Times Spent Outdoors: Priceless!

Articles from the July 1, 2016 edition

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  • What's In A Boat Name?

    BoatUS|Jul 1, 2016

    A boat name can reveal much about the personality of a boat owner. Are they into fishing? Reel Therapy on the boat's transom certainly shows it. Do they have kids in school? What College Fund? says it best. Like to sing? In Harmony is a popular choice. Work in the finance industry? Liquid Assets is suitable. Regardless of lifestyles, families or careers, choosing a name can be difficult. To help boaters with this task, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers a list of over... Full story

  • At Launch Of Boating Season

    Boat US|Jul 1, 2016

    Federal ethanol fuel mandates and changing fuel supply demand boater vigilance. As the summer boating season is underway, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) and National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) urge boaters to be mindful when selecting fuel for their boats, especially as the federal government's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is increasing the risk of consumer misfueling. Even one mistake at the pump can be the source of expensive, warranty voiding repairs and... Full story

  • Boating Safety Made Easy All Summer Long

    AZBW|Jul 1, 2016

    During May's National Safe Boating Week, many boaters made extra effort to improve their on-water safety. But, after the annual event was over, will they continue to stay vigilant? "Making boating safety easy to embrace means more boaters will continue to make the effort," says BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water President Chris Edmonston. With that goal in mind, the BoatUS Foundation has three simple tips for boaters that will improve their boating safety game all summer long:... Full story

  • Red Towboat On Lake Pleasant Has A New Name

    AZBW|Jul 1, 2016

    For the past eight years when recreational boats have broken down on Lake Pleasant - 300 of them last year alone - the red response boat of Vessel Assist Lake Pleasant has been there to help boaters safely return to the launch ramp. Now the 24-hour on water towing and assistance service has a new name: TowBoatUS Lake Pleasant. The move to rename Vessel Assist to TowBoatUS - with locations in Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, and British Columbia, Canada - recognizes TowBoatUS's... Full story

  • Business Spotlight - C & L Upholstery


    We give professional service and interior quality, without that professional price. C&L Upholstery's founder John "Chuck" Hagan has been a life-time Arizonan, and has been providing quality auto interior services and professional grade style to Arizona's residents his entire adult life. Hagan's desire to someday start his own business began as a young man working with his father in the upholstery business growing up in Tucson. That desire became a reality 27 years ago with the vision of... Full story

  • Lake Powell Fish Report

    Wayne Gustaveson|Jul 1, 2016

    The inflow to Lake Powell over the past days has exceeded 100,000 acre feet each day. The lake is still rising and will end up at the highest level recorded since 2012. Fish are excited because the lake is now flooding into green brush and trees. Bass and crappie really like brush habitat. Shad love brush because it helps them avoid the constant barrage of predators that have their eye on them. 2016 has been a wonderfully successful fishing year, so far, and it will continue through the summer... Full story

  • Realtree Sponsors National Hunting And Fishing Day

    WOT|Jul 1, 2016

    Everything about Realtree is geared toward enjoying and protecting the outdoors. Realtree is once again stepping forward to sponsor National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day). Across the nation, Realtree is conserving our natural resources. The renowned company has set aside funds specifically toward conservation efforts, making it possible for future generations the ability to enjoy the outdoors. "Realtree is the standard when it comes to promoting responsible conservation for our waterways... Full story

  • Arizona Trout 'Amazes' Angler

    Mike Wallace|Jul 1, 2016

    I have to eat my words "trout fishing in Arizona sucks". I have been spoiled by fishing states like Montana and Utah for trout in double digits. However, a friend, John Waters caught this amazing trout in an undisclosed stream in Arizona. Waters, after fishing for several hours, thought he saw a large trout in a pool. He cast a crawfish-colored crappie jig tied to 6-pound test mono to the back of the pool. When he began to retrieve, he felt what he thought was a hang-up. However, before he got t... Full story

  • Lake Pleasant Catfish

    Mike Wallace|Jul 1, 2016

    Angler Mike Wallace is shown with his flathead cat out of Lake Pleasant. Although he and friends were targeting larger fish (40 pounds or larger), Wallace says that they love catching cats any size. After five runs and three hook-ups, the fishermen landed two.... Full story

  • Good Gun Info

    John Anderson|Jul 1, 2016

    If you carry or even own a gun, safety should be your number-one priority. The four rules should be engraved on your brain like your first-ever address. In case they aren't yet, here they are again: All guns are always loaded. Treat them that way. Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target (and you have made the decision to shoot). Be sure of your target and what is beyond it. GLOCK launched the annual GLOCK... Full story

  • Governor Signs HB 2324 As A Boost To Arizona Military Families

    AZBW|Jul 1, 2016

    A bill to allow spouses of active duty military personnel stationed in Arizona to qualify for Arizona resident hunting and fishing licenses has been signed into law. Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2324: G&F; military spouses; resident licenses, sponsored by Representative Frank Pratt (LD-8, Casa Grande). The Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted unanimously at their January 2016 meeting to support this expression of gratitude for the families whose service and sacrifice protect our... Full story

  • Fighting The Good Fight

    Doug Burt, Arizona Game and Fish Department|Jul 1, 2016

    While my focus and much of Hunting And Angling Heritage Workshop Group’s (HAHWG’s) effort is on recruitment and retention. There are other groups fighting the good fight at a higher level. I got an email from Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation’s President Jim Unmacht (they also do the license plate grant program many of us have used) that listed the concerns, threats and challenges for sportsmen on a landscape scale. And, I said to him, some of us work with kids, others work with legis... Full story

  • Retired Fire Chief Brings New Life To Old Guns

    Mike Berger|Jul 1, 2016

    It sat quietly in the corner of the shop, behind a group of other rifles. This was the corner where trade-in rifles that were not in the best shape were placed. This particular rifle had begun its life back in 1906, at the Savage Arms factory. It was a Model 1899, with a 24-inch-long barrel in 30-30. This was a very popular combination for a deer rifle in its day. I don't know why it attracted attention that day, yet it came out of its corner for examination. The condition could best be... Full story

  • HAHWG News

    Doug Burt, AZGFD Hunting and Shooting Sports Program Manager|Jul 1, 2016

    If you’re interested in outdoor activities and in the participation of future generations, the Hunting Angling Heritage Workshop Group would welcome your input. Well, it’s starting to feel like Arizona now. I hope everyone is having a good summer and getting a chance to visit the high country as well. The fishing and crayfishing should be great, not to mention the cooler weather and green! A couple dates I thought you might want on your radar, and for more, visit www.azgfd.gov/outdoorskills for... Full story

  • Pleasant Harbor: Living the Life!

    AZBW|Jul 1, 2016

    Just forty-five minutes from downtown Phoenix, Pleasant Harbor, located on the southeastern shores of Lake Pleasant, serves as a one-stop recreation spot for lakeside fun. Pleasant Harbor RV Resort and Marina (www.pleasantharbor.com) is open to the public 365 days a year, and features Dillon's Bayou restaurant, daily boat cruises, sailing, watercraft and Jet Ski rentals, kayaks, and paddle boards, fly boarding, slip rentals and storage, as well as a full service RV resort with 254 spaces with... Full story

  • Bartlett Lake Grill - It's Open!


    We've been anxiously awaiting this new restaurant at Bartlett Lake, and the wait is over. Bartlett Lake Grill is open and serving delicious choices to please any palette (including *poutine, which will delight all of us who have experienced this treat in Canada!). From an excellent selection of appetizers, burgers, salads, and sandwiches to a vegan burger, this menu is designed to satisfy a variety of diner preferences. And, of course, the view of Bartlett Lake from the grill's patio is... Full story

  • Canyon Lake - Dolly Steamboat

    AZBW|Jul 1, 2016

    Experience this spectacular Arizona lake on sightseeing and dinner cruises. Nestled in the heart of the Superstition Mountains lies spectacular Canyon Lake, home of Dolly Steamboat. Continuing a tradition of cruising since 1925, Dolly Steamboat now cruises the secluded inner waterways of this beautiful lake. View the majestic desert big horn sheep, bald eagles and a host of other wildlife, water fowl and birds. Experience the unique ambiance that is created by the sounds of plying through the... Full story

  • Saguaro Lake - Desert Belle

    AZBW|Jul 1, 2016

    Enjoy a narrated 90-minute cruise on Saguaro Lake, an easy drive from Phoenix and Mesa. Hop on board Desert Belle, a restored sightseeing vessel with spectacular views of the desert landscape. Snap photos of Tonto National Forest, and look for local wildlife such as bald eagles, coyotes and bobcats. Ride in your choice of an air-conditioned cabin or shaded open-air top deck, with great views from all seats. Drinks are available for purchase on board, or you can upgrade to include preferred... Full story

  • On The Cover


    The Phoenix at Lake Pleasant is one of several Arizona "girls" who offer scenic cruises on Arizona's spectacular lakes. From Lake Pleasant to Saguaro and Canyon lakes, these vessels, whom I like to call "hostesses" ply the waters while providing wonderful experiences for their guests. During the summer heat, The Phoenix, Desert Belle, and Dolly Steamboat invite you to cool off onboard and at the same time you are savoring the scenery, you can also enjoy some dinner perhaps, some music, and... Full story

  • Awesome For Camping And Travel

    Margie Anderson|Jul 1, 2016

    Every summer we pack up the grandkids and head for the hills for a week or so of hiking and outdoor fun. I've been going camping, hunting, and fishing since I was a kid so I have a lot of experience with various kinds of camping gear. When my dad and my brother and I went camping way back in the day, all our gear was U.S. Army surplus. This meant everything for cooking was metal and weighed a ton, our tents were olive drab canvas and weighed a ton, our packs were olive drab canvas and weighed a... Full story

  • SeaWorld® San Diego Offers A Great Summer Escape

    AZBW|Jul 1, 2016

    SeaWorld® San Diego has a summer full of good times and good vibrations that will transform the park with extended hours, dazzling live entertainment, nighttime animal shows, spectacular fireworks and more! Running through Sept. 5, SeaWorld stays open late on select nights. The party kicks into high gear June 25 when Summer Vibes performances reverberate throughout the park's Mission Bay Theater. We are excited to bring top tier and exciting entertainment to our guests this summer, said... Full story

  • Campers Need To Be Bear Aware

    AZBW|Jul 1, 2016

    As many people celebrate the summer weekends by going camping, the Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds campers and all outdoor recreationists to be bear aware. A few simple precautions can go a long way towards protecting both people and bears. "Humans are usually to blame for bears that become habituated and lose their fear of people. Bears quickly learn to associate campgrounds with food sources, placing both people and bears at risk," says April Howard, a department large carnivore... Full story

  • A Vital Reminder Again!

    WOT|Jul 1, 2016

    From National Fire Prevention Team For The Tonto And Coconino National Forests (Phoenix Interagency Fire Center ) • Campfires should always be attended by a responsible adult. • Only burn locally purchased firewood. • Firewood collection is prohibited on parts of the forests. Check with local Forest Service offices regarding restrictions. • Keep your campfire to a manageable size. • Burn the wood completely to ash. • When extinguishing your campfire, drown with... Full story

  • Starry Night

    Carol L Allen|Jul 1, 2016

    VINCENT VAN GOGH - captured the idea of an illuminated evening in his painting "The Starry Night". And, just recently, because "starry nights" are particularly clear in the Grand Canyon National Park The National Park Service (NPS) and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) have announced that GCNP is now a provisional IDA International Dark Sky Park. IDA established the International Dark Sky Places conservation program in 2001 to encourage communities around the world to preserve and pro... Full story

  • Mesa Boy Scouts Clean Up National Park

    NPS|Jul 1, 2016

    More than 50 Boy Scouts and Scout Leaders converged on Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, June 2, 2016, to tackle one of the parks biggest preservation challenges – graffiti. Troop 154, Miramar Ward, Citrus Heights Stake, based in Mesa, Ariz., volunteered to remove graffiti carved into the red rocks of Glen Canyon as part of a week-long scouting adventure. Scouts were able to explore some of the most scenic country in Northern Arizona, while learning about the natural history of the area, a... Full story

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