Times Spent Outdoors: Priceless!

Articles from the September 1, 2021 edition

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  • On The Cover September 2021

    Carol L Allen

    Kelsee Haws shows the fish that she caught in Luna Lake; it later became part of a delicious meal. Her outdoors experience is typical of many throughout the state and one of those that we can continue to enjoy even if pandemic restrictions return. (Please, no!) In fact, a whole new group of women anglers will probably be inspired by the great program "Becoming An Outdoors Woman" to be held in Prescott, Ariz., later this month. And, fishing is just one focus of the event; it includes hiking,... Full story

  • Carol L Allen

    September 8: Commission Nominations The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is soliciting nominations for its 2021 Commission Awards. The awards recognize Arizonans who have contributed significantly to the conservation of the state's wildlife, its outdoor heritage, and the mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.The nomination deadline is Sept. 8, 2021. To submit a nomination, download and complete a nomination form and return by email to sbernal@azgfd.gov or by mail to Arizona Game and...  Website

  • National Women's Sailing Association

    Sep 1, 2021

    Virtual and in-person women's event shares sailing secrets, camaraderie, fun with unparalleled on- and off-water learning experiences. One of the presenters is our own Debbie Huntsman of the Lake Pleasant Sailing Club. Women sailors from all over the country will be heading to Jackson Park Yacht Club, Chicago, on Saturday, September 11 for the 20th annual Women's Sailing Conference. The National Women's Sailing Association (NWSA) event sponsored by Boat Owners Association of The United States... Full story

  • Outdoors Woman

    Arizona Game & Fish and the Arizona Wildlife Federation sponsor 'Becoming an Outdoors Woman'. Openings are still available for the "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" (BOW) workshop Sept. 10-12 at Friendly Pines Camp near Prescott. The program introduces women to outdoors skills in an enjoyable, non-threatening environment with expert instructors. Classes include rappelling, wilderness medicine, birding, hiking, archery, fly and warm-water fishing, paddling a kayak, and shotgun/rifle/pistol shooting,... Full story

  • Hunt In Arizona

    AZGFD|Sep 1, 2021

    AZGFD webpage guides newcomers to hunting, dozens of mentored events. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has created a new webpage that offers a simplified and logical learning approach to hunting in Arizona, whether a person is new to hunting, just moved to this state, or wants to expand their skills. Visitors to www.azgfd.gov/outdoorskills can quickly access topics such as where, how and what to hunt, seasons and regulations. Visitors to the webpage also can view YouTube videos,... Full story

  • Lost Our Home Pet Rescue

    Carol L Allen|Sep 1, 2021

    As the economy took a great nose dive in 2008, Lost Our Home Pet Foundation (LOH) sprung to life to help pets in need. LOH was founded as a grassroots response to the thousands of pets in need as a direct result of the economic downturn in general, and the Phoenix-area foreclosure crisis in particular. Then And Now The economic crisis took its toll on Arizona's homeowners and workers and saw serious, sometimes fatal consequences for thousands of dogs and cats often left abandoned, underfed and t... Full story

  • Danger Outdoors

    Margie Anderson|Sep 1, 2021

    When I was a kid, the only things I worried about when I was camping or hunting were bears and mountain lions. As it happens, I've only seen lions two or three times in my life, and each time the lion was hightailing it away from me. And sad to say, I've never seen a bear in the wild. However, I have had plenty of narrow escapes and a few times when I didn't escape some of the dangers that you might run into when you're enjoying Arizona's great outdoors. Most can be avoided if you simply pay... Full story

  • Future Of State's Wildlife

    AZGFD|Sep 1, 2021

    The Department will host virtual public meetings in September. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is updating its 10-year conservation plan - the Arizona Wildlife Conservation Strategy (AWCS) - and is sharing the core elements of the new strategy based on public input to date. The department will host three virtual meetings in September to discuss enhancements to the AWCS and obtain feedback from the public. The meeting dates and times are: • Monday, Sept. 20, 7-8 p.m. • Tuesday, Sep... Full story

  • Bolts And Boats

    Sep 1, 2021

    Recently, some visitors to the Grand Canyon were struck by lightning. This brought up the question of how boaters can stay safe during a thunderstorm. Mike Telleria of Boating Magazine gives 29 strategies for boating in a thunderstorm at - Fehttps://www.boatingmag.com/surviving-lightning-strikes-while-boating-0What to do in a Lightning Storm on a Boat. There are no specific warnings or advisories for lightning, but all thunderstorms produce lightning. A lightning strike to a vessel can be... Full story

  • Trailer Breakdowns

    Boat US|Sep 1, 2021

    BoatUS shows how you can eliminate them. To a boater, it's a cringeworthy sight – a boat sitting on a disabled trailer unattended on the side of the road, typically because the boat's owner has gone to seek help. While it's likely many of these incidents go unnoticed by the public, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) 24-hour dispatch centers reported 6,635 requests for BoatUS Trailer Assist roadside assistance service in 2020. With the summer boat trailering season at its p... Full story

  • SECC Money For Charities


    Public can enter raffle for 2021 Polaris Ranger Crew or Sea-Doo Fish Pro . The State Employees Charitable Campaign (SECC) annually provides Arizona state employees with an opportunity to voluntarily contribute monetary donations that support hundreds of nonprofit charities. The public can show its support for three of those 501(c)(3) nonprofits by purchasing raffle tickets for a chance to win from a wide selection of brand-name outdoors equipment, which includes the grand-prize winner's choice... Full story

  • AZGFC Awards


    The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is soliciting nominations for its 2021 Commission Awards. The awards recognize Arizonans who have contributed significantly to the conservation of the state’s wildlife, its outdoor heritage, and the mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The nomination deadline is Sept. 8, 2021. There are 12 award categories (see list below), and nominations may include individuals, organizations, clubs, foundations or government agencies. Arizona Game and Fish D... Full story

  • 17 inches


    8 INCHES" - you will not regret reading this an excellent article to read from beginning to end. Twenty years ago, in Nashville, Tennessee, during the first week of January, 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA's convention. While I waited in line to register with the hotel staff, I heard other more veteran coaches rumbling about the lineup of speakers scheduled to present during the weekend. One name kept resurfacing, always with... Full story

  • Kelsee At Luna Lake

    Carol L Allen|Sep 1, 2021

    We Had A Delicious Dinner From Luna Lake And we salute a beautiful Arizona town nearby. By Kelsee P. Haws Kelsee Haws, Mesa, Ariz., says "I hooked roughly a 10 1/2 inch cutthroat trout using an Abu Garcia - Black Max 6'6" pole with a double Power Bait egg setup. A garlic red salmon egg was stacked on over a garlic rainbow glitter power egg. This fish was a fun fight and I was appreciative of the sacrifice made for the game and the food it provided." Haws continued, "From lake to plate in three... Full story

  • Arizona Sport Fish Stocking Program

    AZGFD|Sep 1, 2021

    Over the next ten years the service will support Arizona's sport fish stocking program. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) as part of the Environmental Assessment (EA) of its proposal to continue to fund, in part, the Arizona Game and Fish Department's (AZGFD) sport fish stocking program over the next 10 years. The FONSI decision means that FWS can continue funding to support AZGFD's hatchery operations and fish stocking activities... Full story

  • Lake Havasu City


    Over a Dozen Events Celebrate the Vision and Innovation of the late Robert P. McCulloch LAKE HAVASU CITY, Arizona (Sept. 16, 2021) – Fifty years ago, one man's audacious dream came to life when he purchased a bridge in rainy London and moved it to his new planned community in the arid Arizona desert. On October 10, 1971, the late entrepreneur and real estate developer Robert P. McCulloch presided over a lavish dedication ceremony that attracted an estimated 25,000 spectators to the London B... Full story

  • Arizona September 2021 Hunting Calendar

    Margie Anderson|Sep 1, 2021

    Compiled By Margie Anderson For the Spring 2021 Hunts – The Spring 2021 Hunt Regulations booklet is available online and in outdoor stores now. Applications must be submitted online at www.azgfd.gov. Applications will be accepted in early to mid-September unless otherwise noted in the Hunt Permit-tag regulation booklet. For spring turkey, spring javelina, spring bison, spring bear, and raptor capture, deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. on October 13, 2020. Hunt permit-tags will be mailed o... Full story

  • Doves And Shotguns

    John Anderson|Sep 1, 2021

    Dove season runs September 1 – 15, with a late season from November 19 of this year until January 2, 2022for mourning dove and white-winged doves. The Eurasian Collared-Dove Season is September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022, so it's year-round. For mourning doves and white-wings, the bag limit is 15 total, with no more than 10 being white-winged doves, and the possession limit is 45, no more than 30 of which can be white-winged doves. However, for the Eurasian collared-doves, there is no limit at a... Full story

  • Bats

    AZGFD|Sep 1, 2021

    Results from monitoring work this spring suggest that Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats, may be present in samples collected from multiple species in five counties across California and northwestern Arizona. The analytical results for these samples are considered "inconclusive" based on established national standards for the disease, which means they do not provide definitive evidence of the fungus being present in those bat populations.... Full story

  • Margie Anderson|Sep 1, 2021

    Marc Townsend is one of those guys who can catch fish just about anywhere, and Pleasant is no exception. We went out with him one September and started out fishing very shallow with Yamamoto buzzbaits, literally throwing them right on the bank and dragging them into the water. This works very well when the angler in the front of the boat is throwing the buzzbait, and the angler in the back follows up with a Yamamoto Senko. To Fish A Senko...  Website