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Outdoors: AZGFD now offers boating safety course online

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Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2007 11:21 pm | Updated: 6:58 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

What is the difference between a boating license and a boater education card? What it is called depends on your state, but it represents the same thing — proof of completion of an approved boater education course.

Most boaters don’t know the exact name of the official certification for their state, so it’s commonly referred to as a boating license.

Passing the Arizona Boating Safety course may make you eligible for a discount on your boat or PWC insurance. Now you can take an Arizona Boating Safety course online to earn your Arizona boating license in only four easy steps.

1. Log onto www.azgfd.gov/boating or www.boat-ed.com/az.

2. You may study the Arizona Safe Boating course material and take one or more practice tests online, free of charge.

3. Take the Arizona boating exam for $20 (collected online).

4. When you pass the exam, you can instantly print out a temporary certificate.

You will receive your official Arizona boating safety education certificate in the mail within 5 to 7 business days. Then send a copy of your boating safety course certificate to your boat insurance agency and start saving.

2008 CALENDAR ON SALE

Eye-catching wildlife photography fills every page of the 2008 Arizona Game and Fish Department calendar, Arizona Wildlife. The calendar features winning photographs from our recent contest on the theme, “Wildlife Being Wild.” From entangled eagles to battling bull elk to a singing toad, the calendar offers new insights into the lives of wild creatures every month.

Plus, it is packed with tips on the best times to fish, hunt and watch wildlife. The 2008 calendar is available for just $3 at all department offices; or use the handy order form at www.azgfd.gov to order by mail.

DECEMBER CLUB MEETINGS

The Arizona Flycasters Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13, in the cafeteria of Cortez High School, 8828 N. 31st Ave., in Phoenix. Bob Spacy of 4X Outfitters will share information on what is logical gear for fly-fishing and share information on the Casting for Recovery and the Healing Waters programs. For more information, call Craig Mernitz at 602-739-2385 or visit www.azflycasters.org.

The Arizona Predator Callers will host a predator-calling seminar at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 9, 1450 E. Main St., in Mesa. Admission is $5 for nonmembers and free for students under 18. Refreshments and door prizes are included in the admission price. For more information, call Mike Burris at (480) 654-1411.

Fishing hot spot

Tempe Town Lake: The first stocking of rainbow trout occurred just before Thanksgiving. The trout were pretty curious about the Berkley Power Bait. Small lures were also working pretty good. As a general rule, fish seem to like hanging out in the shallow portion of the lake from Rural Road over toward the east. Throw out a night crawler and bump it along the bottom in the shallow areas. This spat of colder weather should get the bite going. One angler fished for hours and only caught one nice trout, but he enjoyed watching the fireworks from the Sun Devil football game.

CONTACT WRITER:

P.O. Box 859, Mesa, AZ 85211

or aztriboutdoors@hotmail.com

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