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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


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Colorful Sig Sauer P938 Custom From Rio Grande
Brighton, CO, June, 2015--Rio Grande Custom Grips www.riograndegrips.com 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 1˝ 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 Wayneswords.com 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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