Times Spent Outdoors: Priceless!

Articles from the December 1, 2020 edition

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  • On The Cover December 2020

    Carol L Allen

    'Tis certainly the season, symbolized here by the colorful cardinal on a branch of Christmas holly. Some say that the cardinal has been christened the "Christmas Bird" for its spectacular red color. Legends proclaim that this red bird is the symbol of beauty and warmth of the holiday season. There are more stories about its history and symbolism, but in general, the Christmas Bird can bring cheer, hope and inspiration on a gray, wintery day. Holly's association with Christmas dates all the way... Full story

  • Kokopelli Trailers And Don Ashford's New Boat Trailer

    Margie Anderson|Dec 1, 2020

    Don Ashford is an Arizona fisherman who participates in tournaments just about every other weekend all over the state. This means he spends a lot of time on the road towing his boat under all kinds of conditions. At one of the tournament series, every fisherman had his name put in a pot after each tournament, and at the end of the season one lucky guy got his name drawn to win a custom-built Kokopelli Trailer. That lucky guy was Don Ashford. "My 2000 Ranger trailer was wearing out," Don says, "... Full story

  • AZGFD's 2021 Wildlife Calendar

    AZGFD|Dec 1, 2020

    A great gift idea, the popular calendar features 2021 wildlife photo contest winners. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has unveiled its 2021 wildlife calendar, which features eye-catching images of Arizona's incredible wildlife. Taken by Arizonans from around the state, the calendar features more than a dozen beautiful and fascinating wild critters. A record number of photographs - more than 1,500 - were submitted to this year's wildlife photo contest. The winning images are... Full story

  • Martinez Lake

    Margie Anderson|Dec 1, 2020

    Winter is the perfect time of year to visit the lower Colorado River lakes because the weather is fantastic. Martinez Lake is typical of the southern Colorado River Lakes: reedy and shallow, it still holds plenty of fish of all different species. You can have fun at Martinez even if you don’t fish, but if you do like to fish you can go after bass, crappie, catfish (channels and flatheads), carp, tilapia, sunfish, stripers, and even bullfrogs. Highly Developed Martinez is highly developed – the... Full story

  • Teak Brite Restores Wood's Natural Beauty

    AZBW|Dec 1, 2020

    While nearly indestructible, teak requires regular maintenance to keep it looking its best. Many two-part cleaners, however, contain caustic chemicals that damage the wood, sealant and seam compound. The Teak Brite® system from BoatLIFE® safely restores the wood's natural glowing beauty and protects it for months to come. The first component of this complete care system is BoatLIFE Teak Brite Powder Cleaner, which removes the toughest stains so sanding isn't needed. It cleans deep into...

  • Gelcoat Restoration

    AZBW|Dec 1, 2020

    RESTORE -- Windborne dirt and sediment, calcium deposits, ultraviolet rays and water are a deadly combination for gelcoat. Over time, colored boats appear chalky and white ones dingy. Restoring the finish is simple with Iosso Products Fiberglass Reconditioner. The unique formula brings back the original deep, lustrous finish and leaves a brilliant protective coating in one easy step. It's equally effective on metal trim, rails and ladders.Contact local dealers.... Full story

  • Fisherman's Cup Holder

    AZBW|Dec 1, 2020

    The Fisherman's Cup Holder from SeaSucker might possibly be the most perfect accessory for anglers. A mini mobile tackle-rigging station, it does double-duty with a pair of cup holders for daytime hydration and evening libation. It makes a thoughtful gift for any occasion. The Fisherman's Cup Holder has two removable inserts for easy cleaning. The center 3.75" cup can be used to stow small sundry items. It has built-in knife and pliers holders, as well as 24 hook and lure holes. It measures 14"...

  • Boat Parades Cancelled For 2020

    Jim Allen

    Havasu - NOT IN 2020 -- It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Boat Parade of Lights due to health concerns related to Covid-19. Our primary concern is the health and safety of our members, volunteers, sponsors, entries, and spectators. With the uncertainty surrounding the potential spread of the virus during the fall and winter months, we have determined that moving forward with the event would involve risks we are unable to mitigate. We thank everyone for your... Full story

  • Apex Amplifiers

    AZBW|Dec 1, 2020

    When it comes to packing a lot of external power into a small space, few marine amplifiers can match the JBL Apex Series from Prospec Electronics. Smaller than a flip-flop, they boast up to 300 watts RMS. JBL Apex amplifiers are all Class D and encased in a tough chassis with conformal-coated circuit boards for use in a damp marine environment. Small heat sinks allow them to fit into the tightest of spaces and obtaining the audio signal can be accomplished through RCAs or speaker inputs. The...

  • LED Lights

    AZBW|Dec 1, 2020

    With growing demand being placed on onboard electrical power supplies these days, it's an ideal time to refresh dated lighting fixtures with energy-efficient LEDs. Hella marine EuroLED 95 Down Lights draw little power while providing clean, even illumination. And, their indoor/outdoor rating enables the creation of an integrated look throughout a vessel, from salon to aft deck. These elegant lamps are offered in 3.7" round or 3.1" square styles with mirror-polished 316 stainless steel trim...

  • Holiday Gift For Boaters

    Boat US|Dec 1, 2020

    Last year, 76,418 recreational boaters had a reason to summon non-emergency, routine assistance from TowBoatUS, the nation’s largest on-water towing service for recreational boaters. Accidentally running aground, dead batteries and dead engines were the chief culprits. Instead of giving your favorite boaters a pair of socks for Christmas this year, give them something much more useful − the gift of 24/7 on-water towing from TowBoatUS. Like an auto club for recreational boat owners, a BoatUS Unl...

  • PRV-275 Stereo Receiver

    AZBW|Dec 1, 2020

    EASY TO INSTALL -- A well-thought-out boat dashboard optimizes the use of space and ergonomics. That's why the JBL PRV-275 stereo receiver from Prospec Electronics is the perfect addition to any gauge array. Fitting into a 3.5" round cutout, its five buttons, rotary encoder and 2.75" color LCD screen make leveraging the device's many playback features quick, easy and intuitive. Contact local dealers or Prospec Electronics...

  • Restoring Your RV

    AZBW|Dec 1, 2020

    Whether on the road all season or stored on a driveway, wind-blown dirt, insects and the sun's UV rays wreak havoc on an RV. Dark colors show it first, but even white will turn dull, chalky and pitted. For these campers and motorhomes, a simple wash and wax won't do. They need to be polished - a straightforward DIY project with the right tools. Shurhold Industries offers a Clean-N-Simple Tip to restore their showroom shine. The first step after putting on eye protection is to clean the polisher... Full story

  • Sea Hawk-XL Floodlight

    AZBW|Dec 1, 2020

    Hella marine's Sea Hawk-XL Dual Color LED Floodlight provides optimal illumination no matter the conditions and deck requirements. Easily switched between two colors, it delivers a wide, even swath of light from a single, compact housing. Available in three color combinations, white/warm white, white/red and white/blue, the Sea Hawk-XL Dual Color LED Floodlight puts out a massive 750 lumens with a 76° spread when mounted at 6.5'. That's enough to cover a 10' wide space with the light needed for... Full story

  • Stereo Receiver

    AZBW|Dec 1, 2020

    Some stereo manufacturers repackage automotive devices and call them marinized. Not so with Infinity by Harman, the gold-standard for mobile sound. Available from Prospec Electronics, its INFPRV315.2 marine stereo receiver boasts a mechless, all-in-one design that conquers serious environmental extremes and delivers the ultimate in marinized sound. The first thing noticeable about the INFPRV315.2 is its 3.5" color TFT screen, rotary encoder knob and soft-touch button array. Combined with an...

  • Arizona Game And Fish Department

    AZGFD Commission Candidates


    The Arizona Game and Fish Commission Appointment Recommendation Board has forwarded the names of three candidates to Gov. Doug Ducey for his consideration in making his 2021 appointment to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. Daniel W. Caputo of Flagstaff, Clay Hernandez of Tucson, and Kate Scott of Elgin were interviewed by the board at its public meeting on Nov. 10 at the Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters in Phoenix. They had been selected for interview from an initial slate of... Full story

  • Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

    With some restrictions, you are allowed to go out in the following forests, find your perfect Christmas tree and cut down with your own hands. The outing is often a great family and friends event. Christmas tree permits are available over the counter at many Forest Service offices. Supplies are limited. Since not all offices offer Christmas tree permits, and some offices may be sold out, call ahead for more details and to be sure the local office responsible for the area in which you are... Full story

  • Desert Tails Shelter

    Desert Tails Shelter

    Jim Allen|Dec 1, 2020

    We're going to be back at Frasher's Smokehouse to celebrate the arrival of winter with the a few of the season's best things: Holiday cheer, s'mores, and most importantly puppy adoptions being held every weekend. Every Friday & Saturday 5pm-9pm and Sunday 4pm – 8pm, we'll have: Fire pit rentals ($65 pre-sale/$75 at the door) with s'mores, hot apple side, hot chocolate, and coffee Pictures with Santa Gift Wrapping Station (small $4, med $8, large $12 per gift) Fresh Holiday wreaths (pre-sale a... Full story

  • Arizona HAWG Bass Or Fat Cat

    Arizona HAWG Bass Or Fat Cat

    Doug Burt|Dec 1, 2020

    Anglers are encouraged to participate in the Arizona HAWG Bass and Fat Cat challenges. These incentive-based, citizen-science conservation rewards programs are designed to encourage anglers to learn about and pursue large bass or catfish while emphasizing immediate live release of individual fish that exceed a designated weight or length. Goals of the program include conservation through catch-and-release of the largest, oldest fish; generation of excitement among anglers about Arizona fishing... Full story

  • Arizona December 2020 Hunting Calendar

    Margie Anderson|Dec 1, 2020

    December 2020 Hunting Calendar Compiled By Margie Anderson Applications for Spring Turkey, Javelina, Bison, Bear, and Raptor Capture were accepted until October 13, 2020. Permits will be mailed out by December 4, 2020. 2020-21 Fees: General Hunting, resident: $37 Non-resident: not available see combination Combination Hunt and fish, resident: $57 Non-resident: $160 Youth combination hunt and fish (ages 10-17), resident: $5 Non-resident: $5 Short-term combination license, resident: $15/day,... Full story

  • Red Rocks, Sedona

    AZGFD|Dec 1, 2020

    Arizona's public lands are one of state's greatest attractions. A question that comes up from time to time, particularly during hunting seasons, is who has the right-of-way when recreating outdoors on Arizona's 50 million acres of public land? It's a one-word answer: Everybody. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) reminds all outdoor user groups that the state's vast and treasured public lands sustain multiple uses for enjoyment by hunters, hikers, anglers, mountain bikers, wildlife... Full story

  • Fall Flush: Quail Season 2020

    Doug Burt|Dec 1, 2020

    Doug Burt - AZGFD Hunting/Shooting Sports Manager (R3) Nothing says "Arizona" more than the desert quail. The iconic "topknot" of the Gambel's quail, and the distinguishable "ka-KAA-ka-ka" chorus of their calls are unmistakable. Not to mention the cartoonish way they run. Clever Quail But to the hunter who has pursued them, they lose their cuteness quickly. That funny run through densely brushed desert, can be at times - infuriating. Pick one thing bird, either fly or run, not both. The cute... Full story

  • Arizona's Lifetime License Program

    AZGFD|Dec 1, 2020

    Giving For A Lifetime Lifetime Or Pioneer Licenses May Be The Perfect Gift What Is Arizona’s Lifetime License Program? Arizona’s lifetime general hunting and fishing license program is a unique opportunity for resident sportsmen and sportswomen to participate in the long-term funding of Arizona’s Wildlife Conservation programs. The dollars derived from the sale of these special licenses will be deposited into the established Arizona Wildlife Endowment Fund from which only the interest accrued wi... Full story

  • Gifts For The Shooter And Hunter

    John Anderson|Dec 1, 2020

    People are always telling me I'm hard to buy for, but since I shoot and hunt, it's actually really easy to find great things I'd love to have. If you have a shooter or hunter on your list, here are some things to consider this year. The Jaeger Pak ™ The Jaeger Pak ™ by Outdoor Edge has everything your hunter needs to field dress and break down game of any size. Compact and lightweight, it has a skinning, gutting, and boning knife, a rib cage spreader, wood/bone saw, and a two stage cer... Full story

  • Camping Tips, Gifts

    Margie Anderson|Dec 1, 2020

    I've been camping for a very long time. When I was a kid, camping was usually in conjunction with hunting or scouting, and my dad had so much camping gear the truck was really loaded down. The only part I didn't like about camping back then was putting things away. Nowadays, since there are so many great light-weight options for camping gear, we camp even more often. Here are some tips and gear that will make your next camping trip easier. These also make great gifts for the campers on your... Full story