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On The Cover - Beware Of A Pelamis Platurus
The wild turkeys on the cover represent the beginning of the holiday season and, of course, are a reminder that Thanksgiving is coming soon. Thanksgiving is celebrated every year on the fourth...Full Story

Downstream - Events Calendar, November 2015
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Aqua Stars
At press time these "water ballerinas" were competing in the USA Synchronized Swimming Master National Championships in Grand Rapids, Mich. We wish them the best and will report on the results in our ...Full Story

Brave And Beautiful
Ed Huntsman took this shot six years ago walking up to Havasupai Falls from the Colorado River in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. He remembers, "It was awesome rafting from Lee's Ferry completely...Full Story

Colors In The Sky - Over 60 To Soar Above Lake Powell
Over 60 hot air balloons will fly above Lake Powell in the 13th Annual Page Lake Powell Hot Air Balloon Regatta Friday through Sunday Nov 6 – Nov 8. The balloons will lift off each morning at 7...Full Story

It's Shopping Season - Here Are Some Great Gifts For The Angler In Your Life
Every angler loves to get fishing gear as a gift, but if you're not a fisherman yourself, it can be difficult to pick out something useful and appropriate. A great gift for a bass angler is not...Full Story

It's Time Again To Celebrate The Sand, The Water, And More
Welcome to the 4th Annual Sand-Water-RV Expo in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts of off-roading, RVing and boating. The 2015 Sand-Water-RV Expo captures the spirit and passion ...Full Story

Life Jacket Recall
Mustang Survival has announced it is voluntarily recalling two selected models of inflatable personal flotation devices (PFDs) manufactured in Canada between September 2014 and September 2015. The...Full Story

NMMA Warns Cuba Cruisers To 'Manage Expectations'
Gaviota Varadero Marina - a new marina built and owned by the Cuban government - is 98 percent unoccupied. Many marinas in Cuba are in disrepair and amenities are difficult to come by. U.S. boaters...Full Story

Roll Call for "MIKE" 10-21-15
A bomb-sniffing combat dog named Mike survived two tours of duty in Iraq but not the streets of a bucolic little town in Wyoming. The 9-year-old Belgian Malinois was shot and killed in Powell last...Full Story

Steve Jobs's Yacht - Venus Launched Posthumously
Editor's Note ( With the movie re: Steve Jobs playing currently, we thought it a good time to run this article about his incredible yacht. Before his death, former Apple CEO...Full Story

Wake Zone: 'In My Opinion'
William “Billy” Edwards went to work last month, just as he has done every day for the past 25 years. He followed in his father’s footsteps as a computer consultant. His father was one of the...Full Story

Wallace Winners - Saguaro Lake Cats
Mike Wallace reports that these cats were caught at Saguaro Lake while he was night fishing from shore with his son Aaron. Wallace says, " Most people this time of year have racked the poles, but...Full Story

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23 Leading Distributors Now Offer Clean Way Fuel Fill

FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA (USA) – Twenty-three leading marine products distributors now offer the new Clean Way Fuel Fill™, which prevents boat fuel from spilling on people, boats and in the water....Full Story

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Ballast Water Management (BWM) Program Update

This bulletin provides an update on aspects of the Coast Guard's Ballast Water Management (BWM) program. It includes guidance to comply with Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 151,...Full Story

Make 'Date Night' Unforgettable In Yuma
YUMA, ARIZONA - Think that enjoying a multi-course gourmet dinner under the stars in a date grove is a treat only available to pashas and potentates? Think again - and enjoy an unforgettable 'Date...Full Story

More Than 125,000 Trout Destined For Area Lakes, Autumn Anglers' Tables
OLYMPIA – With some 125,000 trout scheduled for stocking in western Washington lakes, area anglers should have an excellent chance at phenomenal fishing this fall and through the holiday season....Full Story

Rolex Middle Sea Race - Simple Course, Complex Race
The idea of circumnavigating Sicily appeals to many. The lure of dramatic scenery, active volcanoes, dolphins jumping across your bow and extended summer is intense. For the sailor, the Rolex Middle...Full Story

'Every Kid In A Park' Initiative

Grand Canyon National Park invites all fourth grade students to visit the park for free as part of the White House's new Every Kid in a Park program. As of September 1, fourth grade students can now...Full Story

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Gas-Restricted Waters Not An Issue With An Electric Outboard
Many lakes and ponds are off-limits to gasoline-powered boats. Fishermen, photographers and naturalists rely on eco-friendly Flover electric outboard motors to explore these peaceful waters. Flover...Full Story

Great Gifts For Shooters - John Anderson

Ah, it's almost that time of year again! Time for my wife to do all the holiday shopping, decorating, cooking, baking, buying and wrapping gifts, etc. I just do the paying. Since those days will be...Full Story

Largest Black Marlin Ever Landed In California Waters
Caught by Rob Epstein 15 Oct 2015, weighed in 16 Oct at The Marlin Club by Don Wroncy and John Campbell, IGFA...Full Story

Winterizing Your Boat
Unlike this vessel, boats that are properly winterized (yes, even in Arizona) are most likely to enter next year's boating season without damage and ready to hit the water. Check ...Full Story

On The Cover - Fall Covers To Fast Boats
Arizona is a dynamic state with a wide array of climate zones, and conditions particularly in the northern part of the Grand Canyon State allow for a beautiful array of fall foliage colors from...Full Story

Downstream - Events Calendar, October 2015
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Captain's Corner - Captain Dave Esparza
The biggest concern that I have with the boating public is the lack of responsibility. What does that mean? When you sit behind the wheel of a boat, or on a personal watercraft or in front of the...Full Story

Color Me An Arizona Autumn - Carol L Allen
Often hailed as Arizona's capital of autumn, Flagstaff is a leaf peeper's paradise. To experience the season at its most exhilarating visitors flock to the trails around 8,000 feet elevation; where...Full Story

Congratulations, Margie Anderson! - Arizona Game & Fish 2015 Awards Announced
Editor's Note: All of us at Arizona Boating & Watersports/Western Outdoor Times congratulate our Outdoor Editor Margie Anderson on her third win of the Arizona Game & Fish Commission's award...Full Story

Galley Proof - Mmm ... Fish Tacos - Stripers Make Super Fish Tacos
Stripers make for great fish tacos because of their mild, flaky, white meat, and medium texture. Also, the average-sized striper (10-12 inches) naturally fits into taco shells. If anything were meant ...Full Story

Great Gifts For Outdoorsy Types - Margie Anderson
Before you know it, the annual gift-giving season will be upon us. I don't know about you, but I like to start the shopping early to spread the cost over a couple of months. If you've got outdoor...Full Story

In Memory Of Kathryn Marie Graves Martin ("Katie")
We shall miss our visits with Katie at Martin Marine - (and the red licorice she always had on hand for customers and visitors). Katie has been described by those close to her as "a free spirit who...Full Story

McDowell Continues Original Challenged America Mission
Shake Rattle and Troll Outdoors" recently took possession of a 42' Grand Banks trawler. The vessel is of mid-1970s vintage and is powered by twin 135 HP Lehman diesels. The vessel originally was...Full Story

Marlin Makes History
This Pacific blue marlin weighed in at San Diego's Marlin Club at 662.2 # on Sept.23. This is a rare catch for these waters; they are generally found in warmer waters. However, area waters are warm...Full Story

Monster Bash 2015 Marks Eight Years
Monster Bash 2015 is upon us - Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 in Lake Havasu, Ariz. We are excited to announce we will be supporting Monster Bash 2015 as the Title Sponsor. We have the 2015...Full Story

Responsibility - Captain Dave Esparza
The biggest concern that I have with the boating public is the lack of responsibility. What does that mean? When you sit behind the wheel of a boat, or on a personal watercraft or in front of the...Full Story

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Applications Sought For Arizona Game And Fish Commission
PHOENIX -- Governor Ducey's Office of Boards and Commissions is currently accepting applications for the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. Applications must be received or postmarked no later than 5...Full Story

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Cultural Demonstrator Series to Continue at Desert View Watchtower in Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Starting September 26 the Desert View Watchtower will again host a cultural demonstrator series. The series provides park visitors the opportunity to interact with members of...Full Story

Jimmy Buffett's Search for Perfect "Surfari" Sailboat is Over

NEWPORT, R.I. (September 15, 2015) – Jimmy Buffett's famous lifestyle, delightfully infused with copious amounts of "island escapism," pairs perfectly with the personality of the Surfari 44 that...Full Story

San Diego Blue Marlin
This is a Pacific Blue Marlin weighed in at the Marlin Club at 662.2 #, 23 Sept 2015. This is a rare catch for this waters, they are generally found in warmer waters, but we have warm 74 to 78 degree ...Full Story

Tree Removal and Trimming at Indian Garden, September 28-30, 2015

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Tree removal and trimming will occur adjacent to the Bright Angel Trail near the Indian Garden day-use area Monday, September 28 through Wednesday, September 30. Th work may...Full Story

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Attention Anglers:
As of May 27, 2015, new regulations mandate that all passengers fishing within 12 miles of Mexico’s coast and their islands must possess a valid passport. This applies to ¾ day and full-day...Full Story Click Here

Bait Worked Well

Brothers Jackson (10, right) and Vance (8, left) caught some large stripers while fishing with bait along Lake Powell?s shady canyon walls first thing in the morning. Striper boils get the most...Full Story

Forest Service Changes Tonto National Forest Recreation Fees

Tonto National Forest officials are changing recreation fees at campgrounds, day-use sites, boat launches, and shoreline areas beginning on January 1, 2016. In 2004, Congress passed the Federal...Full Story

Paddle vs. Prop: 'Heads Up' When Boats Are Around
When it comes to enjoying the outdoors, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has led the nation in growth with a 38 percent increase in participation from 2013 to 2014, according to the Outdoor Foundation's ...Full Story

Tony Klarich Celebrates 50, 50 Times Over!
CANYON LAKE, Calif. - There are a lot of different ways people celebrate their 50th birthdays, but water skier extraordinaire, Tony Klarich, did something that's never been done before. He planned to ...Full Story

Find Your Park And Enjoy Two Fee-Free Days

The National Park Service turned 99 years old on Aug. 25. In preparation for next year's big centennial celebration, the National Park Service is inviting everyone to Find Your Park...Full Story

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Going 'Virtual': How Do You Want Your Aids To Navigation?
For recreational boaters, the waterway signposts known as aids to navigation are critical for a safe journey. But, what if an aid to navigation (ATON) such as a floating buoy marking the edge a...Full Story

Grants Available To Help Pay For Visiting-Boater Facilities

Visiting boaters, whether staying over for just one night or a couple weeks, offer real economic benefits and add to the vitality of waterfront communities, marinas and boat clubs. But laying out the ...Full Story

I Can't Tune A Piano, But I Can Tuna Fish?
The San Diego-based sport fishing continues to boat good numbers of blue fin, yellow fin, yellow tail and dorado within U.S. waters. The anglers are coming, the boats are going, and the fish are...Full Story

WDFW Seeks Nominations For Willapa Bay Salmon Advisory Group
OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations through Sept. 15 for membership on its advisory group for salmon management in Willapa Bay. The advisory group...Full Story

AZGFD Offers 10 Tips For Safe, Responsible OHV Riding

With summer in full swing, many Arizona residents and visitors are planning to hop on their off-highway vehicle (OHV). Before hitting the trail, the Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds...Full Story

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Celebrate Prescott's Great Outdoors
Please join us for the fourth year this ever-expanding event highlighting the many outdoor recreational opportunities, organizations, resources, equipment, and businesses in the Quad-Cities and...Full Story

Coast Guard: Pointing Lasers At Responders Is Dangerous, Illegal
From U.S. Coast Guard Eighth District External Affairs PANAMA CITY, Fla. – The Coast Guard is warning the public that pointing handheld lasers at Coast Guard boat and aircrews is dangerous and...Full Story

Living History Returns To Grand Canyon
"Echoes from the Canyon," Grand Canyon National Park's popular living history program, returns for the fourth year in a row. Park rangers, in character as historic Grand Canyon figures, will take the ...Full Story

San Diego Scoop

Finally there is conclusive proof that there is much more to San Diego's history than Old Town! San Diego Legends, 2nd Edition contains more than 100 off-the-bubble stories of San Diego's past that,...Full Story

13th Annual Young Angler's Tournament 2015 Results
An army of volunteers began arriving at sunup at Shelter Island pier in Point Loma on Saturday, August 8th. San Diego Sportfishing Council event coordinator Vic Gamboa led the team of volunteers...Full Story

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Destination: Flagstaff
We have been taking our granddaughters on hiking vacations to Flagstaff every summer for the past twelve years or so. Recently, the oldest received a scholarship to NAU and while she was at...Full Story

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El Niño Is 'Significant And Strengthening
Don McDowell - "Shake, Rattle & Troll" Radio El Niño is 'significant and strengthening,' could rival strongest on record even the Super El Niño of 1997. Perhaps more and bigger fish and much...Full Story

Nautical Notes

Starboard: The right side of the boat, as you look toward the bow from the back, is the starboard side of the boat. It comes from the Old English term: steorbored, "the side on which the boat is...Full Story

Portion Of Marine Area 9 Closes To Salmon Fishing

Action: Fishing for salmon is closed south and west of a line from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point to the Hood Canal Bridge within Marine Catch Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet), except angling for salmon...Full Story

Seven Steps To A Clean Gun
A lot of people think that cleaning a gun is a long, involved process that requires mountains of patches, lots of smelly chemicals, and way too much time. I've been cleaning guns for over 50 years...Full Story

The Fine Art Of BBQ
We are about to enter the BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity. When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following...Full Story

ADEQ Recommends Limiting Consumption Of Channel Catfish And Largemouth Bass Caught In Bartlett Lake
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, in association with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, has issued a fish consumption advisory recommending that people limit consumption of channel ...Full Story

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Crossing Paths With Washington's Wildlife
It doesn’t take much looking across the state this month to see huge aggregations of birds – this year’s production of many migrant species that are gathering now and will be moving south soon. ...Full Story

Grand Canyon National Park's Lead Helitack and Paramedic, Eric Graff, Wins National Award

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Tenacious. Diligent. Innovative. These attributes are only a few of the reasons why Eric Graff, Lead Helitack and paramedic at Grand Canyon National Park, received the...Full Story

Pronghorn Antelope Numbers On Rise

TUCSON – After four years of comprehensive, science-based management efforts, the number of pronghorn antelope and their increased distribution through Game Management Units 34A, 34B and 35A in...Full Story

Remembering Jimmy
Jimmy was a gentle soul with the patience of a saint. For me as a child, the Paint Shop held endless fascination. Jimmy not only tolerated my harebrained ideas (like an obsession to paint big...Full Story

Upcoming Teacher and Classroom Programs
Welcome to the 2015-16 school year. We hope that you found both rest and inspiration this summer. We have some very exciting educator workshops planned for the school year. Below you can find...Full Story

WDFW Takes Steps To Reduce Effects Of Drought At Fish Hatcheries
OLYMPIA – State fishery managers are working to minimize the effects of drought on fish at hatcheries across Washington state. More than a dozen of the 83 fish hatcheries operated by the Washington ...Full Story

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Arizona Continues To Improve Hunting/Fishing Education Programs
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Wildlife conservation partners of the Hunting and Angling Heritage Workgroup (HAHWG, pronounced "hog"), which is coordinated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, met in...Full Story


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Commission To Consider Waterfowl Seasons, Discuss Steelhead Management
OLYMPIA — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will conduct a public hearing and take action on proposed 2015-16 migratory waterfowl hunting seasons during a public meeting Aug. 7-8 in...Full Story

Missing Man at South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – On Friday, July 31, 2015 the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a phone call reporting a missing individual at Grand Canyon National Park. Justin Kremer of...Full Story

Port of San Diego's Festival of Sail Will Grace San Diego's Waterfront
SAN DIEGO—The Port of San Diego 2015 Festival of Sail, hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, will transform the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park. More than twenty tall ships and...Full Story

Quillayute River System Tributaries To Close
Action: Closes the Sol Duc, Bogachiel, Calawah, and Dickey rivers and all their tributaries, and upper 475 yards of the Quillayute River to all fishing. Effective date: Aug. 1, 2015, until further...Full Story

Straight From The Farm - Local Author Shares Iowa Memories
Retired longtime Tempe newspaper editor and writer-columnist Lawn Griffiths has published Batting Rocks Over the Barn – A Iowa Farm Boy's Odyssey. It is published by Xlibris Press, a division of...Full Story

On The Cover - Take A Trip Back In Time
Riordan State Park - Memories In A Mansion - Built in 1904 for two Riordan families, Riordan Mansion is an impressive reminder of gracious living in a small, territorial logging town. The historic...Full Story

Downstream - Events Calendar, August 2015
Find out what is happening this month. There is something for everyone. Don't forget to send us information on your upcoming...Full Story

Busy At Bartlett - Two Major Events, A New Restaurant/Store On Tap
Day On The Lake The Day on the Lake program is the only adapted watersports program for those with physical and neurological disabilities offered in Arizona. Summer 2015 marks our 19th year of...Full Story

Expert Editors - Outstanding Outdoorsmen Join Our Crew
Western Outdoor Times/Arizona Boating & Watersports welcomes two new editors, Don McDowell and John ("JK") Koleszar, to their staff. McDowell, renowned fresh and saltwater angler and host of...Full Story

Read All About It! - Western Outdoor Times Now Distributed In Downtown Tempe Modular newsracks are in place in a pilot area along Mill Avenue.

The City of Tempe, in partnership with the Downtown Tempe Authority (DTA), solicited bids and awarded a contract to City Solutions Inc (CSI). for the placement of modular newsracks in a pilot area...Full Story

Upper Columbia To Close For Sockeye Salmon Retention
Actions: Close the Columbia River to sockeye retention from Rocky Reach Dam to Chief Joseph Dam. Effective date: One hour after official sunset on July 26, 2015. Species affected: Sockeye salmon...Full Story
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Arizona State Parks Offers Funding For Motorized Trail Projects Grant Deadline - September 1

(Phoenix, AZ - July 17, 2015) - Arizona State Parks is offering funding from the State Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund (OHV) for motorized trail projects. Available Funds: A maximum of $750,000...Full Story
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Boutique Air Announces Start Date For Phoenix To Show Low Service
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (July 20, 2015) – Boutique Air announced today that it will be initiating service between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) and Show Low Regional Airport (SOW)...Full Story

Coast Guard Bomb-Sniffing Dog Retires
A Coast Guard Explosive Detection K9 retired after six years of service, in a retirement ceremony held at the Maritime Safety and Security Team in Galveston, Texas. Chief Bert, a Coast Guard military ...Full Story

Coho Salmon Caught In Lower Columbia Must Be Released Under New Fishing Rule
OLYMPIA – The early arrival of coho salmon in the lower Columbia River has prompted state fishery managers to clarify a fishing regulation issued earlier this month. A new rule issued today...Full Story

Expert Editors - Outstanding Outdoorsmen Join Our Crew
Western Outdoor Times/Arizona Boating & Watersports welcomes two new editors, Don McDowell and John ("JK") Koleszar, to their staff. McDowell, renowned fresh and saltwater angler and host of...Full Story

Sprague Lake Public Access Closed July 27-Sept. 7 For Boat-Launch Project
SPOKANE – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) public access site on the southwest end of Sprague Lake in Adams County will be closed to all entry July 27-Sept. 7 for a...Full Story

Arizona State Parks Board Seeking Volunteer Advisory Committees Applicants
(Phoenix, AZ - July 17, 2015) - The Arizona State Parks Board is seeking motorized and non-motorized recreation enthusiasts, and scientists from throughout Arizona to serve as volunteer advisors...Full Story
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Cool And Charming: This Is Flagstaff
At an elevation of 7,000 feet (2,135 m), in the midst of the world's largest ponderosa pine forest, Flagstaff is a four -season hub of activity where an eclectic mix of small-town charm and endless...Full Story

Idaho Angler Shatters Washington Tiger Trout Sport Fish Record
OLYMPIA – Kelly Flaherty of Priest River, Idaho, has set a new state record for the largest tiger trout caught in Washington, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed today. ...Full Story

Kurt R. Davis Assumes Role Of AZGFD Game And Fish Commission Chairman
Davis will lead the five-member commission for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which began July 1. Each commissioner serves a five-year term, staggered. Commissioners customarily serve as chairman during their final year. Davis replaces Robert E. Mansell, who will continue to serve on the commission until his successor...Full Story

We're Looking Forward To October And - Prescott!

What: Prescott's Great Outdoors - Outdoor Recreation Festival & Expo When: Saturday, Oct. 10-Sunday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Where: Watson Lake Park - 3101 Watson Lake Road Why: Please...Full Story

Camp Fire at Bronco Trailhead - July 16, 2015; 5:55 p.m.
Location: Cave Creek Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest Maricopa County, Arizona North and east of Bronco Trailhead, east of Forest Service Road 24; three miles southwest of Humboldt...Full Story

Arizona State Parks Offers Wilderness First Responder Scholarships
(Phoenix, AZ - July 9, 2015) - Arizona State Parks is offering Wilderness First Responder (WFR) scholarships for a Wilderness First Responder course taking place in Flagstaff. The funds for the...Full Story
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Grand Banks 42 Finds Grand New Home
July 8th, 2015 - San Diego California - "Shake Rattle and Troll Outdoors" takes possession of a 42' Grand Banks Trawler. The vessel is of mid 1970's vintage and powered by twin 135 HP Lehman diesels. The ...Full Story

Life Jacket Exchange Station Sunday At Canyon Lake

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department will hold a life jacket exchange event from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, July 12 at Canyon Lake. Boaters with tattered and worn ski-vest type III...Full Story

Major Donor Gives $5 Million to Maritime Museum for Major Improvements
The Maritime Museum of San Diego has received a $5 million donation from Dan McKinney, a long-time Museum supporter. The gift will fund new improvements at the Museum to make it more immersive for...Full Story

Outdoor Writers Association Honors Arizona Game And Fish Video Producer
PHOENIX - Arizona Game and Fish video producer David Majure recently received five Excellence in Craft Awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Majure was recognized for his work on...Full Story

Sail Aboard California's Official Tall Ship
SAN DIEGO?Set sail to the beautiful waters surrounding Catalina Island aboard the schooner, californian. sailing aboard the californian offers an opportunity to step into the past and experience the romance of tall ship sailing....Full Story

Bartlett Lake - 4th of July Is Only Once A Year!
Well, the BEST place to do that is right here 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,...Full Story

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Last week, the EPA held the only public forum on its proposal to raise the ethanol levels in our fuel supply. It was held in the heart of corn country, and no surprise it was decidedly a one-sided...Full Story

Good Company
It's official! The paint is dry, the kennels are in place, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony is complete. The Sojourner Center Pet Companion Shelter opened for business in mid-May. We are truly blessed ...Full Story

Great American Campout Raises Funds For Wildlife
DENVER- Camping in Colorado offers scenic views, solitude and escape. Joining in the Great American Campout June 27 to Sept. 7 means raising funds for wildlife too. Colorado Parks and Wildlife,...Full Story

Recreational Boating Industry Turning to Biobutanol as Alternative Biofuel
Washington, D.C. – June 17, 2015 – Engine manufacturers from across the recreational boating industry have identified biobutanol as a suitable and safe alternative biofuel to ethanol, a...Full Story

Tonto National Forest Lifts Fire Restrictions
PHOENIX -- Campfire and smoking restrictions on the Tonto National Forest have been lifted, effective at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 2. The fire restrictions, which covered the entire forest, are no...Full Story

AZGFD Offers Tips For Boating Safely, Responsibly
Time on Arizona's many lakes can be fun for the entire family, but great memories can only be made if that fun is done safely and responsibly. The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds boaters and ...Full Story

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Be Water-Safe - It's Summer Swim Time
It's summer in the Southwest, and there's no stronger call than that of water for all of us to cool off. Whether boating, fishing, water skiing, wake boarding, swimming, or participating in any...Full Story

California Recreational Boaters Advised To Exercise More Caution This Summer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - An analysis of 2014 recreational boating accidents shows that drought makes boating riskier, according to the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways.......Full Story

Fire Danger High!
Target shooting is prohibited while fire restrictions are in place; fireworks and explosives are prohibited year-round. Vital information is available. Effective immediately, open campfires will be...Full Story

Shooting Accurately
Target shooting is a sport that a lot of families enjoy, but let's face it - the thrill soon wears off if you shoot poorly. I see it all the time on social media: People post "went shooting with the...Full Story

'Smokey' Has Spoken - For Over 71 Years
Smokey Bear (aka Smokey the Bear) is an advertising mascot created to educate the U.S. public about the dangers of forest/wild fires. An advertising campaign featuring Smokey was created in 1944 with ...Full Story

On The Cover - Watson's Remarkable "Rocks"
In her article that features ten places to "Beat the Heat" during an Arizona summer, Margie Anderson notes that one of her favorites is Prescott and nearby Watson Lake. She says that although this...Full Story

Arizona State Parks Urge Campers To Visit
The State Parks in Arizona provide many opportunities for campers. Sue Black, executive director, said, "Come out and visit your State Parks, whether it's for a day trip or a weekend adventure."...Full Story

Captain's Corner - HOT! HOT! HOT! - Yes, And Boating Season Is Here
Well, summer is finally here, we have temperatures well above 100 degrees on a daily basis. It is time to head to the lakes and rivers in the great State of Arizona. Oh, but first — • Do you have ...Full Story

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US SAILING/ RED CROSS ONLINE TRAINING: Ongoing - To make it easier for prospective US SAILING-certified instructors to fulfill course requirements for cpr and First Aid certification, US sailing teams up with the American Red Cross to provide an online training program. Participants can sign up by visiting...Full Story

From The Homefront - Top 10 Things 'Coasties'Wish People Knew About Coast Guard Life
Twice a month, Coast Guard All Hands [features] "From the Homefront," a column for Coast Guard spouses by Coast Guard spouse Shelley Kimball. Shelley has been married to Capt. Joe Kimball,...Full Story

New 'Rock The Boat' Sponsor
Infinity Fabrics, a leader in woven vinyl surfaces, is preparing for growth by updating its logo, brand look and Web site to align with the future of the company. After spending several years......Full Story

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Colorful Sig Sauer P938 Custom From Rio Grande
Brighton, CO, June, 2015--Rio Grande Custom Grips NEW line of handgun grips for the Sig Sauer P938 pistol are out in force. Now owners of the popular SIG P938 pistol can make a ...Full Story

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Cottonwood Woman Receives $500 Gift Card

PHOENIX – The last thing Jenni Rice expected Wednesday was to get a call from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The Cottonwood woman had been randomly chosen to receive a $500 gift card to...Full Story

Missing Wyoming Man on Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Twenty-two year old Morgan Heimer remains missing on the Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park; and a six day search by the National Park Service has turned up no...Full Story

Northern AZ Land Managers Recognized For Leadership In Fire Management
Williams, Ariz., June 8, 2015—For Immediate Release. Managers of both the Kaibab National Forest and Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona were recently recognized for the leadership role...Full Story

Slide Rock, Red Rock State Parks Provide Unforgettable Family Vacation Memories
Travel to Slide Rock and Red Rock State Parks in Sedona to create unforgettable family vacation memories. Both parks were selected in a recent travel poll by FamilyFun magazine readers as Top 10...Full Story

Washington Volunteer Named Hunter Education 'Instructor Of The Year'
OLYMPIA - Washington Hunter Education Instructor Steve Mills has been named the 2014 International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA) Volunteer Instructor of the Year. Mills, a resident of...Full Story

NMMA Responds to EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard Mandate Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 29, 2015 – Today the EPA released the proposed annual Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates covering 2014, 2015 and 2016 just ahead of the court-ordered June 1 deadline...Full Story
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Recreational Saltwater Fishing Coalition Lauds House Legislation
Washington, D.C. - June 2, 2015 – A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community congratulated the U.S. House of Representatives on its passage...More Information

Reminder: June 9 Is Deadline To Apply For 2015 Fall Hunts
PHOENIX – The clock is ticking for hunters who have yet to apply for 2015 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall buffalo and...Full Story

Secured For Sea Or Not
This safety alert serves to remind vessel operators and company technical managers of the importance of proper ship's anchor use, stowage, and maintenance. Anchor windlass brakes, riding pawls, and...Full Story

WDFW's 2015 'Citizen Awards' Honor Dedication To Fish And Wildlife
OLYMPIA-Dedicated volunteers carried 35 pound backpacks with gallons of water and thousands of delicate trout fry miles up steep trails to stock mountain lakes year after year. Another group...More Information

WDFW Selects Plan For Leque Island Levees
OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has selected a design concept for a project that addresses chronic dike failures and restores estuary habitat on Leque Island near...More Information

Excerpts From AZGFD Fishing Report - It's A Good Time Of Year For 'Flat Cats'

Tip Of The Week Trout stocking in our mountain streams has begun and will continue every week until September. In the White Mountains region, big holdover trout have been caught at Big Lake, Luna...Full Story

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Expansion Waters Stocked With Catfish
Eleven waters that are part of the Department's program expansion, as well as Tempe Town Lake, have recently received catfish. Those waters included Pacana Pond (Maricopa), Discovery, and McQueen...Full Story

Fish Hatcheries Make Memories, Conserve Wildlife, Boost Economy
Fish hatchery workers across the nation are preparing for their busiest time of the year. During the next two months, Arizona Game and Fish Department employees and volunteers will stock more than...More Information

One less spark could mean one less wildfire
PHOENIX -- A coalition of Arizona-based agencies has an important message for everyone heading outdoors this summer: Be a responsible recreationist. It only takes one spark on dry grass, leaves,...More Information

Only Five
ONLY FIVE -- There are only five naturally occurring populations of spikedace remaining in the world (and possibly just three). So the Arizona Game and Fish Department on Monday, May 11, helped stock ... More Information

WDFW's 2015 'Citizen Awards' honor dedication to fish and wildlife
OLYMPIA-Dedicated volunteers carried 35 pound backpacks with gallons of water and thousands of delicate trout fry miles up steep trails to stock mountain lakes year after year. Another group...Full Story

Accidents On Water Happen; Life Jackets Save Lives
Arizona's boating season is in full swing and the Arizona Game and Fish Department geared up for it with life-jacket exchange stations at four of the state's lakes on May 16. Boaters with tattered...

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Accon Marine's Quick Release Bimini Hinges

HASSLE-FREE -- For years, Accon Marine's Quick Release Bimini Hinges have provided owners with a hassle-free way to install and remove bimini tops. Now, that high-quality and sleek piece of hardware ......Full Story

Arizona Trails 2015 Plan Finalized, Available for Download
Every five years, the staff at Arizona State Parks prepares an information-filled report concerning plans for Arizona's motorized and non-motorized trails and their users. "This plan includes...More Information

At The Ben Avery Range - Shoot For Mastery, Safety, Fun, Fellowship
Maybe you're not old enough to remember Ben Avery. I grew up reading his outdoor stories in the Arizona Republic. Ben loved the outdoors and was a heck of a writer. He started writing in 1928 and...More Information

Lake Powell Fish Report - Reports Confirm Best Fishing In A Long Time
Fish reports from the first part of May are rolling in and all agree that we have seen the best fishing of the year and perhaps the best seen in a very long time. All...More Information

Thirty Lakes In Thirty Weeks
30/30 – Nathaniel Morrison has big plans. At the beginning of the year he completed the construction of an 18-foot wooden sailboat with a small electric motor. The question he was asked most......More Information

On The Cover - Havasu Falls Into Colorful Pool
This is an incredibly beautiful and cool spot to visit in the summer. Havasu Falls is located 1½ miles (2.4 km) from Supai. (Havasupai Trail is the main trail to Supai, Ariz. and to Havasu Falls.) This is but one of the many great stories in this colorful issue. ...More

Barrow's Day On The Lake Offers Adapted Water Sports
Children and adults with physical or neurological disabilities can enjoy water sports in a safe environment during Barrow's Day on the Lake at Bartlett Lake Marina in the (Reprinted With Permission From Raising Arizona Kids Magazine)...Full Story

Enjoy Birding, Caving, Hiking
The area around Sierra Vista Arizona is diverse: everything from pine forests to desert and riparian areas. It makes for a great little vacation, and there is plenty to do down there. Last month I......Full Story

There Is Still Time - San Diego's International Yellowtail Derby
THERE'S STILL TIME -- Will you be fishing the San Diego waters before June 8? San Diego's International Yellowtail Derby is a World Class fishing tournament reminiscent of San Diego's famous......Full Story

Trophy Striper
Steve Roberts from Clear Lake, Iowa, had a great first trip to Lake Powell. He did his homework by reading all the fish reports on two weeks before his arrival. When he finally......Full Story

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Free kayak-fishing clinic to be held May 23 at Fool Hollow Lake in Show Low
SHOW LOW – Learn how to paddle and cast May 23 at Fool Hollow Lake in Show Low with a 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. kayak fishing clinic. The clinic is free. Reserve a spot with a refundable registration......More Information

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Herbert Linn Pocklington 1927 - 2015

"Herb," (Herbert L.) Pocklington, was a giant of a man as well as a true hero in every sense of the word. A prime example of American upward mobility, he was born in Algonac, Michigan, home town of......Full Story

On The Cover - May/June 2015 Issue Available This Week
Arizona Boating & Watersports explores the Grand Canyon and many other beautiful areas in this upcoming issue....Full Story

Skykomish River hatchery chinook fishery will not open June 1
May 7, 2015 Action: Close the Skykomish River to the retention of hatchery chinook salmon. Effective date: June 1 through July 31, 2015. Species affected: Hatchery chinook salmon. Location: The......More Information

Coast Guard, National Safe Boating Council Remind Mariners Importance Of EPIRBs
The Coast Guard and National Safe Boating Council remind recreational boaters of the importance of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons in conjunction with 406Mhz Beacon Awareness Day. An......More Information

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K-9 SAR: The Big Creek Search Dog Team
Ever since dogs were domesticated, they have been assisting humans with hunting, herding, protection, as well as providing companionship. The relationship has evolved along with man and beast, and......Full Story

Legislation Advances to Benefit Saltwater Recreational Fishing
Washington, D.C. – May 1, 2015 – Leaders in the recreational fishing and boating community yesterday highlighted the progress in elevating the importance of saltwater recreational fishing in the......More Information

Skykomish River hatchery chinook fishery will not open June 1

May 7, 2015 Action: Close the Skykomish River to the retention of hatchery chinook salmon. Effective date: June 1 through July 31, 2015. Species affected: Hatchery chinook salmon. Location: The......Full Story

Take Aim On The Seven Deadly Sins Of Shotgunning

With the price of shells going through the roof, it pays to improve your shooting. One of the best ways to do that is to spend some time at the sporting clays range. The Ben Avery Sporting Clays......Full Story

The 'Greatest Generation'

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Coast Guard hosted a celebration to honor a Coast Guard WWII veteran on his 100th birthday in Portsmouth, Va. Linwood "Tick" Thumm and his family joined with Coast Guard......Full Story

Volunteers Put Forth "Monumental" Effort

SONORAN DESERT NATIONAL MONUMENT – Almost two dozen volunteers spent Saturday morning bagging, bucketing or dragging more than four tons of trash – enough to fill a 20-yard dumpster – from......Full Story

Annual Mariachi Festival

Celebrate Kids to Parks Day at the Annual Mariachi Festival in Southern Arizona at Patagonia Lake State Park on May 16 (Phoenix, AZ - April 13, 2015) - Make plans to head south for the sounds of......Full Story

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Arizona AG Supports Bison Management In Grand Canyon National Park
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued a letter supporting federal legislation that allows skilled sportsmen to aid in the management of bison herds in Grand Canyon National Park. "This......More Information

Australia Dominates IWWF Water Ski Racing World Championships

The world’s best water ski racers gathered in Wellington, New Zealand, for the 19th IWWF World Water Ski Racing Championships. This was New Zealand’s second time hosting the Championships......Full Story

Estrella Mountain Regional Park Seeks Input on Master Plan Update
The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is currently updating the 1988 Master Plan for Estrella Mountain Regional Park and is seeking input from the community. The goal of the Park Master ...More Information

Living With Moose Presentations Scheduled In Spokane Area

Spokane area residents can learn how to live with moose from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) staff at three sessions scheduled over the next month. WDFW wildlife biologists,......Full Story

Too Many Tortoises, Not Enough Homes...More Information

Are you fascinated by reptiles? Do you have a yard big enough for a dog, but no time to take one for daily walks? Is someone in your family allergic to pets with fur or feathers? If so, consider......Full Story

Tourism to Grand Canyon National Park Creates $509 Million in Economic Benefits
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that over 4.7 million visitors to Grand Canyon National Park in 2014 spent $509 million in communities near the park. That......Full Story

Close To Home
Sixteen tons - of fish! You may have heard the old song by Tennessee Ernie Ford, "16 Tons." Well, by early April, that's how many catfish and sunfish will have made their way into Community Fishing...More Information

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Follow Wildlife On Secret Paths
WONDERS OF WILDLIFE -- Did you ever wonder how biologists track the movements of animals that swim, fly, slither or hide and how telemetry is used to track those animals? If you subscribe to Arizona......Full Story

Gold Canyon, Ariz. Bobcat

The images are incredible. A bobcat that has scampered to the top of a saguaro cactus -- and it was quite a climb! The photos were captured in Gold Canyon, on the foot of the Superstition Mountains.......Full Story

Spokane area residents can learn how to live with moose from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) staff at three sessions scheduled over the next month. WDFW wildlife biologists,...

Spokane area residents can learn how to live with moose from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) staff at three sessions scheduled over the next month. WDFW wildlife biologists,......Full Story

On The Cover
Thanks again go to Bob Brown of Media Directions for another striking photo of a bathing beauty gracing a boat. Even though we know she should be wearing a pfd (and no doubt she donned one just after ...More Information

Upgrades Coming To Ben Avery Shooting Facility's Main Range...

When the Ben Avery Shooting Facility's main range opens bright and early June 4, recreational shooters will zero in on several improvements: An earthen berm that serves as a backstop for 67 shooting......Full Story

WDFW Expands Recreational Shrimp Fishery In Marine Area 7 West

OLYMPIA - Recreational spot shrimpers will have additional opportunity to catch shrimp in the western section of the San Juan Islands next month, state shellfish managers announced today. The...Full Story

Tiera Hanes, Miss Yellowtail Derby
Tiera Hanes, Miss Yellowtail Derby, will be at Day At The Docks in San Diego, Sunday, April 19th. She will be in the Arizona Boating & Watersports/ Western Outdoor Times news magazine / Yellowtail Derby booth. See Tiera Hanes, Leslie Manes and John Campbell (Mr. Yellowtail Derby) and get all the information on the Yellowtail Derby. This is a natural alliance as so many Arizonans visit San Diego -- especially in the summer months -- to enjoy boating, fishing and many of the other attractions that San Diego has to offer...More Information
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Arizona Man Charged In Captive Bengal Tiger Case
A Valley man charged with possessing two Bengal tigers, which are restricted in Arizona, appeared in Maricopa County Superior Court last week. After a nearly year-long investigation, Fahad Zeshawn...

BoatUS 2015 List Of Top Ten Boat Names

Big and small, power or sail, there are many different kinds of boats and so many different kinds of boat owners. But, the one thing they seem to agree on is how boating makes them feel, at least if...Full Story

Captain's Corner

May 15th is ‘Wear Your Life jacket To Work Day,’ and May 16th is ‘Wear It Day’ Life Jacket World Record Day. Last month’s article was about Arizona's best kept secret, the volunteers of the ...Full Story

Fire Extinguisher Recall
A recall involving Kidde fire extinguishers includes some models sold to recreational boaters: Mariner 10, Mariner 110, Mariner 5, and Mariner 5 G. Kidde, in conjunction with the US Consumer Product...Full Story

The 'Greatest Generation'

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Coast Guard hosted a celebration to honor a Coast Guard WWII veteran on his 100th birthday in Portsmouth, Va. Linwood "Tick" Thumm and his family joined with Coast Guard...Full Story

Three Boating Tips Just For Springtime

Across America at boat launch ramps, the familiar growl of boat motors waking up from their long winter nap heralds the start of the boating season. But what makes boating, fishing or sailing this...Full Story

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