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Arizona Elk Society hosts banquet to benefit wildlife

The Arizona Elk Society held their 12th annual banquet at the Mesa Convention Center. Proceeds from the auction will go towards efforts to restore wildlife habitats in Arizona.

Arizona Elk Society hosts banquet to benefit wildlife

CREATED Mar 26, 2013

Web Producer: Janice Yu

MESA, Ariz.- The Arizona Elk Society held their 12th annual banquet at the Mesa Convention Center. Proceeds from the auction will go towards efforts to restore wildlife habitats in Arizona.

Bill Kelley and Larry Voyles were recognized for their efforts in conservation and two high school seniors were awarded scholarships.

"It was a great night that will greatly benefit elk in Arizona, we raised over $400,00 for Arizona's elk and habitat.  Now the AES will sit down and plan projects to benefit wildlife with the money raised. All this money will be spread over about 25 projects, matched with other organizations and agencies and turn into somewhere around $2 million for the benefit of wildlife in Arizona," said Steve Clark, AES president.

The Arizona commission elk tag was auctioned off for $210,000. Only three statewide commission elk tags are given out in the U.S. each year. This permit holder is allowed to hunt elk for a year in the state that it is issued.

The Arizona buffalo tag was another big ticket item, auctioned off for $18,500.

"The Arizona Elk Society is very proud of all of our accomplishments and fundraising efforts for Arizona. All of the monies raised will stay in Arizona for Arizona's elk. In the 12 years the Arizona Elk Societies Banquets have raised over $4 million, all of which was used to benefit Arizona," Clark said.

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