First we need a group of dedicated volunteers, second we need a project manager and we have one of the best in Jim Lawrence. Jim works with ranchers and the forest service or game and fish and schedules the projects. He will see what materials or tools we need and then gets the word out well before we get them on our agenda.
Third it takes partners and the MDF has many partners. The NFS, State Trust and BLM on the government side and then Ranchers (we have 6 adopt a ranch partners and working on two more right now) Ranchers who love wildlife and allows hunting on their land are the type we like to work with. Ranchers are the first land stewards in Arizona. Without them we would have never had the water we have or the land that they preserve for a healthy wildlife diversity.
The biggest partner we have is the Arizona Game and Fish. The AZ Game and Fish have been with the MDF every step of the way as we build this organization in Arizona. They have the best Wildlife Managers and internal working group I have had the privilege to work with. This weekend in Arizona (May 21st) we have two fence removal projects, one near Payson with the Rim Country Chapter and a group of Eagle Scouts and another fence removal that will not only help mule deer but antelope near Williams Arizona. And then we have our banquet in Tucson.
Now, where do we get our money to do these projects? Banquets, raffles and fundraisers of all kinds. If you have never been to a banquet you are missing out on a bunch of fun! This Tucson Banquet is going to be a blast and we will take your money for a seat and a good meal right up to the time we open our doors!
The flyer is below if you can make it! As the Regional Director I can not thank all of the people that have been there for the MDF and for me through this awesome journey.
I have said this many times and if you have been to our banquets you have heard this but I can not state it enough. Volunteers are the heart and soul of any organization. They are the bloodline to our wildlife. You can not pay for a volunteers time because a volunteer time is priceless. They wake up at 3 am to drive to a project when they could sleep in and watch TV all day or do something with their family. These people are the ONLY reason any organization exists and in many cases the only reason our wildlife exists.
This is one of the best banquet/fundraisers to attend! Over 30 firearms, ladies table, hunting trips and much more. This year we will enjoy some of the best weather and scenery that Arizona has to off...
Over the past 4 years the Mule Deer Foundation has been doing great things for our mule deer in Arizona. From fence removal and wildlife remodeling to water catchments and trick tanks, to working with...