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Articles from the October 15, 2014 edition

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  • San Carlos, Sonora, Is Calling Again!

    Frank Jackson|Oct 15, 2014

    San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico As the season turns from summer to fall and on into winter with Mexico beginning to look better and better on the weather map, imagine actually being here and getting/having to live it. Cooler (low 80s) morning temperatures and mild (high 80s) daytime temperatures bring the "Gringos "and Canadians in their RVs and vehicles packed for the winter. Milder temperatures also signify good fishing, although at the end of the game fish season, the "good eating" fish flourish... Full story

  • For Paddlers, It's High Season For Safety

    Boat U.S.|Oct 15, 2014

    It may be sunny outside with blue skies above, but waters are deceptively cold and unforgiving in the fall. For paddlers with just a few inches of freeboard to spare, getting wet this time of year can have serious consequences, so the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has these seven tips for fall paddlecraft safety. Know How To Re-Board All paddlecraft are different, so before you hit a lonely, remote stretch of river or lake or bay, learn (in a safe place) how to get back... Full story

  • US Sailing Accepting Nominations For Rolex Awards

    U.S. Sailing|Oct 15, 2014

    US Sailing has announced that it is now accepting nominations for its 2014 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 2014 calendar year. Nominations can be made online through US Sailing's Web site at rolex.ussailing.org. Established in 1... Full story

  • Black-Footed Ferrets Have Recovery Chances Renewed

    AZGFD|Oct 15, 2014

    Arizona's endangered black-footed ferret population accomplished several steps towards recovery today with the release of 25 animals on the private Espee Ranch, a working, northern Arizona cattle ranch owned by Babbitt Ranches. Officials from a variety of partner organizations including Babbitt Ranches, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona Game and Fish Department, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of Agriculture (APHIS Wildlife Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture), Natural... Full story

  • 260-Pound Catfish Caught In Italy

    AZBW, Angling Times|Oct 15, 2014

    This colossal catfish was caught by Italian angler Dino Ferrari from the River Po Northern Italy. It measured an incredible 8.6 feet (259cm) and weighed a staggering 260 pounds, making it one of the largest catfish ever landed in Europe. Dino, who fishes for German tackle firm Team Sportex, has plenty of experience of fishing the Po, having landed numerous other cats over 200 pounds from the waterway. However, the huge fish is still some way short of the official IGFA record, which is a... Full story

  • Small Game Season Is Here

    AZGFD|Oct 15, 2014

    Cooler temperatures signal the arrival of fall, and Oct. 3 marked the season opener for many of Arizona's wild pursuits. From quail and rabbit in the desert to squirrels and ducks in the high country, fall hunting represents outdoor recreation at its best. Quail and rabbit can be hunted in the open spaces of the lower desert up to the rolling hills of scrub oaks and manzanita bush of the mid-level desert. Squirrel hunting provides the perfect reason to escape to the crisp air of the ponderosa... Full story

  • Celebrate Halloween


    Join local astronomy experts, Tony and Carole La Conte, from Stargazing for Everyone, on Saturday, Oct. 25 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 large 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. Halloween... Full story

  • Ten Thousand Bucks Available For Best Safe And Clean Boating-Outreach Projects

    Boat U.S.|Oct 15, 2014

    Like the name implies, the goal of the boater-funded BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is to educate boaters about safe and clean boating. The Foundation is looking to fund Grassroots Grant projects that utilize new, innovative approaches that encourage safe and clean boating among the boating public. Organizations with the best ideas will be awarded grants of up to $10,000 to implement their project. However, applications need to be submitted by Jan. 15, 2015, and public... Full story

  • Berry Road Near Mormon Lake Open For Waterfowl Hunters

    AZBW|Oct 15, 2014

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department is advising migratory waterfowl hunters that access at Berry Road, on the southeast end of Mormon Lake off FH 3 or Lake Mary Road, will be open for this year's waterfowl hunting season. Although the road is open for this year's hunting season, its seasonal use in the future will be under review by the Forest Service. To gain access to Berry Road, hunters must first contact, by phone or in person, the Flagstaff Game and Fish office or the department's... Full story

  • Life Jacket Type Code Labels Go Away: Clarification

    Boat U.S.|Oct 15, 2014

    Dear Editor: A press release issued Sept. 30, 2014, “Life Jacket Type Code Labels Goes Away” discusses the US Coast Guard’s recent move to eliminate on Oct. 22 the familiar Type I-V code labeling requirements for recreational boat life jackets. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) supports this move. We would like to provide some clarification and additional information to our original release: • Type coding is being removed as a USCG requirement as of October 22nd. However, man... Full story

  • Director Of AZGFD To Head North American Wildlife Group

    AZGFD|Oct 15, 2014

    The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), the professional association that serves as the collective voice of North America's state, provincial and territorial fish and wildlife agencies, is proud to announce that Arizona Game and Fish Department Director Larry D. Voyles has been selected as the organization's incoming President for 2014-2015. Voyles has served in other posts within AFWA, including a term as the Association's Vice President. Outgoing President Dan Forster, director... Full story

  • At Lake Pleasant It's 'Living the Life!'

    AZBW|Oct 15, 2014

    Forty-five minutes from Phoenix, Pleasant Harbor, located on the southeastern shores of Lake Pleasant, serves as a one-stop recreation spot for lakeside fun for Phoenix-area residents. And for many Phoenicians, it's also the closest opportunity to escape city life and be at a lake in just minutes. Pleasant Harbor is open to the public 365 days a year and features a lakeside restaurant, boat, sailing and Jet Ski rentals, kayak and paddle boards, fishing guides, slip rentals and storage, as well... Full story

  • Stainless Steel Anchor And Chair Offer form And Function

    AZBW|Oct 15, 2014

    Combining beauty and strength, stainless steel Rocna™ anchors and Titan™ Chain from Canada Metal (Pacific) offer yacht owners the best of both worlds when meeting their anchoring needs. Not only is the stainless steel Rocna anchor stunning, but independent tests have shown it consistently outperforms more traditional designs in a variety of sea beds. All stainless steel Rocna anchors have a high tensile shank. While costly, Rocna refuses to compromise on this important component. A top performer... Full story

  • AZGFD Host Forums On Elk/Pronghorn Hunt Recommendations

    AZGFD|Oct 15, 2014

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department will host three remaining public forums to meet with constituents about developing the 2015 hunt recommendations for pronghorn antelope, elk, and population management seasons. (The first forum was held Oct. 16 in the Flagstaff regional office.) The remaining meetings will be held at these Game and Fish regional offices: • Monday, Oct. 20, from 6-8 p.m. at the Kingman regional office, 5325 N. Stockton Hill Road, • Thursday, Oct. 23, from 6-8 p.m. at the Mes... Full story

  • Boater's Ten Safe And Clean Refueling Tips

    Boat U.S.|Oct 15, 2014

    Unlike an automobile, recreational boats have special safety needs when it comes to refueling. Stern drive or inboard powered boats have closed engine compartments where volatile gasoline vapors don't easily dissipate, and older gasoline-powered boats are the riskiest to refuel as their brittle fuel hoses can crack, leaving gas in the bilge after a fill-up. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) has these ten tips to ensure a non-eventful refueling: Disembark: As soon as you're... Full story

  • Coast Guard Members Value 'Fellowship' Times

    Captain Dave Esparza

    In the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary we have a cornerstone activity called "Fellowship." Fellowship is when we all get together, relax and have a good time doing non-Coast Guard missions. This past weekend we had our Inland Rendezvous in Laughlin, Nev. We had a great time riding PWCs on the Colorado River, a Friday night hospitality suite, a tour of Oatman, Ariz. with a historical poker run, talking to old friends, and we finished the weekend with a great banquet dinner at the Colorado... Full story

  • On Sand And Water: It's All Here At Lake Havasu City


    Welcome to the 3rd Annual Sand-Water-RV Expo in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts of off-roading, RVing and boating. The 2014 Sand-Water-RV Expo intends to capture the spirit and passion of these complementary markets, providing motivated consumers the opportunity to browse, compare and shop for the latest and greatest in off-road vehicles, trucks, sand rails, ATVs, UTVs, 4x4s, buggies, motorcycles, electric vehicles, RVs, toy haulers, travel trailers, boats and all... Full story

  • AZGFD Report

    AZGFD|Oct 15, 2014

    Tip Of The Week Fishing for largemouth bass is excellent at Bartlett Lake. Crankbaits are hot, and here's a tried-and-true bass-snatcher: the Rapala Shad Rap. Get a 3-inch version. Then tie it to 8-pound test line, fish islands, points and rocky shorelines, and if conditions are favorable, anglers could have a good shot at some bass strikes. Have fun! The Reel Deal In the desert impoundments, predatory fish have become more active. Crankbaits and buzzbaits and jigs are drawing increasingly more... Full story

  • Community Fishing Program Stockings Resume

    AZGFD|Oct 15, 2014

    The Community Fishing Program resumed stocking catfish in the core waters in mid-September. Two trucks serviced the Phoenix and Tucson areas from two separate ponds in Arkansas. Unfortunately, one of those ponds had weaker-than-normal fish, and following the stocking, we had reports of mortalities from almost all of the Phoenix-area waters at various levels. Rest assured we're working with our municipal partners to remove the dead fish and get them replaced as we continue October catfish... Full story

  • Lake Powell Fishing Report

    Wayne Gustaveson|Oct 15, 2014

    October is hunting season. It's time to put on the blaze-orange sweatshirt, load some weapons and get in the boat. The weapons should be transported fully loaded because the game appears quickly and then runs off even faster. If fully ready and very observant, there is time to get one shot off before the game slips out of range. This is not a road hunt but rather a very exciting fishing trip. The critters being pursued are surface-feeding striped bass and smallmouth bass. The weapons are... Full story

  • Northern Colorado River To Receive Trout

    AZGFD|Oct 15, 2014

    BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. –– Trout stocking south of Davis Dam has been on hiatus for nearly a year, but that changed on Oct. 1. Trout from Arizona Game and Fish hatcheries, and raised by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery, comprised the first stocking south of Davis Dam since late 2013. Great News "This is great news and a fantastic opportunity for anglers on the Colorado River," said Matt Chmiel, the Fisheries Program manager for the Game and Fish Reg... Full story

  • Thinking of Getting a Concealed Carry Permit?

    Margie Anderson|Oct 15, 2014

    You may wonder why you would even need a CCW permit in Arizona, since we have Constitutional Carry. CCW stands for Concealed Carry or Carrying a Concealed Weapon. What's the difference between Constitutional Carry and having a CCW? Well, in Arizona you are allowed to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. However, there are many more restrictions when you do not have a permit. There are all kinds of laws about how close to a school you can be, whether you can enter a bar or a restaurant... Full story

  • On The Cover

    Frank Jackson

    Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, and Acapulco need no introduction as Mexican destinations as they are well-known and traveled by foreigners. The slice of paradise south of the border called San Carlos in the State of Sonora is slightly off the beaten tourism path compared to those aforementioned. Once you find it, you will understand why San Carlos has taken the road less traveled and catered to foreigners as part-time or full-time residents rather than going after the "weekend warrior" crowd.... Full story

  • GOOD COMPANY - Does Your Fall Outing With Rover Include A Hike?

    AZBW - Good Company|Oct 15, 2014

    This article is brought to you courtesy of TripsWithPets.com. Fall is here, so why not turn that daily walk into an interesting and fun hike? It's no secret that exercise is a necessity for both you and your dog. We often forget that our dogs are pack animals and their origins are rooted in hunting, playing, and roaming all day long with their pack family. If you are already in the habit of walking your four-legged friend, you know that it's a special time for the two of you to bond as well as e... Full story

  • Wenima Wildlife Area

    Margie Anderson|Oct 15, 2014

    Just a bit north of Springerville is an amazingly cool place that you may never even have heard of. It's the Wenima Wildlife Area and it consists of 357 acres of habitat along the Little Colorado River. We visited in late September and the days were still a bit warm, but cloud cover and rain cooled things off considerably. There are two great, easy hikes at Wenima, both of which are very kid-friendly. The day we were there, we met only one other group of hikers during the entire morning. It was... Full story

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