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Don Martin

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A fun fishing trip with a great lady and her grandson

Going fishing with Linda has become an almost annual affair. We have fished at Lake Mead, and last year we fished a couple of days at Alamo Lake.

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Stripe R Rama 27 set to go

Stripe R Rama, which in the past has been the largest overnight striper fishing tournament, is once again going to be held out of South Cove on Lake Mead.

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Fred and Mark Proudfoot take top honors at KFFA tournament at Lake Mead

Fred and Mark Proudfoot take top honors at KFFA tournament at Lake Mead

The father-son team of Fred and Mark Proudfoot put on an awesome display of fishing prowess Saturday to easily win the largemouth and smallmouth portion of the 27th annual Kingman Firefighters Association fishing tournament.

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Online applications being accepted by AZGFD for fall big game hunts

Applications must be received by 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, June 12. You must have a valid Arizona hunting license to apply for any tags.

A tribute to a really good guy, Truman Puchbauer

This week I want share with you a story about a Kingman resident who I’ve known for a long time that I highly respect and unfortunately is moving. His name is Truman Puchbauer and he has lived in Kingman for about 24 years.

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Game and Fish commission postpones trail camera decision for another month

After a lot of discussion, four members of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission who attended Friday’s public meeting in Kingman decided that more time was needed to determine the fate of trail camera use issue in Arizona.

Still time to sign up for firefighter fishing tournament

This is an open tournament where you pick your own teams. Teams are either two or three people.

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Two-teams tie for top honors at KBC fishing tournament

In the many years that the Kingman Bass Club has been in existence, there has never been a tie for top-team in one of its tournaments, until now.

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Arizona Game and Fish Commission to meet in Kingman Friday

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission will be meeting at 8 a.m. Friday in the Board of Supervisors meeting room, 700 W. Beale St.

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Kingman has lost another great sportsman: Jim Kirkwood

This is the kind of story that I really don’t like to write. It is about the passing of a friend and sportsman from the Kingman community that I’ve known for a very long time.

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Hunter Education program graduates 32 more knowledgeable sportsmen

The Kingman team of certified volunteer Hunter Education instructors recently conducted a class at the Mohave Sportsman Club’s 7 Mile Hill Range and when it was over 32 more individuals ranging in age from 9 to 77 years old graduated.

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G&F conducting antelope protection program

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will be conducting aerial gunning projects in game management unit 10 and 18B as part of the state’s efforts to help protect antelope fawns.

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Littering a disgrace on the San Carlos Reservation

Last week I wrote in this column about my recent experiences while hunting spring turkey on the 1.8 million-acre San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in central Arizona.

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Sportsmen, mark your calendars

In the next month there will be several important events that sportsmen will want to attend.

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San Carlos turkey hunt exciting – yet disappointing

Turkey hunts in Arizona are typically the last big game hunt (buffalo being the exception) of the spring, and every year I try to go on at least one hunt for these wily longbeards.

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HSUS suspends efforts to ban lion hunting in Arizona

In a surprise move, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its affiliate group the Arizonans for Wildlife announced that they are suspending their efforts to gather signatures for a ballot initiative that would have banned hunting mountain lions and bobcats on Arizona.

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Commision’s ruling on trail cameras misses the mark

For the last two weeks I have written about proposals being brought forward under Article 3: Rules for taking and handling of wildlife.

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KBC has ‘best tournament ever’ at Alamo Lake

According to Greg Parker, a member of the Kingman Bass Club, the eight teams that participated in the club’s two-day tournament last weekend at Alamo Lake had a terrific tournament.

AZGFD proposes more changes under Article 3

Last week in this column I wrote about a number of proposals that will be voted on by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission when they meet here at the Board of Supervisors meeting room May 4.

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Game and Fish proposes a number of changes for hunters and trappers

Sportsmen, better mark your calendars for May 4.

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Parker has bass tournament of a lifetime

Every angler has a fishing trip that they will always remember. It may be the time they caught a lot of fish, or maybe a big fish. Or just a fun-filled trip with friends that stands out.

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Goodbye fishing at Alamo Lake – at least for a while

As you read this story there has been up to 1,750 cubic feet per second of valuable water being sent down the Bill Williams River channel toward Lake Havasu.

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Column: Javelina numbers down, but we still had a great hunt

Every year, a group of us go on the general javelina hunt in Unit 18B, east of Wikieup.

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Family shares in javelina hunt

When a family goes on a hunt together, it builds bonds and memories that will last forever. It is truly what the hunt is all about.

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Young man has successful hunts for elk, deer and javelina

Kingman resident Pason McCans comes from a hunting family. His father Jeff, mother Misty and sister Courtney all hunt.

Column: Are more restrictions on firearms ownership really needed?

Are the American people really gullible enough to think that more firearm restrictions will prevent mass shootings like the one in Florida?

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The Great Outdoors: It’s just the right thing to do

It is a fact that many times when we are in the field we meet others who are also doing the same thing we are: hunting.

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15-year-old bags her second javelina

This year the young lady again drew a youth javelina tag and a plan was made for her and Kenny to go hunting.

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Desert Archers holding 3D shoot this weekend

The Desert Archers, a local archery club, is hosting a two-day shoot.

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The Great Outdoors Column: Calling to locate javelina: yes or no?

Do you think that it part of fair chase to try and bring them in close?

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Brother and sister have successful youth javelina hunt

Dillon and Kaitlyn Whittington are no strangers to javelina hunting, they have each has bagged three of these porkers.

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Young lady’s first muzzleloader deer hunt end on a high note

One of those that drew a tag for the last hunt was 13-year old Kinsley Rupe.

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Thank you Mohave County sportsmen, women

These activities are part of a longstanding American tradition of being in the outdoors and sharing in the bounty that the Good Lord has provided for us.

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Kingman hunting community always ready to help others

I’m proud to be a part of the local sportsmen community.

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Outdoors volunteers are invaluable

Webster defines a volunteer as “one who does anything of his own free will.”

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Lady Luck smiles on young Kingman hunter

The season for the last muzzleloader juniors’ deer hunt in December for those under 18 years old has closed.

Kingman Bass Club set to start off the 2018 tournament trail

The first meeting of the club will be on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at Kingman Honda.

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An American hero’s bighorn sheep hunt

Our veteran was Joe Masseur who served our country for 17 years in the U.S. Army. He served two tours overseas in Afghanistan and unfortunately became an amputee when an IED went off under the vehicle he was patrolling in.

Kingman youths score on junior deer-hunts

In the past I have had the pleasure of writing stories about local high school sweethearts who have gone on big game hunts together.

Long-time hunter gets first AZ deer

Steve Tague has been after a mule deer in Arizona for a long time.

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Kaibab hunt full of challenges and memories with a selective hunter

Paul has hunted all his life and has been lucky enough to take bucks in a number of western states.

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Young hunter shares hunting experience with family

This has been a great year for family and friends sharing their memories making outdoors stories

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Arizona Strip deer hunts produce awesome trophies

There is something very special about the Arizona Strip and all the animals that live there. It is truly a place that time has forgotten.

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First time hunter gets her deer on the Kaibab

Bagging your first big game animal is an experience that a hunter never forgets.

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Father, daughters enjoy successful outdoor adventures in Unit 10

Seems like this young lady is ready to move the bar for her hunting career.

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Father and daughters have successful Arizona antelope hunt

The Bowen family closed down the antelope hunt with three bucks

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Young hunter takes first buck on Hualapai Mountain hunt

Bellm told Ellie that he saw antlers on the deer. Turned out it was a 2x2 buck, and it was feeding

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Hunter bags the largest buck of his life on a muzzleloader hunt

The buck sported a rack that is 28 inches wide and 24 inches tall

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Kingman has lost another good friend, sportsman

Gene Chambers will be missed

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Mountain lion ballot proposal debate heating up

Should big cats be hunted?

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