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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 Kenneth Barnes Philip Barrett Ron Batz Randy Beck F.K. Benbow Tony Benites David Bennett Joseph Berardi Danny Berg Keith Berger Robert Besst 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 Robert Bueche Mike Burr Carlton Buscemi Michael Bush Esther Cadzow John Cadzow* Daniel Capote Cindi Carlson Lupe Carlson Harry Carlson Kenneth Carney Brandon Carr Terry Carson Chris Casper Steve Casterton Nick Celenza Joe & Marisa Cerreta Randy Cherington
Pete Cimellaro Richard Clark Steve Clark Gerad Claseman McAllen Coalson Bob Cockrill, Jr. Todd Coleman Francisco Contreras Barbara Cook James Cook Frank Cooper Russell Coover Robert Copeland Mike Coppock Richard Cowen 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 Patrick Dugan Thomas Duncan 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 John Girvin
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Walt Godbehere Richard Goettel Charles Gray Edna Gray H. Alan Hallman, DVM John Hamett Carl Hargis Nate Harrel Charles Ray Harrison Sean Hatch Steve Havertine Merritt Haynes Keith Heimes Dan Hellman R. Todd Henderson Mario Hernandez Michael Hernandez Terry Herndon Charles Herner Joe Herrero Ed Hightower Mike Hobel Paul Hodges III Kevin Hogue 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 Scott 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 LaJeunesse Joseph M. Lane James Lara Kevin Lawhorn Dylan Lechter Michael Lechter Jeffrey C. Lehrer Justin Leitner Skylar Lempinen Jorge Leon Steve Leone Ruben Lerma Scott Lewis Kevin Libsack Bob Litchfield Tim Littleton James Lynch, Jr. Bob Mallory John Marriott Eric Martin 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 Nick Novak David Nygaard Donna Obert Douglas Obert, Sr.* James Oldham Bob Olds Raul M. Ortiz Martin Paez Sallie Page Pete Page Danny Palmer Duane Palmer Everett Palmer Chris Parish Marlin Parker Don Parks Jr. Dale Parrish Billy Patterson Shawn Patterson Art Pearce Mike Pellegatti Allen Perez Guy Phillips Paul Piker Jack Poggendorf Forrest Purdy Jan Purdy Mark Raby* Steve Remige Jim Renkema Robin Renowden Armon Rheaume Keith Riefkohl Mel Risch* Travis Roberts Aaron Ruiz 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 Ray Steffen Jr Stan Stellwagen Mark Stephenson Arlen Stewart Shane Stewart James Stewart John Stuckey Vashti “Tice” Supplee Nick Swanson Al Swapp Debbie Swapp Bob Swisher James Symonds Dan Taylor Amos Terrell Jr. Todd Thelander Pete Thomas Nick Thompson Billy Thrash Donald Tirpak 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 Larry White
Kevin Widner Richard Williams Scott Wilt Matt Windle Glenn Wooden Cory Worischeck Mark Worischeck Joseph Worischeck Robert Younger Richard Youngker Chuck Youngker Dave Zibbon Scott Ziebarth Craig Zimmerman
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The cover photo is by George Andrejko, a photographer with the Arizona Game & Fish Depar tment. Thank you George for your amazing wildlife images!
ARIZONA ELK SOCIETY MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Arizona Elk Society is to benefit elk and other wildlife by generating resources for habitat conservation and restoration,
and to preserve our hunting heritage
President - Peter Schwan
for present and future generations.
Vice President - Tice Supplee Treasurer - Christopher K. Lutzel
The Arizona Elk Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) wildlife organization.
Secretary - Greg Godbehere Executive Director - Steve Clark
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Richard Moraca Andrew Kap
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Paul Durbin I first met Paul when he was volunteering on an Arizona Elk Society work project 10-12 years ago. From that time forward Paul became a good friend of mine and a dedicated AES volunteer. As time went on, Paul got more involved in the fundraising committee where he lent his skills as a retired CPA to help the organization stay between the lines and grow to the huge success it is today. Paul was an accomplished outdoorsmen as well with a ranch background. Rumor has it that he had to leave Nevada after harvesting all 3 species of bighorn sheep in just a 5 year time span – a feat I find amazing in a lottery draw state. Paul moved to Chandler not long after marrying a his former high school sweetheart Candi when the became reacquainted at a high school reunion. Candi joined Paul of some of the AES field work projects and was a banquet committee volunteer as well. It was clear to me that Candi was his best friend and companion. We are all going to miss Paul’s friendship, keen sense of humor, big bright smile and his humble generous spirit. He was a huge contributor to the current success of the AES, giving his time, money and expertise freely. He was also a good friend to me, always being a great camp host, sheep scouting and hunting buddy, and a great example of how to quietly make a big positive difference in the world of those around him. Rest in peace Paul, I am going miss you! – Tom Schorr While setting up for the AES Annual Banquet, we were given the news that Paul Durbin had passed away. The Arizona Elk Society has lost a dear friend and staunch supporter. Paul was a former Board Member where he served as Treasurer and financial adviser. While Treasurer, Paul revised and instituted financial policies that govern AES finances today. Paul’s volunteering did not end with his work on the Board, he was a regular participant in the Society’s many work projects. Paul Durbin was an outdoorsman, hunter and angler and as such dedicated himself to the preservation of wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage for future generations. Paul Durbin made a difference. Happy trails old friend, we will miss you. – Rich Williams, Arizona Elk Society / Past President
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Arizonans are enjoying the beautiful weather that
event as a raffle winner or proud of your donation,
makes us lucky to call this state home. Spring is
either way your participation is valued. We’ll have the
here, and for many this is their favorite season. The
story in the next Tracker.
last few months have kept us busy with the annual Marvin Robbins youth turkey event, the annual banquet, Wild in the City, a Hunts for Heroes ladies javelina hunt, and more!
April also marks the month when we pay tribute to our friend and mentor Marvin Roberts with the annual youth turkey camp. The weekend camp has helped to foster a lifelong love of the
The AES annual banquet is the most important
Arizona wilderness and teach our Arizona youth an
event of the year. The banquet and auction night
appreciation of habitat preservation and the effect
is our largest fundraiser and the funds earned are
our actions today will have on the future of our state.
critical to the fulfillment of our mission and the
I enjoyed seeing the usual dedicated volunteers and
success of future AES endeavors. The evening
meeting newcomers at this year’s camp. Look for the
is an opportunity to share and celebrate the
article in the next Tracker.
remarkable work of our dedicated volunteers. AES is a successful organization due to the many hours of volunteer work. Our volunteers do it all: repairing fences, hauling water, planning events, guiding and coordinating volunteers. The AES banquet is an event to enjoy with family and friends as we celebrate our accomplishments, share our common goals and celebrate our victories. We hope this year you were
Arizona has enjoyed record snowfall in the high country; which will have a positive effect on our water table this summer. Last year AES volunteers hauled over 300,000 gallons of water to support the parched land! Hopefully the precipitation will allow us to focus our faithful volunteers in other much-needed projects.
able to make some new acquaintances and enjoy the
Until next time,
kinship our organization offers. You may have left the
Peter Schwan, President Arizona Elk Society
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T H I S
I S S U E
AES Life Members
Presidentâ€™s Message by Peter Schwan
Wild in the City by Ken Turer
Ladiesâ€™ Javelina Hunt by Tom Wagner
Hunting Tips by Steve Chappell
Learn How to Hunt
AES Founding Members
Habitat Partners of Arizona
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WILD IN THE CITY by Erica Swisher
On February 2, the Arizona Elk Society, held our Spring Wild in the City session for 80 kids. This event took place at the Ben Avery facility on the north end of Phoenix. Wild in the City is a one-day program teaching kids 6-16 about the outdoors and outdoor skills. Outdoor skills classes included: archery, marksmanship, gun safety, wildlife identification and game calling, gold panning, geo caching, track making, survival bracelets, horsemanship, and much more. The laughing, smiling faces and even the “eewws” and “yucks” at the owl pellet dissection class made it all worthwhile. These kids go away with an understanding that there is much more to the outdoors and they learn many new things that they can practice and participate in for the rest of their lives. OUR GOAL at each event is to get the kids interested in the outdoors and while they get to participate in the fun events, we also spend some time teaching them about wildlife conservation and becoming stewards of the animals and the environment we all live in. All the attendees are invited to our next level event that is Wapiti Weekend. This year, Wapiti Weekend will be held at Camp Raymond, 30 minutes west of Flagstaff, in the beautiful cool pines of the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness. Kids will have a fun-filled, 2-day weekend with camping and lots of opportunities to learn about the outdoors and the skills needed to enjoy it. As with any of our AES events, it takes a small army of volunteers to allow us to offer such a positive learning experience to our young people, their siblings, and especially their parents. This spring’s Wild in the City had a tremendous volunteer team with over 50 folks offering their time and expertise in the name of AES and educating our future outdoorsmen and women along with our gracious sponsors. Thank you to our AES Board Members and Corporate Sponsors: Cabela’s and Sportsman’s Warehouse, for all you do to help fill goodie bags for each participant. Thank you to all the leaders and the many volunteers who take the time to mentor our kids about the outdoors. We really could not do these events without you! 8 Tracker 1st Quarter 2019
Wild in the City
Northern Arizona Peaks Chapter
LADIES’ NIGHT AT SPORTSMAN’S WAREHOUSE by Randy Burton
AES Northern Arizona Chapter again participated in the annual event supporting Sportman’s Warehouse Ladies’ Night on April 11th. We can only make these events possible with the help of our dedicated volunteers . Thank you to Sally Page and Kelly Cary on hosting the booth for the Peaks Chapter this year. Also thanks to Jenni Rigo from Sportsman’s Warehouse for being a great supporter towards the AES Northern Arizona Peaks Chapter and for the community support. AES NAPC looks forward to next years’ event! Arizona Elk Society 9
by Tom Wagner
The summer of 2015 saw the Arizona Elk Society start its Heroes Rising Outdoors / Hunts for Heroes program, providing physically disabled Arizona veterans the chance to get out and experience some healing through hunting. That first year, over 40 hunts took place for a variety of species. The numbers of hunts provided for has continued to climb each year, with 2018 seeing big game tag holders donate tags for over 100 hunts. It was the start of 2019 that saw the opportunity for four lady Arizona veterans to come together to hunt in Arizona’s great outdoors. This late-February outing was co-hosted by Christian Hunters of America at their annual mentored javelina hunt camp based out of Chauncey Ranch’s YMCA Camp near Mayer, Arizona. Mother Nature provided her own challenges with considerable snow and low temperatures added into the mix – by no means what you would expect for a javelina hunt! The lady vets to receive javelina tags donated through Arizona Game and Fish’s Tag Transfer 10 Tracker 1st Quarter 2019
Program included: • Air Force Sr. Master Sgt. Donna Marie Coleman, mentored by Chase Hartmann, Kenny Ellsworth and HRO veteran Joe Turley
how that detail is known). Hot showers at night and 3 tasty meals each day (a huge thanks to the volunteer cooks!) made for a relaxing time for everyone once they returned from their chilly, snowy treks after elusive herds of javelina.
• Air Force Sr. Airman Caryn Walsh, mentored by Lisa Hamilton and Christina Eade
While only Celina and Donna Marie were successful in slipping their big game tags on javelina, all four
• Marine Lance Corporal Celina Pollitt, mentored by Jerry and Corrina Gollubier • Navy 2nd Class Petty Officer Lindsey Whitlock, mentored by Scott Bruch (wife Heather assisted as camp chef ) Long-time AES photographer/videographer Mike Pellegatti was present to capture the memories both out in the field and back in camp. The entire Hunts for Heroes crew was housed in the YMCA’s Cowboy Camp building. With the lady veterans sharing a separate bunk room, chatting was heard past the midnight hour each night (don’t ask Arizona Elk Society 11
lady veterans were privileged in finding some pesky “stink pigs.” Nine inches of snow and 18-degree temperatures didn’t deter the vets from their mission. Many thanks for this hunt’s success go to the experienced mentors accompanying the ladies out in the field! Not to be forgotten are the many men and women of Christian Hunters of America who staffed the hunt camp. The success of Heroes Rising Outdoors and the Hunts for Heroes program continues to go forward on the unselfish shoulders of the many dedicated volunteers who give of their own time and varied talents. If you would like further information about AES’ veteran programs, or perhaps would like to get involved in a future HRO outing, go to www.arizonaelksociety.org and scroll down to Hunts for Heroes.
CELINA, Marine Lance Corporal The wind was not in our favor, so our only option was to go up and around the hill. As we pushed uphill through the kneedeep snow, I could feel the adrenaline pumping through my veins. Fighting the urge to run, we remained as quiet as we could. Upon reaching the hilltop, the head of the herd moseyed right in front of me. The javelina had no idea we were there, since our scent was carried over the top of him. Jerry rushed to set up the shooting sticks, and I set the .25-06 and got into position. As time slowed down, the snow fell harder and I could hear Jerry say “Once you have him in your sights, load it and take the shot.” Taking slow, deep breaths, I practiced some quick meditation to make sure I would feel and remember the moment. As my crosshairs settled over the javelina’s left shoulder 70 yards away, I took one last breath and took my shot. “PIG DOWN!” Jerry yelled. The next thing I noticed was the herd running right toward us, stopping just 25 yards away. Pulling back from the scope I saw my first javelina harvest lying in the snow, and a feeling of accomplishment overtook my entire body. With the successful harvest of that 60-lb. boar javelina that day, my life was changed forever. What a great opportunity it was to take tips learned in PTSD therapy and apply them in that special moment. The harvest wasn’t the only awesome thing that happened on that hunt. The camaraderie and shared experiences between veterans and supporters allowed room for much healing, helping me make friends, something I haven’t been able to do in such a long time. My hunting trip with Hunts for Heroes has been the best medicine for me, better than anything that could ever be prescribed to me by a doctor.
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like animal freeways --- fresh tracks and other sign were abundant. How tracks could suddenly disappear was puzzling (snow wasn’t a complete advantage after all). The snow mesmerized me with its diamond sparkle as we drove from place to place. It weighed me down as I trudged through the bottom of a frozen creek, dodging rocks and sneaking past bushes. My mentor guide Lisa from Cordes Lakes was joined by her friend and volunteer guide Christina of Prescott Valley. Lisa also had a javelina tag, making the hunt feel even more of a team effort. We got stuck in mud. We shared picnics eating wild game as we strategized. We laughed at the fun and folly of it all as we covered much of the hunt unit. We hunted with our eyes, and our feet. Both ladies taught me a lot about hunting, and living. Christian Hunters of America welcomed and cared for us very well at the Chauncey Ranch YMCA Camp. Encouragement and hot food were abundant. Heroes Rising Outdoors’ Tom Wagner kept the heaters running in our bunkhouse and the snacks at the ready. Mike Pellegatti captured our stories and shared his. They created a great atmosphere with instant camaraderie and endless laughter. Heading out each 19-degree morning was easier knowing that each of us sisters-in-arms would return to camp with “war stories” to share. The four of us were separated by decades, yet became instant family.
CARYN, Air Force Sr. Airman My February javelina hunt in the snow was a superlative experience. It was nonstop activity, from our dark, snowy convoy north on I-17 until our return home through bright, melting snow a few days later. I arrived at camp armed with information and enthusiasm despite having never seen a living javelina. My loaner rifle and cold weather gear were essential equipment I remain thankful for.
There is so much more to hunting than meat in the freezer with Arizona Elk Society’s Heroes Rising Outdoors and the Hunts for Heroes program. To be invited is the highest honor. To be honored with a big game hunt is to realize that my military service mattered. To realize my veteran status counts is to forget my sacrifices for a day. To forget my sacrifices is to remember my capabilities. To feel capable is to have a squishy-sized javelina in my scope, and then lower my firearm. To enjoy a moment watching a young javelina oblivious to danger was victory enough for me. He’ll be a better harvest when he’s larger next spring, and I’m capable enough to be the huntress who takes him.
The new blanket of snow, accented with ice crystals, was beautiful, although it made for tough hunting conditions. It was surprising how beneficial the weather became in terms of learning. The seemingly deserted hills actually seemed more
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DONNA MARIE, Air Force Sr. Master Sgt. My recent experience with Hunts for Heroes was a lifechanging event that will make me smile every time I think about it. When I first received the invitation from Tom Wagner to go on a javelina hunt in February, I was both excited and nervous. I immediately said “Yes!” Here’s the thing --- I had never hunted big game before as my family has no history of hunters (only a few of us enjoy fishing). Lucky for me a couple from Tucson, Lydia and Adam, helped me prepare by taking me to a gun range, reacquainting me with how to fire a rifle accurately and safely. I almost cancelled my hunt the day before I was to leave when I found out that 6-10 inches of snow was expected in the area we would be hunting. We did receive about 11 inches of snow the first two days in camp and I was really nervous about my potential for success. I am so glad I found the courage to make the trip anyway. Everyone at camp was so helpful and kind, and the other three lady vets who also had been given javelina tags were absolutely awesome! I was extremely anxious when I actually got the chance to go out hunting the second day of the season (I was the only one of the lady vets who had never hunted before). I had a whole team helping me and they put me at ease right away. They taught me how to look for tracks and how to tell javelina tracks from other game. When we finally located a herd of javelina almost 400 yards away, we set up for me to take a shot. It turned out I had difficulty trying to look through the rifle’s scope (I wear glasses and am left-handed). My hunting mentors 14 Tracker 1st Quarter 2019
put me at ease and told me to take my time. It actually took over 20 minutes for me to get comfortable behind the rifle. Everyone had been so helpful and wanted me to succeed and I didn’t want to let them down. I know I held my breath and prayed that I was successful with my aim when I finally took a shot. When I opened my eyes I wasn’t sure what had happened until one of my mentors threw his arms in the air and yelled “YES!” At that moment I felt so overwhelmed, I had tears in my eyes. I couldn’t believe I had succeeded! I just sat there because I couldn’t catch my breath. What was most amazing was that the group of guys there helping me (Chase, Kenny, Joe, and photographer Mike) were so happy for me. It was as though it was their shot that killed the javelina. I never would have been able to do it without them! The experience changed my life forever, opening my eyes to things I never thought I could do. Thank you Hunts for Heroes for the moment of a lifetime!
LINDSEY, Navy 2nd Class Petty Officer I served 8 years in the U.S. Navy (Master-At-Arms Military Police Officer). Following that time, I attended Arizona State University where I completed a bachelor’s degree and an MBA with honors. It was during those years that I found myself missing my connection with the veteran community. While visiting the Veteran Affairs Hospital in Phoenix, I ran into a veteran who mentioned the Arizona Elk Society’s Hunts for Heroes program to me. That introduction inspired me! After submitting an application, I was contacted by program coordinator Tom Wagner who invited me on a javelina hunt. I would be joining three other disabled female veterans on a hunt hosted on a ranch near Mayer, Arizona. The morning we left for hunt camp, Arizona was hit with one of the worst snowstorms in decades. That weather definitely came into play in the days that followed! In preparing for the unusual weather, I packed my cold-weather camo cover suit, waterproof boots, gloves and other gear. I then drove to meet Tom to pick up an AZ Elk Society 4x4 truck and we were off to meet the other female veterans. Air Force veteran Karen was my co-pilot during our drive north to hunt camp. We shared service stories about being mothers while on active duty, and how we transitioned back to Arizona following our time in the service. When we arrived at Chauncey Ranch, the four of us women veterans unpacked and set up our bunk beds in a ranch house that we all shared together. After setting up our bunk area, Tom introduced me to Scott and Heather. Scott had been a volunteer on previous Hunts for Heroes hunts and was to be my javelina guide. His wife Heather was in camp as a volunteer chef with Christian Hunters of America, the awesome group who co-
hosted the entire hunt camp. Thankfully, Scott and Heather brought their side by side vehicle with them on this trip! The snow was easily knee deep the first day we went out. Scott drove us to the base of a mountainous area and we hiked the snowy terrain for about five hours. He used his expertise to teach me his glassing and scouting methods and shared his sage knowledge of hunting that could only have been learned from his own experiences. At the end of each day, all four of us veterans would dine together with our guides and share stories of what we saw in our hunt unit and where. When we got back to the ranch house where we stayed, the women and I would socialize together all night. Although we each served in different branches of service, we shared commonalities. As a new group of military friends, we understood certain challenges that life presents. I enjoyed sharing similar jokes and comparing and contrasting our military service jobs to one another. Talking about our unique experiences really helped us empower one another and gave us that sense of belonging again. Through the Hunts for Heroes program, not only did our female veteran group harvest two javelina, we experienced quality time that reduced stress and strengthened our veteran bond together years after our service to our country! Not only were we able to create life-long memories, but we also made meaningful, lasting relationships with other veterans and our guides. Through this Hunts for Heroes outing I was able to reconnect with my passion for staying involved – I feel that the unique female veteran group hunt was immensely rewarding!
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From Steve Chappell /Chappell Guide Service
TIP 1 #
HOW TO INCREASE YOUR DRAW ODDS
TIP 2 #
HOW TO INCREASE YOUR HUNT SUCCESS
With the way our State’s draw system works, it all
Do your best to be in the very best cardio shape that
comes down to your first two choices for bull elk
you can be in before your hunt. Most elk hunts in
hunts. So with that in mind, your first choice should
Arizona take place at 6,500-8,000 feet of elevation
be the hunt that you desire to go on the most. Then
and elk are a very physical, rangy animal. So your
the all important second choice should be a hunt
hiking ability in mountainous country will have
with better draw odds than your first choice, but
a huge impact on your enjoyment and success
one that would still satisfy your goals for an elk hunt.
during the hunt.
Apply in this manner and you will draw more tags and go on more quality elk hunts in Arizona!
For more opportunities to learn to hunt, visit www.arizonaelksociety.org/learn-to-hunt
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Photo by George Andrejko, Arizona Game & Fish Department
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ARIZONA ELK SOCIETY 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 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 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
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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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
FOR MORE INFO AND TO DONATE: You can find more details and the donation form at www.arizonaelksociety.org.
Pacific West Representatives
Ron & Sharon Eichelberger
Bass Pro Shops Sponsor Partner
Walt and Cookie Nicoson Royal Partner
Sharon & John Stuckey Imperial Partner
Sportsman’s Warehouse Sponsor Partner
Tom & Janet Bowman Sponsor Partner
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Tracker First Quarter 2019