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The Mogollon Sporting Association (MSA) is proudly celebrating its 26 year of contributing to the success of wildlife management, conservation, support of youth activities and scholarships within the Rim Country. The MSA is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, established in March of 1993 by a group of visionary volunteers who cared deeply about wildlife and youth in our community. The MSA mission statement, "To enhance wildlife, environment, education and our economy in the Mogollon Rim Country by supporting local quality game management, youth and our local businesses" is what the MSA membership has strived to accomplish over the last year. Today, all of our members continue to be volunteers and one hundred percent of all proceeds from our fundraising efforts go to benefit our local communities.
During the past 26 years, the MSA has donated over two million dollars to local and state organizations that contribute to the Rim Country economy and enhanced pride and heritage in our communities. As many of you know, the MSA primary fund raising activity is our annual banquet. This year, it will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the Mazatzal Hotel and casino. The banquet will have live auctions, silent auctions, general raffles, various special raffles, a gun safe with several firearms, and many other exciting auctions. Items include several quality rifles, handguns, shotguns and archery equipment. In addition, a variety of sporting and camping equipment, artwork, jewelry, vacation getaway trips and an Arizona lifetime hunting license will be offered as part of the auctions and raffles.
We are asking for your support with a donation, sponsorship or by your presence at the banquet. You can become a MSA Platinum ($10,000 and up), Gold($5,000-$9,999), Silver ($2,500-$4,999) or Bronze ($1,000-$2,499) level sponsor. In addition to the scholarships, we are offering a quarter page advertisement ($250) and a full page ad ($1,000) in our banquet program. MSA recognizes all sponsors by listing their businesses and/or names in our program. A donation can be made in the form of a tangible item, discount, service or a monetary gift. All donations are tax-deductible. The MSA Federal Tax ID number is listed below and a receipt for any donation will be provided. By supporting the MSA banquet with a contribution, you are supporting our local economy, supporting youth and protecting our wildlife habitat for future generations.
If you would like to make a donation or if you require additional information about the banquet or the MSA please contact us at (480) 209-5112.
The MSA sincerely appreciates the gracious support of our local businesses and individuals over the past 26 years. With your continued support, the MSA pledges our continued dedication to enhancing our Rim Country communities.
Jake Swartwood, President
Mogollon Sporting Association
I just wanted to follow up and tell you how much Melody and I enjoyed the Youth Camp last weekend. It surpassed our expectations in every regard; the event was planned and run extremely well, the food was delicious, and most of all every one of the mentors went so far above and beyond to pass along practical knowledge and educate us while creating a completely welcoming and fun environment. We learned more in two days than we have been able to glean on our own through books and websites in the last year and had a great time in the process.
So many thanks to you and all the other people involved in putting on such a fantastic event, it really was exactly what we were hoping and much more. We look forward to continuing to develop our skills and we absolutely want to attend more of these in the future!
- Morgan and Melody
I just want to extend my gratitude for a job well done on another successful camp. Not all the kids harvested a deer, but they all saw some and had a great time overall! The work put into this camp is quite a bit and wouldn't have been possible without the efforts from all of you. Whether it was presenting to the MSA board, glassing for deer, cooking, food donations, radio plugs, archery shooting, etc it all makes this camp run so much smoother. There's a few folks missing on this email such as Devin, Clint, and Jeremy I also want to thank.
If there's any feed back you all have received please let me know. I want to improve on this camp where we see fit. I've started making a list and checking it twice. Email me directly, so that we can avoid the email blow ups!!
Once again thank you for everything!-
Wildlife Manager III
Pleasant Valley/Young - Game Management Unit 23 North
Region VI - Mesa
Dear Project Volunteers and Supporting Organizations,
Well the dust has settled after our busy weekend up at Canyon Creek and I'm contacting you to say THANK YOU!! We could not have accomplished all that work without you! The OW Ranch Manager, Larry Boeschling, and the Forest Service asked me to pass on a big Thank You as well! One of the special things about Canyon Creek is the long history of partnerships and volunteerism. It's a unique place in Arizona and worth our attention. We had a great turnout with volunteers from Desert Flycasters, AZ Mule Deer Organization, the Mogollon Sportsman Association, Payson Flycasters/Gila Chapter of Trout Unlimited. We thank you for your organizational support!
All said and done, with your hard work we removed 6600 feet or 1.25 miles of elk fencing and rebuilt a new livestock exclosure fence (total of 6 miles or 31,680 feet of barbed wire!). It took 4 large trailer loads to haul all the old wire to the recycle bin, not counting what the ranch manager, Larry kept. Our Development Branch crew cut over 660 10-foot t-posts to size with a grinder tool and all the cut ends were taken to our headquarters for reuse on other projects. Then to top it off, we had to clip the new barbed wire fence to the t-posts, which meant hand pliers and twisting over 2640 times! Plus, each t-post had a cap to put on! Last and not least....a boy scout troop followed our work up this past weekend by hanging plastic bird deflectors on the new fence as a warning device to reduce bird/fence collisions and incidental mortality. We consider this an important step, for an acclimation period, when installing new fence that local wildlife may not see when traveling through.
It goes without saying a project like this needs lots of hands to make it possible and your many hands ensured our success! It was hard work. We thank you for your time, incredible energy and willingness to drive up to help out with our project on your own dime! I hope you get back that way sometime soon to enjoy the fishing or just take in the beauty of the place!
Kind Regards, Dana
DANA WARNECKE | HABITAT, EVALUATION & LANDS SPECIALIST
ARIZONA GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT
The Mogollon Sporting Association (MSA) extends our sincere thanks to all of the Rim Country supporters of our 26th annual banquet which was held recently at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. A record crowd of attendees enjoyed a great evening of laughter, dinner and bidding on many of the great donations made by our local sponsors. Feedback has been extremely positive with the two women standing on their respective tables during the Live Auction bid as one of the highlights of the evening! If you attended the banquet, please visit us on Facebook or msapayson.org to provide feedback.
The Mogollon Sporting Association is a 501(c)3 organization, and all of the proceeds from the banquet and other fund raising events, are directed to local Rim Country programs in support of wildlife conservation and youth. Our members appreciate your confidence in us to manage your donations to the benefit of our community. We take that responsibility seriously and want you to know that we will continue to do our very best for Rim Country communities.
It was our honor to announce Dean Pederson as the recipient of the MSA 2018 Legacy Award for his many years of dedication to youth and wildlife conservation. Dean joins a long list of community leaders and conservationists dedicated to the success of our youth. A special word of thanks to all of the hard working MSA volunteers who once again, planned and executed a fantastic banquet.