run 2015

    Jim Nichols, LakeRacerLLC|Feb 15, 2015

    From Jim Nichols LakeRacerLLC A new partnership of LakeracerLLC and DSM Events with Title Sponsor Shugrue's Restaurant Group have joined together to bring the best event in the country to you! Once again, a collection of the most significant performance boats across the nation are planning to converge on Lake Havasu April 21-26. 60 Boats Sign-Up Early The Desert Storm 2015 event is slated to be our best event ever. What a great selection of boats have already been signed up, with their owners... Full story

  • Hales Marine Makes A Move

    Carol L Allen, AZBW|Feb 15, 2015

    Hales Marine Service has a new location to better serve your boating needs. The new location is close to the old one but bigger, better and easier to find. It's at 2101 West Williams Drive, Phoenix, Ariz. 85027 Hales Marine is well known and highly respected for a variety of excellent services: • Fiberglass/Aluminum Hull Repair • Transport (local and national) • Custom Gel-Coat And Metalflake • Mechanical Repair Shop • Boating Accident and Storm Damage Repair • Floor, Transom and Stringer Re... Full story

  • Star Tron Improves Fuel Year-Round

    AZBW|Feb 15, 2015

    Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to use enjoy your boat, PWC and all your other gas-powered equipment. Fuel quality is the most important factor in making sure that gas-powered engines coming out of winter storage start easily and run smoothly. All fuel needs to be stabilized, and especially ethanol-blended fuel. Ethanol and gasoline cannot form a chemical bond, which is why E10 fuel is formulated to be used within 30 days of blending. As fuel ages, it begins forming gums and other d... Full story

  • 'Project Pipeline' Aims To Improve Olympic Youth-Development System

    AZBW|Feb 15, 2015

    In an effort to dramatically improve the Olympic youth-development system for sailing in the United States, US Sailing and the AmericaOne Foundation are excited to announce a historic new initiative: Project Pipeline. To give the effort the strong start it needs, the AmericaOne Foundation will support Project Pipeline with a lead gift of $5 million. "The top winning nations in sailing share the common trait of a well-formed talent development system," said Josh Adams, managing director of US... Full story

  • Lake Powell

    Wayne Gustaveson|Feb 15, 2015

    Inspired by Ray Young's catch, Mike McNabb and his son Paul tried fishing close to the Lake Powell Lone Rock Canyon walls, and voila, two big strippers! McNabb said they only caught three fish in three hours but it was definitely worth the trip.... Full story

  • Jim And Eva Shockey Selected To Chair NHF Day

    AZBW|Feb 15, 2015

    National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) has selected Jim and Eva Shockey to serve as the honorary co-chairs for 2015 NHF Day. Two of the most recognizable figures in the outdoor industry, the Shockeys are co-hosts of the acclaimed series Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures. About Eva Shockey Eva was featured on the cover of Field & Stream's What's Next issue, making her only the second female ever to be photographed for the magazine's cover in 119 years. The young co-host is a strong advocate... Full story

  • 'Hunting Works For Arizona'

    Troy Olsen, Coordinator, Hunting Works For Arizona|Feb 15, 2015

    In Arizona, hunters spend $342 million annually and support nearly 6,000 jobs, creating a $592 million economic impact on Arizona's state and local economies. Thank you to all of Hunting Works For Arizona's partners and supporters and thank you to our co-chairs Tom Britt, Gerry Perry and James Burton for their work in spreading the message of the important role hunting and recreational shooting play in Arizona's heritage and economy. 2014 Was A Busy Year For Hunting Works For Arizona Here is a recap of some of the events attended by Hunting... Full story

  • Learn To Camp With Your Family

    ASP|Feb 15, 2015

    Have you ever wanted to bring your family camping but weren't sure where to start? The Arizona Family Campout Program is a one-weekend adventure designed for families who have little-or-no experience camping. The program will provide tents, sleeping mats and introduce families to the new adventure of camping at an Arizona State Park. How To Do It Throughout the weekend families will work with a Camp Coordinator and other families to learn how to set-up their tent and how to prepare a dinner,... Full story

  • Lost Our Home Pet Foundation

    AZBW|Feb 15, 2015

    Who Is Lost Our Home? Lost Our Home Pet Foundation was founded in 2008 as a grassroots response to the thousands of pets in need as a result of the economic downturn and Phoenix-area foreclosure crisis in particular. We quickly expanded to provide other programs as the demand was extreme and there was a gap in the type of services offered in the community to fill the need. Lost Our Home is a non-profit 501c3 charitable organization that provides animal welfare services for both pets and their pe... Full story

  • Gila Box - Think Inside The Box!

    Margie Anderson|Feb 15, 2015

    A few months ago I wrote about some hikes near Safford in the Pinaleno Mountains, and the hiking and fishing available at Roper Lake and Dankworth Pond. The Safford area has a lot to offer, and it's a great place to visit this time of year because the weather is gorgeous and it's the perfect time to hike or just camp somewhere beautiful. Beautiful Scenery If you take Highway 70 east from Safford for ten miles or so, you will come to Highway 191. Follow 191 to milepost 160, four miles south of... Full story

  • Yarnell Hill Memorial Site Board Meets Feb. 27

    AZBW|Feb 15, 2015

    The Yarnell Hill Memorial Site Board's next meeting will be on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at 3 p.m. It will be held at the Yavapai County Administrative Services Building at 1015 Fair Street in Prescott. The public is invited and the agenda for this meeting will be posted at the new Web site for the Memorial Fund: http://Yarnellhillmemorialfund.org. The Yarnell Hill Memorial Site Board has now launched the Web site that is able to receive online donations. The site also contains information about... Full story

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