August 19, 2019

Goodbye Cabela’s – Hello Bass Pro Shops

“Bass Pro Shops has reached a deal to acquire outdoors retail competitor Cabela’s and take the company private in a deal valued at $4.5 billion,  the companies said Monday.”<<<Read More>>>

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Elk Country Conservation Month Comes to Bass Pro Shops

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—Beginning August 1st, Bass Pro Shops will show its support for elk, elk habitat and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for the tenth consecutive year by sponsoring Elk Country Conservation Month.

“We are grateful for and appreciate the continued support of a company that is such a dedicated conservation partner,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “Bass Pro Shops continues to demonstrate its leadership and commitment to fish and wildlife conservation, our hunting heritage and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation through this promotion and their matching gift.”

During the month of August, in-store patrons who visit Bass Pro Shops across the United States can “round up for elk country,” or, in other words, round up their purchases to support RMEF’s mission.

“We want to give our customers the opportunity to contribute to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its great mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage,” said Martin MacDonald, Bass Pro Shops director of conservation. “Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris also established a matching donation program from Bass Pro to Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. We donate an additional 50 percent of the cumulative customer donations during the month of August.”

Since 1984, RMEF and its partners have completed 10,198 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects with a combined value of more than $1 billion. These projects protected or enhanced more than 6.8 million acres of habitat and opened or secured public access to 911,000 acres.

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Elk Country Conservation Month Coming to Bass Pro Shops

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—For the ninth year in a row, Bass Pro Shops will show its support for elk, elk habitat and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation by sponsoring Elk Country Conservation Month in August.

“We are grateful for and appreciate the support of an organization that is such a devoted conservation partner,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “Bass Pro Shops has shown again and again that in addition to its on-going work involving fish and wildlife habitat improvements, conservation and outdoor skills education, and conservation advocacy, that it remains a committed supporter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.”

During the entire month of August, in-store patrons who visit Bass Pro Shops across the United States can “round up for elk country,” or, in other words, round up their purchases to support RMEF’s conservation efforts.

“We want to give our customers the opportunity to contribute to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its great mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage,” said Martin Mac Donald, Bass Pro Shops director of conservation. “Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris also established a matching donation program from Bass Pro to Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. We donate an additional 50 percent of the cumulative customer donations during the month of August.”

Since 1984, RMEF and its partners have completed 9,556 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects with a combined value of more than $987.3 million. These projects have protected or enhanced more than 6.6 million acres of habitat and have opened or secured public access to 772,110 acres.

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Bass Pro Shops’ Elk Country Conservation Month to Support RMEF Mission

MISSOULA, Mont.–For the seventh year in a row, Bass Pro Shops announced its sponsorship of Elk Country Conservation Month, a fundraising effort to assist the mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Originally launched in 2007, customers taking part in the effort donated a cumulative $318,928, including an all-time high of $65,014 a year ago. Bass Pro Shops further supported RMEF by contributing a 50 percent match of all donations, which raised the overall total to $478,392.

“We are very appreciative of the efforts of everyone at Bass Pro Shops,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of marketing. “Their commitment to elk, elk country and conservation allows us to accelerate our efforts focused on land protection, habitat stewardship, elk restoration and hunting heritage.”

Customers can make a $2 donation to RMEF which also qualifies them to win a $2,000 Bass Pro Shops gift card or one of six $500 gift cards.

“Seven years ago, Bass Pro founder Johnny Morris established the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation-Elk Country Conservation Month throughout its North American stores,” said Martin MacDonald, Bass Pro Shops director of conservation. “We want to give our customers the opportunity to contribute to the RMEF and its great mission: to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. Mr. Morris also established a matching donation program from Bass Pro to RMEF. We donate an additional 50 percent of the cumulative customer donations during the entire month of August.”

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Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Turns Against America’s Sportsmen

In the fight we face to hang on to the right to hunt and fish we now have new enemies. Unfortunately, among them are many of the state wildlife agencies which the sportsmen of this country worked so hard to found 75 to 100 years ago, and which those same sportsmen have financially supported through the years.

Following is an open letter/e-mail sent to Bass Pro Shops C.E.O. Johnny Morris, warning him of the dangers that lie ahead when members of the shooting-hunting-fishing industry openly support those agencies and organizations with a new non-consumptive agenda.

Has the time come to withhold Pittman-Robertson Funds from those state agencies which have strayed from the intent of the Pittman-Robertson Act…and the intent of the sportsmen who founded and supported those agencies?

Toby Bridges
LOBO WATCH
www.lobowatch.com

Johnny,

Have you ever taken the time to sit down and read the legislation which established the Pittman-Robertson Act?

One line reads… “laws for the conservation of wildlife which shall include a prohibition against the diversion of license fees paid by hunters for any other purpose than the administration of said State fish and game department…”

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is one of the “conservation organizations” which you are now strongly involved with – and an organization which no longer follows the intent of Pittman-Robertson, or for that matter the intent of sportsmen when state game and fish agencies were being established 75 to 100 years ago. The new agenda of AFWA is to heavily promote the non-consumptive use of non-hunted and non-fished wildlife, technically illegally using monies provided by sportsmen – such as monies provided through the sales of hunting and fishing licenses, and the excise taxes collected on hunting and fishing equipment for the sole purpose of improving GAME and FISH habitat, and building healthy populations of GAME and FISH for consumptive harvest.

http://www.theoutdoorwire.com/story/13488190983tyzsqb7rvx

The AFWA news release published at this link may appear to stick another “Feather for Conservation” in the Bass Pro Shops hat, but does it really? The sportsmen of this country are now feeling extremely used by organizations and agencies with a whole new agenda – to eliminate hunting and fishing. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is one organization/association/band of thieves now in the crosshairs. Following is a link to another release of an entirely different color…

http://www.skinnymoose.com/bbb/2010/09/18/hunters%E2%80%99-dollars-misused-to-promote-nongame-outdoor-recreation-agenda/

Is this the direction our “game departments” will continue to take? Following is a link to an article that emphatically says that it is…

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/03/14200590-californias-department-of-fish-and-game-gets-a-name-change-and-controversy?lite

This summer the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, against the wishes of the vast majority of those who hunt and fish in that state (and who are your customers), held a train wreck known as the “Wildlife Summit”. The intent of that three-days of manipulation (using the Delphi Technique) by professional moderators and carefully selected speakers, plus a number of plants in the audience, was to make the sportsmen of the state feel good about that agency seeking funding from non-hunting and non-fishing groups, and even the same anti-hunting organizations which have allowed a glut of predators to destroy the past 50 to 75 years of big game conservation in Idaho.

The very same Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies which you support, and which recently awarded you their “Citizen Conservationist of the Year” award, is very much behind this movement. Every time you look at the award handed you, I hope you take a minute to reflect on what it has and will continue to cost Bass Pro Shops – and what your support of using the money provided by hunters and fishermen to fund non-consumptive wildlife management will cost the sportsmen and sportswomen of this country.

Let’s get back to the practices and management which rewarded us with the bounty of wildlife we enjoyed through the 1980s and 1990s. It is time for a real division between “Game & Fish” and “Wildlife”. If the non-consumptive watchable wildlife crowd, bird watchers, nature photographers, hikers, etc. feel a need to support that area of outdoor recreation, then it is also time for every state to establish an entirely separate Department of Wildlife, which should be funded entirely with monies OTHER than what sportsmen spend on hunting and fishing licenses, or by the excise taxes collected on firearms, ammunition, archery gear or fishing tackle. Sportsman dollars should be used entirely and exclusively for improving habitat for harvestable fish and game, and to promote those consumptive outdoor sports.

The sportsmen of this country have tired of being used, and there will be an ever growing call for the elimination of Pittman-Robertson funds being distributed to any state agency that takes on a non-consumptive agenda.

Toby Bridges
LOBO WATCH
www.lobowatch.com

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