Third quarter grant applications were presented and voted on at the August 23, 2022 AZSFWC Board meeting. Funding for the grants is available through sales of our special Conserving Wildlife license plate. More information about the license plate and how you can obtain one can be found HERE.
Four grants were approved and included the following:
$6,000 was awarded to the AZ Deer Association for their for their mentored youth deer and cow elk camps. The purpose of the camps is to provide support in locating, harvesting, game care, as well as, educational seminars. Experienced and seasoned mentors will be available to go afield with tag holders if needed and an AZ Game & Fish wildlife manager will be on hand to answer questions. Emphasis will be on hunter education, safety, ethics, hunting and glassing skills and will include seminars on map reading, compass use, first aid & survival, food & nutrition, gun & field safety. Additional funding will be provided by the Association.
$4,600 was awarded to the AZ Shooting Sports Educational Foundation to fund the purchase of Arizona Championship Vests for Commissioners’ Cup winners as part of the Scholastic Clay Target Program. The program is a way to teach the next generation of shooters about taking personal responsibility for safety and respect for the outdoors. The vests build athlete confidence in the program and the program has expanded every year since the vests were introduced.
$1,500 was awarded to the AZ Chapter of NWTF to fund the Robbins Butte Youth, Women and Disabled dove hunt. Up to 100 youth and 40 women/disabled hunters will participate in the event that will include orientation, safety instruction, mentored shooting, cleaning and cooking demonstrations. Additional funding will be provided by the Chapter.
$7,000 was awarded to the Valley of the Sun Chapter of Quail Forever to fund the Cactus Wren Beginners Shotgun Program. This year-round program is an instructional course with NRA certified instructors and Level 1 coaches to teach the clay target sports, gun safety and shotgun shooting at Ben Avery Clay Target Center. It consists of 9 weeks each for Skeet, Trap and Sporting Clays. Goals of the program are the recruitment of new shotgun shooters, their retention in clay target sports and upland bird hunting, and reactivation of those whom may have been shotgun shooters or hunters at an earlier time in their lives. Additional funding will be provided by the Chapter and Ben Avery Clay Busters.