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Photo by George Andrejko, Arizona Game & Fish Department

A E S L I F E M E M B E R S Mike Abramovich Dan Adler Christopher Agnone Hector Albarran Ken Alexander John Anderson Michael Anderson Patti Anderson John Anton Ernest Apodaca, Jr. Steve Armstrong Pete Baldwin James Ballard Leo Balthazor Lee Banning David Baril Philip Barrett Ron Batz Randy Beck F.K. Benbow Tony Benites David Bennett Joseph Berardi Danny Berg Keith Berger John Bingham Jason Bluhm Tom Bobo Jr. Tom Bowman Janet Bowman Tish Bradford Dan Bradford Richard Briskin Stephen Brown, MD Gary Bryans Jr Kurt Buckwald Mike Burr Esther Cadzow John Cadzow* Daniel Capote Cindi Carlson Lupe Carlson Harry Carlson Kenneth Carney Brandon Carr Steve Casterton Nick Celenza Joe & Marisa Cerreta Randy Cherington Pete Cimellaro Richard Clark Steve Clark Bob Cockrill, Jr. Todd Coleman Francisco Contreras Barbara Cook James Cook Frank Cooper Russell Coover Robert Copeland 2 Tracker 1st Quarter 2018

Mike Coppock Lonnie Crabtree William Crary Philip Cushman William Cullins Richard Currie Patrick Curry B. Todd Curtis Kay Davidson Don Davidson William Davis Bill Davis Jamie Davis Larry Day Kurt Davis Brian Delgado Jim DeVos Joe Divito Steven Dodds William Dorsey Ray Dresslar Paul Durbin Nick Edwards Ron Eichelberger Sharon Eichelberger Brian Eilers Peter Ekholm Deborah Elliott Tim Evans Daron Evans Shane Faulkner Scott Fisher Jeffrey Fleetham Randy Foote David Forbes Tom Franklin Douglas Fritz Will Garrison Mark Giebelhaus Walt Godbehere Richard Goettel Charles Gray Edna Gray H. Alan Hallman, DVM John Hamett Carl Hargis Nate Harrel Sean Hatch Steve Havertine Keith Heimes Dan Hellman R. Todd Henderson Mario Hernandez Michael Hernandez Terry Herndon Charles Herner Joe Herrero Ed Hightower Mike Hobel

Paul Hodges III Jim Holleran Mel Holsinger Scott Horn Michael Horstman Timothy Hosford Bryan House Danny Howard Ron Huddleston Bruce Hudson Todd Ingersoll Don Irwin Wayne Jacobs Kyle Jenkins Brian Johnsen Gary Johnson James Johnson Earl Johnson Edward Johnson Richard Johnson Rick Johnson Adam Jones Jim Jones Mitchell Jones Bruce Judson Andrew Kap Sandra Kauffman Richard Kauffman, Sr. Jim Kavanaugh Bill Kelley Denise Kennedy Chuck Kerr Bill Kiefer Brian Kimball Steve King David Kinman Donald Kinney Peter Klocki Peter Knadler John Koleszar Charles Koons Brian Koziol Joseph Krejci Otto Kuczynski Joseph Lane James Lara Kevin Lawhorn Dylan Lechter Michael Lechter Jeffrey C Lehrer Justin Leitner Skylar Lempinen Jorge Leon Steve Leone Ruben Lerma Tim Littleton James Lynch, Jr. Bob Mallory John Marriott

Don Martin Robert Martin Joseph Masseur Karl Matchinsky Gary Matchinsky Russ McDowell Steve McGaughey Angela McHaney Kelly McMillan James Mehen William Meredith James Mingus Matt Minshall Richard Moraca James Mullins James Mullins Matt Mullins Robert Murry, DVM Ronald Nadzieja Gregory Naff Annette Naff Megan Naff Keith Newlon Mark Nicholas Fletcher Nichols Logan Nichols Brandon Nichols Anthony Nichols Cookie Nicoson Walt Nicoson* Paige Nicoson Kathi Nixon Mark Nixon David Nygaard Donna Obert Douglas Obert, Sr.* Bob Olds Martin Paez Sallie Page Pete Page Danny Palmer Duane Palmer Everett Palmer Marlin Parker Don Parks Jr. Dale Parrish Shawn Patterson Art Pearce Allen Perez Guy Phillips Paul Piker Forrest Purdy Jan Purdy Mark Raby* Jim Renkema Armon Rheaume Keith Riefkohl Mel Risch Travis Roberts Roy Ruiz

Todd Sabin Mike Sanders Michael Anderson Michelle Schaefer Steven Schaefer Rick Schmidt Barry Schmitz Tom Schorr Scott Schuff DeAnne Schuff Nathaneal Schulz Kurt Schulz Shannon Schulz Terry Schupp Peter Schwan Bill Shaffer Steven Shaffer Howard Shaffer William Shaffer, Jr Lonzo Shields Mark Simon Terrence Simons Charlene Sipe Andrew Smigielski Michael Snyder Robert Spurny Connor Stainton Gregory Stainton Randy Stalcup Douglas Stancill Stan Stellwagen Mark Stephenson Shane Stewart James Stewart Vashti “Tice� Supplee Nick Swanson Al Swapp Debbie Swapp Bob Swisher Dan Taylor Amos Terrell Jr. Todd Thelander Pete Thomas Nick Thompson Billy Thrash John Toner Corey Tunnell Lee Turner Bill VenRooy Rick Vincent, Sr. Carl Walker Kathleen Walp William Walp Peter Walters Don Walters, Jr. Bill Wasbotten Dale Watkins Paul Weaver Jerry Weiers Dee White

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This and That in the AES: U.S. Forest Service Award In October of 2017, members of the U.S. Forest Service received a presentation and tour of the recently completed Phase 1 of the Long Meadow restoration project. Our Executive Director, Steve Clark made the presentation which led to many questions and quite a bit of interest in the ability of the AES to rally its volunteers and partners to complete such a large-scale landscape project. The U.S. Forest Service was impressed and subsequently will award the Arizona Elk Society the “Rise to the Future National Partnership Award�. This award is typically awarded to other government organizations and agencies. This will mark the first time this award has been given to a non-government organization. Steve Clark will travel to Washington D.C. on June 12th to accept the award on behalf of the Arizona Elk Society. The AES is grateful to our partners in the Coconino National Forest and the AZ Game and Fish Department for their support with this project. Projects of this magnitude are not accomplished without strong partnerships and the A.ES has great partners. Funding for the project came from multiple sources including a grant from the Arizona Sportsman for Wildlife Conservation. A very special thanks to all our dedicated, hard-working volunteers for their efforts on this project. I would also like to thank and recognize Steve Clark for his dedication and many hours of planning to bring this project to fruition. The second phase of the Long Meadow restoration project is scheduled for May 19th and the volunteer

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roster is filling quickly. There is no doubt that the second phase will be every bit as successful as the first phase thanks to our dedicated volunteers and partners. The H.S.U.S. Drops Ballot Initiative Efforts On March 31st, the Humane Society of the United States announced that it was abandoning their efforts to place an initiative on the ballot to ban the hunting of Wild Cats in Arizona. The H.S.U.S. sent out a press release blaming their failed signature gathering on the strict compliance laws instituted by the Arizona Legislature. While the new laws do add a difficulty factor to gathering signatures, the efforts of Arizona sportsmen and sportswomen had a direct effect on their failure. The resignation of their CEO amid allegations of inappropriate behavior also effected their fundraising efforts and caused some loss of support for their organization. While this turn of events is cause for celebration, we must continue our diligence in the effort to conserve and protect our hunting and angling heritage. We must educate others concerning the importance of the AZ Game and Fish Department using science-based policy to manage all wildlife in Arizona. The AZ Game and Fish Department needs to be given absolute authority to manage wildlife in the state without intervention, at the ballot box, from organizations with hidden agendas to stop hunting in the United States. The Arizona Elk Society was involved in the effort to stop the H.S.U.S. and will continue in the fight to protect our hunting and angling heritage and the sovereignty of the AZ Game and Fish Department.

Beat the Heat in the High Country Do you want to get out of the heat and have some fun? Plan on attending the AES banquets in Flagstaff and Show Low this summer. The White Mountain Chapter will have their banquet in Show Low on June 30th. Our newest chapter, Northern Arizona Peaks Chapter will hold their first banquet in Flagstaff on July 21st. Both banquets will be great fun and a good way to spend a weekend in the mountains escaping the heat of summer. Take the kids and head for the hills. Wapiti Weekend will be July 28th and 29th at Camp Raymond west of Flagstaff in the high country. Camp Raymond is an established Boy Scout Camp and is an ideal site for Wapiti Weekend. Youth participants will


be participating in multiple outdoor skills classes each day. Mark your calendars and look forward to a great time in the pines. Summer is project time for the AES and a good way to get out of the heat. Check the website for an update on projects and join forces with our great volunteers to repair habitat in the cool country. As usual the AES will feed you and our cooking crew will be putting together great meals to reward our hard-working volunteers. See you in the High Country,

Rich Williams President / Arizona Elk Society Working for Arizona Wildlife


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The 17th Annual Banquet Pg. 14-22

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AES Life Members.................................................................... 2

AES Banquet Volunteer by Andrew Kap..............................23-24

President’s Message by Rich Williams....................................... 6

AES Founding Members......................................................... 26

AES Youth Educations’ Newest Event: Kayaking by Ken Turer....................................................................8-11

Habitat Partners of Arizona.................................................... 27

17th Annual AES Banquet by Steve Clark ..........................14-22

Upcoming Events................................................................... 28

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by Ken Turer

Created through a partnership with the Arizona Game & Fish Departments’ Boating Safety Program

Many people are seeking new and exciting ways to become more active, whether it is for fitness, health or finding new family events to enjoy together. Kayaking is an excellent low-impact activity which improves aerobic fitness, increases strength and adds to your flexibility.

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How Young People Benefit from Kayaking Helping get young people outdoors and enjoying a sport that is a bit different is one of my greatest passions. Kids’ kayaking is a non-competitive sport that is also low impact. The experience of kayaking on the water not only enables them to exercise, but it is also an experience of relaxation, getting outdoors and experiencing nature. Young people are able to personally challenge themselves in a non-competitive manner, however being in small group sizes of no more than 10-12 kids they can also share excitement and achievements with others. Kayaking can assist young people with individual physical co-ordination and fitness development. It is not the normal school sporting choices that may have previously been experienced where failure or peer rejection in participation is experienced. It is also a sport that enables us to observe aquatic environments from close quarters and perspectives otherwise not available. Kayaking allows young people to see up close a variety of plants and animals unique to kayaking environments through a variety of Arizona’s waterways. Kayaking can also lead to a life-long recreational pursuit and the fostering of sporting goals and outdoor skills. Kayaking is also an activity that can be enjoyed with the whole family. Especially for families that may enjoy camping and heading out to numerous outdoor related day trips

state-wide. Kayaking also caters for a range of physical types and is especially good for those folks with sensory awareness. We live in a very unique location in Arizona, being surrounded by desert in the valley and mountains and pine trees to the north, with many beautiful lakes (in all shapes & sizes), ponds, rivers and creeks that can be explored.

The Difference Between a Kayak and a Canoe Before deciding whether kayaking or canoeing is right for you, it is important to know the difference between the two vessels. A kayak is enclosed and you sit inside it with your legs extended in front of you. To move through the water, you use a double-sided paddle. A canoe is an open vessel where you kneel or sit inside. A single-bladed paddle is used to push you through the water. Although this is the common difference between the two, specialty kayaks may be open while specialty canoes may be enclosed, but these are designed for specific uses and are not common. Both canoeing and kayaking involve paddling a small craft through water. They are low-impact activities that can improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. Canoeing and kayaking can be done as a hobby, a competitive sport or as a fun activity on holidays. You can paddle on rivers, lakes and the sea.

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Health Benefits Kayaking is a low-impact exercise which makes it perfect for those who are unable to perform strenuous exercise. Kayaking improves cardiovascular fitness as well as increased muscle strength, especially in the back, arms, shoulders and chest. Regular kayaking can improve torso and leg strength as the vessel is often maneuvered by rotating the torso and using leg pressure. Because it is lowimpact, there is less stress on the joints and tissues.

Emotional Benefits For many people, kayaking provides a peaceful and meditative activity where they can traverse small streams where very few other people are found. Many enjoy the time spent with nature as the small vessels provide a close look at the natural habitat of many birds and animals. It is also possible to combine other activities, like fishing, which also provides mental health benefits. For those who begin kayaking as a family activity, the activities can bring parents and children closer together while also providing some educational benefits for children.

Preparing for Kayaking There are some preparations you must make before heading out in a kayak. It is mandatory that all kayakers wear a personal floatation device. Helmets are also recommended, especially in kayaks as they are prone to tipping over. In cooler weather, it is recommended that you wear a wetsuit should the kayak tip over.

Types of Paddling Activities In most cases, the craft is adapted or designed to fit the demands of the intended environment. Some of the different types kayaking activities include: • Flatwater recreation – this is what most people imagine when they think of canoeing or kayaking. You can take a gentle paddle down a calm river or creek, do some sightseeing while exploring a lake system. • Sea kayaking – this is paddling in the sea. Sea kayaking is becoming a popular water sport in World-Wide. • Sailing – the kayak is fitted with a sail. • Surf kayaking – the kayak is typically fitted with a fin, rather like a surfboard. • Sprint racing – this is a sprint race across calm water. • Ocean racing – this is a race in white water (ocean). This discipline requires extreme skill and fitness. • Marathon racing – this is a lengthy race, for example, down a long river such as the Colorado. • Slalom – the person must, against the clock, negotiate a white water course. This includes steering around obstacles (typically, poles suspended over the course). • Freestyle – is a whitewater canoe discipline where the paddler performs a range of acrobatic tricks and maneuvers on a river feature such as a wave or hole. • Wildwater – is the ultimate combat, human versus river. 10 Tracker 1st Quarter 2018

What to Take When Kayaking Items you should take with you when you paddle include: • First aid kit

Health and Safety Suggestions • Learn how to paddle from experienced teachers. Contact AZ Game & Fish Boating Safety Department. • Know how to use your first aid kit. Take a first aid course if necessary. • Make sure your preparation and skills are adequate for the planned paddling activity.

• Repair kit

• Be visible to other crafts. Put reflective tape or fluorescent paint on your helmet, life jacket and canoe or kayak.

• Drinkable water

• Always wear your personal floatation device.

• Small pack of high energy foods

• Make sure you know about potential hazards in the proposed waterway. Seek local knowledge if paddling in a location for the first time, consider air and water temperature, currents, tides and wave action.

• Dry clothes contained in a waterproof bag • Mobile telephone inside a waterproof container.

• Check weather conditions before you paddle. • Don’t paddle alone. Always tell someone about your plans, including where you intend to paddle and when you expect to be back. • Dress for the conditions. Apply at least 30 SPF sunscreen.

Things to Remember

• Avoid dehydration. Take plenty of water to drink. • Keep your equipment in good repair.

• Kayaking involves paddling a small craft through water. • Make sure your preparation and skills are adequate for the paddling activity you have planned. • The best way to learn how to paddle is to take a kayaking safety course – contact AZ Game & Fish for further information.

Arizona Game and Fish offers a course in beginning kayaking. Class starts at 9 a.m. with about 90 minutes of classroom instruction followed by actual practice on the water until 1 p.m. Game and Fish Boating Safety Education Program Manger Josh said everything needed for the class, including kayaks and paddles, will be provided. “Just show up in clothes that can get wet and bring a towel, a hat and sunscreen,” said Jackson. “Bring a hydrating beverage and plan on having some fun!” The kayaking class takes place at the Biscuit Tank education area of the Ben Avery Shooting Range (where we host our Wild In the City kayak program), just west of I-17 on Carefree Hwy. There is no fee for the class.

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It begins at the end of the year. December marks the start of planning for the next Arizona Elk Society Annual Banquet. This year was our 17th Annual Banquet. Many great friends and supporters and lots of money to be raised, so we got the process started. For the next four months, the Arizona Elk Society Banquet Committee held meetings, gather donations, found new sponsors and donors, visited the tradeshows and other venues the industry manufacturers had booths at. We introduced them to our many successes and plans for the helping wildlife, improving habitat, educating youth and taking wounded veterans on free big

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game hunts in the future. In the beginning of February, we were ready to roll out the tickets and then the work started in earnest. We were sold out before the end of February and lots of terrific donations, new sponsors and exciting things were happening. Our plan was to have the best Banquet we had ever had. Our goal was to feature over 100 firearms and we came up with 135. Lots of amazing trips, jewelry, hunts, premium rifles, and the best items we have ever had in the general raffle and silent auction. 34 Corporate tables, some of the best supporters we could have ever hoped for along with lots of reserved tables and many individuals were in attendance. Over 720 attendees, more than 80 volunteers and the doors were Arizona Elk Society 15

opened on April 18th. But that was only the opening. For 2 days, Arizona Elk Society volunteers worked hard to get all the displays, banners, games, raffles and much more up and ready for the opening. The AES is proud to have the best volunteers in Arizona. Some even came from California and other states. They did an amazing job putting the pieces together and making the night exciting for all the attendees. There are not enough words to thank all the volunteers and committee members for their many hours of hard work making this night happen. Thank you all!!!! This turned out to the the best banquet ever – ran smoothly, lots and lots of winners, huge support for Arizona wounded veterans and so much more. 16 Tracker 1st Quarter 2018

The Arizona Elk Society raised over $460,000 to continue the great work we are doing in Arizona. During the Banquet we were able to feature videos of some of the important work we do. Thank you to all the volunteers, supporters, donors, corporate tables, reserved tables and attendees. We hope you all had as great an evening as we did. We appreciate all you do for the Arizona Elk Society and all of our programs.

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Thank You! to the members of the AES Banquet Committee for their generous contributions of time, merchandise, money and efforts in organizing this banquet. Bobbie Balthazor Leo Balthazor David Baril Kolbe Borelli Michelle Borelli Steve Bourque Janet Bowman Tom Bowman Dan Bradford Breanna Bradshaw Don Brown Gary Bryant Randy Burton Seth Burton Chip Church Steve Clark Chuck Decker Rebecca Decker Samantha Decker Candi Durbin Paul Durbin Steven Falkner Dennis Falls Jordan Faux Mel (Melissa) Faux Hannah Finley Hillary Gleason Chase Godbehere Chris Godbehere Greg Godbehere Walt Godbehere Alec Goding Rachel Gottlieb Charles Gray Draysen Hatch Ron Hazzard

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VOLUNTEER THE CALL FOR SERVICE by the Arizona Elk Society (AES) starts months in advance of the AES Banquet date. Generally, the excitement of the upcoming banquet starts churning through friends, social media and forums in the early months of the New Year. Volunteering starts as the email is sent, by AES, asking for help. Signing up is easy and you know you are going to be in for some good times. Volunteer meeting days are scheduled and communicated, generally held weekly. The audience starts small but by the second or third meeting the rooms fills with volunteers and donation items. Meeting new friends and seeing familiar faces, everyone is welcoming with a smile and a handshake. All ideas and voices are appreciated, as the voice is not of one but of many. It’s amazing to see and hear the passion and excitement as people present ideas or the donations they have received. This excitable frenzy feeds off others as everyone jumps in to show off what they brought and soon the room is called to order, back to business in an orderly manner.

Friday morning arrives, with trailers and trucks filled with decorations, products and prizes lining up to offload. In the midst, the volunteers line up to enter the convention center and are assigned areas to work. This flow continues from breakfast to lunch as all day you see new faces stopping by for a few hours lend a helping hand, even if only for their 1-hour lunch break. As the day ends, the room is almost complete with Saturday morning to finish the final touches. Not tired from the day before, the smiling volunteers are eagerly waiting to help on Saturday morning. Work continues to polish and refine all stations and areas to showcase the event, in all its glory. Lunch time passes, and last-minute instructions are given to arrive at 2:30pm wearing the volunteer shirts as we will take pictures and then take our places welcoming our guests. The night flies by quickly for all (volunteers and guests) as the event is exciting and your senses overwhelmed. By now, it’s hard to believe its pushing 10pm and the room empties as quickly as it filled this morning. This doesn’t stop the volunteers, they don’t miss a beat and jump into deconstruction mode, taking down what was only put up hours before. Not only are the AES volunteers busy, the convention staff begins to clear tables and set up fresh linens and

As the meetings progress, the room seems to fill with not only volunteers but donations as well. Committee or section leaders start describing their area of responsibility and give updates on where they stand with donations and needing volunteers to fill positions. Regardless of your assignment, sometimes you end up juggling several. As the time nears to day 1 of setting up, a few more emails are sent out as additional help is needed to transform the convention center from a dull and lackluster cavernous room, into an electrified room complemented with products from silent auction items to showcase trips and auction items.

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place settings. Strange to see, as you would expect everything to be cleared off. What seems like the wee hours of Sunday, it’s only 11pm, and the volunteers are treated to a wonderful breakfast/dinner. The volunteers are called to line up for a great meal. Sitting around the tables, the teams chat about a wonderful event, chatter quickly develops of wow, “this was fun” and “I can’t wait till next year, hey are you coming next year?” Sunday, the weary and tired arrive at 9am at the same door they have seen the past few days. This is the final cleanout and breakdown of all the remaining items. Teams finish clearing and loading trucks and as 11am approaches, the trailers and trucks start departing, lighter than they arrived. The remaining volunteers load the coolers, grabbing a cold water or soda for the ride home. Shaking hands and waving bye, you begin to think about next year, and how much fun you will have helping once again. Thinking to yourself as you drive away, “I know I can find a few of my friends to help next year, they will love it.”

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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 1st 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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* Deceased

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


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

Harry Carlson

Sponsor Partner

Sponsor Partner

Pacific West Representatives

Ron & Sharon Eichelberger

Royal Partner

Sponsor Partner

Bass Pro Shops Sponsor Partner

You can find more details and the donation form at www.arizonaelksociety. org.


Imperial Partner

Stephen Clark


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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Tracker First Quarter 2018  

The quarterly magazine of the Arizona Elk Society (AES) with articles involving Arizona Elk.

Tracker First Quarter 2018  

The quarterly magazine of the Arizona Elk Society (AES) with articles involving Arizona Elk.