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Don McDowell and the Shake, Rattle & Troll website provide the outdoorsman the opportunity to get the latest information on fishing, hunting and conservation with emphasis on Don’s efforts in working with the Arizona Fish & Game Department focusing on invasive species such as Mexican Gray Wolves, Feral Hogs, Gizzard Shad along with efforts to monitor and control wildlife populations. Don will show you the pro’s and con’s of wildlife management and periodically spotlight these efforts through guests on his weekly radio show.

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OGT Director Joshua Hurst

Commision Chairman Kurt Davis

Fisheries Chief Chris Cantrell

Asst to Director  Jim Paxon

Rick Maxa
45lb 10oz Yellow Tail

International Yellowtail Derby 2015 Leader Board

Last Weeks Radio Show

Aboard the Malihini, Don lands 40lb Blue Fine on Rod supplied by Rim Country Custom Rods [ watch video ]

Davis will lead the five-member commission for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which began July 1. Each commissioner serves a five-year term, staggered. Commissioners customarily serve as chairman during their final year. Davis replaces Robert E. Mansell, who will continue to serve on the commission until his successor is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.

Webmaster Doug Stricker and family in Canada.  Over 100 Smallmouth averaging 3-4 lbs

Kurt R. Davis assumes role of Game and Fish Commission Chairman

Pregnant mule deer poached, twin fawns found dead

Up to $1,000 reward available

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Next Weeks Show Guests

John Koleszar
End of an Era
Jim Brown
Robo Westy
Brent Perow
Fishing Mgr - Shoppers Supply
Capt Dave Esparza
USCG Florida Search
Tackle Master Rick
H&M Tuna Report
Joe Notcha
Cecil The Lion
James Goughnour
Rim Country Fishing Report

Western Outdoor Times/Arizona Boating & Watersports welcomes two new editors, Don McDowell  and John ("JK") Koleszar, to their staff.

McDowell, renowned fresh and saltwater angler and host of Shake, Rattle & Troll radio, will be sharing his fishing expertise as the new Fishing Editor.

H&M Landing offers Saltwater charters out of Sand Diego, California from the novice to the expert putting clients on top of some of the best Tuna fishing on the west coast.

H&M Landing has one of the finest charter boat fleets in the world. A private charter can accommodate any group, large and small.  For reservations call 619-222-1144 or book online at

Don and Guests typically run on the Malihini skippered by Capt Bill Wilkerson.
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trip schedules here.

Freshwater Fishing

Rim Country Fishing Report August 1, 2015
By: James Goughnour

LAKE LEVELS: Roosevelt Lake at 43%. Tonto Creek is not flowing and the Salt River is flowing at 150%.BASS: Fish deep water near structure or cover. Try Texas rig plastic worms, spider jigs and Carolina rig using worms or lizards. Anglers are fishing in the 20-30 ft range both during the day and at night.

CRAPPIE: Fair to good this past week. Crappie anglers reported a better night time bite especially with the full moon phase. Recent hotspots include the steep cliff side of Salomé Cove and the marina area near the tires. Night time crappie fishing usually requires live minnow bait.

TROUT: Excellent. Try power baits, worms, and dry flies while the best time is early morning and dusk.

Rim Custom Rods here in Payson builds custom fishing rods and can repair any broken rod. In many cases, the rod can be repaired in minutes while you wait Rim Country Custom Rods can be reached at 468-0263 or at our website

Koleszar, co-host of SR&T, and an experienced, avid sportsman, will offer comments on and insight into issues of western outdoors activities and concerns as the new Special Features Editor. We are delighted to have them on board!

Since President Obama’s election the number of concealed handgun permits has soared, growing from 4.6 million in 2007 to over 12.8 million this year. Among the findings in our report:
-- The number of concealed handgun permits is increasing at an ever- increasing rate. Over the past year, 1.7 million additional new permits have been issued - a 15.4% increase in just one single year. This is the largest ever single-year increase in the number of concealed handgun permits.
-- 5.2% of the total adult population has a permit.
-- Five states now have more than 10% of their adult population with concealed handgun permits.
-- In ten states, a permit is no longer required to carry in all or virtually all of the state. This is a major reason why legal carrying handguns is growing so much faster than the number of permits.
-- Since 2007, permits for women has increased by 270% and for men by 156%.
-- Some evidence suggests that permit holding by minorities is increasing more than twice as fast as for whites.-- Between 2007 and 2014, murder rates have fallen from 5.6 to 4.2 (preliminary estimates) per 100,000. This represents a 25% drop in the murder rate at the same time that the percentage of the adult population with permits soared by 156%. Overall violent crime also fell by 25 percent over that period of time.
-- States with the largest increase in permits have seen the largest relative drops in murder rates.
-- Concealed handgun permit holders are extremely law-abiding. In Florida and Texas, permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors or felonies at one-sixth the rate that police officers are convicted.

Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States

July 13, 2015 - Social Science Research Network

Brent Perow with a "Fist Full of Fish"!