Arizona Receives $2.1 Million in Conservation Funding from RMEF, Partners

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MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its partners allocated $2,098,338 in grant funding in Arizona for elk habitat stewardship, wildlife management and hunting heritage projects. RMEF directly granted $156,136 that leveraged an additional $1,942,202 in partner dollars.

“One of the major issues in this part of elk country is a lack of life-sustaining water for elk and other wildlife. Some of this grant funding is specifically earmarked to upgrade more than a dozen water sources,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “Additional projects of focus include restoring historic grasslands and a study monitoring predator impact on elk.”

Arizona is home to more than 6,100 RMEF members and eight chapters.

“We value and recognize our volunteers who work hard to raise this funding that we put back on the ground to do so much good, “ said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO.

Since 1986, RMEF and its partners completed 518 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Arizona with a combined value of more than $36.9 million. These projects conserved and enhanced 458,422 acres of habitat and opened or improved public access to 21,585 acres.

Below are 12 projects, listed by county, that benefit 10,718 acres of habitat across eight different counties.

Apache County

  • Renovate up to 10 dirt tanks that serve as water sources for elk, other wildlife and livestock impacted by the 2011 Wallow Fire on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Removing wildfire sediment increases capacity and helps distribute grazing across a 2,500-acre landscape.
  • Provide funding to better assess the impact of Mexican wolves on elk populations on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in both Arizona and New Mexico. Researchers monitor elk survival and mortality rates, habitat selection and behavioral changes of elk in response to increasing predation risk from Mexican wolves (also benefits Navajo County).

Coconino County

  • Repair and upgrade a wildlife water source in a remote area on the Williams Ranger District within the Grand Canyon to Prescott migration corridor on the Kaibab National Forest. A portion of the project will be pipe-rail fencing to exclude cattle during winter months to ensure wildlife water and winter forage availability.
  • Cover the cost of dumpster rental and provide volunteer manpower to assist with clean-up at The Cinders recreational shooting location outside Flagstaff. Crews removed an estimated four tons of trash from the site.

Gila County

  • Support landscape-scale restoration across nearly 1,800 acres of historic open juniper woodland and grassland habitat on the Tonto National Forest to improve habitat for elk, mule deer and other wildlife while reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire.

Greelee County

  • Repair four dirt tanks within the Blue Range Primitive Area of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest impacted by the 2020 Cow Canyon and 2011 Wallow Fires. A contracted crew will use a team of horses and pack animals to access and repair the tanks to improve water availability for elk, other wildlife and livestock.

Mohave County

  • Remove invasive trees and shrubs, replace fencing that is not wildlife-friendly and install water developments to benefit 3,300 acres of Arizona State Trust Land. The goal is to restore grassland and woodland habitat across Game Management Unit 18A to create small grassland openings and thin woodlands to open the canopy and stimulate browse and forage.

Navajo County

  • Remove juniper trees encroaching across 500 acres on Arizona State Trust Land northwest of Vernon to benefit wintering elk, pronghorn antelope and livestock.
  • Provide funding for the White Mountain Clay Busters, a youth clay and skeet-shooting club that participates in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP). It is designed to instill safe firearms handling, commitment, responsibility, leadership and teamwork (also benefits Coconino and Maricopa Counties).
  • Provide volunteer manpower to assist long-time RMEF effort to improve habitat for wildlife and livestock alike on private land enrolled in Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Adopt-a Ranch program. In 2021, volunteers removed an estimated seven miles of old fencing, installed elk jumps where needed and replaced two water troughs.

Yuma County

  • Provide funding for the Yuma Young Guns, a SCTP shotgun team with a goal of teaching leadership, teamwork, respect and the safe use of firearms through effective training and competition with their peers.

Statewide

  • Host RMEF White Mountain Chapter’s fifth consecutive Junior Elk Camp in the Greens Peak area on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Forty-five youth participated in the 2021 camp entirely funded and operated by RMEF volunteers who provided education, mentoring and all meal preparation so participants could focus on their hunt experience.

Project partners include the Apache-Sitgreaves, Kaibab and Tonto National Forests, Arizona Game and Fish Department, New Mexico State University, private landowners and other conservation, business and sportsmen groups.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

Founded more than 37 years ago and fueled by hunters, RMEF maintains more than 225,000 members and has conserved nearly 8.4 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.

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Swagger’s QD42 Bipod: A Hunter’s Best Friend

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The Swagger QD42 Bipod simply isn’t designed for the hunter—it is intended for use by the hunter in nearly any hunting situation and using almost any type of hunting firearm, as well as crossbows.

The QD42 features Swagger’s patented Flex Ready Technology. The adjustable, telescoping legs are built with flexible joints that allow exceptional maneuverability, letting the hunter track a moving target and traverse over the landscape while simultaneously putting him or her in the ready position at a moment’s notice. Translation: the QD42 provides the stabilizing benefits of a bipod without the stiffness and lack of movement in traditional bipods.

Hunting from seated positions, ground blinds and tree stands? The QD42 extends from 14- to 42-inches in length. The “QD” stands for “quick-detach,” and simply press the button in the yoke center to open the QD mechanism and release the button to close it. On or off requires only seconds.

The QD42 can be used with bolt and AR-style rifles, muzzleloaders, crossbows and shotguns. Attach the provided sling swivel adapter, and you are ready to mount the QD42 to anything with a sling swivel stud on the bottom of the stock. Have a pic rail? The QD42 model attaches directly to a Picatinny rail. Swagger also provides a shotgun adapter sold separately. Put shotgun adapters on all your shotguns with swivel studs in the end of the magazine cap.

Rubber covers on the feet provide a non-slip hold on smooth surfaces like the floors of shoot houses. Remove the rubber coverings, and the metal spikes can be pushed into uneven and rocky ground for needed stability.

Easy to carry and lightweight, the QD42 provides almost instant stability when that shot of a lifetime occurs. Don’t go afield without one!

QD42 Features:

  • Assembled weight 15 oz.
  • Most effective range 14” to 42”
  • Push-Button Operation
  • Stalker Quick Detach Swivel Adaptor Included
  • Item#: SWAG-ST-QD42

Swagger Bipods are made in the USA, incorporating numerous unique high-performance features, including our patented Flex Ready Technology built into many of our products. At Swagger, we are confident our bipods will do for you what no bipod has ever done before, and back claim that with our Limited Lifetime Guarantee.

Swagger bipods are also covered by our Shoot With Confidence Guarantee. If your Swagger bipod does not give you more shooting flexibility and more shooting confidence, send the product back to us within 30 days of purchase, with proof of purchase from an authorized dealer, and we will buy it back. No questions asked. swaggerbipods.com

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