RMEF Off and Running on Elk Camp Momentum

RENO, Nev.–Elk Camp 2010, which concluded March 7 in Reno, Nev., set the tone, direction and fundraising base to position the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for a big year in habitat conservation, officials say.

On the strength of $1.45 million in auction proceeds and an Elk Camp record for new memberships (preliminary figures show 2,867 members joined or renewed during the event), RMEF wrapped up its 26th Annual Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo with gross fundraising topping $2.75 million. Those dollars will help support the organization’s initiatives to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat.

RMEF recently topped 5.7 million acres conserved or enhanced, but RMEF President and CEO David Allen says the conservation to-do list in elk country is growing longer, not shorter.

“There was such great spirit at Elk Camp, you couldn’t help but get pumped up about where we’ve been and where we’re going. Habitat loss continues to chip away at the wild places relished by elk and elk hunters, but our volunteers, supporters and staff are headed home from Reno with a renewed sense of urgency and purpose and commitment to make a difference,” said Allen.

He added, “In many ways, Elk Camp is the official kickoff to our year, and after these past four days, I’m anticipating a great 2010.”

Other Elk Camp highlights included:

脗路脗聽 脗聽 脗聽 脗聽 RMEF launch of the Dale Earnhardt Land/Wildlife Legacy.
脗路脗聽 脗聽 脗聽 脗聽 First-ever live coverage of the RMEF/Leupold World Elk Calling Championships on
ESPN Outdoors.com.
脗路脗聽 脗聽 脗聽 脗聽 New world champion elk callers including Joel Turner of Eatonville, Wash., who won
his second title in the Professional Division.
脗路脗聽 脗聽 脗聽 脗聽 RMEF’s highest honor, the Wallace Fennell Pate Wildlife Conservation Award, went to
Walker S. “Buddy” Smith, Jr. and wife Tammy Lynne Smith of Great Falls, Mont.
脗路脗聽 脗聽 脗聽 脗聽 Numerous awards and recognitions for RMEF volunteers and supporters.
脗路脗聽 脗聽 脗聽 脗聽 Good day-traffic in the expo hall with numerous attendees booking hunting trips.
脗路脗聽 脗聽 脗聽 脗聽 Entertainment by comedian Jim Gaffigan and country stars Neal McCoy and Sara
Evans.

News releases on these and other headlines are posted at www.rmef.org.

Event sponsors included Roper, Leupold, Cabela’s, Gerber, Hunter’s Specialties, Midway USA, Mossy Oak, North American Hunter Magazine, Browning and Budweiser.

Allen said, “We can’t say thank you enough to our sponsors, exhibitors and attendees for their continuing support. Together, we’re helping to shape the future of elk country.”

The 27th Annual Elk Camp and Expo will be in Reno, Nev., March 3-6, 2011.

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