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June 23, 2016

A huge thanks to Rim Country anglers and all outdoor enthusiasts who submitted inputs to the USFWS on potential Lake Havasu boating closures. In a recently released statement, the USFWS has withdrawn its Lake Havasu boating compatibility study for further consideration and deliberation. According to the USFWS news release, the Service received and reviewed a substantial number of negative impact comments during the formal comment period. Senator John McCain and Congressman Paul Gosar both had formally requested the draft be withdrawn. The USFWS has been tone-deaf to public inputs on several other recent topics however in this case, it appears to have made a difference.

Bass anglers are experiencing a fair to good bite recently. The extreme heat is forcing fish to deeper, cooler waters and at the same time, the heat is making fishing extremely uncomfortable for even die-hard anglers. The early morning bite is still active, but only for about an hour after sun rise. Many anglers are taking advantage of the recent full moon to be on the water just prior to sunset. The moon rise and set times change each day, just like the sun but for the next week or so, the moon will rise before midnight and remain visible for most of the night. Experienced anglers are reporting sporadic top water action very early in the morning and very late in the evening. Rio Rico top water baits and Spro Frogs were reported successful recently. A Drop-Shot and Texas-Rig using translucent colored Roboworms were effective early and late, while a Carolina-Rig using a larger 6" to 10" worm caught some larger bass in deeper water.

The Tonto Creek has stopped flowing and the Salt River is flowing at 60% of its normal flow for this time of year which translates to under 100 CFPS. The lake stands at 46% full and the daily downward trend of the water level will likely continue until we get some monsoon rains.

Crappie anglers also reported a fair bite recently. Most crappie anglers are fishing after sunset when the crappie are moving into more shallow water depths. Live minnows fished below a bobber in 15-25 feet deep water is the most successful summer night time technique.

Trout anglers continue to report good success mostly on Rim Country lakes and streams stocked by the AZGFD. The best trout fishing time during the summer is early morning. As the sun gets higher in the sky, look for submerged logs, overhangs and shade that trout will use as ambush spots while avoiding direct sunlight. Experienced trout anglers are reporting success on Powerbait, salmon eggs, small crank-baits and wet flies. If you're fishing one of the catch and release streams in Rim Country, remember that it is important to keep the fish in the water as long as possible and release it as quickly as you can.

For the third time in six months, North Carolina’s Lake Gaston has produced a blue catfish state record. Landon Evans, 15, of Benson landed a 117-pound, 8-ounce cat June 11, breaking a record that had just been set in December 2015


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Utah Delegation sends letter to President Opposing Use of Antiquities Act in Utah

Washington - Today, Members of the Utah Delegation sent a letter to President Obama expressing strong opposition to the use of the Antiquities Act to create a national monument within San Juan County. The land in question covers 1.9 million acres in southeastern Utah. The letter encourages the president to support the locally-driven, ongoing Public Lands Initiative (PLI) process instead of unilaterally designating a monument.

Letter signatures include Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-02), and Rep. Mia Love (UT-04).

Key excerpts from the letter:

"Federal land-use policy has a major impact on the lives of those residing within and near federal lands. We believe the wisest land-use decisions are made with community involvement and local support. This principle is true whether skyscrapers or sagebrush surround the community.

"Use of the Antiquities Act within will be met with fierce local opposition and will further polarize federal land-use discussions for years, if not decades.

"Make no mistake, both the State of Utah and San Juan County value our public lands. With that said, public participation in land-use decisions is critical to their long-term acceptance and success; the most effective land management policy is inclusive and engaging, not veiled and unilateral."


Letter to Constituency Groups From Arizona Game and Fish Commission; Chairman Kurt Davis
May 13, 2016

To Whom It May Concern:

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is very concerned about President Obama's unprecedented, inappropriate and over use of the 1906 Antiquities Act. As Chairman, I must make clear our positon that such use may well derail the multiple-use framework that has been guiding the effective management of lands across Arizona. This framework has served us well since the turn of the twentieth century. I want to share my three fundamental concerns.

First, designations will fundamentally and definitively impact Arizonans' ability to recreate on 1.7 million acres of land in Arizona. Who is going to pay for any new monuments? The federal government is already struggling to maintain the existing national parks and monuments to the tune of $11.5 billion. The 1.2 million acre Grand Canyon National Park has deferred maintenance projects totaling $330 million. Despite the promises we hear, history tells us that lands will be closed or uses restricted. Local economies will be negatively impacted. Over 2.1 million Arizonans and non-resident hunters, anglers, boaters, wildlife watchers and off-highway vehicle enthusiasts contributed over $2.4 billion and supported 27,000 jobs to Arizona's economy in 2011. When the uses of Arizona lands are restricted, the lost revenues will reduce the funding received by our Game and Fish Department used to support wildlife conservation efforts.

Secondly, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is statutorily charged with managing, conserving and protecting Arizona's 800 wildlife species and therefore their habitat. Arizona currently has 18 monument designations, the most of any state. These designations have negatively impacted the Department's ability to manage wildlife, restore habitat, develop and maintain critical water sources and perform wildlife translocations.

Third, the greatest danger to our landscape is wildfire which has devastated more than four million acres of forest since 2000. If the unhealthy buildup of undergrowth is not mitigated and the thinning of overly dense forests is not accomplished, we will lose more stands of trees and precious habitat to massive wildfires, thus putting wildlife at risk, including some species already listed as endangered.

Some of you may not be concerned, but trust me, you need to be. Arizonans need and deserve to have their concerns and fears heard. Without input from our citizens, the stroke of the

presidential pen should not be able to dramatically alter land use here in Arizona. Any effort to use the Antiquities Act must be stopped until a consensus is reached among Arizona stakeholders that protects traditional uses and identifies an adequate federal funding source for any newly designated monuments.

If you feel like I do, I encourage you to stand up and be heard. Write, email or call the President and your congressional delegation. Sign a petition or pass a resolution opposing any new monument designations in Arizona without local concurrence.

Thank you for your serious consideration of this most important issue.

Kurt Davis


Excerpts from "Hypocrisy, Eagles & Tyranny"

On one side of the room (literally) was a flock of urban professional ladies recently arrived from their urban professional positions in the Capital area. On the other side of the room was a herd of middle-aged men dressed in Orvis casual duds that appeared about as nervous as hens finding themselves in a pack of coyotes.

The DNR's only justification for banning lead was twofold, first "California is doing it" and second, "everyone knows lead is bad for the environment"

In her quasi-scientific and convincing voice the "rescue" lady told us she had "seen" the result of lead in dead and injured eagles she had fluoroscoped and it wasn't pretty. Eagles, like loons, do not have a crop. They do not need "grit". What the lady saw in her "fluoroscope" could only have come from a shotgun by someone intending to shoot the eagle.

If Chicago or Gary Indiana wants more eagles in the neighborhood, it should be a matter for Illinois and Indiana to decide."

In 1917 US jurisprudence required removal of wildlife from state authority and place them under federal jurisdiction.

By 1940 US jurisprudence allowed removal of a species of wildlife from state authority and place it under federal jurisdiction.

By 1973 Congress simply Authorized a federal bureaucracy to simply LIST a species of wildlife and in effect exempt that agency (USFWS) to take property without compensation; destroy local economies, timber management, fire control, ranching, water use, land development, etcetera; decide whether or when to allow or ignore direct harms from their actions from human deaths to destruction of families and their livelihoods and local governance representation: all while subverting state bureaucracies to do their bidding and provide an illusion of legitimacy and acceptability to the unacceptable and un-Constitutional.

"A former FCC staffer writes that his ex-agency is "now in the near-exclusive business of shifting profits among corporate giants."

The Competitive Enterprise Institute finds that, last year, Congress passed a mere 114 laws and federal agencies issued a whopping 3,410 regulations. At 80,260 pages, last year's Federal Register was the third fattest in history.

"The double standard is stunning. In 2011 the Fish and Wildlife Service convinced the Justice Department to file criminal indictments against three oil companies working in North Dakota's Bakken field for inadvertently killing six ducks and one phoebe."

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Rainbow trout

Wed.: Show Low Creek; Mon.: Silver Creek, West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Canyon Creek. Friday, June 3: East Verde River, Tonto Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Dogtown Reservoir, Canyon Creek, Lynx Lake.

Channel catfish

Thursday: Thousands of pounds of catfish were just stocked into Tempe Town Lake. We were also scheduled to stock all of the Community expansion waters -- Patterson Ponds in St. Johns, Friendship Pond in Avondale, Bonsall, Roadrunner, Eldorado, McQueen, Freestone, Discovery, Pacana in Maricopa, the Yuma-area ponds (Fortuna, Yuma West Wetlands, Council Avenue) and Dave White Pond in Casa Grande.

Friday, June 3: Silverbell Park Lake, Kennedy Lake, Sahuarita Lake, Copper Sky Lake, Surprise Lake, Rio Vista Pond, Pioneer Lake, Desert West Lake, Kiwanis Park Lake, Desert Breeze Lake, Cortez Park Lake, Steele Indian School, Encanto Park Lake, Papago Ponds, Evelyn Hallman Pond, Chaparral Park Lake, Riverview Lake, Red Mountain Lake, Veterans Oasis Lake; Frances Short Pond, Garrett Tank, Deadhorse Lake, Fain Lake.


Posted: 31 May 2016 07:04 AM PDT

Press Release from the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility:

Washington, DC - The National Park Service is juggling the fate of a herd of hybridized bison marooned on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, according to correspondence released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The agency has withdrawn a controversial report claiming these "cattalos" are wildlife "native" to Grand Canyon, a classification which would prevent their wholesale removal - an action supported by conservationists and the park's own staff.

The decision on what to do with this orphaned herd, introduced more than a century ago for interbreeding with cattle, has been taken out of the park's hands and commandeered by National Park Service (NPS) Headquarters. In 2015, Glenn Plumb, the NPS Chief Wildlife Biologist, issued a document called the "Grand Canyon National Park Bison Technical Assistance Report" which overrode the park's previous stance that the hybridized herd is not native to the park but are exotic animals which should be relocated.

On March 17, 2016, PEER filed a legal complaint seeking the retraction of the so-called "Plumb Report" on multiple grounds, including that it flew in the face of available facts, ignored scientific literature concluding the opposite and violated NPS's own data quality and wildlife management standards. NPS had 60 days to respond to the complaint. Rather than defend the Plumb Report, the NPS punted.

In a May 16, 2016 letter to PEER, John Dennis, the Chief Deputy Scientist for NPS, indicated the agency is working on a new "multi-authored scientific report …intended for peer-reviewed publication." He adds that this new, as yet unrevealed, report is "superseding" the 2015 Plumb Report.

"This latest Park Service bureaucratic shuffle more resembles a game of three-card monte than a legitimate scientific effort," stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting that the NPS decided to discard the work of its own Chief Wildlife Biologist without explanation. "This new hide-the-ball report appears to be a nakedly political maneuver to avoid a credible and transparent scientific review."

The stakes are high because the scientific question determines whether the cattalo stay or go: if they are native wildlife, by law they cannot be extirpated; if they are exotic, by policy they must be removed if they harm park resources - and the stagnant herd is unquestionably doing damage by killing rare plants, fouling springs and carving erosive trails into a very fragile part of the North Rim.

Dennis' letter also declares that the issue of what to do with the cattalo herd, now grown to 800 animals, will be deferred to a "planned … bison environmental assessment." These developments suggest that -

With the imminent exit of Superintendent David Uberuaga and his deputy, plus prior senior staff departures, Grand Canyon National Park personnel will play little role in this major, precedent-setting resource management decision within its own boundaries. At the same time, Glenn Plumb is being moved into Grand Canyon as its acting Chief of Science & Resource Management;

The NPS has predetermined the scientific issue of whether the cattalo are native by asserting the new unrevealed report has "fully satisfied applicable … processes and guidance"; and

The public involvement will be confined to short comments on an environmental assessment circuited for quick approval of the pre-selected NPS path - allowing state licensed hunters to pay for the privilege of "culling" this largely stagnant herd.

"The Park Service is desperate to create the illusion that these cattalo are some kind of mystery meat," added Ruch. "There is no mystery that this is all about politics, not science, and that Grand Canyon will be the loser."

And, as is typical, when, as a government insider, when you really screw up, you get promoted.

Rep. Gosar to Prevent Presidential Abuse of Antiquities Act

"The president, regardless of political affiliation, should not have the authority to designate millions of acres of land without local public input"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after submitting a language request to the House Appropriations Committee asking it to include language that would prevent presidential abuse of the Antiquities Act:

"During his time in office, President Obama has abused the Antiquities Act to designate or expand 22 national monuments and lock up more than three million acres of land. Shamefully, the president recently designated three new national monuments in the California desert encompassing nearly 1.8 million acres. The president, regardless of political affiliation, should not have unilateral authority to designate millions of acres of land without local public input or proper analysis.

"Unilateral designations that circumvent Congress under the Antiquities Act typically result in devastating consequences for local communities that negatively affect their future economic prosperity. These declarations often result in some of the most restrictive land-use regulations possible and also greatly impact hunting, fishing, OHV and other recreational activities. Grazing rights, water rights, wildfire prevention and other land management activities can also be negatively impacted. I will continue to do everything in my power to block presidential overreach and prevent abuse under this outdated 1906 law."


Congressman Gosar's appropriations language request makes a number of reforms to the 1906 Antiquities Act. This effort also explicitly prevents three misguided monument efforts in the Grand Canyon Watershed, the Sedona Verde Valley and in the Northwest Sonoran Desert from circumventing Congress, preventing public input and failing to comply with NEPA.

31 members of the House signed and submitted Congressman Gosar's appropriations language request including: Brian Babin, Dan Benishek, Rob Bishop, Dave Brat, Ken Buck, Jason Chaffetz, Paul Cook, Kevin Cramer, Jeff Duncan, Trent Franks, Paul Gosar, Cresent Hardy, Joe Heck, Tim Huelskamp, Walter Jones, Steve King, Raúl Labrador, Doug LaMalfa, Doug Lamborn, Cynthia Lummis, Martha McSally, Mark Meadows, Dan Newhouse, Steve Pearce, Bruce Poliquin, David Schweikert, Scott Tipton, Greg Walden, Bruce Westerman, Don Young and Ryan Zinke.

The language request was endorsed by: American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Public Lands Council, Motorcycle Industry Council, Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, Americans for Responsible Recreational Access.

In November of 2015, Congressman Gosar introduced legislation, H.R. 3946, the Protecting Local Communities from Executive Overreach Act, which updates the 1906 Antiquities Act in order to protect property rights, water rights and jobs from presidential abuse of the Antiquities Act. More information HERE.

H.R. 3946 is supported by all five Arizona Republicans and blocks two misguided monument efforts in the Grand Canyon Watershed and the Sedona Verde Valley, both of which have significant local opposition. The bill accomplishes this task by explicitly prohibiting declarations in Coconino, Mohave and Yavapai counties by executive fiat.

The full letter sent to the House Appropriations Committee


Arizona: Governor Ducey Signs Pro-Gun Bill

On Wednesday, March 30, Governor Doug Ducey (R) signed House Bill 2224 into law. HB 2224 prohibits the state and any political subdivision from levying a fee, tax, assessment or other financial encumbrance on the transfer of a firearm between two private parties who are not prohibited under state or federal law. HB 2224 passed the House of Representatives with a 35-23 vote and the Senate with a 19-10 vote. HB 2224 will go into effect 90 days after the Arizona Legislature adjourns.

The fight in Arizona isn't over yet! Senate Bill 1266, House Bill 2338, House Bill 2446, and House Bill 2524 are all waiting to be scheduled for third and final read. Additionally, Senate Bill 1257 is still waiting to be considered by the House Rules Committee before proceeding in the legislative process. Please contact your state Representative and state Senator in support of these pro-gun bills!

SB 1266, sponsored by state Senator Steve Smith (R-11), would improve the state firearms preemption law to ensure consistency throughout the Grand Canyon State. This would be done by providing a mechanism to declare unlawful regulations null and void in addition to providing penalties for knowing and willful violations by localities. SB 1266 is a much-needed protection that will help law-abiding gun owners ensure they are in compliance with the law. SB 1266 is pending third and final read in the House of Representatives.

HB 2338 would prevent educational institutions from adopting policies that would prohibit individuals from lawfully possessing or carrying a firearm in their vehicle (means of transportation) on a public right-of-way. HB 2338 is pending third and final read in the Senate.

HB 2446, sponsored by state Representative David Livingston (R-22), makes necessary revisions to Arizona's current definition of a "prohibited weapon" to exclude all firearms or devices that are legally possessed in compliance with the National Firearms Act (NFA). The technical correction made by HB 2446 changes the registration of NFA items from the Treasury Department to the appropriate Federal Agency in order to be compliant with current federal law. HB 2446 is pending third and final read in the Senate.

HB 2524 would create a "Uniform Firearm Transfer Compact." Under the compact, every state that agrees to the terms would maintain reliably uniform firearm transfer laws to ensure consistency in public policy. This compact would promote a better public understanding of the law, especially for individuals who travel and establish residences among member states. HB 2524 is pending third and final read in the Senate.

SB 1257, sponsored by state Senator John Kavanagh (R-23), makes changes to existing law and expands the list of places where law-abiding gun owners can exercise their fundamental right to self-defense to include some additional public areas where certain security measures are not in place. SB 1257 is pending consideration by the House Rules Committee to determine whether it is proper for consideration on the House floor.

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The mission of the SRTO Operation Challenged America Outreach Program is to offer veterans and or disabled veterans with physical, emotional and psychological conditions, an opportunity to learn saltwater fishing skills and techniques while enjoying the saltwater fishing experience aboard our motor vessel Challenged America. Challenged America is a twin diesel engine 42’ Grand Banks Trawler, equipped with handicap boarding gate and ramp into the salon with an Aft head to provide sanitation facilities to accommodate a wheel chair or walker assistance type devices.

Challenged America is crewed by an experienced saltwater Captain, crew and expert anglers catering to the veterans to maximize their saltwater fishing experience.

Operation Challenged America is modeled after the SRTO Our Warriors on the Water bass boat-fishing program and our participation with Heroes on the Water kayak fishing program, getting our veterans on the water to learn bass fishing skills and techniques. The value of these missions provide life skill experiences not known or that have been forgotten from times past or childhood memories. We present a stress free environment and platform that allows the veteran to recalibrate their thoughts with positive influences distracting from the negative experiences and mind set they may be harboring.


Obituary and life of my brother BUD
by Captain Dave Esparza Flotilla

His name Orlan Ross Ginter, his nickname his entire life has been "Bud".

He was born May 1, 1939 in Appleton City, Missouri. That is the same general area that back in the day, Frank and Jessie James started their career. He passed over the bar on June 5, 2016 of unknown natural causes, he was 77 years young. He was an avid hunter, he hunted Roosevelt elk in the valleys of Mount Saint Helens here in Washington for many years, white tail and black tail deer, Rocky Mountain Goat in the high Cascades, bagged a moose in Alaska, Antelope in Wyoming, and was also a master taxidermist so you can image what his living room looks like. He was also an avid sports fisherman and commercial salmon/halibut fisherman. And I must not leave out a very successful bow hunter.

Later on he moved into helping the crab fishermen in Alaska move their boats down to Seattle for repair and back again for their next season.

After a while he became shore based and went on to becoming a custom yacht builder, building yachts from 80 to 100 feet. Not only did he build the yachts, he made the molds that they were built from. Bud was Dave's mentor, he taught him how to camp, shoot, hike, fish, and under his guidance Dave downed his first elk at nine years old. Dave's boating experiences started very young with his brother, Dave says that's why nothing on the water phases him. Dave started working with Bud on his commercial fishing boat the "Nomad" out of Neah Bay in junior high school. They fished the waters of inland Puget Sound through the Straits of Juan de Fuca all the way down the coast to Northern Oregon. Dave closes by saying I owe all of these experiences to my brother and that is why I am the boater that I am today. He will be missed by all.