AES sponsors Arizona Outdoor Adventure’s Casino Night to help Save the Season for Kids

On Saturday August 6, AES is sponsoring Arizona Outdoor Adventure’s Save the Season Casino Night. It will be held at Arrowhead Country Club at 7pm.

Arizona Outdoor Adventures (AOA) is a non-profit working with established youth organizations around the state of Arizona, several groups of children have the privilege of enjoying the beauty, fresh air, and fun of the White Mountains for a few days each summer.

Early this summer Arizona’s largest wildfire in history, the Wallow Fire, struck. AOA had just set up camp before being evacuated. Without time to pack everything, they had to leave behind all the supplies bought with years and years of hard work and fundraising efforts.  Several days after the Wallow Fire burned through the area, they were escorted by the sheriff back to the campsite and were very saddened to discover that it was totally incinerated.   AOA had hoped that maybe some items would be salvageable, but no; everything, except for two dutch ovens and a grill, was completely destroyed.

This event is to help AOA take on the very difficult task of obtaining all new supplies and equipment as soon as possible, or else be faced with canceling all camps scheduled for the entire season, which ends in October. Many, many underprivileged children of Arizona were so looking forward to their camping trip—for most of them, it is their only chance to escape the boredom and idleness of summer that can sometimes lead to destructive choices, and have a truly positive and enriching outdoor adventure.

So if you have the time and resources this is a great event to support. Visit their ticket site

Check out the Video from KPHO  5 for more details.

Preview Arizona’s Spring Hunting Season Recommendations at Open Houses

Arizona Game & FishOriginally Published by The Arizona Game & Fish Department

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department invites the public to get a first look at the proposed 2012 spring hunt recommendations for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear regulations, as well as the recommendations for 2011-12 waterfowl and snipe regulations, at a series of regional open houses beginning July 22.

The many wildfires that swept through the state this summer are being considered for the coming spring hunting seasons, particularly for turkey,” said Chief of Game Management, Brian Wakeling. “We will be evaluating conditions right up until the setting of the seasons at the August commission meeting.Continue reading

Arizona Elk Society Commits $100,000 for Wallow Fire Elk / Private Landowner Program

The Arizona Elk Society was the first group to donate money to this program. Ron Eichelberger, Wallow Fire/AZGFD/Ranchers Liaison, responded immediately to the AES Board after receiving the request for funding. Ron’s response to the request was, “this is the reason we started the organization, to be able to respond quickly in emergency cases for the benefit of elk and our partners such as the Arizona Game and Fish and ranching community.

Because the Wallow Fire has impacted the amount and quality of forage and water on portions of the Apache National Forest, some property owners located in and adjacent to the burn areas are experiencing increased wildlife use on their private lands and pastures, primarily displaced elk. Elk have congregated in areas in Apache and Greenlee Counties just outside the north and east flanks of the burned areas, as well as some private properties wholly contained within the wildfire area. Continue reading