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Articles from the November 1, 2023 edition

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  • On The Cover November 2023

    Carol L Allen, Editor

    She's a beauty, a true Miss America: our American flag. Over the years she has received many tributes, many salutes, and many dedicated to serving her. Sadly, she has also received threats, angry demonstrations, hate speech, and disrespect. I wonder today how those in the latter group would feel if they were simply asked to leave, were stripped of the advantages of belonging to this nation. Would they embrace a new residence/citizenship in a country that denies them the basic rights enshrined... Full story

  • Carol L Allen, Editor

    Comments will be accepted through Nov. 6.The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is seeking to amend the previously published Notice of Proposed Rulemaking within Articles 1, 2, 3, and 6. The intent of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was to enact amendments developed during the latest Five-year Review Report. After receiving feedback from stakeholders and members of the public, the Commission is removing proposed changes to the use and sale of live baitfish. Amendments to R12-4-314 (Possession,...  Website

  • High-Torque Access Plates Shine in Tough Environments

    Martin Flory Group|Nov 1, 2023

    Clear deck plates for visual monitoring of controls or gauges mounted behind panels are popular with boaters and boatbuilders alike. But, they can be difficult to open when used in high-pressure or near-vacuum conditions-a challenge compounded when positioned in confined spaces like engine rooms. High-Torque Access Plates from Beckson Marine solve this problem. Their unique design facilitates removal when required, while maintaining surface clarity for easy viewing of protected instruments.... Full story

  • Six Reasons To Explore Tempe By Bike

    WOT|Nov 1, 2023

    From Tempe Tourism Tempe is known for many things: Mill Avenue, Arizona State University and more than a few lively festivals and events. But did you know that Tempe is also widely known as a bike-friendly city? In 2019, the League of American Bicyclists designated Tempe a Gold-Level Bicycle-Friendly Community Award winner. Tempe was recognized for safe bike paths and for promoting biking to work and for recreation. For a 40-square-mile city, it's amazing that there are 217 miles of Tempe bike... Full story

  • Quail Outlook

    AZGFD|Nov 1, 2023

    Winter moisture improves overall brood survival for desert quail. Arizona hunters know that timely rainfall is the key to giving quail populations a much-needed boost. After a winter of above-average precipitation, which generated a springtime carpet of green vegetation that's necessary for desert quail reproduction, hunters might want to carry a few extra shotgun shells when the season opens Friday, Oct. 13. A Great Year! "This should be a great year to chase Gambel's quail," said Dr. Larisa... Full story

  • Sandhill Cranes Returning

    AZGFD|Nov 1, 2023

    Live-streaming camera offers unique viewing experience. Sandhill cranes by the thousands are once again returning to their wintering grounds at the Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area near McNeal, Ariz., in southeastern Arizona. Live-Streaming Cameras For the next few months, viewers can observe almost 20,000 of these fascinating birds on a live-streaming camera installed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD). The live stream can be viewed at www.azgfd.gov/sandhillcranes. "The sandhill... Full story

  • Christmas Tree Permits

    Enjoy this seasonal tradition of taking family and friends to forest areas to find and cut your own perfect Christmas tree. Christmas Tree Permits The selection and cutting of a special tree from the forest for the holidays has been a treasured tradition for generations of residents.  The Tonto National Forest offers personal-use Christmas Tree Permits for the cutting of a tree on National Forest land. Christmas Tree Permits cost $15 per tree, are for personal use only (not for resale). I... Full story

  • Maritime Communications

    Maritime Communications

    Jim Allen, Publisher|Nov 1, 2023

    Maritime Communications, Inc. Arizona Boating & Watersports and Western Outdoor Times Welcomes Maritime Communications, Inc. Maritime Communications is Marina del Rey's oldest and largest marine electronics dealer. They sell, install and service all types of marine electronics for boats & yachts. Maritime realizes that investing in a new suite of electronics for your vessel is an important undertaking. With so many choices and options available, it can be a daunting task. They are there to... Full story

  • BoatUS Foundation's Alan Dennison Elected

    Boat US|Nov 1, 2023

    BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water program supervisor Alan Dennison has been elected chairman of the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC). Created in its current form by the Federal Boating Safety Act of 1971, the Council is the nation's principal public-private boating safety advocacy organization, representing a coalition of more than 330 U.S. and international member organizations. Its mission is to promote a safer recreational boating experience through education, outreach... Full story

  • Save Spring Headaches

    Jim Allen, Publisher|Nov 1, 2023

    Winterizing a boat can be a poignant chore, but a simple task done now will save a lot of headaches next spring: lubricate zippers and snaps with Snap Stick from Shurhold. Fast and easy to apply, it keeps plastic and metal fasteners and hinges working smoothly-even those attached to fabric that shrank while the boat was in storage. Made in the USA, Snap Stick is perfect to use on hardware that's exposed to rain, salt, dirt, rust and other contaminants. Non-toxic and biodegradable, the high-perfo... Full story

  • Great Gifts For Hunters

    John Anderson, Shooting Sports Editor|Nov 1, 2023

    Spring draw results just came out, and a lot of hunting seasons are in full swing right now, so a gift for a hunter would be very much appreciated! Here are some ideas for gifts that will totally make their day! Turkey Decoys Did your hunter draw a spring turkey tag? Montana Decoy Co. has lightweight turkey decoys that fold down to the size of a dinner plate! They've got hens, Jakes, and even Toms! Get a couple of hens and a box call and your spring turkey hunter will be sitting pretty! Find... Full story

  • I Once Was A Normal Person

    WOOT|Nov 1, 2023

    This was sent to us by one of our readers. I used to think I was pretty much just a regular person, but I was born white, into a two-parent household which now, whether I like it or not, makes me privileged, a racist and responsible for slavery. I am a fiscal and moral conservative, which by today's standards, makes me a fascist because I plan, budget and support myself. I went to school for 19 years and have always held a job. But I now find out that I am not here because I earned it, but... Full story

  • Palestine is NOT a State or Country.

    WOOT|Nov 1, 2023

    1)Before the modern state of Israel there was the British mandate, Not a Palestinian state . 2) Before the British mandate there was the Ottoman Empire, Not a Palestinian state . 3) Before the Ottoman Empire there was the Islamic Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt, Not a Palestinian state . 4)Before the Islamic Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt there was the Ayyubid Dynasty, Not a Palestinian state .Godfrey of Bouillon conquered it in 1099. 5) Before the Ayyubid Dynasty there was the Christian Kingdom of... Full story

  • Gift Ideas For Outdoor Lovers

    Margie Anderson, Outdoors Editor|Nov 1, 2023

    Gift-giving season is upon us, and I don’t know about you, but with prices the way they are this year, I’m looking for every opportunity to save a few quid here and there! So this year’s gift list will include quite a few DIY gifts for your outdoor enthusiast, as well as very economical gifts they’ll love! Homemade Trail Mix One thing I learned early on when hiking with the granddaughters is that trail mix is the ultimate snack for the outdoors. We’d snack on it in the car as well as on the tr... Full story

  • What's happening to American Farmland?

    WOOT|Nov 1, 2023

    I may not know exactly what they’re planning, but I know when something smells funny. Friend, my name is Dr. Mike Strain, and I am honored to serve as the Commissioner for the Louisiana Department of Agriculture. I was born and raised on a cattle farm in Covington, Louisiana, and my love of farming has stayed with me ever since. Unfortunately, the farming way of life is under threat from not only the Radical Left but also foreign powers. HELP STATE GOP PROTECT U.S. FARMLAND Foreign nationals a... Full story

  • Go Lake Havasu

    Lake Havasu Businesses Cater To Remote Workers

    Go Lake Havasu|Nov 1, 2023

    Lake Havasu Businesses cater to remote workers. According to the Wall Street Journal (Aug. 23, 2023), 61 percent of U.S. companies allow employees to work remotely part or all of the week, up from 51 percent at the beginning of the year. Businesses Offer Options Although Lake Havasu City is a popular outdoor recreation destination, located on the shores of the Colorado River in northwest Arizona, local businesses also offer an array of options for vacationers who bring their laptops along with... Full story

  • More Than 2,700 Permit-Tags Remain For 2024 Spring Hunts

    AZGFD|Nov 1, 2023

    Arizona hunters who were unsuccessful in the recent 2024 spring draw still have an opportunity to receive a hunt permit-tag for javelina or turkey. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has posted a list of leftover hunt permit-tags on its website at www.azgfd.com/Hunting/Draw/, as well as a printable paper application. A total of 2,739 leftover hunt permit-tags are available for the following hunts: 1,243 handgun, archery or muzzleloader (HAM) javelina. 899 archery-only javelina. 435... Full story

  • Red Towboats Go Pink Last Month

    Boat US|Nov 1, 2023

    At any other time of year, the red towing response vessels of the on-water TowBoatUS towing fleet are helping recreational boaters get home after their boats have broken down or run aground. However, in October, seven TowBoatUS response boats across the country were turned pink to bring the message of breast cancer awareness to the water in hopes of saving lives and finding a cure for a disease that affects 1 in every 8 women. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, this year an... Full story

  • Sleek Folding Chocks

    Martin Flory Group|Nov 1, 2023

    Sleek Folding Chocks Are Easy DIY Upgrade While chocks are a welcome hardware addition to help wrangle dock lines, installing yet another protruding accessory on a boat's crowded deck can cause second-guessing. Surface Mount Folding Chocks from Accon Marine offer two benefits: they eliminate the need for large installation holes, and they lay flat when not in use. This helps to maintain a cleaner, safer deck without sacrificing convenience. Crafted from marine-grade 316 stainless steel for excep... Full story

  • Stainless Push Pole Holders

    Nov 1, 2023

    Stowing long push poles on deck can be a challenge. With 710-Series Push Pole Holders from Accon Marine, it's simple for anglers to install premium hardware that not only secures the gear in the choppiest water but folds flat and out of the way when casting. Built from polished marine-grade 316 stainless steel, 710-Series Push Pole Holders have durable UV-resistant glass-filled nylon hooks that pull up when needed. The 3.7" W x 5.4" L x .5" H hardware surface mounts with three #10 screws,... Full story

  • Water Spot Protection

    AZBW|Nov 1, 2023

    Many boat maintenance tasks are put off due to the time and energy needed to complete them. This isn't the case with new Hydrophobic Spray & Rinse from Glidecoat. Attached to a garden hose, it's fast and easy to create a durable, glossy coating that beads water to protect against spotting for up to three months. Hydrophobic Spray & Rinse works on virtually all solid marine surfaces including paint, gelcoat, vinyl, glass and metal. Perfect for ongoing Glidecoat Ceramic Coating maintenance, it's... Full story

  • All Of The Services Have Nicknames

    Tom Cole Marine Retired, Western Outdoor Times Special Features Writer|Nov 1, 2023

    All of the services have nicknames for the other services and their members. It’s all part of the well-intentioned harassment we provide each other free of charge. For example, Navy personnel are referred to as ”squids”, “ducks” or “Marine chauffeurs”. Army as just mostly “grunts boys”. Air Force as “airdales” or “bus drivers”. Space force As “space cadets”. Marines as “soldiers of the sea”, “leathernecks”, “jarheads” and “Devil Dogs”. But, where do these come from? NAVY: Squids & Ducks are ass... Full story

  • Fall Colors


    The gorgeous palette of autumn colors paints Arizona's state parks. It IS possible to experience vibrant fall colors in Arizona - you just need to know where (and when) to look. Several of Arizona's state parks have amazing viewing opportunities and we can't wait for you to experience them all; however, the four parks listed below are known for their above average display of beautiful Arizona fall colors! Follow this comprehensive guide to the best spots for colorful Arizona fall foliage and... Full story

  • Joint Chiefs of Staff

    WOOT|Nov 1, 2023

    We Salute All The United States Armed Forces Especially on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month The United States Armed Forces are the military forces of the United States. The armed forces consists of six service branches: the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard. All six armed services are among the eight uniformed services of the United States. Each Has Assigned Role/Domain Each of the different military services is assigned a role and domain. The... Full story

  • Young Hunters Wanted

    AZGFD|Nov 1, 2023

    Publishers Note - We just learned from Arizona Game & Fish Department that this event has been cancelled. Register now for Jan. 5-7 event at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. Young hunters who want to learn all about waterfowl hunting are invited to attend the annual Pintail Slough Junior Waterfowl Camp, sponsored by the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) and Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. The camp will take place Jan. 5-7, 2024 (hunters check in Jan. 5) at Havasu National Wildlife... Full story

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