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.
Junior Javelina & Small Game Camp
January 25–28, 2018 - Unit 37B near Florence, AZ. - Red Bear Outfitters, Arizona Elk Society, and Arizona Predator Callers in cooperation with Arizona Game and Fish Department, will host a junior javelina and small game hunt in 37B. Youths learn hunting skills such as locating game, how to call, harvest and field dress small game. In-camp workshops and in-field hunting activities! All youth hunters will be accompanied by mentors with their parent or a guardian.
Wild in the City
February 3, 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.
CHA Mentored Javelina Hunting Camp
February 22–25, 2018 - YMCA Chauncey Ranch. - This event is part of the HAHWG (Hunting & Angling Heritage Work Group) here in Arizona and this is the third annual CHA mentored javelina hunting camp. The main purpose of this camp is to assist new or novice javelina hunters to have a good hunting experience but we also have a lot of experienced hunters in camp and even non-hunters just enjoying this great outdoor experience. There will be several other activities available in camp. This camp site sits in hunt unit 19A, but is easy access to units 20a, 20b & 21. There is plenty of room for tents, campers, etc.
March 21–25, 2018 - WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260. - Arizona's largest boat, outdoor gear, RV, four-wheeler and travel show returns to WestWorld of Scottsdale! Plus free activity areas, including watersports-event pond, new DockDogs pond and contest, Wilderness Camp, Outdoor Product Showcase, Offroad Test Track, giant bass-demonstration tank...more! Volunteers are needed to man a booth educating the public about all the AES has to offer.
Arizona Game & Fish Outdoor Expo
March 24–25, 2018 - Ben Avery Shooting Facility, 4044 West Black Canyon Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85086 - The largest hands-on outdoor expo in Arizona! The Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo dates are set for the next four years, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. The Expo is held on the last weekend of March, as it has been for the last 11 years. Admission and parking are free! There are always plenty of hands-on fun for all ages. There are huge family fishing tanks. See all sorts of live wildlife. Learn target archery and try other shooting sports in a safe, supervised, controlled environment on the range. Volunteers are needed to man a booth educating the public about all the AES has to offer.
17th Annual Banquet
April 14, 2018 - Mesa Convention Center, 263 N Center St, Mesa, AZ 85201. - Join us for an entertaining evening of fun, dinner, spirits, and one of the biggest Auctions and Raffles in the Southwest! The Banquet takes many volunteers to pull it together. If possible we would love to have our many volunteers old and new join us on the April 13th, 14th, and 15th, in the setup, Banquet Night and tear down. Our Banquet is a large event and we could use all the help we can get.
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.
With regard to the current petitions now being circulated, aimed at outlawing the legal hunting of mountain lions & bobcats by Arizona citizens. They are being circulated by an anti-hunting group calling themselves Arizonans for Wildlife. In reality this is the work of the money focused Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
Their goal with this action is to get Arizona voters to reject a century of sound scientific wildlife management from our Arizona Game & Fish Department biologists. The HSUS would prefer to manage wildlife with the ballot box. Their campaign will be based on emotion and will contain very little science.
Forest Service partners with Arizona Elk Society to restore meadow system and protect Phoenix’s drinking water supply
Jan 11, 2018
In May 2017, approximately 150 volunteers sponsored by the Arizona Elk Society (AES) descended on the Mogollon Rim District of the Coconino National Forest to help restore the high elevation meadow at Long Valley Draw.