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Don Martin

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hunter Education graduates catch 135 stripers, 7 catfish

Each year, the Kingman team of Arizona Hunter Education volunteer instructors teaches a resident class that will have from 20-40 students of all ages.

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Buy your senior federal recreation passes now and save

If you are one of the many active seniors 62 years or older who like to travel and visit our many national parks and recreation areas in America, now is the time to purchase your lifetime pass for just $10.

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Mohave Sportsman Club on board in opposing elimination of youth hunt

In a unanimous vote, the Mohave Sportsman Club’s Board of Directors voted at their regular meeting Thursday to oppose the Arizona Game & Fish Department’s proposal to eliminate the December youth muzzleloader hunt in Game Management Unit 16A, the Hualapai Mountains.

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AZGFD reviewing USFWS draft on Mexican wolf recovery plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released a draft on their proposed wolf recovery plan, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department is taking a hard look at it.

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AZGFD reports only minimal input on youth deer proposal

Time is running out for sportsmen to send in comments on the Arizona Game & Fish Department’s proposal to eliminate the youth muzzleloader deer hunt in Unit 16A.

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More records getting broken for striper hunters this year

I’m not sure why, but the striper and catfishing has been nothing short of phenomenal this year on Lake Mead, especially in Virgin Canyon near South Cove.

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Gosar bill to manage Grand Canyon National Park buffalo

In an effort to solve the issue of the over population of buffalo on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, U.S. Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) has introduced legislation...

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AZGFD proposing changes in trail camera use

If you are one of the many sportsmen in Arizona who uses trail cameras in the pursuit of your sport, stand by, for there may be changes coming on how and where they can be used.

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December youth hunt in Unit 16A might be on the AZGFD chopping block

Sometimes it is amazing what information you learn when you attend a public meeting like the one I recently attended at the Region 2 office of the Arizona Game & Fish Department.

Lake Havasu is best bass lake in Arizona

At a public meeting Thursday, the Arizona Game & Fish Department Fisheries Program Manager for Region IV, Russ Engel, told a small audience that they believe “Lake Havasu is the premier bass lake in Arizona!”

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Weekend Trips of a lifetime on Lake Mead

As a professional fishing guide on Lake Mead for the past 10 years, and actively fishing there since 1972, I have had some very special fishing trips.

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Mohave Arms Collectors Association very active helping others in Mohave County

The Mohave Arms Collectors Association is an active group of men and women who number about 50, whose passion is owning and collecting firearms, both old and new.

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An unusual catch at Lake Mead

There are a lot of different kinds of fish in Lake Mead that anglers can pursue.

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NPS seeking public comments on bison reduction plan

AZGFD wants hunting as a preferred method of removal

For years there has been a big dispute brewing up on the north Kaibab that involves the largest game mammal, the buffalo, in Arizona.

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Lake Mead fishing trip makes new memories

She hadn’t been fishing in over 10 years and she had never been out on Lake Mead, but for JC Amberlyn, an overnight fishing trip brought back memories of time shared with family.

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