Blue & Gray 1st Annual Banquet and Fundraiser

If you love good times and the outdoors like we do, you won’t want to miss the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Blue & Gray Chapter’s 1st annual banquet and fundraiser. We guarantee you a great time supporting a great cause!
This year’s banquet is on Saturday, August 6th, 2011 at Middletown, VA Fire Dept. Social Hall (Exit 302-I 81) .
Doors open at 5:00 PM. During the “social hour” you’ll enjoy drawings, raffles, games, drinks (BYOB), and the silent auction. Dinner and live auction will follow. [Read more…]

RMEF Files Motion in Latest Wolf Suit

MISSOULA, Mont.–Animal rights groups are challenging in federal court the constitutionality of Congress’ recent delisting of wolves in parts of the West. Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula, Mont., will consider the challenge, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has filed a motion to intervene in support of the delisting.

If the motion is granted, Judge Molloy will consider RMEF positions in his decision. [Read more…]

Top 25 Elk Counties

 

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MISSOULA, Mont.—Counties in Colorado, Montana, Utah, Washington and Wyoming are among the 10 fastest-growing areas to benefit from wildlife habitat protection by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

A newly released Top 25 list shows the relative significance of RMEF habitat protection projects. Listings are based on “RMEF Impact Ratios.” The ratios reflect county-by-county totals of RMEF-protected lands versus current local forces of population growth and residential development, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. [Read more…]

RMEF Grants for Montana Conservation Projects

MISSOULA, Mont.–Wolf-related research on elk productivity and survival in the Bitterroot Valley, plus a variety of forest, weed and habitat management efforts, headline a slate of projects selected for 2011 grants from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The new RMEF grants total $210,705 and affect Beaverhead, Broadwater, Deer Lodge, Flathead, Gallatin, Granite, Missoula, Lewis and Clark, Powder River, Powell, Ravalli and Sanders counties. [Read more…]

Congress Partially Delists Wolves

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation was among the first to call on Congress to step in and fix the gray wolf debacle, and today’s Congressional delisting of wolves in a portion of the West is a step in the right direction, officials say.

“This is a win for science over emotion. It’s a win for facts over hysteria. Congress has reaffirmed that state wildlife biologists—not lawyers, judges or animal rights activists—are the best authority in conservation and wildlife management today,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO.

He added, “We’re grateful that Congress has begun the process of rescuing science-based wildlife management from the frivolous lawsuits that have kept America’s proven system of conservation bogged down for years in court proceedings and bureaucracy.” [Read more…]

Volunteer Labor for RMEF Tops $17 Million

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MISSOULA, Mont.”For the first time in Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation history, annual labor donated by RMEF volunteers has exceeded $17 million in total value.

This voluntary workforce of devoted elk hunters and other conservationists is providing much of the horsepower for RMEF initiatives in 2011—habitat conservation and enhancement, elk restoration, hunting heritage and youth education programs, and more. [Read more…]

Wanna Win A Backcountry WY Elk Hunt?

 

20th Annual Rocky Mtn Elk Foundation (RMEF) Bull Run Banquet & Auction

Date: April 2, 2011
Time: 4:30pm – 8pm
Place: Burke Volunteer Fire Department Hall – 9501 Old Burke Lake Road  Burke, Virginia 22015

Dinner, Raffles, Silent and Live Auctions and a “GREAT” time for the whole family! Come out to celebrate the reintroduction of elk in Virginia!

One of the auction items will be a Backcountry Wilderness Elk Hunt in Wyoming. If you want to experience elk hunting, in a traditional setting, you won’t find a better location or outfitter than Open Creek Outfitters!

FOR TICKETS CALL:

Rich Vigue: 703-317-0441 [Read more…]

Growing Membership Reaches New High for RMEF

MISSOULA, Mont.–Hunters and sportsmen joined the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation at a rapid pace in 2010, pushing membership totals up by 12 percent to a record high of 178,000. The number of new members represents the largest single-year jump in RMEF history.

RMEF membership at the end of 2010 was nearly 30 percent higher than in 2008.

David Allen, RMEF president and CEO, attributes the growth to several factors.  [Read more…]

Great Elk Tour to Promote Habitat Conservation

MISSOULA, Mont.—A traveling exhibit of world-class trophy elk is designed to help the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation inform the public about America’s ongoing need for wildlife habitat stewardship and conservation.

RMEF’s 2011 Great Elk Tour, themed “Great Elk Need Great Habitat,” is appearing across the U.S. at sports and outdoor shows, sporting goods retailers, Pro Bull Riders events and more. Tour schedules, photos and other details are updated frequently at www.greatelktour.org. [Read more…]

IRA Charitable Rollovers Are Back!

IRA charitable rollovers are back! When President Obama signed H.R. 4853 into law on December 17, 2010, IRA charitable rollovers were extended retroactively from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2011. IRA owners age 70½ or older once again have opportunities to make direct, tax-free transfers to charity—up to $100,000 in both 2010 and 2011.

Scoring: People 70½ and older can take advantage of this opportunity to transfer up to $100,000 tax-free from their IRA accounts to qualified charities before January 31, 2011 and still have these dollars count in their 2010 income tax returns. And, they can give up to $100,000 again before December 31, 2011 by doing the following: [Read more…]