Dennis Pirch

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Elk bugle in Rim Country this time of year

Outdoors Under the Rim

When the bull elk begin to sound off in the Rim Country, one knows that fall is in the air. Not only is autumn approaching, but also the elk herd has begun the mating season as bulls begin to become vocal, declaring an interest in gathering a mate.

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A great time to be outdoors

Outdoors Under the Rim

Yes, I know it is still summer with hot temperatures and hopefully a late-afternoon thunderstorm brewing on the Rim.

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Early dove season opens Thursday

Outdoors Under the Rim

Dove hunting season, which is the first of the fall shotgun seasons, opens Thursday and will end at sundown on Sept. 15.

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Practice key to harvesting a deer during archery season

Outdoors Under the Rim

It seems like it was only a few weeks ago the archery equipment was put into storage after the January deer and javelina seasons. Guess what, it has been seven months and it’s almost time to pursue a buck with a “string and a stick.”

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Arizona big game lottery permits finalized

Outdoors Under the Rim

The big game permits have been drawn by a lottery system for all of the fall hunts in 2016 in the state of Arizona.

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More tiger trout to be stocked into Rim Country lakes

Tonto Fish Hatchery to raise them

In mid May sport anglers throughout the state that flocked to Willow Springs and Woods Canyon Lake welcomed the inaugural stocking of the hybrid tiger trout.

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Summer’s the time for a berry-picking adventure

Outdoors Under the Rim

If you are an outdoor person, there seems to be a season for everything.

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Calving elk pose driving hazard

Outdoors Under the Rim

Payson and the Rim Country is a destination for those who want to see, photograph or hunt the “King of the Forest,” the bull elk.

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Keep our forest litter free

Outdoors Under the Rim

The Memorial Day weekend crowds appeared to be at an all-time high and the weekends that have followed seemed to have heavier traffic than in previous years.

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Catch & release tips

Outdoors Under the Rim

This past month a new hybrid game fish has been introduced into the local waters of Woods Canyon and Willow Springs Lake, the tiger trout.

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