Times Spent Outdoors: Priceless!

Articles from the December 15, 2012 edition

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  • What To Do With ‘Down Time’?

    U.S. Coast Guard Auxilliary|Dec 15, 2012

    Are you patiently waiting for the ice to thaw or the weather to warm up so you can get your boat back on the water again? Then why not use the down time productively and take a boating-safety class conducted by your local Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla or AZGFD, the local U.S. Power Squadron, or the Lake Pleasant Sailing Club? The Coast Guard Auxiliary (as do the others above) offers numerous boating courses for the public, but you may want to go with the basic “About Boating Safely” course or... Full story

  • A Few Still To Sail

    Dec 15, 2012

    Wherever you may have been in the Western outdoors, there probably has been a holiday lighted-boat parade on a waterway near you. Although the Arizona Christmas parades are over for 2012, there are still a few in store for the season’s spirit, reflected on the waters of the West. If there are other similar events in the western states that you would like included in Western Outdoor Times next year, please e-mail editor@azbw.com. CALIFORNIA Wednesday, Dec. 19 through Sunday, Dec. 23 in Newport B... Full story

  • You Are Invited

    SCYA|Dec 15, 2012

    The Southern California Yachting Association, will hold its 24th Annual Women’s Sailing Convention on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, Corona del Mar. Primary sponsor is BoatU.S. This event is open to all women interested in sailing from novice/beginner to expert. The event maintains its multi-workshop format: Attendees select a combination workshops in areas that best fit their interest and ability, such as Welcome Aboard (for beginners), Diesels, Going Up the Mast, I... Full story

  • It’s Time For Number 53!

    AYC|Dec 15, 2012

    The 53rd Arizona Yacht Club Birthday Regatta and their 14th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta is just one month away: Jan.18-19-20, 2013! Help fight blood cancers! Race one, two, or three days. Cruise! Party! AYC has some great improvements in store for you and your “shore party.” 1) Lower Costs: Two-day race registration last year was $80. It’s reduced to $50 this year! 2) Moving indoors: The dusty tent is gone and the Saturday night event will move indoors to the Lake Pleasant Waterfront Grill... Full story

  • Becoming An Outdoors Woman: A Great Gift Idea

    Linda Dightmon, Arizona BOW coordinator|Dec 15, 2012

    The Becoming an Outdoors Woman Deluxe (13) retreat will make an ideal gift for the discriminating woman in your life. Lots of outdoor fun without the inconveniences of camping! The Arizona Wildlife Federation will be sponsoring a winter Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop. The dates are Jan. 25-27. It will be in the Goldfield Mountain Range. This retreat will showcase the beauty and wonder of our desert. The place is Saguaro Lake Ranch, which is a historical resort-style retreat located... Full story

  • AZGFC Awards Banquet To Be Held Jan. 12

    AZGFD|Dec 15, 2012

    Make plans to honor your fellow wildlife conservationists by reserving your spot at the 21st annual Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards Banquet. The banquet will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at the Carefree Resort & Conference Center, 37220 Mule Train Road, Carefree, AZ 85377. The event honors recipients of the 2012 Commission Awards selected during the commission’s Sept. 7-8, 2012 meeting (see list of recipients, below). The awards recognize Arizonans who have contributed s... Full story

  • Inside The Red Zone

    Dec 15, 2012

    INSIDE THE RED ZONE -- of the Universtiy of Phoenix Stadium, the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) Grand Canyon Council will "troop up" with the International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) Feb. 21-24.... Full story

  • Boating Season’s Over?

    Dec 15, 2012

    Just because the summer's over, that doesn't mean boating season is over! What better way to enjoy this weather, Arizona’s finest time of year, by spending the day on the water? Well, the best place to do that is at Bartlett Lake! Located right in the heart of the Tonto National Forest, Bartlett Lake is the second largest lake in the Phoenix Metro Valley area, with boatable surface area of 2,815 acres — bigger than Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake, combined! Bartlett Lake Marina offers eve... Full story

  • A Unique Outdoor Opportunity For Young Golfers

    Dec 15, 2012

    San TanYouth Participate In Chuckwalla Junior Golf Academy The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch, San Tan Valley/Queen Creek, has honored a Poston Butte High School student, and we congratulate Kelsee Haws on being invited to join the Chuckwalla Junior Golf Academy. The Chuckwalla Junior Golf Academy is an elite junior golf program tailored to provide advanced, comprehensive training for the junior golfers in our community. The supportive, team-based environment gives competitive junior golfers a fun a... Full story

  • On The Cover

    Arizona State Parks|Dec 15, 2012

    Fort Verde State Historic Park will be decorated for the Christmas holiday through Jan. 4, 2013. Visitors can glance into the past and see how those who once resided at Fort Verde celebrated Christmas on the Frontier. Christmas trees and fireplace mantels will be adorned with unique Victorian decorations, while wreaths and garlands help spread the holiday cheer. Fort Verde State Historic Park is the best-preserved example of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona. Spanning from 1865 through 1890 Camp Lincoln, Camp Verde and finally Fort Verde... Full story

  • Arizona - Growing Smarter Fund Distributes $25 Million

    Dec 15, 2012

    Earlier this fall, the Arizona State Parks Board awarded $24,646,380 in Growing Smarter State Trust Land Acquisition Fund grants from the Land Conservation Fund. "The State Parks Board feels these six open space projects will ensure protection of Arizona's scenic deserts around urban areas that are experiencing high growth," said State Parks Director Bryan Martyn. The following six grants were awarded: 1. City of Scottsdale — McDowell Sonoran Preserve/Cholla Mountain-Rawhide Wash towards the purchase of 2,045 acres for up to $4,824,330 2. C... Full story

  • Catalina State Park Offers Hikes, Activities Throughout December

    Arizona State Parks|Dec 15, 2012

    Every Saturday — Wildlife Exhibit The Reptile/Wildlife Exhibit runs every Saturday from 9am - Noon, weather permitting. Volunteer Jim "the Snake Man" Cloer and his crew of volunteer assistants enchant visitors at the park trail head with a menagerie of reptiles, arachnids and animals who inhabit the Sonoran Desert. Meet at Main Trailhead parking area at Catalina State Park. Contact the Park for more information at (520) 628-5798. Sunday Hikes Register with Volunteer Gaston Meloche at (520) 6... Full story

  • Mata Ortiz Pottery Demonstrations At Kartchner Caverns State Park

    Arizona State Parks|Dec 15, 2012

    The last of Mata Ortiz Pottery demonstrations will be held at Kartchner Caverns State Park on Jan. 28. Demonstrations will take place at 11am and 1p.m. in the park theater on the event days. Learn more about Mata Ortiz pottery and see examples during the demonstrations. In a remote river valley on the plains of Northern Mexico, a remarkable ceramic arts revival is taking place. In the village of Mata Ortiz, master potter Juan Quezada, inspired by ancient potsherds, is leading a renaissance of... Full story

  • Grand Canyon 2013 South And North Rim Artists-In-Residence Announced

    Dec 15, 2012

    Grand Canyon National Park’s Artist-in-Residence program is pleased to announce its South Rim (SR AiR) selected artists through September 2013 and the North Rim (NR AiR) selections for the May-October 2013 season. The Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program welcomes not only artists who work in the long-honored traditions of representational landscape photography and painting, but also encourages the involvement of artists working in new or experimental mediums. While in-residence, the SR AiRs have t... Full story

  • Tips From AZGFD

    AZGFD|Dec 15, 2012

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department has been receiving inquiries from outdoor enthusiasts who are uncertain about new Forest Service Travel Management Rules and whether the rules apply to them and their favorite recreational areas. Many hunters, anglers, campers and wildlife watchers are especially concerned about how the new travel management rules are being enforced, especially in national forests located in Arizona. In response to these questions and concerns, Arizona Game and Fish has... Full story

  • Grants Available For Public Shooting Ranges In Arizona

    AZGFD|Dec 15, 2012

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department wants to continue to improve and expand public shooting ranges across the state by providing grant funding to qualified applicants involved in the development, improvement or maintenance of public shooting and archery ranges. The department is accepting grant applications now through Jan. 15, 2013. Shooting clubs, sportsmen’s groups and government agencies operating public shooting ranges are encouraged to apply. Privately owned for-profit ranges are not e... Full story

  • New Book Introduces Hunters To Pursuit Of Arizona's Small Game

    AZGFD|Dec 15, 2012

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department is proud to announce that its latest book, An Introduction to Hunting Arizona’s Small Game, is now available. The 198-page book is a fantastic resource that provides expert tips for hunting Arizona's small game birds and mammals, from quail and doves to squirrels and rabbits. Extensively illustrated with color photos, it includes detailed descriptions of small game animals and specialized information about their behavior and habits. It will help new and e... Full story

  • News From Arizona Anglers Includes Hints, Gift Ideas

    AZGFD|Dec 15, 2012

    Get Out For Trout This is the time of year when the Arizona Game and Fish Department really kicks in its winter trout stockings in the lower-elevation lakes. You can’t beat the recent weather, so now is a great time to get out and fish for trout. Fishing Updates Anglers sent in the following reports this week: Brand reported that he caught some rainbow trout at Desert Breeze Lake (an Urban Fishing Program water in Chandler) using spring green Power Bait, small panther martins, mealworms, and n... Full story

  • In Arizona It’s All About Trout In Urban Fishing Waters

    AZGFD|Dec 15, 2012

    Rainbow trout stockings are well underway and will continue all winter long at two-week intervals. Trout range in size from 11-12 inches in length, with some fish up to 16 inches. Fishing is good to excellent for anglers using scented dough baits (such as Power Bait), worms or corn on the bottom. Tip: Anglers using 2-4 pound test line are getting 2-3 times more bites than anglers using 8-12 pound line. Small spinners such as Roostertails and Panther Martins, or spoons such as Kastmasters and... Full story

  • Biggest Yellowfin Ever Caught - 445 Pound Yellowfin Tuna!

    Bill Roecker|Dec 15, 2012

    There was a small crowd waiting when Justin Fleck backed Excel into the slip in front of Fisherman’s Landing Dec. 9 sometime around 4 a.m., and it rapidly grew until there looked to be several hundred folks clustered around the biggest yellowfin tuna ever caught. By 6 a.m., to say the place was a zoo might be understatement. The trip was a Braid charter to the Hurricane Bank with 22 anglers. The star of the event, electrician John Petruescu, was pinned to the dock rail by reporters, p...

  • Volunteers Can Help Conduct Annual Bird-Population Surveys

    Dec 15, 2012

    Enjoy a wildlife-viewing experience and help wildlife conservation at the same time by volunteering to help out in one or more annual Arizona Christmas Bird Counts this month. The count program is a bird population survey that has been coordinated annually by the National Audubon Society since 1900. For each count, volunteers (including those from the Arizona Game and Fish Department) will take to the field for one calendar day between Dec. 14, 2012, and Jan. 5, 2013, to record every bird... Full story

  • A Calendar For Wildlife Lovers

    Dec 15, 2012

    The November–December issue of Arizona Wildlife Views magazine has a full-size 2013 wall calendar featuring winning photos from this year’s wildlife photo contest. Bonus feature: 38 honorable-mention images are also included. This issue is still available to new subscribers. Sign up now to get our sale price: seven issues for just $7. The regular price is six issues for $8.50. You can’t buy Arizona Wildlife Views on newsstands, so take advantage of the holiday sale and join our family of subsc... Full story

  • Outdoor Recreationists Asked To Help Bald Eagles During Breeding Season

    Dec 15, 2012

    Each year as part of its highly successful program to manage and conserve bald eagles in the state, the Arizona Game and Fish Department asks outdoor recreationists to help protect important eagle breeding areas by honoring the closure of 21 areas across the state. Various land and wildlife management agencies close the breeding areas for part of the year, beginning in December, to protect the state’s 55 breeding pairs of bald eagles. Some of the closure areas are located near popular r... Full story

  • Two Ways

    Dec 15, 2012

    The Coyotes Curling Club invites you to enjoy and/or promote the "frozen watersport" of curling in the Southwest by participating in the winter "Learn To Curl" classes and leagues or joining in the sponsorship opportunity of Team Horsman. Details are available at theskip@coyotescurling.com. With over 30 years of curling experience, Carl Nelson (shown here), originally from Meaford, Ontario, Canada, is one of the mentors for Team Horsman.... Full story

  • Understanding The Effects Of Gizzard Shad In Roosevelt Lake Arizona

    Chris Cantrell|Dec 15, 2012

    Roosevelt Lake is the upper most and largest in a series of four reservoirs on the Salt River. The Bureau of Reclamation constructed Roosevelt Dam in 1911 forming Roosevelt Lake. At full capacity it is approximately 22 miles long with 91 miles of shoreline; its maximum depth is over 300 feet and it can store 1,653,043 acre feet of water. Roosevelt Lake is also home to a variety of game fish including largemouth and smallmouth bass, black crappie, yellow bass, bluegill, channel and flathead catfish and carp. Threadfin shad, gizzard shad, and blu... Full story

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