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Articles from the October 1, 2016 edition

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  • AZGFD Transfers Two Orphaned Bear Cubs To Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

    AZGFD|Oct 1, 2016

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department has transferred two bear cubs to Out of Africa Wildlife Park following an incident that resulted in an adult female bear's being killed. On an early September Sunday, Game and Fish received a call that an adult bear, unprovoked, charged an archery deer hunter from a distance of about 20 feet. The hunter shot the bear with a handgun at close range in self-defense. Department officers responded to the area where they discovered the bear's two cubs that were... Full story

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    On The Cover - One-Stop Shopping It Is

    Carol L Allen

    Boating - Sail Aboard A Galleon - The Pacific Heritage Tour is for those who love history and sailing. Tackle & Target - Set Your Sights - John Anderson discusses one of the most important aspects of good shooting: sight alignment. Click on the cover if you would like information on purchasing our glossy version of the October 2016 issue. AZBW/WOT Oct. 2016 AZBW/WOT Oct. 2016 By Jim & Carol Allen 32 pages, published 10/3/2016 One-Stop Shopping It Is - By Carol L. AllenThis fast and gorgeous... Full story

  • Arizona's Bald Eagles Break Breeding-Season Records Again

    AZBW, AZGFD|Oct 1, 2016

    Arizona's bald eagles continue to impress biologists with their upward growth trends and year-after-year breeding records. Key productivity records that were broken in 2016 include number of: breeding areas, occupied breeding areas, eggs laid, active breeding areas, successful breeding attempts and young hatched. All of these measures are important indicators of the species' health. The most notable: a record minimum of 93 bald eagle eggs were laid by a record 65 pairs of adult eagles with 78...

  • Seligman, Ariz. - Volunteers Can Help Spotlight Endangered Black-Footed Ferrets

    WOT|Oct 1, 2016

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking volunteers to assist with spotlighting efforts to help document the population of endangered black-footed ferrets in Aubrey Valley near Seligman. As part of the recovery effort, the department has scheduled one more fall spotlighting project - Oct. 13-17. The spotlighting method involves using high-powered lights to locate and identify black-footed ferrets. Their eyeshine is reflected by the spotlight and helps surveyors with identifying and... Full story

  • World Wildlife

    AZBW|Oct 1, 2016

    Whale entanglement is a growing problem. It's hard to assess the full extent, but a recent report estimated that 308,000 whales and dolphins die annually due to entanglement in fishing gear, and more still in marine debris. Entanglement can lead to drowning, laceration, infection and starvation. It also presents serious safety issues for those involved in disentangling the whales. The International Whaling Commission (IWC) is working with a group of international experts to build a global... Full story

  • Arizona - Online Applications For 2017 Spring Hunts Now Being Accepted

    AZGFD|Oct 1, 2016

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department now is accepting online applications for 2017 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for spring turkey, javelina, bison and bear. To apply online, visit https://draw.azgfd.gov and scroll down to "Apply for a Draw." The deadline by which the department must receive all applications - online or paper - is 11:59 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. Postmarks do not count. Paper applications can be mailed to: Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.:... Full story

  • Olympia - WDFW Lifts Fire Restrictions On Most Lands East Of The Cascades

    WDFW|Oct 1, 2016

    OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has lifted restrictions on most department-managed lands in eastern Washington, where cooler temperatures have reduced fire danger. Clay Sprague, WDFW land manager, said the department's action is consistent with changes in fire rules approved recently by the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which provides fire protection for many state wildlife areas. “These changes reflect an easing of fire danger in eastern W... Full story

  • Desert Roses Women's Shotgun Program Blooms Again

    AZBW|Oct 1, 2016

    PHOENIX - There's no better way for women 9 and older to learn about firearm safety and receive hands-on instruction shooting trap, skeet and sporting clays than signing up for the Desert Roses women's shotgun program at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. For $10, a shooter – whether new to the shotgun shooting sports or just needing a refresher – can sign up for three sessions, beginning Thursday (Oct. 6). The fee includes use of a loaner shotgun, ammunition, eye and ear protection, targets and... Full story

  • Washington - Commission Takes Steps To Protect Wild Redband Trout In Lake Roosevelt

    WDFW|Oct 1, 2016

    OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission today took action to further protect redband rainbow trout at Lake Roosevelt, a Columbia River reservoir in northeast Washington. The commission voted to change the daily catch limit on trout at Lake Roosevelt and extend a closure in a section of the Sanpoil River during a trout spawning period. Redband trout are a subspecies of rainbow trout found in the Columbia River and its tributaries. The modifications were approved during a c... Full story

  • Good Shooting Requires Best-Possible Sight Alignment - For You

    John Anderson|Oct 1, 2016

    The two most important aspects of good shooting are sight alignment and trigger control. Master both of these, and you'll be an awesome shot. The importance of sight alignment is reflected in the number of different kinds of sights that are available. You are not limited to the sights that come on your gun when you buy it - you have almost limitless choices when it comes to picking your perfect sights. The gunsmith at Shooters World told me that putting on new sights is one of the only things... Full story

  • Local Sportsmen's Groups Awarded $75,000 In Grants

    WOT|Oct 1, 2016

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department has awarded $75,000 in grant funding for local sportsmen's organizations to provide public, hands-on, mentored projects focused on the retention of new hunters and anglers. Of 22 proposals submitted in this latest grant cycle, 16 were approved by a three-member panel that rated and scored the proposals. The grants were awarded through a competitive application process that closed July 14. "The Local Sportsmen's Group grant program is an investment in local... Full story

  • Congratulations Are In Order

    Doug Burt, AZGFD Hunting And Shooting Sports Program Manager|Oct 1, 2016

    Congratulations to the recent inductees to the Outdoor Hall of Fame by Wildlife for Tomorrow, including some folks we know from Hunting And Angling Heritage Workshop Group (HAHWG) and other ventures. It’s great to see you recognized, and thank you for all you do. http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/NewsMedia/Conservationists-inducted-into-Arizona-Outdoor-Hall-of-Fame.shtml Richard Sprague, owner Sprague’s Sports in Yuma Jim Unmacht, president of the Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation htt... Full story

  • OP/ED 1994: 'The Perfect Storm'

    John Koleszar|Oct 1, 2016

    Contact Koleszar at elkhabitat@gmail.com to share your thoughts on this subject. For the past 20 years now, the conservation groups have been screaming about the land grabs and Endangered Species Act use by Envirolitigants that have curtailed activities in many areas of Arizona. The frivolous lawsuits and inundation of the United States Fish & Wildlife Service with new endangered species listings have effectively made groups like the Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of... Full story

  • National Pet Issues Statistics

    Carol L Allen|Oct 1, 2016

    Sometimes statistics are just too vast or vague to understand; however, here is some information from the ASPCA that we found that may put you in a tail spin. Why are there so many abandoned, neglected or relinquished pets in the United States? The American Humane Association estimates approximately 8 million animals enter shelters each year. Here are some other statistics: • Each year, about 3.7 million animals are euthanized (American Humane Association). • 5 in 10 dogs and 7 in 10 cats in... Full story

  • Lost Our Home Pet Foundation

    Carol L Allen|Oct 1, 2016

    Lost Our Home Pet Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2008 as a grassroots response to the thousands of pets in need as a result of the economic downturn in general, and the Phoenix-area foreclosure crisis in particular. The economic crisis has consequences for the state's homeowners and workers, but it also has consequences-sometimes fatal-for the thousands of dogs and cats that are so often abandoned, relinquished to area shelters, or underfed. LOH is the only organization in the Valley dedicated... Full story

  • Lake Powell Fish Report

    Wayne Gustaveson|Oct 1, 2016

    Water temperatures have declined to 74 F in the morning, rising to 78 in the afternoon. These temperatures coincide with mid-June, which is a transition month for warm-water fish. In the spring, bass get ready to spawn while waiting for the preferred temperature (mid 60s). Shad get active in the low 70s. Stripers spawn when the water temperature rises quickly to the mid 70s. After all the spring time excitement based on water temperature, most fish experience a lull in activity during the 75-80... Full story

  • Boo!


    Find out for yourself on Saturday, Oct. 29. For one night only, listen to the "Haunted Tales aboard the Star of India" as - starting at 6 p.m.on Saturday, Oct. 29 - storytelling tours happen every 15 minutes, with the last tour starting at 9:15 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. It's time again for all aspiring ghosts, goblins, pirates and princesses to gather on the Star of India for some ghostly haunted tales of enormous proportions. Enjoy lantern-led tours around the ship and hear eerie legends from... Full story

  • Lake Havasu State Park Has A New Boat Ramp

    ASP|Oct 1, 2016

    NEW RAMP -- Arizona State Parks opened a newly constructed boat ramp at Lake Havasu State Park in early September. The boat ramp will take pressure off the main launch site and allow for less congestion when launching and loading boats. A new exit and more parking has also been added to alleviate traffic at the park.... Full story

  • AZGFD Fishing Report

    AZGFD|Oct 1, 2016

    Tip Of The Week For our desert lakes, predatory fish activity will be building toward a fall-time frenzy. Bass in particular will feed heavily to prepare for winter conditions. For anglers, that means now is the best time to hook into actively feeding bass. The Reel Deal The first hints of fall means fishing is about to bust loose. Nights are getting noticeably cooler, putting bass in the mood to chase reaction baits and trigger some of the best high-country trout fishing of the year. Remember:... Full story

  • Fisheries Experts Reclassify Three Native Fish Species As One

    AZBW, AZGFD|Oct 1, 2016

    A professional committee of fisheries scientists has determined that three species of chub found throughout the lower Colorado River basin - roundtail chub, headwater chub, and Gila chub - will now be recognized as one species, referred to as roundtail chub. The decision last week by the American Fisheries Society and American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Joint Committee on the Names of Fishes resolves a long-term disparity among scientists, as these chub populations are... Full story

  • Wickenburg Makes An Ideal Base Camp

    Margie Anderson|Oct 1, 2016

    It's finally getting cool enough to do some exploring and hiking in the central deserts of Arizona. There are plenty of beautiful things to see in the desert - you just have to know where to look. A great place to base your adventure is Wickenburg, which is central to recreational areas, mining towns and sites, hiking trails, and tons of opportunities to learn about the plants and environment of the area. Wickenburg is a thriving town with plenty of places to stay - everything from dude ranches... Full story

  • Off-Highway Vehicle Operators, Passengers Are Urged To Ride Safely

    AZBW|Oct 1, 2016

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds residents and visitors looking to head outdoors on their off-highway vehicle (OHV) to do so safely and responsibly. What can you do to make the outdoors safer and more enjoyable for everyone? Between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 AZGFD officers issued 404 citations and issued 283 warnings statewide for multiple offences, including failing to have a current OHV decal sticker, allowing children under the age of 18 to ride without a helmet and made... Full story

  • Enter To Win UTV, Support 'Respected Access in Arizona'

    WOT|Oct 1, 2016

    Imagine yourself behind the wheel of a customized camouflage 2016 Polaris Ranger EV, exploring the backcountry, getting away from it all. Well, stop dreaming and get busy entering to win the UTV, valued at more than $15,000, courtesy of RideNow Powersports. Proceeds from each $20 raffle ticket purchased through Oct. 15 will benefit Tread Lightly!'s "Respected Access in Arizona" campaign, which aims to protect public access for off-highway vehicle use, recreational shooting and other outdoor... Full story

  • Slide Rock Arizona State Park

    ASP|Oct 1, 2016

    Come celebrate fall at Slide Rock State Park's Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Spend the day and enjoy a variety of fun fall activities including an apple-cider press, blacksmithing, Arizona Flywheelers displaying tractors and old engines, kiddie tractor pull, quilt displays, Jay's Bird Barn Falconer, build a scarecrow, and of course, special appearances from Arizona State Parks' Rocky Ringtail and US Forest Service's Smokey the Bear! There will also be apples availab... Full story

  • Delve Into Hopi Culture At Homolovi

    AZBW|Oct 1, 2016

    Park Rangers at Homolovi State Park in Winslow will present guided walks, hikes and lectures through November 2016 that will educate visitors about the sacred Hopi land the park resides on. There will also be Star Parties where you can gaze at the stars through astronomer's telescopes. The cost is Homolovi State Park's Entrance Fee of $7 per vehicle. A reservation is required where noted. For more information, call (928) 289-4106 or visit http://azstateparks.com/parks/HORU/. Homolovi IV Pueblo... Full story