Our Projects let you do your share with our "hands on" approach as to what AES is all about! AES has had excellent turnouts for our events. All in attendance enjoy the great meals, well organized projects and camaraderie. We get a lot done and have fun in the process. For those of you who helped in the past, we hope to see you again and if you have not joined us before, we hope to see you at one or all of our events.
The Arizona Elk Society members take a hands-on approach to AES activities
As we see it, hands-on is the best approach to wildlife and habitat matters here in Arizona. One of our goals is to put the money we raise to work in a manner that squeezes the most out of every dollar. Aside from negotiating for below market prices on the materials required for a project, large sums of money can be saved by doing the field work with volunteers.
The field projects we schedule are important to wildlife and habitat. They also afford us the opportunity to get tomorrows wildlife and habitat stewards, our youth, involved. Please consider assisting the AES on one or more projects each and every year. You will find yourself working side by side with people with big hearts and a lack of fear for getting some dirt or a couple of callouses on their hands for the sake of wildlife.
Signups for volunteers for upcoming camps and committees are needed to make sure you are on the list and that we have enough food and supplies for our events.
For the events listed below we are in need of:
- Camp Cooks and Kitchen help
- Mentors to take kids Hunting
- Info and Registration Booth Volunteers,
- General Volunteers for Camps and Work Projects
- Camp Setup and Teardown Help
- Team Leaders for Events and Projects
Water For Wildlife
In 2016 the Water for Wildlife program will continue water catchment restoration in Units 22 & 23. If needed, we’ll haul water to dry catchments to make sure elk have water during the drought.
The best place for current updates is our
AES Water for Wildlife Facebook page.
Water for Wildlife Program dates: Until 5.16 no work projects. 5.17 to 5.22 We will be working in the neighborhood of the Young road off 260 above star valley. 5.25 to 5.31 We will be back working in the woods. 6.1 going to work with Tom Mackin in the North Kaibab for a few days till the Buck Springs Project. 6.10 to 6.12 We intend to be at Buck Springs Project. 6.16 to 6. 24 We will be off My intent is to maintain this Tuesday to Sunday ish schedule working on the Payson Project thru July and unto August until circumstances intervene to alter my activities.
I am frequently in remote areas and it can take me 24 hours to respond. But I do respond. My plans do change according to physical, mechanical and weather events. So even if I have been very specific.... plans can and do change... plan on coming out, but verify.
To those that have been such a help in the past, THANK YOU! You are a source of warm memories of good times and good work. To the rest of the members of this little group... ya better get in the game or we are gonna get to have all the fun! Happy Landings! See ya in the woods.
Hunts For Heroes
The Arizona Elk Society recognizes the need to provide opportunity for these veterans so they may once again enjoy hunting in the great outdoors. As an organization with Hunting Heritage as part of our mission we have an excellent opportunity to give back to the military community in a meaningful way.
As avid outdoor men and women we recognize the void in many veterans’ lives when they returned from duty with injuries that have impacted their ability to enjoy their favorite outdoor hunting activities.
Our goal is to provide good opportunities for these men and women to get them back into the woods, able to enjoy the Hunting Heritage of Arizona.AES “Hunts for Heroes” is for our Nation’s heroes, and we hope that you share in our passion and commitment to do what we can for the men and women who have sacrificed to protect our freedoms.
AES Program Director, Dave Holbrook was an outfitter that ran a very successful operation in Colorado for many years and now lives in Arizona. Dave ran a program of his own to get disabled veterans out hunting through his outfitting business. After retiring his business Dave Holbrook approached the AES Board and offered to help get a disabled veteran program started. This was the beginning of the Arizona Elk Society “Hunts for Heroes” program.
If you are interested in volunteering please call Dave Holbrook 928-300-3937 or fill out the Volunteer Form. We have many needs from Committee, Camp, Fundraising and logistics that could use your help.
Buck Springs Project
June 11-12, 2016
Many of the Riparian Meadows around Buck Springs on top of the rim are over run with small diameter trees in bad shape. In a cooperative venture the volunteers of the AES along with the USFS, AZGFD and other partner groups will be removing these trees, lopping the limbs and stacking them so they can be burned. In the riparian creek channels we will be working to restore the functionality of the channel so that water can be slowed and absorbed into the ground to restore the sponge meadows. In other areas we will be maintaining aspen enclosure fences and removing old barbed wire fences.
IDA Grasslands/Slate Lakes Project
July 16-17, 2016
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 intenstive project and we need a lot of volunteers. We will be providing meals Friday night, Saturday breakfast, lunch/dinner, & Sunday breakfast. ALL volunteers must wear (Sun or Safety Glasses), long sleeve shirts & long sleeve pants. ALL volunteers welcome, you DO NOT need to be an AES member to help.
AZ Get Outdoors Expo
July 16-17, 2016
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 Clinic
July 30, 2016
Come on down and help out at our event. Since 2006 the Arizona Elk Society has hosted this event for ALL elk hunters. Location for the event will be determined at a later date. Doors will open at 9am and close at 4pm. 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. Volunteers are needed to help set up and take down event, as well as other duties. ALL volunteers welcome, you DO NOT need to be an AES member to help.
AZ Get Outdoors Expo
August 13-14, 2016
AES is in search of volunteers to help work the information booth at the new Arizona Get Outdoors Expo in Flagstaff on Saturday, August 13th and Sunday, August 14th. It will be held at the Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park. This is the first one so it will be exciting. Come join in the fun of sharing what the Arizona Elk Society is all about. You can sign up for the whole day or in shifts- Saturday 10-2 or 2-6, Sunday 12-4 There will be a First one in Scottsdale in July, they had it last year and everyone said it was a great show.
Junior Elk Hunt Camp
October 6-9, 2016
Become a Volunteer and help support Arizona's Hunting Youth! The Arizona Elk Society’s Unit 6A Junior Elk Hunt Camp will be October 6-9, 2016, at Happy Jack Lodge in Happy Jack, Arizona. AES uses the Ramada just past the lodge and restaurant, next to the baseball field. This event is held every year in conjunction with the Unit 6A Juniors Elk Hunt. Presented by the Arizona Elk Society and sponsored by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Volunteers are need to help at the event, as well as other duties. ALL volunteers welcome, you DO NOT need to be an AES member to help.
AES Calendar & Hunting and Angling Heritage Workgroup Outdoor Skills Calendar
If you interested in other events that teach beginners about hunting, shooting, trapping, fishing and wildlife, check out the Hunting and Angling Heritage Workgroup Outdoor Skills calendar below for and upcoming event for the whole family.