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Articles from the September 1, 2018 edition

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  • On The Cover - The Voyage Continues

    Carol L Allen

    In September 2005, our Publisher Jim Allen and Editor Carol Allen delivered the first copies of issue number one of Arizona Boating & Watersports. Jim drove the papers - in an old 1973 Dodge Balboa motor home - from San Diego, Calif., where the couple lived on their boat at the time, to our Arizona "land home". That was 13 years ago! And now, as we enter our 14th year of publication, we look forward to continuing this journey with you - our supportive advertisers, contributors, readers, and... Full story

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. To Serve As 2018 National Hunting And Fishing Day Honorary Chair

    WOT|Sep 1, 2018

    National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) announces Dale Earnhardt Jr. will serve as this year's honorary chair. NHF Day brings together sportsmen and women to celebrate the rich tradition of fishing and hunting with national, state, regional and local organizations hosting fishing- and hunting-related events. The annual celebration is set for Saturday, Sept. 22. Earnhardt Jr. began his racing career in 1999 and amassed 26 victories, including two Daytona 500 crowns and two championships,... Full story

  • Cornhole Players To Compete At Lake Havasu Sand-Water-RV Expo

    Bob Brown

    The best-in-the-west cornhole players will compete at the Lake Havasu Sand-Water-RV Expo. Cornhole is one of the fastest growing recreational sports in the country. It's a game that can be enjoyed by any age and gender. According to Todd Kisicki, owner of KB Kornhole Games, a Mesa, Ariz.-based organizing body for cornhole tournaments, "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to hold one of our tournaments at Lake Havasu at the Sand-Water-RV Expo on Saturday, Nov. 17. We pride ourselves on... Full story

  • California Condors To Be Released

    WOT|Sep 1, 2018

    The public is invited to the release of the endangered California Condors. This will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. There is nothing quite as iconic in the western United States as a California Condor soaring over the red-rock-canyon landscapes of northern Arizona and southern Utah. Thanks to people working together to recover this species, condors have become a fixture in southwestern skies. On National Public Lands Day On National Public Lands Day this... Full story

  • Becoming An Outdoors Woman Workshop


    This introduction to outdoors skills focuses on fun, education. For women who just want to find out what the outdoors experience is all about, signing up for a Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop is a great place to start. The Arizona Wildlife Federation, in partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, will conduct its next BOW workshop Sept. 7-9 at Friendly Pines Camp near Prescott. The workshop introduces like-minded women (18 and older) to outdoor skills in an enjoyable,... Full story

  • AZGFD Seeks Public Input On Dedicated-Funding Source


    The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is still seeking ideas for establishing and maintaining a discretionary, dedicated funding source for outreach, education and public awareness efforts. To view ideas received to date, or to submit ideas throughout the 30-day public input period that ends Sept. 8, visit https://www.azgfd.com/agency/dedicated-funding-source/. Ideas also can be emailed to: ideas@azgfd.gov. Alternatives To Be Presented Draft funding alternatives, based on this public inpu... Full story

  • Arizona Wildlife Views Receives Emmy® Nominations

    AZGFD|Sep 1, 2018

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department's award-winning television show, Arizona Wildlife Views, has received five regional Emmy® nominations from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The nominations are the following: Category: Environment Program Special • Arizona Wildlife Views Show 3: https://youtu.be/ek0aaAo__Bw, David Majure, producer; Ben Avechuco, editor • Arizona Wildlife Views Show 1 (Eagle Conservation): https://youtu.be/FITV_o... Full story

  • Arizona Big Game Super Raffle

    azgfd|Sep 1, 2018

    Prizes included 10 permit-tags, Swarovski optics package, N.M. elk hunt. The prizes won during the Super Raffle included 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. The permit-tags were awarded by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. Raffle tickets ranged from $5 to $25, depending on the species. A New Mexico elk hunt and Swarovski optics package... Full story

  • Don't Go Mudding On Your OHV

    azgfd|Sep 1, 2018

    Operate Responsibly; Don't Go Mudding On Your OHV While it may be tempting to go out on an off-highway vehicle (OHV) after a rainstorm when the temperature is cooler and the ground is fresh, doing so can cause long-lasting damage to the habitat. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) advises that OHV operators turn around if they encounter wet and muddy roads. While the practice of "mudding" - purposefully driving through wet areas, whether it's a meadow, lakeshore or water tank for... Full story

  • Groups Aim To Boost Non-Lead Ammo

    WOT|Sep 1, 2018

    The North American Non-Lead Partnership (NANLP) — formed late last year by the Oregon Zoo, The Peregrine Fund and the Institute for Wildlife Studies — seeks to expand the coalition of hunters, anglers and other conservationists dedicated to improving ecosystem and wildlife health by choosing non-lead options. Three state wildlife agencies — the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife — have recently joined the partner... Full story

  • Vulture Mountains Arches

    Margie Anderson|Sep 1, 2018

    One of the things I like most is simply to drive around off the highway and explore. My dad and I used to do that a lot when I was younger – we'd scout for deer and we'd take every road we found. Sure, a lot of times we had to turn around because the road was too rough – after all, we were driving a '62 Chevy pickup with a Power Glide transmission. That means it had just two gears, low and high. Weird, right? But we took that thing all over the place, especially in Hunt Unit 21. Dugas Road was... Full story

  • Grand Canyon - Safety First At The Rim

    GCNP|Sep 1, 2018

    Grand Canyon National Park rangers are encouraging visitors to have a safe and memorable vacation to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A trip to Grand Canyon can be both fun and safe by keeping these few tips in mind. • Stay on designated trails and walkways and always keep a safe distance from the edge of the rim. In areas where there is a railing or fence, do not climb over the barrier. • Keep an eye on all of the people in your group, especially small children. Make sure that your tra... Full story

  • Bats

    azgfd|Sep 1, 2018

    Arizona's first known streaming bat roost cam goes live. They're the chattery, fuzzy, winged creatures of the night and now they're the star attractions of Arizona Game and Fish Department's latest live-streaming wildlife camera. AZGFD recently installed what is believed to be the first live-streaming wild bat roost camera in Arizona. Viewers tuning in to the "bat cam" can watch as migratory Yuma myotis bats, and other bat species, roost at the Cluff Ranch Wildlife Area near Safford in... Full story

  • Grand Canyon Missing Rafter Search

    GCNP|Sep 1, 2018

    Grand Canyon, Ariz. - On Friday, September 7 at approximately 11:00 A.M., a Canyoneers commercial river trip was preparing for day hike at Clear Creek (RM 85), when a 65 year old female passenger went into the river while disembarking. The woman's husband Mike Howard, 67, jumped into the river to assist her. They both swam through Clear Creek Rapid, before she was rescued by the river trip. Howard, of Simi Valley, CA, was last seen in Clear Creek Rapid and is described as 6' tall and weighing... Full story

  • Anderson Report Backpacks

    John Anderson|Sep 1, 2018

    I'm not as young as I used to be. Last deer season, Margie and I lugged our heavy AR's all over the mountains in very rough and rocky terrain, and it was no fun. By the time you figure your backpack, optics, tripods, rifle, ammo, and water, you could be carrying 40 extra pounds around, mostly uphill and downhill. And that's BEFORE you have to carry a deer out. Heavy Loads For instance, Margie was carrying a big pair of Docter Optics 7X50 binoculars, a backpack that sagged off her shoulders and... Full story

  • AZGFD: Monsoon Moisture Brings Increased Exposure To Insect-Borne Diseases

    AZGFD|Sep 1, 2018

    Weather forecasts show that a resurgence of Arizona’s monsoon is on the horizon and while badly needed moisture may be on the increase, so will the possibility of insect-borne diseases that can impact people, pets and wildlife. Earlier this month a dead prairie dog tested positive for plague in Coconino County and Maricopa County Vector Control officials detected West Nile and St. Louis encephalitis viruses in mosquito pools. Another disease not uncommon during summer months is tularemia, a i... Full story

  • Report Highlights Recreational Fishing's Broad Economic Impact

    ASA|Sep 1, 2018

    New Report Highlights Recreational Fishing’s Broad Economic and Conservation Impact Alexandria, VA – September 4, 2018 – For millions of Americans, recreational fishing is more than just a pleasant getaway; it’s a way of life. As an industry, it provides a living for countless other people in businesses ranging from fishing tackle and boating manufacturing to travel and hospitality to publications, magazines and much more. Based on numbers in the new 2018 Sportfishing in America: An Economic For... Full story

  • End Drift Gillnets

    ASA|Sep 1, 2018

    Alexandria, VA – September 4, 2018 – The California legislature voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to end commercial drift gillnet fishing and sent it to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature. Senate Bill (SB) 1017 phases out the use of mile-long nets that drift in the open ocean, compensates drift gillnet fishermen and encourages a transition to innovative new swordfishing gear. Wild Oceans, the International Game Fish Association, Coastal Conservation Association of Calif... Full story

  • Lower Samish River To Close To All Fishing

    WDFW|Sep 1, 2018

    Action: Close part of the Samish River to all fishing. Effective dates: Sept.15, 2018 until further notice. Species affected: All species. Location: From the mouth (Bayview –Edison Road) to I-5 bridge Reasons for action: The return of fall chinook to the Samish Hatchery is currently projected to be below the number needed to meet egg take goals for 2018. Closing the fishing season in the lower Samish River will increase the number of hatchery fish available for broodstock and help ensure f... Full story