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Don Martin

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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?

Fall hunting seasons in full swing

Arizona has long been known as a sportsman’s paradise and here is why.

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Father, son successful on antelope hunts

Drawing an antelope tag in Arizona has become very difficult; there are many more applicants than tags are available.

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Arizona Hunter Education graduates 27

A team of volunteer hunter education instructors recently held a combination Hunter Education class and online field day at the Mohave Sportsman Club’s 7 Mile Hill range.

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Posting private property, the rules are clear

Sportsmen in Arizona, and all over America are seeing more and more private lands being posted, which means access is being denied. And landowners are posting their lands for a number of reasons.

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Anti-hunting groups seek to ban hunting of mountain lions in Arizona

Two radical anti-hunting groups are trying to get the hunting of mountain lions and bobcats banned in Arizona, and they are going to try and do it by going to the state’s voters by ballot initiative.

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Quail season opens, AZGFD says good hunting expected

KINGMAN – With big game seasons still a few weeks away, many local sportsmen have headed out in search of quail. The fall quail season opened Oct. 6 and closes Feb. 11.

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Arizona Hunter Education class graduates 27

A team of volunteer hunter education instructors recently held a combination Hunter Education class and online field day at the Mohave Sportsman Club’s 7 Mile Hill range.

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71-year-old hunter’s good feelings land him an impressive buck

One hunter scored big in Game Management Unit 8

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Column | Sportsmen helping sportsmen is the way it’s supposed to be

It’s fall and that means many of us will be in the great outdoors participating in a sport we enjoy and are passionate about.

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Big bass fishing tournament at Havasu on Oct. 7

If you are a bass angler and have a partner you have a lot of faith in, then you may want to enter the Colorado River Pro-Teams Open event that will be held on Lake Havasu Oct. 7. The launch and weigh-in will be held at Windsor Beach.

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Kingman teen scores big on antelope tag

Every year I hear stories about the success – and failures – of hunters who are in the field in pursuit of animals they have drawn tags for.

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What are hunter ethics?

One of topics covered in all Arizona Hunter Education classes concerns ethics.

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Arizona Game & Fish Commission hammers convicted game violators

One of the most interesting part of any Arizona Game & Fish Commission meeting is when they hold hearings for license revocations for violations of Game & Fish Codes and civil assessments for the illegal taking or possession of wildlife.

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Youth muzzleloader hunt input reveals not much action from the state’s sportsmen

On Friday, a decision will be made by the Arizona Game & Fish Commission on whether to accept the department’s recommendation that the youth muzzleloader hunt in Unit 16A in December be eliminated.

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*Update* - Dove season to open Friday

The 2017 early dove season opens Friday around the state and hunters are reminded of a few rules and regulations that they must follow.

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Refuge manager says “No” to feral pig hunting at the Topock Marsh

There have been feral pigs in the Topock Marsh, which is located just off the Colorado River on the Arizona/California border for many years.

Sportsmen support the North American Model of Wildlife Management

The foundation for wildlife conservation in not only Arizona but throughout America is called the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.

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Outgoing director drops 'bombshell' on AZ Hunter Education

In a move that smacked of the politics that affected American sportsmen for a time, recently retired Director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Larry Voyles, dropped a bombshell on the staff and volunteers of the Hunter Education program.

Changes in dates for next Hunter Education class

Last week I wrote about another resident hunter class that is being offered in September.

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Outdoor Notes: The largest fish I have ever caught in Lake Mead

On a personal note, last Saturday morning I caught the largest fish I have ever caught in Lake Mead.

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Hunter Ed graduate great in classroom – even better at the lake

“You’re going to enjoy fishing with this young lady!"

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Lots of changes at South Cove launch

If you are one of many local boaters or anglers who use the launch ramp at South Cove on Lake Mead, you need to be aware of some changes that have occurred there recently.

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Young angler makes unusual catch on Lake Mead

Over the last 33 years I’ve been fortunate to spend a lot of time fishing on Lake Mead.

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Hunter Education class graduates 29, program changes may be on the way

There may be some big changes in the Arizona Hunter Education Program that is currently taught by a volunteer cadre of instructors at the Mohave Sportsmans Club’s 7 Mile Hill Range.

Youngsters go 1-2 at NSC weekend tournament on Lake Mead

A young angler, who was out here for a visit from Oklahoma, and a “veteran 9-year-old” angler from Las Vegas took the top honors in the Juniors Division in the weekend striped bass tournament sponsored by the Nevada Striper Club.

Fall draw available for those with portals

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has announced that sportsmen who have a customer portal account with them can now view their accounts to see if they were successful in drawing fall big-game tags and/or pheasant tags.

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