ARIZONA ELK SOCIETY 1st Quar ter 2020
Wild in the City VETERANS
Locked Eyes HABITAT
AES Sawyers Answer the Call
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OFFICERS President - Tice Supplee Vice President - Greg Godbehere
ARIZONA ELK SOCIETY MISSION STATEMENT
Treasurer - Christopher K. Lutzel Secretary - Richard Moraca Executive Director - Steve Clark
The mission of the Arizona Elk Society is to benefit elk and other wildlife
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
by generating resources for habitat
conservation and restoration,
Randy Burton Richard Moraca Andrew Kap Glen Jones Bob Swisher Steve Schaefer Pat Weise
and to preserve our hunting heritage for present and future generations. The Arizona Elk Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) wildlife organization.
Rich Williams You may send a message for any officers, board members or
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I am writing this from my home office and wishing
yard. I hope to head north on a scouting trip when life
the best to everyone during this extraordinary time.
settles back to more normal conditions. I do hope
I have been getting outdoors and visiting places
some of you were also blessed with a hunting tag. If
where there are few people and maintaining the
not keep in mind volunteer opportunities this fall to
recommended social distance of six feet (think the
mentor youth elk hunters or help at a Heroes Rising
antler width of a 400+ bull). I am loving all the rain
Outdoors hunting camp.
and snow in the high country. A great start to big bulls this fall and healthy elk calves this summer. All Arizona Elk Society events are cancelled through May. Plans are still in place for Wapiti Weekend and
Stay Safe and Stay Well, Yours in Conservation, T ice Supplee
our three banquets. The Phoenix Arizona Elk Society banquet has been postponed to June 6th. A big thank you to our donors and supporters who said they plan to attend on the new date. Our online raffles are continuing and buying tickets is a great way to support our work. We scoured through our inventory and were able to donate eye protection to the Veterans Hospital. I urge everyone to do what you can to support our veterans and health care workers. I was a lucky one in the Arizona draw, getting an archery bull tag. I am becoming really accurate shooting my bow at 20 yards, the length of my back
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T H I S
I S S U E
Answer the Call by Patrick Weise
Arizona Elk Society Grant â€“ Elk Collars by Jake McQueary
How to Goof Up Your Will by Ron Huddleston
Volunteer Spotlight: Gary Williams by Jake McQueary
Locked Eyes by Lt. Col. Danny Berg, U.S. Air Force (ret.)
Moqui Ranchettes Logging Project by Jake McQueary
Poachers Get Hammered by John Koleszar
Wild in the City by Erica Swisher
AES Founding Members
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White Mountain Chapter Banquet
Northern Arizona Peaks Chapter Banquet
With the postponement of the state banquet, excitement is building! If you did not get tickets, some attendees have canceled so there may be tickets available.
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I can’t begin to tell you how enormously therapeutic this hunt was for me! I realized for the first time in five years – yes, I can do it, I don’t have to be a prisoner in my own home. From that hunt until now, I’ve been able to get out hunting and enjoy nature. I’ve been able to benefit from the therapy afforded us by God in His creation. Army veteran Scott Lewis, SFC, U.S. Army Reserve and his cow bison harvested November 2018. Supplemental photo to A Lifelong Dream Realized article in Q4 2019 Tracker. Arizona Elk Society 7
ANSWER THE CALL story and photos by Patrick Weise
After completing our classroom lesson of ‘Blood Bourne Pathogens,’ we drove in trucks down to Lake Mary. We were in Flagstaff at the Forest Service office, taking the S-212 Sawyer class taught by Coconino Hot Shots. Excitement filled the air as we unloaded the trailer, putting on chaps, hard hats, hearing protection and gloves. We were going to drop trees. We gassed and oiled up the chainsaws, pulled their recoils and changed the sound of the forest. We gathered in a large circle talking through our Job Hazzard Analysis. Safety first. It’s what we always preach. We then split off in small groups each walking into the woods in a different direction. One Field Evaluator and two students, both of whom were hoping to become Sawyer by the end of the day.
From all directions, you could hear the rumble of chainsaws, buzzing in the cold mountain air. Then the yell, “Timber!” We’d all stop to watch and hear the violent crash. We love all aspects of wildlife restoration, that’s why we’re here, doing this. The renewal of old choked-out meadows, giving way to the new green grass that sways like waves when the wind blows; it’s a beautiful transformation, but it’s the felling of trees that fuels our adrenaline. It flows like fire throughout our veins and keeps us coming back for more. 8 Tracker 1st Quarter 2020
This winter, 15 Arizona Elk Society volunteer men and women answered the call to recertify or become new Sawyers. It is from this solid base of membership that AES is able to start and finish small and large-scale projects throughout the year with the Sawyers being an integral part of the team. If you missed out on this year’s class but yet feel the burning desire to have ‘Sawyer’ attached to your name, all is not lost. You can sign up online this year as a swamper at one of our projects and work alongside us. It’s from this group of swampers that we find many of next year’s sawyer candidates.
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ARIZONA ELK SOCIETY GRANT – ELK COLLARS In 1998, Mexican gray wolves were introduced into the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area, spanning across both Arizona and New Mexico. Since the reintroduction, studies have shown that elk make up a large portion of the Mexican wolf diet.
by Jake McQueary
Photo by Scott Boyle However, there haven’t been studies to show how elk are affected by the wolves, such as on elk movement, habitat selection, and population dynamics. The wolf population continues to increase steadily – numbers have grown from 42 wolves in 2009 to about 131 wolves in 2019. As the population of wolves continues to grow, it is crucial to determine the extent of their effect on elk numbers. Scott Boyle, a master’s student at New Mexico State University, proposed to the Arizona Elk Society about conducting a study to find answers – the Arizona Elk Society decided to fund Boyle with $15,000 to cover the
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cost of 60 GPS elk collars. These collars are to be used to determine the effects of wolves on elk, along with survival rate, productivity, and population growth. Boyle’s study, taking place in both Arizona and New Mexico, currently has a sample size of 500 collared cow elk, along with 231 elk calves. Boyle requested help monetarily to purchase collars for the elk calves, as they were previously fixed with VHF ear tags. VHF stands for “Very High Frequency”, and these devices emit a radio signal that can be picked up by someone with a receiver and directional antenna. This makes it so that someone must go into the field daily to find an animal, which is very labor intensive. The reason why these animals must be tracked every day is to determine the cause of mortality. When an animal has deceased, Boyle and his team go into the field as soon as possible to determine the cause of death. If the cause of death isn’t found out quickly, then scavengers and the environment will ruin the carcass to the point that a cause of death is unknown. Differentiating causes of death between wolves, mountain lions, black bears, and other is a relatively easy process, so long that
adult female elk. What wolves are eating and how often will be determined. The effects of the presence of wolves within elk habitat and how the elk react to this presence will be determined. Possible population trajectories and estimates can be made based upon differing causes of mortality, whether based upon predators, poaching, harvest, poor nutrition, vehicle collision, or other. Boyle says that the “GPS collars are a game changer”, as Boyle would no longer need to go into the field to check the status of the elk calves. During the height of calving season, elk calves must be checked daily – elk calves are checked daily for overall mortality, and if a mortality is found then the cause of mortality must be determined within 24 hours. This is because the younger calves are smaller and become preyed upon more prevalently than older calves. Younger calves are also smaller, so determining the cause of death is more difficult. Once the calves become older, status and cause of mortality can be lengthened to every other day or so. Photo by Jeffrey Lehrer the carcass is reached within a reasonable amount of time. With the Arizona Elk Society’s funds, Boyle will be able to purchase 60 GPS collars that will determine where an animal is located at 2 hour intervals, and will also determine whether a mortality has occurred – once a collar hasn’t moved for 4 hours, then the animal is considered a “mortality”. This makes the use of GPS collars invaluable, as having someone in the field every day will no longer be needed.
The Arizona Elk Society is anxious for the conclusion of Boyle’s study, as determining cause-specific mortality data has not been performed within the Blue Range before. With funding from the Arizona Elk Society for GPS collars, Boyle will be able to better lead managers from both State and Federal agencies as to how to manage elk and associated predators within the Blue Range.
Simultaneously, wolves will be tracked and monitored using the collars that they already have on. Using cluster data, wolves will be tracked in order to find kill sites. Once a possible kill site has been determined, Boyle searches a 50-meter radius in attempt to find a carcass. If a carcass is found, its cause of death and a survey of the surrounding area will be conducted. Over a 4-year period, Boyle will be able to better determine the answers to the initial questions. Answers to these questions will allow for agencies and managers to better understand wolf and elk dynamics in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area. Seasonal and annual mortality based upon different and specific causes will be able to be determined for young and adult female elk. Seasonal and annual survival rates will be able to be determined for young and
Numbers have grown from 42 wolves in 2009 to about 131 wolves in 2019.
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HOW TO GOOF UP YOUR WILL by Ron Huddleston, AES Life Member
It’s one thing to have a will; it’s another to have a will that works well. In fact, there are some cases where it is probably better to not have a will at all than to have one that is defective or that fails to accomplish your wishes.
this allows the board of directors to apply the gift where it is needed most. Also, many organizations (like the Arizona Elk Society) have well-considered policies directing the use of unrestricted estate gifts.
There are several ways you can goof up your will. Here are four of the more common ones:
HIDE YOUR WILL What’s the use of having a valid will that expresses your wishes exactly, only to have it so well hidden no one can find it at your death? In addition to storing your will in a safe place, make sure you tell the appropriate persons where to find it.
DO IT YOURSELF State law dictates what is and what isn’t legal in drafting and signing a will. A universal will form obtained at a stationery store or a homemade will based on hearsay advice is risky, to say the least. A good estate-planning attorney can ask the right questions to help you make sure you are covering all the bases in planning the disposition of your estate. To make sure things are done right and for your own peace of mind, it seems well worth the cost to obtain professional help in preparing your will. PROVIDE INCORRECT OR UNCLEAR INFORMATION If you are making a bequest to a charity like the Arizona Elk Society, it is important to use the full legal name of the organization and its identification number. This will avoid confusion and possible delays during probate. By the way, our complete name and number is: Arizona Elk Society, our EIN number is 86-1035639. And be as clear as you can. If you are making a bequest for a specific purpose, spell out your wishes so the recipient will know exactly what you intended. Charitable organizations usually prefer unrestricted bequests, since
OVERLOOK OTHER TRANSFER ARRANGEMENTS A will provides only one way to transfer assets at death. If this document is not coordinated with other transfer arrangements, enormous problems may result. For example, what happens if your will provides for an equal division of your estate among family members and your life insurance policy earmarks the death benefit for, say, the oldest child? The life insurance proceeds would go to the older child as well as a portion of the estate identified in your will. Hence, one family member would receive far more than the others – probably not what you would desire. We at the Arizona Elk Society want you to have a good will. It is important for you, for your family and for others who may be included to receive a portion of your estate.
If you have any questions about your will, need a referral to an attorney, or want a personal visit; don’t hesitate call me, Ron Huddleston, Planned Giving Consultant, at 623-444-4147. I look forward to hearing from you.*
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GARY WILLIAMS by Jake McQueary
The Arizona Elk Society would be nothing without its volunteers. Our volunteers help us with an array of activities, including habitat restoration, banquets, youth events, Heroes Rising Outdoors, and much more. We thank all our volunteers. For our first ever volunteer spotlight, we are featuring Mr. Gary Williams. Gary is a native Phoenician and has been a volunteer for the Arizona Elk Society since 2003 and helps run the raffles at the state banquet. But Gary is more than just an all-star volunteer for the Arizona Elk Society. Gary is also a BBQ pitmaster champion. At the reigns of All About Smokin’ Q crew, Gary has established his name within the BBQ industry. Gary began as someone who enjoyed BBQ and received compliments from friends and family about his BBQ. After seeing a friend compete at a BBQ competition, Gary went to his first competition. Williams placed quite low, and knew he had to become a student of the craft in order to get better. After taking classes and practicing his technique, Gary quickly climbed up the ladder of BBQ rankings. After several years of blood, sweat, and smoke, Gary now ranks consistently with the best of the best. One of his recent successes was competing in the Steak Cookoff Association, where he cooked the best steak and won the
grand prize and a ticket to the World Championship Steak Cookoff. Gary says that the biggest tip for at-home BBQ’ers is to not over smoke your meat. A fine piece of BBQ’ed meat should allow the consumer to taste both the smoke and the seasoning. He believes that using mesquite to smoke is a bad choice, as it integrates too strong of a smoke flavor into the final product. Williams also mentioned that most BBQ rubs and seasonings are very similar, and that only some small adjustments on the ratios of similar spices are made. He says that what differentiates a finished meat product is how well it is cooked. A piece of meat that is tender and moist will always beat out a piece of meat that may taste better but isn’t as tender or moist. Gary says that the same circumstances apply for cooking a perfect steak.
BBQ Tips from Gary Not sure how to cook a steak to the perfect temperature? Gary says that an instant-read thermometer is an irreplaceable piece of equipment in the kitchen. It allows for no guesses to be made as to how well-done a piece of meat is, which is crucial for BBQ success. Unsure which spice blend to use on your meat? Gary says that the best universal seasoning blend is, believe it or not, Montreal Steak Seasoning. He says that it can compete with some of the higher end seasoning blends on the market, but costs a fraction of the price.
The Arizona Elk Society is fortunate to have passionate and diverse volunteers like Gary Williams. Our volunteers’ passions, tenacity, and commitment to the Arizona Elk Society pushes the organization to help more youth, veterans, and increase elk viability. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Arizona Elk Society, please visit the website at www.arizonaelksociety.org or scan the QR code at left using your smartphone camera. Arizona Elk Society 13
LOCKED EYES by Lt. Col. Danny Berg, U.S. Air Force (ret.)
Rising in the middle of the night had not been my practice since my last deployment to Afghanistan in 2009. On this September morning I was pursuing a different mission, with different support. Though both activities were similar in a way, my work in Afghanistan required focus, commitment, situational awareness and mission support. The last --- mission support --- was the impetus that triggered my job of being flown across many countries to save critically wounded service members. The same could be said of the support given by volunteers of Arizona Elk Societyâ€™s Heroes Rising Outdoors program. Randy and Seth Burton are a father-son team knowledgeable about elk and their behavior in the forests surrounding Flagstaff, Arizona. I had received an elk tag for a special hunt on Camp Navajo Army Depot. They helped me process the paperwork to grant me access and also agreed to guide me on my hunt --- things were looking up! I packed my go bag and readied my 7mm magnum rifle the night before my hunt was to begin. I awoke opening morning to find the air crisp with the smell of smoke from a distant forest fire. I stepped outside to find Randy and Seth waiting for me in their warmed-up truck. We were all eager to head to the spot they had chosen to set up to bugle and find some elk. Thomas St. Pierre, another volunteer guide / butcher, would be waiting nearby to help us should we be successful and slip my tag on an elk. When we arrived at our destination, Seth began to send out locate bugles as dawn began to break. Two separate bulls proceeded to answer his calls for close to thirty minutes. It got to where they sounded very close, but we were still unable to make them out through the trees in the early light. 14 Tracker 1st Quarter 2020
Then all went quiet. Seth whispered that another group of hunters in front of us had pushed the bulls farther west. The sun was just cresting the horizon as I stood there transfixed. We had listened to these amazing elk for half an hour --- I felt I needed a little time to compose myself. The day was truly glorious. My ability to walk on uneven ground is limited because of spinal cord injuries sustained on my last mission in Afghanistan. Even though I had the use of trekking poles when we left the truck, walking through the woods was awkward. Randy saw me stumble more than once. Each time he immediately held out a hand and then his shoulder to help me maintain my balance. I was relieved to find I
could get around in the forest without the back pain I had expected. Our next bugling setup lasted over an hour. Several cows and a spike bull eventually made their way into view, but the 5x5 bull that grabbed my attention showed only his rack as he ghosted through the brush. As we were leaving the area, another hunter responded to Seth’s and Randy’s cow mews and walked up almost to us. By then it was 9:30 and Randy called for a siesta break so I could rest and regain my strength. My wife had informed him that I had an ascending aortic aneurism and dysfunctional lungs associated with the burn pits in Afghanistan. I found that taking a rest during the day would allow me to hunt 3-4 hours at a time with limited exhaustion. Though this was very different from how Seth and Randy normally hunted, they modified every element of my hunt to accommodate my physical capabilities. After our rest break, Seth and I set out for a spot not far from that morning’s bugling action. Seth’s good friend, Heroes Rising Outdoors volunteer guide Morgan Rice, came with us for the late afternoon hunt. A light rain began to fall. We hadn’t been bugling long before two 6x6 bulls made their way toward us through the forest. Although they came into range at 200 yards, no safe shot presented itself. Boy, were they beautiful! Back to the truck and we motored on. Due to my limited physical capabilities, I hold a CHAMP permit granted by Arizona Game & Fish Department. Normally I am very silent when I hunt from a vehicle. As we rounded a curve in the road, that was about to change. My eyes had been drawn to a distant mark in the forest. I had spotted a large “elk looking” stump at about 200 yards. As I began to scan the forest, the largest 6x6 bull I had seen up close appeared to me just 50 yards away! The bull was bedded down, waiting out the drizzle. From somewhere I heard my Command Voice order “STOP!” Then “DON’T MOVE!” Two things happened immediately --- Seth stomped on the brakes and I bailed out of the truck! Just how much finesse and grace were involved is hard to say. At that close range, it took me a moment to find the bull in my scope. I centered the cross hairs behind the bull’s shoulder. Two quick shots and Mission Complete! I held the bull’s head in my hands as memories of past experiences resurfaced. I started to tell Seth and Morgan how important the bull was to me, and ultimately to my family and friends.
in Iraq and Afghanistan, we were able to check off “Mission Complete.” For the last 10 years, though, I have been plagued daily with intrusive thoughts of horrific things seen and experienced during my years of service. Thankfully, my time spent with Heroes Rising Outdoors has now helped me deal with those troubling thoughts from past deployments. It encompassed skilled preparation, selfless support, and an amazing hunt ending in “mission complete.” It’s all rather unworldly. I now have dreams of bugling elk, the stillness of a September morning, the competency of experienced guides, and of course my bull. We locked eyes that day. His gift goes far beyond what I could have imagined.
Upon saving each of our 156 critically wounded soldiers on my team’s 59 Critical Care Air Transport (CCATT) missions
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MOQUI RANCHETTES LOGGING PROJECT
Fire suppression has discontinued natural fire regimes, resulting in overgrown forests that create huge, dangerous fires.
by Jake McQueary
Photo by Brady Smith, Credit: Coconino National Forest
In the summer of 2018, the Tinder Fire roared through the forests of northern Arizona. The fire burned more than 16,000 acres, including the destruction of 33 homes and 54 small structures. One of the many communities affected by the fire was Moqui Ranchettes, located about 13 miles northeast of Clintâ€™s Well, AZ
forests that didnâ€™t have fire control, older trees dominated the landscape, and smaller trees and understory brush would be burned. Trees that can surpass the age of about 5 years old begin to develop thicker bark, lose their bottom limbs, and also drop pine needles to protect themselves from fire by reducing fuel loads around them. Historically, fire burned ponderosa pine forests every 5-25 years, inducing a cycle of events to keep pine trees naturally thinned. With thinned forests, grasses and forbs are able to receive more sunlight and grow more abundantly, resulting in increased benefit to elk and other herbivorous animals. Fire suppression has discontinued natural fire regimes, resulting in overgrown forests that create huge, dangerous fires. The Arizona Elk Society hired a logging crew to thin the surrounding area for the aforementioned benefits for elk & wildlife habitat as well as Moqui Ranchettes. The crew used heavy machinery for much of the work, but also utilized
The Arizona Elk Society took on a project to thin the forest surrounding the community of Moqui Ranchettes. This 300-acre area had dense stands of pine trees with wide age classes and juniper trees, along with some trees that had been burned, which isnâ€™t ideal for a pine forest ecosystem or fire security. Landowners wanted thinning of the trees near their homes to not only protect their properties from fire, but to also improve forest health, to enhance aesthetic quality, promote habitat for elk, deer, bighorn sheep and other wildlife, and to reduce the effects of erosion. A healthy ponderosa pine forest ecosystem is adapted to fire. Pine trees have thick bark which protects them from fire, and as a tree gets older, the bark becomes thicker. In 16 Tracker 1st Quarter 2020
hand tools for areas with steep inclines. The land consisted of both burned and live trees with understory brush. The thinning left 60-80 trees per acre, compared to the 140 trees per acre that were growing pretreatment. Larger materials that were not shipped away for product use were felled on slopes to reduce the potential of erosion. Roost trees or live trees with cavities were retained for bird habitat. Mosaic stands of trees with crown connection and irregular spacing were left to improve squirrel habitat. Snags (standing dead or dying trees) were left at a rate of 1-5 per acre for turkeys and other animals. The logging company was able to sell the lumber, while
carefully burning the unsellable portions of the trees (slash), or removing material that couldnâ€™t be burned or sold. They also assured that road conditions within Moqui Ranchettes were kept in good condition. Overall, the thinning of trees surrounding the Moqui Ranchettes area will greatly benefit habitat for elk and other wildlife and will provide protection from future wildfires. While the primary goal of the project was to benefit elk and wildlife habitat in northern Arizona, the positive of the thinning will also benefit the community of Moqui Ranchettes as fierce wildfires continue to occur.
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POACHERS GET HAMMERED! by John Koleszar
From small beginnings, sometime enormous results come about. Such is the case with Officer Mark Terrill and the whole enforcement staff from Region 1 of the Arizona Game & Fish Department. In one of the longest, most detailed and easily one that used the most modern technology in investigations, the Arizona Game & Fish Department finally achieved the results they were looking for. Blake Owens of Heber, Arizona eventually pled guilty to three felony violations and numerous misdemeanor charges that resulted in confiscated trophy heads, fines that totaled over $18,000 and the prospect of more punishment in the future when Mr. Owens and Mr. Purinton, who also pled guilty to poaching appear before the Arizona Game & Fish Commission. The start of the investigation was incredibly small, a citizen came forward regarding a trophy mule deer that had been nicknamed the “Heber” buck. The buck had been photographed numerous times in the area of Heber, just behind the Red Onion restaurant. Mark followed up on the call and then proceeded to do more investigation. During the next 24 months, the whole ball of yarn began to unravel. Armed with warrants, the Arizona Game & Fish law enforcement branch eventually included almost 20 officers who helped in the investigation and the serving of warrants. While the case never went to court, the end result is what matters most in this case.
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Text messages, photos of poaching clearly done at night and a single individual who decided that he needed to clear his conscience all helped to push the defendants to accept a plea agreement. I went through a fairly lengthy process to obtain the records on this case and through the Public Records request was able to write this article as well as show the pictures of animals that we the hunting community will never be able to pursue due to the actions of a few small town guys who thought they could kill an animal whenever they wanted to. Eventually, as I read through almost 200 pages of documents, I came away with a sense of awe and pride at the work that was done by the law enforcement people in Region1. The new frontier of technology was able to stop the poachers in question in this case. Certainly, hard work, determination and organization all played a key role in the end result of the plea agreement, but the ingenious methods that officer Mark Terrill used and his dedication to getting to the truth are to be highly commended. The photos of the poached animals tell a sad story and we will all question just how many more animals the poachers got away with, but for right now, kudos to all of the law enforcement branch of the Arizona Game & Fish Department. As officer Kenny Dinkwell often says…WE MAKE HOUSE CALLS! And boy did they!
At Arizona Elk Society we are grateful to many. We want to acknowlege the years of hard work and service of the following individuals:
JIM WARREN & CHRIS WARREN
for 6 years of dedication and leadership with the AES White Mountain Chapter RANDY ROEDL & DEB ROEDL
for elevating our brand and marketing communications
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2020 by Erica Swisher This past February, the Arizona Elk Society hosted our Spring Wild in the City day camp at the Ben Avery Facility. Over 70 kids from 5-16 were able to experience all kinds of fun outdoor skills. After firearms training, the kids received some target practice with certified instructors. Lots of other fun classes for the kids included wildlife identification with Phoenix Varmint Callers Inc. led by Dan Schoenfeld, leather crafts using elk leather, survival bracelets, gold panning with Gold Prospectors of America led by AL Ordorica, Fly Casting with Arizona Flycasters Club, archery with 3G Archery led by Dave Gunn, horsemanship and
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roping with Empower Ranch led by Jessica Voss, owl pellets, and much more.Thank you to all the sponsors: Cabela’s, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Canyon Coolers, and many more that support these wonderful events for kids! To ALL of the amazing volunteers...thank you so much for giving your time, energy, and expertise to our youth! And thanks to the great AES Chuck Wagon Team supplying and cooking such delicious meals. Did you miss this event? Watch our website and Facebook for the next one in November. Can’t wait that long? Stay tuned to the website for our annual Wapiti Weekend this summer!
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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 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.
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.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP: Become a Habitat Partner with your tax deductible donation starting at $2500 ($1000 for 17 and under).
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
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.
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.
FOR MORE INFO AND TO DONATE: You can find more details and the donation form at www.arizonaelksociety.org.
David Baril Sponsor Partner
Bass Pro Shops Sponsor Partner
Tom & Janet Bowman Sponsor Partner
Cabela’s Sponsor Partner
Harry Carlson Imperial Partner
Pacific West Representatives Royal Partner
Stephen Clark Sponsor Partner Ron & Sharon Eichelberger Sponsor Partner
Walt and Cookie Nicoson Royal Partner Sharon & John Stuckey Imperial Partner
Sportsman’s Warehouse Sponsor Partner
Arizona Elk Society 23
7773 W. Golden Lane Peoria, Arizona 85345
CHANGE SERVICES REQUESTED
MARK YOUR CALENDAR JUN 6
White Mountain Chapter
Northern Arizona Peaks Chapter
BANQUETS See website for details on events & projects at www.arizonaelksociety.org 24 Tracker 1st Quarter 2020