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Don Martin

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nevada team wins Stripe-R-Rama

For the 36 teams that were entered into this year’s Stripe-R-Rama striper tournament, perfect weather and hungry fish were what they found.

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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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Stripe-R-Rama fishing tournament this weekend

Still time to enter this overnight tournament.

AZGFD accepting electronic big-game applications

The Arizona Game & Fish Department has announced that they are now accepting online application for fall hunts for deer, sheep, turkey, bison and pheasant.

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Moline, Herman just miss win at Roosevelt Lake tourney

If we would have caught just one three-pounder,” said local professional bass angler Shane Moline as he described how he and his partner just missed winning the Wild West Team bass tournament at Roosevelt Lake.

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Chance family takes KFFA win/Olivas family wins largemouth division

The weather wasn’t the best for this year’s Kingman Firefighter’s Association overnight fishing tournament at Lake Mead, but several teams proved that good anglers can overcome Mother Nature.

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First striper trip of the year on the ‘new’ Lake Mead

The first trip of the year to Lake Mead is always exciting and yet for me, a trip full of trepidation.

Elk tags still available in “Low Density” elk hunt areas

The Arizona Game & Fish Department is now accepting paper applications for the 2017 draw for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall bison and pheasant tags.

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Kingman anglers advance to big money tourney on Roosevelt Lake this weekend

A few weeks ago a number of teams from Kingman participated in the Wild West Bass team tournament out of Callville Bay on Lake Mead.

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Alamo Lake trips full of surprises

Every spring I try to get down to Alamo Lake on the southern border of Mohave County to enjoy the fishing there.

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BOS nixes changing Mohave County seal that would have

I guess I am not really surprised, but at last Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the proposal to change the seal of Mohave County from an elk to a desert bighorn sheep didn’t even make it to a vote.

Major local fishing tourneys on Lake Mead upcoming

The first of two major local fishing tournaments will be held May 5-6 at South Cove on Lake Mead.

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Loyd, Miller win at KBC tournament on the Parker Strip

The Kingman Bass Club held its April tournament on the Colorado River on the Parker Strip and eight teams entered the one-day event.

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Elk tags still left after fall big game draw

If you are one of the many sportsmen in the state that failed to draw an elk or antelope tag in the spring draw, here is some good news.

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Hunting turkeys in Nevada can be a chess match

Hunting wild turkeys is a passion of mine.

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Premonition about boat-trailer trouble pays off

Professional bass angler Donnie Scroggins had a premonition of sorts as he drove to Bass Pro Shops in Las Vegas to pick up his boat.

Turnout light for AzGFD hunt recommendation meeting

Judging by the light turnout of local sportsmen to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s hunt recommendation meeting last Thursday, where just six persons attended, one would think that everyone either agrees with the recommendations being made by the department or that the time of the open house wasn’t good for most people.

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Kingman: Why isn’t the Bighorn Sheep on the Mohave County seal?

Last week, I wrote a story about how elk made their way into Mohave County.

Kingman: AzGFD hosting public meeting Thursday

If you’re interested in seeing what the Arizona Game & Fish Department is proposing to the Commission as far as tags for this fall are concerned, then clear your calendar for Thursday afternoon.

Outdoor Notes

Don’t forget about the March Madness archery shoot March 18-19 at the Mohave Sportsman Club’s archery range at the club’s 7 Mile Hill Range.

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The story of elk in Mohave County

The other day I noticed a post from Mohave County Supervisor Jean Bishop where she was standing in front of the seal of Mohave County.

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Kingman: Quinn Reaves earns honor graduate at Hunter Education class

The resident hunter education class that graduated during ceremonies in the clubhouse of the Mohave Sportsman Club at the 7 Mile Hill Range on Sunday was “outstanding,” said chief instructor Jim Rich.

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Javelina hunts produce strange results this year

Each year I sponsor a Big Pig contest during the javelina seasons in northwest Arizona. Hunters who have drawn archery, HAM (Handgun-Archery-Muzzleloader) or general rifle tags in Game Management Units 15A, 15B, 16A, 18A and 18B are eligible to enter this event.

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Utah sportsman has good luck and bad luck on Mohave County javelina hunt

Last week, I wrote about a situation where my brother Gary and sister-in-law Tammy and I assisted a hunter from Utah who had been stranded in Unit 18B east of Wikieup after a flash flood had inundated his camp and his 4x4 pickup truck got mired in the gooey, soft mud.

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Archery 3D shoot scheduled for March 25-26 at 7 Mile Hill Range

If you are one of the many archery enthusiasts in Mohave County, you may want to mark your calendars and plan on attending what Match Director Taco Esquibel calls March Madness.

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Being a sportsmen means helping out

Over the many years that I’ve been fortunate enough to be in the great outdoors on various hunting, fishing or conservation projects, I have occasionally had the opportunity to help out a fellow sportsman who was in need

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Outdoors: Remington rifle recall not as serious as first thought

But certain models will fire without a trigger pull, so don't ignore notice

It is the most popular rifle ever made in America.

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Team Scroggins wins big at KBC tournament

Despite some inclement weather that got the anglers as wet as the bass in the water, the father and son team of Ray and Donnie Scroggins walked away with almost all of the money at the Kingman Bass Club’s two-day tournament at Martinez Lake on the lower Colorado River.

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High school archers spend time on the hunt

In the past few weeks we’ve read about several young men in our community who, with the help of some dedicated family members, have had some exciting hunting adventures in the great outdoors.