The Chandler Rod and Gun Club Bluegill Bonanza has been a favorite event for many years. It coincides with the Arizona Game and Fish free fishing day so you don’t need to go out and buy a license if you don’t already have one. It’s a great time for young and old alike to get out and have some fun catching those feisty little predators of the back bays.
Recent fish reports indicate that Bluegill populations at Canyon Lake are healthy with large numbers spawning in the shallows. Last year the sunrise bite was good so let’s get started early. Driving in on Highway 88, you will cross the first bridge over Canyon Lake and look for the next right turn. This is the Boulder Recreation Area where we will have one of the picnic ramadas set up with refreshments and a CR&G Club sign. This area will be used as the official weigh-in and fillet processing station. There is good fishing on the large docks and along the shoreline of this bay. Park in the lot above the docks and this year it’s a free pass day and you will not need a Tonto pass. Also it is free boat and boat launch for the same day.
Trophy Squirrel Hunt 2012
This year’s CRG Trophy Squirrel hunt will be held on the weekend of October 13th 2012.
We will be in the same area as past years, North off of Forest Rd. 237 in the Larson dispersed camping area. From Mesa take the 87 (Beeline Hwy) North to Payson, turn right (East on Hwy 260 to FR 237 (approximately 33 mi.), turn left and look for the CRG signs.
The rules this year are as follows: All squirrels must be CLEANED and submitted for scoring by 5:00pm on Saturday October 13th. Prizes will be awarded in 2 categories, Adult Trophy Squirrel (Gift Card to Sportsman’s Warehouse) and Youth Trophy Squirrel (Gift Card to Sportsman’s Warehouse).
As usual Saturday evening will be a potluck dinner, so don’t forget to bring a dish to share or try out a new squirrel recipe. This is a great family event and the perfect time of year to be out in the woods chasing small game. Hope to see everyone there!
If you have any questions or need any help please call David Hoyle Phone: 480-290-8344
Trophy Squirrel Hunt: October 13th 2012
Saturday and Sunday, September 1th and 2th will be the 22nd time the Famous Juniors Only Dove Hunt takes place. From the very first one Chandler Rod and Gun Club members have made this event the premier event that is talked about by over 150 junior hunters!
Today as I write this, the thermometer is in the 90 degree range and the humidity level is close to swimming without being in a pool. This is definitely not my favorite point in the yearly cycle. Don’t get me wrong, I love the storms and the rains it brings, but the muggy hangover the next day is the least enjoyable part.
So what are you to do when it’s like this, but you still want to enjoy the outdoors? Try some after-dark activities. There are plenty of things to do after the sun goes down and it cools off to a more comfortable level. Here is a list of some things to try to beat the heat after hours. Continue reading
That’s right, September is next month, the month that gets Chandler Rod and Gun Club busy. August finishes with the consuming of hundreds of crayfish and some great family time in the outdoors. and then plans of rising early, heading out to the fields for a limit of dove before work. Continue reading
Are YOU ready? Ready for Arizona’s best, Arizona’s original, the one and only Chandler Rod and Gun Club 9th annual Mudbug Madness! That’s right it’s time for Mudbug Madness. If you were there last year, you know there were no shortage of crawfish and all the fixins. If you weren’t, then you have no idea what you missed, if all you have heard are the rumors, then this year is the year you and your family need to come and experience a truly unique Chandler Rod and Gun Club event. Continue reading
Now that the valley temps have hit the 110+ mark it’s time for an excuse to head up to the cool pines for some trout fishing. This year we have resurrected and added a popular event from the past, CRG’s Trout Fishin’ Weekend (TFW) is the perfect excuse we all need to get out of the heat.
TFW is a laid back weekend with no scheduled events, just plenty of time to fish and relax. Although on Saturday night it would be nice to sit around the campfire (if allowed) and swap fishing tales while enjoying the days catch for dinner.
Date: July 7th – 8th (I will be arriving Friday the 6th
Location: Larson Camping area near Forest Lakes (CLICK HERE FOR MAP)
What to bring: Camping & fishing gear, food, water and warm clothes. The camp area does have bathrooms.
The camp area is about 10 min from Willow Springs lake and close to Woods Canyon Lake, Black Canyon Lake and if you don’t mind the dirt road Bear Canyon Lake. I will have the CRG banner up near my campsite so you can tell you’re in the right spot. My phone does work up there so please call if you have any issues. If you can’t make the entire weekend come up for the day! Hope to see you there!
There is no question that if you want to be successful when you hunt, you have to do your homework. Aside from pouring over maps and spending time on Google Earth looking for roads and water tanks and catchments, you need some time behind the windshield and putting your boots on the ground looking for animals.
Chandler Rod and Gun Club is starting another year and I can’t remember how many I have been around. I was thinking about it and thought it had to be about 12 to 15 years. Then I started thinking about the first Jr. Dove I went too. The very first Dove hunt for CRG was the last hunt at Powers Butte with Phil and Chewy. Back then we crammed everything into my suburban and left at 2:00 in the morning from Mesa. We had to leave enough space in the back seat buy the window for Chewy. From what I remember, he wasn’t happy about the back seat. He always rode shot gun in his suburban. Come to think of it I don’t think it was Chewy that was there for that Powers Butte trip, but he did have to ride in the back seat a couple years late.
I wanted to get the 2012 events planned as early as possible this year so that everyone has ample time to plan on attending these wonderful events. As you can see we have moved events back to their normal time frames and we have brought back an event from the past.
Annual Meeting Potluck April 14 2012
Bluegill Bonanza June 9, 2012
Trout Fishing Weekend July 7th & 8th, 2012
Mudbug Madness August 18, 2012
Trophy Squirrel Hunt October 13 2012
Also keep an eye on the newsletter for a possible new fall even, CRG Deer Hunting Camp! Stay tuned.