Our Accomplishments are the heart and soul of the Arizona Elk Society!
Other groups marvel at the involvement of our members and they ask how we do it.
It is quite simple, we plan and actively share with our members the tasks that we do. We understand who our stakeholders are and keep them informed on our activities. Then we work with other conservation organizations plus state and federal agencies tasked to support the land and wildlife, seeking to develop strong partner relationships. Whether the task is working in the fields of Arizona to improve habitat for wildlife or it is working on an educational project for youth or fellow hunters, it is fun to work together and share our skills.
The founding members of Arizona Elk Society saw the need to give back in order to help the Arizona elk population and its habitat. The method they promoted were activities done "hands on" and "hand-in-hand" with our partners to truly benefit all members of the team and not just ourselves, thus the total team become stronger. Our members enjoy this approach and come out and help showing their support.
This is the Arizona Elk Society, a group that takes its mission to heart; showing by action what is means to a group of hunters who are true conservationists with a very clear objective to preserve the hunting heritage for future generations...
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BURRO CREEK ALLOTMENT
In 2005, The Forest Service had many challenges grazing these allotments, so the Arizona Elk Society offered to make an agreement to buy back the grazing permits from the ranchers and return them to the Forest Service to rest the grazing conflict areas. The Burro Creek Project is focused on working in cooperation with the Forest Service and the Arizona Game & Fish Department to clear out old barbed wire fencing and posts to open up the area to more freedom of movement for the wildlife.
26 BAR ADOPT-A-RANCH
On April 22, 2006 the AES held our first Adopt-A-Ranch project on the 26 Bar Ranch outside of Springerville. We had a good turnout with 22 volunteers on hand to work. As usual Sharon brought the AES support trailer with our World Famous Kitchen and Restaurant set-up. Many comments were overheard about the class act that the AES sets up to take care of hungry workers. Even the Ranch crew was impressed.
BIG LAKE ALLOTMENT
In 2008 the Arizona Elk Society, ranchers/permitees Dan Heap and Charles Hancock and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) to rest the three riparian sensitive pastures, Mandan, Blanca Cienaga, and Round Cienaga, for a period of 5 years. The SU pasture portion of the Big Lake Allotment will be put into rotation to provide for pasture resting of other large grassland pastures every year.
O'HACO RANCH WATER TANK RESEAL
AES mucks out, grinds, cleans and reseals a 20,000 gallon water tank on the O'Haco ranch. Jim O'haco has been a great steward of the land and wildlife habitat.
CONNOR CATCHMENT IN UNIT 22
The Arizona Game and Fish Department along with the Arizona Deer Association, Mogollon Sporting Association and the Arizona Elk Society are developing Connor Catchment in unit 22.