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Local sportsmen’s groups awarded almost $70,000 in grants

Posted September 12, 2017



AZGFD invests in retention programs for new hunters, anglers


PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department has awarded $68,357 in grant funding for local sportsmen’s organizations to provide public, hands-on, mentored projects focused on the retention of new hunters and anglers.

Of 20 proposals submitted in this latest grant cycle, 18 were rated by a three-member panel. The grants were approved and awarded through a competitive application process that closed July 30.

“We continue to hone the Local Sportsmen’s Group grant program using the latest science for developing – and, more importantly – retaining new hunters,” said Doug Burt, hunting and shooting sports program manager. “It’s only through the network of dedicated groups who do the boots-on-the-ground work of sharing the knowledge, skills and passion of ethical, legal hunting and fishing to assure the next generation of conservationist.”

The department is committed to developing and retaining the next generation of hunter-angler conservationists. A growing body of science points to the need for multiple experiences, social support and the mentoring required to develop hunter-angler conservationists. The 18 projects approved meet those objectives.

“While we provide this critical funding to groups, it represents only a fraction of the events and programs that are open each year to the public interested in learning about the great outdoors,” Burt said.

The following projects have been awarded:

To learn more about the annual Local Sportsmen’s Group grant program, visit For a listing of Outdoor Skills Network recruitment and retention events, visit

There is no cost to Arizona taxpayers for the Local Sportsmen’s Group grant program. The program is funded through the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, hunt permit-tags and stamps, and is an investment in the continuance of wildlife conservation efforts and outdoor recreation participation in Arizona. Game and Fish does not receive any of the state’s general funds and operates on a user-pay, public-benefit model.