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The only fishing club that is dedicated to fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass in Kingman is the Kingman Bass Club.

By Don Martin January 12, 2021
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Fair Chase. Fair Chase is a term that, if you’re an Arizona sportsman, you are going to be hearing a lot about in the days and weeks to come, and here is why.

By Don Martin January 12, 2021
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Nestled on both sides of the mighty Colorado River between Needles, California and Lake Havasu City is a sprawling area of breath-taking scenery and wildlife. It is called the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

By Don Martin January 5, 2021
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One of my interests in 2020 was to get back into hunting waterfowl.

By Don Martin January 5, 2021
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Here’s hoping for a better 2021, but is it really going to happen?

By Don Martin December 29, 2020
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Imagine being a young man, just 14 years old, and you have already been successful in taking javelina, deer in three states, elk, turkey, mountain lion, and then, this year you found out that you drew the only desert bighorn sheep tag offered in one of the toughest units in northwest Arizona.

By Don Martin December 29, 2020
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The proposal by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission is going full speed, and has caused a huge division among Arizona’s sportsmen.

By Don Martin December 24, 2020
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If you’ve lived in Kingman for any period of time you’ve no doubt heard the name of Mike Cobb.

By Don Martin December 22, 2020
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When Kingman resident Greg Holden and his son Devin, 31, applied for deer tags in Unit 13B, the Arizona Strip, the odds of drawing a pair of the 80 tags offered were less than 2%.

By Don Martin December 15, 2020
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This is going to be one of the most contentious issues to come from the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Commission since 2018.

By Don Martin December 15, 2020
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Jason Marquez is 17 years old and a senior at Kingman High School.

By Don Martin December 8, 2020
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The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has once again set into motion a rule-making proposal that if adopted could make the use of trail cameras unlawful in Arizona.

By Don Martin December 8, 2020
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Hunting with disabled veterans through the Arizona Elk Society’s Hunts For Heroes program has become a real passion for me.

By Don Martin December 1, 2020
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As the weather starts to cool, more and more local people are donating used camouflage clothing to the Arizona Elk Society’s Hunts For Heroes program.

By Don Martin November 26, 2020
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The Arizona Game and Fish Department offers a number of special licenses to those who qualify.

By Don Martin November 24, 2020
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Despite some rough weather on Lake Havasu, the husband/wife team of Dave and Shannon Hilton easily won the Kingman Bass Club’s recent two-day tournament with a 10-fish limit that weighed an incredible 28.96 pounds.

By Don Martin November 17, 2020
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According to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, there are still lots of javelina tags available.

By Don Martin November 17, 2020
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If you are a sportsman, one of the things you’ll never forget is when you bagged your first big-game animal.

By Don Martin November 10, 2020
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One of the advantages of owning your own outfitting/guide business is that you can really pick and choose what species and hunts you want to go on.

By Don Martin November 10, 2020
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With the fall big-game and small-game hunting seasons in full swing there are a lot of sportsmen out in the great outdoors, camping and hunting.

By Don Martin November 3, 2020
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One of the issues that unfortunately faces widows when their husbands pass away is what to do with their spouses’ camouflage clothing and hunting items.

By Don Martin November 3, 2020
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The year 2020 has been a very unusual year for me when it comes to elk hunting with friends and family.

By Don Martin October 27, 2020
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One of my passions in life is to help others who, through no fault of their own, are not able to fully enjoy the great outdoors like you and I.

By Don Martin October 20, 2020
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While many local sportsmen are out in the woods pursuing big-game animals, several local anglers have been trying their luck for stripers and catfish near South Cove on Lake Mead.

By Don Martin October 20, 2020
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The ongoing hot, dry weather has definitely impacted some of the juniors’-only elk hunts, and also impacted the just-completed early rifle elk hunts in northern Arizona.

By Don Martin October 13, 2020
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Elk hunting in September in Arizona’s north woods is for many sportsmen, myself included, the epitome of the outdoor hunting experience.

By Don Martin October 6, 2020
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Drawing an Arizona antelope tag is a very difficult proposition. When you apply in a group application, the odds become even lower.

By Don Martin September 29, 2020
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With the current drought situation in the southwest, including Mohave County, it looks like the water level at Lake Mead will continue to drop. It is forecast that the level will drop at least another 5 feet before the start of the new year.

By Don Martin September 15, 2020
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With a full slate of hunts scheduled for this fall that started with a dove hunt yesterday, I recently had the opportunity to go on one last striper fishing trip on Lake Mead.

By Don Martin September 1, 2020
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A Kingman archer enjoyed success on opening day of his long-awaited archery antelope hunt recently.

By Don Martin September 1, 2020
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The fall 2020 big game hunting seasons have started, with archery deer and archery antelope opening last Friday, Aug. 21.

By Don Martin August 25, 2020
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The fall dove season of 2020 will start Tuesday, Sept. 1 statewide. Hunters who are going out to pursue these fast-flying birds need to be aware of the regulations.

By Don Martin August 25, 2020
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I read with interest a story in the Kingman Miner on Aug. 7 entitled “BLM to gather Black Mountain Burros.”

By Don Martin August 22, 2020
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The long-awaited archery deer season will open on Friday, Aug. 21 in many game management units in northwestern Arizona.

By Don Martin August 18, 2020
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If you are a regular reader of this column you know I have been telling everyone that the striper fishing at Lake Mead has been going downhill for about a month now.

By Don Martin August 18, 2020
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Have you ever wondered when and how striped bass got into the Colorado River including Lakes Mead, Mohave and Havasu?

By Don Martin August 11, 2020
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This is a story about how a bad fishing experience 61 years ago has led to a local man wondering why he has carried an old tackle box with him.

By Don Martin August 4, 2020
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With an almost full moon and record high temperatures, local anglers who ventured out at night to Lake Mead this past weekend had a tough time finding and catching fish.

By Don Martin August 4, 2020
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Recently I learned some information that I think a lot of you readers, especially ones who are familiar with WWII history, might be interested in.

By Don Martin July 28, 2020
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Desert Archery is sponsoring the inaugural Stewart Bowman Memorial archery shoot at their new location at 4020 N. Sierra Road in Kingman on Saturday, July 25.

By Don Martin July 21, 2020
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One of the ways I honor the service and sacrifices made by our veterans is to donate my services for hunting and fishing trips to the Arizona Elk Society’s Heroes Rising program.

By Don Martin July 21, 2020
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For anglers who are going out of South Cove for night fishing trips, most are finding that while fishing for channel cats has picked up, the striper bite has slowed down.

By Don Martin July 21, 2020
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Results are available for those who have a free AZGFD portal account, or by calling the department at 602-942-3000, pressing “2” and following the prompts.

By Don Martin July 14, 2020
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I’ve met people from all over America. I’ve fished with people from back East, the Midwest, and the far West.

By Don Martin July 14, 2020
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Recently I got a press release from the Arizona Sportsman For Wildlife Conservation explaining how they have issued grants with money derived from the sale of Arizona special license plates.

By Don Martin July 11, 2020
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As you may be aware, the striper fishing has been phenomenal this summer at Lake Mead.

By Don Martin July 7, 2020
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On my many fishing trips to Lake Mead this summer the primary fish we have sought is the striped bass. The lake is full of them and we usually catch a lot. But with the variety of baits that we use for stripers, we often catch channel catfish, and occasionally yellow bullheads.

By Don Martin June 30, 2020
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The past few weeks we’ve done stories on how to become a better striper angler on Lake Mead.

By Don Martin June 23, 2020
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I am fortunate to have a number of people I call friends, and the Mussmann family that hails from Clinton, Iowa are among them.

By Don Martin June 23, 2020
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I am very skeptical of a lot of today’s youths and the “you owe me” attitude that seems to be prevalent in our society.

By Don Martin June 16, 2020

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