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Dennis Pirch

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Opening of archery deer season ends months of painful waiting

Outdoors Under the Rim

The months of waiting have come and gone since the closing of archery deer season on the last day of January.

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Blackberries ripe for the picking through Labor Day

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If you are an outdoor person, there seems to be a season for everything. Well, by mid-July it is time to get the old berry bucket off the shelf in the garage. As with the wildlife, the spring rains have really given a boost to the plant life, especially the blackberry bushes under the Rim. This year could be a real bumper crop with lots of fruit ripening on the vine from now until Labor Day.

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Tiger trout a real positive for Rim Country fishing

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If you have fished the southern Utah high mountain lakes, there is a chance of catching a trout that has some color marking features of an eastern brook trout and a German brown combination.

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Something not right in area trout streams

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We have been waiting, and it has finally happened! The East Verde River is flowing at a constant rate now that the pumps are working and the C.C. Cragin Reservoir is near full with cold mountain water.

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Getting on water early pays off for catching fish

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Arizona summers in the Rim Country means there will be thousands of Valley visitors driving through Payson to their favorite camping destination in the cool pines near a body of water that hopefully has a few trout for the weekend angler.

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Be alert this time of year for calf elk in Rim Country

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Late spring and early summer in the Rim Country means that the cow elk that were bred during the rut in September are now having calves.

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This may be the year for maximum antler growth

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When it comes to big game hunting, a trophy deer or elk is determined by the size of the antlers. The longer the main beams, the width of its circumference, and the length of each tine, the higher the score.

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Quick trip to trout waters makes for a great day

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The temperatures have really been heating up these past few days and it appears that summer in Arizona is here.

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Search pays off for anglers

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The summer fishing season is upon us and the urge to wet a line in one of the Rim lakes for that early morning or late afternoon trout bite always leads to a relaxing time.

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Sunrise Lake offers great trout fishing opportunities

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There are so many high elevation trout lakes from the Mogollon Rim to the White Mountains in Arizona.

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Out-of-the-way fishing holes

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The summertime trout fishing season is upon us with the hatchery trucks making numerous stops at the more popular lakes and streams in the Rim Country.

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Trout fishing a great way to usher in summer this weekend

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The long Memorial Day weekend is upon us, which unofficially begins the summer trek to the Rim Country for thousands of weekend campers from the Valley.

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Fall big game hunting permits available

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The elk and antelope hunting permits have already been determined and the Arizona Game and Fish Department is now accepting the rest of the big game permits for the fall. This will include deer, sheep, javelina, fall turkey and buffalo tags which are determined by a lottery drawing in mid summer.

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Junior spring turkey hunt a success

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When spring comes to the Arizona high country the early morning silence will often be broken by the distinct gobble of the wild turkey.

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April produces trophy trout in many Rim streams

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The month of April on the high mountain lakes of Arizona can produce more trophy size trout than any other time of the year.

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Drawing results for antelope and elk now available online

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Many big game hunters have been anxiously waiting for the drawing results for antelope and elk for the state.

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Spring means regular trout stocking returns to Rim Country

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Spring is here, the hills are starting to green-up, every plant that has pollen is filling the air, and the Tonto Fish Hatchery has started its weekly stocking of rainbow trout.

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Wild turkeys are beginning to gobble

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Spring is officially here, the days are getting longer, early flowers are blooming, and the gobblers have been sounding off in the woods.

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Polarized lenses a big asset to anglers looking for spawning fish

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Many outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy fishing in the spring and summer often spend time in the woods hunting in the fall. Big game hunters, besides having some kind of firearm or bow, would consider optics as part of their essential gear in pursuit of an animal.

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Record buffalo caught on Apache Lake

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A new record was added to the big fish category for Arizona when Gary Becko of Camp Verde landed a behemoth buffalo from Apache Lake. A buffalo is closely related to the carp and is considered a “rough” or non-sport fish, but still has a state record category.

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Early springtime is crappie fishing time

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The early springtime on most reservoirs in the southern tier of states is when the crappie bite begins. This pan-sized sport fish begins to move to the shallows for the spawn by mid-March depending on water temperatures.

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Now’s the time to make sure your boat’s ready for spring

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Most hunting seasons have come and gone and spring fishing is right around the corner. If you are an angler and have a boat, it has probably been stored in a garage or under a boat cover for much of the last five months

Take note: Antelope, elk hunting permits due tonight

It is that time of year again.

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Youth archery team excels at state

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The 4-H state tournament for youth archery was held recently in Tucson and the local club, the Rim Country Deadshots, made their presence known with an outstanding team effort.

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Now is perfect time to take care of fishing rod and reel repair

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When the rain and snow are falling in the winter months, I am usually marooned to my garage putting away long overdo hunting equipment and looking at a pile of fishing rods in the corner.

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Ice fishing a great adventure during the winter months

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The rods and reels have been stored in the garage for months waiting for that first early springtime trip to Roosevelt Lake for bass and crappies.

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Fish Green Valley Lake

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The winter months tend to put a halt to most angling within the state of Arizona, especially for rainbow trout. Well, the exception is Green Valley Lake right here within the city limits of Payson.

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January is archery deer and javelina season

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January in Arizona is the month-long archery deer season for many units within the state.

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Big changes for Horton Creek

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One of my favorite spots to spend an hour or two with a fishing rod in hand is Horton Creek. It is nestled under the Mogollon Rim just a canyon to the east of Tonto Creek with about three miles of fishable trout waters.

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Time for Game and Fish to rethink elk management

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The expansion of the elk herd in the country under the Mogollon Rim has been a true success story from the years of the early 1970s when there were 50 tags allotted for bull or cow in all of unit 22!

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Elk seasons come to a close

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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?” 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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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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Late July the perfect time to pick blackberries in Rim Country

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By the third week in July it is the time to start picking blackberries from your favorite patch. Residents who have picked in previous years know when to make that first trip with bucket in hand.

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Weekend 3-D archery contests growing in popularity

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Archery big-game hunting is a rapidly growing sport throughout the USA. The seasons are generally longer which provides more opportunities to be in the woods in pursuit of deer and other game depending on the region of the country.

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Reservation Lake a great weekend getaway

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Sometime during the summer months after fishing the same Rim lakes and streams, it may be time for a new angling destination.

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Fourth of July a great time in Rim Country

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Summer is in full swing and the 4th of July, Independence Day, is already upon us.

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Haigler Creek is off the beaten path

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The area between Payson and Young is some of the more remote territory in the state of Arizona with steep canyons and rock outcroppings, which shield the creeks that are in the bottoms of the drainages.

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Trout stream fishing 101

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Summer is here and the local hatcheries on Canyon and Tonto Creek are busy stocking waters throughout the state of Arizona.

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Elk calving in the Rim Country is a time to be alert

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Late spring and early summer in the Rim Country means that the cow elk that were bred during the rut in September are now having calves.

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Trout fishing tip: either go early or stay late

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The Arizona summer heat is upon us and even at 5,000 feet in elevation Payson can get mighty hot in the afternoon.

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Arizona Game and Fish Commission meeting this weekend in Payson

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The Arizona Game and Fish Depart­ment will have a commission meeting in Payson on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, 14 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino at 8 a.m. both days and the public is invited.

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Big game applications due soon

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The antelope and elk permits have already been issued for 2014 and those lucky hunters who drew a tag already have a week or two in the fall set aside for the pursuit of big game.

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