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.
Dave Holbrook was a very successful Colorado outfitter for many years and he 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 Tom Wagner 623-738-6940. We have many needs including committee involvement, on-site hunts (assisting hunter, camp set-up/cooking), fundraising, and varied logistics that could use your help.
AES/NWTF Youth Turkey Camp
April 20-23, 2017
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.
Long Valley Meadow Project
May 19-21, 2017
Many of the Riparian Meadows around Buck Springs on top of the rim are over run with small diameter trees in bad shape. The AES volunteers along with the USFS, AZGFD and other groups will remove 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 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.
Wild in the City
November 4, 2017
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, track making, owl pellet dissection, wildlife calling and much 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.