You can never have enough of  NATURE. — Henry David Thoreau



Rim Country, White Mountains of Arizona and Beyond...

Located in the Northeastern Region of Arizona. Adventure starts on AZ Highway 87 (Beeline) from Roosevelt Lake, through Payson, turns right onto AZ Highway 260 and travels through Christopher Creek and Kohl's Ranch, climbs up the Mogollon Rim to Forest Lakes and Heber, then continues on to Show Low, Snowflake, Vernon, Concho, Pinetop-Lakeside, Hon-Dah, Sunirse Park Resort, Greer and on to Springerville and Alpine. Along the way there are trails, river and lakes, State Parks, ski hills, National Forests and much more!

Shooting Sports in the White Mountains

By Dan Groebner


Having nice weather almost every day here in the White Mountains, we have great opportunities to sharpen our marksmanship skills just for the fun of it or for a more competitive angle if you are one of those kinds of people.  Summer visitors and year-round residents now have more opportunities than ever to enjoy the safe activities of organized shooting sports.  What are shooting sports?  Do you have to be former law enforcement, military or a current cowboy or Annie Oakley to participate?  Absolutely not!

Shooting sports include everything from traditional trap and skeet where you try your best to bust up a small fragile Frisbee, called a clay pigeon, with a


Hailey, trusted partner of accomplished antler hunter Mark Terrill, looks over a recently discovered shed.

How to Become a Shed Head

By Dan Groebner, AZGFD Wildlife Biologist


Thanks to Mother Nature's desire to have males in the deer family look their very best and most majestic for the breeding season, folks in the White Mountains are provided with ways to make money off the land, decorations for their cabins and


Making the Most of Wild Game

By Dan Groebner

   Health conscious people already know the benefits of eating wild game.  No worries about genetically modified venison steaks or antibiotic-riddled wild turkey breasts or drumsticks.  Wild game meat has the same amount of protein with less fat than USDA Choice beef unless you're talking about a fall black bear fattened up for a long winter of hibernating.  Recipes for wild game feasts can be found all over the internet, just in case you don't trust Uncle Ernie's famous catfish pickling concoction.  However, the most important stage in bringing out the best flavors in game meat happens in the field long before you get to the kitchen.

   So, you made the shot and immediately retrieved your prey.  Believe it or not, it already may be too late to salvage any of the edibles of your quarry.  If you are not prepared to cool the animal down as fast as possible and you shot a big cow elk during the early warm season, all your steaks and sausage could be at risk.  But if you have the tools to skin and cool your elk or deer immediately, get ready for some delicious products of Mother Nature.  Being prepared pays off on fishing trips also, as those gutted, cleaned and rinsed tiger trout go best on a bed of ice in a cooler for the ride home before you put them to bed on some wild rice at the dinner table.

   For big game, you'll need a sharp skinning knife, sharpening stone, gloves, at least 12 feet of rope to elevate the carcass off the ground, plastic bags, towels and lots of  READ MORE...

Nearly 1,100 reports came into the 24/7 program to protect the state’s wildlife

PHOENIX — “Poachers are criminals.” If you talk to any of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s wildlife managers, you’re likely to hear that phrase repeated as they go about their work as part biologist, part law enforcement officer. As part of their duties, the department’s 97 wildlife managers work to investigate potential poaching cases to ensure that the state’s most precious natural resource — its wildlife — is effectively managed so that future generations can enjoy the more than 800 species found in Arizona.

At the heart of the effort to eliminate and investigate poaching is the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Operation Game Thief program, a silent witness initiative that encourages the public to report information or suspicious activity. Last year, more than 1,000 calls came into the Operation Game Thief hotline (1-800-352-0700) as well as 75 submissions via the online form. Those reports contributed to 76 citations being issued statewide for wildlife issues including the illegal take of big game, fishing violations and the unlawful killing of raptors.

“Poachers are thieves. They do not represent the hunting community, and the majority of the reports come from hunters and anglers who are out in the field and witness suspicious activity,” said Scott Fischer, program manager for Operation Game Thief. “The hunting community does a great job of policing itself. If you see something, say something. Together we can make a difference for Arizona’s wildlife.”   2017’s top five reported violations were:


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