Arizona Game and Fish wildlife manager David Daniels will soon lead a hunter education class.
Daniels is no stranger in the Rim Country having been a standout three-sport athlete at Payson High School. After graduation he attend college and returned to PHS for two years as a teacher and coach.
The upcoming classes, sponsored by the Game and Fish Department, are a requirement for 10- to 14-year-old hunters who want to apply for a big game tag.
Other hunters who successfully complete the class will receive one bonus point in the annual big game tag drawings.
The classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., April 6 to April 10 in the ERA conference room located at 418 N. Beeline Highway.
Daniels said the classes will include the basics of hunting including gun handling, firearm safety, field dressing of animals and outdoor survival skills.
The fee for the class is $5 and registration is limited to the first 30 to sign-up.
Call Daniels at (928) 474-3142 for more information.
Little League tryouts
Tryout sessions for Junior Division Little League players (13-year-olds) are just over the horizon.
Baseball tryouts will begin at 10 a.m., April 4 on the Rumsey II ball fields.
Softball tryouts will tip off at the same time and day, but on the Rumsey III fields.
Players interested in being a part of the Junior Division baseball or fast-pitch softball programs must attend.
Adult co-ed spring softball on tap
Register now through April 2 for the upcoming Adult Co-Ed Spring Softball season with the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.
Both competitive and recreation divisions will be offered as long as a minimum of four teams enroll in each division. All players must be 16 years or older to play. Games will be played Monday through Friday evenings beginning April 13.
The fee is $250 per team and must be paid by April 2 for a team to be included.
Call Joe Harris, athletics coordinator at the parks, recreation and tourism office, (928) 474-5242, ext. 359, for more information.
Banquet set for May 2
In order for the Mogollon Sporting Association to continue doing the fine work it has done since its inception 17 years ago, the group needs the support of townspeople at its annual fund-raising banquet.
This year, it will be held May 2 at the Mazatzal Casino. Doors open for a no-host cocktail hour at 5 p.m. A prime rib dinner, auction and raffles follow.
Over the years, the evening has developed a reputation as being one of the most festive on the Rim Country social scene.
Tickets are $75 each and those who purchase before April 1 will be entered in an early bird drawing for a chance to win a Savage 93R17BTVS-17HMR rifle.
MSA members Jack Koon and Ted Pettet say the banquet will feature many quality prizes, raffle and auction items, especially firearms.
The evening is a chance to take home some very nice prizes, enjoy good, old-fashioned hometown camaraderie and at the same time help out a very worthwhile cause.
Tickets are available from any MSA member or by calling Jack Koon at (928) 474-1662.
FLW goodie bags
Local business persons interested in participating in the upcoming “Goodie Bag” promotion at the FLW professional bass tournament should take any items, coupons, souvenirs, discounts, keepsakes or mementoes to Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department Outdoors and Trails Coordinator Mary McMullen at the Green Valley Park offices.
She is the one coordinating the project as a member on the local FLW Stren Series bass tournament committee.
The venture is being touted as an inexpensive way to advertise local businesses to the expected 400 anglers who will enter the tournament April 15 to 18. Upon registration, all entrants will be given a type of goodie bag the committee chooses to call “Bass Tackle Bags.”
Items must be delivered to McMullen by April 8.
As part of the Diamondbacks Arizona Home Town Series, Payson will be the guest community at the Diamondbacks vs. Washington Nationals game May 8 at Chase Field.
Game time is 6:40 p.m.
The pro clash will serve as a fund-raiser with $5 of each ticket going to benefit local parks and recreation programs that are now operating on a shoestring budget and only with financial help from Friends of Parks and Recreation.
The tickets, which usually sell for $25, will be priced at $15.
Tickets may be purchased at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism offices located at Green Valley Park or online at www.paysonrimcountry.com/dbacks.
For more information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.