December 7, 2022

RMEF Honored for Public Access and Habitat Stewardship

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation received the Public Lands Foundation’s (PLF) 2018 Landscape Stewardship Award at a ceremony here Tuesday for its leadership in conserving wildlife habitat and improving access on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

“The RMEF has been a long-time leader in working with the BLM, state and federal agencies, private landowners and other partners to conserve wildlife and enhance access to public lands for hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy,” said Ed Shepard, PLF president. “RMEF’s unique niche as a grassroots, member-driven organization has made a measureable impact as a passionate and effective advocate, working from the ground up to champion access and habitat improvement projects across the country.”

The Montana/Dakotas BLM nominated RMEF for the prestigious award and highlighted RMEF’s successful Cow Island Trail acquisition in north-central Montana immediately prior to the 2015 hunting season. The 93-acre project improved access to approximately 6,000 acres of public land in the scenic Upper Missouri Breaks that were extremely difficult to reach.

“We have worked side-by-side with our BLM partners for more than 34 years and appreciate receiving this honor and recognition,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “It is a reflection of our commitment to our mission and especially is an indicator of the support we receive from our volunteers, members and other conservation partners who support us in all that we do together.”

Over the past 20 years in the Montana/Dakotas region alone, RMEF spearheaded five lands projects conveying 14,015 acres to BLM, opening or improving access to more than 56,000 acres of public lands.

“The Elk Foundation is leaving an indelible mark on the ability of current and future generations to use and enjoy our nation’s public lands,” said Jon Raby, BLM Montana State Director. “RMEF’s ability to work closely with willing landowners to develop strategic access improvement projects is a tremendous asset for BLM and the public.”

The most recent RMEF-BLM Montana effort is the Little Sheep Creek access project in southwest Montana that, when completed, will permanently protect nearly 1,000 acres of wildlife habitat and improve access to 2,600 acres of adjacent public lands.

RMEF and BLM Montana have partnered on more than 60 habitat stewardship projects that directly benefited more than 80,000 acres of habitat for elk and a diverse array of other species. Nationally, the BLM and RMEF have completed more than 1,082 projects with a joint conservation portfolio valued in excess of $143 million dollars.

Photo information (left to right):  BLM/RMEF National Liaison Linda Cardenas, BLM Western District Manager Rick Hotaling, Kemp Conn, retired BLM Deputy Assistant Director, Lands and Resources, RMEF President/CEO Kyle Weaver, RMEF Director of Lands Jennifer Doherty, RMEF Senior Lands Program Manager Mike Mueller


Fish and Wildlife Management is a Laughing Stock, Unless You Are an Environmentalist

While the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) pat themselves on the back for all the outstanding work they have done (every child gets a trophy), some of us are wishing that a little of that effort would be focused on better deer and moose management.

To justify an increase of 60% in Any-Deer Permits (ADP), MDIFW says Maine has had two “mild” winters in a row and thus there are now too many deer in some places and we got to get rid of them. What’s confusing is that some of those places that got increases in ADPs, last winter saw record-breaking amounts of snow and continue to see extremely poor deer hunting. Evidently snow no longer is a factor is calculating severe and mild winters. Little did I know.

But if you take a moment and read through the “everybody gets a trophy” recognition is given to looking out for piping plovers, arctic char, bats, updating the website, selling licenses, shuffling papers and creating more regulations, with not one award listed for deer management, moose management or even bear management.

To make sure we understand this, license fees from hunters, fishermen, trappers, etc. pays for the operation of MDIFW and yet all the awards and recognition goes to the list above. This, of course, is the result of the direction that Maine and every other state in the Union has taken, turning their fish and game departments into carrying out the goals of environmentalism – totalitarian socialists doing the bidding for the fascists and liking every minute of it. They never learned that this, historically, is always followed by communism. Today the brainwashed would labeled this “fake news.”

Unfortunately, this is only recognized by a handful of people who still have their heads mostly screwed on the right way. Otherwise, the majority of people, think that using my dollars I spend on a hunting license to make sure piping plovers get everything they need, while at the same time restricting access by taxpayers to beaches near nesting sites, is a good thing. Evidently they need to entice more people to buy hunting licenses, at the expense of the deer, in order to buy those “everybody gets a trophy.”

At the present rate of declension, only a short time remains before hunting and trapping are regulated and forced out of existence because of the influence of Sustainable Development’s Environmentalism.

I stand as a distinct minority in my judgement as to how I perceive fish and wildlife departments nationwide…But that doesn’t make my perspective wrong.


Wanda Chadbourne: Miss Maine Sportsman Finalist


Hello everyone!!

I know many of you don’t live here in Maine and at this moment,surely wished you did so you could come to the show and vote for me but I just had to share(online votes do NOT count~ you HAVE to come to the show to get your ballet and vote! )!

This is a bulk email,so,for those of you that do not have Facebook and haven’t heard, and do live in Maine(or live out of Maine and WANT to come up lol), and want to vote,by all means PLEASE come to the Maine Sportsman Show in Augusta at the Augusta Civic Center! Bring the whole family and bring friends!! If you don’t want to pay the 8 bucks to get in,you can go online and purchase your tickets for 5 bucks!( ) Votes can be once a day ,so if you go all 3 days,you can vote for me THREE times!

I surely did not really expect a call when I filled out the application,writing the 6 pages I did and as it was last minute and a reminder sent by a friend who ran last year!! Also, as most of the other girls are young,teeny and pretty girls(and what do guys like or drool over??lol) and a couple have degree’s that I cannot match but having 43 plus years of outdoor experience and being a raptor rescuer and volunteer with Avian Haven, surely makes it all worthwhile!!

Even if I do not end up being crowned, I am and will still be a winner (as will all the other girls be that don’t end up being crowned)! Why??Because I LOVE the outdoors as you all know and all that goes with it and I am in a book also and how many can say that~ I will bring the hunting book I was part of with me if you’d like to see that ,some of you have! Its called Hunting Top End Bucks and a great read for any sports person in your life! As most of you know,I can talk,lol…so that’s what I will be doing at the show but I have to also add to my why, that I have lived A good life and mostly, because I tried, by filling out that application and no matter what, will still love and live in the outdoors until the day I die and having a degree does not make anyone better than the next when it comes to truly loving the life I live even in the simplicity of it! I wish us ALL the best of luck here BUT you got to vote and yes,I ask that you vote for MOI! Hehe Just look for the oldest lady there!

We will be on WTOS 105.1 FM on Tuesday 3/24 at 8:00am and on 92Moose and B98.5 on Wednesday 3/25 at 8:00am! Be sure to listen on air or online for chances to win show tickets all week long!

Even though I got the call Tuesday morning,my OFFICIAL letter read………………

Congratulations on being chosen as a finalist in the 2nd Annual Miss Maine Sportsman Competition!

The State of Maine Sportsman Show is at the Augusta Civic Center, March 27, 1 PM – 7pm, March 28, 9 am- 7 PM and March 29, 9 am – 4 PM. Two weekend passes and two Miss Maine Sportsman shirts for you to wear at the show will be located at the information table on the left inside the main entry doors at the Civic Center.

Finalists are not required to be at the show the entire weekend, however your presence in the booth is recommended so attendees can meet you. Attendance Sunday is mandatory.

The Miss Maine Sportsman booth is the second booth on the left after entering the auditorium. Feel free to bring photos and scrapbooks of outdoor adventures. Keep in mind that display space is limited.

The public will vote for MMS all weekend during the show. Each person can cast one vote per day. Patrons can vote each day they come to the show. Voting takes place at the show only. Facebook likes do no count. Voting ends Sunday, March 29 at 12 PM. A crowning ceremony will take place at 1pm that day.

There is no top 3 in the finalist category. All women are all equally being considered for the MMS crown. I have been made aware of some misinformation and wanted to clarify the information.

Fun pre-show events are coming up. All of you are encouraged to come if you can. Tuesday March 24, at 8 am we are on WTOS 105.1 located at 125 Community Dr Suite 201, Augusta. Kelly and I will be at the station by 7:30 am. Wednesday, March 25, at 8 am we are on 92Moose and B98.5. Both stations are located at 56 Western Avenue #13, Augusta. Kelly and Brittany will be there by 7:30 am also. Last year’s finalists had a lot of fun on the radio representing everything this competition stands for.

Finally, please email me your t-shirt sizes again, so we can order your t-shirts ASAP. I made an error when I was taking down the sizes and now I’m not sure whose sizes are correct. We are still not sure if it will be a woman’s or a man’s fits shirt, so please send both sizes in your message and please include whether or not you will be able to make it to either of the radio interviews.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, suggestions, do not hesitate to call me. I can be reached at 207-622-4242, Mon-Fri 8 am- 3 PM. Email works good too!


Thank you all and will be looking forward to seeing you at the show ,voting for me and you are more than welcome to PASS THIS email on!! The more the merrier.




Shake, Rattle and Troll Wins Media Award

The Shake, Rattle and Troll outdoor media center found in Arizona, announced that they had just received the “2014 Media of the Year” for the second time by the only 5/0 vote by the Board of Commissioners of the Arizona Fish and Game Department. Congratulations!

It must have been my interview that put them over the top. Bwahahahahaha


Kentucky Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources, KDFWR Commission to Receive RMEF Conservationist of Year Award

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pleased to announce the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) and the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission will share the 2014 RMEF Conservationist of the Year Award.

“Kentucky has been and remains a prominent example of a state dedicated to ensuring the future of elk and elk country,” said Blake Henning, RMEF vice-president of Lands and Conservation. “Not only did KDFWR and the Commission show great passion and dedication in restoring elk to the native Kentucky landscape, but they successfully worked to implement recent restoration efforts in other states as well.”

KDFWR, the Commission and RMEF worked cooperatively to help release 1,547 elk into Kentucky from 1997-2002. Now with more than 10,000 elk within its borders, Kentucky boasts the largest herd in the East. It also established an annual elk hunt beginning in 2001.

The award, however, is focused more on their recent commitment to eastern elk restoration. The Department and Commission pledged their support to successful elk restoration efforts in Missouri (2011) and Virginia (2012). In addition, Kentucky’s wild elk also crossed the state border into West Virginia.

“No state ever looked at an elk restoration project on the scale that they did. Their successful efforts made them a strong leader among the eastern states engaged in or considering restoration of elk. Many have contacted them regularly to seek their knowledge and expertise,” added Henning.

“When we began this restoration in 1997, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and other state wildlife agencies stepped up and offered to help,” said Kentucky Wildlife Division Director Dr. Karen Waldrop. “Our success is directly related to their willingness to provide early funding and those initial elk. Strong partnerships made this a successful restoration.”

Kentucky’s commitment to elk restoration meant working with various stakeholders to convince them of this opportunity and need for Kentucky to serve as a source elk herd for other states. To qualify as a source herd they needed to continue elk disease surveillance activities and establish a Chronic Wasting Disease monitoring program for hunter-harvested elk. The commitment also provided hundreds of hours of staff time to help construct capture and quarantine facilities, the actual trapping of elk, disease testing, sorting and re-testing the elk a second time as part of the disease testing protocol of the recipient states as well as significant budgetary contributions.

To date, RMEF contributed more than $1.4 million to assist with management of Kentucky’s elk restoration program.

RMEF will formally recognize the 2014 Conservationist of the Year award recipients at December’s Elk Camp national convention in Las Vegas.mbers.


PBR Honors RMEF’s David Allen with Lifetime Achievement Award

From the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation – Press Release:

MISSOULA, Mont.—Professional Bull Riders (PBR) announced it will bestow the Jim Shoulders Lifetime Achievement Award upon Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation President and CEO David Allen. The honor, just the fourth ever awarded by the PBR, recognizes a non-bull rider for significant contributions made to the sport.

“I am extremely humbled and honored to receive this recognition,” said Allen. “I have many passions in my life including God, family, our great country, conservation, hunting and helping the PBR grow. My associates at the PBR are among my greatest friends. I could hardly begin to thank all of them enough including, Ty (Murray) and Cody (Lambert), Tuff (Hedeman), Randy Bernard and many, many others.”

“David Allen has been one of those people behind the curtain since the inception of the PBR willing to do whatever it took to help the PBR succeed,” said Randy Bernard, former long-time CEO of the PBR. “Every bull rider in this world is a little better off thanks to all the efforts of David in the early years of PBR. He was an incredible sounding board/advisor/promoter that helped PBR reach its accomplishments. It is truly wonderful that he is being honored with the Jim Shoulders award as he is so deserving of it.”

“The original 20 founders of the PBR (the bull riders) were all friends of mine as I had been in the pro rodeo world for over 20 years at that time,” said Allen. “They had asked me to help them with marketing and sponsorships and they were up front that they didn’t have any money to pay me. But they offered me the rights to some PBR events as the promoter, so I took them up on the opportunity. The PBR has evolved into a world class entertainment product beyond any of our wildest dreams from the beginning days.”

Allen supported the PBR since its beginning in 1992 and was behind its first event in Kansas City where he hired Flint Rasmussen. He establish the Ty Murray Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which recently concluded its 18th year. He also started the Denver event, which is held every January in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show.

“David’s one of the most unique individuals,” said Jim Haworth, PBR CEO. “What I love about David is he has a no-nonsense approach to anything you ask him. If you want to know something and you ask him, be prepared, because he’s going to give you a straight answer.”

“The concept of putting decals from sponsors on vests came from Randy and I trying to figure out how to make sponsorships of bull riders have value and not look cheap. It was a natural to borrow from how NASCAR did things in those days and so we did,” added Allen.

Allen will receive the award at the PBR Ring of Honor ceremony which is part of PBR Heroes & Legends Celebration on Tuesday, October 21, in Las Vegas.The Jim Shoulders Lifetime Achievement Award is named for Shoulders, a cowboy and bull rider who won 16 World Championships during his career, including seven bull riding titles. It recognizes a non-bull rider whose efforts helped build the PBR into the success it is today.


RMEF Achieves 4-Star Charity Rating for Sixth Consecutive Year

MISSOULA, Mont.–The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation again garnered the highest rating available from Charity Navigator, America’s leading charity evaluator.

“This 4-star rating speaks volumes for our staff and volunteers,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “It’s yet another indication of RMEF’s commitment and adherence to sound fiscal management, accountability and transparency.”

Charity Navigator highlights the work of efficient, ethical and open charities. Its stated goal is to provide donors with essential information needed to give them greater confidence in the charitable choices they make.

“Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way,” said Ken Berger, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only 3 percent of the charities we rate have received at least 6 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation outperforms most other charities in America.”

Charity Navigator data shows RMEF spends only seven percent on administrative costs and 2.8 percent on fundraising costs. Therefore, 90.2 cents of every dollar that RMEF spends go directly into its mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

Forbes, Business Week, and Kiplinger’s Financial Magazine, among others, featured Charity Navigator’s unique method of applying data-driven analysis to the charitable sector. Charity Navigator estimates that its 2013 ratings influenced approximately $10 billion in charitable gifts.

“This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust,” added Berger.

Find details of RMEF’s 4-star rating here.


USSA Leader Nominated for SHOT Business Award

Bud Pidgeon, former president and CEO of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) and the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation (USSAF), has been nominated by SHOT Business magazine for their Person of the Year award. SHOT Business is the official publication of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

The award “recognizes the individual who has done the best job of promoting the shooting sports and presenting a positive image while making great personal sacrifices—both in time and financial resources—in an effort to preserve our hunting and shooting heritage and protect our firearms freedoms.”

“I am certainly honored and humbled to be recognized by SHOT Business and NSSF,” said Pidgeon. “This recognition is not possible without the USSA and the legion of sportsmen supporting our efforts.”

Pidgeon led the USSA and USSAF for 16 years, retiring in August of this year.

Many of the organizations most impressive victories occurred during his reign including the creation of the Trailblazer Adventure Program which to date has attracted over 1.7 million youth and their families to experience outdoor sports, many for the first time. Pidgeon also played a leadership role in creating the Families Afield campaign that has resulted in over one million apprentice licenses being sold in 35 states to date.

The SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show) is the largest conference for firearms, hunting and shooting accessories in the world, and recognizes leading individuals and corporations in the business through its SHOT Business Awards. Winners will be announced at the Bonnier Outdoor Group SHOT Show industry breakfast on January 14, 2014.