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.
White Mountain Chapter Banquet
June 24, 2017 - Show Low Elks Club. - The White Mountain Chapter of the Arizona Elk Society invites you to attend their Fourth Annual Fundraising Banquet to be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the Show Low Elks Club, 805 E Whipple, Show Low, AZ. Doors open at 5:00 PM * Dinner at 6:30 PM. Early Registration Special: Buy your tickets before June 10, 2017 and be eligible for a special “Early Bird” prize!!! You’ll also receive a complimentary $20 raffle ticket for being an “Early Bird”. Register Today! Don’t Delay – Seating is Limited!!!.
AZ Get Outdoors Expo (Flagstaff)
June 24-25, 2017 - Fort Tuthill County Park. - AES is in search of volunteers to help work the information booth at the new Arizona Get Outdoors Expo in Flagstaff on Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th. It will be held at the Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park. AZGO Expo offers a one-stop exploration of the great outdoors for the whole family! With exhibitors & vendors from across the outdoor industry, hands on activities, and more! Come join in the fun of sharing what the Arizona Elk Society is all about.
IDA Grasslands/Slate Lakes Work Weekend
July 14-16, 2017 - Kaibab National Forest. - 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 intensive project and we need a lot of volunteers.
AZ Get Outdoors Expo (Scottsdale)
July 15-16, 2017 - WestWorld of Scottsdale. - 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.
Annual Elk Hunting Clinic
July 22, 2017 - El Zaribah Shrine. - 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.
July 29-30, 2017 - St. Josephs Youth Camp, Mormon Lake, Arizona., 4860 Mormon Lake Rd, Mormon Lake, AZ 86038. - Wapiti Weekend is probably the youth event we are most known for. This event is an annual event and parents almost fight to get their children into this event each year. Registration this year will be an ONLINE PROCESS.
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.
Arizona Sportsmen For Wildlife Conservation 2017 Sportsmen's Summit
June 19, 2017
Program begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Ben Avery Clay Target Center. Arizona Sportsmen For Wildlife Conservation (AZSFWC) invites you to join them for the 1st Annual Sportsmen's Summit and Banquet.
The Summit's program will include updates about AZSFWC activities and issues, AZSFWC Member and Affiliate Organizations, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Commission.
After the Summit's program, there will be a Social Hour, which will be followed by a Ribeye Steak Dinner with all the fixings. After dinner there will be a Fundraiser with an Auction, Blitzes, Bucket Raffle, and a Silent Auction.
Ty Gray named director of Arizona Game and Fish Department
June 12, 2017
PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has appointed Ty Gray as director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The appointment came in a unanimous 5-0 vote at the commission’s June 11 meeting.
Gray, of Phoenix, has been with Game and Fish for 24 years and is currently the agency’s deputy director. He replaces outgoing Director Larry Voyles, who announced May 12 he would be retiring after a 43-year career with Game and Fish, the past nine as director. Gray will assume the role following a transition period.
“We’re thrilled to hire someone with Ty’s depth of experience and accomplishments,” said Commission Chairman Pat Madden. “He brings extensive experience in wildlife management, planning, budget, and executive-level administration and leadership, as well as the respect of colleagues and the public.”
Time is running out to apply for 2017 fall hunts
June 11, 2017
All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, June 13
PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds hunters that the deadline to apply for 2017 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process is Tuesday, June 13.
All online and paper applications for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall bison and pheasant must be received by the department no later than 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time).
Postmarks do not count.
Applicants are encouraged to use the 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. Paper applications can be dropped off at department offices statewide.
Cabela's Fall Hunt University
June 9, 2017
Don't forget to come to Cabela's each Saturday for Fall Hunt University. Everything you need to know to be successful in hunting in Arizona taught by experts. This is one of the Don't miss opportunities.
Reminder: June 13 is deadline to apply for 2017 fall hunts
June 8, 2017
PHOENIX — The deadline is approaching for hunters to apply for 2017 hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process for deer, fall turkey, fall javelina, bighorn sheep, fall bison and pheasant.
All online and paper applications must be received by the department no later than 11:59 p.m. (MST) Tuesday, June 13. Postmarks do not count.
Applicants are encouraged to use the 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.
Paper applications can be mailed to: Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.: Drawing Section, P.O. Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052, or dropped off at department offices statewide.
NPS extends public comment period on Grand Canyon bison management through June 14
June 6, 2017
The National Park Service (NPS) has extended the public comment period on the Initial Bison Herd Reduction Environmental Assessment (EA), which evaluates management actions related to bison on Grand Canyon’s North Rim. The EA will now be available for public review and comment through June 14, 2017.
The comment period was extended because of an update to the NPS Planning, Environmental, and Public Comment (PEPC) website which is being used to accept electronic comments related to this EA.
Interested parties can still submit comments electronically on the PEPC website through June 14, 2017 at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/grca_bison. Parties can also submit comments via U.S. Postal Service at Grand Canyon National Park, PO Box 129, Attn: Bison Management Plan EA, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023.Read more...
Antiquities Act used for overreach
May 13, 2017
President Donald Trump remarked at his signing of the executive order to review designations under the Antiquities Act, “Today, I am signing a new executive order to end another egregious abuse of federal power and to give back that power to the states and to the people, where it belongs.”
I contend that a good example of that abuse of federal power occurred here with the presidential proclamation designating the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. It appears to me that the decision was based on the fact-finding tour of the area by then-Secretary Sally Jewell, where she asked participants in a packed meeting room if they were in favor of President Obama declaring a national monument. The room was filled with bussed-in, out-of-town participants who came from Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Silver City and El Paso. Many locals, including our county sheriff, were not allowed into the room because the fire marshall closed the room.
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.