Times Spent Outdoors: Priceless!

Articles from the March 1, 2021 edition

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  • On The Cover March 2021

    Carol L Allen

    That's the start of an old rhyme that you probably heard as a kid. However, here in the Southwest we know this and are looking forward to some of the highlights of this special season. My husband and I attended an Arizona Game & Fish Department Zoom meeting recently and were amazed and delighted with statistics that show more and more people embracing the outdoors: For example, fishing and boating participation have increased tremendously. If there is a positive side to the pandemic, this may... Full story

  • Carol L Allen

    Daylight Savings Time Begins: March 14 The Uniform Time Act of 1966 established the system of uniform daylight saving time throughout the US. In the U.S., daylight saving time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November, with the time changes taking place at 2:00 a.m. local time. Daylight saving time in the United States is the practice of setting the clock forward by one hour when there is longer daylight during day, so that evenings have more daylight and...  Website

  • Boating Season Begins

    USCG|Mar 1, 2021

    All vessels except sailboards and certain racing shells or rowing sculls must have at least one wearable Type I, II, III or V life jacket (PFD) that is U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved and of the proper size for each person on board. Life jackets must be readily accessible, in good and serviceable condition, and sized for the intended wearer. In addition to the above requirements, vessels 16 feet in length or longer, except a canoe or kayak, must have one Type IV USCG approved throwable... Full story

  • Military Stars

    BLUE, GOLD, SILVER STARS --These days, it seems that there is a banner, ribbon or color for everything. Here at Soldiers' Angels, we want to focus on some specific banners: military service banners. Our nation's service members put their lives on the line for all of us, and one of the ways we thank them is by flying service banners in their honor. Each banner has a specific meaning and is flown at a specific time. Visit this guide to tell you when to fly which military service banner and for... Full story

  • Kids And Hunting

    John Anderson|Mar 1, 2021

    There are a lot of great organizations in Arizona full of people who enjoy sharing their love of the outdoors with others, especially kids. One of them is Arizona Quail Today, which hosted its first Kids/Youth Fun Hunt at Desert Creek Sportsman's Club in February. There were kids, dogs, birds, shotguns, food, and tons of fun. The kids got to shoot sporting clays and chukar and spend the day outdoors with their folks and some great people. I found out about it on the Arizona Upland Hunting page... Full story

  • John Rutkowski


    Melvin (John) Rutkowski: 5/18/1946-1/16/21 Those of us who knew John, treasured his good nature, friendship, and loyalty. We will continue to wish his family the comfort and peace of wonderful memories. John Rutkowski passed peacefully after a courageous battle with COVID. He was born in Richland Center, Wis., and attended Pulaski High School in Milwaukee, Wis. He served his country with honors as a Tech Sergeant during the Vietnam War. He and his wife Diane celebrated 51 years of marriage.... Full story

  • Camping Tips

    Margie Anderson|Mar 1, 2021

    Camping is a blast – there's nothing quite as nice as sleeping outdoors, watching the fire, roasting marshmallows, and cooking out in the open. Everything seems to taste better outdoors. As I've said before, people who say they don't like camping probably mean that they don't like being uncomfortable all night. Where and how you set up your campsite has a lot to do with how comfortable you're going to be. As a kid, I camped countless times with my dad and siblings, and now John and I camp f... Full story

  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    AZBW|Mar 1, 2021

    Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Carbon monoxide poisoning is also known as the “silent killer”. It is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is very toxic even in small quantities. It is produced when a carbon fuel, such as gasoline or diesel is burned. Carbon monoxide disperses freely through the air and will travel readily throughout a boat. It is discharged as engine, generator, or appliance exhaust that may re-enter your boat through any opening. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are thr... Full story

  • Duraled 50 Lamps

    AZBW|Mar 1, 2021

    Thoroughly illuminating confined environments like engine rooms, under-deck compartments, lazarettes and cargo holds can be tricky, particularly when an extra-wide swath of light is required. The DuraLED 50 lamp from Hella marine brightens these spaces in a clear, even pattern, minus the glare or harsh point sources. Each Hella marine DuraLED 50 is built for extreme environments. Its durable housing resists impact, shock, UV and corrosion damage. The light is sealed to IP67 standard. Operating... Full story

  • GCNP Shuttle Bus

    GCNP|Mar 1, 2021

    Beginning March 1, 2021, visitors traveling to Grand Canyon National Park should be prepared for modified changes in shuttle bus operations compared to previous years. The spring schedule will be in place from March 1 through May 28, 2021. To Protect Public Health To protect public health, all buses and shuttle operations are still modified to meet COVID-19 guidelines. The modified buses carry a smaller number of passengers per trip with additional safety measures in place, including — • Shu... Full story

  • Grand Canyon Railway

    GCNP|Mar 1, 2021

    From Grand Canyon Railway And Hotel Grand Canyon Railway will see the return of the majestic and awe-inspiring steam engine in 2021. The Railway just announced eight dates from April through October when one of the Railway’s two steam engines will pull the 9:30 a.m. passenger train from Williams, Ariz., to the Historic Village inside Grand Canyon National Park. Ticket prices are the same as the everyday trains powered by more modern diesel engines. For more details, including departure times a... Full story

  • Wildfires

    AZBW|Mar 1, 2021

    Winds, prolonged drought, and high temperatures have combined to make Arizona's forests and desert areas extremely dry. Long-term drought, changing fuel conditions and the resulting unpredictable fire behavior, combined with increased human activity suggest that this has the potential to be a busy fire year. Conditions change; for your safety, stay informed on current and predicted conditions in your community, and when you are enjoying the outdoors. Think Before You Act! It only takes one... Full story

  • Arizona's Wildflowers


    From Arizona State Parks Check out our extensive Arizona wildflower list at the bottom of the page, complete with vibrant photos and bloom information! How many will you see in 2021? February showers make March wildflowers in the desert parks and create yet another reason to explore this beautiful state! During years of average and above average precipitation, it seems every direction you look there are beautiful yellow, red, white, orange, blue, or purple flowers blanketing the landscape. Try... Full story

  • Slim-Line Cleats

    AZBW|Mar 1, 2021

    Many gunwales are too narrow to install a traditional cleat, especially if sail track or other hardware is present. For these applications, pull-up 304 Series Slim-Line™ Cleats from Accon Marine are the perfect solution. Available in four sizes, they recess into their base for a sleek appearance and snag-free profile. Made of polished marine grade 316 stainless steel, Slim-Line Cleats are flush-mounted for a custom look. Offered in 4.5", 6", 8" and 10" sizes, they measure only 1.3", 1.5", 2" a... Full story

  • San Diego Maritime Museum

    AZBW|Mar 1, 2021

    Visit the Maritime Museum of San Diego for a safe, fun, educational outdoor adventure. They will be open weekends only, Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They've Extended Their Special Offer Tour the top decks of our ships, then head out on the Bay for a free Historic Bay Cruise with general admission.* We'll take guests out on the water in a large loop first heading toward North Island and the Aircraft Carriers, then stop at buoy 22. Often there's a sea lion or two, and then the... Full story

  • First-Time Boat Owners

    Boat US|Mar 1, 2021

    If yours is in colder high country, here's how to do a midwinter checkup on your boat. Boating boomed in 2020, with thousands of first-time boat buyers desiring respite from the pandemic. Now many of these new boat owners are learning how to maintain and store their vessels for the first time. A midwinter visit to check on the boat − no matter if stored ashore in a backyard or a marina parking lot − is a wise thing to do. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has these four tip... Full story

  • Y Adapter

    AZBW|Mar 1, 2021

    Owners whose boats have 50A 125/250V electrical systems will spend the night in the dark if they cruise to a marina that only offers 30A 125V service. But not if they have the YQ230 Intelligent Y Adapter from Hubbell Marine. The innovative device rectifies electrical mismatches by plugging into two 30A pedestal outlets to provide safe, correct and full power to the vessel. Hubbell's YQ230 has an internal PC board that automatically checks that both plugs are engaged and in separately-phased... Full story

  • Joan Rowton

    Carol L Allen|Mar 1, 2021

    Joan Rowton is a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary Post 720 in Phoenix. She is an Arizona photographer who turns her exceptional photos into greeting cards that are sold to benefit the Post. No two cards are alike. Check out the upcoming Jammin' Jubilant Jamboree If you are interested in purchasing one or many more of Rowton's beautiful cards, email her at joanrowton@icloud.com. For more information, call the Post at (602) 620-6418 or stop by 4853 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix, Ariz.... Full story

  • Poachers Are Criminals

    AZGFD|Mar 1, 2021

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department's (AZGFD) Operation Game Thief program is offering a reward of up to $1,500 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of several mule deer near Congress, Ariz. With the generosity of several sportsmen's groups, including the Arizona Mule Deer Organization, Christian Hunters of America and the Arizona Mule Deer Foundation, these organizations are offering an additional combined reward of up to $2,000 for... Full story

  • BoatUS Videos

    Boat US|Mar 1, 2021

    Here's the 2020 top 10 list of practical boat handling and how-to boat maintenance videos. Learning how to trim a powerboat is a skill that many vessel operators seek to know, and BoatUS video viewership numbers back that up: "How to Trim Your Boat" was the No. 1 most-watched BoatUS video of 2020. In addition, two other top 10 videos of the year also focused on the topic of boat trim: How to Use Trim Tabs on a Boat and How to Get a Boat On Plane Using Trim. Here are the boating advocacy, service... Full story

  • AZ Lakes, AZ Pros - Tim Van Vliet On Lake Pleasant

    Margie Anderson|Mar 1, 2021

    The legend is that an angler eating lunch on the lake accidently dropped a spoon overboard. As he watched the silver spoon drift downward, sun glinting off the handle and bowl, he saw a fish dart out and try to eat it. A typical angler, this guy was inventive and always looking for a new bait, so he went home, sawed up some spoons, and put hooks and a place to tie the line on them. Voila! A new killer lure is born! All Designed To Do Same Thing Today's spoons are usually store-bought, and they... Full story

  • Gun Owner Classes

    John Anderson|Mar 1, 2021

    Learn And Feel More At Ease With Your Firearm According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), over five million Americans became first-time gun owners in 2020. That's great news for the sport! In fact, in the first seven months of 2020, over 12 million guns were purchased, up more than 70 percent over the same period in 2019. The numbers might have been higher if gun shops hadn't been scrambling to meet the demand. And you were wondering why ammo is so scarce? Seriously, it's not a... Full story

  • Cabrillo's San Salvador

    AZBW|Mar 1, 2021

    Maritime Museum Of San Diego Provides Free Videos And Virtual Lesson Plans For Educators Seeking History, Culture Content From Susan Sirota - Vice President - Maritime Museum of San Diego Check out our latest announcement and launch of this timely online video and lesson plan resource for teachers and parents looking for engaging, educational and entertaining activities for youth distance learning. EXPLORE (Experiential Learning Online Resources for Educators) studies focus on the story of Cabri... Full story

  • Trail Cameras

    AZGFD|Mar 1, 2021

    Commission Proposes To Amend Rules To Regulate The Use Of Trail Cameras Public comment period runs through February 1. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission proposes to amend rules within Article 3, Taking and Handling of Wildlife, to regulate the use of trail cameras for the purpose of taking or aiding in the take of wildlife. Public comments about the proposed rulemaking can be submitted through Feb. 1, 2021, via either: • Email: rulemaking@azgfd.gov • U.S. Mail: Arizona Game and Fish Dep... Full story

  • February 2021Hunting Calendar

    Margie Anderson|Mar 1, 2021

    For the Fall 2021 Hunt: Apply online at www.azgfd.govfor deer, turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, bison, sandhill crane.The fall regulations booklet usually comes out during May and is available online and at outdoor stores.Applications are usually accepted from sometime in May until early June. Details will be in the regulations booklet and online. If tags are left over, first come applications accepted by mail during certain dates. Available at Game and Fish offices after 8:00 am. Again,...

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