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Check Out What The AES Does
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.
Check Out Our Two Newest Chapters
In the winter of 2017, the Northern Arizona Peaks Chapter was formed to serve communities in northern Arizona. Since inception, the Northern Arizona has been one of the focal points of our habitat funding, volunteer projects, and the Water for Wildlife program.
Residents in the Pinetop area have formed the first-ever chapter of the Arizona Elk Society. Known as the Arizona Elk Society White Mountain Chapter, volunteers feel they can significantly contribute to improved populations of elk and other wildlife.
PHOENIX VARMINT CALLERS, INC.
WOUNDED VETERAN PREDATOR HUNT
IN MEMORY OF RAY EVRIDGE
Ray Evridge, husband, father, hunter, angler, conservationist, Treasurer of the Phoenix Varmint Callers, Inc and volunteer with countless other organizations passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 3rd, 2017. Ray’s heart was in hunting, teaching youth, volunteering and helping others.
One of Ray’s latest projects that he was working on for his club the Phoenix Varmint Callers Inc. was a Wounded Veteran Predator Hunt down south. Ray and the PVCI group were working in coordination with the AES Hunts for Heroes and they were planning to take 4 wounded veterans out on a free predator hunt this October.
The family would like Ray’s legacy project to live on and to make this happen. They are kindly asking that in lieu of flowers please make a donation through the Arizona Elk Society for the PVCI WOUNDED VETERAN PREDATOR HUNT.
Wild in the City
November 4, 2017, 8:30am - 4:00pm - Ben Avery Indoor Range, 4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85086. - Wild in the City is for all youths 6-16, including scouts and troops to teach 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 daylong event. Registration starts at 8:30 am at Ben Avery Indoor Range, 4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd., Phoenix, Arizona 85086. Activities begin at 9am and end at 4pm with a break for Lunch.
Wildlife Day at Sportsman's Warehouse
November 18, 2017, 10:00am - 3:00pm - 19205 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85027. - Volunteers needed to be at a booth, talking about AES and selling memberships.
November 28, 2017 - Support the Arizona Elk Society by making a donation to our cause on #GivingTuesday, and help AES on our mission to benefit elk and other wildlife through habitat conservation and restoration, and to preserve our hunting heritage for present and 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.
Gray began his career with the department as a research biologist in 1993 and worked his way up through the ranks. He has a unique familiarity and perspective on department issues and operations, having also served as urban fishing program specialist, a regional fish program specialist, human dimensions coordinator, field operations coordinator, fisheries branch chief, education branch chief, assistant director (Information/Education/Recreation Division), and deputy director, a position he has held since March 2013.
“This is truly a great honor,” said Gray. “The Arizona Game and Fish Department is recognized as one of the world’s leading wildlife management agencies, and I look forward to continuing our tradition of innovation and dedication to meet the conservation challenges and opportunities of the future.”
Gray will lead an agency that employs more than 600 people and is funded at more than $120 million per year, primarily from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, a federal excise tax on hunting and fishing gear, and several other sources such as the Heritage Fund (lottery proceeds), Wildlife Conservation Fund (tribal gaming revenue), watercraft licensing, OHV decals, and state wildlife grants. The agency does not receive Arizona general fund tax dollars.
“I have the utmost confidence in Ty and his ability to lead the agency into the future,” said outgoing Director Voyles. “I commend the commission for the fair and thorough process they used in interviewing, vetting, and making the challenging decision of selecting a new director from among four candidates of the highest caliber, each of whom has been a tremendous asset to this agency and to the people of Arizona.”
“I congratulate Ty on being selected director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “We look forward to working closely with Director Gray to ensure the health, abundance and variety of Arizona’s wildlife.”
Gray holds a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Resource Management from the University of Nebraska.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department director is appointed by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, a five-member citizen board that sets policy and has broad oversight of the department. The director serves as the department’s chief administrative officer and is responsible for the general supervision and control of all activities, functions and employees of the department. .