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Big Game Donation Fund
 
On each year's big game application, hunters are given the opportunity to make an additional donation to help fund wildlife projects. Funds generated through donations by these generous hunters are used across the state of Arizona.

The majority of projects that are accomplished with these funds benefit Arizona's big game species. However, benefits to small game and non-game species are always taken into consideration and projects are designed to maximize benefits to all wildlife species.

These projects are accomplished on federal, State Trust, and deeded property.
 
Projects

List of some of the projects that were accomplished utilizing these funds in 2018:

  • Partnered with a rancher in GMU 18A to remove sediment from an existing dirt tank to provide more reliable water for elk, mule deer, and small game.
  • Partnered with a rancher and the BLM in GMU 28 to drill a new well to provide reliable year-round water for deer, javelina, and small game.
  • Partnered with a rancher and the BLM in GMU 39 to convert an existing well to solar to provide reliable year-round water for mule deer and small game.
  • Partnered with a rancher and the NRCS in GMU 30B to convert an existing well to solar and provide additional storage to provide reliable year-round water for deer and small game.
  • Partnered with a rancher in GMU 24A to clean and repair 13 existing dirt tanks to provide more reliable water for deer and small game.
  • Partnering with the Forest Service in GMU 35A to restore over 3,000 acres of grassland habitat to benefit a variety of big game and small game species.

  • Partnering with a rancher and the USFWS to restore nearly 300 acres of mesquite invaded grasslands to benefit antelope, small game, and other grassland obligate species.

 

List of projects that were accomplished utilizing these funds in 2017:

  • Partnered with a rancher in GMU 17B to remove sediment from an existing dirt tank to provide more reliable water for mule deer, antelope, and small game.
  • Partnered with a rancher in GMU 23 to covert an existing well to solar providing reliable year-round water for mule deer and small game.
  • Partnered with a rancher and the Forest Service in GMU 1 to convert and existing well to solar to provide reliable year-round water for elk, mule deer, black bear, turkey, and small game.
  • Partnered with a rancher and the BLM in GMU 12B to redevelop an existing water catchment to provide more reliable water for mule deer and small game.
  • Partnered with a rancher in GMU 15A to repair an existing well to provide reliable year-round water for mule deer and small game.
  • Partnered with a rancher in GMU 30B to repair an existing water storage tank to provide reliable year-round water for white-tailed deer, javelina, and small game.
  • Partnered with a rancher and the Forest Service in GMU 35A to redrill an existing well to provide reliable year-round water for mule deer

  • Partnered with a rancher in GMU 37A to clean out an existing, poorly functioning well to provide reliable year-round water for deer and small game.

 
Interested?

Landowners interested in conducting similar wildlife projects should contact personnel within the Habitat Enhancement and Landowner Relations Program of the Arizona Game & Fish Department. Hunters interested in contributing to help see projects like this funded in the future should consider making a donation during the next big game application period.



 
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