From Outdoor Destinations Forum
The presenters at the Second Annual Outdoor Rendezvous, to be held
Feb. 4 at The Tackle Box near Punkin Center, include some of the
finest outdoorsmen in Arizona.
The docket includes licensed guides, seasoned hunters, skilled
anglers, a retired high school coach, and an angler who was
frequently featured on the national television screen while fishing
the East Coast bass tournament circuit.
Presenters include the following:
• Mark Kile, a three-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier and
Classic Rookie of the Year, will present "Bass Fishing."
• Preston Mercer, a licensed hunting guide and seasoned Rim
Country scout, who also works as a forest service helitack
firefighter, will present "Preseason High Tech Scouting."
• Pat Haynes, seasoned and skilled trout fisherman, who has
caught and released more than 50 five-plus pound fish, will present
"Big Rainbows, Big German Browns."
• Brian Daniels and Gary Senft, 2005 AllStar Bass team tournament
champions, will present "Team Fishing."
• Art Chamberlain, crappie fishing expert, licensed fishing guide
and longtime Roosevelt angler, will present "Crappie Fishing."
• Dean Pederson, a highly successful veteran hunter, will present
"Hunting Mule Deer."
• Jim Young, trained and versed hunter, will present "Calling
• Dennis Pirch, former National High School Wrestling Coach of
the Year and physical education teacher, will present "Getting Fit
After Drawing A Big Game Tag."
• Steve Smith, highly successful southern Gila County rancher,
will present "Mountain Lion Hunting."
• Tige Godac, licensed hunting guide, will present "Archery
• Ty Goodman, licensed hunting guide and former PHS all-star
athlete, will present "Hunting Whitetail Deer."
The seminars, which have been organized by Pirch and Kile, will
begin at 8 a.m. at The Tackle Box, one mile south of Punkin Center
on the east side of Highway 188. The order or presentation will be
announced next week.
The presentations will be part of the second Outdoor Rendezvous
Pirch calls "an outdoor enthusiast's sidewalk sale." All events are
free to anyone interested in hunting, fishing, hiking, archery or
simply spending time in the backwoods of Arizona.
"Outdoorsmen and women who have used fishing, hunting, and
camping equipment they want to sell, or trade with others, are
welcome to attend," Pirch said. "They can bring their used outdoor
equipment and set it up in the parking lot on tables or their truck
A display of new and used bass boats and all-terrain vehicles
from Tempe Marine also will be on hand.
As last year, the Outdoor Rendezvous will feature a chili
cook-off. Amateur chefs interested in cooking up their own versions
of the popular dish may showcase their hot stuff free of charge.
All types of chili — red, green, meat only, and with beans — are
eligible. Prizes for first, second, and third places will be
The festivities are being held partly because last year's
inaugural rendezvous was such an overwhelming success, drawing close
to 1,000 participants.
Pirch and Kile are certain the rendezvous is on track toward
becoming an annual event that draws outdoorsmen and women from
around the state.
"Last year, we found out it was new, different, and something we
just want to have a lot of fun with," Pirch said.
"We think it will grow into something everyone looks forward to