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Don Martin

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Seems like every fall when the big game hunts start, I hear stories about sportsmen who have not filled their tags, but yet claim they had a successful hunt.

By Don Martin October 2, 2018
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The 2018-2019 waterfowl and snipe regulations are out, and for those wanting to hunt waterfowl it’s time to repair the decoys, waders and clean the shotgun.

By Don Martin October 1, 2018
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Good friends are few and far between. When we lose one, it is hard to take.

By Don Martin September 18, 2018
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It was hot as six teams of anglers from Kingman Bass Club took to the water on Lake Mead to test their skills on the largemouth and smallmouth bass that call this huge Colorado River impoundment home.

By Don Martin September 18, 2018
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According to the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2017 there were 4,291 recreational boating accidents involving 658 deaths nationwide.

By Don Martin September 11, 2018
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The rumors about the Bureau of Land Management Kingman Field Office Travel Management Plan (TMP) and Environmental Assessment that is currently out for review and comment has garnered the attention of a lot of local folks, and in some cases, has upset a few.

By Don Martin September 4, 2018
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I wrote a story in June of how Kingman resident Gwen Gillman had donated her late husband’s camo clothing to the Arizona Elk Society’s Camo Closet program.

By Don Martin September 4, 2018
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We all have our dreams and wishes on what we would like to do in our lives.

By Don Martin August 28, 2018

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is now accepting paper applications for Spring 2019 hunts for turkey, javelin, bison and bear draws.

By Don Martin August 28, 2018
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2018-2019 dove regulations available online
2018 dove season opens Sept. 1

The first dove season opens in less than two weeks, and hunters need to find the information that they need to go after the most hunted game bird in Arizona. The first dove season will be Sept. 1-15.

By Don Martin August 21, 2018

Sign up for the annual Becoming an Outdoors Woman event that will be held Sept. 7-9.

By Don Martin August 21, 2018
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A night of terror on Lake Mead
Three anglers went fishing only to spend the night in the lake

It was a fishing trip that started out like hundreds of others I’ve done on Lake Mead over the past 12 or so years.

By Don Martin August 7, 2018
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Despite losing his sight, Ferraro has not let this disability prevent him from enjoying the great outdoors.

By Don Martin July 31, 2018

Arizona Game and Fish Department has reported that the 13th annual Super Raffle raised a record amount of money that will be used to benefit Arizona’s wildlife.

By Don Martin July 31, 2018

If you are looking for a muzzleloader deer, fall turkey, or a youth-only javelina hunt, there are still tags available.

By Don Martin July 31, 2018
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In 2016, I was invited to attend a one day event at the Bass Pro shop in Mesa that was called “No excuses CHAMP Hunting Day.”

By Don Martin July 24, 2018

Arizona Game and Fish Department has released its proposed hunt recommendations for the 2019 spring javelina, bison and bear hunts, and the 2019 and 2020 spring turkey hunts.

By Don Martin July 24, 2018
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Striper fishing spectacular at Lake Mead
Two records set for Striper Hunters anglers last week

Even with inclement weather and lowering water conditions, the striper bite just seemed to be wide open for those anglers willing to go out from sunset to sunrise.

By Don Martin July 17, 2018
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To apply sportsmen must use the paper application and must be addressed to Arizona Game and Fish Department, ATTN: Draw/First Come, 5000 West Carefree Highway, Phoenix AZ 85086.

By Don Martin July 17, 2018
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Besides governmental and conservation groups, other Arizona sportsmen are also helping deliver water to wildlife.

By Don Martin July 10, 2018
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The draw is in, striper fishing is doing well and the comment period for the trail camera debate is open.

By Don Martin July 10, 2018
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Summer is always a good time to catch striped bass on Lake Mead, but with angling success comes some news about the quality of the fishery this year, and it’s not all good.

By Don Martin July 3, 2018

For many sportsmen, learning that they have drawn a coveted big game tag is something they look forward to. And right now, Arizona Game and Fish Department is starting to take funds out of the credit card accounts of those who were lucky enough to draw a tag for deer, turkey, fall javelina and bighorn sheep tags.

By Don Martin July 3, 2018
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It was an issue that pitted sportsmen against sportsmen, and in the end, the commission decided on a 5-0 vote against imposing any restrictions on the use of passive trail cameras in Arizona.

By Don Martin June 26, 2018
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The dock at South Cove will remain in the same location for now and is in about 50 feet of water, but no one should try and launch a boat off of the ramp at any other location than the designated spot.

By Don Martin June 26, 2018
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Just look at those carp

By Don Martin June 26, 2018
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Parker and Wolsey’s bag weighed 14.79 pounds, edging out the second-place team of Donnie and Ray Scroggins by less than a pound.

By Don Martin June 19, 2018
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Taking first place for the second year in a row was the team of Chris Madden and Josh Holstrom, whose 40 fish limit weighed 69.11 pounds.

By Don Martin June 19, 2018
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On April 13, local outdoorsman and master of all trades, John Gillman, died after suffering a massive heart attack.

By Don Martin June 12, 2018
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According to Donnie Scroggins, president of the KBC, six teams participated in the event. And all were successful.

By Don Martin June 12, 2018
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To apply, go to https://draw.azxgfd.gov/ and scroll down to the “Apply for a Draw.”

By Don Martin June 12, 2018
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Questions or comments can be asked in-person if you attend or are involved in the webinar. The meeting will be held in the Quail Room at the department’s headquarters, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix. You can also submit questions or comments via e-mail prior or during the forum at questions@azgfd.gov.

By Don Martin May 29, 2018

There are other events including a speed shoot, long shot shoot, Friday night shoot, and a special Duke’s Poker Shoot that participants can enjoy. Robbins noted that all proceeds from the Poker Shoot will to go to purchasing items for Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Child Life Wish List and Family Centered Care Programs.

By Don Martin May 29, 2018
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Going fishing with Linda has become an almost annual affair. We have fished at Lake Mead, and last year we fished a couple of days at Alamo Lake.

By Don Martin May 22, 2018
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Stripe R Rama, which in the past has been the largest overnight striper fishing tournament, is once again going to be held out of South Cove on Lake Mead.

By Don Martin May 22, 2018
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Fred and Mark Proudfoot take top honors at KFFA tournament at Lake Mead
Fred and Mark Proudfoot take top honors at KFFA tournament at Lake Mead

The father-son team of Fred and Mark Proudfoot put on an awesome display of fishing prowess Saturday to easily win the largemouth and smallmouth portion of the 27th annual Kingman Firefighters Association fishing tournament.

By Don Martin May 15, 2018
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Applications must be received by 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, June 12. You must have a valid Arizona hunting license to apply for any tags.

By Don Martin May 15, 2018

This week I want share with you a story about a Kingman resident who I’ve known for a long time that I highly respect and unfortunately is moving. His name is Truman Puchbauer and he has lived in Kingman for about 24 years.

By Don Martin May 8, 2018
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After a lot of discussion, four members of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission who attended Friday’s public meeting in Kingman decided that more time was needed to determine the fate of trail camera use issue in Arizona.

By Don Martin May 8, 2018

This is an open tournament where you pick your own teams. Teams are either two or three people.

By Don Martin May 8, 2018
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In the many years that the Kingman Bass Club has been in existence, there has never been a tie for top-team in one of its tournaments, until now.

By Don Martin May 1, 2018
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The Arizona Game and Fish Commission will be meeting at 8 a.m. Friday in the Board of Supervisors meeting room, 700 W. Beale St.

By Don Martin May 1, 2018
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This is the kind of story that I really don’t like to write. It is about the passing of a friend and sportsman from the Kingman community that I’ve known for a very long time.

By Don Martin April 24, 2018
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The Kingman team of certified volunteer Hunter Education instructors recently conducted a class at the Mohave Sportsman Club’s 7 Mile Hill Range and when it was over 32 more individuals ranging in age from 9 to 77 years old graduated.

By Don Martin April 24, 2018
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The Arizona Game and Fish Department will be conducting aerial gunning projects in game management unit 10 and 18B as part of the state’s efforts to help protect antelope fawns.

By Don Martin April 24, 2018
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Last week I wrote in this column about my recent experiences while hunting spring turkey on the 1.8 million-acre San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in central Arizona.

By Don Martin April 17, 2018
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In the next month there will be several important events that sportsmen will want to attend.

By Don Martin April 17, 2018
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Turkey hunts in Arizona are typically the last big game hunt (buffalo being the exception) of the spring, and every year I try to go on at least one hunt for these wily longbeards.

By Don Martin April 10, 2018
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In a surprise move, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its affiliate group the Arizonans for Wildlife announced that they are suspending their efforts to gather signatures for a ballot initiative that would have banned hunting mountain lions and bobcats on Arizona.

By Don Martin April 10, 2018
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For the last two weeks I have written about proposals being brought forward under Article 3: Rules for taking and handling of wildlife.

By Don Martin April 3, 2018

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