Southeastern Arizona Sportsmen Club is the Pride of Safford

Southeast Arizona Sportsmen Club President John Wison, left from left, and member Tim Linden, fourth from right, receive the Pride of Safford Award on behalf of the club. - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — For its work with children and preserving the environment, the Southeastern Arizona Sportsmen Club was presented the Pride of Safford Award Thursday.

The nomination reads, “The club has participated in many work projects to render dynamic results to conserving wildlife, their habitat and natural resources. A few recent projects include Wilson Springs in Unit 27, Cedar Mountain in Unit 31, Guthrie Peak and Little Horseshoe in Unit 28, and Jackson Cabin Spring in Unit 31. (They) are but a few of the many projects the club has worked on to provide water for wildlife and ranchers’ cattle.”

The club also provides hunter education classes and field days for youths, including the Youth Dove Hunting clinic and hunt each September. The classes are required for youths to obtain a hunting license.

“Big Buck is the most famous part of the whole thing, and that’s where we get all our proceeds to do different projects. But our main goal is to help our kids get further in life with volunteering and things of that nature,” said John Wilson, Southeastern Arizona Sportsmen Club president. “We’re proud to receive this award.”