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Priceless Pronghorn! VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

The Stephens Family Photo by Mike Pellagati, WildVisions, Inc.

AES LIFE MEMBERS Mike Abramovich Dan Adler Christopher Agnone Hector Albarran Ken Alexander John Anderson Michael Anderson Patti Anderson John Anton Ernest Apodaca, Jr. Steve Armstrong Tony Baca 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 Bruce Bettis John Bingham Jeff Blalock Jason Bluhm Tom Bobo Jr. Tom Bowman Janet Bowman Tish Bradford Dan Bradford Richard Briskin Stephen Brown, MD Gary Bryans Jr Jeffrey Buchanan 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 Marcus Castro Nick Celenza Joe & Marisa Cerreta Randy Cherington Pete Cimellaro Richard Clark Steve Clark Gerad Claseman McAllen Coalson Bob Cockrill, Jr. Donna Marie Coleman 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 Mike Dirilo 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 Nathan Evans Tim Evans Daron Evans Shane Faulkner Scott Fisher

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Jeffrey Fleetham Randy Foote David Forbes Mark France Tom Franklin Douglas Fritz Will Garrison Mark Giebelhaus John Girvin Walt Godbehere Richard Goettel Joshua Grantham 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 John Hull Todd Ingersoll Don Irwin Wayne Jacobs Kyle Jenkins Brian Johnsen Gary Johnson James C. Johnson James Johnson Earl Johnson Edward Johnson Lauren Johnson Richard Johnson

Rick Johnson Adam Jones Jim Jones Mitchell Jones Scott Jones Bruce Judson Andrew Kap Sandra Kauffman Richard Kauffman, Sr. Jim Kavanaugh Sandra Kearney Bill Kelley Denise Kennedy Chuck Kerr Roger Kesterson 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 Lawhor Randy Lay Dylan Lechter Michael Lechter Jeffrey C. Lehrer Justin Leitner Skylar Lempinen Jorge Leon Mike Leon Steve Leone Ruben Lerma Scott Lewis Kevin Libsack Bob Litchfield Tim Littleton Ryan Lloyd 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 Anthony Nichols Brandon Nichols Fletcher Nichols Lance Nichols Logan Nichols Cookie Nicoson Walt Nicoson* Paige Nicoson John Nightengale 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* Kenneth Ramage Steve Remige Jim Renkema Robin Renowden Armon Rheaume Keith Riefkohl Mel Risch* Preston Riveras Travis Roberts Aaron Ruiz Roy Ruiz Todd Sabin Mike Sanders Kevin Sargent Michelle Schaefer Steven Schaefer Mark Schepers Rick Schmidt Barry Schmitz Tom Schorr Scott Schuff DeAnne Schuff Nathaneal Schulz Kurt Schulz Shannon Schulz Terry Schupp Peter Schwan Michael Schwindenhammer 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 Tim Talbott Dan Taylor Amos Terrell Jr. Todd Thelander Pete Thomas Kevin Thompson Nick Thompson Billy Thrash Donald Tirpak Bill Tocci Linda Tocci John Toner Corey Tunnell Lee Turner Sandra Turner Bill VenRooy Rick Vincent, Sr. John Wagner Carl Walker Kathleen Walp William Walp Peter Walters Don Walters, Jr. Caryn Walsh Thomas Walton Bill Wasbotten Dale Watkins David Watts Rick Watts Paul Weaver Jerry Weiers Dee White Larry White Kevin Widner Chris G. Williams 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

* deceased

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I hope you enjoy this issue of the Tracker featuring the two Arizona Elk Society banquets. We are already planning

for the next banquet here in the Valley, so stay tuned for the dates. We hope to have our banquet in the White Mountains this coming summer as well. I cannot thank enough all the banquet volunteers for making the two events—in Mesa and Flagstaff—huge successes. AES received an awesome gift from the Applegate Estate—this issue has an article telling the story. I was so thrilled when it finally started to rain, and rain, and rain some more. It was actually too much rain for my archery elk hunt as I mud-bogged around and finally conceded my season to the elk. Water hauling was no longer need at the feverish pace of the spring and most of the summer. Here is hoping we get a decent snowpack. With all things there is a cycle of life and death. A great Arizona wildlife biologist and naturalist passed on—David E. Brown. Dave was an inspiration and mentor to 100’s of wildlifers and students. I refer to his vegetation maps of Arizona and the southwest on a regular basis. His books, some 30 plus, range in topics from waterfowl and squirrels to grizzly bear, jaguar, and imperial woodpeckers. Dave knew about Arizona and the Southwest wildlife and the habitats they relied on more than most anybody. He was actively studying white-sided jackrabbits in the Avra Valley up until the illness that took him from

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us. Dave always let you know where he stood, and conservation of elk was not a high priority. When I was overseeing game management in Arizona he urged me to increase permits and get the elk population in balance. Looking at the land today, I think we succeeded through a combination of harvest strategies and habitat improvement projects. The habitat work that Arizona Elk Society helps fund and our volunteer’s projects, including water developments, are really important for the health of Arizona elk herds and other wildlife. My heartfelt holiday wishes and may you and yours be safe and enjoy the Arizona winter outdoors!

Yours in Conservation, Tice Supplee






20th Anniversary Banquet by Steve Clark

AES Thanks the Applegate Estate by Steve Clark



Flagstaff Banquet 2021 by Steve Clark



Monsoon 2021 by Steve Clark

What is Ethical? BB on Ethics...and Hunting Skills by John Koleszar




Upcoming Events

Volunteer Spotlight: The Stephens Family by Jamie Lyons

AES Founding Members

Priceless Pronghorn! by Matt Butler, USN diver (ret.)

To learn about volunteer opportunites with Arizona Elk Society, scan the QR code using your smartphone camera.

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OFFICERS President - Tice Supplee Vice President - Greg Godbehere Treasurer - Christopher K. Lutzel Secretary - Richard Moraca Executive Director - Steve Clark

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Wayne Bouton Randy Burton Joe Di Vito Ron Huddleston Andrew Kap

OUR 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 for present and future generations.

Glen Jones Steve Schaefer

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 committee chairs to

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20TH ANNIVERSARY BANQUET: JULY 2021 by Steve Clark After a year without a banquet, everyone was ready to reunite to benefit conservation, youth, veterans and water for wildlife across Northern Arizona. The banquet was a fantastic night raising funds for these causes and enjoying one other’s company! There are so many people to thank starting with our awesome volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this our best banquet ever. The sponsors, donors, Mesa Convention Center staff, all the great table buyers and attendees each contributed in their own way and we thank them. Keeping the excitement going all night was our Master of Ceremonies Dan Adler and Arizona’s best auctioneer Dan Turley. Thank you to the AES staff and banquet committee volunteers that worked many long hours getting everything ready for this banquet night. On these pages you will see the names of AES sponsors and donors. Please take the time to let them know you appreciate them and all the people that made our 20th Anniversary banquet a huge success.

Thank You All!

CORPORATE TABLE SPONSORS 2021 2021 VIP Table Paul Bunyan’s Firewood

Fence Systems

DC Restoration

Chasse Building Team


Carl’s Car Care

Dykstra Machinery / Brooks Concrete

Rainshower Apiaries Inc

Durnez Concrete Construction LLC

Ronning Landscaping Inc

Tierra Verde Builders

Rummel Construction

Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair

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High Desert Communications Alan Harris Trucking The Roof Medics LLC

In 2022 the Banquet will be back on schedule. Join us April 9, at the Mesa Convention Center. We hope to see you all there.

Slate Construction & Quality Contents

Layke Incorporated / Layke Tactical LLC

Champion Counseling

A-Action Welding Inc

The Di Vito Consultiing Group

IQ Builders

D&R Construction

Nesbitt Contracting Co., Inc.

Clear Audiology

Valley of the Sun Medical Dispensary

Wyatt Injury Law

Applegate Estate

Petra Contracting

Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions Inc.

Waltz EKR Heating and Cooling XLT-Cor Inc. Waltz

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THANK YOU BANQUET DONORS! A-Action Welding Inc. ADR Hardware, Apache Junction Alan Harris Trucking Alaska Guide Creations Alps Outdoorz Andy Nobregas Applegate Estate Arizona Archery Club Arizona Wildlife Federation AZ Bucks and Bulls Outfitters Badlands Bass Pro Shops Bell Wildlife Specialties Blue Rooster Ranch Bob Olds Brent Fisher Briggs Family Dentistry Brooks Concrete Butler Bags Cabela’s Canyon Coolers Carl’s Car Care Catena Safaris - Argentina Century 21, Toma Partners, EPS Group Champion Counseling Chasse Building Team Cherry Creek Lodge Christopher Creek Spices Christopher Lutzel Clear Audiology

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Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair Complete Fire Protection Inc. Conservation United Copperstate Earthworks D & R Construction Dallen Lambson Dan Bell, Bell Wildlife Specialties David Di Vito DC Restoration Decker Appraisal Service Desert Mesquite Creations Di Vito Consulting Group Diamond Outfitters of Arizona Don Irwin Durnez Concrete Construction Dykstra Machinery Eberlestock EPS Group Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions Fence Systems Field Optics Research Flatline Maps Flex Technology Group Garmin Gary Bird Gary Gatlin Gay Spivey GCON Goettl Air Conditioning Grand Canyon Planning Associates

Havago Australia Havalon Hawke Optics Heritage Metalworks High Desert Communications Huntin Fool IQ Builders Irwin’s Cabinets & Furniture Restorations Jackie McCartin Jeff Carol Davenport John & Sharon Stuckey John Marriott John Nightingale K2 Electric Karen LaFrance Keepsake Trophy and Engraving Keith Berger Ken Marshall Kershaw Layke Inc./Layke Tactical LLC Leatherman Lee & Sandra Turner Legacy Sports International Liberty Home Concealment Loren Yellowhair/Yellowhair Buckles M Eldon Taylor Land & Cattle Co Marttiini created by Arctic Maverick Equipment McFall Tire & Auto Repair

MGW - Argentina - Uruguay Michael Kors Miller’s Southwest Processing Mount Carmel Safaris Nesbitt Contracting Co. Nicole Rimsza, HomeSmart Elite Group Nolin Fire Sprinklers onX Hunt onXmaps Outdoorsman Owens Armory Paul and Candi Durbin Paul Bunyan’s Firewood Personal Touch Catering Petra Contracting PJ Hunting Safaris Primos Rainshower Apiaries Inc. Reed Kolsrud Rich Williams Riggle Enterprises Riton Ron Huddleston Ronning Landscaping Inc. Ross Outdoors Rummel Construction Savage Arms Scott Trimm Signature Taxidermy Studio Slate Construction

SME Sonora West Development Spartan Sportsmans Warehouse Stephen Clark Streamlight Striper Hunters/AWO Outfitters Sure Can Tacit Services LLC Tactacam The Di Vito Consulting Group The Ranch at Southfork The Roof Medics Thiessens Tice Supplee Tierra Verde Builders Tom Donaldson Equipment Top Secret Furniture Udall Plumbing Valley of the Sun Medical Dispensary Von Hanson’s Meat & Spirits Vortex Optics Waddell Flats Outfitters Waltz Warn Winches Wildlife for Tomorrow Wood Framing LLC Wyatt Injury Law XLT-COR Inc. Yellowhair Buckles

Thank You to All volunteers, sponsors, donors, banquet attendees, our MC Dan Adler, our auctioneer Dan Turley, the Mesa Convention Center and EVERYONE who had a part in our 20th anniversary banquet.

With Much Appreciation

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SILVER SPONSORS Bass Pro Shops Riggle Enterprise Briggs Family Dentistry Conservation United Wood Framing LLC Sonora West Development Arizona Wildlife Federation

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AES Thanks The


Lt. Colonel Frank Applegate is a true patriot who served 39 years in the Marine Corps from 1951-1990. With a top-secret clearance, the Colonel served on several top-secret missions including his assignment on “2D Company D for the 3D reconnaissance in the Korean War”. Not only did he love serving his country, he was also a lover of life. Colonel Applegate loved fishing, reading, hiking and mountain climbing. When he wasn’t outdoors, he enjoyed reading and listening to music. Colonel Applegate was known for his amazing stories which filled with adventure and excitement and was known to be quite the jokester who created laughter and smiles all around him. The Arizona Elk Society is honored and filled with gratitude to have received $200,000 from Colonel Applegate’s Estate which will directly benefit our Heroes Rising Outdoors Program.

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PRICELESS PRONGHORN! by Matt Butler, USN diver (ret.)

I found out about the Arizona Elk Society’s Heroes Rising Outdoors program through another disabled veteran I fished with. Shortly after we talked, I made a phone call to Tom Wagner, lead coordinator for HRO. Tom explained the history of the Arizona Elk Society and how its respect for the American military veteran had led to the birth of its veteran outreach program. Its motto, “Healing through Hunting” got my attention immediately—it sounded like just what the doctor ordered! I was surprised when I received a phone call from Tom a couple months later. He offered me a rifle pronghorn (antelope) tag for Unit 10, a practically once-in-a-lifetime tag! A gentleman with maximum bonus points had drawn Tag #1 for that hunt and wanted to give back to a disabled veteran.

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My excitement grew every day for weeks leading up to the hunt which was scheduled to take place the first weekend of September 2020. I was going to be teamed up with High Point Outfitters of Flagstaff, Arizona. Owners Kevin Call and John Adams welcomed me with open arms and we instantly became family. We began our hunt in the early morning hours. The High Point Outfitters crew was very professional and very thorough in searching for the perfect antelope. I had an opportunity to look at many bucks, but they insisted I wait for what they deemed a “trophy” pronghorn. On the last day of our hunt, we finally located an antelope that caught everyone’s eye! The guys figured out a game plan for a suitable stalk. It was late afternoon as we made our way to within 500 yards of the buck.

As the sun started sinking towards the horizon, I got prepared for a shot—which I missed! The antelope didn’t move, so I set up for another shot. Adrenaline was pumping and I started talking to myself. Thankfully the guides were next to me, reassuring me that I could get it done. The shots that followed, clean misses, didn’t do their encouragement justice. The buck ended up trotting towards us instead of away, then stopped broadside. I held my breath, exhaling slowly as I pulled the trigger. BAM—the antelope dropped 450 yards away! That was the most epic ending to a hunt I have ever been on, let me tell you! We took care field dressing and quartering the antelope, finally hiking by headlamp back to our vehicle carrying some incredible organic meat on our backs. What an experience!

has introduced me to some of the most cherished times I could ever want, and has given me something no doctor, medication or counselor ever could— freedom to meet/ help other like-minded people, freedom to reconnect with the outdoors, and freedom to live a fulfilled life. Talk about priceless! I want to thank Tom Wagner, Heroes Rising Outdoors coordinator, and the Arizona Elk Society for this opportunity. Also, huge thanks to the truly professional guys at High Point Outfitters (Kevin, John, and Ben) for their acceptance and warm welcome as one of their family. And lastly, a special thank you to John F. Taylor who donated this once-in-a-lifetime antelope tag. You all have truly changed my life and let me experience the most amazing hunt I have ever been on! Life is good!

For myself, hunting in Arizona has been a conduit to friendship and support from some awesome people! It

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After a year of not staying in, attendees at the Northern Arizona Peaks Chapter of the Arizona Elk Society “Raised the Roof” at Little America in Flagstaff. Thank you to all 300 attendees of this years’ banquet! Because of you, the dedicated volunteers, and Arizona’s best sponsors and donors, this was our best NAPC banquet ever. We are sure everyone had a great time. It was rowdy, it was loud and we all had a fun time rockin’ Flagstaff that night. Thank you to all the volunteers, within a month or so of venues opening back up you did a fantastic job putting it all together. Jeff Blalock and our auctioneer Dan Turley kept the banquet moving, thank you both for your dedication to the AES.

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NORTHERN AZ PEAKS CHAPTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS President – Randy Burton Vice President – Kim Pastrick Treasurer – Kevin Call Secretary – TBD Director – Sallie Page Projects Director – Pete Page

NORTHERN AZ PEAKS CHAPTER BANQUET CORPORATE TABLE SPONSORS Durnez Concrete Construction LLC Miller Construction Tierra Verde Builders Kld Land Development LLC Rub Your Meat BBQ

JL & S Electrical Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair Northern Arizona Refrigeration Mahan Concrete Historic Brewing Blue Rooster Ranch VIP TABLE 2021 Fry’s Automotive

BANQUET COMMITTEE MEMBERS Jeff Blalock, Randy Burton, Kevin Call, Keith Heimes, Pete Page, Sallie Page, Kim Pastrick, Martin Martin

Photos courtesy of Hank Morris Photos.

Thank you all for your support of the AES Northern Peaks Chapter We appreciate all who helped make this a fun and successful banquet including anyone we may have missed in the above list!

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MONSOON 2021 by Steve Clark

After a year and a half of non-stop water hauling, Mother Nature finally stepped up and helped us fill almost all the dirt tanks and water catchments across Region II and the rest of the state. Watch the next issue for all the pictures of the great work the AES Water Haulers and Catchment Repair Squad have been doing to restore hundreds of drinkers and catchments all throughout elk range in Arizona!

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The winds had died down after a brisk afternoon and I trudged up to the meeting spot Big Bull (BB) had arranged. With the cool calm and just a hint of a breeze, I could smell BB long before he arrived. His arrival still surprised me and it wasn’t from just the smell. He looked as bedraggled as I had ever seen him. His coat was caked with mud, one antler had two tines that had been snapped off at the main beam with G4 and G5 noticeably missing. He looked tired and then he spoke, “Well old man, it’s been one hell of a rut.” His voice was so gravelly and hoarse that even I had trouble hearing him. “Wow BB,” I said, “I’m not sure I have ever heard you so hoarse. You look like you were up all night and came out second in a butt-kicking contest.” BB manage a tired grin. “I may look like crap but I guarantee you the other bulls look a lot worse. My harem grew to almost 15 cows and I didn’t loose a single one of them to my competition. The rut started early this year and I’ve been screaming since late August.” I stood off to the upwind side of BB and thought about how wild the rut had been this year. My son and I had been in screaming bulls from day one and it proved to be a bit of a surprise. The normal slow period for the first week was instead a scream fest with bulls sounding off every morning and afternoon. I felt a little sorry for BB and how hard he had to work to keep his cows with him, but then I remembered the payoff–lots of little calves come spring and the gene pool of the magnificent BB passed on to the next generation. BB then broke the silence, “Do you humans teach young hunters how to hunt?” The question caught me off guard for a moment. “Well BB, we do have a hunter education program for the younger kids, and they learn how to handle a weapon and gain the rudimentary knowledge of being safe with that weapon.” BB sighed and groaned a response to a distant bugle. “I mean do you teach them how to hunt and how to do it ethically?” The question posed an interesting array of thoughts, but I know BB well enough to know he had a point to make. “Okay BB, Something has your short hairs up, what happened?” BB grabbed a mouthful of grass and munched for a bit. “When you get the tag to hunt an elk, how many elk can you harvest?” I was surprised at the question and immediately told him, “You know the answer to that BB, when you

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have a tag, it’s for a bull or a cow and you only get one animal. Why that question?” BB stared at me for a few seconds and responded, “We know what’s going on in the forest and I have to say, I’m not real thrilled at what some of you hunters do out there. We were out in 4B and one of the younger bulls was shot by a hunter. The hunter looked for a few hours and then left. He came back a couple of days later looked around for a bit and then shot another bull. That bull was also mortally wounded, but the hunter couldn’t find him and then left again. He came back a few days later and based on smell, found where his bull had died, along with a big bear munching on him. He cut the head off and tagged that bull, but all the meat was ruined for humans to eat. I get it if someone cannot recover a bull, but if you can’t recover two bulls, it seems to us that that hunter needs to learn how to track a wounded animal. That’s why I asked if you teach young people how to hunt. I thought about the ethics involved in his statements. “Well BB, the ethical decision for each person can be different. If I shoot a bull and I know it was hit hard, I either recover it, or eat the tag. If I think the shot was bad, then maybe I would continue hunting, but I‘ve never been in that position. The longest I had to follow a blood trail was over two miles but I eventually did harvest the bull. My personal feeling is that you owe it to the animal to do everything possible to recover that animal.” BB nodded his big head and spoke, “I agree with you old man, but to lose two bulls means that young man shouldn’t be out hunting until someone teaches him how to track an animal that’s been shot. It does require some skill to shoot an animal, but it takes a lot of time and work to trail one that has been hit hard.That young man shouldn’t be allowed to hunt.” For a moment I was stumped. The reality is that there is no competency requirements

for hunting. Anyone who is eligible can enter the draw and attempt to harvest a bull or cow. Should there be a competency level for hunting? What about the ethics of shooting two bulls and not recovering either one until the meat had spoiled? I knew my own personal thoughts, but the reality is that others may not feel like I do. How long should you look for a downed animal? What moral obligation do you have to that animal? Someone once told me what is right is what you feel good about after the event is over, and what is wrong is what you feel badly about. How does each individual not make mistakes that they feel badly about? BB kept staring at me and I could feel his need to have answers. “I’m truly sorry BB; as an old bull, you teach younger bulls some hard lessons on how to become a warrior bull. Humans aren’t like that. A lot of people try to hunt. A lot of people ride around on roads and try to see bulls they can shoot–but ethical

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hunting is not passed on unless someone takes a young hunter under his wing and teaches him or her the right way to hunt. Tracking a wounded animal is hard. Sometimes you just loose a trail and sometimes the animal is able to heal. Knowing deep in your heart of hearts whether or not the shot was good is probably a good key to start with. I hope the young man who harvested the second head doesn’t feel a lot of pride in what he did. I hope he takes it upon himself to learn, but there are no guarantees. Your questions have given me a lot to think about and hopefully hunters will become more concerned about what they do after the shot. Shooting an animal is only a small part of hunting.” BB suddenly turned as an ear splitting bugle rang out less than 100 yards from where we were. BB shrieked a warning to the intruder and started trotting off for another battle. He turned as he was almost out of sight and yelled to me, “Try and get more hunters to do the right thing old man. Old time hunters used to hunt the right way; try teaching the newer hunters the right way!” I smiled sadly as BB went to war. It’s truly up to us–but will the younger generation of instant gratification really keep trying if they can’t find a dead animal in an hour?

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In this edition of volunteer spotlight, we introduce you to the Stephens family: Graig, Amanda, and their daughter Kaley. Graig and Mandy are both professionals in technology fields. Mandy works in the IT Department at Wells Fargo and Graig is a project manager for IES Communications. A few years ago, they realized they needed change. Although grateful for their jobs, Graig and Mandy felt their souls were being drained from staring at spreadsheets all day, so they decided to adapt to a new way of living. They wanted their family to get back to the basics as they sought to get outdoors and experience a more simplified way of living. Growing up Mandy and Graig didn’t hunt nor were they taught that hunting was even an option for securing food. They started purchasing local meat from ranchers and buying eggs from neighbors. One day when Graig was watching a show called, “Meat Eaters”, he became immediately fascinated by watching comedians not only hunt but harvesting their own food. Right then he realized he began a new chapter in his life. “Being totally green and not knowing any hunters, I researched hunting and wildlife conservation. I came across the Arizona Elk Society and they needed volunteers for a Riparian Meadow Restoration project where we would be making zuni bowls. What better way to get outdoors and go camping right?” With the intent to learn about this new way of living and meet hunters, the Stephens family made their way out to their first AES volunteer experience. Although making zuni bowls was a lot of physical work, Graig explains, “When we got home, and the aspirin kicked in we realized how much we enjoyed it.” 28 Tracker 3rd Quarter 2021

The next AES event the Stephens attended was Wild in the City. Amanda and Graig volunteered while Kaley attended. Graig shares, “There were tons of activities for kids to do— archery, horses, even shooting a .22. This event had it all. As Mandy volunteered to help kids build dream catchers and I attempted survival bracelets, we watched as the kids smiled. Those smiles had nothing to do with video games or YouTube. It confirmed our theory that what we are doing in our everyday life needed to change. We needed to get outdoors and ‘Answer the Call’ as much as we can.” And they do just that. The Stephens Family has recently volunteered for the Great Gilbert Campout, the Mesa banquet and the Junior Elk Camp. The Stephens are the type of family who will do anything AES needs. Whether that is baiting hooks, running errands, helping at the banquet, setting up camp, cooking, working membership, or cleaning up, it is evident their positive attitude is infectious to others. Kaley, a 11-year-old Girl Scout, enjoys her time at scouts and participating in arts and crafts. She also loves spending time with her dad, Graig, outdoors. Together they take archery lessons, go on 4AM hikes and hit the gun range. Kaley has a “can do” attitude and is already quite the role model for others with her service-before-self attitude. Today the family is enjoying their simpler lifestyle; a muchimproved balance of working, volunteering, getting outdoors, hunting, and having fun. They even created a website sharing their hunting adventures and comedy shorts on Cheers to the Stephens family for making positive changes in their life and sharing their valuable time with the Arizona Elk Society by volunteering wholeheartedly.

What’s a Zuni Bowl? A zuni bowl is a riparian restoration technique built from large rocks. It’s a great way of dealing with a small headcut (or erosion which is about to become a headcut) in order to prevent that headcut or erosion from continuing up the stream.

“It is delightful working with the Stephens family. I met them for the first time at the Mesa banquet. The event was a lot of work, but when you get to spend time with great people like them it makes the work fun. There’s nothing better than that.” —Jessie Gianni, AES Program Assistant

AES is fortunate to have passionate volunteers from diverse backgrounds. Their tenacity, and commitment to AES pushes the organization to help more youth and veterans, and increase elk viability. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for AES, please visit Arizona Elk Society 29

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

David Baril Sponsor Partner

Bass Pro Shops Sponsor Partner

Tom & Janet Bowman Sponsor Partner

Cabela’s Sponsor Partner

Harry Carlson Imperial Partner

Walt and Cookie Nicoson Royal Partner

Stephen Clark Sponsor Partner

Sallie Page Pete Page Sponsor Partner

Ron & Sharon Eichelberger Sponsor Partner

Sharon & John Stuckey Imperial Partner

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Pacific West Representatives Royal Partner Sportsman’s Warehouse Sponsor Partner


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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* Deceased Arizona Elk Society 31

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