AES Northern Arizona Peaks Chapter
Started in the winter of 2017 the new AES Northern Arizona Peaks Chapter has formed to serve communities in northern Arizona. Since our inception Northern Arizona has been one of the focal points of our habitat funding, volunteer projects, and the Water for Wildlife program. Hundreds of thousands of acres has been restored and hundreds of water catchments have been rebuilt and maintained.
If you are interested in helping out on the Chapter Committee, volunteer or donor please contact: Jimmy Mehen - email@example.com - 928-699-7199
Next Committee meeting: Feb. 24, 5:00PM, at Sportsman's Warehouse
Those interested in attending the Committee Meeting please RSVP to Jimmy Mehen - 928-699-7199
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What Does The AES Do?
Every year sportsmen and women want to know what the Arizona Elk Society is doing here in AZ. Here is the answer: please watch this video and get involved. Without the support of our volunteers, we could not run the successful program we do.
May 6-7, 2017 - Long Valley - near Clints Wells. - This project is only for certified sawyers.
Long Valley Meadow Work Weekend
May 19-21, 2017 - Long Valley - near Clints Wells. - This allotment had many issues that made many parts of it challenging to the family that had worked it for years grazing cattle. Many threatened and endanger wildlife species live in the area and with the restrictions to grazing, it wasn’t economically feasible to graze cattle. The AES signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Forest Service to work towards improving and restoring the natural elements of the habitat for the wildlife and our future generations.
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.
The Arizona Elk Society, in 2013, worked with the USFS to certify 14 Wildland Chain Saw operators, Sawyers, to work with AZGFD and the USFS to restore wildlife habitat throughout Elk range in Arizona. Each year since we have had some new volunteers get certified, as we grow so does the work that we can be doing for elk and wildlife. We restore grasslands, riparian meadows, and much more by removing invading pine and juniper trees.
Reminder: Feb. 14 is deadline to apply for 2017 pronghorn, elk hunts
Feb. 10, 2017
All hunt permit-tag applications must be received by 11:59 p.m.
PHOENIX — The clock is ticking for hunters who have yet to apply for 2017 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for pronghorn and elk.
All online and paper applications must be received by the Arizona Game and Fish Department no later than 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Tuesday, Feb. 14. Postmarks do not count.
Applicants are encouraged to use the 24/7 online service at https://draw.azgfd.gov (scroll down to “Apply for a Draw”). Purchasing a hunting license and filling out an application online is fast and easy. The online service also dramatically reduces the chances of making errors that could result in a rejected application.
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.
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.