Don is a native Arizona resident who has spent his entire adult life (except for 2 years 9 months and 13 days in Uncle Sam's Army) pursuing his passion of enjoying the great outdoors of Arizona.
Don worked as a law enforcement officer for over 15-years after his stint in the U.S. Army. After an on-the-job injury forced his retirement from the law enforcement field, Don decided to start a business to help others who enjoyed the great outdoors as much as he did.
Working with his friend Larry Sallee, Don started Arizona Wildlife Outfitters in 1987 in Kingman.
A sportsman in Arizona often waits for many years before he or she is fortunate enough to take a big mule deer buck or a big bull elk.
It is no secret that in the past I have been a vocal critic of some of the fees charged and ranch rules that have been implemented by the Cholla Land and Cattle Company, which leases the 750,000 acre Boquillas Ranch that is owned by the Navajo Nation.
Last weekend was the start of the juniors-only elk hunt in Game Management Unit 10, and 225 tags were issued for the hunt.
With the fall big game seasons in full swing, and more to open later this month, I think it is appropriate to cover the proper tagging locations for Arizona’s big game animals.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has announced the opening of the 2019 fall small-game seasons for a variety of species including assorted tree squirrels, band-tailed pigeons, grouse, chukar and waterfowl.
With the fall deer season set to start in a couple of weeks, a lot of hunters will be in the field scouting. Smart ones will stay out until dark as the deer seem to be getting up later in the day to feed.
The fall hunting seasons have started in earnest, and one local young lady has made the most of the opportunity to go on her javelina hunt in Unit 10.
Normally this time of year my fishing season is over and I would be assisting on elk hunts.
Every year I receive photos from anglers and hunters that they would like to see printed in our paper’s Outdoors Page.
Manmade wildlife watering troughs are important, and in times like now when not much rain has fallen, they are absolutely needed by wildlife.