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The 2016 goals of the AES Sawyer crew is to more than double their numbers and create a program of volunteers to work with and support the sawyers as swampers.
AES Sawyers Meeting
November 16, 2016, 6:30PM-9:00PM - Bass Pro Shops, 1133 N Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ 85201 - Meeting to be held in the Fine Gun Room by the hunting department
AES Board Meeting
December 21, 2016, 6:00PM-9:00PM - Cabela's Retail Store, 9380 W Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85305
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.
Court mandates new recovery plan for endangered Mexican wolf
October 20, 2016
Order resolves AZGFD lawsuit against U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
PHOENIX — An Arizona judge has approved a settlement agreement in a lawsuit filed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office against the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to develop a new recovery plan for the endangered Mexican wolf.
“I’m encouraged this issue is resolved,” said Governor Ducey. “This is yet another example of top-down, out-of-touch management from Washington D.C. that was directly affecting Arizonans and others across the Western United States. We’re looking forward to working with other western states to develop a new recovery plan that makes sense for us and provides real-world guidelines for measuring success.”
Hunters, please save that tracking collar
August 17, 2016
Wildlife management relies on valuable data
PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is encouraging hunters who harvest a big game animal affixed with a GPS or VHF tracking collar to return that collar undamaged to any department office statewide.
While harvesting a collared animal is legal, Game and Fish asks hunters to refrain from cutting, damaging or otherwise destroying any portion of a collar. A collar easily can be removed from a harvested animal’s neck by loosening two nuts on the black “drop-off” box on one side of the collar. A crescent wrench, socket wrench or multi-use tool can be used to loosen only those two nuts.
2016 fall hunt draw results now available
July 21, 2016
List of leftover permit-tags posted online
PHOENIX – The waiting game is over for hopeful hunters who applied for a 2016 Arizona fall hunt permit-tag.
To view draw results for the deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall bear, fall bison and pheasant seasons, hunters can either 1) sign in to their AZGFD Customer Portal account, 2) visit https://draw.azgfd.gov/ and click on “View Results and Bonus Points,” or 3) call (602) 942-3000.
A record 88 percent of all applicants applied online (122,353), compared to 12 percent who filled out a paper application (17,056).
For those who were unsuccessful in the draw process, a list of about 2,670 leftover permit-tags is posted at http://www.azgfd.gov/draw. The department will accept applications for leftover permit-tags -- by mail only -- beginning Monday, July 25. Leftover permit-tags will be available for purchase on a “first come, first served” basis at Arizona Game and Fish Department offices beginning Monday, Aug. 1.
For those who qualify, military hunts may be available at Fort Huachuca. Call (520) 533-5529 for more information.
All permit-tags are scheduled to be mailed by Aug. 5; all refund warrants by Aug. 15.
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.