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2016 AES ANNUAL MEEING
August 17, 2016
Located at Cabela's, 9380 W Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85305, in the conference room upstairs next to the Bargain Cave. We will be discussing last years accomplishments and voting in new Board members. You don't have to be a member to come to the meeting but you must be a member to vote.
We are accepting nominations for the Board of Directors for the term period of 2016-2019, to be voted on at the annual meeting.
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Hunts for Heroes
The AES “Hunts for Heroes” mission is to provide hunting opportunities in Arizona for our returning military veterans who have been left with a disability while in the service of our Nation’s military.
Buck Springs Project
June 11-12, 2016 - Unit 5A - 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.
AES Board Meeting
June 15, 2016 - 6PM to 9PM - Audubon Center, 3131 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ
Annual White Mountain Banquet
June 25, 2016 - Show Low Elks Club, 805 E Whipple St, Show Low, AZ - 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 - Slate Lakes, 86001, AZ - 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.
Arizona Get Outdoors Expo
July 16-17, 2016 - Westworld of Scottsdale, 16601 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 - 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.
AES Board Meeting
July 20, 2016 - 6PM to 9PM - Bass Pro Shops, 1133 North Dobson, Mesa, AZ 85201
Annual Elk Clinic
July 30, 2016 - El Zaribah Shrine - 552 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85008 - Come on down and help out at our event. Since 2006 the Arizona Elk Society has hosted this event for ALL elk hunters. 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.
Arizona Get Outdoors Expo
August 13-14, 2016 - Pepsi Amphitheater, Fort Tuthill County Park, 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop, Flagstaff, AZ 86005 - The AES is in search of volunteers to help work the information booth at the new Arizona Get Outdoors Expo in Flagstaff on Saturday June 18th and Sunday June 19th. 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.
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.
Only 73 permit-tags remain for 2016 elk hunts
Apr 21, 2016
PHOENIX — Arizona hunters still have an opportunity to receive a hunt permit-tag for select 2016 elk hunts.
After this week’s release of the official draw results, there were 73 leftover hunt permit-tags that will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis as follows:
• By mail: Paper applications will be accepted beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, April 25, and must be addressed to: Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.: Draw/First Come, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086. Applications postmarked prior to April 25 will not be accepted. Note: There is no “mini” draw. Allow 10 to 15 business days to receive a hunt permit-tag by mail.
• In person: If any leftover hunt permit-tags remain, they will be available for purchase beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, May 2 at any of the seven department offices statewide.
For a complete list of leftover hunt permit-tags, visithttps://portal.azgfd.stagingaz.gov/PortalImages/files/hunting/draw/leftoverTags/leftovers-fall.pdf.
Available now: 2016 elk, pronghorn hunt draw results
April 18, 2016
Hunters can check Portal account, AZGFD website, or by phone.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department has completed its 2016 hunt draw for elk and pronghorn
The results are available by visiting https://draw.azgfd.gov/ and scrolling down to “View results and bonus points,” or by calling the department at (602) 942-3000 and pressing “2.”
By the numbers:
- 26,483: The total number of permit-tags issued.
- 159,978: The total number of those who applied for hunts or bonus points.
- 119,743: The total number of applications submitted (paper application and online).
Permit-tags for successful applicants, along with refunds for those who were unsuccessful in the hunt draw, are expected to be mailed by Friday, April 22.
Arizona Game and Fish Commission selects Commission Awards recipients
Congratulations to Arizona Elk Society's President Richard Williams for being selected as Mentor of the Year
& Executive Director Steve Clark for being selected as Conservationist of the Year!
Sept. 23, 2015
SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has selected the recipients of its 2015 Commission Awards.
The awards recognize Arizonans who have contributed significantly to the conservation of the state's wildlife, its outdoor heritage, and the mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Proposed Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument
From the Arizona Elk Society and the Arizona Alliance of Responsible Land Users:
The Arizona Elk Society has been working on this issue since 2010. Our Letter to Legislators and decision makers is on our website under the issue tabs.
For the past few months many of our followers and supporters have asked if we can provide talking points and information other than our letter. The big question that always comes up is “What can I do?” The Department has compiled a list of issues and concerns relative to Monument designation. For your consideration you can use this information should you choose to contact the decision makers of this action.
Here is what you can do. The elected officials that are the decision makers for this issue are listed below. You need to individually write and call these people and let them know how you feel about the Grand Canyon National Monument designation.
Please take the time to “GET INVOLVED”, these issues will determine the future of land use and access in Arizona. Use the points in this document to draft your comments then send it. If you do this please take a minute and let us know that you did this so we can keep track of the numbers and use those numbers when we are speaking with others.