Archives for July 2010

F&G Commission to Set Wolf Seasons in August

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet Monday, August 16, in Idaho Falls.

Commissioners will consider proposed season dates, harvest limits and methods of take on gray wolves. They also will consider proposed seasons on waterfowl and sage-grouse.

Wolf seasons still are subject to a still pending legal challenge.

Idaho Fish and Game managers will present public comments on waterfowl season proposals collected from across the state and summarized for the commission.

Routine agenda items also include falconry seasons and limits.

VDGIF taking Comments-Initiation of a Virginia Elk Reintroduction Program‏

As the RMEF Bull Run Chapter Co-Chairpersonit is more important now than ever that I recommend that we voice our support of the “Initiation of a Virginia Elk Reintroduction Program”! The RMEF has publicly announced its support this project and there are some great benefits to the state and localities when this project has been approved and put into practice.

Here’s the page: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/elk/management-plan/ [Read more…]

RMEF Announces Conservation Grants for Minnesota

MISSOULA, Mont.–Wildlife conservation and public education projects in seven Minnesota counties have been selected to receive grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 2010.

The new RMEF funding, totaling $29,965, will affect Beltrami, Goodhue, Kittson, Marshall, Otter Tail, Roseau and Wilkin counties.

Other projects have statewide interest. [Read more…]

RMEF 50th Anniversary Commemorative Rifle

Caliber: .300 Savage
Capacity: 4 Round
Barrel Length: 22”
Overall Length: 42”
Weight: 7 lbs
Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Your Price: $1250.00

The RMEF is pleased to present a very special offer to our membership, the rare opportunity to own a Savage Arms 50th Anniversary Commemorative Model 110 Classic rifle.  The classically styled short action model is the first ever Savage bolt-action rifle chambered in 300 savage.  With only 1000 rifles produced, our friends at Savage Arms have decided to offer the remaining rifles to RMEF to sell in support of our mission.  These highly collectible rifles MSRP for $1724, but through this special offer to the RMEF membership we are selling them for just $1250 (shipping included) while supplies last!

The special edition rifle features a high luster blued barreled action, a high-grade hinged floorplate with 24-karat gold plating and etch block scroll patterns on both sides of the receiver.  Other details include 24-karat gold plated double barrel bands, 24-karat gold plated Accutrigger and an embossed recoil pad.  The beautiful semi-fancy American walnut stock features a distinctive checkering pattern with wraparound checkering and a shadow line cheekpiece.

Order by Phone
Call toll-free 866-266-7750
Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (MST)
Sat-Sun 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (MST)
Email inquiries: vcfirearms@rmef.org

Elk Foundation Shirts for Everyone

Welcome to Elk Country!

Every purchase made from the Elk Country Trading Post directly supports the efforts of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Help show your support with a new shirt from the RMEF and Elk Country Trading Post. Shop now for the best selection of new designs, fresh colors and great savings!

Men’s Shirts
Women’s Shirts
Sale Shirts

Early Elk Seasons Open Next Month

Some early elk hunts open August 1, most of them antlerless “green-field” hunts.

The early “green-field” hunts in seven elk management zones – Palouse, Weiser, Lemhi, Beaverhead, Pioneer, Snake River and Owyhee-South Hills zones – are meant to help landowners reduce crop damage.

Early archery hunts also start August 1 in the Snake River elk zone, and controlled green-field hunts also open in the Dworshak and Hells Canyon zones.

The green-field hunts are open only outside the National Forest Boundary and within one mile of cultivated fields. They help reduce depredation problems and control populations causing crop damage by harvesting or discouraging animals in specific areas or portions of units. [Read more…]

Attention All States- Prepare to be Sued Over Wolves

MISSOULA, Mont.—With their latest petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, animal rights activists are preparing to sue for federally mandated release of wolves in every state, warn officials with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

David Allen, RMEF president and CEO, says animal rights groups have learned that introducing wolves translates to major fundraising, and activists have found a way to exploit the Endangered Species Act—as well as taxpayer-funded programs that cover lawyer fees—to push their agenda and build revenue through the courts. [Read more…]

Conservation Groups Work to Acquire Key Land on Tenderfoot Creek

MISSOULA, Mont. (July 20, 2010)—If you’re even a casual trout angler, you’ve probably heard of Montana’s Smith River. Even if you don’t give a hoot about fishing, the Smith is still a special place, because this blue-ribbon trout stream has blue-ribbon scenery to match. Anyone lucky enough to draw a permit to float it is in for an unforgettable 59-mile trip through the towering limestone canyon carved by the Smith.

Smack in the heart of that canyon, the river is joined by a gorgeous tributary flowing in from the east. Tenderfoot Creek not only provides vital spawning habitat for the Smith’s bruiser browns and rainbows, it’s a five-star trout stream in its own right. Follow the Tenderfoot up through the Little Belt Mountains and you’ll find yourself in the lair of legendary bull elk and buck mule deer. From massive aspen stands to high alpine basins, it’s classic Big Sky elk country.

Now, thanks to an agreement between the Bair Ranch Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) and the Tenderfoot Trust, 8,200 acres along Tenderfoot has the opportunity to be conserved and opened to the public. The land lies in a checkerboard of ownership, with almost 13 square miles interspersed with National Forest land. [Read more…]

Ask Fish and Game: Take The Kids Fishing

Q. Where’s a good place to take my grandkids fishing?

A. Family Fishing Waters are great places to take the grandchildren and the rest of the family fishing. They are easy to get to, the rules are simple and they have plenty of fish to catch. To find good places to take a youngster fishing, directions on how to get there, what kind of fish will you find, and some tips to make your first fishing trip a success, go to: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/apps/ffw/, which lists family friendly waters in each of Idaho Fish and Game’s seven regions across the state. Or go to the Fish and Game Website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ and click on the “Idaho Fishing Planner” logo under the picture, and search for a place. Or contact the nearest Fish and Game regional office.

Wildlife Day Camp Scheduled by Natural Resource Agencies

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service have scheduled a free day camp in Coeur d’Alene August 2-6, 2010 for children ages 9 to 10 (as of July 1, 2010).

The camp will be held from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the nature center at the North Idaho Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene. During these hours, kids have the opportunity to learn about the wildlife around them through fieldtrips, unique crafts, hands on activities, journals and interactions with live animals.

There will be field trips studying forests, prairies, wetlands, and streams.

Due to the nature of the program, space is limited to only 12 participants. Registration is due by July 25. Registration will be processed in the order it is received. Lunch can be provided to children in special circumstances.

To register for this great opportunity, you may come to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, 2885 Kathleen Ave in Coeur d’Alene and complete a registration form, or call 208-769-1414 and ask for a registration form to be mailed to you.