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Arizona Elk Society: Upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities

May 1st, 2013 10:32:00 am

Arizona Elk Society- dedicated to Arizonas elk

The Arizona Elk Society is a hardworking, dedicated non-profit that works to restore elk habitats and care for game animals in Arizona. This in turn helps all species of wildlife that coexist in the environment, as well. AES puts their funds into projects such as restoring water sources and clearing overgrown plants and brush, which can be very labor intensive and time consuming tasks. For many of the events below, AES has partnered with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Forest Service. The Arizona Elk Society wants to ensure a healthy population of elk and other wild animals, allowing the tradition of hunting to continue in Arizona for their children and other generations to come.


To learn more about AES, click here: "So What Does The Arizona Elk Society Actually Do?


“The mission of the Arizona Elk Society is to raise funds to benefit elk and other wildlife through habitat conservation and restoration and to preserve our hunting heritage for present and future generations.” 




They need YOU! With all of their projects, the Arizona Elk Society encourages new volunteers and NO you don't have to be a member to help! But you may love what AES does so much that you decide to join!


Sign up to become a volunteer


Or join the Arizona Elk Society:



Upcoming Events and Projects:


May 18-19: IDA Grassland Restoration Project- Unit 7 W (Near Valle)


RSVP for the IDA Grasslands event with the Arizona Elk Society


Overgrazing and fire exclusion have allowed junipers and pines to encroach upson hundreds of thousands of acres of open lands on the Kaibab National Forest. IDA Grasslands serve as essential habitat for elk, mule deer, wild turkey and most notably- pronghorn antelope. Many other grassland wildlife inhabit this area, as well. The project objectives are to restore or maintain grassland habitat used by pronghorn antelope, elk, mule deer, wild turkey and many other non-game species of conservation concern.


Project Location: Approximately 13 miles southeast of Valle. Directly south of the east-west portion of Hwy. 180 and approximately 10 miles east of Hwy. 64. 


Event information:

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June 8-9: Annual Burro Creek Work Project- Big Lake Unit 1


Burro Creek Arizona Elk Society


In 2005, The Forest Service had many challenges grazing these allotments, so the Arizona Elk Society offered to make an agreement to buy back the grazing permits from the ranchers and return them to the Forest Service to rest the grazing conflict areas. The Burro Creek Project is focused on working in cooperation with the Forest Service and the Arizona Game and Fish Department to clear out old barbed wire fencing and posts to open up the area to provide more freedom of movement for the wildlife.


The heart of this project are the volunteers who go into the areas and remove all the unneeded pasture fencing and any other projects that need to be done. Restoring riparian areas, tearing down old corrals, fixing stock tanks and wildlife trick tanks are just some of the projects volunteers will work on. This project will open up over 30,000 acres for wildlife exclusively. 

AES President Steve Clark said, “Our number one priority is to help all wildlife and restore habitat and riparian areas.”

It’s not an easy job. The terrain is rough with few roads that are not in the best of shape, rocky hills, dead fall and miles of solitude. Clark and a small crew meet with the Forest Service personnel a few days early to map out the areas for the work crews. The Forest Service also goes in early and clears debris from the fences and removes fallen trees so the work crews can get to the fences. Members of both the Forest Service and the Arizona Game and Fish Department work with the groups during the weekend. Eight or nine work areas are planned and spread out over many hundreds of acres. 


Event information:

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June 14-16: AES Wapiti Weekend Youth Camp- Springerville, AZ


Arizona Elk Society Wapiti Weekend


Wapiti Weekend is a two-day educational camp for children ages 8-16 and is probably the youth event the Arizona Elk Society is most known for. This annual event, presented by AES and the Arizona Game and Fish Department, is so popular that parents almost have to fight to get their kids into this event each year.


Event location: Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area in Springerville, AZ


        Arizona Elk Society- Kid shooting a rifle at Wapiti Weekend        


Your kids can participate in:


Hunter Ethics Simulator

Game Calling

Wildlife Identification

Fire Muzzle Loaders (kids over 12 years old)

.22 Shoot and Gun Safety


Predator Hunting Demo



*All shooting events are taught and supervised by Certified Safety Instructors. 


Event information:

Parents: if you would like to volunteer, email Shelly Hargis at




Aug 3: AES Golf Tournament Fundraiser- Silver Creek, Show Low


Arizona Elk Society Golf Tournament Show Low


Golf pros and amateur enthusiasts alike! Join the Arizona Elk Society in a game of golf for wildlife!

AES Golf Tournament at Silver Creek Golf Club in Show Low, AZ


4 Person Scramble- ABCD (by handicap)

$75 per player


Includes: green fees, mandatory cart rental, dinner, prize fund and donation to the Arizona Elk Society. Bring an extra dinner guest for $15.

**We will also have a flight for those players who do not have a handicap.


Entry deadline: July 27, no refunds after that date

Contact Mel Kincaid for more information: (928) 537-5983 or





Check back for more details on the following AES Events:


June 17-22: Boy Scout Camp Unit 5A Projects- Clints Well

July: World Famous Worm Races- Alpine

July 13-14: Buck Springs Work Project- Clints Well

July 27: AES Annual Elk Clinic- FOP Lodge #2 at 19th Ave and Sweetwater

Aug 3: AES Golf Tournament Fundraiser- Silver Creek, Show Low

Aug 15: AES Annual Meeting- Cabela’s

Aug 17-18: Cabela’s Fall Great Outdoors- Cabela’s

Aug 30: Sept 2 Coconino County Fair- Flagstaff

Oct 10-13: Unit 6A Junior Elk Hunt Camp- Happy Jack Lodge


For more information on the Arizona Elk Society and their upcoming events, visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter

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