Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 2, 1973 · Page 61
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 61

Tucson, Arizona
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Friday, February 2, 1973
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* ^ f " ! '** Outdoors FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1973 · « · PAGE 61 CITIZEN OUTDOORS WRITER New hogging hazard · In the past, we followers of the grand sport of irogging -- - it's not a dance or anything erotic, no thatter what it sounds like -- have been, subjected to all sorts of . dangers. Like rattlesnakes, things that go bump in the night, and a lack of water in many areas. But a notice from the Arizona Game and Fish Department this week tells of a different type of hazard in our sport. Chemicals named DDE, DDD, DDT,j Toxaphene and Dieldrin have found their way into the flesh of bullfrogs in at least one area in Arizona. '"' The announcement followed the testing of two frogs taken from pump-back ponds in the Kansas Settlement area south of Willcox. Testing was done by Jhe Arizona State Health Lab in Phoenix and both frogs showed dangerous traces of the chemicals. ~ " According to the release, wildlife manager Pat (5'Brien said, "The lethal point of accumulation in ·most aquatic organisms is 0.25 parts-per-million. The Joxaphene found was considerably higher than this revel." « What this means is that froggers have been warned to beware of frogs taken, from ponds filled by agricultural drainage in southeastern Arizona because farm-use of pesticides has been too high in Decent years. , : ; : : . E Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" -- an expose : Sn pesticide use -- is now a classic because it pre- ' Dieted such a happening in bird life. But the findings "In . h e r book didn't strike a nerve with me until this · · - . ·.. ... ·· - . . . . .... Who would have guessed that the silence the title :iro plied; would someday mean no croaking at night at !ponds near Tucson? t e . . . . . - ' - " I Rifle-pistol officers ·~ Some notes on- the .Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association annual meeting held .last weekend in Tuc'*son:.' : ' · . * * " · . '·.:( ' . :" New officers are: Jolin Raymer, Prescott, president; Jim Holden, Tucson, vice president; Robert ^Rutherford, Phoenix, secretary; Lou Roninger, Phoenix, treasurer, , New divisional heads are Bob Jensen, 'Tucson, high-power rifle; Milton Agnew, Tucson, ;small bore rifle; Ed JSuhn, Tucson, junior shooters; and Art Fox, Parker, pistol. '':. The elections climaxed a daylong meeting of shooting leaders from across Arizona. Main feature of the organizational sessions was a decision to reactivate junior shooting division, which) has s been flefunct for several years. Tucson High School teacher 'Ed Kuhh was picked to spearhead the revival. ~ The major resolution passed during the sessions was a move led by Phoenix outdoor writer Ben Avery to endorse the Arizona Game and Fish Department's managememrof the state's wildlife -- including buffalo -- without interference from political sources. ":. The 'association agreed that the buffalo hunt needed changes to make it sportier and less subject to Criticism, but said the changes should be made by the ;,Game and Fish Department. ; Holsclaw honored · ~ The resolution required careful argument, how- ·ever, because of other action the association took that /day. It honored Sen. Douglas Holsclaw for his efforts jn protecting private ownership of firearms in Ari- "zona. Holsclaw is one of the sponsors of a bill that .would abolish Arizona's present method of managing '·buffalo. ~ During the sessions, two major National Rifle As- : sociation matches set for Arizona this year were announced. V The first will be held. June 12-22 in Phoenix and 'will consist of rifle and pistol competition for the U.S. -International Shooting Championships. The NRA will : hold shotgun competition for similar awards again in Ohio in July. ;; The second (Aug. 31-Sept. 3), will be the first-ever :U.S. Metallic Silhouette Rifle Championships. AH shooting in this major match will be held at the Tuc- : son Rifle Club Range near Robles Junction. -- Oil'fien Ptioto by 6il| Hopkins It's crowded at the Pantano Wash trapshoot range The Tucson Trap and Skeet Club range will move into new headquarters in 1975 because present facilities are inadequate. Trapshoot club plans to move By BILL QUIMBY Citizen Outdoors Writer . Tilings won't be the same in .the 22nd Street and Pantano Wash area in. a year or two. The Tucson Trap and Skeet Club has'.bought 80 acres on Ajo Road near Synder Hill and ,plans to-start construction of a new trap and skeet range there in a few months. "It will be a while before the new facilities are completed. We'll probably hold the 1974 and.'75 midwinter trap- shoots at bur present range," club secretary Eldon Heaston said. "But the new facilities should be the most elaborate in the West when'they are completed." Heaston. said plans for the. new range included an elaborate clubhouse and 22 traps, lights lor : night: shooting and trailer hookups for traveling trapsh obters'. "We should be able to handle up to 1;000 shooters during, our annual trap- shoots;" he said. The present 22nd Street and Pantano Wash range has only . 17 traps and only 21 useable acres.. .'. . . . . ' · · . · ; · · ' · · It has considerable history behind it, beginning in 1946, ·when contractor ten White called a group of about 45 businessmen and convinced them they should "give Tucson a gun club." Each member ol the group .was' assessed $200, of: which $50 was for membership dues. The re- - maining $150 was to be a personal loan to the clut). White, Harrison, Jim Vease and-Jack Cronn collected the money, raising over $8,000 in Senate kills resources department Citizen Phoenix luriau PHOENIX -- There's no chance that a state Natural Resources Department will be set up-this year, according to Sen. James Mack, R-Terape, chairman of the Senate Natural Resources and Environment committee. A bill to establish such a department was defeated in com- Permits still available for javeliiia Would-be javelina hunters who did not apply for permits during the first public drawings and those who were unsuccessful in the drawings have'another chance. A total of 1,493 permits in nine different units still remain. These permits will be issued by mail only on a first- come, first-served basis from the Phoenix office of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Applicants must use special green printed application cards available at hunting and fishing license dealers. The unfilled units and numbers of permits remaining are: Unit IS, 124 permits; Unit 26, 247 permits. Unit 29, 95 permits; Unit 31, 5 permits; Unit 32. 184 permits; Unit 3IA. 230 permits; Unit 34B, 294 permits; Unit 35A, 125 permits; Unit 34A. 189 permits. JFishing roundup I Trout outlook rates good at Southern Arizona lakes : Concession managers at ..Southern Arizona ·lakes predict fair to good fishing this weekend, feven though the lakes are between trout plants Tand were hit with cold weather early this week. - Pena Blanca Lake was stocked with 4,000 Rainbow trout two weeks ago, according to iMrs. Billie Tucker, and fishing is still good. IBest results have been with Velveeta cheese, Salmon eggs and whole kernel corn baits, she said. · - Parker Canyon Lake's weather was bad nn- ·til yesterday, Ernie Hisey said, but fishermen Jiave been reporting good catches of eight to ,18-inch rainbows. Hisey rated bass and catfish ·fishing as poor. No echo salmon were taken this week, he said. ":·* Trout plants at both lakes arc expected during the next 15 days Hisey and Mrs. Tucker sairl. ·· At Patagonia Lake, manager Chuck Magley rated trout fishing as good, catfish slow, and bass fair. The largest fish caught at Patagonia Lake recently was a five-pound, 19-inch bass caught by Tucsonian A. R.-Lyons on a white Waterdog Bomber lure Saturday. The big bass won Lyons the lake's January big fish trophy. Patagonia Lake's next trout plant is scheduled Tuesday when 2,200 pounds of trout -including some specially tagged 1 fish -- will be stocked from a hatchery in Colorado, Magley said. The tagged fish will be worth cash prizes in a special one-day fishing derby Saturday, Feb. 10. Fishing equipment will be given as prizes to winners 'of three age categories for largest fish specie caught. Meanwhile, in the White Mountains, fishing through the ice is rated good to excellent by Robert DeRosier of the Fort Apache White Mountain Recreational Enterprise. Roads are open to Hawley, Earl Park, Horseshoe and to the dam at Sunrise lakes. Other lakes may be reached by walking or ,by snowmobile he said. mittee Wednesday with only Sen. Stan Turley, R-Mesa, supporting it. A similar'bill in the House, much stronger than the Senate version, is expected to have even less of a chance for survival. The Senate bill would have set up a new department with little actual power, and a policy board- consisting of the appointed directors of the various agencies to be included in the new department. None of the agencies in the proposed department would have ,had to follow policies adopted by the new board. A supporter of the bill argued that the natural resources agencies of the state are not coordinated in their activities and sometimes get into bitter disputes as the result of opposing policies. "It's essential, if we're going to have good management of our natural resources, that we have some coordination," said Ben Avery, an outdoors writer-for a Phoenix newspaper. Sen. A. V. "Bill" Hardt, D- Globe, said the existing agency heads are satisfied with their present system of independence. "But. they would rather have this type of department than the one proposed in the House bill," he said. The House bill would set up a Natural Resources Department and transfer the authority of 10 existing state agencies and departments to the new board. It would include game and fish, land, air pollution, parks and water divisions. The proposal was part of the general program for reorganization of state government to combine many of the 100 existing state agencies and boards into a few centralized departments. A similar bill was defeated last year in the House, largely as the result sportsmen who want at least some of these agencies to retain an independent, status." -- Cltiicn PltotBi fcr R«u Hunwlfftr* The leaders Dan Romllas of San Jose, Calif., and Tucsonian Liz Holden are among leaders in the 25th annual midwinter trapshoot now in progress at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club. Bonillas has fired perfect scores of 100 in each of three matches since Tuesday. Holden Bonillas finds the range was high lady shooter in yesterday's Phoenix competition. More than 600 of the nation's top shooters are expected to compete in the Tucson trapshoot, said to be one of the most popular in a 22-city circuit, before it ends Sunday. just a few days and Tucson had. its''trap-club; The loans were never repaid, however. Several years later, club officials ap- proacfied the lenders and obtained releases. Similar generosity is typical of the Trap and Skeet Club range's history. White loaned some land he had on the banks of the Pantano Wash and what is now 22nd Street^ When the club incorporated, the land was donated to the club.' And when the club grew to the point it felt it needed a clubhouse, member Del Webb sold them a surplus army barracks at cost --1(1,700 -- and moved the building onto the range for free. Club members signed a formal thank you note to Webb for his generosity and Webb ( reciprocated by losing the $1,700 bill for the building. Despite plans to make "« move to the Ajo Road location in a year or two, the club installed seven new traps in an area south of its present range on Pantano Wash this year. ' Materials cost $1,000 per trap and all of the labor of installation was donated by members. ' " : Other improvements made to the existing facility included a new sophisticated public address system donated by club member Ed Frechtling. The cash outlay on facilities that will be used only a year or two isn't foolhardy, according to Heaston. ( "Our present range*was just too small to handle the crowds we get during the midwinter shoots," he said. "And they were costing us money because we had to eliminate cer-; tain events to handle-tne gobs of shooters we_are*getting." · ·New contender looms as favorite Followers of the annual midwinter trapshoot atthe Tucson Trap and Skeet club are familiar with names like Dan Orlich, Larry Gravestock and Britt Robinson. These three men traditionally dominate the Tucson trapshoot each year. There's a new contender this year, however. And it looks as if he may give the team of Orlich, Gravestock and Robinson competition for some of the $11,500 in cash prizes to be given to top shooters Sunday. He's Dan Bonillas, a juvenile officer from San Jose, Calif. Bonillas has passed the midway point in the 25th annual shoot without a miss in single- target competition. Although lie did not finish 'high in doubles shooting, his overall score for three days of shooting may give him the lead he needs to win the trapshoot. Bonillas fired perfect 100s in Tuesday's Preliminary Singles, Wednesday's Tucson 100 and yesterday's Phoenix 100. cleaning up a series of ties of perfect scores that had carried over from each match. The closest competitor was Don Ewing. who dropped a single target in the Phoenix 100. Ewing had matched Bonillas bird-for-bird during the three days of shooting. Texans Gravestock and Robinson are not out: of the competition, however. Both men are down only a few targets in each match and did well yesterday in the doubles event. Robinson, from Draw, Tex., won the Tucson Doubles Championship with a perfect 100. Gravestock tied for run- nerup with a 98 with Vernon Myers of Huxton, Colo., and won the shootoff. Myers, a Class B shooter, was named winner in that class. The top woman shooter in Fishing Report Winter fish kill feared at Fort Apache lakes WHITE MOUNTAINS: " Bio Lake, · Crescent, Luna, and * Nelson, ?ootl i« fishing for trout; Grecr Lakes, 7" of Icn, trout fishino fair. NORTH CENTRAL WATERS: Ashurst, 10" of ice, fair to good for trout; Upper Lake Mary, 10" of Ice, oood for trout. UPPER COLORADO RIVER: Lee's .Ferry, poor all species; Mead and Mohave, good for trout and pass: Willow Beach, excellent for trmit; Alamo, poor all species. SOUTHWESTERN WATERS: Martinez, sood for craopic, blueoill and red- ear; Mi'lry, fair for bass and craonie. SOUTHEASTERN WATERS: Parker Canyon and Pena Blanca, aood for trout; Roosevelt, poor to fair for bass. CENTRAL WATERS: Sanuaro, oror !o fair for trout; Uoncr Pleasant, fair for Special To Th» Citizen WHITERIVER -- Officials of the Fort Apache Indian tribe's White Mountain Recreational Enterprise fear a record snow and ice pack may cause a winterkill of trout in Sunrise. Drift Fence. Coolcy and Bootleg lakes. "There is about two feet of ice on all four lakes and al! are covered with from eight to 10 incbcs of snow," manager Robert De Rosier said. "We have our hands tied. All we can do is wait and sec if the ice leaves before Die oxygen does." Heavy snow and ice parks affect (lie amount of sunlight reaching the water and result in a loss of oxygen in the water, some- limes killing fisli in the frozen lakes, be said. Dcllosier said Apache wardens had checked oxygen levels at all four lakes and reported that the waters were near critical conditions. State Game and Fish officials offered no solution, be said. DeRosier said conditions at other reservation lakes were not critical. "Only those Conr lakes have a history of winterkill. Other lakes may be in higher elevations, but they've usually survived without a kill." lie said. * Snow vrttfrt* only. the competition is still a contest between Liz Holden of Tucson and Judy Matthews of Sedalia, Mo. ",' Holden was high lady shooter in the Phoenix 100 and Matthews had similar honors in the doubles competition. Both won singles events Tuesday and Wednesday. Other winners in yesterday's shooting follow: Phoenix 100 Class AA ISO Shooters Norbcrt LIctte, St. Marys, Ohio, 100. Dan Bcnillas, San Jose, Calif.. 100. Bonillas won the shootoff. Class A Harry Simpson, Winnepen, Manitoba, Canada, 99. Class B Kenneth Pcrcival, Enid, Okla., 99. Brian Pritchard, Pleasanton, Neb., 99. Pcrcival won shootoff. Class C John Qucaly, Casper, Wvo., 97. N. W. Rousell, Moose Jaw, Sas, Can., 97. Jim Rovlc, PJeasanfon, Neb., 97. Winner was to be determined in today's shootins. Class D Wren Dwiosns, Terrelon, Idaho, 95. Hia.h Lady Liz Holden, Tucson, 95. Hish junior Randy Kamrath, St. Paul, Minn., 93. High Senior Jim Albrelcht, Brldqer, Mont., 97. Rav O'Connor, Ciarktown, Wash.. 9;. Al- brcicht won the shootoff. Tucson Doubles Championship Class AA Brill Robinson, Draw, Tex., 100. Class A Maioom Simmcrman, Sepulzeda, Calif., 97. Zip Eaton, Helena, Mont., "!. Hu»h Driggs, Palmyra, Mich.,97. Winner was to be determined in today's stioolinn- Class B Vernon Myers, Huxton, Colo., 99. Class C S. B. Rasmussen, La Grande, Ohio. 91. Wavne Leslie, Aurora, Colo., 91. John Fisher, La Crescent, Minn., 91. Fisher won shootoff. Class D James Viltcr, Phoenix, 93 HWn Latfy Judy Matthews, Sedalia, Mo., M. High Jonior P*ut Sawev, Phoenix, 91. Wish/Senior r-.-i Thicker, Srn Dieao., C*tif.. "0. ,

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