Times Spent Outdoors: Priceless!

Articles from the October 15, 2013 edition

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  • OPEN! -- Bartlett Lake Marina Is Open

    WOT|Oct 15, 2013

    OPEN! -- Bartlett Lake Marina is open, and we will launch and retrieve your boat for $20 during the shutdown. The boat ramp hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Please call (602) 316-3378. While you are on the phone, check out their excellent slip availability and rates: uncovered, covered, and dry storage.... Full story

  • Nominations Being Accepted For 2013 Rolex Yachtsman And Yachtswoman

    WOT|Oct 15, 2013

    NOMINATE NOW -- US Sailing is accepting nominations for its 2013 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards, widely acknowledged as the foremost individual sailing honors in the nation. Through Nov. 30, each member of US Sailing may nominate the one male and one female sailor they believe has turned in the most outstanding on-the-water performance during the 2013 calendar year. For more information and/or to make a nomination, visit www.ussailing.org.... Full story

  • Congratulations To America's Cup Winner: Team Oracle

    WOT|Oct 15, 2013

    It’s been called “one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.” Oracle Team USA has won the America’s Cup with its final winner-take-all Race 19 on San Francisco Bay Sept. 25. It looked as if New Zealand would be the victors as the Kiwis had eight wins as of Sept. 18, but Jimmy Spithill steered Oracle’s high-tech 72-foot catamaran to its own eighth- straight victory and crossed the finish line just seconds before Emirates Team New Zealand. This is the first crew to win eight races in a row... Full story

  • Fish Politics

    Wayne Gustaveson, www.wayneswords.com|Oct 15, 2013

    Individual fish species are evenly divided and are holding caucuses to decide how best to move forward from this point. Adult stripers would like to open the gates and let more anglers come in so they can reap the rewards of anchovy chum falling from the boats in all the locations that have proven to be great feeding spots all summer long. They revel in the free food that comes to them without effort. Young stripers and smallmouth agree that finding plankton on their own without any assistance... Full story

  • Now Is One Of The Best Times To Fish Arizona

    AZGFD|Oct 15, 2013

    Tip Of The Week When trout are more active. it's sometimes better to use lures rather than bait, especially inline spinners such as Mepps, Rooster Tails and the like. Casting spoons, such as KastMasters, can sometimes be downright lethal. Also try rainbow-colored Rapalas. The larger, more voracious trout will often feed on the smaller ones. The Reel Deal The window of sunlight that blasts our waters is increasingly short-lived, leading to the first hints of fall fishing conditions. First,... Full story

  • The Goals: To Conserve, To Simplify And Streamline

    AZGFD|Oct 15, 2013

    The Arizona Game and Fish Commission recently approved 12 amendments to Commission Order 40 (fish regulations) that are expected to conserve sport fish populations and simplify and streamline regulations.The amendments will take effect Jan. 1, 2014. One amendment of particular benefit to anglers is a change in the statewide possession limit to twice the daily bag limit, applying to all statewide and special-regulation seasons. The regulation will now give the angler the ability to continue fishi... Full story

  • Arizona Game & Fish Votes To Approach Feds

    AZGFD|Oct 15, 2013

    The Arizona Game and Fish Commission met Oct. 4 in a public session to receive an update on federal closures of certain lands and facilities due to the current federal government shutdown. Some of these closures restrict citizens' access to hunting and fishing recreation and negatively impact rural economies. The commission voted to authorize the department to approach federal land management agencies for the purpose of discussing the possibility of using Arizona Game and Fish Department... Full story

  • It's In The House!

    Darryl Horsman|Oct 15, 2013

    The Coyotes Curling Club is proud to announce we’ve leased property to institute Arizona’s first and only dedicated curling club — in Tempe, Ariz. Yes, the Olympic sport on ice! The ribbon cutting is planned for January 2014, just in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics. As we’re a completely volunteer-driven 501c3 organization, we are looking to the community to join us in driving excitement for our beloved sport. Coyotes Curling Club Leagues have been popular in Phoenix, being practiced by over... Full story

  • Bear Country?

    Wayne Gustaveson, www.wayneswords.com|Oct 15, 2013

    On Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 a bear cub showed up on the shoreline of Lake Powell. Visitors in Face Canyon were certainly surprised to see the little guy and even more amazed that he seemed right at home walking up the ramps of the houseboats parked there. He was looking for food as he was obviously very hungry after a long walk from wherever he came from. Food was offered. The bear seemed to like fish and table scraps. But children, dogs and bears are not compatible. The bear visitation was... Full story

  • State Parks Remain Open

    ASP, Arizona State Parks|Oct 15, 2013

    Since the Federal Government closed on Oct. 1, there are many Federal campgrounds that will close across Arizona. In order to minimize the damage this will cause to Arizona's tourism industry, we would encourage reporters and others to explain that tent campers, RVers and trailer campers can contact the Arizona STATE Parks department to find a campsite if they have to move somewhere until the Federal campgrounds open again. Arizona STATE Parks camping reservations can be made at... Full story

  • Kudos To All Who Are Trying To Keep The Outdoors Open

    WOT|Oct 15, 2013

    As we go to press, the U.S. government is shut down, and many federally run resources are not available during this time. We certainly hope that when you receive this issue, the federal government will have resolved the current shutdown, but at this date, we have no way of knowing when that will be. WOT/AZBW expresses its gratitude to local agencies such as the Arizona Game & Fish Department, Arizona State Parks, Maricopa County Parks, as well as other county parks and individuals who care... Full story

  • Seventeen Projects Receive Funding Awards

    WOT|Oct 15, 2013

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department's Local Sportsmen's Group Grant Program awarded 17 projects totaling $75,000 for hunter recruitment efforts in the state. The purpose of the grant program is to help local sportsmen's groups fund projects that promote wildlife conservation through hunter recruitment and retention. Eligible projects often include events like mentored, hands-on hunting for youngsters and their families. Incredible Response The program received 37 applications this cycle... Full story

  • Community Fishing Program

    AZGFD, Arizona Game And Fish Department|Oct 15, 2013

    All lakes were stocked again with channel catfish the week of Sept. 30 – Oct. 5. Fishing for catfish is good to excellent now that the fall stockings have resumed. The Sept. 19 stocking was loaded with incentive-size catfish in the 3-8 pound range. Mornings and evenings are the best times because catfish prefer to feed under dim or dark conditions. Top baits for catfish have been stink baits, shrimp and worms fished on the bottom in the deeper lake sections. Use smaller sinkers and 8-pound t... Full story

  • Outdoors Is Still Open For Outdoor Enthusiasts.

    AZGFD, Arizona Game And Fish Department|Oct 15, 2013

    Many hunters, anglers and other outdoor recreationists have been wondering how the current federal government shutdown, which began Oct. 1, will impact their upcoming outings. Despite closures by federal land management agencies of their administrative offices and some controlled access points and facilities, there are numerous opportunities available to Arizonans for outdoor recreation. Please keep in mind that, with regard to federal lands, official information on closures is the responsibilit... Full story

  • County Parks Remain Open During Government Shutdown

    WOT|Oct 15, 2013

    While the National Park Service is being forced to turn visitors away due to a government shutdown, Maricopa County’s regional park system is welcoming individuals seeking recreational experiences in the Sonoran Desert. “While the folks in Washington remain at odds, we’re doing our jobs and will continue to remain open to the public. Not only are we here to provide services to our regular visitors, we’re also here to serve visitors who have been displaced by the shutdown of the National Park Se... Full story

  • Join The LaContes For An Evening Under The Stars


    Join local astronomy experts, Tony and Carole La Conte, from Stargazing for Everyone, on Saturday, Oct.12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant as they bring the universe to you. Learn about the constellations, planets, star clusters and nebulas as you peer through telescopes and binoculars and enjoy stories about the night sky. The two-hour stargazing event is a great way to learn about the galaxy while taking advantage of the beautiful weather. During the presentati... Full story

  • Celebrate Kartchner's Big Room 10-Year Anniversary

    ASP, Arizona State Parks|Oct 15, 2013

    Although Kartchner Caverns State Park and the Throne Room tour opened to the public in 1999, it wasn't until 2003 that Arizona State Parks added the Big Room tour. On Friday, Nov. 8, as a special celebration of the Big Room's 10-year anniversary, Kartchner Caverns State Park will have special speakers and unique presentations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presentations will start at 10 a.m., including a Development Presentation at 10 a.m., the Dedication of the Micro Bio Exhibit, VIP speakers at 1... Full story

  • Game And Fish officer Honored As MADD OUI Officer Of The Year

    AZGFD, Arizona Game And Fish Department|Oct 15, 2013

    KINGMAN, Ariz. — Alcohol is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Luke Apfel, wildlife manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Region 3 office in Kingman, is well aware of this statistic and has been active in many of the regional Operating Under the Influence checkpoints. For his efforts in removing impaired operators from the waterways, Apfel was recently awarded the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) OUI Officer of the Yea... Full story

  • Field And Stream NamesArizona's Steve Sams Conservation Hero Of The Year

    WOT|Oct 15, 2013

    Steve Sams, a long-time hunter-education instructor, conservation volunteer and current president of the Arizona Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, has been named 2013 Conservation Hero of the Year by Field and Stream magazine. Sams, a resident of Prescott Valley, Ariz., was one of six finalists for this prestigious national award, which he accepted at the annual Heroes of Conservation Gala in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 19. Fieldandstream.com noted that Sams has dedicated his life... Full story

  • It Happened Every Friday Evening

    WOT|Oct 15, 2013

    Editor's Note - This story came to us but has not been verified. It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean. Old Ed came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier. Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp. Ed walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now. Everybody's gone, except for a few joggers on the... Full story

  • Wildlife Photo Contest Winners Announced

    AZGFD|Oct 15, 2013

    PHOENIX -- Scottsdale photographer Ruth Jolly's image of an elegant black-necked stilt guiding a fuzzy chick along the shoreline has captured the grand prize in this year's Arizona wildlife photo contest, sponsored by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The contest, which promotes Arizona's diverse wildlife, attracted more than 300 entries from across Arizona and beyond. Winning images are published in a full-size 2014 wildlife calendar in the November-December issue of Arizona Wildlife Views... Full story

  • Sign Up Now For The November Hunter Education Class In Payson

    AZGFD|Oct 15, 2013

    Don’t miss this opportunity to sign up for the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Hunter Education class in Payson. The two-day class will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17, at the Payson American Legion, 709 AZ-260, just east of the Giant Gas Station. Field day will be held on Sunday at the Jim Jones Shooting Range. To register, email jtnash@npgcable.com or call (928) 478-2014. Registration will be available at the door on November 16. Fall hunter edu... Full story

  • Maricopa County Parks Telling Residents To 'Take A Hike!'

    Maricopa County Parks|Oct 15, 2013

    “At our next board meeting, my colleagues and I plan on joining forces with the Parks and Recreation Department as they tell people to ‘take a hike’…literally,” said Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Andy Kunasek, District 3. “In recognition of National Take A Hike Day, the Parks Department is waiving the day-use park entry fee on November 17 to further encourage people to ‘take a hike’ in a County park.” “While there is very little information available on the history of National... Full story

  • BLM Announces "Fee-Free" Weekend At Recreation Sites

    Bureau Of Land Managemnt|Oct 15, 2013

    Lake Havasu City, Ariz. – To celebrate Veterans Day, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado River District will be waiving entrance fees to local recreation sites. The fee-free designation applies to Veterans Day holiday weekend, November 9 - 11, 2013. "These fee-free days will provide a great opportunity to visit a new area and explore the wonder of your public lands," stated District Manager Roxie Trost. "This is also a great way to help some folks, who might otherwise not have the o... Full story

  • New Resource For 466 State Parks' Trails

    Colorado Parks Wildlife|Oct 15, 2013

    The Colorado Trails Program proudly introduces newly completed trail maps for 466 trails featured in 37 of the 42 state parks that support designated trail systems. For the first time, these maps integrate all types of trail uses and indicate ten different trail features or activities all in one place. Read more about this valuable resource at www.parks.state.co.us/Trails/TrailMapLinks/Pages/TrailMapLinks.aspx.... Full story

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