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Dennis Pirch

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Summer’s the time for a berry-picking adventure

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

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Calving elk pose driving hazard

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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

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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

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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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Don’t miss deadline for hunting permits

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It is the second week of June and many Arizonans who enjoy the outdoors are fishing for trout or camping in the higher elevations, trying to escape the summer heat.

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Wilderness stretches of trout water offer good fishing, solitude

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The summer fishing season is not far away and the urge to wet a line on one of the Rim lakes for that early morning or late afternoon trout bite is always a possibility.

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Tigers spotted on the Rim

Finally. The tiger trout are now in the waters of Willow Springs and Woods Canyon, two of the most popular fishing spots in the state.

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Junior spring turkey hunt a success for area kids

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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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These boys are hooked on fishing

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Springtime weather, a couple of young boys, and a great bass lake is all it takes to make fond memories for a lifetime.

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Volunteers work for wildlife habitat

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Water sources are critical to wildlife survival in the arid Southwest. Even beneath the Rim with live streams in many canyons, water can still be very scarce.

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Payson wildlife manager honored

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It is always gratifying to hear of success stories from the graduates of Payson High School when they enter the careers of their choice. Obviously, there have been many.

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Newland, Wong made lasting impact on outdoor fraternity

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In the last month, two life-long outdoorsmen passed away that made a lasting impact on the fishing and hunting fraternity in the Rim Country.

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Let’s go fishing

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The rifles and archery equipment from the hunting seasons have probably been stored in the closet not to be used again until early fall. It’s time to head to your favorite lake or stream and try out that new fishing equipment or your favorite rod and reel.

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Final javelina season comes to a close

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The majority of the Arizona javelina hunting seasons take place in the late winter with numerous week-long hunts in various desert units.

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Sportsmen assist in new rules for Horton Creek

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About a year ago, Horton Creek was designated a “catch and release” only fishery by the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) with the encouragement of a growing number of sportsmen who would be considered wild trout enthusiasts.

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Grand Canyon Monument could affect game management

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The area north of the Grand Canyon is called the Kaibab Plateau and Arizona strip country which has some of the best mule deer hunting in the West.

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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.

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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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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Cool temps draw hunters to shotgun quail and dove seasons

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The big game seasons are drawing to a close for 2015 but there are still opportunities to be in the field in pursuit of game.

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Giving thanks for family, football and 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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Daypacks the answer for many one-day outdoor adventures

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Arizona is a state with abundant sunshine and weather, which allows for plenty of outdoor activities.

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Young hunters both bag trophies

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Young men growing up in the West or rural areas of our country often find the outdoors as a priority when it comes to time spent with friends.

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Family teams up for a successful antelope hunt

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The Arizona big game hunting seasons are well underway with the archery and rifle antelope hunts throughout the state having been completed.

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When the Crappie King calls, you answer

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Oftentimes a person’s name comes to mind with a sport, an event, or a particular ability or skill, which everyone can recognize.

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Fall turkey hunt a success for area couple

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Early October has so many hunting seasons beginning that it is difficult to keep them all in order.

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Rim Country hunting creates indelible memories

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A couple of weeks ago, my wife Kathy and I attended the annual Pioneer Barbecue held at the Tonto Apache Gym to visit with former students, old friends, and families who had a vested interest in developing this area of the Rim Country.

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Quail season opens today

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One of the most popular upland game seasons opens today in Arizona for the shotgun enthusiast who likes to shoot while walking the desert foothills.

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Fall in high country offers many choices for outdoor enthusiasts

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The calendar says fall is here, the days are shorter and the early morning temperatures are noticeably cooler.

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The call of the wild is beautiful music

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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 the elk herd has begun the mating season as bulls loudly declare an interest in gathering a mate.

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Scholastic clay target program starts soon

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With school underway, there are many clubs and sports programs available to the youth of the community.

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Brief dove hunting season offers challenge for marksmanship

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Dove hunting season, the first of the fall shotgun seasons, opened on Sept. 1 and will end at sundown on Sept. 15.

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Opening of archery deer season ends months of painful waiting

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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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