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The Arizona Game and Fish Department has announced the opening of the 2019 fall small-game seasons for a variety of species including assorted tree squirrels, band-tailed pigeons, grouse, chukar and waterfowl.

By Don Martin October 7, 2019
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The fall hunting seasons have started in earnest, and one local young lady has made the most of the opportunity to go on her javelina hunt in Unit 10.

By Don Martin October 7, 2019
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With the fall deer season set to start in a couple of weeks, a lot of hunters will be in the field scouting. Smart ones will stay out until dark as the deer seem to be getting up later in the day to feed.

By Don Martin October 7, 2019
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Normally this time of year my fishing season is over and I would be assisting on elk hunts.

By Don Martin September 30, 2019
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Every year I receive photos from anglers and hunters that they would like to see printed in our paper’s Outdoors Page.

By Don Martin September 23, 2019
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Manmade wildlife watering troughs are important, and in times like now when not much rain has fallen, they are absolutely needed by wildlife.

By Don Martin September 23, 2019
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Drawing any antelope tag in Arizona today is a tough task.

By Don Martin September 16, 2019
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With just a few more days before the September dove season closes, success or lack of it depends on who you have talked to.

By Don Martin September 9, 2019
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While some Kingman residents had a tough time finding doves on the first two days of the early season that opened Sept. 1, others found a lot of birds and had some great shooting.

By Don Martin September 9, 2019
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One of the biggest complaints that the Arizona Game and Fish Department receives from landowners is that dove hunters fail to pick up their empty shotgun shells.

By Don Martin September 9, 2019
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The fall archery deer season is in full swing and will be open for another 10 days, closing on Sept. 12.

By Don Martin September 2, 2019
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Having the opportunity to meet with friends you haven’t seen in a while is always a good thing.

By Don Martin August 26, 2019
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The fall 2019 dove season will open on Sunday, and for Mohave County hunters it should be a great year for dove hunting.

By Don Martin August 26, 2019
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Now that the antis have apparently won another round of taking away the privileges of legally licensed hunters, I was thinking the other day: “Wonder what the antis will go after next?”

By Don Martin August 19, 2019
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The annual archery deer hunt will open on Friday, Aug. 23, in many areas statewide and local archers are ready to hit the hills.

By Don Martin August 19, 2019
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In light of the horrible random shootings in America, and all of the rhetoric that unfortunately comes after it, I wondered if the proposed action by the folks who are on the left side of this issue will affect the average American sportsman and citizen?

By Don Martin August 12, 2019
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The question on my mind this week is what is going on with the striper fishery at Lake Mead?

By Don Martin August 12, 2019
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The Big Boquillas Ranch, the largest privately owned ranch in Unit 10, is now open for scouting and prairie dog hunters who have permits.

By Don Martin August 5, 2019
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Winners of the 14th annual Arizona Big Game Super Raffle were announced at Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters in Phoenix.

By Don Martin August 5, 2019
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An archery group known as Inside Out will host a two-day indoor shoot this weekend at the Mohave County Fairgrounds.

By Don Martin July 29, 2019
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I’m sure by now you all are aware of the unfortunate passing of one of the best archers around, Stewart Bowman.

By Don Martin July 29, 2019
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Every year after the draw for big game tags is over, local sportsmen can be heard grumbling how they didn’t get drawn for a deer, elk, sheep, antelope or bison tag.

By Don Martin July 29, 2019
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Fishing, or angling as it’s called in some circles, is a time honored tradition in America that for hundreds of years has brought together families and friends.

By Don Martin July 22, 2019
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Are you one of the many sportsmen who didn’t draw an Arizona big game tag this year?

By Don Martin July 22, 2019
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It was right at sundown as I was heading north on the Pierce Ferry Road about a mile from the Dollar General store when it happened.

By Don Martin July 15, 2019
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If you are a lady who is interested in some great outdoors activities including bird walks, yoga, fly tying, and night fishing, then you might want to investigate a workshop called “Becoming an Outdoors Woman.”

By Don Martin July 15, 2019
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President Donald Trump is not a hunter or angler, but he knows the importance of these activities to the American public. He also knows how important access is to federal lands and waterways by the American public.

By Don Martin July 15, 2019
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I am often asked by potential fishing clients what the best time of the year is to fish for striped bass and catfish on Lake Mead.

By Don Martin July 8, 2019
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Arizona Game and Fish Department has announced that this year there was more than a 10% increase in applicants for fall big-game tags.

By Don Martin July 8, 2019
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As expected, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, on a 4-0 vote, (Commissioner Sparks was not present) has decided to eliminate coyote calling contests.

By Don Martin July 1, 2019
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The Kingman Bass Club held its first open bass tournament at Lake Mohave on Sunday, and though they had a good turnout, KBC president Donnie Scroggins promises that next year it will be bigger and better.

By Don Martin July 1, 2019
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A lot of anglers, some from as far away as Idaho, are anxiously awaiting the start this weekend of Stripe-R-Rama 28, one of the largest and oldest overnight team-striper fishing tournaments held on Lake Mead.

By Don Martin June 17, 2019
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Mohave County has a lot of talented photographers and, of course, our county is the home of some of the most beautiful landscapes and interesting wildlife in Arizona.

By Don Martin June 17, 2019
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The next two weeks are going to be important to a number of local striper fishermen.

By Don Martin June 10, 2019
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A reminder to all boaters that Arizona Game and Fish Department will be holding a life jacket exchange at the Region 3 office in Kingman on Saturday.

By Don Martin June 10, 2019
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Sometimes, just being in the right place at the right time can turn ordinary people into heroes.

By Don Martin June 5, 2019
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With this crazy spring weather about to end, many local boaters and anglers will be once again taking to the water of our local lakes on the Colorado River.

By Don Martin June 3, 2019
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The boating season has started and Arizona Game and Fish Department is helping boaters prepare for a great summer on the lakes and rivers by offering a life jacket exchange event at the Region 3 office in Kingman.

By Don Martin June 3, 2019
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The last couple of weeks I have been writing about some very serious things Arizona sportsmen are going to be facing in the next few months.

By Don Martin May 27, 2019
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As I am sure you are aware, one of the hottest topics for many Arizona sportsmen is the proposal by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to prohibit organized coyote calling contests.

By Don Martin May 20, 2019
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It didn’t come as any real surprise when the names of top teams at the annual Kingman Firefighters Association’s tournament at Lake Mead were read Saturday at the tournament’s conclusion.

By Don Martin May 20, 2019
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What we didn’t expect was when literally thousands of 3 to 5 inch threadfin showed up and started circling the boat.

By Don Martin May 13, 2019
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The first step for Martzen was to get some of her friends to agree to help her with the event, which does take a lot of planning.

By Don Martin May 13, 2019
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When I got the first of several calls from friends, some of whom are members of the Mohave Sportsman Club, I couldn’t believe what they were saying.

By Don Martin May 7, 2019
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Many years ago, when I was president of the Mohave Sportsman Club, I organized and put in place a program in concert with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Navajo Nation that recognized that we as sportsmen were only privileged to hunt on those lands.

By Don Martin April 29, 2019
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The Big Boquillas Ranch encompasses just over 729,532 acres of land. It includes about 491,432 acres of deeded private land, which is owned by the Navajo Nation. The ranch also has 238,100 acres of state trust lands within its borders. It is the largest ranch in Arizona.

By Don Martin April 29, 2019
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One of the longest running overnight striper tournaments in Mohave County is in danger of not happening unless someone steps up to take it over.

By Don Martin April 22, 2019
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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the limited use of motor vehicles to retrieve lawfully taken elk and bison on the Kaibab National Forest.

By Don Martin April 22, 2019
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As I reported in last week’s column, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission did pass, and by a unanimous vote, a proposal that would prohibit using any lethal method of take during a hunting contest for predatory and fur-bearing animals.

By Don Martin April 15, 2019
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You knew it had to end. The father-son team of Ray and Donnie Scroggins didn’t win the Kingman Bass Club’s fourth tournament of the year.

By Don Martin April 15, 2019

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