Elk Foundation to Fund Arizona Conservation Projects

MISSOULA, Mont.—Wildlife conservation and public education projects in five Arizona counties have been selected to receive grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 2010.

The new RMEF funding, totaling $75,600, will directly affect Apache, Coconino, Navajo, Yavapai and Yuma counties.

Two additional projects have statewide interest.

“Thanks to our volunteers in Arizona, and their dedicated work in staging successful banquets and fundraisers over the past year, we are continuing our long tradition of funding worthy conservation and education projects across the state,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “Since 1984, our annual grants have helped complete 380 different projects in Arizona with a combined value of more than $29.3 million.” [Read more…]

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Arizona Results and Wyoming Preference Points

Draw Results:
Arizona Deer and Sheep results are out. Results are posted on Arizona’s website https://www.azgfdeservices.com/.

Let us know if you drew and we will add you to Member Draw and send you a list of members that have drawn previously or an outfitter if you are interested in one.

Wyoming Preference Points:
The application period for Wyoming preference points is July 1st to Sept. 30th. If you already applied for Moose, Sheep, Elk, Deer, or
Antelope and selected the preference point option you cannot purchase an additional point. If you didn’t choose this option or didn’t apply for a specific species you can still obtain a preference point for this year.

We highly recommend building points in Wyoming for all species.

If you aren’t going to have time or don’t want to deal with the states’ applications have us apply you, but don’t miss out. You can sign up or learn more about our License Application Service from our website http://www.huntinfool.com/licenseapp/ or by calling Jenny at 435-865-1020.

Summer Membership Drive Winners:
The public drawing was held July 10, 2010 and the lucky winners of our 2010 Summer Membership Drive were drawn. Visit our website http://www.huntinfool.com/giveaway/winners.asp for a complete list of the lucky winners!

The August issue of The Huntin’ Fool will ship July 23rd and you should receive it by August 6th.
Contact us at 435-865-1020 if you aren’t receiving your issues.


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Don’t forget to mention to the Huntin’ Fool Staff that Rudy at Winded Bowhunter sent you!

Don’t Let Your Big Game Tag Go To Waste


Are you unable to use your big game tag this fall because of an unexpected change in plans?

You can still put that valuable big game tag to good use. The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s rules allow a couple of options for transferring the tag to give a youngster a thrilling hunting opportunity.

A parent, grandparent, or legal guardian can transfer his/her tag to his/her minor child or grandchild. Or, a tag holder can donate their tag to a qualified nonprofit organization that provides hunting opportunities to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Here’s how either option works:

Transfer to child:
A parent, grandparent or legal guardian holding a big game tag may allow the use of that tag by their minor child or minor grandchild pursuant to the following requirements:

  • The minor child is 10 to 17 years old on the date of transfer;
  • The minor child has a valid hunting or combination license on the date of transfer;
  • A minor child less than 14 years old has satisfactorily completed a Department-approved hunter  education course by the beginning date of the hunt;
  • The parent or guardian must accompany the child in the field or, if a grandparent allows a minor grandchild to use the grandparent’s permit or tag, the grandparent, parent or the child’s guardian must accompany the child in the field. In either case, the adult must be within 50 yards of the child when the animal is taken.

Transfer to nonprofit organization for ill child:
A number of qualified nonprofit organizations are dedicated to providing hunting opportunities to children with illnesses with a wish to go hunting. The Tag Transfer program has given many children a chance to go on a hunt-of-a-lifetime in Arizona during a time of need.

“To a child that has a terminal or chronic illness, an Arizona big game hunt truly can be the “hunt of a lifetime” said Hunt of a Lifetime Ambassador for Arizona and New Mexico, Nate Medcalf. “What better way to make a difference in a child’s life?”

To donate your unused big game tag, the following organizations can be contacted to arrange for a donation:

To learn more about the big game hunt permit-tag transfer law consult A.R.S. 17-332 at www.azleg.gov/ArizonaRevisedStatutes.asp?Title=17.

To learn more about hunting in Arizona, visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Web site at www.azgfd.gov/hunting.

Community Archery Program Targets Phoenix and Tucson


PHOENIX —The Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Archery Trade Association have teamed up to increase archery and bowhunting programs for youngsters throughout Arizona and enhance facilities in the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas.

Through the agreement, the ATA will provide funding to the Game and Fish Department to double their current archery recruitment staff to include an archery coordinator and a bowhunting coordinator.

“This exciting new partnership with the Game and Fish Department will help grow archery and bowhunting in Arizona and specifically in the Phoenix and Tucson areas,” said Mitch King, Archery Trade Association’s director of government relations. “The ATA and its Arizona members, archery manufacturers, and archery shops from across the state are anxious to help the Department reach out to the youth of the state to provide them with a safe and fulfilling recreational outlet.”

The additional staffing combined with the concerted effort between all parties will provide a focused campaign for continuing and growing community-based archery programs like National Archery in the Schools, After School Archery, and Junior Olympic Archery Development.

In addition, the expanded effort will allow the implementation of programs highlighting 3-D archery, bow-fishing, crossbows, the National Bowhunter Education Foundation’s courses, and outdoor skills workshops.

“We now have more than 122 schools participating in the Archery in the Schools Program,” said Game and Fish Assistant Director Ty Gray. “This partnership with the Archery Trade Association will help expand these programs and new ones further into the communities of Arizona to recruit and retain new archery shooters and bowhunters.”

In a multifaceted grassroots system, the Archery Trade Association’s (ATA) Community Archery Program works with state wildlife agencies, local parks and recreation departments, communities, archery shops, clubs, and organizations to expand on the success of the National Archery in the Schools program, a physical education curriculum designed to teach international-style target archery in grades 4-12.

“These are exciting times to see the Game and Fish Department working hand-in-hand with private industry to achieve the same goal,” said Randy Philips, owner of Archery Headquarters in Chandler and an ATA board member.

There are many benefits from shooting a bow and arrow. Although shooting a bow is a physical activity, physical condition is not a limiting factor and allows equal participation. Additionally, shooting sports develop concentration and metal focus, improve self-confidence, teach respect and accountability, and provide a low-impact healthy activity.

To learn more about shooting sports and the Arizona Game and Fish Department, visit www.azgfd.gov/shootingsports.

Note to media: For high-resolution action photographs of archery shooting, or live interviews with the department’s archery education coordinator, contact Public Information Officer Doug Burt at (623) 236-7215 or dburt@azgfd.gov.

2010 Arizona Spring Hunting Regulations are Online


Game and Fish accepting applications now, take advantage of correction period

PHOENIX — Eager hunters looking for a hunting permit for spring turkey, javelina, buffalo or bear can start applying now by visiting www.azgfd.gov/draw. The 2010 spring hunting regulation booklet is posted online at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Web site.

There is nothing wrong with being eager. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Oct. 13 by 7 p.m. (MST). Postmarks do not count. With many hunters in the field during the fall hunting season, it is easy to forget to submit your application.

This is now a great time to get your application submitted and take advantage of the correction period. If your application has a mistake and is received by Sept. 24 by 5 p.m., the department will attempt to call you three times in a 24-hour period and give you the opportunity to correct the mistake. After that date, mistakes can cause your application to be rejected.

Get all of the information here.

Elk Foundation Grants to Benefit 5 Arizona Counties



MISSOULA, Mont. Five counties in Arizona are slated for wildlife habitat conservation projects using $99,820 in new grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The 2009 RMEF grants will affect Apache, Coconino, Navajo, Yavapai and Yuma counties.

Thanks to our volunteers across Arizona who helped drive the 2008 fundraisers that made these grants possible. When Elk Foundation banquets, auctions and other events transform into on-the-ground conservation work, it’s payday for all of our supporters who are passionate about giving something back to the outdoors,  said David Allen, Elk Foundation president and CEO.

Elk Foundation grants will help fund the following Arizona projects, listed by county:

Apache County Thin trees and shrubs to restore 8,339 acres of grasslands, and install 6 miles of pipeline for wildlife watering devices, to improve winter range for elk, mule deer, pronghorn and other wildlife in the North Escudilla area; sponsor White Mountain Youth Hunter Camps to introduce young people to hunting skills and ethics in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (also affects Navajo County).

Coconino County Research elk movements to locate potential sites for wildlife underpasses along Interstate 40 between Williams and Winona.

Yavapai County Sponsor National Archery in the Schools program to introduce Prescott Valley Charter School students to competitive archery skills.

Yuma County Sponsor Scholastic Clay Target Program in Yuma to introduce young people to trap and skeet shooting.

A committee of Elk Foundation volunteers and staff select projects for grants. Additional projects are being reviewed and supplemental grants could be announced later this year.

To date, partners for 2009 projects in Arizona include Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona Department of Transportation, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Forest Service, other agencies, corporations, landowners and organizations.

Since 1984, the Elk Foundation and its partners have completed more than 360 conservation projects in Arizona with a value of more than $28 million.

Tag Raffle Raises $540,000 For Conservation



PHOENIX – The 2009 Arizona Big Game Super Raffle sold a total of 34,614 raffle tickets raising a near record $591,465. Of the dollars raised, more than $540,000 will go to directly benefit Arizona’s wildlife.

Read the full article here.