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Outdoors: Seminars, banquets, meetings, tournaments abundant in August

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Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2005 11:32 am | Updated: 9:41 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Red Mountain Chapter, will host its 10th annual Elk Hunting Seminar at 6 p.m. on Aug. 17, at the Mesa Hilton Pavilion at Alma School Road and the U.S. 60.

Steve Chappell of the Primos Pro Staff will speak along with presentations on hunting tactics, taxidermy, meat processing, use of optics, trophy judging and care, and a presentation by an Arizona Game and Fish Department biologist on elk history and behavior.

There will be raffles, door prizes, vendors and displays. Admission is $10 for adults and free for kids 16 and younger. For more information, call (480) 988-4262.


Four individuals and one organization will be added to the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame during the induction, fund-raising banquet at 6 p.m. Aug. 19, at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, 7700 E. McCormick Parkway.

Sponsored by the Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation, the Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and organizations which have made outstanding contributions to Arizona’s natural outdoor heritage. Tickets are $65 per person and can be ordered by calling (480) 214-5303. More information, visit



The Arizona Flycasters Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sunnyslope Community Center, 802 E. Vogel, in Phoenix. Fisheries chief Larry Riley of the Arizona Game and Fish Department will discuss proposed changes to fishing regulations for Becker Lake. There is no charge. For more information, call (602) 992-1434 or visit www.azflycasters.org.

The Arizona Predator Callers will host an elk hunting seminar conducted by big game guide Don Martin at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 9, 1450 East Main St., in Mesa. Admission is $5 for nonmembers and free for students younger than 18. For more information, contact Mike Burris at (480) 654-1411.

The Southwest Walleye Anglers, Mesa chapter, will meet at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Arizona Game and Fish Department, 7200 E. University Drive. Pete Cimellaro, past president of the Wildlife Conservation Council, will discuss the formation of a new organization — Arizona Sportsman for Wildlife. For more information, visit www.nealsfishingtackle.com.


The final team tournament of AllStar Bass Summer Nights is scheduled for Saturday at Roosevelt Lake. For more information, call (480) 894-2775 or visit the Arizona Hunter & Angler magazine Web site at www.azha.com.


Roosevelt Lake: Fishing is improving. The summer rains have kicked in and bass and crappie are becoming more active. Night fishing will still be more productive than during the day. Drop-shotting is the most effective fishing technique for bass. Crankbaits are also working at times. Fishing for smallmouth bass can be good.

Try in-line spinners and crayfish imitations especially off rocky points and cliff walls. Carp fishing is fantastic with corn or dough bait. Channel catfish are very active early morning and at night. Use hotdogs, stink baits or shrimp. Fishing can be good at night for large flathead catfish. The Salt end of the lake can be productive.

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