Hunts 4 Heroes
The AES “Hunts for Heroes” mission is to provide hunting opportunities in Arizona for our returning military veterans who have been left with a disability while in the service of our Nation’s military.
The Arizona Elk Society recognizes the need to provide opportunity for these veterans so they may once again enjoy hunting in the great outdoors. As an organization with Hunting Heritage as part of our mission we have an excellent opportunity to give back to the military community in a meaningful way.
As avid outdoor men and women we recognize the void in many veterans’ lives when they returned from duty with injuries that have impacted their ability to enjoy their favorite outdoor hunting activities. Our goal is to provide good opportunities for these men and women to get them back into the woods, able to enjoy the Hunting Heritage of Arizona.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department offers a very successful tag transfer program allowing a donated tag to go to a qualified 501c3 organization. The qualifying organization can then offer the tag to either children with life threatening illnesses or a disabled veteran that qualifies. There are numerous organizations working with children and the AES will continue to support these programs as they have in the past. The AES believes there is a need to offer more opportunity to the disabled veterans of Arizona.
AES Program Director, Dave Holbrook was an outfitter that ran a very successful operation in Colorado for many years and now lives in Arizona. Dave ran a program of his own to get disabled veterans out hunting through his outfitting business. After retiring his business Dave Holbrook approached the AES Board and offered to help get a disabled veteran program started. This was the beginning of the Arizona Elk Society “Hunts for Heroes” program.
This program is not possible without sponsors. These organizations work closely with the Arizona Elk Society to not only raise awareness, but much needed funds. We are truly thankful for their commitment. Please help us to further expand this Project, to learn more please click here.