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Antelope and Elk permit application deadline approaching

It is that time of year again; the application process for antelope and elk permits for the 2017 fall season is upon us.

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Fossil Creek plan comment period extended

The Forest Service has extended the deadline for sounding off on a plan to permanently limit access to Fossil Creek — and clamp down on the places where people can swim in the pristine, travertine stream.

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Ancient humans coped with shifting climate

The climate’s warming. The glaciers are melting. The carbon dioxide’s rising. But if it’s any comfort — human beings have been mucking with the planet’s ecosystem for a very long time.

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Fishing: Still the most fun way to stay humble

Are you interested in catching (and releasing) some really big trout? I’d suggest you give Silver Creek, outside of Show Low, a try. Silver Creek is a spring-fed creek that maintains great water temperature for trout throughout the year. The slow-flowing stream has many deep pools where hundreds of 18-22 inch trout are tantalizingly close to the fishermen. Depending on the conditions of the water the day you visit, it may be murky or extremely clear. Either way, fish lurk there!

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Wolves killed and fostered

Foster parent’s success adds a rare bright spot

The controversial, long-suffering attempt to return the Mexican Grey Wolf to the wild continues to rack up victories — and setbacks.

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Use Tonto Forest sites for free on Jan. 17-22

Waiver won’t affect campsites run by concessionaires

Tonto National Forest joins other federal agencies in offering five fee-free days on public lands in 2017, beginning Jan. 16 in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

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Fossil Creek conundrum

Payson residents showed up this week at a hearing to urge the U.S. Forest Service to protect Fossil Creek — while still making it easier to get to the stream from Rim Country.

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Wanna hike? Well, come along with us

The Payson Packers hiking group goes out adventuring every Tuesday morning and you’re invited. Now over 35 years old, the Payson Packers are a loosely organized group of locals who enjoy getting together in our great Arizona outdoors for a bit of exercise, exploration and socializing.

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Teaching kids to love the world, with an eye for details

During the summer when my grandsons come up from the Valley to visit, we often go “creeking.” This is what we call wading in Tonto Creek or the East Verde River looking for any critters we can find in the water.

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When the jeeping gets tough – time to go a wandering

Well, folks, this will be my last Jeepin’ in Rim Country column. Why, you ask? Simple. I sold my beloved red Jeep.

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Archery season in full swing

There is a new deer season that was added this year to the big game hunts. Starting on December 9th and continuing through December 31st there is an over-the-counter archery deer season for many units within the state of Arizona which include the local areas of units 22, 23, and 24.

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Moqui Ranch – Arizona’s past with a future

It is just past dusk as a small herd of elk munches their way up the grassy valley toward a century-old stock tank for their evening sip.

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Good lake fishing now

Rim Country Fishing Report

Recent fishing on Roosevelt and Apache lakes is reported to be good to very good.

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First hunt a big adventure for boy and dad

Outdoors Under the Rim

Most of the fall firearm deer seasons have come and gone within the state of Arizona where many young hunters experienced their first big game hunt.

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Stalking the wary holdover trout of Tonto Creek

Tonto Creek is my favorite creek. I guess that is because it reminds me of the place that I fished every chance I could as a kid

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