March 22, 2019

RMEF to Host Revamped 2019 Elk Camp and Mountain Festival

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—Mark your calendar! The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is excited to announce plans for its all-new Elk Camp and Mountain Festival to take place July 11-14, 2019, in Park City, Utah.

“This is a revolutionary approach to our historic national convention and one that charts a new course in scope and execution,” said Philip Barrett, Chairman of the RMEF Board of Directors. “Elk Camp will feature a wide range of interactive, family-friendly activities designed to celebrate our conservation mission, volunteers and partnerships, and appeal to everyone from our members to the general public. It will be a destination event that builds excitement and anticipation for the hunting season and reinforces the mantra that Hunting Is Conservation.”

2019 RMEF Elk Camp and Mountain Festival anchor activities:

  • Mountain Festival & Wild Harvest Festival
    • Interactive partner displays featuring shooting, spotting, mapping and more
    • Wild Harvest activations including field prep, processing and preparation of wild game
    • Hunting seminars and podcasts from industry leaders

 

  • Total Archery Challenge™
    • Multi-day competition with 100+ 3D targets to test marksmanship of archery skills
    • Future champions course for youth/novice archers

 

  • Elk Country Film Festival & Concert
    • World class music and entertainment in a festival atmosphere
    • Premiere of RMEF Films and independent productions

 

  • World Elk Calling Championships & Creation of Elk Country Hall of Fame
    • Awards banquet & induction ceremony
    • Expansion of current format to include regional qualifiers
    • Demonstrations, hunt seminars, vendor displays

Additionally, traditional RMEF gatherings will take place including the always popular Volunteer Fun Night that recognizes and honors volunteers for their efforts in raising funds and increasing outreach for the mission, Friends of the Foundation, Habitat Council and more.

“We are an outdoor-based organization so it is only fitting that our national convention centers on and features outdoor activities,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF President and CEO.  “We are excited to introduce this evolution to RMEF’s premier event while honoring and maintaining core elements that made Elk Camp what it is today.”

The Canyons Village in Park City will host the event with additional housing and camping opportunities available at other nearby locations.

More details will be released in the coming months.

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RMEF Team Elk Returns

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—Heart-pumping elk hunts and tales of conservation success highlight the eighth season of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s award-winning television show, RMEF Team Elk, presented by Bass Pro Shops/Cabelas’s.

Team Elk captures the essence of up-close, adrenaline-filled encounters with elk as well as the beauty of the backcountry,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “We are excited to unveil another season as we highlight how Hunting is Conservation.”

Season eight of RMEF Team Elk begins the week of July 2. It airs every Sunday at 9 p.m. Additional weekly airings include Mondays at 3 a.m., Tuesdays at 5:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. (all times MT) on Outdoor Channel.

Hosted by Brandon Bates, highlighted episodes feature an elk migration scientist and the conservation director of one of the nation’s largest outdoor retailers talking conservation and chasing elk in New Mexico, a father-son duo from Wisconsin hunting elk in Montana using archery equipment they build and two participants of the Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow program in Colorado on their first-ever elk hunt, among others.

Presented by Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s, additional sponsors include Browning, Browning Ammunition, Buck Knives, Danner, Eberlestock, Mathews, PEAK BlueDEF, Sitka, Wildgame Innovations, Yeti and Zeiss, with special thanks to ALPS OutdoorZ, Bog-Pod and Yamaha.

“We are grateful for our conservation partners who value hunting and support RMEF’s conservation mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage,” added Decker.

You can watch the first six seasons of RMEF Team Elk online anytime for free on the Elk Network.

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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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2016 RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo Attracts Record Crowds

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo, in partnership with the Cowboy Christmas expo, set an all-time combined attendance record of 231,517 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). The new figure is 6.6 percent higher than the 2015 attendance total of 216,292.

The Dec. 1-10 event took place at the LVCC’s South Halls in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR).

“We are grateful for all the people who attended this year’s expo,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “We especially appreciate our expo sponsors, exhibitors and our partners at Las Vegas Events. Without them our expo simply does not exist, let alone experience the success we enjoyed this year.”

The 2016 expo included a number of new features such as the MTN Ops Shootout-Ultimate Archery Experience, the inaugural Junior NFR at the Wrangler Rodeo Arena, and country music performances and daily wild game cooking demonstrations on the Realtree Live Stage.

Hunting, outdoor industry leaders and other exhibitors featured firearms, archery equipment, optics, outfitter and guide services, hunting apparel and western lifestyle gear and clothing.

“This year’s attendance reflects the energy that can only be found in Las Vegas in early December,” said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events. “Our partnership with RMEF has been beneficial and provided even more opportunities for rodeo fans to enjoy the NFR experience.”

Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo sponsors included Chevrolet, Cabela’s, ALPS OutdoorZ, MTN OPS, Peak BlueDEF, Sitka, Browning, Realtree, Weatherby, Browning Ammunition, Worldwide Trophy Adventures and Weston.

“We are anxious to receive more feedback from our attendees and exhibitors to make the 2017 expo even better,” added Decker.

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World Elk Calling Championships Returning to Denver, Salt Lake City

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s World Elk Calling Championships will spend the next three years in both Salt Lake City and Denver.

“We are excited to team up with our partners at the International Sportsmen’s Expositions (ISE) to highlight the Elk Calling Championships and feature its participants with an increased level of visibility and recognition,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing.

ISE Denver will take place January 12-15 at the Colorado Convention Center. ISE Salt Lake City is scheduled for March 16-19 at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah. The Denver event will be more of a regional contest and qualifier although it is not mandatory for competitors to appear there in order to participate at the finals in Salt Lake City.

RMEF will maintain a strong presence at both Denver and Salt Lake City ISE events by manning booths and featuring the Great Elk Tour.

“ISE has partnered with RMEF for many years,” said John Kirk, ISE director of communications. “We are now extremely proud to deepen our relationship by presenting the RMEF World Elk Calling Contest at our annual Utah event. Our mission is to even better promote hunting, conservation and our partner, RMEF.”

Historically, RMEF held the event at its combined national convention and exposition. TheRMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo is December 1-10, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The2017 National Convention will take place March 2-4 in Nashville.

“Given the timing and location of our upcoming convention and exposition, we looked at the best options that made sense and decided bolstering our ties with ISE would provide a great jump-start for the Elk Calling Championships,” added Decker.

More specific entry/registration information regarding the 2017 RMEF World Elk Calling Championships will be released at a later date.

Denver hosted the finals competition in 1991 and 2000 while Salt Lake City hosted the event in 1992 and 1997. Previous sites include Albuquerque, Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Portland, Reno and Seattle

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Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo to Feature New Interactive Activities

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—New interactive displays and activities will entice sportsmen and women at the 2016 RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Exposition.

The expo runs December 1-10 upstairs in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center in conjunction with Cowboy Christmas during the 10 days of the National Finals Rodeo.

“We have a great lineup of daily events that offers a little something for everyone,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing.

New to the 2016 expo is the MTN Ops Shootout-Ultimate Archery Experience which features a 3D pop-up range, skeet thrower and broken arrow tour with $15,000 in prize money going to the winners. Attendees can also view and taste wild game cooking demonstrations, meet and greet outdoor and country music celebrities, and enjoy live performances by Easton Corbin and Daryle Singletary on the Realtree Live Stage.

The Wrangler Rodeo Arena, also on the expo floor, will host the Junior National Finals Rodeo—a first of its kind competition with youth age 8 to 19 in eight different rodeo events such as miniature bull and bareback riding, barrel racing, team roping and much more. Other arena events include Bull Fighters Only, NFR Flag Girl Competition, Trick Riding Championships, Colt Starting Challenge USA and the United Bucking Horse Association.

Hunting, outdoor industry leaders and other exhibitors will feature firearms, archery equipment, optics, outfitter and guide services, hunting apparel and western lifestyle gear and clothing

Admission is free and open to the public.

“Nearly 87,000 people attended our 2015 expo and we expect greater things come December. We appreciate our conservation partners, sponsors and exhibitors for supporting our conservation mission,” added Decker.

Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo sponsors include Chevrolet, Cabela’s, ALPS OutdoorZ, MTN OPS, Peak BlueDEF, Sitka, Browning, Realtree, Weatherby, Worldwide Trophy Adventures and Weston.

Unlike the last two years, the expo will not be held in conjunction with the RMEF National Convention which takes place March 2-4, 2017, in Nashville.

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RMEF National Convention to Offer a Taste of Nashville; Registration Now Open

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 2017 National Convention will offer attendees an opportunity to celebrate elk and elk country while also experiencing Nashville and its historic music scene in an intimate way.

“Nashville is a vibrant and energetic city. We are excited to be able to recognize RMEF’s accomplishments of the past year there while also offering our members the opportunity to experience such a unique culture,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing.

Attendees have the option of adding one of three insider specials to their registration that will give them a taste of Nashville:

Country Music Hall of Fame – Ford Theater
• State-of-the-art theater includes intimate evening of story-telling and music by
Nashville songwriters with a dessert reception to follow

Grand Ole Opry
• Nashville’s number-one attraction and features a live radio show performance by
eight or more performers

Station Inn
• Internationally known as the go-to place for bluegrass, country, rock and roots music
and will host an intimate performance by Nashville musicians

The convention will include other RMEF traditional gatherings such as Volunteer Fun Night. World-class entertainment will be announced at a later date.

Registration, hotel booking and other information is now available for the March 2-4 convention.

Attendees who reserve a room at the host property, Omni Nashville Hotel, and do so in a timely fashion, will receive a free one-day pass to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville.

The convention’s new format will not include an exhibit hall. Instead, RMEF‘s popular Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo will remain in Las Vegas. It runs in conjunction with Cowboy ChristmasDecember 1-10, 2016, in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

RMEF National Convention sponsors include Cabela’s, Browning and Sitka.

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