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ARIZONA ELK SOCIETY FOUNDING MEMBERS Founding Associate Members Douglas Sr & Donna Obert Founding Life Members Ken Alexander+ 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+ 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 John & Patty 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+ Keith & Lois Zimmerman

Founding General Members Kendall Adair Gary R Anderson Jim Andrysiak Denny Ashbaugh Ron Barclay Cal Bauer John F Bauermeister Robert Baughman Manny Bercovich Dr Tom Boggess, III Tom Brown Tom Carroll Steve Cheuvront Carolyn Colangelo Mike Cupell Jack Daggett Kyle Daggett+ Bob Davies Gary A Davis Nathan Day John W Decker* Chris Denham Neal E Dial Craig Dunlap Jennifer Evans Bobby Fite Chris Flanders Lorenzo A Flores Roger Gibson Courtney Gilstrap Floyd Green Jon Hanna Douglas Hartzler Art Hathaway Dean Hofman David J Hofman Norma E Hook* Russ Hunter David Hussey Rick Johnson Mike Jones Doug Jones Todd Julian Charlie Kelly Charles A Kerns John Krause Joseph M Lane Robby Long Aaron Lowry Rick MacDonald Joe Makaus Daniel Martin Michael L Mason Mike McCormick Donald Meakin

Prior to March 17, 2002, AES Founding Memberships were available. These individuals and couples came forth to show their support for the AES in it’s early stages of development. During the formation of the AES, administrative funds were needed to pay for organizational costs that led up to the first fundraising banquet on March 16, 2002. Founding Members paid a premium membership fee to help make the first year a success. For their support and dedication, the following Founding Members will receive permanent recognition by the AES.

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James O Meeks Jason Mercier Jim Mercier Tracey Miner Ken Moss Ronald J Nadzieja Mike N Oliver Craig Pearson Kenneth B Piggott Bethena Pugh Carlos Quihuis 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 Arizona Elk Society 3


president’s message by Steve Clark

There are a lot of things happening for the good of hunting and hunter heritage in Arizona right now. Many people are working with the legislature to get legislation passed here in Arizona to protect the hunting heritage and get sportsmen more involved in taking an active role in helping to shape wildlife management. There is still a long way to go to get more sportsman involved but we are on the right path. Last year, the Arizona Elk Society went outside the elk box and supported a Junior Hunter camp for turkey hunters. It was the first time that big game tags were available for youth hunters OTC. The AES felt that this was a great opportunity to get first time hunters out on a big game hunt here in Arizona. This year the NWTF jumped in with both feet and held three Youth Turkey camps – the program worked. They had over 240 kids attend camp to hunt turkeys. Many of the kids were first-time hunters and for some attendees who had hunted before, this was their first big game hunt. The Arizona Elk Society was again instrumental in supporting the camp in Unit 23. It was a great time not only for the kids but also for the volunteers. The work project season is upon us. The AES has three large projects scheduled this year and can always use some volunteers. Please check the web site at www.arizonaelksociety.org for information on the projects.

affecting sportsmen here in Arizona. The Forest Service is rolling out their new Travel Management Plans that will close roads and some access to the National Forests across Arizona. This is not solely a bad thing but the AES is submitting comments on issues that we feel will hurt sportsmen in these forests. The Forest Service is also working on designing a plan to improve the health of the forest that will greatly benefit wildlife. The AES is partnering with them to help improve elk habitat through funding of the projects based on the new plan. In this issue of the Tracker, you will see pictures and a short article about our 9th Annual Banquet. Please take a moment to look over the list of donors and support these companies that continue to help the AES raise funds to improve elk habitat here in Arizona. Thank you to all the donors, attendees and volunteers that made our Banquet successful. Mark your calendars for March 19th, 2011. This will be the date for the 10th Anniversary Banquet and it will be the best one yet! The nomination committee is looking for new volunteers to get involved with the Arizona Elk Society. In August we will hold our Board elections and could always use new faces and energy to continue the good work that we do. If you are interested in being a volunteer, committee person or serving on the Board of the AES, please email Steve Clark at stevec@arizonaelksociety.org.

The AES is working on many issues

Executive Board

Board of Directors

Committee Chairs

President............................................Steve Clark Vice President................................... Carl Hargis Treasurer................................. Cookie Nicoson Secretary..............................Open at this time Past President...............Sharon Eichelberger

Tom Schorr Jim Mullins

Banquet............................ Sharon Eichelberger & Cookie Nicoson

Richard Kauffman

Grant Writer.................................Lin Maschner

Matt Mullins

Membership.........................................Dee Clark

Greg Naff

Projects....................................Ron Eichelberger

Kathi Nixon

Newsletter............................. Maria DelVecchio

John Koleszar

Website...........................................Leo Balthazor

Mike Norburg

Wapiti Weekend.........................Shelly Hargis

Rick Schmidt

Scholarship........................... Wendy Stressman

You may send a message for any officers, board members or committee chairs to stevec@arizonaelksociety.org

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AES Mission Statement The Arizona Elk Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) wildlife organization. Our mission is to raise funds to benefit elk and other wildlife through habitat conservation and restoration and to preserve our hunting heritage

In This Issue

President’s Message by Steve Clark.............................................4 In Memory...............................................................................6 In the Crosshairs by John Koleszar...............................................7

for present and future generations.

Join Us!.................................................................................8-9

AES WEBSITE www.arizonaelksociety.org

AZGFD WEBSITE

AES Life Members...................................................................10 “BB’s” Column by John Koleszar...........................................11-14

www.azgfd.gov

Braggin’ Board.......................................................................14

NATIONAL FOREST WEBSITES

9th Annual Arizona Elk Society Banquet by Steve Clark.........16-19

Tonto - www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto

Juniors Turkey Hunting Camp by Steve Clark.........................20-21

Apache/Sitgreaves - www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf Kaibab - www.fs.fed.us/r3/kai/ Coronado - http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado

AZ Sportsmen for wildlife website

New AZGFD Commissioner John Harris by John Koleszar........22-23 Why I Hunt by Patrick Weise................................................24-29 Habitat Partners of Arizona....................................................30

www.arizonasportsmenforwildlife.org

Event Calendar.......................................................................32

Cover photo is courtesy of George Andrejko of the Arizona Game & Fish Department. Thank you George! See more of George’s spectacular wildlife photos at www.azgfd.gov/i_e/ wildlife_photo.shtml Arizona Elk Society 5


By making a donation to AES in memory of a loved one or friend, you will help ensure that their memory lives on in helping Arizona’s wildlife and hunting heritage. In memoriam donations will be recorded in our Tracker newsletter and on the AES website. In memoriam donations can be made as a special tribute for a birthday, anniversary or in memory of a friend or relative.

In Memory Of: Dan Hearn

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Dennis Cobb

Walt Nicoson


in the crosshairs: SB1200 ...and other things by John Koleszar

The Arizona Elk Society has been gracious in their tolerance of my “Crosshairs” articles. More than once, Steve Clark has had to bear the brunt of some of the ire that has come from those who I have taken to task. This time, I am going to save Steve from a whole lot of grief and gently take a look at what has happened since our last article. SB1200, which has been vilified as being a horrible bill by the current majority of Commissioners, passed both the House and Senate, and is expected to be signed by the Governor. Hopefully, we can repair the relationships that suffered some bruising by the differences of philosophical opinions. I was struck by a comment made by Commissioner Freeman that hunters get a “bargain” by only paying a couple hundred dollars to hunt antelope. So, I decided to check on some of our neighboring states and see what the resident charges are for elk in those states. The least expensive place to hunt elk in our area is Idaho. Become a citizen there and the price for an annual tag is $30.75. Go to Oregon and the price jumps to $42.50. Then head over to Utah and the price goes up to $45.00. In Colorado, the tag cost escalates to $49.00. And finally, in New Mexico the price is $92.00. Last but not least, California has a tag fee of $335.00…but considering that EVERYTHING in California is expensive, I am not surprised by the fee. As far as “bargains” go, Arizona residents pay a whole ton of money for their tags. The reason for this? The citizens of Arizona do not pay a single penny of their tax dollars to support the Arizona Game & Fish Department. We, the hunters and anglers of Arizona support the department, regardless of what some of the “environmental” groups claim. I was very impressed by the political forum on coueswhitetail.com, where many people chimed in on the SB1200 issue. The comments and votes supplied were mainly from average people who are not gung ho about the Commission or gung ho against them. In other words,

the “silent majority” showed up. By a landslide vote, the issue of SB1200 was supported by more than 90% of the people who voted. I know a few of the “no” votes were by former and possibly current commissioners. I wish there were more people who took the time to get involved, but it was refreshing to see that most hunters think we are on the right track. Keep commenting guys, we need to hear what you think. I have beaten the drum for over 6 years now that our Wildlife Managers are severely underpaid. As I hunted and helped others to hunt in several units this past fall, it depressed me to see that we do not have many seasoned Wildlife Managers in many of the units. Based on the financial situation in our state, pay raises are not on the horizon. The inequity will only continue until a whole lot of folks get behind a reform of the system. For those reading this for the first time, the basics are that Wildlife Managers (Law Enforcement) are required to have a degree and pass the test to be a law enforcement officer. Anyone who wants to work for DPS or any other agency in the state as a law enforcement officer is only required to have a high school degree. The starting salaries are about $32,000 for a Wildlife Manager and about $50,000 for a DPS Officer. The gap gets bigger as time goes on, and retirement offers a boatload more money to a DPS officer versus a Wildlife Manager. A solution? Why not help get a bill passed next session that requires that ALL law enforcement agencies (Arizona Game & Fish Department included) to have a pay scale range that cannot be more than a 15% spread? The effect would be to place those who serve and protect into an arena that is more equitable…and the Arizona Game & Fish Department will not be a training ground for other agencies. I suspect that we could all be on board with that issue. Consider this a gentle prod of the current Commission to start ramping up for next year. We need to keep our Wildlife Managers! Arizona Elk Society 7


ARIZONA ELK SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP OR RENEWALS The Arizona Elk Society truly appreciates your support as we strive to improve the elk population, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage. As a member of this great organization, you have been instrumental in helping us achieve our successes. None of this could have been accomplished without your membership. Please continue to help us in our quest.

Membership in the Arizona Elk Society has enabled us to: Host youth programs such as:

Fund habitat improvement projects such as:

• Wapiti Weekend - a camp designed to introduce children to the outdoors, wildlife and hunting

• Pinon/juniper thinning

• Junior Elk Camps - camps designed to assist the youth during junior elk hunts

• Controlled burns & Grass land restoration and more...

• Elk Hunting Clinics - designed to teach elk hunting basics for successful hunts Host work projects such as:

• Water tank & pipe line constructions

Retire grazing allotments to insure wildlife habitat such as: • Burro Creek Allotment - over 26,000 acres

• Burro Creek - fence removal project

• Big Lake Allotment - 4,500 acres

• Adopt-a-Ranch

• Buck Springs - 73,000 acres

• Buck Springs - fence removal project

In nine years, the Arizona Elk Society has funded 224 projects, helped restore 182,000 acres for wildlife and affected over 200,000 acres. We need your membership to continue our mission. Please take the time and renew today. On-line renewal available at our website: www.arizonaelksociety.org I guarantee this is the best action you can take to ensure the future for AZ elk, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

Steve Clark - President

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LI FE M E M B E R I NC E NTIVE John Toner of Continental Divide Knives, has agreed to make a custom knife for every new member that joins as a Life Member or current member that upgrades their membership to Life Member! John is known world-wide for his custom knife making. The knife pictured here is the style of knife that you will receive.  Life Memberships are very affordable at $750.  There is a payment plan available. You will also receive a Life Member Jacket and an AES Hat.  If you are interested in becoming a life member, please go to the website, at www. arizonaelksociety.org, to download the membership form or call Dee Clark at (623) 594-7074. You can also join through our new online store.

Meet Eloy the Elk AES has published a children’s book, Eloy the Elk and His Desert Friends, written by Terry Clapp and illustrated by Rikki Drotar. The book is dedicated to all children, the the magnificent elk of Arizona and to the memory of Walt Nicoson, Arizona Elk Society’s “Man of Steel”. All proceeds from the sale of this book will be used to expand the Youth Programs of the Arizona Elk Society by implementing special programs for youth education regarding conservation, hunting and outdoor activities. Eloy the Elk and His Desert Friends is $9.95 and will be available in the store at www.arizonaelksociety.org and at events.

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L ifemembers

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Ken Alexander • Michael Anderson • John Anton • Ernest Apodaca, Jr. • Pete Baldwin • James Ballard • Leo Balthazor • David Baril • Ron Batz • Randy Beck • F.K. Benbow • David Bennett • Keith Berger • Janet Bowman • Tom Bowman • Dan Bradford • Tish Bradford • Richard Briskin • Stephen Brown, MD • Kurt Buckwald • Mike Burr • Esther Cadzow • John Cadzow • Harry Carlson • Lupe Carlson • Kenneth Carney • Steve Casterton • Joe & Marisa Cerreta • Randy Cherington • Pete Cimellaro • DeAnne Clark • Steve Clark • Bob Cockrill, Jr. • Todd Coleman • Frank Cooper • Russell Coover • Lonnie Crabtree • William Cullins • Richard Currie • Patrick Curry • Don Davidson • Kay Davidson • Bill Davis • William Davis • Larry Day • Jim deVos • Steven Dodds • Ron Eichelberger • Sharon Eichelberger • Peter Ekholm • Daron Evans • Tim Evans • David Forbes • Tom Franklin • Douglas Fritz • Will Garrison • Walt Godbehere • Richard Goettel • Carl Hargis • Dan Hellman • R. Todd Henderson • Terry Herndon • Ed Hightower • Paul Hodges III • Mel Holsinger • Scott Horn • Michael Horstman • Timothy Hosford • Bryan House • Wayne Jacobs • Brian Johnsen • Earl Johnson • Edward Johnson • Gary Johnson • James Johnson • Richard Johnson • Jim Jones** • Mitchell Jones • Bruce Judson • Sandra Kauffman • Richard

Kauffman, Sr. • Jim Kavanaugh • Bill Kelley • Denise Kennedy • Chuck Kerr • Bill Kiefer • Brian Kimball •

David Kinman • Peter Klocki • John Koleszar • Charles Koons • Joseph Krejci • Otto Kuczynski • James Lara • Michael Lechter • Jorge Leon • Ruben Lerma • Tim Littleton • James Lynch, Jr. • Bob Mallory • Don Martin • Gary Matchinsky • Karl Matchinsky • Russ McDowell • Steve McGaughey • Angela McHaney • Kelly McMillan • William Meredith • James Mingus • Matt Minshall • James Mullins • James Mullins • Matt Mullins • Robert Murry DVM • Gregory Naff • Mark Nicholas • Anthony Nichols • Brandon Nichols • Fletcher Nichols • Logan Nichols • Cookie Nicoson • Paige Nicoson • Walt Nicoson** • Kathi Nixon • Mark Nixon • David Nygaard • Donna Obert • Douglas Obert, Sr. • Bob Olds • Martin Paez • Pete Page • Sallie Page • Duane Palmer • Marlin Parker • Don Parks Jr. • Shawn Patterson • Art Pearce • Paul Piker • Forrest Purdy • Jan Purdy • Jim Renkema • Keith Riefkohl • Mel Risch • Travis Roberts • Mike Sanders • Rick Schmidt • Tom Schorr • Scott Schuff • Terry Schupp • Bill Shaffer • Howard Shaffer • Steven Shaffer • William Shaffer, Jr. • Lonzo Shields • Terrence Simons • Charlene Sipe • Robert Spurny • Connor Stainton • Gregory Stainton • Randy Stalcup • Douglas Stancill • Mark Stephenson • James Stewart • Shane Stewart • Vashti “Tice” Supplee • Al Swapp • Debbie Swapp • Dan Taylor • Pete Thomas • John Toner • Corey Tunnell • Bill VenRooy • Rick Vincent, Sr. • Don Walters, Jr. • Bill Wasbotten • Dale Watkins • Jerry Weiers • Dee White • Larry White • Richard Williams • Matt Windle • Cory Worischeck • Joseph Worischeck • Mark Worischeck • Chuck Youngker • Scott Ziebarth

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by John Koleszar

BB’s Column:

“BB” MAKES A DEAL The fortunes of winter had provided a blanketing of deep snows that had buried the Big Lake area. As expected, herds of elk had been driven off the mountains with some migrating all the way to Springerville and Eager. Commonly called Round Valley, the twin towns were suffering from the elk that were mowing down trees, shrubs, hay and whatever else they could munch their way through. After some deliberation, The Arizona Game & Fish Department decided to hold a “Population Management” hunt. The hunt is unique in that it is in a very small territory and you have to be very careful to be at least 450 yards from the nearest home. I was somewhat surprised to get a phone call from the Department informing me that my name had been pulled for the hunt. The tags were for bulls only and we were made aware that the odds were pretty tough to get a bull. I decided to take the chance and bought the tag. I tried to contact “BB” to see if we could possibly hook up, but I had no idea where he was or what direction he had taken during the storms. I half wondered if during the hunt we might run across each other, but decided that chance was pretty slim. The Valentine’s Day weekend turned out to be a memorable one for both “BB” and myself.

We arrived in Springerville on Thursday night and stayed at the America’s Best Value Inn…commonly called a truckers haven. The room was cozy and this year Jim Unmacht played the role of “Glasser” as I had done for him last year. We rode around the designated area that night for a quick look and saw an unbelievable number of elk in the fields. Optimism was running high! The next morning we awoke early and headed through Springerville for our chosen spot. The thermometer kept blinking a funny number as we rode past…13 degrees. I looked twice to make sure that it was not a mistake but just the feel of the outside weather convinced me we were in for some chilled bones. With massive snows anywhere south of town, it made for an interesting choice of where to hike in from. Jimmy promised to keep in touch with the walkie talkies and I headed up from the subdivision looking for a good bull. Dawn came slowly and the location I had chosen overlooked a large flat area with deep snow and cedar trees interspersed. As the light slowly allowed images to come into focus, I was astounded to see at least 50 cows, calves and spikes slowly working their way back from the Arizona Elk Society 11


The fortunes of winter had provided a blanketing of deep snows that had buried the Big Lake area. As expected, herds of elk had been driven off the mountains with some migrating all the way to Springerville and Eager. Commonly called Round Valley, the twin towns were suffering from the elk that were mowing down trees, shrubs, hay and whatever else they could munch their way through. After some deliberation, The Arizona Game & Fish Department decided to hold a “Population Management” hunt. The hunt is unique in that it is in a very small territory and you have to be very careful to be at least 450 yards from the nearest home. I was somewhat surprised to get a phone call from the Department informing me that my name had been pulled for the hunt. The tags were for bulls only and we were made aware that the odds were pretty tough to get a bull. I decided to take the chance and bought the tag. I tried to contact “BB” to see if we could possibly hook up, but I had no idea where he was or what direction he had taken during the storms. I half wondered if during the hunt we might run across each other, but decided that chance was pretty slim. The Valentine’s Day weekend turned out to be a memorable one for both “BB” and myself. We arrived in Springerville on Thursday night and stayed at the America’s Best Value Inn…commonly called a truckers

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haven. The room was cozy and this year Jim Unmacht played the role of “Glasser” as I had done for him last year. We rode around the designated area that night for a quick look and saw an unbelievable number of elk in the fields. Optimism was running high! The next morning we awoke early and headed through Springerville for our chosen spot. The thermometer kept blinking a funny number as we rode past…13 degrees. I looked twice to make sure that it was not a mistake but just the feel of the outside weather convinced me we were in for some chilled bones. With massive snows anywhere south of town, it made for an interesting choice of where to hike in from. Jimmy promised to keep in touch with the walkie talkies and I headed up from the subdivision looking for a good bull. Dawn came slowly and the location I had chosen overlooked a large flat area with deep snow and cedar trees interspersed. As the light slowly allowed images to come into focus, I was astounded to see at least 50 cows, calves and spikes slowly working their way back from the fields of town. They all looked to be in good health and I was impressed by their huge woolly winter coats. Out of the corner of my eye I caught some movement coming down inside the tree line and based on the size and color I quickly set up for a possible shot. As the massive animal came into view I looked through my scope and quickly counted 6 awesome points on each side. Then I laughed to myself… it was “BB” and he had no clue I was there. Based on the direction he was taking, I figured he would pass within 30 yards of where I had set up. Slowly “BB” plodded toward the thicker areas until I had him right at 30 yards, smack dab in my sights. I took in a breath of cold air, looked one last time through the cross hairs and yelled “BOOM” as loud as I could. It’s hard to describe how a big bull like “BB” could go from contentedly grazing to a full, rigid, panicked, let’s-getthe-hell-out-of-here mode. He must have made two giant leaps before he heard me laughing hysterically. He looked over his shoulder and braked to a dead stop. “Is that you boy? What in the hell are you doing here? You scared at least two points off next years’ growth by doing that.” Then he looked at the Weatherby 30-06 in my hand and I could feel the tension start to build as well as the little light bulb going off in my friends’ head. “Say boy, that’s a very dangerous piece of equipment you’re carrying. You could get in big trouble carrying something like that out here with hunting


season being closed.” Just then we heard a volley of shots off to the west. As “BB” turned to look in the direction of the shots, I whipped out my “Population Management” hunt tag. “Well “BB”” I said, “According to this here piece of paper, I have the right to shoot any bull in the designated area. Based on my map, you and I are right in that little map area.”“BB” got a sudden look of concern and said, “Why boy, you wouldn’t shoot me…would you? I mean, we’re friends and all, you use my ideas for stories. And besides, there are plenty of other bulls around to shoot.” For once, I knew that “BB” was potentially in a whole lot of trouble. “Well “BB”, why don’t you and I make a deal? I could let you have a pass card, but those antlers sure seem to be close to coming off. Why don’t you just try and smack those antlers into trees until they fall off? That way I get some great sheds…and you keep breathing this fine mountain air.” “BB” seemed to think about it for a moment and then said, “I know you’re not such a great shot boy, but I sure don’t like the odds from 5 feet. Even you can’t miss at that range.” I immediately felt the flush of anger. “Listen here “BB”, that miss was over a year ago and it wasn’t even my rifle. This here Weatherby has helped me get more than a few of your brethren…and I feel real good today.”“BB” thought for a long moment. He was in a pickle and he knew it. Just for fits and giggles, I snapped off the safety. Those big eyes of his just about bugged out. “Whooa there boy…okay, okay…we have a deal. I’ll try and shake my tops loose – just put the safety back on.” The click of the safety going back on calmed him down. We walked a little further

into the tree line and he immediately began trying to knock off his antlers. No matter how hard he pushed and pulled, those darn antlers were not ready to fall. He was breathing hard from the effort, and I finally said, “Okay “BB”, doesn’t look like they are ready to come off.” He eyeballed the rifle and asked, “Does that mean what I think it means?”“Nah”

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I said. “This rifle isn’t even loaded. I removed the shells as soon as I knew it was you. Temptation being what it is and all, I just felt better with no shells being in the chamber.” “BB” breathed a noticeable sigh of relief. “Sure had me going there boy, I didn’t think you had that nasty sense of humor in you. But, since I can see the determination in you, let me help get you a bull this year. There is one nasty bull that I would not mind seeing gone off the mountain. He goes by the nickname of “Rich”. The dude has a really weird attitude and is totally wrapped up in himself. He keeps trying to breed all the cows but none of them are in estrus…can’t seem to get the message. I would love to see him uh… removed from the mountain.” I though about the offer and nodded my head. “You’re a pretty good judge of character “BB” and if you have a problem bull, I will be happy to try and oblige. Where do you think I can find him?”“BB” looked off into the distance and pointed to Flat Top Mountain. “He hangs out there just underneath the rim of Flat Top. Probably find him passed out from eating too much loco weed. You can’t miss him. Acts like a 6X6 but he’s only a small rag bull. He hangs out with a couple of other bulls named Deuce and Wrong Way. Any of those bulls would be fine substitutes for me.” I thought it over for a few moments.

Deuce, Wrong Way and Rich…sounded like a street gang to me. Handling the rifle I knew for just one time, that the tables were turned. It was great to see “BB” uncomfortable. I finally said “Okay…just because you and I have way too much of a history, I’ll try and take this unruly rag horn that is causing so much trouble. Truth be told “BB”, I could never shoot you anyhow. You’re too damn old now and too damn tough to eat. Besides, I’m not getting any younger and you’re the only one who will talk to me. “BB” drew in a deep breath and said, “You’re right boy…we are both too damn old, and who knows how many more winters we each have. Thanks for the heads up on the hunt. I never knew that there were hunts like this. Maybe we can tine mail each other when this stuff is going on and I can stay scarce from the areas that are having hunts.” I nodded my head, not having a clue what the hell “tine mail” was. “I have a hunt to finish “BB”, why don’t you make your way back towards the south?” I opened my map and showed him the boundaries of the hunt unit. We agreed to meet at the next project at Big Lake and each of us went our way. I looked back one time, and just then, he looked back too. “I’m not too tough boy…neither are you” he shouted. Sage words my friend, sage words.

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This year’s banquet started out a little slow but after gaining momentumthe fantastic Arizona Elk Society Banquet Committee did a great job. Many thanks go out to the Banquet attendees, volunteers and the staff of the Mesa Convention Center. Without your support it would be very difficult to hold a successful banquet. Banquet Highlights included the auctioning of the Arizona Commissioners Elk, Buffalo and Antelope tags. All told these tags raised $146,000 for wildlife and their habitat here in Arizona. All the money raised by the tags is used for the betterment of the species the tag was for. The AES again had one of the great trained mules from Ronnie McKay of the Mule Barn Farm of Yuma. The mule was paraded around the Banquet Hall to the amusement of all the banquet goers. We had some new items this year and great hunts. Many of the auction items and donors can be seen on our web site

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Kathi Nixon Mark Nixon Mike Norburg Wendy Norburg Bob Olds Pete Page Sallie Page Tony Padilla Connor Philli Bob Read Debbie Samson Tom Schorr Rick Schmidt Randy Stalcup Doug Stancill

Len Sullivan Pat Swafford Joan Toner John Toner Laszlo Vega Jim Viersen Bryan Waitman Diane Williams Gary Williams Natalie Wood Christian Wolff Randy Wolff

www.arizonaelksociety.org. Please visit the website and support the donors. This year we had over 625 attendees and raised $275,000 for wildlife that will stay in Arizona. Next year is the 10th Anniversary of the Arizona Elk Society and the banquet committee is already working to make it the best Banquet yet. If you have some time and would like to help out on the Banquet Committee or other committees of the AES please let us know. You can get all the info for contacts and sign up for the email newsletter on the website. There are many volunteers, donors and supporters to thank for the success of this years banquet and many of them are listed in this issue of the Tracker Magazine. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Arizona Elk Society 19


The Arizona Elk Society teamed up with the NWTF to hold a Juniors Turkey Hunting Camp in Unit 23 at Sharp Creek Campground April 16-18. Last year was the first time the AES became involved in a Juniors Turkey Hunting Camp with the purpose of supporting youth hunters in Arizona that could buy an over-the-counter Big Game Turkey tag. By making the tag OTC, AZGFD provided an opportunity to get youth hunters into the woods hunting without having to draw the tag. The AES saw an opportunity to help first time big game hunters and their families enjoy our sport. Last year (2009) we had about 105 youth hunters in camp and 25 had never hunted big game before. This year (2010) we had 67 youth hunters in camp and more than half had never hunted big game. We had parents that brought their kids and the parents had never hunted. This was a great camp full of kids and adults that wanted to learn and get more involved in hunting. The Arizona Elk Society took the lead in setting up a comfortable camp and feeding all the participants. The NWTF took care of getting volunteers to find turkeys, take the junior hunters out and hold seminars during the day for the kids and parents to learn about hunting turkeys. The turkey hunting was tough. Most of the youth saw or heard the gobblers but the turkeys weren’t coming to the calls. Many of the birds were still down in the lower country since the snow had just melted up in the higher regions of the unit where they typically were. Seeing the smiles on the youths that got turkeys and even on the faces of all the kids that were able to get out and hunt was a great sight. Only 9 kids harvested turkeys, and out of the 9, 8 were first-time turkey hunters. I am sure that we have some new Big Game hunters coming out of these camps. This year, there were three camps held in Arizona, the unit 23, a camp in Unit 1 and one in Unit 6A. All together there were about 240 junior hunters and their families that received a first class hunting experience. If you are interested in participating, volunteering or helping out in any way with these types of camps and our work projects, please visit the AES website at www. arizonaelksociety.org and get involved. You can become a member, volunteer, recommend someone to become a member and get involved. Don’t forget to sign up for the Arizona Elk Society email newsletter and Facebook page. Thanks go out to the AES volunteers that made this camp happen. Richard Mead and John Toner and our new kitchen crew volunteers Grady and Nancy Smith. Grady and Nancy were a huge help in the kitchen.

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New Arizona Game & Fish Department Commissioner John Harris by John Koleszar

The Arizona Elk Society traditionally requests an opportunity to interview each of the new Arizona Game & Fish Commissioners after they have been appointed by the Governor and approved by the Legislature. This year I had the pleasure of interviewing new Commissioner John Harris. Aside from the typical biography, I like to ask the Commissioners their views on an assortment of topics. The following is part of the conversation I had with Commissioner Harris. It is hard to miss the fact that John has been in law enforcement for most of his life. As Chief of Police for Sahuarita, he is finishing one aspect of an active life that has led him around several western states. He told me that he had at one time wanted to be a Game Warden for the state of Wyoming. But with financial issues, he chose the path of a police officer after a stint in the army. John finished his undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona and then completed his MA at Western Illinois. The Arizona opportunity led him back home and he has been thrilled to be back in Arizona. I did not know that he is also a Reserve Game Ranger for Region 5 and has spent many hours helping out during the various hunts. I asked him about the condition of the habitat in southern Arizona, and he said, “The destruction that we see from the illegal immigration cannot even be imagined. I was working one hunt last year and counted 37 vehicle hulks that had been left in the desert by those trying to illegally enter the United States. The massive amounts of waste and the absolute destruction of habitat is appalling.” We both agree that the future looks bleak 22 The Tracker -Spring 2010

for wildlife and is becoming increasingly dangerous for anyone close to the border. Of course, I had to ask about his perceptions regarding Off Highway Vehicles (OHV). John took what I consider a reasonable approach to the issue. He said “There are two sides to the issue of off highway vehicles. They are tools that when used appropriately, can enhance the experience of the outdoors. When left in the hands of someone who has no concerns for habitat or other people utilizing our great state, then problems can occur. The balance that we need for everyone to be able to recreate is the point we have to come to.” No complaints there Commissioner, I too hope that the educational process will improve for ALL OHV users. We touched on the controversial Conservation Bonus Point for a bit and I explained the particulars to John regarding the concept. He liked the possibilities for involving sportsmen but cautioned about making it fair for everyone. He also wanted to make sure that we would not be creating a paperwork monster for


the department. The devil is always in the details regarding the Conservation Bonus Point and I think that with some cooperation from the department and all the sportsmen’s groups, we could finally get this thing going. I have believed for over 10 years now that by instituting a conservation bonus point we would have families more involved in the outdoors, actually seeing what takes place on the ground and what is needed to maintain the fragile balance for wildlife. One other point is that we would get kids away from the “virtual reality” of video games and exposed to what is ultimately a lesson they need…real life.

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With his background in law enforcement, I asked about the continual loss of Wildlife Managers to varying other city, state, federal and county law enforcement positions. I mentioned the possibility of having a bill in next years’ session of the legislature whereby anyone who works within the law enforcement arena would have to be within a 15% range of pay. John quickly pointed out that it would simply not work. Some very small rural areas would not be able to afford to have someone working within law enforcement and then the town would have to turn the responsibility over to the county, which would then cost all of the county more money. The solution as he said is “Place a bill that would require our wildlife managers to be within an even scale of any state peace officer…that way we are not hurting the rural areas and we are closing the loop where we are loosing people to other uniforms.” I thought about that and it made sense. Of course getting anything through the legislature is a time consuming and very often difficult process. But if we don’t start now, the continual drain of quality personnel will continue. We talked about his upcoming retirement and he mentioned how excited he was for the future. “My family is totally an outdoor family and the timing of everything is perfect. We want to give back to wildlife and we are passionate about doing so.” I thought about that statement and I realized that with the massive amount of information and decisions that a Commissioner must make, John is truly giving back to Arizona. Thank you Commissioner Harris and welcome to the Commission. Arizona Elk Society 23


Why I Hunt story and photos by Patrick Weise

I had heard the rumors, how exciting the hunt could be, but ignored them like the gray in my hair, now starting to show. Alan called from outside the tent, “Let’s go, we’re going to be late.” Icy cold fingers were fumbling, as I forced my boots on and double knotted the laces. I stepped out into the black widow air, still as the volcanic mountain I now stood on. Like molten lava below my feet, something waited to erupt, deep within the woods. My friend Alan took me hunting that year, with a bow, not a gun. This took place outside of Flagstaff, Arizona, in September, when I was 35. I was old enough to kill an elk, just not sure about the why. We got into our trucks and drove by headlight, to only God knows where. We arrived at some tree, got out, and strapped on our packs. With bows in hand, we headed out into the woods. I had warmed up when a cry broke through the air. It pierced the darkness, my lungs, and my soul. I exhaled and another cry screamed through the air I breathed. I inhaled the cry and there it stayed, and remains today. I hurried up to Alan, touching him on the shoulder, whispering, “What the hell was that?” Alan turned around with his index finger touching nose and mouth, sounding, “Shhhhh - bull elk.” The darkness gave way to dawn as we were on the prowl, 24 The Tracker - Spring 2010

toward the cry. Up ahead, a tree was shaking and bending as I had never seen before. Alan knelt down to the ground and motioned me to go, go forward, and shoot the elk. I bootlicked my way toward the bull, arrow knocked, and ready to shoot. I saw the bull, readied myself, and drew the arrow back. Broadside he now stood, fondling and stripping the tree; too busy to notice me. I placed my sight upon his chest as he pulled his head out from the tree. Pumping his abdomen with aggression and testosterone, there stood a young 4x4 bull. I relaxed the bowstring, letting the arrow down. I looked back at Alan, smiling, with an irregular heartbeat. He was silently mouthing back, What is wrong with you? Shoot him! I looked back at the bull and watched him, as he watched me, then walked off. Alan walks up to me, his eyes the size of small eggs, his face looked pasty white, and mouth open. He then says, “Why didn’t you shoot him? He was right


there, 15 yards broadside. What. What happened?” I busted up laughing, “He’s too small.” “Too small,” giggled Alan, “you’ve never shot one before.” “I know,” I replied, “but I want to shoot a big one, like in the magazines.” “You fool,” laughed Alan, shaking his head, as we walked off into the woods. The sun had not yet risen, it was opening day, with 10 more still to come. The bulls were bugling and I was beginning to understand, why we hunt. That was the beginning of many exciting hunts, with many more to come. Last year though, was one of those boring years. Where you apply to hunt for bull elk with a bow, in four states, and receive four rejection notices. I might be just unlucky, but I cannot draw an elk tag lately. Therefore, you do the next best thing by going into the woods during the September rut, and enjoy the time outdoors. The air is cool, you are away from work, and you’re in those comfy clothes, the ones that look like leaves. You’re wearing those expensive hiking boots with the perfect arch that let you climb higher and faster with less fatigue. You know what I’m talking about; you bought all the stuff just like me. So here we are, at elk camp with all that stuff and no tag. I see the trucks leaving every morning at 4:30 a.m., driving down the dusty dirty road going to their spot. The hunters are hoping and praying all the way. That today, just maybe

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today, the big one is going to walk right out in front of them and stop broadside. That the cows will not bust them, or that the wind will be just right. Others even pray that they will not be infected with the buck fever pandemic, they have been warned about. Yeah, there they go. They’re going and going then their headlights disappear. But you, you don’t have a spot. A wanderer with no tag and no purpose. So, why are you here in the woods? I have asked myself this question often, as I fry the bacon in the pan at 4:30 a.m., checking on the coffee pot while listening to a twig snap in the dark. I head out a little later, well before sun up. I walk behind a camp, where the trees are thick, and the slopes steep. I spot an elk. No, two or three. No, a whole group, a heard. Look at that bull. A nice 5x6. I bet any one of those hunters, the ones who missed breakfast and drank instant coffee, are dreaming of a bull like this. He is right behind their camp. Where were the hunters in trucks all going? I’ll bet they come back with nothing.

hair over the back of a nice 6x6. We are now instant friends; and I am invited back, for elk steaks by weeks end.

Later that same day, I drive up to some other hunters’ camp, climb out of my truck, and start shooting the breeze with them. I ask, “Seen any bulls,” and they get shy, like a call shy bull. Not wanting to commit and not wanting to give up any info. Then I tell them, “I’m not hunting,” and show them where I have seen a couple of bulls. They get all excited about the free info, then, they tell me about that damn bull that did not come in. All the way to 60 yards he came, but stopped short of committing. Or the arrow that flew just a

I have a long list of reasons, why I hunt; all of them are good. Things like: get the wild in me - going on a journey - finding out who I am - and let us not forget our warrior’s heart. Yes, we all come to conquer. All of these are important, but on top of my list is - feed my soul. If I do not feed my soul, then, I am already dead inside. I have seen the passive lion in the zoo. Living in the city has stolen many things from me, some are written here. So I am in the woods now, to take them back, and restore my soul before its tamed.

I have met some wonderful people, and heard some awesome stories. This year, I met an old man, his wife, and their son who were all drawn, and camping together. The old man looks at me and says, “Man, you must sure love hunting to be up here without a tag.” He is right, I do. Sometimes I feel only barely in control of my own life when the elk button gets pushed inside of me. My body goes into a rutting frenzy for 11 months out of the year, and only calms down when I leave the chains behind. Work chains me down at home. But thank God, they have not made chains to fit around my soul. In my back pocket, like a can of snooze, I carry something handed down to me by my father, my grandparents, and their parents. I carry a passion to hunt. In doing so, I commune with God, nature, and the elk. That is what I am doing right now, up here without a tag.

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closeness I achieve while stalking elk. To use scope and gun only steals from me the joy I could be having. When I get that close, my heart pounds. Its jackhammer trembling accentuates all my senses. I love being aroused to this point of euphoria, and I can only envy the old man I met today who shares this with his wife and son. It has taken 11 months but I am back, in the wild. My legs burn, my back sweats, but I smile as I spot a dropped elk antler from last spring. My lungs feel the sting of 8,000 feet as I gasp for air and continue on my journey. The cool scent of clean mountain air makes me forget my life at home; it tempts me with what‌could be. I have met new friends, and I have seen true joy in the faces of successful bow hunters.

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They have helped replenish, body, soul, and mind. I thank the mountain and the One above, then listen to their tranquil reply. At last, my soul is at peace, surrounded by the wilderness. This is why I hunt.

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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.

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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

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