Times Spent Outdoors: Priceless!

Articles from the November 1, 2017 edition

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  • My Off-Road Experience: Lessons Learned

    Tonya Gardner|Nov 1, 2017

    • Lesson #1 Only carry what you need. • Lesson #2 Make sure you have all valuables out of your machine. • Lesson #3 Make sure you have all important numbers in your phone before leaving. • Lesson #4 Have two or three ways to light a fire. Editor's Note: The story that follows explains how these lessons became crucial for Tonya and her husband. My husband and I recently purchased a UTV as we wanted to be able to spend time together and experience new things together. We had taken it out for a f... Full story

  • Is An OHV Part Of Your Hunting Strategy? Buckle Up

    AZGFD|Nov 1, 2017

    PHOENIX - When hunting for big game, off-highway vehicles (OHVs) can be a key part of how hunters retrieve downed animals. In fact, sometimes it's the only way to retrieve a harvested elk or bison. As hunters hit the trails on OHVs like side-by-sides, it's important to buckle up if the vehicle is equipped with seatbelts. Numerous fatal accidents this year have involved utility task vehicles (UTVs) that roll over and pin the operator underneath. Wearing a seatbelt is critical because it will... Full story

  • Quail Outlook: All Signs Point To Better 2017-2018 Season

    AZGFD|Nov 1, 2017

    Arizona hunters know that timely rainfall is the elixir that gives the state's quail populations a much-needed boost. Good winter precipitation particularly benefitted Gambel's quail, the best-known and most widespread of the state's three main species. That led to spring call counts that were almost double what they were in 2016 and higher than the average of the last 10 years (2008-2017). Throw in statewide summer rains that sustained forage and habitat conditions, and it was a good year for... Full story

  • Commission Okays Hunt Guidelines For Fall 2018 Through Spring 2023

    AZGFD|Nov 1, 2017

    The Arizona Game and Fish Commission approved guidelines for fall 2018 through spring 2023 hunting seasons at its September meeting in Williams. The hunt guidelines provide the biological and social parameters used by wildlife managers when developing the annual hunt recommendations (season structures, season lengths, season dates, permits allocated, etc.) These recommendations result in the hunts in which licensed hunters may participate. Wildlife is held in the public trust; therefore, using... Full story

  • Waterfowl, Snipe Regulations Available Online

    AZGFD|Nov 1, 2017

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department has posted the 2017-18 Arizona Waterfowl and Snipe Regulations on https://www.azgfd.com/Hunting/Regulations/. The general waterfowl season in the "Mountain Zone" (Game Management Units 1-5, 7, 9, 11M, 12A, and those portions of Units 6 and 8 within Coconino County) began Oct. 6 and runs through Jan. 14, 2018. The general waterfowl season in the "Desert Zone" (Game Management Units 10 and 12B through 46B, and those portions of Units 6 and 8 within Yavapai Coun... Full story

  • On The Cover - For Many, Fall Is The Favorite

    Carol L Allen

    This lovely photo of Lockett Meadows from Margie Anderson shows part of the state dressed in the beauty of autumn colors. The gorgeous fall palette draws many from the Valley of the Sun just a short distance north to visit the cooler country and its autumn beauty. Besides the many upcoming holiday events, the outdoors draws enthusiasts to hunt, fish, camp, and recreate in the refreshing weather that is so welcome after a long, hot summer. May you enjoy thoroughly this season that many call... Full story

  • For Those Who Love The Outdoors

    Margie Anderson|Nov 1, 2017

    Before you know it, the holidays will be upon us and we'll all be scrambling to find the perfect gift for the people we love. If someone you love also loves the outdoors, here are some ideas that are sure to please. Good Maps Are Essential Build Your Own Whether your passion is fishing, hiking, hunting, off-roading, RV-ing, or geocaching, good maps are essential. The best way to get the perfect map is to visit MyTopo.com and build your own. These are especially great for hunters because you can... Full story

  • We Salute Our Veterans, Past And Present

    Ben Avery Clay Target Center Military, first responders will receive discount at Ben Avery Clay Target Center. As a salute to those who keep everyone safe, the Ben Avery Clay Target Center has announced that the first Thursday of every month will be "Military and First Responders Appreciation Day." All military members (active, reserve and retired) and first responders (all law enforcement, EMTs) will receive a discounted rate when purchasing a round(s) of trap, skeet or sporting clays, or an... Full story

  • 'Packages From Home'

    Carol L Allen

    As the giving season and the special time we honor our veterans approaches, there is a special program that assures that those who are serving our country are not forgotten: "Packages from Home". Generally, the smaller, travel sizes of hygiene and food supplies are recommended. Some of the items that our service members particularly appreciate receiving are the following: • Hygiene Supplies such as foot or body powder, hand sanitizer, eye drops, lip balm, sunscreen, deodorant (not a... Full story

  • Now, Long-Handled Aluminum Tools Won't Scratch Or Sink

    WOT|Nov 1, 2017

    Boat hooks and brush handles can accidentally scratch and mar fine boat finishes. Shurhold Industries' patented Handle Mate PFD slips over the aluminum shaft of its Telescoping and Fixed Length Handles to protect gelcoat, paint and chrome. And because those oops moments happen, like dropping the tool overboard, the innovative device keeps it floating for easy retrieval. Made from soft, high-quality neoprene, Handle Mate PFD provides a solid, comfortable grip. The durable sleeve is easily... Full story

  • Storm Anchoring: Preparation Is Key

    WOT|Nov 1, 2017

    Images of vessels lost during the recent Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are still fresh in the minds of many. These catastrophic storms galvanize the need to have an anchoring plan in place, even for those whose boats are on inland lakes. Fortress Marine Anchors offers free resources to assist owners in developing the skills needed to keep a boat safely anchored during a storm. Focused more on education than product, they provide a wealth of information. Surviving a Storm at Anchor by noted author... Full story

  • Shockles Absorb Jarring Loads On Lines And Chains

    WOT|Nov 1, 2017

    Whether tied to a dock or mooring, at anchor or towing a dinghy, lines and chains create enormous stress on cleats, chocks, fairleads and related fittings, especially when suddenly jarred. Shockles™ from Davis Instruments is a patented line of simple, innovative devices that absorbs the damaging shock loads placed on a boat's hardware and cordage from wakes, chop, waves and tidal surges. They make for a safer, more comfortable boating experience. Shockles are built to last. They're made from U... Full story

  • Tonto National Forest Lists Fall Weather Camping Opportunities

    AZBW|Nov 1, 2017

    Fee machines have been installed and are available to pay fees for overnight camping on the Mesa, Cave Creek, Globe and Tonto Basin ranger districts. Timber Camp Campground, on the Globe Ranger District, and Burnt Corral, Cholla, Frazier Horse, Schoolhouse and Windy Hill campgrounds are currently open on the Tonto Basin Ranger District. The Tortilla Campground on the Mesa Ranger District opened for the winter on Oct.1. Fee machines are available at the Tortilla, Burnt Corral, Cholla,... Full story

  • Fall Camping At The Lake

    AZBW|Nov 1, 2017

    The weather is cooling down, but lucky for us in Arizona we aren't about to be buried in snow. In fact for us, the most beautiful time of year is now settling in. What's more fun in the fall than camping? So, whether you'll be pitching a tent or lounging in an RV, there's very little preparation to get ready for amazing desert sunsets and outdoor life. Getting Ready For Camping Aside from making sure you have the right gear (tents/accommodations, flashlights, bug repellant, and the like), you wi... Full story

  • Champagne For Our Furfriends

    Carol L Allen|Nov 1, 2017

    Help us prepare or join us for a Purrfect Holiday Celebration to support rescue pets! Enjoy sparkling champagne, a delicious brunch, a huge silent auction with gifts for everyone's holiday shopping list, rousing live auction with a vivacious auctiontainer, adorable pets, and inspiring stories. A big and exciting announcement will be made so this event is one to attend! Spread the word and bring your friends/family that you want to introduce to the rescue. Where: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at... Full story

  • Two Washington Sport Fish Records Fall

    WDFW|Nov 1, 2017

    OLYMPIA--The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed today that two state sport fish records fell during one late September weekend. Mike Benoit, of Gig Harbor, set a new state record for the largest opah caught off the coast of Washington on Sept. 23. The 37.98-pound fish measured 32.5 inches. Benoit was live bait fishing with anchovies out of Westport. The new record exceeded the previous opah record by more than two pounds. That record was held by Jim Watson on a fish... Full story

  • WDFW Delays Commercial Crab Fishery On Washington Coast Due To Low Meat Content

    WDFW|Nov 1, 2017

    OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have delayed the opening of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery on Washington's coast due to inadequate meat in crab shells. The commercial fishery on Washington's coast typically opens Dec. 1. Recent testing indicates crabs along the coast do not have sufficient meat in their shells to meet industry standards for harvest. The fishery will be delayed until at least Dec. 16 to allow more time for crabs to fill with more meat. Another round of testing will t... Full story

  • AZGFD Study Clarifies Mexican Wolf Historical Range

    AZGFD|Nov 1, 2017

    Evidence shows range includes southern parts of Ariz., N.M. and 90 percent in Mexico. A recent peer-reviewed scientific paper re-affirmed the historical range of the endangered Mexican wolf as being southeastern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico and the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico. To Clarify Range The paper was the featured article published in the July issue of The Journal of Wildlife Management, a leading international wildlife science journal. The authors - each reputable experts in... Full story

  • State Employees Charitable Campaign Raises Money For Charities

    AZBW|Nov 1, 2017

    The public also can enter a raffle for a 2017 Polaris Ranger Crew 570-4 donated by RideNow Powersports. Each year the State Employees Charitable Campaign (SECC) gives State of Arizona employees the opportunity to voluntarily contribute monetary donations to support nonprofit agencies. The funds raised by state employees support more than 400 charities. The campaign conducts events and promotions that are usually limited to state employees, but this year there is an opportunity for the public to... Full story

  • AZGFD Asks Hunters To Help Keep CWD At Bay

    AZGFD|Nov 1, 2017

    Arizona remains Chronic Wasting Disease-free due to surveillance efforts. The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking hunters to continue doing their part to help keep Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a neurodegenerative wildlife disease that is fatal to deer and elk, at bay. All successful deer and elk hunters are encouraged to bring the head of their harvested animal, especially bucks and bulls, to any department office statewide between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The preferred... Full story

  • Washington - Variety Of Outdoor Adventures On Tap During The Holiday Season

    WDFW|Nov 1, 2017

    Despite the winter chill, Washingtonians have plenty of reaso0ns to head outdoors during the holidays. Seasonal fisheries are underway throughout the state, waterfowl hunting is in full swing and birders are gearing up for some prime viewing opportunities. Those planning to spend time outdoors between holiday shopping can enjoy: Steelhead fishing: Fisheries for hatchery steelhead are up and running, drawing stalwart anglers to rivers on both sides of the Cascades. Goose and duck hunting:... Full story

  • Improve Your Accuracy

    John Anderson|Nov 1, 2017

    We shooters are all alike: No matter how close our groups are, we wish they were closer. We wish we shot better at long range, or on the move, or in low light, or from a different position, or with our non-dominant hand - well, you get it. We just flat wish we shot better. We all know that practice is the best way to improve our accuracy, but not all of us have the time to get to the range as often as we should, and the range can be pricey even with a membership. For some of us, the range is a... Full story

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