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
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.
AES/NWTF Youth Turkey Camp
April 16 - 19, 2015
Arizona Elk Society, AZG&F, NWTF, Cabela's, Phoenix Varmint Callers and NSSF sponsor this event. Hosted by the Arizona Elk Society & Arizona State Chapter of the NWTF. This hunting camp along with the others that cater to new youth hunters, are a great way to get kids introduced to hunting. Volunteers needed to help with camp setup, food preparation, cooking and cleanup. Based at Colcord Ridge Campground (The camp serves Units 23, 3C & 4A&B) (3 miles South of HWY 260 on the Young Rd. 512 at the top of the rim). ALL volunteers welcome, you DO NOT need to be an AES member to help.
Unit 7W Dog Knobs Water Catchment Rebuild
May 2 & 3, 2015
The Arizona Elk Society Catchment Repair Squad will be rebuilding and replumbing Dog Knobs Wildlife Water Catchment in Unit 7W. This catchment will be getting a new apron and other things to make it work. This is one of the most used wildlife waters in the upper part of Unit 7W. If you can make it up for the weekend or even one day please let us know. The catchment is located about 28 miles NW of Flag just south of HWY 180.
Payson Wildlife Fair Booth
May 9, 2015, 9am-3pm
Join us for a day of activities when Green Valley Park in Payson will undergo a transformation from 9am-3pm when its grassy expanses turn into a carnival full of wildlife and hands-on outdoor activities for all. Join us for a fantastic day of activities during the Annual Payson Wildlife Fair. No fishing license is required for fair attendees. Admission is FREE. The Arizona Elk Society will have a booth at the Payson Wildlife Fair in Payson. Great way to get out of the heat and enjoy the fresh air of Payson while educating the public about the Arizona Elk Society.
Buck Springs Project
May 16 & 17, 2015
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.
DBacks Outdoor Rec Day
May 23, 2015
The Arizona Diamondbacks are proud to present the Fourth Annual Outdoor Recreation Night! Join other outdoor enthusiasts on Saturday, May 23. Before the game, experience all the outdoor activities that Arizona has to offer at the interactive Outdoor Recreation Street Festival. Learn how to catch a fish, shoot a bow and arrow, and even enjoy an animal petting zoo. Downtown at the Diamondbacks Stadium. Join the Arizona Elk Society in our education booth talking to sports enthusiasts about wildlife habitat, hunting and the outdoors. We need a few volunteers to help man the booth all day.
AES White Mountain Chapter Banquet
June 27, 2015
The White Mountain Chapter of the Arizona Elk Society is holding their 2nd Annual Banquet on June 27, 2015, at the Show Low Elk's Club in Showlow. The Arizona Elk Society White Mountain Chapter is actively looking for volunteers to help with the Banquet Setup Teardown, Etc.
IDA Grasslands/Slate Lakes Project
July 18 & 19, 2015
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.
Annual Elk Clinic
July 25, 2015
Come on down and help out at our event. Since 2006 the Arizona Elk Society has hosted this event for ALL elk hunters. FOP Lodge #2 12851 N. 19th Ave., north of Cactus road. 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.
Junior Elk Hunt Camp
October 08-11, 2015
Become a Volunteer and help support Arizona's Hunting Youth! The Arizona Elk Society’s Unit 6A Junior Elk Hunt Camp will be Oct. 08-11, 2015, 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.
Coming in 2016
The Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo in the pat has taken place at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. Admission and parking are free! Last year’s Expo and Youth Day drew a total of 48,000 attendees, the highest three-day total in the event’s history.
Volunteers are needed to man a booth educating the public about all the AES has to offer.
Wild in the City
Coming in 2016
Wild in the City is our newest youth program. This program was launched in 2010 at the request of the Arizona Girls Scouts Council.This is a program to teach young girls some of the outdoor skills and help them earn badges for things they might not have a chance to otherwise earn. Wild In The City is a one day program teaching kids about the outdoors and other skills including: archery, wildlife identification, survival, elk, turkey & predator calling, hands on fishing and more. The Arizona Elk Society goal is to be able to offer this program as a way to introduce young boys and girls to the outdoors.
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.