Accomplishments

The first major project of the AWF after its founding in 1923 was legislation to get politics out of wildlife management. They accomplished this by drafting a state game code which provided for a Commission/Department form of wildlife administration. It wasn't willingly accepted by the politicians of that day, including the governor, but was finally adopted by referendum in 1928.

Neither the governor nor his henchmen were willing to accept this accomplishment, and in 1930 tried to again take control of Game and Fish. With the help of its affiliate organizations the AWF managed to beat back this effort. Despite other attempts over the years, including the most recent effort some 15 years ago, we continue to have essentially the same type of administration as was established about 70 years ago.

In 1958, through efforts of the AWF, the game code was revised to its current form without altering the Commission/Department structure.

The AWF supported a revision of the state water code to specifically establish wildlife as a beneficial use of water. This made possible the development of many fishing lakes, especially on the Mogollon Rim.

The AWF supported a revision of the state water code to specifically establish wildlife as a beneficial use of water. This made possible the development of many fishing lakes, especially on the Mogollon Rim.

The AWF supported the introduction of pronghorn antelope to the Arizona Strip, the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, and other historic pronghorn habitats. The introduction of the Merriam Turkey into suitable habitat, including the Kaibab Plateau, was also strongly backed by the AWF.

The AWF was also instrumental in the establishment of the federal Kofa Game Refuge for the protection and management of the desert bighorn, leading eventually to the opening of this magnificent big game species to limited hunting.

AWF members were also involved in the development of Arizona's buffalo herds and in the re-introduction of elk in this state.

Since the creation of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission the AWF has worked closely with the sitting governor in screening and endorsing qualified individuals as Commission members.

The AWF and the Arizona Cattle Growers Association established a Stockmen-Sportsmen Committee to address the problem of vandalism on the rangelands of the state.

The AWF worked closely with the Department and Commission, the University of Arizona and the Wildlife Management Institute to establish a Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit at the University.


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Affiliate of the Week 

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2015-16 Year in Review

This past year we participated in numerous activities and events. We partnered with the Arizona Game & Fish Department (AZGFD), U.S. Forest Service, Arizona Antelope Foundation, Trout Unlimited, TRCP, WRAN, Audubon and many other conservation organizations during the year on these various activities. A key part of the AWF’s work this year was working with State and Federal legislators to defeat bad legislation and to support good legislation (unfortunately the bad seems to outweigh the good these days).

AWF volunteers met with numerous Federal and State legislators, providing them information on national and state issues such as the Public Land takeover, State Water Bills, Responsible Energy Development, Clean Water Act restoration, Lees Ferry management plans and the proposed Grand Canyon National Monument. In addition, AWF Board members traveled to DC in support of the sportsmen alternative to the Grand Canyon National Monument and in support of keeping Federal public lands public.

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