ESPN: Daily Coverage of Elk Camp, March 4-7

MISSOULA, Mont.—ESPN Outdoors has confirmed upcoming daily online coverage, features, photo galleries and live streaming video from “Elk Camp,” the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s annual convention and expo, March 4-7, in Reno, Nev.

Coverage will be featured at www.espnoutdoors.com.

Links to the coverage will be provided at the Elk Foundation’s site, www.rmef.org.

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Elk Camp Seminars, Registration

All media attending the upcoming Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo in Reno, Nev., March 4-7, are welcome to cover the extensive lineup of Cabela’s-sponsored seminars. Topics include bowhunting and other hunting skills, horse packing, marksmanship, wild game cooking, game calling strategies and much more. See list below. Media pre-registration is encouraged to ensure smooth entry into the seminars, RMEF/Leupold World Elk Calling Championships and expo hall upon arrival at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center.

Media can pre-register by contacting Steve Wagner, Blue Heron Communications, at steve@blueheroncomm.com or 800-654-3766.

Seminars include:

Thursday, March 4
Making the Most of Your Season
Wayne Carlton, CamoWest

Hunting in a Sacred Manner
Ron Dube, Ron Dube’s Wilderness Adventures

Bullet Selection and Handloading for Elk
Richard Mann, reloading editor for LoadData.com

Hunting and Calling Big Bulls Solo
Al Morris, world elk calling champion, Hunter’s Specialties

Three-Step Success to Calling Rutting Bulls
Steve Chappell, Cabela’s pro staff

How to Get an Easy Elk
Jim Zumbo, host, Jim Zumbo Outdoors

Successful Archery Elk Strategies
Rich Birdsell, Northern Rockies Outfitters

Friday, March 5
RMEF/Leupold World Elk Calling Championships
Preliminary Rounds

Horse-Packing Clinic
Blain Jackson, Cottonwood Ranch

Optical Illusions, What Matters in Hunting Optics
Wayne van Zwoll, author, Hunter’s Guide to Long-Range Shooting

Making the Most of Your Season
Wayne Carlton, CamoWest

Carnivore’s Kitchen, Eating Wild
Chef John McGannon, Wildeats

Bullet Selection and Handloading for Elk
Richard Mann, reloading editor for LoadData.com

How to Draw a Trophy Big Game Tag in the West
Garth Carter, founder, The Huntin’ Fool magazine

Gutless Gutting, from Field to Freezer
Ron Dube, Ron Dube’s Wilderness Adventures

Dutch Oven Cooking
Phyllis Speer, host, Arkansas Outdoors

How to Get an Easy Elk
Jim Zumbo, host, Jim Zumbo Outdoors

How to Draw a Trophy Big Game Tag in the West
Garth Carter, founder, The Huntin’ Fool magazine Ralph Ramos, PSE pro staff

All the Right Moves, Modern Elk Calling Techniques and Strategies

Saturday, March 6
RMEF/Leupold World Elk Calling Championships
Championship Rounds

Horse-Packing Clinic
Blain Jackson, Cottonwood Ranch

All the Right Moves, Modern Elk Calling Techniques and Strategies
Ralph Ramos, PSE pro staff

Making the Most of Your Season
Wayne Carlton, CamoWest

Carnivore’s Kitchen, Eating Wild
Chef John McGannon, Wildeats

Tame the Mountain, Successful Backcountry Hunting
Cameron Hanes, Editor Eastman’s Bowhunting Journal

Predator Hunting and Predator Control Tips
Al Morris, world elk calling champion, Hunter’s Specialties

How to Get an Easy Elk
Jim Zumbo, host, Jim Zumbo Outdoors

Successful Archery Elk Strategies
Rich Birdsell, Northern Rockies Outfitters

Optical Illusions, What Matters in Hunting Optics
Wayne van Zwoll, author of Hunter’s Guide to Long-Range Shooting

Bullet Selection and Handloading for Elk
Richard Mann, Reloading Editor for LoadData.com

Wild Game Cuisine
Phyllis Speer, host, Arkansas Outdoors

How to Draw a Trophy Big Game Tag in the West
Garth Carter, founder, The Huntin’ Fool magazine
Sunday, March 7
Three-Step Success to Calling Rutting Bulls
Steve Chappell, Cabela’s pro staff

Successful Archery Elk Strategies
Rich Birdsell, Northern Rockies Outfitters

Bullet Selection and Handloading for Elk
Richard Mann, Reloading Editor for LoadData.com

Gutless Gutting, from Field to Freezer
Ron Dube, Ron Dube’s Wilderness Adventures

Hunting and Calling Big Bulls Solo
Al Morris, world elk calling champion, Hunter’s Specialties

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Snowy peaks, dark timber basins and grassy meadows. RMEF is leading an elk country initiative that has conserved or enhanced habitat on over 5.7 million acres—a land area equivalent to a swath three miles wide and stretching along the entire Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico. RMEF also works to open, secure and improve public access for hunting, fishing and other recreation. Get involved at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.

MidwayUSA Steps Up Support for Elk Foundation

MISSOULA, Mont.–MidwayUSA, a catalog and Internet retailer with “Just About Everything for Shooting, Reloading, Gunsmithing and Hunting,” is stepping up its support for conservation as the newest major sponsor of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 2010 convention.

The RMEF Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo is slated for March 4-7, 2010, at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev.

The annual event is a primary fundraiser for the RMEF mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat. MidwayUSA will present the convention’s “Grand Banquet Saturday” on March 6, including the night’s featured performance by country music star Sara Evans.

“Larry Potterfield and the entire staff at MidwayUSA continue to demonstrate a deep commitment to conservation and America’s hunting heritage. We’re very grateful for their partnership,” said Steve Decker, director of field programs for the Elk Foundation.

MidwayUSA also is the presenting sponsor of the RMEF TV show, Elk Chronicles.

“Dad taught me to hunt and fish and I’ve had a lifelong passion for the outdoors since,” said Larry Potterfield, founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. “Brenda and I have been fortunate enough to spend time in elk country and we are excited to do what we can to support the mission of RMEF.”

Calling All Screamers: Enter the Super Bowl of Elk Calling

MISSOULA, Mont.—If you’re a screamer, bugler, grunter or chuckler, you may have what it takes to win the Super Bowl of elk calling, March 4-7, 2010, in Reno, Nev.

Competition is open to the public in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation/Leupold 2010 World Elk Calling Championships. The event will be held as part of the annual RMEF Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center.

Featured in recent years by The New York Times and CBS Sunday Morning, the competition will return to Reno following a 2009 stint in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Groups Step Up To Auction Big Game Licenses

Montana Fish Wildlife Parks - FWP

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission recently selected four organizations to auction the 2010 bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk and deer hunting licenses. The annual hunting-license auctions raise funds for big game management efforts in Montana.

The Wild Sheep Foundation will conduct the bighorn-sheep license auction at its annual convention set for Feb. 4-6, 2010 in Reno, Nev.   Earlier this year, the high bid for the 2009 bighorn sheep license was $245,000. The Wild Sheep Foundation has a long history of hosting the auction license and for assisting states with wild sheep management, including financial assistance with the production of Montana’s first bighorn sheep conservation strategy. [Read more…]

First Elk Camp in Texas Generates $1.5 Million

 

 

FORT WORTH, TexasThe Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has generated $1.5 million from its first-ever convention in Texas.

Proceeds from the organization’s 25th Annual Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo, which ended March 8 in Fort Worth, will help support initiatives to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat. The Elk Foundation recently topped 5.7 million acres conserved or enhanced.

Elk Camp is a showcase for our mission, accomplishments and the amazing spirit of our volunteers and it’s also our largest annual fundraiser. This year our auctions grossed $1.1 million while new memberships, raffles, merchandise sales and public admission fees added another $400,000. We’re pleased considering the new site and economy, said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO.

Highlights also included:

– Numerous awards and recognitions for Elk Foundation volunteers.
– Entertainment by country stars Randy Travis, Sawyer Brown and Travis Tritt.
– Appearances by NASCAR’s Richard Childress, Realtree’s Bill Jordan and Dallas Cowboys legend Walt Garrison who  helped honor wounded veterans of the Iraq War.
– New winners in the RMEF/Leupold 2009 World Elk Calling Championships including Al Morris of Payson, Utah, as  the top new world champ in the Professional Division.
– Many celebrations of 25 years of conservation successes.

News releases on these and other headlines, plus links to video coverage on YouTube, are posted in a new Elk Camp newsroom section at www.rmef.org.