Kids in Arizona

Want to learn how to hunt small game … free?

 Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2, 2011

 Los Burros Campground

Forest Road224 (Vernon/ McNary Rd)

 The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering a free weekend camp on small game hunting in Arizona, sponsored by Arizona Elk Society and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Get experience pursuing and field dressing Abert’s squirrel and learn about other small game hunting opportunities throughout Arizona. Study the secrets of small-game behavior. Learn to choose the right clothing and ammunition. Practice archery shooting at 3-D targets and air-soft rifle range. Experienced hunt mentors will be there to provide hunt instruction.

Meals and snacks provided, courtesy of the Arizona Elk Society and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Small Game Camp Flyer 2011  it has more details,  the application form and map for the Los Burros Campground.   As we write this there are still slots available, but don’t waste too much time…  Enjoy fall in the beautiful Arizona mountains with your kids or grand-kids.

Arizona Elk Society Offers FREE AES membership and Hunt/Fish License to Eagle Scouts or Girl Scout Gold Award Members

The Arizona Elk Society (AES) as part of their support of Arizona’s youth is collaborating with Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) in a special program. The program reimburses recipients of the Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of Scouts of America and Girl Scouts who have achieved the Gold Award for the cost of their Hunt/Fish license and provides them with a FREE one-year AES youth membership. An AES youth membership normally costs $20 and includes a hat, event notification, and quarterly magazine.

In 2010, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of scouting, the Arizona Legislature passed a law that allows AZGFD to offer a reduced fee Class F (Combination Hunt/Fish) Honorary Scout license to Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts who have reached the highest level in their organization. Recipients of the Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of Scouts of America and Girl Scouts who have achieved the Gold Award are eligible for this reduced fee license.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department

Arizona Game and Fish Department

Those wishing to obtain this license will need to complete the Honorary Scout License application (Form 306, available on the AZGFD website or at an AZGFD office), present the required documentation at any Department office and pay the reduced fee of $5.00.  This license normally costs $20.

This license class is only available at Department offices.  When an eagle scout or gold award recipient goes to a Department office to get this license, he or she will be handed a document that lists the sponsoring sportsmen’s groups.  The document will include the name of the organization, its mission statement, how the organization will sponsor the license, and an email address the scout can use to contact the organization they wish to join.  It will be up to the scout to contact the organization about a sponsorship.

Any scout who has earned the Eagle Scout or Gold award is eligible to buy this license up to and through the calendar year of their 20th birthday.  Therefore, Scouts who earned the Eagle or Gold awards prior to the legislation that authorized this license are also eligible to get this license.  The license comes with full hunting and fishing privileges, including the trout stamp.   A youth must still apply for and/or purchase a big game tag if he or she wishes to use this license for big game hunting.

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.