Dennis Pirch

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Elk seasons come to a close

Outdoors Under the Rim

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?” The great majority are hunters heading to elk country to preseason scout or to start their hunt.

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Sounds of the woods

Outdoors Under the Rim

Over this past month, I have spent many hours in the woods observing a variety of big game animals which inhabit the Rim Country.

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Plenty to be thankful for in Rim Country

Outdoors Under the Rim

The Thanksgiving weekend is often a time for our family gathering, with an abundance of great food, plenty of football games on TV, and so many stories that seem to focus on the outdoors in the Rim Country.

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Successful first elk hunt

The fall means hunting season for elk in the Rim Country with nu­merous weeklong hunts already finished.

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Fall fishing can net big trout on area lakes

Outdoors Under the Rim

It is already into mid-November and the weather is still holding for a high mountain trout fishing trip. Most “Hook and Bullet” folks have put away the fishing rods and have picked up the rifle, shotgun or bow.

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Deer hunting creates lasting family memories

Outdoors Under the Rim

The rifle deer season is underway throughout the state of Arizona for the Coues whitetail or the mule deer, which are the two species that inhabit our state. The early general whitetail hunt ended last week in the local units 22 and 23 with numerous trophy whitetails harvested.

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Fall’s final flare

Tips for fall color treks

The fall months with the last days of Indian summer offer the hiker and other outdoor enthusiasts perfect weather conditions to view the changing colors of the leaves before the winter snows arrive.

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Will a trout stream run through it?

Outdoors Under the Rim

A trout stream in the city limits of Payson is certainly thinking “outside of the box” when it comes to ideas that make our community even more appealing as a destination.

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With fall hunting season nearing, it’s time to get in shape

Outdoors Under the Rim

The results from the Arizona Game and Fish Department lottery drawing for deer, turkey, sheep and fall javelina are available on the Internet by typing azgfd.gov and following the directions posted. Elk and antelope tags have already been determined and the lucky hunters now have those precious permits in their hands for the 2014 season.

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Fishing in Rim Country priceless

Outdoors Under the Rim

A weekend in the Rim Country or the White Mountains to a Valley resident is priceless with the chance to cool off, maybe get drenched by a summer monsoon storm, and catch a fighting rainbow.

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