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Don Martin

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A night of terror on Lake Mead

Three anglers went fishing only to spend the night in the lake

It was a fishing trip that started out like hundreds of others I’ve done on Lake Mead over the past 12 or so years.

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Disabled angler removes all doubt and conquers Lake Mead

Despite losing his sight, Ferraro has not let this disability prevent him from enjoying the great outdoors.

$692,000 for wildlife raised through Arizona Super Raffle

Arizona Game and Fish Department has reported that the 13th annual Super Raffle raised a record amount of money that will be used to benefit Arizona’s wildlife.

Fall big-game tags are available

If you are looking for a muzzleloader deer, fall turkey, or a youth-only javelina hunt, there are still tags available.

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Accident doesn’t deter this sportsman from hunting and fishing

In 2016, I was invited to attend a one day event at the Bass Pro shop in Mesa that was called “No excuses CHAMP Hunting Day.”

Spring hunt recommendations available for review

Arizona Game and Fish Department has released its proposed hunt recommendations for the 2019 spring javelina, bison and bear hunts, and the 2019 and 2020 spring turkey hunts.

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Striper fishing spectacular at Lake Mead

Two records set for Striper Hunters anglers last week

Even with inclement weather and lowering water conditions, the striper bite just seemed to be wide open for those anglers willing to go out from sunset to sunrise.

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Leftover big game tags still available

To apply sportsmen must use the paper application and must be addressed to Arizona Game and Fish Department, ATTN: Draw/First Come, 5000 West Carefree Highway, Phoenix AZ 85086.

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Conservation groups hauling water to save wildlife

Besides governmental and conservation groups, other Arizona sportsmen are also helping deliver water to wildlife.

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Outdoor Notes | July 10, 2018

The draw is in, striper fishing is doing well and the comment period for the trail camera debate is open.

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Lake Mead stripers showing signs of stress

Summer is always a good time to catch striped bass on Lake Mead, but with angling success comes some news about the quality of the fishery this year, and it’s not all good.

Game and Fish Department hitting credit cards for those that drew fall tags

For many sportsmen, learning that they have drawn a coveted big game tag is something they look forward to. And right now, Arizona Game and Fish Department is starting to take funds out of the credit card accounts of those who were lucky enough to draw a tag for deer, turkey, fall javelina and bighorn sheep tags.

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Game and Fish Commission decides no change needed for passive trail cameras

It was an issue that pitted sportsmen against sportsmen, and in the end, the commission decided on a 5-0 vote against imposing any restrictions on the use of passive trail cameras in Arizona.

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Lowering water levels in Lake Mead change launching options

The dock at South Cove will remain in the same location for now and is in about 50 feet of water, but no one should try and launch a boat off of the ramp at any other location than the designated spot.

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Outdoors Photo | Some Big Fish

Just look at those carp

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Parker, Wolsey win again at Lake Mohave

Parker and Wolsey’s bag weighed 14.79 pounds, edging out the second-place team of Donnie and Ray Scroggins by less than a pound.

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Nevada teams score big at Stripe-R-Rama 27

Taking first place for the second year in a row was the team of Chris Madden and Josh Holstrom, whose 40 fish limit weighed 69.11 pounds.

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Even in death, John Gillman keeps on helping

On April 13, local outdoorsman and master of all trades, John Gillman, died after suffering a massive heart attack.

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Parker, Wolsey win KBC tourney at Lake Powell

According to Donnie Scroggins, president of the KBC, six teams participated in the event. And all were successful.

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Tudesay is the deadline to apply for fall big-game tags

To apply, go to and scroll down to the “Apply for a Draw.”

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AZGFD to hold public forum and webinar today on trail camera proposals

Questions or comments can be asked in-person if you attend or are involved in the webinar. The meeting will be held in the Quail Room at the department’s headquarters, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix. You can also submit questions or comments via e-mail prior or during the forum at

Sponsors sought for first annual Shoot For Hope archery shoot

There are other events including a speed shoot, long shot shoot, Friday night shoot, and a special Duke’s Poker Shoot that participants can enjoy. Robbins noted that all proceeds from the Poker Shoot will to go to purchasing items for Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Child Life Wish List and Family Centered Care Programs.

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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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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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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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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.