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Don Martin

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Mountain lion offers big surprise when we’re the predator

Predator calling is one of the most challenging and exciting sports many hunters in Arizona participate in.

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Know where to tag your animal, or you may be it

In Arizona, tags are issued for all of Arizona’s big game animals. These tags, which in effect are a transfer of ownership from the State of Arizona to a hunter, are placed on different areas of the animal.

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Father, son win final KBC tourney of the year at Lake Havasu

The father-son team of Charles and Doniphan Schmidt brought in the largest limit of bass to easily win the Kingman Bass Club’s last tournament of the year, which was held on Lake Havasu.

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Antis once again trying to stop varmint hunts

I read a letter to the editor in the Kingman Daily Miner dated Oct. 5 where a woman from Sedona wrote about an organized varmint hunt that was held last weekend in Mohave County.

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Do you have to fill a tag to have a successful hunt? Local sportsmen say no

Seems like every fall when the big game hunts start, I hear stories about sportsmen who have not filled their tags, but yet claim they had a successful hunt.

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Waterfowl season set to open

The 2018-2019 waterfowl and snipe regulations are out, and for those wanting to hunt waterfowl it’s time to repair the decoys, waders and clean the shotgun.

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Saying goodbye to a good friend, neighbor and community leader

Good friends are few and far between. When we lose one, it is hard to take.

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Scroggins father-son team takes top honors at KBC tournament on Lake Mead

It was hot as six teams of anglers from Kingman Bass Club took to the water on Lake Mead to test their skills on the largemouth and smallmouth bass that call this huge Colorado River impoundment home.

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AZGFD emphasizes using PFDs when operating or riding in a boat

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2017 there were 4,291 recreational boating accidents involving 658 deaths nationwide.

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A Clarification of the BLM’s Travel Management Plan

The rumors about the Bureau of Land Management Kingman Field Office Travel Management Plan (TMP) and Environmental Assessment that is currently out for review and comment has garnered the attention of a lot of local folks, and in some cases, has upset a few.

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Anonymous donor helps to fill AES Camo Closet

I wrote a story in June of how Kingman resident Gwen Gillman had donated her late husband’s camo clothing to the Arizona Elk Society’s Camo Closet program.

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Golden Valley angler gets his wish

We all have our dreams and wishes on what we would like to do in our lives.

Arizona Game and Fish accepting paper applications only for Spring 2019 hunts

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is now accepting paper applications for Spring 2019 hunts for turkey, javelin, bison and bear draws.

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2018-2019 dove regulations available online

2018 dove season opens Sept. 1

The first dove season opens in less than two weeks, and hunters need to find the information that they need to go after the most hunted game bird in Arizona. The first dove season will be Sept. 1-15.

Ladies, sign up now for Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Sign up for the annual Becoming an Outdoors Woman event that will be held Sept. 7-9.

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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 https://draw.azxgfd.gov/ 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 questions@azgfd.gov.

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.