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Photo by George Andrejko, Arizona Game & Fish Department
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ARIZONA ELK SOCIETY MISSION STATEMENT
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The mission of the Arizona Elk Society is to benefit elk and other wildlife by generating resources for habitat conservation and restoration,
OFFICERS President - Rich Williams Vice President - Tice Supplee Treasurer - Christopher K. Lutzel
and to preserve our hunting heritage for present and future generations. The Arizona Elk Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) wildlife organization.
Secretary - Peter Schwan Executive Director - Steve Clark
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Richard Moraca Greg Godbehere Glen Jones Bob Swisher Steve Schaefer Pat Weise Dennis Falls Jimmy Mehen Jim Warren
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This and That in the AES Water for Wildlife It is absolutely bone dry in every corner of Arizona. As a native Arizonan I cannot remember a dryer year. We have already suffered some of the consequences of a dry year with multiple wildfires across the state. We can only hope the monsoon rains come soon bringing critically needed rain to relieve the dry conditions throughout the state. Dry conditions usually mean our Water Catchment Repair Squad and Water Hauling Team will be busy and that has certainly been the case. For the 2017-18 season, the AES began hauling water last fall and to date has hauled over 300,000 gallons with most of that water being delivered in Region 2. Dan Bradford and his volunteers are hauling water daily to more than 40 water catchments across Region 2. It will take heavy monsoon rains to relive these dry conditions and there is a good chance we will be hauling water after the monsoons leave. Hauling that much water is not cheap as you might expect. The AES water hauling effort is being made possible with funding from the Habitat Partnership Committee. This committee is a partnership between the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Hunting Conservation groups like the Arizona Elk Society. The money is raised through the auction and raffle of special big game tags. The Arizona Elk Society also stepped up big time as the Board approved the purchase of three water trailers, a 1200-gallon trailer and two 1000-gallon trailers. We also received a donation of a 500-gallon water buffalo (trailer with pump) courtesy of GCON Inc.
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We would like to extend a huge thank you to our donors and volunteers working for wildlife. Wild Horses? First, there is no such thing as a wild horse in Arizona. They are feral horses and they do not belong in the forest or the desert. Horses are not a native wildlife species. Horses in the wild are domesticated animals turned loose by their owners and have strayed into the forests. Feral horses on the landscape are becoming a very serious problem. The horses are decimating the forage that wild critters need to survive. In these very dry conditions they are competing with elk and deer for precious water. In some areas it is cruel to leave them running free as they slowly starve to death. We can no longer be silent when it comes to these problem horses. The feral horses need to be removed and we as the true conservationists need to have our voices heard on this issue. The folks that are advocating for the protection of these horses do not understand anything about true conservation. These misguided horse preservationists have persuaded the misinformed public that the horses belong in the wild. We need to begin advocating for the removal of these feral horses. Silence on this issue is no longer acceptable.
Rich Williams President / Arizona Elk Society Working for Arizona Wildlife
T H I S
I S S U E
AES Life Members
President’s Message by Rich Williams
Large Project, Small World! by Nick Swanson
Youth Turkey Camp by Rich Williams
AES Sawyer Team by Andrew Kap
Arizona Elk Society Youth Education Program–Helping Out Where Needed by Ken Turer
White Mountain Chapter 5th Annual Banquet by Jim Warren
Hauling More Than 400K Gallons for Arizona’s Elk & Wildlife by Steve Clark
Rise to the Future Partnership Award by Steve Clark
AES Founding Members
Habitat Partners of Arizona
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by Nick Swanson
This year the Arizona Elk Society was only able to get one work project completed due to the conditions in the forest. For me, it was the only one I needed.
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Leading up to the Long Valley Meadow Restoration, I received a call from an AES Member who asked me to reach out to a specific volunteer who was a Veteran and going through some hard times. For this article let’s call him “T”. “T” was going to be volunteering at the project with a group that had partnered with the AES for the weekend. Without hesitation, I made it my goal to meet “T” and see what, if any assistance I could offer the guy.
Saturday after a hard day’s work, a group of young men came into camp, smiling, laughing and generally harassing each other, I thought, ‘this must be the group’. Immediately, I noticed one of the guys had a distinct look about himself that screamed Veteran and he carried himself as the unofficial leader. As they were signing in for the day, I asked if he was “T” and introduced myself. Once the meal was served, we both waited until everyone had a chance to eat, it’s a habit that’s hard to kick from the Army, we grabbed our plates and found a place to sit. We quickly realized that our stories were similar and the people we knew were the same. An instant connection. “T” like many Veterans, was struggling to find his path after separating from the Army and like many Veterans they find themselves going down the wrong path from time to time. Fortunately, the AES offers a community that is driven to help get these Veterans back into the community. As I meet with more and more Veterans like “T” and the ones who participate in the Heroes Rising Outdoors Program, the more I am reminded about the importance of the community that the AES provides. One of the most common struggles that Veterans speak about is missing being a member of the Military community. Part of the family. What makes the AES special is that we embrace our Veterans and invite them to be a part of the community that they now belong to, post-service. I find that to be a powerful thing, to give a person the opportunity to feel as if they once again belong and give them the capacity to continue to serve. Service is not limited to the Military and our First Responders, every volunteer who gives their time, every donor who writes a check or donates an item, is serving a cause greater than themselves.
I am excited to get “T” involved in future projects and hopefully have him join us on a few hunts. I am truly humbled to have been welcomed into this family and always feel privileged to witness the unwavering dedication that this organization has, not just the Elk and Habitat, but all people who get enjoy these treasures! Nick Swanson is a US Army Veteran and AES Heroes Rising Outdoors - Hunts for Heroes Volunteer. Visit the AES website at arizonaelksociety.org/get-involved to volunteer. Arizona Elk Society 9
TURKEY CAMP 2 0 1 8 by Rich Williams
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Spring time in the Arizona high country, you never know what weather awaits you. At the 9th annual Marvin Robbins Memorial Juniors Turkey Hunting Camp, we had it all. Cold and windy, a little rain, a little snow and finally two beautiful spring days. Undaunted by the weather our youth participants were up in the wee hours of the morning, seminars at midday and back into the woods in the afternoon. Turkey hunting makes for a long day and the youth hunters were up for the challenge. Locating gobblers was not as easy this year with rapidly changing weather and extremely dry conditions it took a while for our volunteer mentors to get on the birds. Saturday afternoon and things began to change as most of our groups returned to camp with stories of turkeys sighted and some even roosted. If only there was one more day was the lament of many of the groups as they shared stories of thunder gobbles in the morning and close encounters with their feathered adversaries. Although the harvest was low it did not appear to dampen the spirits of our youth participants. This year we honored Ray Evridge by naming the cook tent the “Ray Evridge Kitchen”. Ray had run the camp kitchen at the youth turkey camp every year since 2010. There were “Ray” stories abundant in camp all weekend long. In honor of Ray the Saturday night meal was the famous “Ice Chest Spaghetti” first introduced by Ray several years back. Bob and Caren Swisher and their outstanding cook crew did a fantastic job as they took over the cooking for this year’s camp. Bob and Caren have put together a talented team and are doing a great job at all the AES events. Our volunteers and participants must be some of the best fed folks in the west. The raptors were back in camp this year. Jerry Ostwinkle and his crew from the Arizona Raptor Center brought several raptors into camp with a special appearance by a rare
Ornate Hawk Eagle. This is always a big hit as the kids get to see these magnificent birds up close as Jerry describes their traits and abilities. Who knew that Gary Lollman is a falconer? Gary works for the US Forest Service and is a huge help each year with camp. This year we learned that Gary is a falconer and a long-time friend of Jerry’s. It was a real treat to watch the team handle and work the raptors. Many thanks to Jerry, Gary and Stacy Westerholm. This is a camp built on partnerships and we are grateful to have the valued partners we have for this camp. The National Wild Turkey Federation handles registration, organizing mentors and hunts, and directing camp activities. The Phoenix Varmint Callers bring camp volunteers, mentors and a seminar hosted by caller extraordinaire Ken Eaton. The Arizona Elk Society brings the camp equipment, cook tent and the awesome AES cook crew. Gary Lollman of the US Forest Service pitches in each year with trash trailers, water tanks, permits and getting the camp grounds ready. As in every past camp, the Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife Managers were present all weekend to answer questions and help instruct. Yet another great camp this year – see you next year!
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SAWYER by Andrew Kap Arizona Elk Society (AES) Volunteers often work near the AES Sawyer Team on larger projects and often ask about our team. The AES Sayer Team was formed over 4 years ago from a small group of dedicated AES Volunteers that took the initiative in learning and formally setting up the team. This group dedicated 4 weekends of classroom and inthe-field training to be able to qualify for the final stage of certification. After completing and passing the required courses, those that passed participated in field day, cutting 3 trees for certification with an instructor. Not only are the nerves going, but wearing all the protective gear and carrying a saw in the high altitude will max out the “city” within you. After being certified, the AES Sawyer team was formed. Many of the Sawyers provide their own equipment, however AES has some equipment to lend out.
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Over the first few years, the team worked on a variety of projects alongside the larger AES Volunteer group. The team was initially limited in scope of work and often had oversight to ensure the training we learned was being applied in the field. As we refine and sharpen our skills, the AES Sawyer Team often works on micro projects felling trees, bucking, limbing and stacking piles. These projects are set up and managed by the Sawyer team. Sometimes, the team works on weekends prior to and after large AES restoration projects. Overall, the Sawyer team completes up to 10 weekend projects in a year that includes cutting, bucking, limbing and stacking trees. The one item that sticks out to all AES Sawyers is being in shape. The weight of the protective gear we wear, the saw, and ancillary items like an axe and wedges, add weight to our bodies that we are not accustomed to carrying. Not to mention, most are not high-altitude residents and reside in the Phoenix Valley. Volunteering is hard work to start,
but add the Sawyer equipment and it becomes even more of a challenge. Hydration and staying fit is key to the success of being an AES Sawyer and will help to lessen injury and keep your mind sharp. The AES Sawyer must keep their wits about them and remember all the training they learned to ensure they are safe and to help keep other Sawyers safe. Being tired from the hard work or dehydrated alters the decision process and the trees being cut down can severely injure or kill. There have been many volunteers that have completed training and worked in the field as a Sawyer but bowed out due to physical requirements needed to complete a weekend project. Yes, this team works hard and has hard work ahead of us for the many years to come. We welcome volunteers to come out and help the Sawyers stack and learn as a Swamper. The first steps to becoming a Sawyer is to be comfortable around an operating chainsaw, working with protective gear and being fit to maintain fitness in the altitude. Certification classes are usually held once per year and require approval from the Sawyer Supervisors. Visit the AES website at arizonaelksociety.org for more information. Arizona Elk Society 13
Annual commemoration of NATIONAL PATRIOT DAY (9/11); Sponsored by Arizona State Rifle & Pistol Association—Shotgun Div. as a benefit for HUNTS FOR HEROES, an Arizona Elk Society program to help Arizona’s returning disabled veterans heal through hunting.
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AES YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAM
HELPING OUT WHERE NEEDED… by Ken Turer
From June 16th, Father’s Day weekend through the 22nd, more than two dozen children of fallen officers had the opportunity to spend the week at the YMCA’s Sky Y Ranch summer camp in Prescott, Arizona.
and financial assistance to the children of fallen officers
The Arizona Elk Society, led by Youth Coordinator Ken
had lost their fathers in the line of duty, the opportunity
Turer, Principal of PACE Academy, partnered with four
to spend Father’s Day weekend and the following five
other conservation groups and the 100 Club of Arizona
days having fun at summer camp and learning about
to make this event a reality for these now fatherless
conservation, while the mothers were given a week off
children. The dedication of these groups to supporting
of work and gift cards to relax and pamper themselves
our first responders and their families by providing time
while the children were away.
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helped to make this week-long camp happen. The event was sponsored by Cabela’s Outdoor Fund and directed by Cabela’s Pro Staff Cliff Saylor of Sun Country Outdoor Adventures in partnership with the 100 Club of Arizona. The goal was to give these children, who
The Arizona Elk Society was there leading the way hosting educational outdoor courses such as track making, wildlife identification and
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF BACKING THE BADGE
game calling to every person in the camp both young and old. All in attendance got to take home a casted footprint that they made of one of Arizona’s mammals. The campers not only had a life-sized copy of their animals’ footprint but were able to hear the calls of each animal. They had the opportunity to feel and see the fur, horns and antlers of each animal, as well as the story they can take home and share with their mothers, family and friends. All of the kids in camp had a great time and as for the couple dozen 100 Club kids, you couldn’t pick them out of the crowd unless you knew who they were as there were plenty of smiles camp wide. “It’s important to get out of the usual and hang out with kids like the
100 CLUB OF ARIZONA’S MISSION IS TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO FAMILIES OF FIRST RESPONDERS WHO ARE SERIOUSLY INJURED OR KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY, AND PROVIDE RESOURCES TO ENHANCE THEIR SAFETY AND WELFARE. WE HAVE PROUDLY SERVED THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNITY SINCE 1968.
rest of us,” said Justice. Siblings 14-year-old Addison and 11-year-old Justice would much rather have their father be here, but it’s experiences like summer camp that make losing him a little less painful. “Your own personal tragedy you’ll never forget but to create these bonds,” said Angela. Addison and Justice said those bonds are important. “We all connect to that because some people just don’t understand,” Addison said. It’s been nearly 10 years since Angela lost her husband an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper assigned to the rescue helicopter unit near Sedona. He was struck and killed while trying to rescue two people off the side of Bear Mountain and although he will always be missed, especially on holidays, the family is grateful for the support they’ve received. “It’s a family you never want to be part of, but once we are around you kind of like us,” said Angela.
Since 1968, the 100 Club
has provided assistance to statewide public safety agencies, officers, firefighters, EMT/Paramedics, and their families. The 100 Club supports all city, county, state, federal and tribal public safety agencies, fire services, probation, corrections, parole and law enforcement departments who provide for the safety of the citizens of Arizona. Benefits and support are also extended to officers and firefighters who are called to active duty military while still employed by a qualified public safety agency. As a non-profit organization, the 100 Club of Arizona is dedicated to standing behind the men and women who stand behind the badge. Learn more at 100Club.org Arizona Elk Society 17
WHITE MTN. CHAPTER
5th ANNUAL BANQUET
by Jim Warren
The Arizona Elk Society – White Mountain Chapter – held their 5th annual banquet on Saturday, June 30th at the Show Low Elks Lodge #2090. With 325 guests, the banquet was a huge success raising money to benefit wildlife habitat, youth outdoor programs and the Society’s highly successful “Hunts for Heroes” program. Numerous businesses contributed to the success. Among the major donors were Sportsman’s Warehouse, Show Low Ford, Pioneer Title, Blue Rooster Hunting Ranch, Patriot Precision Gunsmithing, Renegade Incubator and Heritage Metalworks.
White Mountain Chapter
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Among the activities the attendees enjoyed were a live and silent auction, a huge raffle, dice and blackjack games and a “mystery” gun raffle. Mike Bosley of Show Low, owner of The Pour Station, served as both the Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer. Lakeside resident, Bill Waldron, was honored with the President’s Award for his continuing efforts as a mentor to youth from around the state as they learn to hunt. Hugh Winderweedle, who served as the auctioneer for the Chapter for several past years was also honored as he retired.
A special thanks to Morgan and Vanessa Zimmer of Patriot Precision Gunsmithing for serving as our firearms transfer agency for the past four years. Some 40 veterans were recognized in a special ceremony including Cy Finley who served in WWII with the Army Air Corps in both North Africa and India.
Attendees came from the Phoenix area, Tucson, Flagstaff and most of the White Mountain communities. The event was sold out in advance and has already been scheduled for June 29, 2019 at the same location. Those wishing to attend next year should contact Jim or Chris Warren at 800-421-0744 early as we will be sold out again in 2019. We are building our mailing database for next year already!
Watch for the Northern Arizona Peaks Chapter Banquet story in the next Tracker.
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Last November, the Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife Managers in Northern Arizona let the Arizona Elk Society Water for Wildlife volunteers know that the lack of winter storms resulted in many of the wildlife water catchments going dry. The AES Water for Wildlife crew, led by Dan Bradford, circled the wagons for what they thought was going to be a couple-of-weeks worth of work filling some catchments. Little did we know that we would be hauling every week until a short break in mid-July. Not only did winter never arrive, but spring also resulted in zero rainfall. Never in the history of the AES or in any of our memories further back have we had to haul water in the winter. Thanks to Dan and a bunch of dedicated volunteers including Michael Anderson, Tim Comstock, Roger Hailey and Jeff Whitacre, the AES Water for Wildlife program kept up with the demand in Northern Arizona. AES works closely with Arizona Game and Fish to make sure we are hauling to the most important catchments. Many times, the areas of greatest need will change as the elk return to their summer grounds and the cow elk begin to give birth to the next generation. The mothers 20 Tracker 2nd Quarter 2018
need water to make sure they can produce milk for the little ones. During the spring, the bulls shed their antlers and the new growth begins for the next set of antlers. Having reliable sources of water helps in that process. The AES ordered and received new 1000 gallon water tank trailers to help with the demand. These new trailers allow us to haul twice as much water at a time. We used all of our trailers plus AZGFD Region II trailers. What many people don’t know is that the roads are very rough and it takes a toll on the equipment. We are rebuilding trailers during the current break while the monsoons are helping us fill the catchments. While hunters bear the brunt of the work and help us with funds, all people who love wildlife – from the bees to the Elk – benefit. We have cameras on some of the
water tanks and every animal in the area visits these drinkers. The others who are doing the “lion’s share” of making sure that wildlife have water are the ranchers. The ranchers put out tanks and fill them for their cattle. But, unlike the wildlife water catchments that are fenced to keep the cattle out, the ranchers water is available to all their cows and to the surrounding wildlife. The AES has also helped fill a few of the ranchers tanks in areas where the elk have drank them dry.
Funding is provided by monies raised at our annual Banquets and raffles as well as donations earmarked for The Water for Wildlife Program of the AES. We also received grants from the Arizona Game and Fish Habitat Partnership Committee to haul water and repair the catchments.
If you would like to help out and donate to the Water for Wildlife Program please go to the AES website www.arizonaelksociety.org and click on “Donate” in the main navigation. In the memo area, put a note that the donation is for water hauling.
Thank you to all the volunteers who stepped up to haul and help with this program. We could not have done this without you. Also, thank you to all the people who donated, attended our banquets and participated in raffles. Your dedication has allowed the AES Water for Wildlife Program to haul OVER 400,000 gallons of water to Arizona’s Elk and Wildlife at a time they really needed it. Arizona Elk Society 21
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RISE TO THE FUTURE
PARTNERSHIP NATIONAL AWARD
Three years ago, the Arizona Elk Society started working with the Coconino National Forest to elevate the work we were doing in Unit 5A restoring riparian meadows. Up until 2017, the AES and partner group volunteers were restoring meadows that had damage that could be addressed by the current volunteers.
In May of 2017, we started the first phase of the Long Valley Meadow Restoration project. Then came the volunteers work weekend with 150 dedicated volunteers from the Arizona Elk Society, Arizona Game and Fish, USFS, SRP, BofA, NAU and many of our conservaplus partner groups. The weekend and one subsequent weekend resulted in a huge success. In August, the work was complete and the monsoons had added a couple inches of rain.
In late September, a contingent of USFS, AZGFD and Arizona legislators met with the Arizona Elk Society in the meadow to look over the work and hear the story on how the AES, USFS and AZGFD and all the volunteers and other groups worked this project. We talked about the many facets of the challenge and the issues we solved to get to the point we were at that day with the restoration. The USFS representatives from Washington D.C. were amazed at what they saw and heard. We met later that night at dinner to answer more questions on the project and the partners.
Tom Runyon, Hydrologist with Coconino National Forest, US Forest Service, had an important 3-mile long, headwater riparian meadow system which feeds West Clear Creek that had substantial damage due to erosion. In addition, it had a blown out dirt tank that had created a deep channel through the last 1.5 miles. This project would need engineering, United States Forest Service permits, contractors, funding and many dedicated volunteers. For almost two years we worked on obtaining the permits, planning the engineering and gathering partners to help with funding and providing volunteers. Many of the partners brought the much needed tools and the will to get the work done. 24 Tracker 2nd Quarter 2018
The changes were immediate and more than we expected. The work did what it was supposed to do: slow and control the water flow spreading it across the meadow to transform a meadow with a low yield of forage into a lush one with 2 foot tall grasses for Elk and wildlife. Elk beds were everywhere!
JAN 2018 In January of 2018 we were notified that our project was featured on the partnership page of the USFS.
APRIL 2018 Months later, the Arizona Elk Society was notified that our Long Valley Meadow Restoration was selected out of almost 1000 projects from 2017 to be awarded the Department of Agriculture’s US Forest Service “Rise to the Future Award”. Our partners in the Coconino National Forest had nominated the AES for the award.
JUN 2018 Accepting award in Washington, DC.
AES has partnered with all of the Arizona national forest agencies where Elk call home. We work very hard to build these relationships and bring our resources to help them do great work for the benefit of Elk and other wildlife.
There are many people and organizations to thank for this award starting with Tom Runyon, Hydrologist in the Coconino National Forest and the many great people from Current Blue Ridge District Ranger Linda Wadleigh, Kit McDonald, Dick Fleishman and the whole USFS that we have worked with. We also thank many employees of Arizona Game and Fish including Garrett Fabian, our contractors like Pete Page
and so many more. Funding for this project came from the AZGFD Habitat Partnership Committee, Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation, AES Banquets and fundraising. The Arizona Elk Society is made up of a great Board of Directors and many hundreds of volunteers, who stepped up to get this project done and in doing so, saved over $60,000 by using their volunteer labor. We had over 3000 volunteer hours wrapped up in this project and that was only Phase One; 2018 brings on Phase Two.
A huge THANK YOU to all of the Volunteers and partners of the Arizona Elk Society, your dedication produced this award.
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AES FOUNDING MEMBERS Founding Associate Members Douglas Sr & Donna Obert Founding Life Members Ken Alexander+ John & Patti Anderson Michael J Anderson Ernest Apodaca, Jr+ David Baril+ Randy Beck Keith Berger Esther Cadzow John Cadzow* Harry Carlson Randy A Cherington+ Pete Cimellaro Steve Clark Todd A Coleman Richard Currie Don Davidson Kay Davidson Larry Day Sharon Eichelberger Ron Eichelberger Peter Ekholm Daron Evans Will & Fran Garrison* Ed Hightower Michael Horstman+ James Johnson Earl C Johnson Edward E Johnson Richard Johnson+ Mitchell Jones Sandra G Kauffman Richard E Kauffman, Sr Bill Kelley Peter S Klocki+ John Koleszar+ James Lara Tim Littleton James Lynch Jr+ Don Martin Russ McDowell William D Meredith Anthony Nichols Cookie Nicoson Walt Nicoson* Mark Nixon Donna Obert Douglas Obert, Sr* Shawn Patterson Jan Purdy Forrest Purdy Mark Raby+ Mel Risch+ Rick Schmidt+ Tom Schorr Gregory Stainton Douglas Stancill Vashti “Tice” Supplee+ Dan Taylor John Toner Corey Tunnell Rick Vincent, Sr 26 Tracker 2nd Quarter 2018
Don Walters, Jr Dee White Larry White+ Mark Worischeck Joseph Worischeck Chuck Youngker Founding Sustaining Members Everett & Joyce Nicoson Founding Couple Members Bridgid & Ron Anderson Denny* & Paula Bailey Robert F & Shirley J Banks John & Taina Beaty Robin & Billie Bechtel Brad & Shelley Borden Philip* & Jamie Brogdon+ Mark & Shanna Brooks Shawn & Lisa Carnahan Kim & Lynn Carter, Sr Danny R Cline & Pat Thompson Tim & Patti Garvin W Hays & Suzanne Gilstrap Don & Gwen Grady Steve & Bobi Hahn Igor & Christy Ivanoff Daniel & Danny Johnson Glen & Tracey Jones Richard & Wendy Kauffman Bill & Mary Keebler Mark & Lynda Kessler Mel & Diane Kincaid Richard & Christine Krantz Dick & Nancy Krause Eric & Wendy Krueger Ron & Lisa Lopez+ Gary & Lin Maschner Shane & Tiffany May Kevin & Donna McBee Roger & Micaela Mellen Denny & Pat Moss Robert & Diana Noel Richard Oberson & Bonnie McAuley* William & Vera Rezzonico Clarence Rodriquez MD Richard & Anna Schmidt David Scott & Rosemarie Nelson Bruce & Lisa Snider Macey & Becky Starling Ed & Ace Stevens Tim & Ellena Tanner Craig & Susan Thatcher Tom & Kristel Thatcher Marvin & Margo Thompson+ Jim & Shellie Walker+ Keith & Lois Zimmerman
Founding General Members Kendall Adair Gary R Anderson Jim Andrysiak Denny Ashbaugh Ron Barclay Cal Bauer John F Bauermeister Robert Baughman Manny Bercovich Dr Tom Boggess, III Tom Brown Tom Carroll Steve Cheuvront Carolyn Colangelo Mike Cupell Jack Daggett Kyle Daggett+ Bob Davies Gary A Davis Nathan Day John W Decker* Chris Denham Neal E Dial Craig Dunlap Jennifer Evans Bobby Fite Chris Flanders Lorenzo A Flores Roger Gibson Courtney Gilstrap Floyd Green Jon Hanna Douglas Hartzler Art Hathaway Dean Hofman David J Hofman Norma E Hook* Russ Hunter David Hussey Rick Johnson Mike Jones Doug Jones Todd Julian Charlie Kelly Charles A Kerns John Krause Joseph M Lane Robby Long Aaron Lowry* Rick MacDonald Joe Makaus Daniel Martin Michael L Mason Mike McCormick Donald Meakin
Prior to March 17, 2002, AES Founding Memberships were available. These individuals and couples came forth to show their support for the AES in it’s early stages of development. During the formation of the AES, administrative funds were needed to pay for organizational costs that led up to the first fundraising banquet on March 16, 2002. Founding Members paid a premium membership fee to help make the first year a success. For their support and dedication, the following Founding Members will receive permanent recognition by the AES.
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James O Meeks Jason Mercier Jim Mercier Tracey Miner Ken Moss Ronald J Nadzieja Mike N Oliver Craig Pearson Kenneth B Piggott Bethena Pugh Carlos Quihuis Mark Raby* Robert L Read* Neal Reidhead* Kyle Sanford Craig Sanford Tony Seddon Arnold Shelton Dennis Shipp Tom Sisco Bruce Sitko M Scott South Carl Staley Randy Stout Kenneth K Stringer John W Stuckey Dave Swayzee* Troy Tartaglio Gary TeBeest Todd Thelander Charles B Thompson Stan Thompson Thom Tokash Brian Van Kilsdonk Rick Vaughn Kathy L Vincent Rick Vincent II Don R Walker Douglas Watson Vince Watts Todd Weber Donald D Weber Jr Tom Wooden Douglas Woodward Founding Junior Members Tyler Getzwiller Kevin H Knight Daniel Raby Nathan Raby James Rawls Sheena Smith Blake Tartaglio Alexandra Tartaglio Alexis Tartaglio Travis Thatcher Clayton Thatcher Nathan Thatcher Wayne Thatcher Taylor Thatcher Alexandra Vincent Emma C Vincent Justin M Vincent
HABITAT PARTNERS OF ARIZONA
With the rapid loss of open space to development, wildlife habitat is being reduced at a rate of 7 square miles per day. Arizona’s elk herds are loosing traditional migration corridors, calving grounds, forage meadows and other important habitat. The new “Habitat Partners of Arizona” program is designed to help protect that land. The main focus of this program will be to preserve land and prevent the rapid decline of Arizona’s elk habitat. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP: Become a Habitat Partner with your tax deductible donation starting at $2500 ($1000 for 17 and under). Payment Plan Available: $500 minimum commitment per year. You will be recognized for a donation level once your payments reach that level for each level you attain.
All program participants that reach the $2500 level and above ($1000 for youth) will be recognized in literature and on the AES website and will receive a plaque at each level. If you are interested in donating property or a conservation easement, the AES will work with you to designate the appropriate level based on the value of the donation. DONATION LEVELS: Legacy Partner $500,000 Habitat Guardian $250,000 Monarch Partner $50,000 Imperial Partner $25,000 Royal Partner $10,000 Supporting Partner $5,000 Sponsor Partner $2,500 Spike Partner (17 & under) $1,000
Pacific West Representatives
Ron & Sharon Eichelberger
Bass Pro Shops Sponsor Partner
You can find more details and the donation form at www.arizonaelksociety. org.
FOR MORE INFO AND TO DONATE:
Walt and Cookie Nicoson Royal Partner
Sharon & John Stuckey Royal Partner
Sportsman’s Warehouse Sponsor Partner
Tom & Janet Bowman Sponsor Partner
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7558 W. Thunderbird Rd., Ste. 1-465, Peoria, AZ 85381
CHANGE SERVICES REQUESTED
UPCOMING EVENTS AUG 23
AES ANNUAL MEETING CABELA’S GLENDALE
BIG BANGS JUNIOR FOR ELK HUNT FREEDOM CAMP BEN AVERY CLAY TARGET CENTER
ST. JOSEPH’S YOUTH CAMP
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