RMEF, ISE Bringing ‘Elk Camp’ to Vegas

MISSOULA, Mont.–The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s annual convention, known throughout its 27 years as “Elk Camp,” is set for Feb. 2-4, 2012, at the Las Vegas Convention Center and host hotel, the Riviera. It’s the first time Las Vegas has hosted the event.

America’s premier hunting, fishing and travel shows, International Sportsmen’s Expositions (ISE), is co-locating with Elk Camp, managing all exhibit-hall sales and expo advertising to the public. RMEF will manage auctions, fundraisers, banquets, ceremonies and all RMEF-member activities. [Read more…]

Chance-of-a-Lifetime Hunts Awarded to Lucky Hunters

MISSOULA, Mont.—Elk hunters from Montana and New York have won chance-of-a-lifetime elk hunting experiences through special drawings offered nationally by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its sponsors.

Winners were drawn during the RMEF annual convention, which concluded March 6 in Reno, Nev.

Prizes and winners include:

Win a Hunt with Cameron Hanes (2012 hunt)—Sponsored by Danner, RMEF, Cabela’s and Colby Gines Wilderness Adventures. Winner: Sidney Richardson, Colstrip, Mont. Richardson will bowhunt with Hanes, host of RMEF television shows and columnist for Bugle magazine. Hunt includes horseback travel into a remote camp in Wyoming plus five days of elk hunting. Hunt will be filmed for the new “RMEF Team Elk” to air on Outdoor Channel. [Read more…]

Elk Camp 2011 Generates $2.5 Million for Conservation

RENO, Nev.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation on Sunday wrapped up its largest annual conservation fundraiser with gross revenues topping $2.5 million.

Those dollars will help support many RMEF initiatives to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat. RMEF is a major supporter of new elk restoration efforts in Missouri and Virginia. And, by the end of 2011, officials expect to top 6 million acres conserved or enhanced since the organization was founded in 1984.

RMEF’s 27th Annual Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo was held March 3-6 in Reno, Nev. Auctions, raffles, donations, exhibitors and attendees, new memberships and merchandise sales contributed to the total raised for conservation.

“Elk Camp always sets the tone for the coming year, and this year’s event had great energy and spirit. I believe we’re off and running toward a year of major milestones for our organization,” said RMEF President and CEO David Allen. [Read more…]

Attendee, Media Registration Open for 2011 Elk Camp

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is bringing its annual convention, affectionately known as “Elk Camp,” back to the Reno/Sparks Convention Center, March 3-6, 2011.

This year marks the 27th annual RMEF Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo—the organization’s largest annual fundraiser for its conservation programs.

“We count on our annual convention to rally and energize our members and supporters, and to charge our battery for another year of wildlife habitat conservation projects across elk country,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO.

In 2010, RMEF passed the 5.9 million acre mark for habitat conserved and enhanced nationwide, and helped launched elk restoration initiatives in Missouri and Virginia. [Read more…]

Make Your Reservations for Elk Camp Today!

For cowboys or city slickers, Reno never fails to offer up a rip-roaring’ good time. Make your reservations today to hit the trail to Reno, March 3-6, 2011 for our 27th Annual Elk Camp and Exposition.  Premier country western star Daryle Singletary will have you dancing in the aisles during our Opening Ceremonies and dinner Thursday night. You won’t want to miss our surprise entertainer at Friday’s Volunteer Appreciation Night followed by country artist Clay Walker performing at Saturday’s Grand Banquet. Don’t wait to register for these and other fun events. Purchase your tickets now and take advantage of discounted rates! [Read more…]

World Champion Elk Caller-5 Tips for Better Hunting

MISSOULA, Mont.–For elk hunters who’d like to be better elk callers, there are few mentors more qualified today than Joel Turner, reigning and two-time champion of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation/Leupold World Elk Calling Championships.

Turner, 33, of Eatonville, Wash., won his second world title in three years at the March event held as part of RMEF’s Annual Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo.

A police officer and state firearms instructor by trade, Turner also is a devout elk nut, bowhunter, guide, naturalist and call maker. He’s spent the past several years developing an elk calling philosophy and hunting system–some of it based on tactical theory–that has consistently produced bulls in multiple states.

Turner shared the following five tips for better elk calling and hunting: [Read more…]

Note from David Allen, RMEF

Dear RMEF Family,

Just like breaking camp after a week of hunting and exhilaration in high country, RMEF ended its recent Elk Camp and convention feeling gratified and fulfilled and energized for another year of hard work. I’m writing to congratulate everyone who helped make our event in Reno a big success and to thank you for your part in safeguarding a way of life that non-elk-hunters will never understand.

Clearly, Elk Camp 2010 has set a tone, direction and fundraising base to position us for a big year in habitat conservation!

Highlights include:

  • Total gross fundraising topping $2.75 million, including auctions, raffles, membership, merchandise sales, admission and exhibitor fees, and more.
  • Participation by 300 exhibitors with 460 booths and 1,800 pre-registered attendees.
  • A new Elk Camp record for new member enlistments, thanks to a special membership drive encouraging show attendees to purchase RMEF memberships for those serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Several corporate sponsors are still collecting totals, but a whopping preliminary sum of 2,867 new RMEF members is already confirmed.
  • RMEF launched the Dale Earnhardt Land/Wildlife Legacy.
  • RMEF’s highest honor, the Wallace Fennell Pate Wildlife Conservation Award, went to Walker S. “Buddy” Smith, Jr. and wife Tammie Lynne Smith of Great Falls, Mont.
  • Numerous awards and recognitions for RMEF volunteers and supporters.
  • First-ever live coverage of the RMEF/Leupold World Elk Calling Championships on ESPN Outdoors.com.
  • New world champion elk callers including Joel Turner of Eatonville, Wash., who won his second title in the Professional Division.
  • Good day-traffic in the expo hall with numerous attendees booking hunting trips.
  • Entertainment by comedian Jim Gaffigan and country stars Neal McCoy and Sara Evans.
  • An emotional Grand Banquet tribute to U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Patrick Zeigler, who was shot four times Nov. 5 at Fort Hood. RMEF has adopted this brave, tough, deserving soldier and his fiancé Jessica as new members of the RMEF family.

Just over $1.45 million in auction proceeds. Highlights, by the numbers:

  • $150,000-New Mexico Big Game Enhancement Package (deer, elk, oryx, ibex, pronghorn)
  • $95,000-Arizona Special Elk Permit
  • $86,000-Arizona White Mountain Apache Chairman’s Special Elk Permit
  • $52,000-California Tule elk permit at Fort Hunter Liggett
  • $51,000-Another California Tule elk permit at Fort Hunter Liggett
  • $50,000-Washington Special Eastside Elk Permit
  • $48,000-Wyoming Governor’s Big Game Package (1 moose, 2 other big game)
  • $45,000-Oregon elk and deer combo permit
  • $30,000-A sociable mule named Rosetta
  • $7,200-Pendleton gun safe
  • $7,000-A cute Labrador retriever puppy

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

In many ways, Elk Camp is the official kickoff to our year. As you know, RMEF recently topped 5.7 million acres conserved or enhanced, but the conservation to-do list in elk country is growing longer, not shorter. With the awesome spirit we had at Elk Camp, you couldn’t help but get pumped up about where we’ve been and where we’re going in 2010.

Words cannot express my great pride in the RMEF family, nor my renewed sense of urgency, purpose and commitment to make a difference for conservation in elk country.

Thanks again, and have a great year!

M. David Allen

President and CEO

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.

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Live Coverage of World Elk Calling Championships, March 5-6

RENO, Nev.—Elk hunters, listen up: ESPN Outdoors.com will carry live coverage of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation/Leupold World Elk Calling Championships, March 5-6, from Reno. Nev.

Live streaming video will begin with preliminary rounds of competition at 9:00 a.m. (Pacific time) on Friday, March 5. Finals begin at 9:00 a.m. (Pacific time) on Saturday, March 6.

“If you like to hunt, call or listen to elk—and if you can go online—this event will be a real treat,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “These competitors are the best elk callers on the planet and viewers will learn a lot about elk.”

Cash, prizes and world-champion honors will be awarded in six divisions: Pee Wee (age 10 and under), Youth (age 11-17), Natural Voice (no calling devices allowed), Women’s, Men’s and Professional (sponsored competitors).

Judges include naturalists, hunters and former elk calling champions.

The event is being held as part of the annual RMEF Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center, March 4-7.

To watch the RMEF/Leupold World Elk Calling Championships, and to see daily coverage of the entire event, go to www.espnoutdoors.com.

Elk Camp Colorado Presents Unique Look at Colorado Elk Hunting

 

DENVER, Colo.–Big game hunters can now experience the excitement and adventure of Colorado elk hunting by immersing themselves in “Elk Camp Colorado,”the latest online video from the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Filmed in high-definition video and recorded in digital audio, “Elk Camp Colorado” takes viewers on an intimate journey deep into Colorado’s backcountry, capturing one of the most time-honored and cherished big game hunting traditions–the elk camp.

The 12-minute video also provides a wealth of information to assist hunters, including overviews of Colorado’s big game hunting regulations and license application process.

“This video is a wonderful tool for helping people get started and teaching them to be more successful on their hunt,” said Tyler Baskfield, DOW communications manager.  “It’s also highly entertaining and does a great job at getting people excited about hunting in Colorado.”

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