Check Out What The AES Does
Every year sportsmen and women want to know what the Arizona Elk Society is doing here in AZ. Here is the answer: please watch this video and get involved. Without the support of our volunteers, we could not run the successful program we do.
Check Out Our Two Newest Chapters
In the winter of 2017, the Northern Arizona Peaks Chapter was formed to serve communities in northern Arizona. Since inception, the Northern Arizona has been one of the focal points of our habitat funding, volunteer projects, and the Water for Wildlife program.
Residents in the Pinetop area have formed the first-ever chapter of the Arizona Elk Society. Known as the Arizona Elk Society White Mountain Chapter, volunteers feel they can significantly contribute to improved populations of elk and other wildlife.
PHOENIX VARMINT CALLERS, INC.
WOUNDED VETERAN PREDATOR HUNT
IN MEMORY OF RAY EVRIDGE
Ray Evridge, husband, father, hunter, angler, conservationist, Treasurer of the Phoenix Varmint Callers, Inc and volunteer with countless other organizations passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 3rd, 2017. Ray’s heart was in hunting, teaching youth, volunteering and helping others.
One of Ray’s latest projects that he was working on for his club the Phoenix Varmint Callers Inc. was a Wounded Veteran Predator Hunt down south. Ray and the PVCI group were working in coordination with the AES Hunts for Heroes and they were planning to take 4 wounded veterans out on a free predator hunt this October.
The family would like Ray’s legacy project to live on and to make this happen. They are kindly asking that in lieu of flowers please make a donation through the Arizona Elk Society for the PVCI WOUNDED VETERAN PREDATOR HUNT.
Wildlife Day at Sportsman's Warehouse
November 18, 2017, 10:00am - 3:00pm - 19205 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85027. - Volunteers needed to be at a booth, talking about AES and selling memberships.
November 28, 2017 - Support the Arizona Elk Society by making a donation to our cause on #GivingTuesday, and help AES on our mission to benefit elk and other wildlife through habitat conservation and restoration, and to preserve our hunting heritage for present and future generations.
HUNTS FOR HEROES
Arizona Elk Society started a new program "Hunts for Heroes" to help disabled veterans here in Arizona heal through hunting. Our first hunt is in the books. Kevin Widner was our first hunter and harvested a great antelope in Northern AZ. Program Director Dave Holbrook set up the hunt with our great friends at High Point Outfitters from Flagstaff. John from HPO and his guides did a great job.
Thank You to all that had a hand in this hunt and
Thank You to Kevin for his service to the United States.
With regard to the current petitions now being circulated, aimed at outlawing the legal hunting of mountain lions & bobcats by Arizona citizens. They are being circulated by an anti-hunting group calling themselves Arizonans for Wildlife. In reality this is the work of the money focused Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
Their goal with this action is to get Arizona voters to reject a century of sound scientific wildlife management from our Arizona Game & Fish Department biologists. The HSUS would prefer to manage wildlife with the ballot box. Their campaign will be based on emotion and will contain very little science.
Arizona Sportsmen For Wildlife Conservation 2017 Sportsmen's Summit
June 19, 2017
Program begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Ben Avery Clay Target Center. Arizona Sportsmen For Wildlife Conservation (AZSFWC) invites you to join them for the 1st Annual Sportsmen's Summit and Banquet.
The Summit's program will include updates about AZSFWC activities and issues, AZSFWC Member and Affiliate Organizations, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Commission.
After the Summit's program, there will be a Social Hour, which will be followed by a Ribeye Steak Dinner with all the fixings. After dinner there will be a Fundraiser with an Auction, Blitzes, Bucket Raffle, and a Silent Auction.
Ty Gray named director of Arizona Game and Fish Department
June 12, 2017
PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has appointed Ty Gray as director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The appointment came in a unanimous 5-0 vote at the commission’s June 11 meeting.
Gray, of Phoenix, has been with Game and Fish for 24 years and is currently the agency’s deputy director. He replaces outgoing Director Larry Voyles, who announced May 12 he would be retiring after a 43-year career with Game and Fish, the past nine as director. Gray will assume the role following a transition period.
“We’re thrilled to hire someone with Ty’s depth of experience and accomplishments,” said Commission Chairman Pat Madden. “He brings extensive experience in wildlife management, planning, budget, and executive-level administration and leadership, as well as the respect of colleagues and the public.”
Antiquities Act used for overreach
May 13, 2017
President Donald Trump remarked at his signing of the executive order to review designations under the Antiquities Act, “Today, I am signing a new executive order to end another egregious abuse of federal power and to give back that power to the states and to the people, where it belongs.”
I contend that a good example of that abuse of federal power occurred here with the presidential proclamation designating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. It appears to me that the decision was based on the fact-finding tour of the area by then-Secretary Sally Jewell, where she asked participants in a packed meeting room if they were in favor of President Obama declaring a national monument. The room was filled with bussed-in, out-of-town participants who came from Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Silver City and El Paso. Many locals, including our county sheriff, were not allowed into the room because the fire marshall closed the room.