Outdoor Rendezvous To Be Held In Tonto Basin Feb. 4

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 Wild Turkey."

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 Hunting."

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 tailgates."

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 awarded.

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 each year."