Dennis Pirch

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Litter season draws near once again

The Tonto National Forest beneath the Mogollon Rim has among the most visitors in the entire USA! When springtime comes, the interest in camping, fishing and other water sports brings thousands of visitors to the lakes, streams and campgrounds.

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Javelina permits still available

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The late winter in Arizona has traditionally been the time to hunt javelina with a firearm.

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Elk, antelope permits available from Game and Fish

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It is that time of year again, the application process for antelope and elk permits for 2016 fall season is upon us.

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Snowy days, get ready for springtime fishing

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The El Niño winter is making its mark with a good start on snowpack on the Mogollon Rim and rain at the lower elevations in Arizona. It appears there is more on the horizon, which is great news for anglers as the groundwater table improves and the reservoirs start to fill.

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Bowhunter claims his once-in-a-lifetime trophy

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There are many species of big game animals in Arizona that can be hunted during a prescribed season. Most have a lottery drawing system for the permits that are limited to a certain number of hunters per unit.

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More Rim Country mountains to climb in 2016

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If you haven’t noticed, it is a new year, 2016. Just a few years back, I had a hard time adjusting to the new century 2000 and actually writing the date.

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Number of female hunters on the rise

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Most of the big game hunts for 2015 are over and many fond memories were made from successful hunts by local families in the Rim Country. Hunting is not just a “guy thing.”

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Christmas is only a few days away

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Are you still struggling with what to get as a gift for family members or your friends?

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Elk hunters a shot in the arm to Rim Country economy

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If you have tried to get on the Beeline on a Thursday or Friday for the last three months and have been slowed by the long line of campers, trailers and motor homes, no doubt you may be wondering, “Where are they going?”

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Game warden retires after 38 years in wildlife management

For the last 30 years when I have been hiking the trails or driving the back roads, it would be a common occurrence to see Henry Apfel, the local game warden for 22 North. Henry would be driving his brown pickup with the AZGFD insignia on the side patrolling his designated area of the Tonto National Forest.

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