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  • AZGFD Launches Web Page For Tournament Anglers

    AZGFD|May 1, 2024

    Tournament angling for all species in Arizona has grown tremendously recently. Many people don't realize that the Arizona Game and Fish Department does not issue permits for fishing tournaments. Fishing tournaments are permitted by the land management agency where the tournament is being held. The department is, however, very interested in - • Building relationships with tournament organizations, promoters and anglers. • Working with permitting agencies like the national forests, Arizona Sta... Full story

  • Grand Canyon Trails And Campground Re-Open

    GCNP|May 1, 2024

    GRAND CANYON, Ariz. –The National Park Service is announcing Havasupai Gardens Campground and the Bright Angel and Tonto Trails have re-opened for public use. The areas were closed Dec. 1, 2023, for Transcanyon Waterline project construction activities. Plateau Point Trail, from Havasupai Gardens to Plateau Point remains closed until June 20, 2024. During this time, Tonto Trail hikers will be able to use a trail detour to connect to and from the Bright Angel Trail. The water-filling station w... Full story

  • Mexican Wolf Population Grows

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2024

    Joint announcement from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona Game and Fish Department, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish The wild population of Mexican wolves saw another year of growth in 2023, according to the results of the annual survey. The 2023 population census revealed a minimum of 257 Mexican wolves distributed across Arizona and New Mexico. This increase marks the eighth consecutive year of population growth, the longest continuous streak since recovery efforts began. Six... Full story

  • Arizona Outdoor Hall Of Fame


    The Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation (WFT) is soliciting nominations for inductees into the 26th annual Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame. The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 8, 2024. In 1998, Wildlife for Tomorrow and the Arizona Game and Fish Department joined forces to establish the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame. This prestigious award honors individuals and organizations that have made remarkable and enduring contributions towards the conservation of Arizona's wildlife, the preservation... Full story

  • Wildlife Overpass Near Flagstaff

    AZGFD|Jan 1, 2024

    Award of $24 million comes from Federal Highway Administration. PHOENIX - The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has awarded Arizona a $24 million grant for a wildlife overpass and other improvements designed to reduce crashes involving wildlife and better connect habitats across Interstate 17 south of Flagstaff in northern Arizona. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), in partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD), sought the grant through FHWA's Wildlife... Full story

  • Mexican Wolf Update 2023

    AZGFD|Dec 1, 2023

    A binational captive breeding program was initiated to save the Mexican wolf from extinction. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the reintroduction of Mexican wolves to the wild in the U.S. Once occurring throughout parts of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, the Mexican wolf had all but disappeared by 1970. In 1976, this gray wolf subspecies was listed as endangered, and a binational captive breeding program was initiated to save it from extinction. In 1998, the U.S Fish and Wildlife... 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

  • National Public Lands Day 2023

    WOOT|Sep 1, 2023

    Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day is traditionally the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefits. Volunteer Help care for your national parks by volunteering during a one-time event or on a reoccurring basis. Join The... Full story

  • Yuma Chamber Of Commerce

    Dove Season Is Right Around The Corner

    AZGFD|Sep 1, 2023

    If you're a dove hunter who's counting the days until the Sept. 1 opener, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is rolling out a different video each week that's sure to whet your wing-shooting appetite. Just keep checking your email each week, and enjoy what our talented folks in the audio-visual department have produced about hunting doves, Arizona-style. And, for those who might have missed them - Yuma Desert Doves Women Hunt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkWAczgpBD0 Healey Family... Full story

  • Is Virus The Least Of Our Worries?

    WOOT|Sep 1, 2023

    Click Here To Add Your Comment We often hear that your health is the most important thing. I have come to realize that health is not the most important thing. Freedom is the most important thing and the one that most seem to take for granted. Those who have fought for that freedom seem to be the only ones who recognize this. Most simply seem to think that freedom is something they are entitled to. If we keep losing our freedoms as we have in the past several years those who take freedom for... Full story

  • Summer Fun In The Pinaleno Mountains

    Margie Anderson, Outdoors Editor|Aug 1, 2023

    If you're looking for a cool getaway in Arizona that is a bit off the beaten path (and therefore not quite so packed with human beings), you should give the Pinaleno Mountains a try. There are lots of excellent hiking trails, a lake to fish in, and plenty of good campgrounds whether you favor a tent or an RV. The tallest peak is over 10,000 feet, and you may be familiar with the name – Mt. Graham: the mountain with the famous protected red squirrels. The Pinalenos are one of the "sky islands i... Full story

  • Mexican Wolf Recovery Program Update

    AZGFD|Aug 1, 2023

    The following is a summary of Mexican Wolf Recovery Program activities in the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area (MWEPA) in Arizona, including the Fort Apache Indian Reservation (FAIR), San Carlos Apache Reservation (SCAR), and New Mexico. Additional Program information can be obtained by calling (928) 339-4329 or toll free at (888) 459-9653, or by visiting the Arizona Game and Fish Department website at www.azgfd.gov/wolf, or by visiting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website at... Full story

  • Grand Canyon Star Party

    GCNP|Jun 1, 2023

    The thirty-third annual Grand Canyon Star Party will be held Saturday, June 10 through Saturday, June 17, on both the South and North rims of Grand Canyon National Park. National parks such as Grand Canyon are protective havens for some of the last remaining dark skies in the United States. The event is sponsored by the National Park Service, Grand Canyon Conservancy, the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association, and the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix. Numerous telescopes will offer views of... Full story

  • Maricopa County Parks Fire Ban

    AZBW|May 1, 2023

    Maricopa County's regional parks set May 1 as the start date for the annual fire ban (Maricopa County) – The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department initiated its annual fire ban on Monday, May 1, 2023. The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department's annual fire ban went into effect the same day. The department's annual fire ban dates align with the county's Air Quality Department burn activity regulations. Under these regulations, outdoor recreational fires are prohibited w... Full story

  • Grand Canyon Bison Relocated

    GCNP|Oct 1, 2022

    Last month, Grand Canyon wildlife managers successfully relocated 58 bison from the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. All bison were transferred to the Intertribal Buffalo Council, who transported the animals to the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota.   Efforts Began In 2018   Since reduction efforts began in 2018, park staff have removed 203 bison from the North Rim with 182 transferred to eight different American Indian tribes through an agreement... Full story

  • California Condors

    AZGFD|Sep 1, 2022

    Watch California Condors Take Their First Flights In The Wild This will happen during the 27th annual public condor release - in-person and live-streamed! VERMILION CLIFFS, Ariz. - The Peregrine Fund and Bureau of Land Management at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument are hosting a celebration on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 24 by releasing captive-bred California Condors at 1 p.m. MDT (noon MST, northern-Arizona Condor Time) to take their first flights in the wild. The event... Full story

  • Dove Season Outlook

    AZGFD|Aug 1, 2022

    Opening day is Thursday, Sept. 1 Arizona’s dove hunters should have no complaints when the 2022 season opens Sept. 1. All signs indicate that there will be birds aplenty, particularly for those hunters who are willing to scout in the mornings and evenings between now and the opener to locate some good hunting spots. Once again, the greatest number of doves — and dove hunters — will be concentrated in the state’s agricultural areas, particularly those that produce small-grain crops like wheat,... Full story

  • Williams - Great Family Getaway

    Margie Anderson|Jul 1, 2022

    John and I and Mochi went to Williams again this past week and I've got to tell you, it's one of our favorite places to get away in the summer. It can be a bit warm during the day, but since we spend most of our time in the woods, it's shady, breezy, and wonderful! Camping was amazing. There are plenty of places for dispersed camping along the main roads, so you don't need a 4x4 – although I would recommend high clearance. We have the Jeep, so we took some true 4x4 trails, and that's always a... Full story

  • GCNP Announces Tips

    GCNP|Mar 1, 2022

    Visitors to Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) this spring break can expect long lines and full parking lots. As a result of increased visitation, traffic regularly backs up at all entrance stations, with the longest wait times between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Parking lots, especially near the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, start reaching capacity by 12 p.m. and shuttle bus lines will be long. Please follow these tips as you prepare to visit the South Rim: • Arrive early (before 9 a.m.) or later in the d... Full story

  • Veterans Get Free Lifetime Access To National Parks


    New law gives veterans and Gold Star Families free lifetime access to America's national parks. A new law is giving current military and their dependents, veterans and Gold Star Families free lifetime access to national parks and federal recreational lands. The Alexander Lofgren Veterans in Parks (VIP) Act was rolled into the National Defense Authorization Act, which was signed into law December 28, 2021 . "When you take your oath, if you go into the service, to protect and defend the... Full story

  • Dangling Rope Marina Closed Through 2021

    NPS|Nov 1, 2021

    The National Park Service is assessing repair needs. Due to significant wind damage and low water conditions, Dangling Rope Marina will not re- open in 2021. A team of electrical, structural, and marine engineer visited the site during the summer to assess the damaged infrastructure. The National Park Service (NPS) is developing a plan for marina repairs and additional actions needed to address projected low water conditions. Be advised that during the closure of Dangling Rope Marina, visitors... Full story

  • Horseshoe Bend

    AZBW|Oct 1, 2021

    From Visit Arizona.com Horseshoe Bend attracts 2 million visitors every year and is one of the most photographed sites in northern Arizona. Here, we walk you through need-to-know details for how to travel to this spectacular place as well as tips on how to engage more meaningfully with the destination. Formed when the Colorado River looped around an impassable sandstone escarpment, Horseshoe Bend is one of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area's more famous highlights. Not an easy feat,... Full story

  • National Women's Sailing Conference

    Oct 1, 2021

    Marie Rogers Receives Leadership Award Honor 'Sailing is an amazing metaphor of how to get along', says honoree Marie Rogers. Race has been at the top of many minds this year, which has led to some uncomfortable conversations, self-examination, and commitments for change. For Marie Rogers, a captain, instructor, avid West Coast sailboat racer and the first Black woman to serve as commodore of the historic Los Angeles Yacht Club (LAYC), it's always been about inclusion and sharing her "happy plac... Full story

  • Bats

    AZGFD|Sep 1, 2021

    Results from monitoring work this spring suggest that Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats, may be present in samples collected from multiple species in five counties across California and northwestern Arizona. The analytical results for these samples are considered "inconclusive" based on established national standards for the disease, which means they do not provide definitive evidence of the fungus being present in those bat populations.... Full story

  • AZBW / WOT August 2021 Issue

    On The Cover August 2021

    Carol L Allen

    Water Is The Driving Force Of All Nature Leonardo da Vinci Although we fish in it, boat on it, swim in it, we sometimes take water for granted - not, of course, for our recreational needs but for its crucial role in life preservation for all flora and fauna. This need for our wildlife was recognized as early as 1945 when Arizona Game and Fish began its "Arizona Guzzler" program. This year, it is estimated that three million gallons will be used to fill water catchments throughout the state from... Full story

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