Times Spent Outdoors: Priceless!

Articles from the August 1, 2016 edition

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  • On The Cover - These Falls Are A Treasure Within A Treasure


    Havasupai Falls Arizona is a major destination for hikers who want to visit the blue-green waterfalls. Hidden in the Grand Canyon, and difficult to get reservations for, this paradise is for those who can plan ahead and enjoy hikes of eight miles or more. AZBW/WOT Aug. 2016 AZBW/WOT Aug. 2016 By Jim & Carol Allen 32 pages, published 8/8/2016 Havasupai Falls Arizona is a major destination for hikers who want to visit the blue-green waterfalls. Hidden in the Grand Canyon, and difficult to get... Full story

  • Bug-Out Bag

    John Anderson|Aug 1, 2016

    You may have heard the term "bug-out bag" - for sure you've heard or read about it if you ever visit any tactical shooting sites. What is a bug out bag? It's simply an easy-to-grab bag that contains everything you'll need for about three days in case of emergency. The emergency can be a forest fire, weather, terrorism, natural disaster - it doesn't matter what it is; a bug out bag should enable you to survive for a few days until things simmer down or until help comes or whatever. At Home And... Full story

  • NPS Presence In Just One State - Arizona Has Them All

    WOT|Aug 1, 2016

    These memorable destinations are enough to fill a lifetime of "bucket lists". As we celebrate the centennial of the National Parks Service, many will be visiting national sites throughout the country. A good place to start is here at home as Arizona has over two dozen of these spectacular destinations within the state. National Monuments In Arizona Canyon De Chelly Chinle, Ariz. For nearly 5,000 years, people have lived in these canyons - longer than anyone has lived uninterrupted anywhere on... Full story

  • Pokémon Go and Boating: Three Tips from BoatUS

    AZBW|Aug 1, 2016

    The reality-game-meets-exercise app currently taking the nation by storm, "Pokémon Go," now has 21 million users every day – reportedly the most successful mobile game ever in the US. The game features characters called Pokémon that players capture in the real world using a combination of GPS and augmented reality. That also means that Pokémon-mania has also come to the water and with it, BoatUS, the national boating advocacy, services and safety group, has three tips for playing Pokémon Go wh... Full story

  • Life Jackets Are Prerequisite To Safety

    AZGFD|Aug 1, 2016

    Summer in the Southwest means fun on the water for many Arizona families, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department encourages everyone heading to area lakes to ensure they are wearing a life jacket while on the water. "Putting on a life jacket is the first and often easiest step anyone can take to keep themselves safe when on the water," said Josh Hoffman, AZGFD Boating Safety Education coordinator. "There are comfortable options for all activities and all weather conditions. Set an example... Full story

  • STOP!

    AZBW|Aug 1, 2016

    On July 11, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) President Margaret Podlich (L) and Government Affairs Manager David Kennedy (R), delivered over 24,000 comments from recreational boaters to EPA Headquarters in Washington DC to urge the agency to stop adding more ethanol to the nation's gasoline supply. BoatUS had asked the boating public to add their voice to a proposal to increase the amount of ethanol that must be blended into the nation's gasoline supply for 2017. If... Full story

  • Kids' PFD Loaner Sites

    AZBW|Aug 1, 2016

    If you need to borrow a kid's life jacket for the day or weekend, chances are there is one near you at one of the over 1,500 life jacket loaner sites across the country at BoatUS.org/loanermap. The Web site list is "the nation's largest single source of life jacket loaner sites" according to BoatUS. It includes nearly 600 free BoatUS Foundation kids' Life Jacket Loaner sites at marinas, boat clubs and firehouses, along with over 900 local community loaner sites to give parents and boaters more... Full story

  • Register Now For Sailing Classes

    AZBW, Arizona Yacht Club - Mike Ferring|Aug 1, 2016

    Registration is open now for the fall Arizona Sailing Foundation sailing classes. Click on Arizona Sailing Foundation Education in the navigation bar at the top of any AYC Web page and then select the type of class you'd like to take. With Tempe Town Lake back in business, the full offering of classes will be available there, including Adult Beginning Sailing, Opti 1&2 for kids, Junior Performance Sailing in the O'Pen Bics, and High School Sailing on Tuesday afternoons. All classes are led by... Full story

  • Advanced Trim Tab Controller Offers Better Ride, MPG

    WOT|Aug 1, 2016

    HydroTab's new state-of-the-art 4DHC Automatic Controller is designed to dramatically improve boat handling and address the common limitations of older generations of trim tab controllers. With the press of a button, the boat will trim to the ideal angle, providing a more comfortable ride and reduced fuel consumption. HydroTab products are sold in the US by GlobalTec Solutions. The next-generation 4DHC Controller works with HydroTab's Interceptor line of trim tabs. It features steering assistanc... Full story

  • Lake Powell Fish Report

    Wayne Gustaveson|Aug 1, 2016

    'Quality of life is measured by amount of time spent fishing.' Stripers have moved out of the main channel and toward the backs of canyons. The move indicates that the shad food source has been well used in open water of the channel and bays. Slurping stripers have been relentless in pursuit of small newly-hatched shad. Those shad that have survived are seeking a sanctuary in the brush that now lines the shoreline. Shad have a better chance of avoiding predation if there is some kind of brushy... Full story

  • More Good News From Lake Powell

    Wayne Gustaveson|Aug 1, 2016

    When a tagged walleye is caught, take a picture of the fish and then a closeup of the tag number. Contact me with the tag number at 928 645 2392. Send a fishing report indicating how and where the fish was caught. You will then receive a prize donated by Sportsmans Warehouse, Fish Tech Outfitters, Stix Market, or Berkley. Other Fish Biting As Well Other fish are biting as well. Bait fishing continues to provide lots of stripers for anglers using anchovies along steep canyon walls. One... Full story

  • It's Worth The Memories

    AZGFD|Aug 1, 2016

    When was the last time you visited your favorite fishing spot? Or felt the thrill of that first catch? However long it may be, it's never too late to reclaim the excitement of the great outdoors. Renew your sense of adventure with an Arizona fishing license - because a few minutes online are worth countless memories outside!... Full story

  • Tonto National Forest Remains in Fire Restrictions

    AZBW|Aug 1, 2016

    PHOENIX, July 14, 2016-For Immediate Release. The Tonto National Forest remains in fire restrictions. The hot, dry weather has dried out plants, causing fire danger to remain high. The Tonto National Forest will remain in fire restrictions until the monsoon rains make a comeback, which is not predicted in the immediate future. Campfires are only permitted at developed campgrounds listed on the fire restrictions order. If you are at a campground where fires are permitted, never leave your... Full story

  • A Winning Combination

    Aug 1, 2016

    On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting existing national parks and monuments and those yet to be established. By doing so, he not only preserved America's most remarkable natural wonders, but he also created protections for some of the most idyllic fly-fishing locations in North America. 25 Best National Parks to Fly Fish celebrates the phenomenal fly-fis... Full story

  • Sportsmen To Lose Again!

    John Koleszar, AZBW Special Features Editor|Aug 1, 2016

    While the sportsmen and women of Arizona have been patiently waiting for draw results, certain organizations have been using their political clout to remove another massive chunk of real estate from the hunting communities' places to recreate. The following has been in process for a couple of years now, and it appears to be the proverbial train coming down the tracks with not much hope in sight. Save It From What? "Do You Want To Save The Grand Canyon?" That banner has been bandied about by... Full story

  • Retired Fire Chief Brings New Life To Old Guns

    Mike Berger|Aug 1, 2016

    Editor's Note: Although Part 1 of this incredible restoration story appeared in the July issue, it is included here again so that the whole story of the old Winchester is not lost. Berger continues below with Part 2 and, thankfully, will follow that with a Part 3 in future. 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... Full story

  • Excerpts From AZGFD Report

    AZGFD|Aug 1, 2016

    Tip Of The Week For those athletic anglers looking for lots of exercise, good fishing, and no crowds, try Chevelon Lake. This steep-sided canyon lake is not shore-angler friendly, so float tubes, canoes or kayaks are almost a must. The hike-in is knee-challenging on the way down and the long hike back up the steep trail will take your breath away in more ways than one. For aging anglers who are out of shape, avoid this lake; it's a cardiac special. New fishing regulations on Chevelon Creek... Full story

  • Business Spotlight - Arizona Color Wrap Professionals


    This colorful (literally) business was established in 2001 and is one of the Sr. Wrap Shops in the Valley of the Sun. The folks at Arizona Color make it clear that they are "not a Mom and Pop out of our home garage shop". The have three Valley-wide install locations, and they guarantee that customers will be satisfied. "Customer service is important, and we are not satisfied unless out customers are. From office, design, and install, we know that you will love us." Among Arizona Color's... Full story

  • Edward 'Pat' Madden Assumes Role Of Game And Fish Commission Chairman


    Edward "Pat" Madden of Flagstaff has become the Arizona Game and Fish Commission's newest chair.. He will lead the five-member commission for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Madden replaces Kurt R. Davis, who will continue to serve on the commission until his successor is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. Each commissioner serves a five-year term that is staggered and customarily serves as chairman during their final year. Madden, who joined the commission in 2013, has an... Full story

  • Arizona - Fall Hunt Draw Results For Portal Account Holders Are Available

    AZGFD|Aug 1, 2016

    Hunters who have an AZGFD Customer Portal account now can view their draw results for the 2016 deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall bison, fall bear and pheasant seasons. Simply log into your account, and you will be taken to your personal 'My AZ Outdoors" page. Portal account holders have the benefit of being able to view their draw results a day or two before the results officially are released. It's quick, easy and free to create a Portal account. Just click on the "Sign in t... Full story

  • 2016 Edition Of 'Hunt Arizona' Now Available Online

    AZGFD|Aug 1, 2016

    The 2016 edition of "Hunt Arizona," the Arizona Game and Fish Department's yearly compilation of big and small game hunting statistics, is now available online at https://www.azgfd.com/Hunting/surveydata. The free, downloadable, PDF publication includes draw, survey and harvest statistics for a five-year period, as well as information on distribution, life history and behavior of big game, small game and other wildlife. The 205-page publication is easy to use and includes the latest data on... Full story

  • Arizona State Parks' Top Five Summer Adventures

    ASP|Aug 1, 2016

    Looking for a summer adventure filled with fun the whole family can enjoy? Spend the weekend or plan a day trip to one of our beautiful Arizona State Parks. We've got you covered whether you're a first-time camper, amateur cave explorer, looking for a watersport haven or prefer to discover Arizona's history. Here are some of our favorite things to get you out of the house and into an adventure: Watersport Havens - The lake and river parks offer something for everyone to enjoy from beaches, boat... Full story

  • Arizona Dove, Band-Tailed Pigeon Regulations Now Online

    AZGFD|Aug 1, 2016

    PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department has posted the 2016-2017 Arizona Dove and Band-tailed Pigeon Regulations online at https://www.azgfd.com/PortalImages/files/regs/doveregs.pdf. The dove season begins Sept. 1 and runs through Sept. 15. The daily bag limit is 15 mourning and white-winged doves in the aggregate, of which no more than 10 may be white-winged. The possession limit is 45 mourning and white-winged in the aggregate after opening day, of which no more than 15 may be taken in... Full story

  • Funding Opportunities For OHV Projects Deadline Approaches

    ASP|Aug 1, 2016

    Arizona State Parks is offering funding from the State Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund (OHV) for motorized trail projects. Grant application manuals and forms are available to download from the State Parks website at AZStateParks.com/grants. Eligible Projects Funding can be used for projects such as trail development and trail maintenance for off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles. Deadlines Project sponsors must... Full story

  • Five Reasons to Visit Southern Arizona

    Margie Anderson|Aug 1, 2016

    In summer, we always seem to think of going to the high country - Flagstaff, Payson, the White Mountains - but Southern Arizona has some absolutely gorgeous places to visit, and the weather is great. We head south often because there are plenty of things to do and places to see. Here are five of our favorites. Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve This summer was the first time we've visited this amazing place, but it definitely won't be the last time we come here. We took our teenaged... Full story

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