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04-11-2003, 11:34 AM
Trail Mix

The Arizona Republic

April 10, 2003

Mark your calendar

Bob Hirsch "Spring Fling"

Learn how to catch trout from the experts April 19 at the 12th annual Bob Hirsch Spring Fling at the Greer Lodge. Hirsch, along with Lon Ellington, Bob Pollack and Ron Thomas, will provide four hours (8 a.m.-noon) of free one-on-one instruction for anglers of all levels. Anglers also will get a chance to catch and release big trout from a private pond at the Greer Lodge. A trout derby also gets under way that day and runs through May.17. Information: 1-(928)-735-7540.

Also this week

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Saturday-Sunday: Apache Bowhunters of Globe-Miami will conduct the 10th annual Harry Winn Memorial 3-D Shoot. Cost: $40 adults, $10 (under 18). Information: 1-(928)-473-2812.

ORIENTEERING
Saturday: Greater Phoenix Orienteering Club will conduct a potluck dinner and night orienteering course beginning at 5:30.p.m. at Coon Bluff Recreation Area on the Lower Salt River. Note: The entrance to Coon Bluff Recreation Area is locked at sunset. Arrive early. There also is a $4 entry fee per vehicle. Information: (480).659-2091.

Coming up
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Tuesday: Desert Christian Archers will conduct its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Location: Calvary Community Church, 12612 N. Black Canyon Highway, Room 204, Phoenix. Cost: Free. Information: (602) 957-9135.

D.U. FUND-RAISER
April 19: The West Valley chapter of Ducks Unlimited will conduct its annual fund-raising banquet at 5.p.m. Location: Red Lion Hotel, 12027 N. 28th Drive, Phoenix. Information: (623).583-1712.

Cool gear
Big things do come in small packages for those who appreciate the finer details of bird watching and wildlife viewing. Nikon's new Naturalist compact binoculars provide just that. The Naturalist utilizes precisely cut and polished lens glass that is coated with anti-reflective compounds to provide maximum light transmissions, contrast and true color rendition. It has 12.5 mm of eye relief and delivers a field of view at 1,000 yards of 384 feet. It closes focus to just 9.8 feet. It retails for between $39.99 and $49.99 and is available at Valley-area Kits Camera shops.

Tournament news
Julie King and Brian Daniels, both of Phoenix, won the recent AllStar Bass couples tournament at Alamo Lake. The pair used spinnerbaits in coves and drop-shot techniques off main lake points for three bass totaling 7.32 pounds, including a 3.34-pounder.


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