January 16, 2018

Kimber Donates $50,000 to RMEF’s Conservation Mission

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation accepted a $50,000 donation from Kimber in response to strong sales of the Kimber Camp Guard 10.

“We appreciate and value the support of our partners at Kimber,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “This donation is evidence of both Kimber’s support of our conservation mission and of a quality firearm that is valued by hunters and recreational shooters alike.”

Designed in collaboration with RMEF for use in the backcountry, the Camp Guard 10 is comfortable to carry. As a 10 mm handgun it also combines sought-after personal defense features in what is widely considered the best semi-auto bear cartridge.

Made of stainless steel and featuring a rosewood grip with a RMEF logo, Kimber set aside a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each handgun to benefit RMEF.

“We are proud to play a role in conservation and give back to our partners at RMEF,” said Ryan Busse, Kimber vice president of sales. “Kimber is a company of hunters and shooters, and of RMEF Members. We consider it an honor to provide the finest hunting and shooting gear to the people who are engaged in conservation and hunting.”

The Camp Guard 10 remains popular in the general market. RMEF also offered it to its life members and features it in its nationwide banquet program. It is one of RMEF’s more popular officially licensed products.

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Christmas: A Battleground – The Wrestling Against Powers and Principalities

I have often shared on this website Ephesians 6:12 from the Holy Scriptures: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, and against the worldly governors, the princes of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness, which are in the high places.” The celebration and recognition of the Christmas “halig“day is perhaps the epitome of the battle between “principalities, against powers, and against worldly governors, the princes of the darkness of the world, against spiritual wickedness” and Goodness, i.e. the fulfillment of our Creator’s Spirit of Truth that, by our own choice, lives within us. Because our Creator God made us of the capacity to choose, it is our choice to be filled with His Spirit, however, the power of that Spirit is what “naturally” causes us to know the difference between wrong and right, with the exception of “strong delusion.”

Since the beginning of time there has existed the evil powers, by Heavenly Father’s choice, that work relentlessly to antithesize all things of the only Creator.

Bible scholars, and anyone who “studies to show themselves approved unto God,” know that our Savior (Yeshuwah) was not born in December and thus could not have been born on the 25th. It is believed that the Emperor Constantine, wrongly accepting of the myth by most in this world to be the first “Christian” world leader, first recognized the birth of the Savior Child on December 25th, a deliberate act of anti-Christ. Soon thereafter, the Vatican took over the bastardization of the birth of our Savior and thus turned it into the Pagan “halig”day it is today.

Try as they may to destroy all things Yeshuwah, to distort and mislead, the powers and principalities at work cannot destroy Yehwah’s Spirit of Truth.

Yes, the celebration of Christmas is a Pagan event, complete with the fabrication of “Satan” Claus, with a made up story about presents and the like wrongly attempting to meld Satan Claus and Yeshuwah into a share existence, but try as the evil may evil cannot break the power of Yeshuwah and the Spirit of Truth. Among all the worldly and Pagan symbols of this “halig”day, there still can be found moments of love and tenderness, an overlooking of the nastiness that often controls our lives, complete with a genuine seeking of Peace on Earth and Goodwill To All Men.

The Powers and Principalities do recognize that their mere efforts at Paganizing a government-recognized “halig”day, an event fabricated by Constantine to falsely placate the “Christians” of the day, that actually began the modern day practice of universal religion, i.e. Paganism, but this effort needs to be constantly reinforced to ensure that real Christians throughout the world not only prop up the holy Roman Empire’s bastardization of Christ but also to totally destroy any kind of recognition of the event of a Savior of the world being born for the redemption of our sins. This is why we see constant efforts at erasing even the name Christmas from the “halig”day.

Despite this effort, Richard Fernandez this morning writes: The effort to erase Christmas will probably fail for no other reason than that it meets a human need that a mechanical bureaucratic day off cannot fulfill.  Humanity needs a time to mark the growth and change in the family, an occasion to renew hopes and put aside fears and a chance to remember something we once knew: that everything’s going to be alright in the end.  It really will.”

The effort to erase Christmas will fail if for no other reason than this war between Powers will ultimately be won by the one and only True God who created all things and never breaks a promise. Many people may suffer cognitive dissonance, never realizing what is going on as they struggle to live in two opposing existences, but the power of Yehwah’s Spirit of Truth will forever show the good the differences between good and evil and as such, somewhere inside them, will seek Truth, Understanding, Peace on Earth and goodwill to all men everywhere in the World.

My prayer this day is that all will call upon that Spirit of Truth for that is the ONLY source of those things most of us seek and struggle to find.

May you receive the blessings of Yehwah!

 

 

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New Format, More Prize Money at 2018 World Elk Calling Championships

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will unveil its own version of March Madness at the 2018 World Elk Calling Championships. Similar to the popular basketball tournament, competitors will now face off in a bracketed format.

“We are excited to unveil this new format as it will increase elk calling skills and boost friendly rivalries,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “And to add to the excitement and level of competition, RMEF will double the prize money from a year ago.”

The 2018 World Elk Calling Championships will take place March 16-17 at the International Sportsmen’s Expo (ISE) at South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah.

Prize Money
Professional                            $5,000
Men’s                                      $2,500
Women’s                                 $2,500
Voice                                       $2,000
Youth (ages 11-17)                  $1,000
Pee Wee (10 & younger)         $1,000
Second- and third-place finishers in all above divisions will receive gear prizes.
(First place winnings in the Team division will remain $500.)

To compete, all contestants must register online. There are no entry fees.

Go here to watch a video from the 2017 World Elk Calling Championships.

A regional qualifying event, which is not mandatory to compete in Utah, will take place January 13 at the ISE Denver show. Register at that event by visiting RMEF’s Great Elk Tour or the Sportsmen of Colorado (booth #827) on the show floor.

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Biggest, Best Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo Quickly Approaching

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 2017 Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Exposition promises to be its largest and best show to date. It runs in conjunction with the 10-day National Finals Rodeo and will take place Dec. 7-16 in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, upstairs from Cowboy Christmas.

“Far and away, this is one of our favorite events we look forward to every year,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “We are excited to join partners, supporters, outdoorsmen and women, and so many other people who support RMEF’s conservation mission and our shared outdoor way of life.”

The combined Cowboy Christmas and Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo event covers more than 900,000 square feet and features the best of western lifestyle, firearms, optics, outfitters and guides, hunting apparel and all things hunting and outdoors.

2017 Hunting & Outdoor Christmas Expo highlights:

  • Wrangler Rodeo Arena & Junior National Finals Rodeo events on the show floor
  • Realtree Live Stage performances by Daryle Singletary, Easton Corbin, Mark Wills and others
  • Daily CanCooker cooking demonstrations, Elk Network original film screenings and Cowboys for Conservation interviews with Matt West
  • MTN OPS Ultimate Archery Experience
  • $80,000 in Cowboy Country raffle prizes at RMEF Booth 819
  • RMEF Great Elk Tour

Doors open daily at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo sponsors include ALPS OutdoorZ, Browning, Cabela’s, Chevrolet, Cinch Jeans & Shirts, The Mirage, MTN OPS, Peak BlueDEF, Realtree, Record Rack, Sitka, Traeger and Weatherby.

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2018 Elk Camp Heads to Arizona, Registration Now Open

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is heading to the sunny Southwest to hold its 2018 Elk Camp March 15-18 in Chandler, Arizona.

“There is nothing like the energy and enthusiasm generated by our members and volunteers at Elk Camp,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “We are excited to get together in Arizona to celebrate our conservation mission and milestones.”

As of July 1, 2017, RMEF has conserved or enhanced more than 7.14 million acres of elk habitat and opened or improved access to 1.15 million acres for hunters, anglers, hikers and others to enjoy. RMEF recently eliminated alllong-term debt for the first time in its 33-year history and is also riding eight consecutive years of record membership growth.

The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass will host 2018 Elk Camp. As in past gatherings, RMEF will celebrate its accomplishments during Volunteer Fun Night as well as two other nightly events including auctions. Elk Camp will also offer various “Taste of Arizona” events including a desert jeep tour, an excursion to historic downtown Scottsdale and Major League Baseball spring training games (schedules/locations yet to be announced by MLB teams). In addition, attendees may play nearby championship golf courses and take part in other on-site activities such as boating, horseback riding or sitting down at Arizona’s only five-star restaurant.

RMEF will announce its world class entertainment performers and other information in the near future.

Full registration is now open and available here.

RMEF held its 2017 national convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

Current Elk Camp 2018 sponsors include ALPS OutdoorZ, Browning, Sitka, US Bank and BMO Wealth Management.

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Here Comes Season Seven of RMEF Team Elk

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—Elk hunting adventures highlight the upcoming seventh season of RMEF Team Elk, presented by Cabela’s.

Team Elk remains one of the most unique hunting shows in all of outdoor television. It’s all elk, all the time,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “It gives us the opportunity to highlight and promote the hunting culture and offer insight about the link between hunting and conservation.”

Season seven of RMEF Team Elk begins the week of June 26 and airs Sundays at 9:00 p.m., Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. and Fridays at 12:00 p.m. (all Mountain time) on the Outdoor Channel.

Hosted by Brandon Bates, the new episodes feature a first responder from Texas chasing elk in New Mexico, a NASCAR driver who exchanges life in the fast lane for a bow during the Montana rut, a father-teenage daughter adventure, several father-son outings, a woman who chases elk for her first time in Colorado and memorable hunts in Utah and other locations.

In addition to Cabela’s, other RMEF Team Elk sponsors include ALPS OutdoorZ, Bloodsport, Bog-Pod, Browning, Browning Ammunition, Buck Knives, Danner, Eberlestock, Mathews, MTN OPS, Peak/BlueDef, Sitka, Yamaha, YETI Coolers and Zeiss.

“We appreciate our conservation partners for their dedicated support of elk, elk country and the RMEF,” added Decker.

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I’ll be a Radio Guest on Sunday

I will be a guest on the Shake, Rattle and Troll radio show Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. EST on KFNX, 1100 am out of Phoenix, Arizona. You can tune in Online by clicking on this link.

We will be discussing wolves and promoting my book, “Wolf: What’s to Misunderstand.” And if things go as they usually do, other topics of interest will be cover. Lots of fun!

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RMEF Celebrates 33rd Anniversary

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is commemorating 33 years of carrying out its conservation mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

“We are deeply indebted to and grateful for men and women who had the foresight, energy and perseverance to establish this organization for the benefit of elk and elk country,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “They sacrificed much for a big game mammal that today is the thriving majestic symbol of our nation’s wild country.”

Founded on May 14, 1984, by four elk hunters in northwest Montana, RMEF began operations in a modest trailer in the middle of a field. At that time, there were approximately 550,000 elk in North America. Today, there are more than one million elk from coast-to-coast.

As of December 31, 12016, RMEF and its partners carried out 10,469 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects that conserved or enhanced 7,111,358 acres. It also opened or secured access to 1,105,667 acres. Additionally, RMEF assisted with successful elk reintroductions in seven states and one Canadian province.

RMEF now has more than 222,000 thousand members and more than 500 chapters across the United States.

“We appreciate our volunteers, members and partners as well as sportsmen and women who support the RMEF. It is because of them that we are able to accelerate our mission across elk country,” added Allen.

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SAM Will Host Shed Hunter Gathering….However…..

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, along with the Maine Bowhunters Association, will host what is being called Maine Shed Hunter Get Together. The event is described as being a chance for “shed antler addicts” to bring samplings of their trophies to share with others. It is said to be an “informal” gathering.

However, I believe that it is a good idea to use such a gathering to educate shed hunters and wannabe shed hunters on the proper way to go about doing it with the least negative impact on over-wintering wildlife, in particular deer.

Some states across the nation have been forced to prohibit shed hunting because of the resulting threat from unintended and intended harassment of deer and other wild ungulates. Deer, we know, are often surviving on limited resources of food and energy. The last thing that any deer needs is being harassed by a shed hunter. The timing of when it’s best to hunt antler sheds, can coincide with the same times that deer are most vulnerable.

In visiting some of the website of businesses that offer shed hunting excursions, photos show snowmobiles and ATVs regularly being used to access areas known for finding sheds. While it doesn’t mean that sheds are only found and collected in deer yards, hunters should be made aware that any activity that causes a deer to run to escape, unnecessarily, can contribute to a deer’s death.

It is not my intention to suggest that shed hunting should be necessarily banned, but I would hope that the Fish and Wildlife Department, in conjunction with businesses that are advertising shed hunting excursions, would undertake an educational program designed to limit any and all negative impacts to the animals during the event.

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