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.
White Mountain Chapter Banquet
June 24, 2017 - Show Low Elks Club. - The White Mountain Chapter of the Arizona Elk Society invites you to attend their Fourth Annual Fundraising Banquet to be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the Show Low Elks Club, 805 E Whipple, Show Low, AZ. Doors open at 5:00 PM * Dinner at 6:30 PM. Early Registration Special: Buy your tickets before June 10, 2017 and be eligible for a special “Early Bird” prize!!! You’ll also receive a complimentary $20 raffle ticket for being an “Early Bird”. Register Today! Don’t Delay – Seating is Limited!!!.
AZ Get Outdoors Expo (Flagstaff)
June 24-25, 2017 - Fort Tuthill County Park. - AES is in search of volunteers to help work the information booth at the new Arizona Get Outdoors Expo in Flagstaff on Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th. It will be held at the Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park. AZGO Expo offers a one-stop exploration of the great outdoors for the whole family! With exhibitors & vendors from across the outdoor industry, hands on activities, and more! Come join in the fun of sharing what the Arizona Elk Society is all about.
IDA Grasslands/Slate Lakes Work Weekend
July 14-16, 2017 - Kaibab National Forest. - Historic overgrazing and fire exclusion have allowed junipers & pines to encroach upon hundreds of thousands of acres of historically open lands on the Kaibab National Forest. IDA Grasslands serve as a habitat for elk, mule deer, wild turkey, and pronghorn antelope. This is a labor intensive project and we need a lot of volunteers.
AZ Get Outdoors Expo (Scottsdale)
July 15-16, 2017 - WestWorld of Scottsdale. - Arizona Game & Fish, KTAR, Arizona Sports, ESPN Phoenix, The Arizona Republic, & azcentral.com present the Arizona Get Outdoors Expo at Westworld of Scottsdale. Fun & adventure for the whole family in more than 200,000 square feet! Volunteers are needed to man a booth educating the public about all the AES has to offer.
Annual Elk Hunting Clinic
July 22, 2017 - El Zaribah Shrine. - This will be an is an all day clinic teaching the many aspects of becoming successful at hunting elk in Arizona. There are Speakers from all over the West, Arizona Elk Hunting Outfitters and many more.
July 29-30, 2017 - St. Josephs Youth Camp, Mormon Lake, Arizona., 4860 Mormon Lake Rd, Mormon Lake, AZ 86038. - Wapiti Weekend is probably the youth event we are most known for. This event is an annual event and parents almost fight to get their children into this event each year. Registration this year will be an ONLINE PROCESS.
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.
Gray began his career with the department as a research biologist in 1993 and worked his way up through the ranks. He has a unique familiarity and perspective on department issues and operations, having also served as urban fishing program specialist, a regional fish program specialist, human dimensions coordinator, field operations coordinator, fisheries branch chief, education branch chief, assistant director (Information/Education/Recreation Division), and deputy director, a position he has held since March 2013.
“This is truly a great honor,” said Gray. “The Arizona Game and Fish Department is recognized as one of the world’s leading wildlife management agencies, and I look forward to continuing our tradition of innovation and dedication to meet the conservation challenges and opportunities of the future.”
Gray will lead an agency that employs more than 600 people and is funded at more than $120 million per year, primarily from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, a federal excise tax on hunting and fishing gear, and several other sources such as the Heritage Fund (lottery proceeds), Wildlife Conservation Fund (tribal gaming revenue), watercraft licensing, OHV decals, and state wildlife grants. The agency does not receive Arizona general fund tax dollars.
“I have the utmost confidence in Ty and his ability to lead the agency into the future,” said outgoing Director Voyles. “I commend the commission for the fair and thorough process they used in interviewing, vetting, and making the challenging decision of selecting a new director from among four candidates of the highest caliber, each of whom has been a tremendous asset to this agency and to the people of Arizona.”
“I congratulate Ty on being selected director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “We look forward to working closely with Director Gray to ensure the health, abundance and variety of Arizona’s wildlife.”
Gray holds a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Resource Management from the University of Nebraska.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department director is appointed by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, a five-member citizen board that sets policy and has broad oversight of the department. The director serves as the department’s chief administrative officer and is responsible for the general supervision and control of all activities, functions and employees of the department. .