Times Spent Outdoors: Priceless!

Articles from the April 1, 2020 edition

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  • On The Cover April 2020

    Carol L Allen

    During these times of heightened worry and isolation, we at Arizona Boating & Watersports/Western Outdoor Times wish you good health, safety, hope, and peaceful spirits. All of you who love the outdoors already know of the calm that can surround us when we are there, whether at a water side or in a forest, or in a beautiful desert-scape - whether we are watching the swaying trees, the soaring birds, or the budding cactus blossoms. It is in these places where our senses can be calmed and Mother... Full story

  • Carol L Allen

    Palm Sunday: April 5 Downstream Events Calendar April 2020Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in each of the four canonical Gospels. In most liturgical churches Palm Sunday is celebrated by the blessing and distribution of palm branches or the branches of other native trees representing the palm .........  Website

  • Here's What To Expect At The Range

    John Anderson|Apr 1, 2020

    If you are new to shooting, going to the range may be a bit intimidating. I know my girls were nervous the first time, and they wanted to know all about it before they went. Just knowing what to expect and how to act takes a lot of the apprehension out of things, so here's what you need to know about going to the shooting range. Outdoor Range I usually visit Ben Avery Shooting Range on the Carefree Highway, but shooting ranges will all have very similar rules. Safety, obviously, is the... Full story

  • Get Outside!

    Margie Anderson|Apr 1, 2020

    The Japanese have a term "Shinrinyoku" that literally means "forest therapy". They know that getting outdoors soothes your soul and relaxes your mind. It is really good for kids to get outdoors and be able to run and play and explore nature – and yes, even get really dirty. My dad started taking me camping and hunting when I was very young, and I always love the feeling that you get when you leave the city behind. To this day, it lifts my spirits to get out where there are no buildings in v... Full story

  • Tonto Modifying Bulldog Canyon OHV Permit Process

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2020

    As of last month, people who ride an off-highway vehicle (OHV) in the Bulldog Canyon OHV area on the Mesa Ranger District must obtain a permit online through recreation.gov. The district will discontinue paper permits. According to Matt Lane, Mesa District Ranger, the permit process change is the result of growth. "An increase in public use of the Bulldog Canyon OHV area, along with the rising popularity of OHVs created a demand for permits that exceeds our capability to provide a quality... Full story

  • Margie Anderson|Apr 1, 2020

    You can still get to Apache Lake – you just have to go to Roosevelt Lake and drive south from there. Right now the Apache Trail is still washed out, but access to the lake from the north is still possible. You may not remember the name Casey Iwai – he was a youngster who was quite a stick back in the day. He even fished the Bassmaster trail for a year and was featured on their television coverage. He had a great reputation in the tournament circles in Arizona as well. Casey is now a doctor, but...  Website

  • National Wildlife Federation Helps Out

    WOT|Apr 1, 2020

    Editor, We're all in this together and we'll be with you every step of the way. Here at the National Wildlife Federation, we're adjusting to the new realities and school closures - I'm actually trying to write this with my two-year old Alana hanging on my arm! Though it's not easy, we are taking every step possible to keep our staff safe and flatten the curve, because it is absolutely the right thing to do. Meaningful Educational Opportunities As the largest provider of environmental... Full story

  • RV Restoration

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2020

    Even the most cared-for RV will eventually show its age. Wind-borne debris and UV rays dull outside walls, leaving it looking old and tired. However, it's easy to bring back a showroom shine with RV by LIFE's two-part restoration process using PolyShine and Life Wax. PolyShine is a premium polish formulated specifically for use on fiberglass. Starting with a clean RV, the easy-to-use liquid polymer is applied by hand or electric buffer. If the vehicle is seriously oxidized, a rubbing compound... Full story

  • AZGFD Clay Target Center

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2020

    New health protection strategies being implemented at Ben Avery Shooting Facility The Ben Avery Shooting Facility (BASF) will reopen its Clay Target Center and archery range Thursday, March 26, after temporarily closing last Friday to implement new health protection strategies. Here's what recreational shooters need to know: • Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday. • To minimize personal contact between customers and staff, the cus... Full story

  • AZGFD Delivers On Promise To Provide Quicker Draw Results

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2020

    It started decades ago with names being scribbled on small pieces of paper, inserted into empty capsules and then deposited into a container from which the lucky few would be drawn, often by a youngster chosen from the crowd in the State Capitol Annex Building. Over the years, actual paper applications would be dumped into a raffle ticket drum and given a spin under the guidance of law enforcement officials — and under the watchful eye of hopeful hunters who would be packed into the annex b... Full story

  • Hunting Calendar For April 2020

    Apr 1, 2020

    ARIZONA BIG GAME SUPER RAFFLE: If you win, you can hunt AZ big game species for 365 days. Get raffle tickets for elk, antelope, Coues, mule deer, black bear, desert bighorn sheep, buffalo, mountain lion, javelina, turkey. Go to www.arizonabiggamesuperraffle.com. Entries must be received by July 12, 2019. Online orders accepted through July 14, 2019. Drawing July 25, 2019. 2019-2020 Fees: General Hunting, resident: $37 Non-resident: not available see combination Combination Hunt and fish,... Full story

  • Tonto National Forest Closes Developed Recreation Sites Forestwide

    Tonto National Forest|Apr 1, 2020

    The Tonto National Forest will begin the orderly closure of the following developed recreation sites as early as Monday, March 23, to protect public health and safety and align with state and local measures already in place to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. The developed recreation site closures will remain in effect until further notice. The Forest Service thanks all visitors and partners for their cooperation. Please report any instances of vandalism to facilities to the local ranger district... Full story

  • Iosso Mold & Mildew Stain Remover

    Jim Allen|Apr 1, 2020

    From cotton duck to modern acrylic textiles, all outdoor fabrics collect stains and eventually begin looking old and tired. Scrubbing with water and mild detergent may remove some of the surface dirt, but organics such as mold, mildew and algae need to be handled differently so they won't grow back. What's needed is biodegradable Mold & Mildew Stain Remover from Iosso Products. It rejuvenates fabric, vinyl, wood and plastic without harsh chemicals that bleach-out colors and deteriorate... Full story

  • BoatLIFE's Two-Part Restoration Process

    Jim Allen|Apr 1, 2020

    Even the most cared-for boat will eventually show its age. Wind-borne debris and UV rays dull outside walls, leaving it looking old and tired. However, it's easy to bring back a showroom shine with BoatLIFE's two-part restoration process using PolyShine and Life Wax. PolyShine is a premium polish formulated specifically for use on fiberglass boats. Starting with a clean hull, the easy-to-use liquid polymer is applied by hand or electric buffer. If the vessel is seriously oxidized, a rubbing... Full story

  • AirWave Marine Splitter

    Jim Allen|Apr 1, 2020

    Traditionally, each onboard radio requires a separate antenna. This is expensive and unnecessarily adds clutter and weight aloft. Saving space, time and money, the VHF & AM/FM Splitter from AirWave Marine connects both devices to a single dual-band antenna with crystal-clear performance. Made in the USA, the AirWave Marine VHF & AM/FM Splitter uses a state-of-the-art passive filter design. The 3' dual-shield, low-loss white cable has an anti-UV coating for long service life. Installing the VHF... Full story

  • Raritan Engineering Toilet

    Jim Allen|Apr 1, 2020

    Most marine toilets are either manual or electric. The PH PowerFlush from Raritan Engineering can be both. Ideal for the cruising sailor or powerboater, it delivers the ability to add a gearbox for powered operation and quickly convert back to manual operation, if necessary. Plus, its mounting base footprint matches industry standards to make it an easy and fast upgrade. With Raritan's P105E Conversion Kit, it's easy to transform the manual PH SuperFlush to a PH PowerFlush with smooth and quiet... Full story

  • RV Social Distancing

    Jim Allen|Apr 1, 2020

    With large public events being canceled due to concerns over coronavirus COVID-19, RVing is perhaps the most enjoyable way to spend time with immediate family while still social distancing. Even away from the crowds, there are still everyday germs to contend with in and around a trailer, camper or motorhome. Shurhold, the leader in RV cleaning and maintenance products, has a Clean-N-Simple Tip to help sanitize the RV using a quality soap and Serious Shine. In a home, neatness counts when it... Full story

  • Lake Pleasant Changes


    With approximately 10,000 surface acres of water, Lake Pleasant Regional Park is known as one of the most scenic water recreation areas in the valley. Each weekend, thousands of residents visit the park to camp, boat, fish, and hike. Recently, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department began limiting capacity in the regional park system to allow for physical-distancing. However, the repetitive closures on the weekends at the lake became time-intensive for staff as they closely... Full story

  • Arizona - Whitlow Fire At 75% Containment, No New Fire Growth

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2020

    PHOENIX, April 24, 2020 Containment lines for the Whitlow Fire, in the Hewitt area, held again overnight resulting in no new fire growth. The additional nine acres over yesterday is a result of more accurate mapping of the fire. The Whitlow Fire is still under investigation. There are no structures threatened and no evacuations are in place. Please continue to avoid the Hewett Station area as firefighters make progress towards full containment, which is anticipated this weekend. "Please adhere... Full story

  • Life-Calk

    Jim Allen|Apr 1, 2020

    Even a minor water leak can cause serious and expensive damage to a motorhome, trailer or camper. That's why it is important to use a quality, industrial-grade sealant like Life-Calk® from RV by LIFE. Formulated specifically for use with RVs and made in the USA, Life-Calk is a long-lasting, permanently-flexible polysulfide compound for exterior or interior use. Unlike many sealants, high-quality Life-Calk bonds to fiberglass, wood, metal, glass and itself. It is resistant to gasoline and die... Full story

  • Brush Handles

    Jim Allen|Apr 1, 2020

    When using an RV brush or mop, few things are as frustrating as rubbing it up against the finish and leaving a scratch. Shurhold's Handle Mate PFD prevents this from happening. Slipped over the aluminum shaft of any of the company's Telescoping or Fixed Length Handles, it protects paint, fiberglass, chrome, acrylic and vinyl graphics from forehead-slapping accidents. Plus, if it does doubly-duty on a boat, it'll float the tool if dropped overboard. Handle Mate PFD is made from soft, durable... Full story

  • Sail Off Into The Sunset!

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2020

    Take cruising from dream to reality with The Boat Galley Podcast, a podcast that features tips, advice, and how-tos for your cruising adventure. Three experienced cruising women share their best stories in weekly episodes, each with their own individual flair. If you've ever had questions about this whole cruising lifestyle, this is the podcast for you! Lin Pardey, along with her husband, Larry, has sailed over 200,000 nautical miles with 3 circumnavigations under her belt. Most of those miles... Full story

  • Traveling Boaters

    Apr 1, 2020

    Federal Boating Infrastructure Grant program pays for transient slips, moorings, fuel docks, navigation aids, restrooms, utilities and breakwaters. The Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program, which funnels federal fuel taxes paid by recreational boaters back to the states to attract visiting boaters with amenities such as secure overnight dockage, has $24.7 million in funds (at press time) available to local governments, port agencies, private marinas and boat clubs. The associated visiting... Full story

  • Coconino Parks & Recreation Changes

    Apr 1, 2020

    Coconino County Parks & Recreation is staffing its office virtually to help protect the team and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual staffing at Parks & Recreation began on March 19 and will continue through at least April 1. For inquiries about parks, natural areas and trails, the public is encouraged to call the Parks & Recreation's Administration phone number at 928-679-8000 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday, or email parksrec@coconino.az.gov. Phones and emails are being... Full story

  • Sedona Updates Are Back!

    WOT|Apr 1, 2020

    Although some venues may temporarily be unavailable, they will be ready for you when the current crisis has passed. The seduction of the crimson Sedona sandstone has long captivated people around the world. Such stunning beauty in a beautiful yet easily accessible back country makes us unique – and attracts spiritual seekers, rugged outdoors types, and world class artists from sculptors to chefs. In the last two years we have been working toward keeping Sedona the Most Beautiful Place on E... Full story

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