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Articles from the April 1, 2019 edition

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  • On The Cover - April 2019

    Carol L. Allen

    You already know our "cover girl", Margie Anderson (and thanks, John Anderson, for this great photo). She is the ultimate outdoors woman and an expert on fishing, hunting/shooting, hiking, wildlife (including birds), wild flowers, Arizona destinations — you name it. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have Margie as a regular contributor. Besides our appreciation of her knowledge and talent, others have recognized her as well: three times "Outdoor Writer of the Year" from Arizona Game & F... Full story

  • Arizona April Hunting Calendar

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2019

    Compiled by Margie Anderson You must have a valid hunting license for all hunts, and permit tags for some. You must read the regulations. You can pick up a hard copy at many outdoor stores and all Game and Fish offices. You can also read and/or download all the regulation booklets at www.azgfd.gov. Application Deadlines This Month: None Bear: Bear hunts continue this month. Some run through July. You must have a valid hunting license as well as a hunt permit tag obtained through the draw – e... Full story

  • Non-Lead Ammo

    John Anderson|Apr 1, 2019

    For quite a while now, waterfowl hunters have been required to use shotgun shells that do not contain lead. Seems the lead pellets in the water get ingested accidentally by waterfowl and it is toxic to them if it builds up. In Arizona, the Game and Fish Department encourages hunters who hunt in Arizona's condor ranges to use lead-free ammo or to remove gut piles if they are shooting lead. The condors eat the remains and get lead poisoning from the tiny lead fragments. If you do use non-lead... Full story

  • Badgers Springs, Tiptop Ghost Town, Perkinsville Arizona

    Margie Anderson|Apr 1, 2019

    For April: A Hike, A Ride, and A Drive April is a great month to explore the Arizona desert. It isn't too hot yet, not too cold, and there are still wildflowers and cactus blossoms to be found, not to mention the masses of yellow palo verde blossoms. To help you enjoy some of the prettiest places I know of in the desert, I've compiled three adventures for you: a walk, a ride, and a drive. No matter what your fitness level is, one of these will work for you this April. A Hike: Badgers Springs If... Full story

  • Arizona Elk Tags Available

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2019

    Arizona hunters still have an opportunity to receive a hunt permit-tag for select 2019 elk hunts. There are 744 leftover hunt permit-tags - 668 for the minimal occurrence zone/low density (general) hunt in game management units 12A, 12B, 13A and 13B. All remaining hunt permit-tags will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis as follows: • By mail: Paper applications began being accepted on March 18, and must be addressed to: Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.: D... Full story

  • Singh Meadows Farmer's Market

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2019

    This Tempe destination is a memorable outdoors attraction with fresh produce and a delightful on-site restaurant. By Lauren Saria And Rachel Semik Photos By Mark Lipczysnki From: Tempe Tourism Office On a crisp, cool Saturday morning, farmer Ken Singh chats with a family enjoying breakfast at Singh Meadows in north Tempe. In the distance, a fire pit puffs smoke into the pale, blue sky and steam rises from a clear, chemical-free pond. For 30 years, this was Rio Salado Golf Course, maintained in... Full story

  • Grand Canyon Commemorates 100 Years

    GCNP|Apr 1, 2019

    Grand Canyon Commemorates 100 Years And More On February 26, 2019, the Grand Canyon celebrated 100 years since it's designation as a national park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Grand Canyon welcomes approximately six million domestic and international visitors each year. After 100 years, whether its hiking a corridor trail, taking a stroll on the rim or enjoying the landscape from an overlook, Grand Canyon continues to provide a space for all visitors to connect with the outdoors. This 2019,... Full story

  • AZGFD Delivers Significant Wildlife Items To Native American Tribes

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2019

    Whether it's the full hide of a fallen bear, an empty tortoise shell, antlers shed onto the forest floor or a found eagle feather, wildlife binds Arizona's Native American tribes to the world around them. Recognition Of Rich Cultural History In recognition of that rich cultural history, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) formalized a repository program that allows wildlife managers and staff to collect, inventory and properly store items found in the field that can be donated to and us... Full story

  • Our Home Is Not Their Home

    WOT|Apr 1, 2019

    Do you know anyone who owns a tiger? How about a lion? An otter? An African grey parrot? These animals all have something in common: they are all wild animals that aren't meant to be kept as pets. Every day, thousands of wild animals are poached from the wild or bred in captivity and sold into the global multi-billion-dollar exotic pet trade. Regardless of whether this trade is legal or illegal, these animals suffer terribly. The Deadly Road To Captivity Our research and investigations teams... Full story

  • Phoenix Zoo Welcomes Boboo

    WOT|Apr 1, 2019

    WELCOME! -- Boboo (Ba-Boo) has a new home: The Phoenix Zoo. He arrived on March 10 from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio. Boboo is a brother of the late Kitambi, both offspring of Tomo and Asali, also at the Columbus Zoo. We received a three-and-a-half-year-old male African lion, Boboo (pronounced Ba-boo), from the Columbus Zoo! Boboo arrived yesterday (March 10) and will spend time in an off-exhibit area to acclimate to his new surroundings. He was transported to his night house upon... Full story

  • Seasucker Party Barge

    Apr 1, 2019

    Seasucker Party Barge Is A Cup Holder On Steroids The anchor's dropped, music cranked, LEDs are pulsing-it's party time. Whether in the cockpit or attached to the outside of the hull, SeaSucker's Party Barge is the ultimate portable bar. It holds it all: beer, liquor and mixer bottles, cans, wine glasses, koozies, and even salt, limes, olives and cherries. It's a cup holder on steroids. Made in the USA, the Party Barge features five deep 3–1/2" cup holders, a center 4–3/8" hole for a sta... Full story

  • Lake Havasu Boat Show

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2019

    The Largest Boat Show In The Southwest To Kick Off Boating Season New powerboats will be unveiled, plus expanded in-water demos and a cool corn-hole competition. The largest boat show in the Southwest is gearing up to kick off the summer boating season in the middle of the desert by featuring a floating tiki bar that is expected to make a huge splash this summer in Lake Havasu. The return of the 28th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show to the Colorado River is scheduled from April 5-7 at Windsor Beach... Full story

  • BoatUS Spring Commissioning Checklist

    Boat US|Apr 1, 2019

    With boatyards, backyards, marinas, and clubs now coming to life, spring commissioning time has arrived. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has a Spring Commissioning Checklist to help boaters start the season right: Before You Launch 1. Inspect and replace hose clamps as necessary. Double-clamp fuel lines and exhaust hoses with marine-rated stainless steel hose clamps. Keep seacocks closed when you are away from the boat. 2. Inspect all hoses for stiffness, rot, leaks and... Full story

  • Boat US|Apr 1, 2019

    Beginning and experienced woman sailors can jump-start their sailing lives by heading to the National Women's Sailing Association (NWSA) 18th Annual Women's Sailing Conference slated for Saturday, June 1 at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass....  Website

  • Arizona Outdoor Hall Of Fame

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2019

    Deadline to submit nominations is April 30. The Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation is soliciting nominations for this year’s inductees into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame. The Outdoor Hall of Fame annually recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant and lasting contributions toward Arizona’s wildlife, the welfare of its natural resources, and the state’s outdoor heritage. Nominations will be accepted through April 30. To submit a nomination, download a form (also found... Full story

  • Jim Allen

    This is the 40th year the San Diego Sportfishing Council has sponsored its special showcase of San Diego sportfishing. We hope you'll take this opportunity to join us and discover a bit more of what the Port of San Diego holds for you....  Website

  • Lake Powell Report

    Wayne Gustaveson|Apr 1, 2019

    Quality of life is measured by amount of time spent fishing. The snow and rain continue providing the moisture, and eventually the runoff, needed to allow the lake to rise back to the levels that enable safe passage and enjoyable fishing trips over the length of the lake. The Lake Powell water level is slowly declining due to the continued stormy and cool weather that we all have experienced lately. Hope For A Large Rise The lake has been holding near 3571 feet (mean sea level) during March. In... Full story

  • Shore Power Cable Upgrade

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2019

    SAVE NOW -- Safe boaters know that keeping equipment in top working order is the best way to avoid potential problems on the water. Just in time for spring launch, a new rebate from Hubbell Marine allows owners to upgrade shore power cable sets and save money in the process. Those who purchase a 50' Hubbell 50A, 125/250V cable set between now and June 30 qualify for a $50 cash rebate. An additional $25 rebate on the companion YQ230 Intelligent Y Adapter allows boaters to enjoy enhanced... Full story


    PHOENIX – Hit the water and take a short paddle around the 90,000-gallon kayaking pond at the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Outdoor Expo, presented by Shikar Safari Club International. AZGFD Outdoor Expo 2019Admission and parking are free for the family-friendly, hands-on event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 30 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, just west of Interstate 17 and Carefree Highway in Phoenix. Learn some basics, g...  Website

  • OHV Riders

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2019

    Stay on trails and avoid wet, muddy areas. While it's tempting to head out on an off-highway vehicle (OHV) following rain or a snowstorm, soggy trails quickly turn muddy, and riding on them can create long-lasting damage that negatively impacts wildlife habitat. Turn Around The Arizona Game and Fish Department advises OHV riders that come upon wet and muddy roads to resist the urge to hit the gas and instead turn around or avoid the area. Splashing or mudding straight through can tear up roads...

  • WOOT|Apr 1, 2019

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is not taking appropriate steps to review and assess potential maritime terrorism risks facing U.S. sea ports, the Justice Department's internal watchdog has found. The audit, released on Thursday by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, found that while top FBI officials believe the country faces a low maritime terrorism threat, that view is actually based on "incomplete and potentially inaccurate information." Moreover, the audit found that the FBI had not...  Website

  • WDFW Hosts Hatchery And Fishery Reform Review

    WDFW|Apr 1, 2019

    WDFW to host meeting on review of hatchery and fishery reform OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will host a meeting Thursday, April 11 to provide stakeholders with an overview of the Hatchery and Fishery Reform Policy review and seek public input. The meeting is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., April 11, in Room 194 of the Lacey Campus Building 1 at South Puget Sound College, 4220 6th Ave. SE, Lacey. The state's hatchery and fishery reform policy is intended t... Full story

  • Grand Canyon Earth Day


    Grand Canyon, AZ - Grand Canyon National Park invites the public to celebrate the 49th anniversary of Earth Day during National Park Week with free entrance on Saturday, April 20, 2019. All Earth Day activities are free and open to the public and will take place at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center Plaza on the South Rim between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Join us for great family fun! This year's theme, Sustainability: Then and Now in concert with Grand Canyon National Park's 100th Anniversary, features... Full story

  • Elwha River Fishing Closure

    WDFW|Apr 1, 2019

    Extension of Recreational and Commercial Fishing Closure Announced for Elwha River and Its Tributaries OLYMPIA – The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Olympic National Park, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have agreed that it is necessary to extend the fishing closure in the Elwha River for another two years, from June 1, 2019 to July 1, 2021. The fishing closure applies to all recreational and commercial fishing in the Elwha River and its tributaries. A fishing moratorium in t... Full story

  • Humptulips River Fishing Regulations

    WDFW|Apr 1, 2019

    WDFW seeks input on fishing regulations for Humptulips River OLYMPIA – State fish managers are hosting a public meeting Tuesday, April 23, to discuss fishing regulations on the Humptulips River in southwest Washington. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled the meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. April 23 at the Montesano City Hall. The public can also email comments to GraysHarbor@dfw.wa.gov. Department staff will discuss reinstating the use of selective gear rules for all g... Full story

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