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

Wild in the City

February 13, 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.

DCA Mentored Javelina Hunt Camp

February 18-21, 2016

This is an official AZGFD HAHWG Camp Hosted by the Desert Christian Archers for first time Javalina Hunters only. This hunt is during the general rifle season for javelina.

The campsite is for disbursed camping with easy access for trailers, popup campers, toy haulers as it is only 100 yards from the paved road. Meals will be provided. Portapotties/wash basins will be provided.

15th Annual Banquet

March 18-20, 2016

The weekend of March 18, 19, 20 is the Arizona Elk Society 15th Annual Banquet. The Banquet takes many volunteers to pull it together. We have included a schedule below to show times that events are taking place at this year's Banquet.

If possible we would love to have our many volunteers old and new join us in the setup, Banquet Night and tear down. Our Banquet is a large event and we could use all the help we can get. If you can help Please let us know. If you can only show up to help for a few hours, especially with setup and Banquet Day it would be great.

AZG@F Expo

April 2-3, 2016

The Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo in the past 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.

AES/NWTF Youth Turkey Camp

April 14-17, 2016

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.

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.

White Mountain Chapter Banquet

June 25, 2016

The White Mountain Chapter of the Arizona Elk Society is holding their 3rd Annual Banquet in 2016. 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 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 14-17, 2016

Arizona Game & Fish, KTAR, Arizona Sports, ESPN Phoenix, The Arizona Republic, & azcentral.com present the First-Ever 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. FOP Lodge #2 12851 N. 19th Ave., north of Cactus road, Phoenix, AZ. 85029. 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 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.