VDGIF Confirm Elk Restoration to Begin Soon

MISSOULA, Mont.-The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has been officially notified that elk restoration efforts in Virginia will begin this spring.

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries officials confirmed the news to RMEF, the project’s leading financial contributor with a pledge of $300,000. RMEF leaders say they will now step up local fundraising efforts to ensure the project, once started, continues to move forward and remains on schedule. [Read more…]

RMEF Eyeing an Ambitious 2012

MISSOULA, Mont.—Record-high membership. Strong fiscal performance. A landmark 6 millionth acre of habitat stewardship and protection. On the momentum of these and other accomplishments in 2011, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is eyeing 2012 with ambitious goals for conserving elk country, improving predator management and control, and building public understanding of hunters’ leadership in conservation.

“Our members and partners were part of something pretty special last year,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. [Read more…]

Landowners, Partners Secure 1,050 Acres of Montana Habitat

MISSOULA, Mont.–Longtime volunteers of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Keith and Linda Ward of Huson, Mont., have finalized a deal to permanently protect 1,050 acres of area ranchland that serve as important habitat for elk and other wildlife.

On Dec. 16, the Wards placed their Checkpoint Ranch, some 20 miles west of Missoula, Mont., between Ninemile and Sixmile creeks, under conservation easement with RMEF. [Read more…]

RMEF Supports Extended Wolf Hunt

MISSOULA, Mont.–The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is on record supporting a proposal to extend wolf-hunting seasons in Montana through the end of 2011, and beyond if necessary, until the harvest quota is met.

In a Nov. 28, 2011, letter to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department, RMEF President and CEO David Allen wrote, “RMEF believes that it is very important that hunters be allowed as much time as possible during these winter months to harvest the statewide quota of 220 wolves.”

Allen reminded the agency that elk and other big game herds in certain areas are being significantly impacted by burgeoning wolf populations, along with black bears, grizzlies and mountain lions. RMEF encouraged state officials to actively manage and control predators in these areas. [Read more…]

Elk Hunt Forecast 2011

Rocky Mountain Elk FoundationMISSOULA, Mont.–Winterkill, habitat problems and wolves have driven elk numbers down in some areas. But many of America’s roughly 800,000 elk hunters have reason to be optimistic about upcoming seasons, based on hunt forecasts compiled by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

(Note: The following data, compiled from state and provincial wildlife agencies, reflect biologists’ best estimates of elk populations. Each year, animal rights activists blatantly misrepresent these data to prop up their argument for keeping wolves perpetually on the Endangered Species List. It’s a fact that where wolves are concentrated, elk herds are being impacted. Calf survival rates in certain areas are too low to sustain herds for the future. Wolves must be managed, same as elk. In spite of the misuse, RMEF believes these data are valuable to hunters and will continue to provide them.)

Following are condensed forecasts for 29 states and provinces. See full-length versions at www.rmef.org/hunting/features. For even more detailed coverage, see the Sept./Oct. 2011 edition of the RMEF member magazine, Bugle. To join, call 800-CALL ELK. [Read more…]

Tips for Field Judging Elk

MISSOULA, Mont.–A trophy bull can turn up almost anywhere in elk country but opportunities to take one are rare. When a monster steps out, a hunter often has no time to count antler points, much less compute scores. But not always. Sometimes there’s ample chance to really focus and size up an elk in your search for the bull of a lifetime.

Will you know a world-class trophy if you see one?

“All elk hunters are fascinated by antlers, but not everyone recognizes what it takes to grow trophies. Big headgear is a product of genetics, age and nutrition provided by great habitat,” said David Allen, president and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. “Learning to field judge antlers will help you understand even more about the elk you’re looking at, whether it’s one for the record books–or one to let walk away and grow up.” [Read more…]

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, 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…]