Super Hunt Winners Announced

 

 

 

 

Winners in the first of two Idaho Super Hunt drawings were picked Monday, June 15.

 

One Super Hunt Combo ticket was drawn that entitles the winner to hunt for one each elk, deer, antelope and moose. Twenty-five other winners were picked for single species with tags for eight elk, eight deer and eight antelope hunts as well as one moose hunt. Winners can participate in any open hunt this fall, following the rules for the hunts they choose, for example, archery-only or muzzleloader-hunts.

 

The official winners in the June 15 drawing are:

Super Hunt Combo:

  • Brett Harris, Pocatello.

Deer:

  • David Posey, Meridian.
  • Jack Jones, Burley.
  • Joshua Anderson, Folsom, Calif.
  • Arie Roeloffs, Wendell.
  • Chaun Demars, Becker, Minn.
  • Ronald Santucci, Eagle.
  • Bryan Hedrick, Santa Paula, Calif.
  • Matt Bell, Snoqualmie, Wash.

Elk:

  • Jonathan Roth, Middleton.
  • Sean Burch, Nampa.
  • Philip Nell, Hanover, Penn.
  • Collin Griffiths, Missoula, Mont.
  • Steven Moser, New Plymouth.
  • Levi Cloud, Napa, Calif.
  • Mark Caywood, Hailey.
  • Jeremy Wassell, Lewiston.

Pronghorn:

  • Kyle Poppleton, Twin Falls.
  • Ryan Turpin, Meridian.
  • Lonie Austin, Princeton.
  • Larry Hoff, Middleton
  • Michael King, Rexburg.
  • John Robinson, Kuna.
  • Gerald Young, West Point, Calif.
  • Cameron Oler, Twin Falls.

Moose:

  • Mark Cornelius, Kinston, Tasmania (Australia).
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A second drawing will be August 17. Tickets for two elk, two deer, two antelope and one moose along with another Super Hunt Combo will be drawn.

 

Entries for the second Super Hunt and Super Hunt Combo drawing must be received at Fish and Game no later than August 10. Mail entries to IDFG License Section, P.O. Box 25, Boise, ID 83707.

 

Tickets are available online at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/superhunt, at license vendors and Fish and Game offices, or by phone at 800-554-8685 or 800-824-3729.

 

Money from the sale of tickets for the Super Hunt-described as “the hunt of a lifetime”-supports the Access Yes! Program, which compensates landowners to provide hunter and angler access to or across private land.

 

For information about this program contact local Fish and Game officials or visit the Website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/huntplanner/accessyesguide.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July is Elk Foundation Month at Bass Pro Shops

 

MISSOULA, Mont.—Throughout July, shoppers at Bass Pro Shops retail stores, catalogs and Web sites can learn about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and make a $2 donation for a chance to win awesome prizes.

Bass Pro Shops will forward 100 percent of proceeds to the Elk Foundation in support of its mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat. In addition, Bass Pro Shops will match 50 cents for every dollar raised through this promotion.

Four prizes will be awarded, including:

1. Montana 2010 rifle elk and mule deer hunt for two.
2. PBR 2009 World Finals package with event tickets, VIP passes and lodging for four.
3. $1000 Bass Pro shopping spree (gift card).
4. $500 Bass Pro shopping spree (gift card).

A drawing will be held August 15, 2009.

During RMEF Conservation Month, dedicated Elk Foundation volunteers work with Bass Pro Shops store managers to engage and educate customers about elk and conservation.

“This is the third year that Bass Pro Shops has hosted RMEF Conservation Month in July, and it has produced tens of thousands of dollars and immeasurable public awareness of our organization. We value our partnership with Bass Pro Shops and appreciate the opportunity to utilize their retail locations to support a great cause,” said Bob Swanson, who coordinates the promotion for RMEF.

Swanson said the partnership is being promoted via in-store signage, videos, posters, banners, point-of-sale cards, local chapter events and exhibits, advertisements in Elk Foundation publications, member coupons and more.

Bass Pro Shops says 51 retail stores are involved in the promotion.

For details, visit www.bassproshops.com and www.rmef.org

Elk Antler Shed Auction

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will conduct its first auction of shed elk antlers May 2 to raise funds for its Oak Creek Wildlife Area winter elk feeding program.

The auction starts at 1 p.m. at the Oak Creek headquarters building, 16601 Highway 12, west of Naches in Yakima County. Those interested in bidding should arrive at 11 a.m. to pre-register.

WDFW Wildlife Area Manager John McGowan said hundreds of pounds of antlers, shed by Rocky Mountain elk at the Oak Creek winter feeding site will be available for bidding. The antlers, shed annually by male elk, were picked up and stored by staff and volunteers in recent years. Winning bids must be paid in cash or check, payable to WDFW, at the auction.

“We hope this auction will help us offset some of the cost of feeding these animals every winter,” McGowan said.

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2009 SuperTags On Sale

 

 

Montana’s five dollar SuperTag lottery chances for big game hunts are on sale for 2009 with plenty of hunts available.

An unlimited number of these five dollar SuperTag chances are available. Eight lucky hunters will win the chance to hunt one of Montana’s big game species including a moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, elk, deer, antelope, mountain lion and bison in any legal district open for that species.

When you purchase a SuperTag, you are a winner whether your name is drawn for a hunting license or not. That is because SuperTag lottery proceeds go to enhance hunting access and boost FWP enforcement efforts, both of which benefit hunters.

To purchase a SuperTag, you’ll need a 2009 conservation license, a prerequisite license that many outdoorsmen and -women purchase early in the year. Then just visit an FWP office or FWP license provider’s establishment, or go online at fwp.mt.gov and use FWP’s online licensing service.

SuperTag deadlines are July 2 for the moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunts, and July 30 for the deer, elk, antelope, mountain lion and bison hunts. The SuperTag drawings will be held mid-July for the moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunts and held mid-August for the deer, elk, antelope, mountain lion and bison hunts.

If a hunter wins a SuperTag and also draws a license or permit through FWP’s special permit license drawings, the hunter will be required to surrender that license or permit before receiving the SuperTag. FWP will refund the fee associated with the special permit or license and reinstate any bonus points.

Big Game License Auction A Success

 

Montana’s 2009 big game auction licenses drew a total of $293,500.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, at its 25th Annual Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo last week in Fort Worth, Texas, auctioned the 2009 Montana elk license for $16,000 and the moose license for $14,000.

Three auctions occurred in February at the 32nd Annual Wild Sheep Foundation Convention and the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo held in Salt Lake City.

The Wild Sheep Foundation auctioned the 2009 bighorn sheep auction license for $245,000, surpassing the 2008 auction by $50,000. The 2009 mountain goat license went for $10,000. The Mule Deer Foundation auctioned the 2009 mule deer license at the same event for $8,500.

At least 90 percent of all auction proceeds go to state management of the species, and the remainder go to the auctioning organization.

CBS ‘Sunday Morning’ to Feature Elk Calling Championships

 

MISSOULA, Mont.—The long-running CBS News magazine “Sunday Morning” on March 22 is scheduled to feature competitors from the 2009 Leupold/Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation World Elk Calling Championships.

 

CBS correspondent Bill Geist covered the event held as part of the Elk Foundation’s recent Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

For local show times, visit www.cbsnews.com. Click on “Sunday Morning.”

 

Geist, a best-selling humor writer and chronicler of “quirky people and places,” and a CBS crew followed father-and-son elk callers, Greg Hubbell and Greg Hubbell Jr., of Belmont, Calif., leading up to and through the competition.

 

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 http://www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.

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.

National Capital Chapter of Safari Club International Annual Banquet & Auction 2009

 

I attended the SCI National Capital Chapter Banquet this evening with my wife Amy, friends Greg and Jenn. I believe that overall the evening was a success.  Just how successful will be known in about a week.  However, there were approximately 270 people that attended the banquet and auction. All for conservation and conservation education projects

It was great to see some new faces and prospective members and people bidding on items even in these tough economic times.

There were quite a few Donations for Safari in A Box, which is an outstanding program!

I hope that they are able to schedule next year’s banquet at the same location as it was a great venue with some very tasty food!

Here are some photos of the event: 

 

  

My lovely wife Amy next to an awesome Bull!
 

Now, these photos (except the photo of Greg and Jenn) and this format was a new test for me. I posted this complete blog from my iPhone instead of my computer. It appears that the post turned out “ok”, but it just wiped my battery out! I need to figure out why that happend.

The Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation is gearing up for the 19th 2009 Trip Auction

 

Brighten your day knowing you’re ready to bid at 9:00 am Mountain Time!

Proceeds from the 19th Trip Auction will support: “BE OUTSIDE” – The Idaho Children and Nature Network program. The Network’s mission is to connect children with nature in Idaho from backyards to mountaintops.

**LOOK for the “BE OUTSIDE” logo – it means the trip is suitable for children of varying ages.

Become a winning bidder & experience Idaho’s greatest gift, the outdoors!

Here are just some of the types of auction items:

Day & Overnight Trips

Wildlife Research Trips

Fish

Wolf pup counts

Sage grouse lek counts

Upland Bird Hunt

Harlequin Duck River Float

Family Camping

Backpacking

Horseback

Bird Watching

Lots More!

SPREAD THE WORD ON THESE IDAHO ADVENTURES!

Email family and friends about these unique Idaho outdoor adventures. There are trips for everyone and for a great cause!

 

For more information:

https://www.cmarket.com/auction/AuctionHome.action?_sourcePage=%2FauctionHome.jsp&auctionId=78835531

http://www.visitidaho.org/children-in-nature/

http://www.greatlodge.com/cgi-bin/donations/donation_info.cgi?st=ID&pg=Home

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/

 

 

Bull Run Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet

 

ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK FOUNDATION

BULL RUN CHAPTER

18th ANNUAL BANQUET & AUCTION

Saturday, April 4, 2009, 4:30 p.m.

Burke Volunteer Fire Department Hall

9501 Old Burke Lake Road

Burke, Virginia

Dinner, Raffles, Silent and Live Auctions

FOR TICKETS CALL:

Carl Hampton  (703) 323-8671  Rich Vigue  703-317-0441

SINGLE $ 65  COUPLE $ 95  YOUTH $ 15

CORPORATE TABLES AVAILABLE

**Ticket includes meal and 1 year Membership in RMEF

**A corporate table includes 1-Sponsor Membership, 3 – annual memberships and meals for 8 guests.

**Pre-Banquet Raffle is a Sony BRAVIA KDL-42V4100 42″ LCD TV or $1000 cash.

1 Ticket for $10

3 Tickets for $20

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is an international, non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat.

BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY! COME JOIN US AT ELK CAMP IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL AND HELP US CELEBRATE THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF THE RMEF!