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Elk tales: A trio of junior hunters harvest big game

The reason for the high youth-hunt success is the kids have a lot of folks out there helping to do the glassing and getting them set up to shoot.

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Parker/Wolsey win KBC tourney on Colorado River

The members of the Kingman Bass Club held their final regular season tournament of the year at Park Moabi on the Colorado River recently.

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Young hunter overcomes adversity and gets his cow elk on the Boquillas Ranch

Sometimes young kids are dealt a rough hand in life.

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Jay Chan finds more than elk on a recent hunt on the Boquillas Ranch

While it is not uncommon to find items that sportsmen have lost in the field, local sportsman Jay Chan recently found something that you wouldn’t think others would lose.

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Asplin family of Kingman passes down outdoors heritage

Fall is the time of year when many local families share experiences in the great outdoors.

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12-year-old Slade Van Vleet has amazing big game hunting success

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.

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Kudos to the Boquillas Ranch and their juniors hunting programs

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.

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Youth elk, deer and javelina hunts offer lots of opportunities for young sportsmen

Last weekend was the start of the juniors-only elk hunt in Game Management Unit 10, and 225 tags were issued for the hunt.

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Practice proper tagging of Arizona’s big game animals

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.

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Squirrel, band–tailed pigeon, grouse and waterfowl seasons open

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.

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So you ran into a deer, now what do you do?

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.

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Kingman girl harvests third javelina

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.

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Stripers still biting at night on Lake Mead

Normally this time of year my fishing season is over and I would be assisting on elk hunts.

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Column | How to photograph your trophy fish and game animals

Every year I receive photos from anglers and hunters that they would like to see printed in our paper’s Outdoors Page.

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Vandals foul wildlife water, $2,500 reward offered

Manmade wildlife watering troughs are important, and in times like now when not much rain has fallen, they are absolutely needed by wildlife.

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Column | Kingman woman cashes in on rare antelope tag

Drawing any antelope tag in Arizona today is a tough task.

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Dove season bust or boom? Depends on who’s talking

With just a few more days before the September dove season closes, success or lack of it depends on who you have talked to.

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Kingman hunters report plenty of shooting on opening day for doves

While some Kingman residents had a tough time finding doves on the first two days of the early season that opened Sept. 1, others found a lot of birds and had some great shooting.

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Not picking up shotgun shells can be costly

One of the biggest complaints that the Arizona Game and Fish Department receives from landowners is that dove hunters fail to pick up their empty shotgun shells.

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Archery deer hunts full of ups and downs

The fall archery deer season is in full swing and will be open for another 10 days, closing on Sept. 12.

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Column | Fishing with friends from Iowa was a fun time

Having the opportunity to meet with friends you haven’t seen in a while is always a good thing.

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Arizona dove hunting season gets underway Sunday

The fall 2019 dove season will open on Sunday, and for Mohave County hunters it should be a great year for dove hunting.

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Coyote contest bans: Will big buck contests be next

Now that the antis have apparently won another round of taking away the privileges of legally licensed hunters, I was thinking the other day: “Wonder what the antis will go after next?”

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Archery deer hunting opens Friday in many Arizona units

The annual archery deer hunt will open on Friday, Aug. 23, in many areas statewide and local archers are ready to hit the hills.

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Column | Will more gun laws affect sportsmen and other law-abiding citizens in America?

In light of the horrible random shootings in America, and all of the rhetoric that unfortunately comes after it, I wondered if the proposed action by the folks who are on the left side of this issue will affect the average American sportsman and citizen?

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Column | What’s up with the Lake Mead striper bite?

The question on my mind this week is what is going on with the striper fishery at Lake Mead?

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Column | Boquillas Ranch now open for scouting with permit

The Big Boquillas Ranch, the largest privately owned ranch in Unit 10, is now open for scouting and prairie dog hunters who have permits.

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Winners announced for the 2019 Arizona Big Game Super drawing

Winners of the 14th annual Arizona Big Game Super Raffle were announced at Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters in Phoenix.

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Benefit archery shoot slated for this weekend at Mohave County Fairgrounds

An archery group known as Inside Out will host a two-day indoor shoot this weekend at the Mohave County Fairgrounds.

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Column | Desert Archery opens on Stockton Hill Road

I’m sure by now you all are aware of the unfortunate passing of one of the best archers around, Stewart Bowman.

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The secret to drawing a deer tag every year

Every year after the draw for big game tags is over, local sportsmen can be heard grumbling how they didn’t get drawn for a deer, elk, sheep, antelope or bison tag.

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Column | Fishing: Just what the doctor ordered

Fishing, or angling as it’s called in some circles, is a time honored tradition in America that for hundreds of years has brought together families and friends.

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Big game tags still available

Are you one of the many sportsmen who didn’t draw an Arizona big game tag this year?

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Column | What’s it going to take for the LMNRA to fix the potholes on Pierce Ferry Road?

It was right at sundown as I was heading north on the Pierce Ferry Road about a mile from the Dollar General store when it happened.

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop taking applications now

If you are a lady who is interested in some great outdoors activities including bird walks, yoga, fly tying, and night fishing, then you might want to investigate a workshop called “Becoming an Outdoors Woman.”

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President Trump orders opening of 1.4 million acres of federal lands for hunting and fishing

President Donald Trump is not a hunter or angler, but he knows the importance of these activities to the American public. He also knows how important access is to federal lands and waterways by the American public.

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Column | Dark of the moon provides some record-setting angling on Lake Mead

I am often asked by potential fishing clients what the best time of the year is to fish for striped bass and catfish on Lake Mead.

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Fall hunt results available online, 10% increase in applications

Arizona Game and Fish Department has announced that this year there was more than a 10% increase in applicants for fall big-game tags.

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Column | Commission eliminates coyote calling contests: What will they give away next?

As expected, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, on a 4-0 vote, (Commissioner Sparks was not present) has decided to eliminate coyote calling contests.

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1st Kingman Bass Club tourney a success

The Kingman Bass Club held its first open bass tournament at Lake Mohave on Sunday, and though they had a good turnout, KBC president Donnie Scroggins promises that next year it will be bigger and better.

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Anglers ready for Stripe-R-Rama 28

A lot of anglers, some from as far away as Idaho, are anxiously awaiting the start this weekend of Stripe-R-Rama 28, one of the largest and oldest overnight team-striper fishing tournaments held on Lake Mead.

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AZGFD accepting entries for Wildlife Calendar contest

Mohave County has a lot of talented photographers and, of course, our county is the home of some of the most beautiful landscapes and interesting wildlife in Arizona.

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Column | Here are some tips on how to make your Lake Mead fishing trip successful

The next two weeks are going to be important to a number of local striper fishermen.

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Don’t forget, AZGFD to hold life jacket exchange on Saturday

A reminder to all boaters that Arizona Game and Fish Department will be holding a life jacket exchange at the Region 3 office in Kingman on Saturday.

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Stranded woman spends 17 hours on rock before fishermen come to her rescue on Lake Mohave

Sometimes, just being in the right place at the right time can turn ordinary people into heroes.

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Life jackets can and will save your life IF you use them

With this crazy spring weather about to end, many local boaters and anglers will be once again taking to the water of our local lakes on the Colorado River.

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AZGFD to host life jacket exchange June 15

The boating season has started and Arizona Game and Fish Department is helping boaters prepare for a great summer on the lakes and rivers by offering a life jacket exchange event at the Region 3 office in Kingman.

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A funny thing happened at the striper tournament …

The last couple of weeks I have been writing about some very serious things Arizona sportsmen are going to be facing in the next few months.

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Column | The answer to why 21 conservation groups agree with AZGFD on prohibiting coyote contests

As I am sure you are aware, one of the hottest topics for many Arizona sportsmen is the proposal by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to prohibit organized coyote calling contests.

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Favorites win KFFA fishing tournament

It didn’t come as any real surprise when the names of top teams at the annual Kingman Firefighters Association’s tournament at Lake Mead were read Saturday at the tournament’s conclusion.

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