Kingman, AZ -(Ammoland.com)- The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) awarded nearly $75,000 to local sportsmen's organizations, funding 16 hunter recruitment and retention projects through the annual Local Sportsmen's Group Grant Program.
The purpose of the grant program is to support local sportsmen's groups who host events for beginners promoting wildlife conservation through hunting. Eligible projects often include mentored, hands-on hunting events for youngsters and their families.
“This grant puts money at the community level with organizations who day in and day out introduce people to the outdoors, wildlife conservation and hunting,” said Hunting and Shooting Sports Program Manager, Doug Burt. “Because hunting continues to be a primary tool and funding source for wildlife conservation, it is important to invest in our conservation groups and continue to teach people how to hunt.”
Reaching out to Arizona residents who might not be familiar with the hunting opportunities in this state is essential to preserving the future of our outdoor traditions. Local organizations are essential for sharing traditional outdoor recreational lessons with our communities. The Sportsmen's Grant program is an investment in responsible stewardship and continuing wildlife conservation efforts in Arizona.
“We have strong national social science data indicating that in order for beginning hunters and their families to develop into lifelong hunters, they need multiple highly immersed, hands-on events with harvest that provide camaraderie and social atmospheres such as overnight campouts,” Burt said.
Game and Fish received 29 applications. Priority for this funding focus window was placed on projects that involved the take / harvesting of wildlife using a firearm, bow and arrow, or trapping. The following projects have been awarded:
- Arizona Elk Society for the projects “Arizona Elk Society Youth Hunting Camps,” in the amount of $8,500
- Phoenix Varmint Callers, Inc. for the project “2014 George Knox Memorial Predator Hunting Boot Camp,” in the amount of $3,924
- Coues Whitetail.com for the project “Women's Javelina Hunting Camp 2015,” in the amount of $4,000
- Arizona State Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation for the projects “2015 Spring Juniors Turkey Hunting Camps,” in the amount of $9,050
- Huachuca Gould's Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation for the project “Free Family Predator Hunting Camp,” in the amount of $2,425
- Southern Arizona Chapter of Quail Forever for the project “Southern Arizona Quail Forever Youth Quail Camp,” in the amount of $2,280
- Southwest Fur Harvesters for the project “2015 Youth Trappers Camp,” in the amount of $2,775
- Yuma Valley Rod and Gun Club for the project “2014 Quail & Small Game Camp,” in the amount of $4,500
- Youth Outdoors Unlimited for the project “Wallow Fire Turkey Science and Hunting Camp,” in the amount of $5,400
- Arizona Chapter of Mule Deer Foundation for the projects “Mule Deer Foundation Youth Camps and Hunter Clinics,” in the amount of $13,500
- Youth Outdoors Unlimited for the project “Junior Javelina Camp,” in the amount of $3,000
- Ben Avery Clay Busters for the project “Introduction to the Upland Bird Hunting for Women and Youth,” in the amount of $2,717
- Shoot for Life for the project “Shoot for Life Archery Javelina Hunt Camp,” in the amount of $3,775
- Youth Outdoors Unlimited for the project “Junior Deer Camp,” in the amount of $2,000
- Youth Outdoors Unlimited for the project “Junior Elk Camp,” in the amount of $2,000
- Passing Time Outdoors for the project “Juniors Deer Camp,” in the amount of $4,650
For details on how to participate at these events and others like them, visit AZGFD Outdoor Skills.
About The Local Sportsmen's Group Grant Program
The Local Sportsmen's Group Grant Program was started in 2007 to provide financial assistance to local sportsmen's groups in supporting wildlife conservation. The program awards grant funds to eligible projects through a competitive application process each year. The focus of projects eligible to receive grant funds is determined annually by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and may change from year to year. There is no cost to Arizona taxpayers for this grant program. The Arizona Game and Fish Department does not receive any of the state's general funds, and operates on a user-pay, public-benefit model. The Local Sportsmen's Group Grant Program is an investment in the continuance of wildlife conservation efforts and outdoor recreation participation in the state of Arizona.
About The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD)
The Arizona Game and Fish Department mission is to conserve Arizona’s diverse wildlife resources and manage for safe, compatible outdoor recreation opportunities for current and future generations.