Below are answers to some of the questions we get asked most often regarding WMLF and our mission:


What happens to my money when I become a WMLF member or make a donation?

WMLF appreciates your support and strives to make sure your donation is invested wisely.  We are dedicated to keeping our administrative cost at a minimum, to allow the maximum amount of your contribution to go directly towards WMLF projects.  When you make a contribution to WMLF, approximately 85% of your money goes directly to improving opportunities for today’s anglers and ensuring future generations are able to enjoy great fishing in the White Mountains of Arizona.  The remainder goes to covering our administrative costs, such as printing, postage,  and maintaining our online merchant account.

When WMLF collects money for a project, the funds are deposited into a holding account until they are needed for that specific project.  WMLF does not transfer funds to any government agencies or organizations, but rather directly to the contractors and companies hired to perform work on our projects.  We feel this is the most efficient process for everyone involved.


Is my WMLF membership tax deductible?

Yes – WMLF is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, therefore all donations are 100% tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by the IRS.


Is WMLF responsible for changing regulations on Arizona fisheries?

No – At least not directly.  Ultimately, Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZG&FD) have authority over regulations on Arizona’s state managed waters.  However, when the opportunity to discuss, or influence possible changes in regulations do arise, WMLF will do its best to be present at the AZG&FD meetings.  WMLF is dedicated to representing our organization and providing a voice for our members in these conversations.


Is WMLF responsible for the “Triploid Trout” being stocked in Arizona waters?

No – Only Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZG&FD) have authority over what species of fish are stocked in Arizona’s state manage fisheries.  When it comes to individual trout species, WMLF has chosen to adopt a general position of supporting conservation, restoration and protection efforts for all available species in the White Mountains area.  Our unofficial mantra is, “More bigger fish.”  This means more opportunities for anglers to land larger, trophy sized, Apache Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Grayling, Triploid Trout, or other species that might be available in Arizona’s White Mountain region.


Does WMLF support any political candidates, groups or organizations?

No – WMLF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and therefore cannot legally support, or contribute funds, to any political campaigns.  Additionally, we are not affiliated with any other organizations that do contribute funds to political groups.  This means the money you donate will never directly, or indirectly, be used to support any political super-packs or lobbyist.  Rather your contributions will only be used to improve angling opportunities in the White Mountains of Arizona.


Are any WMLF board positions paid or otherwise financially compensated?

No – WMLF is a 100% non-profit, 100% volunteer organization.  In fact, most board members actually contribute funds out-of-pocket for WMLF administrative tasks.  Even the majority of our marketing and design services are provided on a volunteer basis.  WMLF adheres to a strict conflict of interest code.  Only outside vendors without direct ties to our organization, who are contracted for various WMLF projects, receive monetary compensation.  The only compensation our board members receive is the satisfaction of knowing they are improving the fishing opportunities for themselves, and others, in the White Mountains of Arizona for today and the future.

Our Partners

John Rohmer Materials Gentry Smith Design When you display the Arizona Sportsmens Wildlife Conservation License Plate, Your are helping Arizona’s Wildlife by supporting the Wildlife Habitat Grant Funds for habitat restoration and Youth Education Programs. Click HERE for more information.

WMLF is a 501c3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.