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Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 10:35 am | Updated: 3:07 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

As part of its Wingshooting USA program, the National Shooting Sports Foundation recently launched a new Web site — www.wingshootingusa.org — to help connect prospective hunters to more than 1,000 easy-access, daily-fee, bird hunting preserves around the country.

Each preserve offers fun days in the outdoors and good hunting. Three are located here in Arizona. They are the Picacho Sporting Club in Picacho, the YMCA’s High Desert Hunt Club in Mayer, and the Arizona Covey Breaks in Dewey. Contact information is available on the Wingshooting USA Web site.

Preserves are the perfect place to introduce newcomers to the hunting lifestyle. Lots of birds translate to lots of action. That’s so important for first-time hunters, especially youngsters, because if they are not fully engaged in an activity, they can quickly lose interest.

Most hunting preserves also offer instruction, equipment, a safe environment, and a chance to work with knowledgeable guides and enjoy great hunting dogs.

Step Outside surveys, a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, show up to 48 million Americans would accept an invitation to go hunting, shooting or fishing.

As you search for a place to get outside and enjoy birdhunting activities on the new Web site, you can also enter to win a free hunt at any of nine premier preserves. The hunts together are valued at more than $34,000.

Winners in the Wingshooting USA Dream Hunts Sweepstakes will be drawn following a Feb. 28 deadline. You can get more information, read the rules, and enter online at www.wingshootingusa.org.

JANUARY CLUB MEETINGS

The Arizona Flycasters Club meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the Sunnyslope Community Center, 802 E. Vogel St. in Phoenix.

Ron Robinson and friends will discuss fishing on the Saltery River, Kodiak Island, Alaska. The public is welcome at no cost. For more information, call (602) 992-1434 or visit www.azflycaster.org.

This month’s Arizona Predator Callers meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 9 at 1450 E. Main St. in Mesa. Arizona Game and Fish Department game chief Leonard Ordway will discuss the proposed hunt regulation changes and Pat Barber, predator and furbearer biologist, will preview the third annual Save-A-Fawn hunt scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Admission, which includes refreshments and door prizes, is free to APC members and students under age 18, and $5 for nonmembers. For more information, contact Mike Kannapel at mlk1@anhtrvl.com or call (480) 962-1976.

FISHING HOT SPOTS

High country lakes: The unseasonably warm weather we’re having has provided anglers a mid-winter fishing bonus in the high country. Many high country lakes have open water (no ice or just rimming ice) and the weather is expected to remain unseasonably mild. Other lakes and reservoirs to consider fishing include Woods Canyon, Willow Springs, Bear Canyon, Black Canyon, Long, Ashurst, Blue Ridge and Knoll. No reports from Chevelon Canyon Lake, but if the lake has ice, fish the stream below the lake. One angler reported fishing open water at Big Lake and catching nice 15- to 17-inch trout.

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