Times Spent Outdoors: Priceless!

Articles from the April 1, 2021 edition

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  • On The Cover April 2021

    Carol L Allen

    We salute spring in the Southwest, one of the best times of the year to get out and enjoy the wildflowers, hiking, biking, boating, fishing, bird watching, etc. The "venue menu" is endless - literally a buffet of welcoming outdoor activities, many available very close to home. With thanks to Arizona State Parks and Tempe Tourism, we've included their suggestions for and descriptions of both local and statewide destinations that are particularly suited to excellent hiking opportunities. And,... Full story

  • Downstream Events Calendar April 2021

    Carol L Allen

    Desert Storm 2021 is scheduled for Wednesday, April 21 through Sunday, April 25 at London Bridge Resort, Lake Havasu, Ariz. https://www.stormpokerruns.com/desert-storm.html Springtime Fun Awaits In San Diego – From Maritime Museum Of San Diego Enjoy our safe, fun and educational outdoor adventure with friends and family on the weekend! We are open Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Your general .......  Website

  • Trouble-Free Boating

    Boat US|Apr 1, 2021

    Here's the essential BoatUS spring commissioning checklist. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers its updated Spring Commissioning Checklist to help boaters start the season right. The nation's largest advocacy, service and savings group also offers BoatUS.com/Spring, a new one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about the yearly ritual of recreational boat commissioning. A PDF copy of the checklist is available to download, print, and take to the boat with you. Be s... Full story

  • Bag holder

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2021

    Whenever there are drinks and snacks on board, there are going to be messes. But SeaSucker is ready to keep the boat clean and debris-free, whether the party is on the foredeck, cockpit or swim platform. Its unique Paper Towel Holder and Waste Band mount wherever they're needed. And when the day is done, they remove in seconds without leaving a trace. Both the Paper Towel Holder and Waste Band use powerful SeaSucker 4.5" Vacuum Mounts. Not a simple suction cup that falls off in an hour, it can... Full story

  • Fishing Line Recycling

    Apr 1, 2021

    This Could Help Spark An Idea That Increases Fishing Line Recycling $30,000 in cash prizes are on the line for best solutions. Winter is annual maintenance time for many anglers, and respooling with new line and recycling the old is a common task. Ever thought about what happens once you dispose of the old line in a fishing line recycling tube? It's not pretty. Turning fishing line into new products is labor-intensive, requiring a series of workers to manually comb through, sort, clean, remove... Full story

  • April 2021Hunting Calendar

    AZGFD|Apr 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 will be available online and at outdoor stores. If tags are left over, first come applications accepted by mail and details will be online at www.azgfd.gove 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,... Full story

  • Havasu City's Wild Side

    Apr 1, 2021

    This is where the birds and fish, burros and deer roam. According to vacation experts, the latest travel trend is the toe-dip trip: a shorter getaway to help rebuild confidence in traveling. "We may be dreaming of that big-bucket-list trip, but what travelers are actually planning so far this year are visits to familiar destinations nearby, weekend getaways or road trips and beach trips," says Melissa Dohmen, travel expert from Travelocity. Travelocity's most popular destinations for families... Full story

  • Hike And Bike

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2021

    Put A Spring In Your Step - Hike (And Bike) Close To Home View TT's blog about outdoor options in Tempe during COVID-19. And check out the City of Tempe's website for the latest updates on closures. Adapted From An Article By Toni Smith - Submitted By Tempe Tourism It's been a long year and a bit, but we all know that. What we may not know are some great places for relieving the resultant stress buildup by hiking. And, they are close to home. Papago Park • Papago Park has several easy hikes t... Full story

  • Hiking Arizona State Parks

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2021

    'Pick a trail and lace up your shoes.' From Arizona State Parks And Trails Attention Arizona hikers! If you're looking for a great way to get outdoors any time of year with friends or the family, here are some insider tips about the best hiking trails in Arizona's state parks. Explore these diverse options throughout this amazingly beautiful state, and cross these hikes off your bucket list! From Arizona's hiking trails you will come across a variety of amazing sights and experiences that range... Full story

  • Tempe Begins Celebrating

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2021

    This spring, plans are progressing for November's community birthday party! By Lawn Griffiths Most people don't know what "sesquicentennial" means. But that's what the City of Tempe is celebrating this year. The city was founded 150 years ago -- in October 1871. Planning for Tempe's sesquicentennial has been underway in the face of Covid-19, which has already put some limits on what kind of group activities will be safe. Charles Trumbull Hayden "A century and a half ago, after passing through... Full story

  • AZGFD Big Game Super Raffle

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2021

    The Arizona Big Game Super Raffle is back again and offering unique monthly prize packs! The Arizona Game and Fish Commission annually awards the organization a total of 10 Special Big Game Tags, one for each of the state's big game species - bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn, bison, turkey, bear, javelina and mountain lion. Raffle tickets are available for $5 to $25 each, depending on the species, and ticket sales go to on-the-ground conservation. The deadline to... Full story

  • Desert Tortoises Need Forever Homes

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2021

    More than 100 captive desert tortoises need forever homes . For some, a dog or cat will do just fine. But for others who are considering adopting something truly unique to Arizona, say hello to your next family member: a Sonoran desert tortoise. "Many people don't even consider opening up their homes to desert tortoises, but they make fantastic and personable pets," said Tegan Wolf, desert tortoise adoption program coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD). "It's rewarding to... Full story

  • Boat Cleaning

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2021

    Whether just off the showroom floor or aging gracefully, every boat needs to be cleaned to keep it looking its best. Using its One-Handle-Does-It-All system as the foundation, Shurhold gathered the vital maintenance gear needed by owners into two Clean-N-Simple kits. Both the Basic Boater and New Boater Kits start with a sturdy 6' Shurhold Telescoping Handle. Made in the USA, the heat-treated aluminum handle is triple anodized and locks at four lengths between 40" and 72". It features the... Full story

  • Engine Cutoff-Switch

    Boat US|Apr 1, 2021

    Applies to boats less than 26 feet operating on plane or above displacement speed. There are new engine cutoff device wear requirements for recreational boat operators as part of the January 1, 2021, passage of National Defense Authorization Act that included a U.S. Coast Guard Reauthorization. These devices, commonly referred to as engine cutoff switches (ECOS), are designed to prevent a boat-strike injury if an operator is accidentally ejected overboard while underway. Engine cutoff devices ca... Full story

  • Shore Power

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2021

    Spring commissioning brings about a flurry of maintenance tasks, but few are as important as checking shore power equipment. If a cord set shows damage, it should be replaced. The Hubbell Marine 50A, 125V Twist-Lock® Cable Set offers a durable choice. Built for continuous use, it incorporates safety and convenience features that overshadow competing products. Made in the USA, the fully encased Hubbell 50A Cable Set has ergonomic styling with line-up notches that make plugging-in simple. Its... Full story

  • Lake Powell Report (mid-March '21)

    Wayne Gustaveson|Apr 1, 2021

    The weather is still acting like a lion instead of a lamb. At press time, winds are still blowing this week. Check the weather report while planning a trip. There is usually a calm day or two each week. Fishing on a calm day instead of a windy day often produces more fish and more happy anglers. (Check the weather at the bottom of the home page on Wayneswords.net). Lake level is still going down. The Castle Rock Cut is closed. Bullfrog Main ramp is closed. Launching is still possible at the... Full story

  • AZ Lakes AZ Pros Mark Kile At Roosevelt

    Margie Anderson|Apr 1, 2021

    Mark Kile was the guy to watch at any local tournament a few years back. We were lucky enough to go out with him several times at his home lake, Roosevelt, and he just flat knows how to catch them. This time of year, Kile would be catching forty-plus bass in half a day at Roosevelt, usually with at least one kicker over five pounds. "The fish are moving into the shallows," he'd say, "and some of them are spawning." Kile says that throwing a worm in a channel three to five feet deep will often... Full story

  • AZGFD Outdoor Hall of Fame Nominations

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2021

    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, 2021. To submit a nomination, download a form,... Full story

  • Mexican Wolves

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2021

    The wild population of Mexican wolves in the United States saw its fifth consecutive year of growth in 2020. According to the recent count, the U.S. population of Mexican wolves has increased by 14% since last year, raising the total number of wolves in the wild to a minimum of 186 animals. From November 2020 through January 2021, the Interagency Field Team (IFT) conducted ground counts in Arizona and New Mexico that concluded with aerial counts of Mexican wolves in January and February.... Full story

  • Mule Deer Poaching

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2021

    A reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the poaching of several mule deer in October near Congress, Ariz., has been increased up to $10,000. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD), through its Operation Game Thief program, has increased its reward up to $3,000. In addition, several sportsmen's organizations and private companies are offering rewards up to the following amounts: Willmeng Construction ($3,000), Arizona Deer Association ($1,500), Mule... Full story

  • Zebra Mussels

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2021

    Pet stores urged to remove aquarium product from shelves; consumers should follow disposal guidelines. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD), along with wildlife agencies across the country, are urging pet stores and aquarium owners to take action now to contain any "moss ball" plants designed for aquariums after invasive zebra mussels were found on these products in Arizona as well as other states. This is a national invasive species emergency and evolving situation. Washington Alerts... Full story

  • Concealed Carry Case Goes To Supreme Court

    Apr 1, 2021

    Concealed Carry Case Goes To Supreme Court Letter From The NRA The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) has partnered with the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA) to ask the Supreme Court to hear a challenge to New York's restrictive process for issuing concealed carry licenses. "As long as New York continues denying law-abiding gun owners their Second Amendment rights, the NRA will continue fighting to protect and expand those rights," said... Full story

  • Petrified Forest National Park

    NPS|Apr 1, 2021

    And , so are the park's retail operations. Partnerships with concessions operations and not-for-profit cooperating associations have long been an essential way for national parks to enhance their ability to better serve visitors. Petrified Forest National Park treasures its partners, Ortega National Parks and Petrified Forest Museum Association. Their shops offer educational materials, keepsakes and gifts for all ages that help maintain a connection to the unique resources found in the park.... Full story

  • Arizona Game And Fish Commission Awards Banquet

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2021

    The Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards Banquet that is traditionally held in January has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 12, 2021. The banquet will be held at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Grande Ballroom, 11111 N. 7th St. in Phoenix. More information will be posted and distributed as it becomes available. Recipients of the 2020 Commission Awards who will be honored at this event are - Award of Excellence – Charlie Kelly Youth Conservationist of the Year – Jagrav Patel Med... Full story

  • Kenneth Reaves|Apr 1, 2021

    What could be better than spending a day on or near the water, surrounded by nature and with a fishing rod in your hands? Well, having your dog nearby, of course! How to Plan a Fishing Trip with Your Furry Friend Photo by Atanas Teodosiev on Unsplash Most anglers never consider the possibility of taking their pup on a fishing trip with them. Some think their pup may distract them, scare the fish off, or get in the way. But if you plan properly, it can be a great adventure for you both! But if...  Website

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