Times Spent Outdoors: Priceless!

Articles from the September 1, 2022 edition

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  • On The Cover September 2022

    Carol L Allen

    No, a lot country this September out at Lake Pleasant. Peoria Country Fest will feature everything from bull riding (the real deal) to rockin' music from four popular country bands: Justin Hitson & Southbound, Billy Shaw Jr Band, Ryan Bexley and Josh Roy. Grab your cowboy boots, bring the kids and celebrate your western heritage at this festive event. Camping might be just the ticket to round out the weekend; all the facilities are there at Lake Pleasant. And, speaking of camping, Maricopa... Full story

  • Lake Pleasant Country Fest


    Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant and the City of Peoria will host the Peoria Country Fest on Saturday, Oct. 8, featuring live country music from four popular country artists and live bull riding. The event also includes food trucks, a beer garden, and mechanical bull riding. The Peoria Country Fest runs from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets are $30.00 per person and $10.00 for children, 12 and under. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available at $75.00 and include a meal, designated seating a... Full story

  • Dove Season

    Margie Anderson|Sep 1, 2022

    Don't forget that there is no limit and not even a season on Eurasian collared doves. You can shoot them any time, as many as you want. They can be hard to find outside of town, though, which is the biggest hurdle. Eurasian collared-doves are bigger than white-winged or mourning doves, and they are much lighter in color. They've got dark wing tips and a square tail. When doves are flying in, you'll notice the tails much more easily than color, especially early in the morning when the light is... Full story

  • First-Aid Kit

    Boat US|Sep 1, 2022

    Whether setting out for a day, week, or longer, you need a well-stocked first-aid kit on board. Here are the essentials. Words And Photo By Mark Corke Checking life jackets, VHF radio, and flares before setting out for a day on the water should be a standard part of your predeparture checklist. Butyour first-aid kit is likely stowed and forgotten - as it seems you never need it. If setting out for just a few hours, most boaters assumethey're unlikely to suffer amedical emergency. Or they reason... Full story

  • Magnetic Compass

    AZBW|Sep 1, 2022

    FIND YOUR WAY -- Fishermen, paddlers and UTV riders have one thing in common: They enjoy exploring new areas. To help them find their way in the outdoors, few magnetic compasses can beat the bracket-mounted TR-31 Trek from Ritchie Navigation. Offered in Breakup Camo and Shadow Grass Camo finishes, not only does it provide an accurate heading even when stopped-something a GPS can't do-but it won't break the bank while doing it. Contact local dealers or Ritchie Navigation.... Full story

  • AZ Lakes AZ Pros Dan Westfall Jerry Loughranat

    Margie Anderson|Sep 1, 2022

    Big Fish And Big Money Can Come On Crankbaits When water temperatures start to go down and lake levels begin to rise, crankbait time is here again. Fish start moving up and getting a lot more active, and one of the best ways to find them is to start cranking around the same places you found them during the summer, but shallower.Long points that have good drop-offs to deeper water are prime early-fall areas. Fishing Legend Danny Westfall Re: Crankbaits Fishing crankbaits is easy, but still... Full story

  • Youth Outdoors Unlimited

    Buckeye Dove Hunting

    AZGFD|Sep 1, 2022

    West Valley community to host variety of fun activities. Looking for a good dove-hunting spot on less than a tank of gas? Then head west on Interstate 10 to Buckeye, only 45 minutes from Phoenix, for exciting wingshooting action and fun activities when the season begins Sept. 1. Buckeye: Fast-Growing City The City of Buckeye, volunteers, and landowners who graciously provide access to hunters are all working together to offer the best in hospitality - from brewing up early-morning coffee at... Full story

  • Sierra Vista Fun

    Margie Anderson|Sep 1, 2022

    Check out the river that runs "backwards" on this trip. We have a tendency to head north most of the time when we leave town, but we have learned the error of our ways. There are a lot of great places to visit in the southern part of the state, and the area around Sierra Vista is no exception. From a river that runs "backward" to creek preserves and mountaintop campsites, there are tons of things to see and do around there. Sierra Vista, Canelo, Elgin Loop Drive This one will take you most of... Full story

  • California Condors

    AZGFD|Sep 1, 2022

    Watch California Condors Take Their First Flights In The Wild This will happen during the 27th annual public condor release - in-person and live-streamed! VERMILION CLIFFS, Ariz. - The Peregrine Fund and Bureau of Land Management at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument are hosting a celebration on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 24 by releasing captive-bred California Condors at 1 p.m. MDT (noon MST, northern-Arizona Condor Time) to take their first flights in the wild. The event... Full story

  • Boating Infrastructure Grants

    Boat US|Sep 1, 2022

    Here's how to get boaters to stay and spend. Many waterfront towns don't make it easy for visiting boaters to stay and spend. It's not their fault. Protected, safe harbors as well essential boating services such as fuel, utilities and bathrooms, are beyond the price tag for a local town, marina or boat club budget. However, a federal program first championed by Boat Owners Association of The United States in 1998, the Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program, has proven effective in... Full story

  • Emergency Beacon Knowledge

    Sep 1, 2022

    Take this four-question true-false quiz; rental beacons available. The proliferation of personal locator beacons (PLBs), whose diminutive size belie their enormous on-water safety advantage, are no longer thought of exotic rescue electronics. "PLBs are user-friendly and easy to maintain, and we are seeing more boaters using them as a mainstream rescue device," said BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner. However, do... Full story

  • AZBW|Sep 1, 2022

    Dog overboard! I heard the dreadful splash just seconds after our small dog slipped from the boat into the ocean below. Glancing over the side, I saw our tiny pug furiously doggie-paddling in the dark, cold sea. Kiang was struggling to reach the pier, but the frigid Pacific waters were quickly slowing him down and, despite the warm sun overhead, he was already shivering. Suddenly, a large green fishing net surged through the water, scooping the tired pup from the sea in a frenzy of splashing...  Website

  • Maricopa County Parks

    AZBW|Sep 1, 2022

    Who's ready to enjoy a free night's stay in one of Maricopa County's regional parks? Starting October 1, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is bringing back its popular Buy One, Get One camping promotion! The promotion allows park visitors who pay the camping fee for one night, or more, at a participating desert mountain county park to receive one night of equal or lesser value for free during that same stay. "This Buy One, Get One camping promotion allows our residents to... Full story

  • Fit For The Outdoors

    John Anderson

    Take Good Care Of You So You Can Continue To Enjoy As I've gotten older, I've had some challenges as a hunter and shooter. Things like eye problems, aching joints, and less stamina can quickly get out of hand if you don't do something about them early. I'm not going to admit my age here, but suffice it to say that I acquired my Pioneer Hunting License a couple of years ago! Yet, here I am, plugging along! We still go hunting for doves, quail, blue grouse, and Coues. Margie and I go off-roading,... Full story

  • MANA House

    MANA House

    AZBW|Sep 1, 2022

    MANA house is for Marine, Army, Navy, and Air Force vets who need a helping hand. Far too many veterans are homeless. At MANA House, we offer a safe place to start over for veterans experiencing homelessness in Phoenix. Once they reach stability and move on to permanent housing, we do our best to send them off equipped with a Welcome Home Kit. Learn about these kits, the important role they play in veteran housing success, and how you can help. https://www.catholiccharitiesaz... Full story

  • VFW-Auxiliary-Scholarships

    AZBW|Sep 1, 2022

    Pass This On To The Students You Know Each year the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and its Auxiliary invite students to enter and express their appreciation of our veterans in writing, in recording, or in an art form. Excerpts From A Letter From Laurie Sparwasser Scholarship Program Chair Hi! My name is Laurie Sparwasser. I am thrilled to chair the Scholarship Program again this year for President Marvie's "Boots on the Ground for Our Veterans" year. I really love this program of the VFW... Full story

  • Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards

    Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards


    PHOENIX - The Arizona Game and Fish Commission announced 14 recipients of the 2022 Commission Awards at its Sept. 9 meeting in Pinetop, Ariz. 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. This year's recipients are: Award of Excellence – Brian McIntyre, Cochise County Attorney's Office Youth Conservationist of the Year – Gila Ridge High School FFA Agricu... Full story

  • Purple Heart Recipients Eligible

    Purple Heart Recipients Eligible 


    Sept. 26, 2022 The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is proud to announce a special benefit for Arizona veterans who have received the Purple Heart medal. Effective Sept. 26, 2022, a Purple Heart recipient who has been an Arizona resident for at least one full year will be eligible to purchase a state combination hunt and fish license for 50 percent off the standard price. A Purple Heart recipient will be required to complete an application and provide proof to the department that the... Full story