Articles from the December 1, 2015 edition

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Firearms 101

Being around shooting enthusiasts can be daunting. They toss the lingo around with such ease, and if you don't know the basics, you can soon be lost. There's no big mystery - most of the language... Full story


A Site Of Contrasts

This destination provides not only beauty and serenity but also lessons from a history that was the opposite: bloody and violent. Fort Bowie is a National Historic Site near Willcox, Ariz., between... Full story


Making A Difference For Kids

In October, the Arizona Deer Association held a youth camp. I was privileged to be part of that event and it certainly proved to be eye opening for a lot of kids under the age of 18. Through the... Full story


From The Deck

We spoke in August 2015 that El Niño is "significant and strengthening," and could rival the strongest on record - even the Super El Niño of 1997. Perhaps there will be more and bigger fish and m... Full story

 By AZBW    Events   

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Celebrating 28 years of cheers, the Arizona Renaissance Festival opens every weekend on Saturday, Feb. 6 through Sunday, March 27 2016 and on Presidents' Day. The Renaissance Festival will be open... Full story

 By AZBW    Watersports    December 1, 2015

Arizona Aqua Stars Adult Masters Team Shines At National Championships

The Arizona Aqua Stars (AAS), a nationally recognized synchronized swim team based in Mesa, Ariz., recently competed at the USA Synchronized Swimming Masters Championship in Grand Rapids, Mich. The... Full story

 By AZBW    Boating    December 1, 2015

Maryellen Ferring Repeats As Ruth Beals Champ

Maryellen Ferring gets to keep the Ruth Beals trophy for another year. The trophy goes to the winner of the annual Ruth Beals Regatta, which celebrates women in sailing. The rules permit a male as... Full story


Four Of Our Favorites

Throughout boating communities worldwide, parades of lights welcome the holiday season. There is nothing more spectacular than colored lights sparkling on boats as they ply the rivers and lakes and... Full story

 By AZBW    Boating    December 1, 2015

Tempe Town Lake To Be Closed Temporarily

TTL TO BE CLOSED -- Replacing the current inflated rubber Tempe Town Lake dam with concrete and steel will shut down the lake - probably next spring - for a period the city estimates will be more... Full story


NRA Grant Helps Fund Improvements At Northern Arizona Shooting Range

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A bigger and better trap range awaits recreational shooters at the Northern Arizona Shooting Range, one of 10 public shooting facilities managed by the Arizona Game and Fish D... Full story

 By AZGFD    Events   

Governor Ducey Makes Appointment To Game And Fish Commission

PHOENIX - Governor Doug Ducey has appointed Eric Slocum Sparks to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. Mr. Sparks is an attorney practicing in Tucson since 1987, specializing in debtor bankruptcy... Full story


BASF Hosts Southwestern Single-Shot Rifle Schützenfest

PHOENIX – The Southwestern Single-Shot Rifle Schützenfest begins today, Friday, Nov. 27, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 29, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. The 41st annual co... Full story

 By AZBW    Boating    December 1, 2015

Online Watercraft Registration Renewals Made Simpler

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has removed a fee charged for watercraft owners to renew their boat or watercraft registrations online. Removal of the $2.50 Internet transaction fee charged on... Full story

 By Boat US    Boating    December 1, 2015

A December Tradition

On Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, when boaters, sailors and anglers want to celebrate their generosity and give, they go to, the online home of the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean... Full story

 By AZGFD    Wildlife    December 1, 2015

A Tragic Waste Of Wildlife

Antelope Poached Near Flagstaff The Arizona Game and Fish Department is investigating an out-of-season poaching of a buck antelope, which took place at the beginning of November in Game Management... Full story

 By AZBW    Wildlife    December 1, 2015

Arizona Wildlife Views Honored With Eight Regional Emmy Awards

The producers of Arizona Wildlife Views, the Arizona Game and Fish Department's television show, took home eight regional Emmy Awards in four different categories from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Cha... Full story

 By AZGFD    Wildlife    December 1, 2015

See Ways You Can Help the AZGFD Wildlife Center

Once a year, the Arizona Game and Fish Department opens its Wildlife Center to the public. This year, the free, family friendly event welcomed visitors in late November to get a glimpse into the... Full story

 By AZBW    Wildlife    December 1, 2015

Wildlife Photo Contest Winners Announced

Tucson photographer Rhonda Spencer didn't know she was making a winning image when she took a photo of two lowland leopard frogs. Spencer, who enjoys photographing all wildlife, just thinks these... Full story


Lake Powell - The Fishery Is In Awesome Shape

Each November we conduct our annual gillnet sampling to assess adult fish population strength, numbers and health. Since we will be on the lake for two weeks, this issue's fishing report will the... Full story

 By AZGFD    Fishing    December 1, 2015

Welcome, Winter Temps And The Trout!

Tip Of The Week Silver Creek near Show Low is a spring creek that comes out of the ground at a constant temperature and does not freeze in the winter. Catch-and-release fishing for big rainbow trout... Full story


From The Deck - Derrick Franks's Amazing 'Striper Snatcher' Catches On

Local Striper Guide Derrick Franks, aka "The Striper Snatcher," is going big with a line of lead jigs. It all started this season in San Diego aboard the Malihini sport fishing vessel, fishing... Full story

 By AZBW    Wildlife    December 1, 2015

Arizona Conservation Wildlife License

When you display the Arizona Conservation Wildlife license plate, you are helping conserve and restore wildlife habitat in Arizona. Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation manages grant funds... Full story

 By AZBW    Boating    December 1, 2015

Desert Troon Companies Named 25-Year Concessionaire Of Scorpion Bay Marina

Desert Troon Companies, a Scottsdale-based real estate development and investment firm, is pleased to announce that the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has approved the transfer of the Concession... Full story

 By AZBW    Hunting    December 1, 2015

Business Spotlight - My Core Control Can Keep You In Your Comfort Zone

My Core Control, Inc. is a Houston, Texas based company, established to bring "Personal Thermal Control Products" into existence and then to market these revolutionary products as a whole new... Full story

 By WOT    Boating    December 1, 2015

Fresh Or Saltwater, Flover Has An Electric Outboard

Whether on a quiet lake, flowing estuary or shallow flats, Flover has boaters covered with its wide range of high-quality electric outboards. The company offers seven models, each with a broad... Full story


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