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Don Martin

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The deadline to apply for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, fall bison, bighorn sheep and sandhill crane is coming soon.

By Don Martin June 2, 2020
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The striper bite out of South Cove on Lake Mead continues to be on fire as we move away from the dark phase of the moon.

By Don Martin June 2, 2020
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The area’s only shooting range, the Mohave Sportsman Club’s 7 Mile Hill, has reopened.

By Don Martin May 26, 2020
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A lot of local anglers are taking advantage of the wide open striper bite at South Cove on Lake Mead.

By Don Martin May 26, 2020
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I’m going to share with you a story about how an offer to barter a service for another service created a friendship.

By Don Martin May 26, 2020
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As the temperatures heat up, more and more people are fishing at local lakes and in the Colorado River.

By Don Martin May 19, 2020
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Summer is upon us, and people are wanting to go outdoors to get revitalized from being cooped up for so long.

By Don Martin May 19, 2020
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If you are one of the thousands of sportsmen that wants to go hunting this fall, now is the time to start submitting those big game applications.

By Don Martin May 12, 2020
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How many of you age 70 or older know about the complimentary Pioneer hunting/fishing license that the Arizona Game and Fish Department offers to residents who have lived in Arizona for 25 consecutive years?

By Don Martin May 12, 2020
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We are living in a situation that no one thought could happen to Americans in the United States.

By Don Martin May 5, 2020
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As part of U.S. President Donald Trump’s National Volunteer Week, the Arizona Game and Fish Department and its director, Ty Gray, have recognized the efforts of over 325 certified hunter education instructors throughout Arizona.

By Don Martin April 28, 2020
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Last week I wrote about a fishing trip at Lake Mead I had with long-time friend Dan Reed. Reed put on a fishing clinic for four days, topped off by him catching a largemouth bass that weighed 4 pounds, 4 ounces. I called it the “Dan Reed Fishing Story,” and rightfully so.

By Don Martin April 28, 2020
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Ticket prices range from $5 to $25, and there is no limit on purchases.

By Don Martin April 23, 2020
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About the only good thing that has come out of the pandemic is that I’ve had the opportunity to go into self-isolation with a friend or two and do some serious fishing this spring.

By Don Martin April 21, 2020
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Sometimes when a person is fishing, Lady Luck just smiles on them.

By Don Martin April 7, 2020
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Last week I wrote a story about what is arguably one of the best bass, crappie and catfish lakes in Arizona – Alamo Lake.

By Don Martin April 7, 2020
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In light of the current crisis that is facing all Americans, I wanted to share with you a thought about how to overcome the isolation, or social distancing as it is called. It’s called fishing.

By Don Martin March 31, 2020
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For those who were unsuccessful in this year’s draw for elk and antelope tags, there is still a chance to draw a tag. But you’d better hurry.

By Don Martin March 24, 2020
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One of the most controversial actions that has been taken by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission was in January 2020 when a rule went into effect that banned organized coyote hunting in Arizona where prizes were given or entry fees were charged.

By Don Martin March 24, 2020
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The use of birds of prey, including hawks and eagles, for the purpose of hunting has been going on for thousands of years.

By Don Martin March 17, 2020
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The father-and-son team of Dave and Dave Hilton put together the winning pattern to take the top honors at the Kingman Bass Club’s two-day tournament at Martinez Lake on the lower Colorado River.

By Don Martin March 17, 2020
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Every sportsman knows that the issue of trail cameras has been settled, right?

By Don Martin March 17, 2020
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The Mohave Arms Collectors Association, a group of dedicated male and female firearms collectors, have once again made a donation to the Arizona Hunter Education program in Kingman.

By Don Martin March 10, 2020
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As the fall 2020 draw results were revealed online for elk and antelope to those who have portal accounts with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, there were a lot of smiles as residents of Mohave County learned they drew tags.

By Don Martin March 10, 2020
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If you think you might have drawn a 2020 elk or antelope tag, you might want to check with your credit card company.

By Don Martin March 3, 2020
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The 2020 archery, youth, HAM and general rifle season for javelina closed Thursday, Feb. 27 all over Arizona and now the javelina herds will see a respite from hunting until 2021.

By Don Martin March 3, 2020
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The team of Cody Jalbert and Judson Brown won the Kingman Bass Club’s two-day fishing tournament at Alamo Lake with a two-day total of 22.17 pounds of largemouth bass, beating nine other teams.

By Don Martin February 25, 2020
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There is an old saying that is mostly used by anglers that goes, “I hate to fish used water.”

By Don Martin February 25, 2020
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The number of bighorn sheep counted in surveys in 2019 show sheep herds have yet to rebound after recent bouts with pneumonia.

By Don Martin February 18, 2020
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On Friday, Feb. 21 there will be thousands of sportsmen in the field for opening day of the 2020 general spring javelina hunt.

By Don Martin February 18, 2020
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Hunters had a high success rate despite smaller herds of bighorn sheep roaming the mountains of Mohave County.

By Don Martin February 18, 2020
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The first week of the HAM (handgun-archery-muzzleloader) javelina season is just about over.

By Don Martin February 11, 2020
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Last weekend had absolutely the best weather for hunting javelina in northwest Arizona, and many hunters were successful in Unit 18B.

By Don Martin February 11, 2020
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Over the years I have been honored and privileged to write stories about the successes of a lot of our areas youths as they spend time with family and friends in the outdoors.

By Don Martin February 4, 2020
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The father/son team of Ray and Donnie Scroggins won the first tournament of the year for the Kingman Bass Club, Kingman’s only bass fishing club.

By Don Martin February 4, 2020
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Last Friday was the start of the 2020 youth general javelina hunts in northwest Arizona.

By Don Martin January 28, 2020
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Over the years that I’ve been writing for the Miner, I’ve documented a lot of local sportsman who have been successful in their hunting pursuits.

By Don Martin January 27, 2020
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Apparently, after receiving a lot of “input” from sportsmen around the state, and even a few fellow legislators, Rep. Robert Thorpe (R-Flagstaff) has decided to pull the two House bills that he had submitted recently.

By Don Martin January 21, 2020
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The Kingman Bass Club, the area’s only bass fishing club, is ready to start their 2020 tournament trail and they are asking for local anglers to join them this year.

By Don Martin January 21, 2020
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Well, 2020 is just over two weeks old and already a state legislator is proposing two new laws that, if passed, will adversely affect sportsmen in Arizona.

By Don Martin January 14, 2020
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With the new year starting on January 1, one local sportsman didn’t waste any time in filling his over-the-counter 2020 archery deer tag.

By Don Martin January 7, 2020
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Recently I had a rather heated discussion with some sportsmen on a social media site where I commented on a photo that one of the hunters had posted.

By Don Martin January 6, 2020
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Happy New Year!

By Don Martin December 30, 2019
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We all have heard about how many of our veterans are returning home having been injured in combat in wars far away.

By Don Martin December 25, 2019
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Merry Christmas! Today is a special day for many of us.

By Don Martin December 23, 2019
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Last week I wrote a story about a 72-year-old lady from Kingman who fulfilled a couple of items on her hunting bucket list when she bagged an elk and a buffalo on a hunt in Idaho.

By Don Martin December 16, 2019
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The year 2018 was very year for the volunteer instructors and staff associated with Hunter Education programs in Arizona.

By Don Martin December 16, 2019
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Over the past few weeks I have been doing stories on the youth in our community who have been on various hunting trips with friends and family.

By Don Martin December 10, 2019
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Many times when I interview parents or kids who have been on big game hunts, I learn they haven’t always harvested the animals they were pursuing the first time out.

By Don Martin December 3, 2019
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Arizona residents know that our state Game and Fish Department is “youth friendly.”

By Don Martin December 2, 2019

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