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Articles from the December 1, 2016 edition

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  • New 'Wildlife Explorers' Program Connects Urban Youth With Nature

    WOT|Dec 1, 2016

    Many children living in urban areas are not given the opportunity to explore the natural world around them. As a result, they have little to no affinity with nature. In an effort to inspire children living in urban areas to explore nature in their communities, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), a network of more than 52,000 park and recreation professionals and advocates, is proud to announce a new nature discovery program called Wildlife Explorers. Intended for children ages... Full story

  • Don't Have Portal Account? Sign Up Now!

    AZGFD|Dec 1, 2016

    As the Arizona Game and Fish Department completes the random draw process for the 2017 spring turkey, javelina, bison and bear seasons, hopeful hunters are encouraged to open a free Customer Portal account. Portal account holders will be among the first to get the news before the draw results officially are released. It’s quick, easy and free to create a Portal account. Just click on the “Sign in to Account” button in the upper right-hand corner of the www.azgfd.gov home page and then selec... Full story

  • Yakima, WA - Pirate Press, Fall/Winter 2016 Edition

    Carol L Allen

    I'll keep my introduction brief this issue as I want to stress two important things for our class: 1. Our 60th (!) class reunion is set for September 2017 in the afternoon at the museum just above Franklin Park. As next year progresses, you will receive more details. 2. Although I do enjoy putting out Pirate Press from time to time (and, of course, hearing from you), I think that social-media has me beat as to timing and convenience. I hope that all of you will consider becoming Facebook... Full story

  • Modern Spartan Systems

    Who is Modern Spartan Systems and what can they do for me?

    Marcus Kahn, Modern Spartan Systems

    Those are interesting questions. Who are these guys? Answer – we are an advanced "GREEN" chemical technology company with formulas that produce "real world" benefits that are blowing people away. So unless you are among a handful of competition shooters, hunters, military/ LE, Special Forces snipers, motor-heads or into manufacturing, this is likely the first time that you have heard of us. AND if you have not heard of us, we need to change that and teach you what OPTIMIZING your assets is a... Full story

  • BoatUS Suggests Gifts For The Boater

    AZBW|Dec 1, 2016

    Have a boater on your holiday gift list? Look no further. The organization that makes boating better, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), has three holiday gift ideas. The gift of on-water towing: Give the gift of an on-water Unlimited TowBoatUS Towing Membership Plan for saltwater boaters for just $149 a year that includes BoatUS membership. For freshwater boaters the price is just $72. Both provide 24/7 dispatch and your boater will never have to pay out of pocket for a tow... Full story

  • Ultimate Sailing Calendar Is Another Great Gift Idea

    AZBW|Dec 1, 2016

    The year was 1983. Ronald Reagan was President of the United States, while Clint Eastwood coined the phrase, "Go ahead; make my day." Michael Jackson had two blockbuster hits ("Billie Jean" and "Beat It") but it was the Australian rock band Men At Work whose number-one song "Land Down Under" vaunted Australia, which would go on to defeat Dennis Conner's Liberty in the 25th America's Cup. That same year Sharon Green – a promising, young, and audacious yachting photographer – launched the Ult... Full story

  • 2016 Commission Awards: Congratulations


    The annual Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona 85044. The event will honor the recipients of the 2016 Commission Awards that were selected at the Commission’s August 26 meeting. The purpose of these awards is to recognize Arizonans who have contributed significantly to the conservation of the state's wildlife, its outdoor heritage, and the mission of the Arizona G... Full story

  • Port Aransas, TX - Whooping Crane Festival Registration Now Open


    Registration is open for the annual Whooping Crane Festival scheduled for February 23-26, 2017 in Port Aransas, Texas. The festival is open to birders, photographers, families, and anyone who loves the outdoors and nature-related activities. As the festival has grown over the years, so has the variety of events. World renowned crane expert, Dr. George Archibald, will be one of the featured speakers. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to take guided boat tours to the Aransas National Wi... Full story

  • Tonto Christmas Tree Permits Available


    The Tonto National Forest began selling Christmas tree permits on November 16. Permits will be available at Cave Creek, Mesa, Payson, and Pleasant Valley ranger districts and at the Supervisors Office at the hours and locations listed below. Permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis until they are gone. Permits can be purchased in person with cash, check, or credit card. Customers will be provided a map that shows the designated cutting areas along with additional Christmas tree... Full story

  • Coyotes Curling Club

    On The Cover - May The Hope Of This Season Be Ever Green


    Many of us decorate the traditional Christmas tree as we celebrate the holidays. The modern Christmas tree was developed in early modern Germany (where it is today called Weihnachtsbaum or Christbaum) with predecessors that can be traced to the 16th and possibly 15th century, in which devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. It acquired popularity beyond Germany during the second half of the 19th century, at first among the upper classes. The tree was traditionally decorated... Full story

  • Maritime Museum of San Diego

    When You Are In San Diego -

    AZBW|Dec 1, 2016

    Parade Of Lights - Sunday, December 11 And 18 Our annual fundraiser is held aboard the Berkeley steam ferry. Complete with dinner is a spectacular venue for viewing the Parade of Lights on the bay. The theme for this year is San Diego Zoo Celebrates 100 Years. Since the Museum is the judging platform for the Parade of Lights awards, this event is typically a sell-out and its popularity has grown over the years. It is a perfect way to celebrate the holidays with friends and family, while... Full story

  • BoatUS

    Here Are Cold Facts On The '120-Degree Rule'

    WOT|Dec 1, 2016

    The boat may be put away for the season, but the occasional warm fall day still brings plenty of paddlers out on the water. Knowing when to wear the thermal protection offered by a dry- or wetsuit is key. However, a long-assumed guideline meant to help paddlers make the right decision, sometimes known as the "120-degree rule," may instead put paddlers in danger. The 120-degree rule is a formula that adds together the air and water temperatures to determine when thermal protection is required.... Full story

  • Boat Thieves Want To Steal Yours

    Dec 1, 2016

    Is your boat less than 26 feet? Does it have outboard motor power and rest on a trailer? If you said yes, beware – you're a big target for theft. A newly released study that looked at five years of BoatUS Marine Insurance claims files shows that 75 percent of all boats stolen matched this description. With the long winter lay-up period nearing, BoatUS has five tips to make your boat harder to steal. 1. Just one lock? Try another, and another. You simply can't have enough. The whole goal is to m... Full story

  • Fish Recipe: Turning White Meat Into Golden Cakes

    AZBW|Dec 1, 2016

    With fishing busting loose for many species heading into a cooler weather and overall fall-fishing mania, it's a must to have a great fish recipe at hand. Whether you like to chase striped bass, sneak up on panfish, or stay close to home and catch catfish in Community waters, here's a great way to prepare any tasty, white-meat fish: Fish Cakes Serves 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Ingredients • 1 pound white-fleshed fish fillets, cooked and flaked • 1 large egg • 1... Full story

  • Excerpts From Mid-November AZGFD Report

    AZGFD|Dec 1, 2016

    Tip Of The Week All active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in Arizona, along with their spouses, may purchase resident hunting and fishing licenses. The Reel Deal Grab a license online, 24/7 (and help conserve all species of wildlife). There are only a few weeks left before winter conditions prevail in the high country, so if you're looking for scents of pine, scenes of eagles and tight lines from trout, go now. The trout bite is hot at spots such as Dogtown, Kinnikinick,... Full story

  • Lake Powell Striper

    Wayne Gustaveson|Dec 1, 2016

    Wayne Gustaveson Takes A Break, Thanks Readers 'Quality of life is measured by amount of time spent fishing.' Lake Powell fish at the end of fall were in prime time. Water temperature is in the mid 60s which means that all fish can basically go anywhere they want to. During summer there is a separation of large and small stripers because big fish need cooler temperatures. Those barriers are now removed. http://www.wayneswords.com Consider fishing patterns now to be just like fishing in late... Full story

  • Boat Pumpout Money Available For Marinas, Boat Clubs, Nonprofits

    AZBW|Dec 1, 2016

    Marinas, boat clubs or fuel docks with a working pumpout provide a vital service to recreational boaters. Installing a pump, however, and the annual costs to maintain one, can be high. That's where a program funded by the taxes and fees paid by boaters can help. This fall, the US Fish & Wildlife Service's Clean Vessel Act program aims to give out about $12 million for the construction, renovation, operation and maintenance of public boat pumpouts. However, the deadline to apply for the 2017... Full story

  • Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards

    AZBW|Dec 1, 2016

    WINNERS -- Each year, the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards are given to sailors for truly outstanding performances, and it should come as little surprise that 2016's class of inductees earned their medals on the waters off Rio de Janeiro at the 2016 Rio Olympics (Aug. 5-21), given the level of sailing caliber to have competed at this quadrennial regatta. Shown (from left) are Saskia Clark, Hannah Mills and Santiago Lange with the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award C World... Full story

  • How Many Can My Boat Take Aboard?

    AZBW|Dec 1, 2016

    The membership organization that sets safety standards for recreational boat design and manufacturing, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), has revised its "Boat Capacity" (H-5) standard for upper decks on recreational boats. Upper decks are often referred to as the "fly bridge" or "upper helm." The new standard, which is partly in response to fatal capsizing accidents involving overloaded fly bridges, will now include upper-deck weight capacity regardless of boat length. Upper decks are... Full story

  • Phoenix, AZ - In Focus


    Publisher's Note: We at Arizona Boating & Watersports / Western Outdoor Times would like to congratulate Don McDowell. His hard work, perseverance, and dedication to preserving our wildlife has been acknowledged by his being awarded the AZGF Commission Advocate Of The Year (Federal). McDowell has worked tirelessly for many years to preserve our outdoor heritage. He is a valuable asset to the State of Arizona and the country as well. We hope that those who are responsible for making decisions... Full story

  • Striped Bass Recipes: Simple Means To A Tasty End

    AZGFD|Dec 1, 2016

    We are in one of the best times of year for striper fishing. With anglers filling their coolers with these awesome tasting fish, we thought it would be a great idea to share some cooking recipes with you. A common question from anglers is what are some ways to cook these fish? Striper Taco Tuesday - (If you like fish tacos, try this recipe.) • Take fillets and cut them into 5-inch long and 1.5-inch wide strips. • Use an egg wash (beat eggs in a bowl) to coat fish. • After coating... Full story

  • Electrofishing Reveals Tiger Trout Behavior, Fishing Secret

    AZGFD|Dec 1, 2016

    Caught a tiger trout, yet? Try fishing the shorelines at Woods Canyon Lake. Some of our biologists were on the water at Woods Canyon, located on the Mogollon Rim, electrofishing from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. for two days and caught more than 100 tiger trout. "This number of tiger trout was interesting to us because we usually pick up few trout by boat electrofishing," AZGFD Reservoir Biologist Sally Petre said. "It seems as though the tiger trout behave a bit differently than rainbow trout and hang out... Full story

  • Arizona - Concealed Carry

    John Anderson|Dec 1, 2016

    In the State of Arizona, it is legal to carry a concealed weapon whether you have a permit or not. It is also legal for visitors to do that. Open carry is also legal, and Arizona recognizes CCW's from all other states. That doesn't mean you can carry concealed everywhere without a permit, though. Schools, government buildings, places where alcohol is consumed - these are just a few of the places where you can't carry. Does the store you're headed into have a "no guns" sign? Then you can't carry... Full story

  • Fish Health Surveys Inform Conservation

    AZBW, Craig Springer, External Affairs, U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service|Dec 1, 2016

    I'm standing in a small side room at Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery, just off a larger chamber where a dozen concrete raceways lie. Double-doored olive metal cabinets stand against white walls under effusive florescent light. Well-used grease boards smudged with eraser marks under blue-ink to-do lists fit the narrow space on one end opposite an industrial-sized sink. On a long wall, a hygienic 12-foot-long stainless-steel counter is where the work gets done today. Two biologists stand over... Full story

  • Sportfishing Industry Applauds President-Elect Trump's Selection for Secretary of the Interior

    WOT|Dec 1, 2016

    Alexandria, VA – December 15, 2016 – The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) www.asafishing.org, along with other associations in the outdoor recreation industry, expressed support today for the nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to be the next Secretary of the Interior. “In Rep. Zinke, President-Elect Trump has tapped a true leader and a sportsman to run the agency that oversees much of America’s natural resources and public parks and lands that are so important to fishing and hunting... Full story

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