The programs of The Arizona Elk Society are not possible without sponsors. These organizations work closely with the Arizona Elk Society to not only raise awareness, but much needed funds for our projects. We are truly thankful for their commitment. Please support all of our Sponsors, by supporting them; you support AES.
The major fund-raising effort of the Arizona Elk Society is our annual Banquet held in March of each year. For 2016 this will be our 15th annual banquet. The Banquet sponsors are most of the Corporate Sponsors, many of our own members, and then groups and/or businesses that understand why we do what we do. On the Banquet page we list the various sponsors and donors for last year's banquet or the current year depending how close we are to the upcoming banquet.
The attendees who come to the annual Arizona Elk Society banquets truly enjoy the event because our sponsors have given so generously.
The money attendees pay for seats, raffle tickets and auction items generate a great return for AES because of the generous support of the banquet sponsors.
A major sponsor of the AES is the Arizona Game and Fish (AZG&F) Commission. Each year they provide us with two of the "Commissioner Special Big Game Tags", the premier tag for Bull Elk and the Arizona Buffalo Tag. These tags permit the holder to hunt for 365 days in the year listed for their trophy animal. These tags draw a lot of interest from hunters throughout the United States. In 2014 the AZG&F Commissioner's Elk Tag sold at our live auction for $230,000.
The final group of sponsors are the Habitat Partners. Arizona Elk Society's Board of Directors saw a need to have a focused effort to set aside land such as riparian areas, critical winter range, migration corridors, quality calving grounds and forage meadows. The program also includes large scale Habitat Projects as well as working to offer conservation easements to landowners that will help them continue operations on their land while limiting the loss of wildlife habitat through development. After the land has been designated saved, the AES can then plan projects to restore and improve the habitat. Many of the people and organizations that are "Habitat Partners" are part of the Arizona Elk Society membership stepping a bit higher to show their support of our habitat programs.