Phoenix, AZ September 8, 2011 – The Arizona Elk Society (AES) as part of their support of Arizona’s youth is collaborating with Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) in a special program.  The program reimburses Arizona recipients of the Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of Scouts of America and Girl Scouts who have achieved the Gold Award for the cost of their Hunt/Fish license and provides them with a FREE one-year AES youth membership.   An AES youth membership normally costs $20 and includes a hat, event notification, and quarterly magazine.  Visit www.elktracks.arizonaelksociety.org for more details.

In 2010, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of scouting, the Arizona Legislature passed a law that allows AZGFD to offer a reduced fee Class F (Combination Hunt/Fish) Honorary Scout license to Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts who have reached the highest level in their organization. Recipients of the Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of Scouts of America and Girl Scouts who have achieved the Gold Award are eligible for this reduced fee license.

Those wishing to obtain this license will need to complete the Honorary Scout License application (Form 306, available on the AZGFD website or at an AZGFD office), present the required documentation at any Department office and pay the reduced fee of $5.00.  This license normally costs $20.

This license class is only available at Department offices.  When an eagle scout or gold award recipient goes to a Department office to get this license, he or she will be handed a document that lists the sponsoring sportsmen’s groups.  The document will include the name of the organization, its mission statement, how the organization will sponsor the license, and an email address the scout can use to contact the organization they wish to join.  It will be up to the scout to contact the organization about a sponsorship.

Any Arizona scout who has earned the Eagle Scout or Gold award is eligible to buy this license up to and through the calendar year of their 20th birthday.  Therefore, Scouts who earned the Eagle or Gold awards prior to the legislation that authorized this license are also eligible to get this license.  The license comes with full hunting and fishing privileges, including the trout stamp.   A youth must still apply for and/or purchase a big game tag if he or she wishes to use this license for big game hunting.

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