Hunters Really are the Good Guys!
35 volunteers helped build a state of the art water system, called "Connor Catchment." This water system will provide year round water for the wildlife in the high desert area of Tonto National Forest in Arizona. The majority of the volunteers were hunters. Some think hunters just take from the land, but usually they are the ones who are leaders in wildlife rehabilitation and outdoor educational programs. Hunters are concerned for the welfare of the wildlife, and demonstrate that by volunteering their time to improve the quality of life for these animals.
“Deer, elk, bear, javelina, reptiles, birds will be able to (drink) there,” said Gary Barcom, a founding member of the Mogollon Sporting Association and one of the volunteers who spent six days working on the ambitious project. The project took approximately $50,000 to complete and will provide water year round for wildlife, most importantly when there is a severe drought.
Money and labor was provided by these organizations; Arizona Deer Association, Arizona Elk Society, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Tonto National Forest and the Mogollon Sporting Association and more. The Mogollon Sporting Association has also participated in habitat improvements, controlled burns, seedings, riparian restoration, habitat signage, aerial and ground surveys and has purchased equipment for the state game and fish department. From The Payson Roundup.