May 30, 2020

Big Conservation News Awaits as Excitement Builds for RMEF Elk Camp

MISSOULA, Mont. – Elk Camp 2013 marks the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation‘s national convention. Highlighting the 29th annual gathering is an announcement regarding RMEF’s ability to carry out its mission in bigger and better ways than ever before.

“There are a number of different reasons why 2012 was the best year yet in RMEF history, and I can’t wait to spill the beans about the details of the biggest one,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO.

There are many RMEF highlights of the last year including a fourth consecutive year of record membership with a Dec. 31 tally of 196,079 members, reaching a lifetime mark of 6,287,980 acres of enhanced or protected habitat, and restoring a wild elk herd in Virginia.

“Elk Camp provides a great opportunity to gather together as RMEF members and volunteers to celebrate significant accomplishments of the past year,” added Allen. “And I promise to deliver an announcement that will be a real game changer for our ability to carry out more meaningful and wide-ranging conservation and hunting heritage projects than ever before.”

Elk Camp 2013 and the International Sportsmen’s Exposition will take place Feb. 28-March 3 at the Mirage and the Las Vegas Convention Center. Featured events include the 25th Annual World Elk Calling Championships, more than 600 exhibit hall booths marketing or spotlighting hunting, fishing, wildlife, outdoor apparel, firearms and accessories, exciting auctions and raffles to raise funds for conservation, musical performances by the Charlie Daniels Band, Ronnie Dunn, Daryle Singletary and Josh Thompson, and special recognition of volunteers and contributors for their efforts to enhance the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

Elk Camp is an opportunity for RMEF and outdoorsmen and women to celebrate elk, elk country and conservation. More than 2,000 people attended the national convention in 2011 while approximately 12,000 walked the floor of the exposition in the convention center.


RMEF Welcomes Six to its Board of Directors

*Editor’s Note* Some members of the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association are threatening to withdraw support for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s decision to have Randy Newberg elected as a member of RMEF’s board. Evidently some believe that Newberg “is affiliated with, and often represents one or more organizations that some perceive to be anti-outfitting/landowner often presenting the western Outfitting Industry in a negative light.”<<<Read More from Spokesman-Review>>>

MISSOULA, Mont. – Two are well-known faces to television viewers. Two others are successful business executives. One is used to taking a “hands-on” approach to wildlife research while another stands tall in the classroom and business community. They all share an appreciation for elk, conservation and hunting. Together, they are the six newest members of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation board of directors.

“This is as impressive and a rounded group of professionals and conservationists as you’ll find,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “They each bring unique talents and abilities to RMEF from across the country yet they all share a passion for elk and elk country.”

New director bios:

Russ Bumgardner of Baton Rouge, La., has more than 39 years of experience as a project manager at Jacobs Engineering. He is an avid outdoorsman and spent more than a decade as an RMEF volunteer, state chair, regional chair and chair of the Habitat Council.

“Joining the RMEF board of directors is exciting and an opportunity to serve the foundation at a higher level,” said Bumgardner. “RMEF exemplifies this stewardship in its efforts to protect and enhance habitat for elk and other wildlife, provide restoration of elk in what once was their natural habitat, and our hunting heritage preserves the skill set for the whole family with sound management practices to be conservationists.”

Larry Irwin of Stevensville, Mont., earned degrees in Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management and Wildlife Science. He worked at the university level as a researcher and professor for more than 15 years before transitioning to duties as wildlife program manager and principal scientist for the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement. Over his career, he published more than 120 different scientific articles.

“I am ecstatic about serving on the RMEF board of directors,” said Irwin. “I believe the RMEF is well-positioned to be among the top tier of leading conservation organizations, because of great foresight by its founders, development of a successful business model, and to a tremendously energetic and dedicated staff and outstanding leadership.”

Randy Newberg of Bozeman, Mont., is host and producer of the popular TV series On Your Own Adventures. He is an avid self-guided public lands hunter who is also an accountant and an advisor to the chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen?s Caucus in Washington D.C.

“I am excited for the opportunity to be of service to a group I have been a part of for more than 20 years, yet balanced by my realization that great responsibility comes with the position,” said Newberg. I have great enthusiasm to make a difference on behalf of the many hunters, much like me, who if not for public lands and conservation work on those lands, probably would have never had the chance to become an elk hunter.”

Vicki Peltonen of Weyauwega, Wis., was born and raised in a hunting-and-fishing family. Her interest in the outdoors spurred an enthusiasm for science, which translated into a 20-plus year teaching career including recognition as the 1993 Wisconsin Science Teacher of the Year Award. She is also a business owner and avid bowhunter.

“I would like to see more women and young adults involved in all aspects of the RMEF,” said Peltonen. “I believe we should promote new ways to make our proud hunting and conservation heritage a family treasure to enjoy together now, as well as ensure these wonderful resources will be available to future generations.”

Mike Steuert of Roanoke, Texas, recently retired as senior vice-president and chief financial officer of Fluor Corporation, a Fortune 500 company based in Texas. Prior to that, he served as an executive for two other companies and worked for a third in two different states and abroad. He is an avid outdoorsman and gun collector. Steuert resides part-time near Gardiner, Mont.

“Development is the key to success. I’d like to help wherever I am able to do so. It’s important to get RMEF’s mission widely known,” added Steuert. “My vision is to greatly enhance RMEF’s mission of habitat conservation, given the great successes of 2012, along with furthering our hunting heritage, with a focus on our youth.”

Jim Zumbo of Wapiti, Wyo., is known to many as the country’s most prominent big-game hunter. He has degrees in Forestry and Wildlife Management. He worked 15 years alongside state and federal agencies and later launched an almost 30-year career with Outdoor Life magazine. Zumbo also hosted Jim Zumbo Outdoors. He is set to begin his third term on the RMEF board.

“My reaction to being on the board again is one of pure joy. I’ve watched RMEF grow since its inception, and always have felt like I was a part of the RMEF family,” said Zumbo. “I look forward to being in a position to help make decisions about the direction we go and the everyday issues we must deal with.”

The new board members begin their terms on March 4, 2013.


Over 200 Pull Out of Eastern Outdoor Expo

Reed Outdoor Exhibitions, the company sponsoring the Pennsylvania outdoor exposition in Harrisburg, Feb. 2-10 stands to suffer a huge loss as now over 200 vendors and celebrities have canceled their engagements at the show. Reed Outdoor Exhibitions banned the display and sale of, as well as images, of the “modern sporting rifle.” In protest, companies and individuals are cancelling, leaving Reed Exhibition high and dry, while Reed stating they refuse to give in.

Unless Reed Outdoor Exhibitions is an independently wealthy company that can stand to lose lots of money, one has to wonder who or what is really behind Reed’s stubbornness and willingness to lose the kind of money they face. Perhaps there is a George Soros-type investor who offered to pay Reed to do this. Who could be behind this display of anti-American gun heritage? In addition what future does Reed have by destroying the one aspect of the outdoor show that is the big draw? Ridiculous.

Here’s a list of vendors or celebrities who, as of this writing, have withdrawn from participation at the Eastern Expo:

• Abner Druckenmiller
• Ambush Firearms
• American Whitetails of PA
• Antler Insanity
• Appalachian Big Game TV
• Arrowhead Outdoors
• Athens Archery
• Atlantic Tactical
• Avian-X Decoys
• Bangin Redhedz
• Bear Archery
• Blitz TV
• The Bear Whisperer
• Bob Mercier
• Bohning Archery
• Bone Collectors
• Boondock Outdoors
• BowHunter Planet
• Bow Life, LLC
• Cabela’s
• Campbell Cameras
• Camo Addiction
• CanCooker
• Chris Brackett
• Cold Steel Knives
• Continental Divide Outfitters
• Cross Canyon Arms
• Cutting Edge Bullets
• Dead Ringer
• Deer and Deer
• Direct Action Tactical Firearms
• Domari Nolo Defense Consulting
• Dominator 365
• Down N Dirty Outdoors
• DuckWater Boats
• Eastern Chapter Wild Sheep Foundation
• Eastern Outdoors
• Eddie Salter
• Family Traditions TV
• Farmland Trophies Outfitting
• Firearms Industry Consulting Group
• Foiles Migrators
• Forbes Turkey Calls
• FoxPro Game Calls
• Fred Eichler
• Full Circle Outdoors
• Ghost River Outfitters
• Gone Wild Outdoors
• Gut-N-Tag
• Haley Heath
• Heartland Whitetails
• Hevi-Shot
• High Lonesome Outfitters
• HookHunt
• Hoyt
• Hunters and Guides Connection
• Hunter Safety Systems
• H.S. Specialties
• Hunter’s Specialties
• International Bowhunting Organization
• IceHole Coolers
• IScope
• Jay Gregory
• Jim Shockey
• Keystone Country Store
• Keystone Elk Country Alliance
• King of the Mountain Inc.
• Kinsey’s Outdoors
• KodaBow
• Lancaster Archery Supply
• Larry Weishuhn
• Lee & Tiffany Lakosky
• Major League Bowhunter
• Men in Treestands Productions
• Midwest Whitetail Adventures
• Muddy Outdoors
• Dominance is Everything Hunting System
• Matt Morett
• Mountain Dog Chews
• NasHunt Outdoors
• National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF)
• Nature Blinds
• Northern Hideaway Outfitters
• Open Season TV
• Outdoor Channel Outfitters
• Outdoor Edge Knives
• Ozonics Hunting
• PA Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs
• PA Taxidermy Association
• PA Trappers Association
• Pat & Nicole Reever
• Pat Strawser Custom Calls
• Pipeline Ridge Hunting Preserve
• Primal Urge Outdoors
• Primos Hunting Calls
• PSE Archery
• Radical Hunter
• Ralph & Vicki Cianciarulo
• Ranew’s Outdoor Equipment
• Revolution Hunting
• Rhino Outdoors
• Rick White
• Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF)
• Rougeaux Taxidermy
• Savage Outdoors
• SecureIt Tactical
• Skull Shine
• Smith & Wesson
• Southern Game Calls
• Spook Spann
• Sportsmen of North America TV
• Stan Potts
• Stay Ready Inc.
• Stokerized Stabilizers
• Susquehanna River Waterfowlers Association
• Table Mountain Outfitters
• The Warmbag
• The Sportsman’s Shop
• TNT Archery
• Tom Dokken
• Tough Country Products
• Trent Cole
• Trijicon Inc.
• Trop Gun Shop
• Turnbull Manufacturing
• Whitetail Bosses
• Whitetail Freaks
• Whitetail Heaven Outdoors
• Wild Outdoors
• Wired Outdoors
• Woodcock Limited of PA
• Wyvern Creations
• X-Stand Treestands
• Zink Calls
• Zook Cabins
• 2 Million Bullets
• 24-7 Hunting TV


Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to Host Coyote Hunting/Trapping Convention

Saturday, September 29, 2012


8:30 to 9:00 am. —- Registration ($15) Includes lunch & breaks
9:00 to 9:15 am. — Opening remarks. David Trahan, Gerry Lavigne
9:15 to 9:45 am. — Landowners, Laws &Ethics. MDIFW Wdn. Sgt. David Craven
9:45 to 10:15 am. — Firearms Choices & Ballistics. Everett Salisbury
10:15 to 10:30 am. — Break
10:30 to 11:00 am. — Calling Coyotes. Dick Drysdale
11:00 to 11:30 am. — Dogging Coyotes. Galen Harkins
11:30 to 12:00 pm. — Baiting/Shooting Shacks/ Night Hunting. Bob Howe
12:00 to 12:30 pm. — Lunch Catered by WhiteFlour Catering, Augusta
12:30 to 1:30 pm. — Panel Discussion/ Open Forum [All Speakers]
1:30 to 2:00 pm. — Trapping History & Basics. Dave Miller
2:00 to 4:00 pm. — DEMOS Coyote Dogs. Galen Harkins and Ray Gushee

Shooting Shack Design. Bob Howe
Gadgets & Gear. Ron Weeks & Gerry Lavigne
Coyote Calling. Dick Drysdale
Coyote Fur Handling. Jerry Brayley
Trapping Gear. Bob Noonan
Trap Setting for Coyote. Al Pinkham & Dave Miller

Location: SAM Headquarters, 205 Church Hill Rd., Augusta, ME
For Directions: see:
or call Becky @ (207)623-4589


Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo Set for Late March

Anglers anxiously awaiting the snow melt, ice out and the opening of fishing season, can learn the latest fishing techniques and visit with guides, sporting camps and a variety of angling exhibitors at the first Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo to be held Saturday, March 24 at the Bethel Inn Conference Center in Bethel, Maine. The Expo runs from 9:30 am to 4 pm and is sponsored by The Mollyockett Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Upper Andro Anglers Alliance. Admission is $5 for adults and free for youth 15 and under.

Exhibitors include Maine and New Hampshire outfitters and guide services, sporting camps, wildlife artists and authors, The Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the University of Maine 4H Camp, and boat and gear manufacturers. Attendees can learn the art of fly tying, rod building and wildlife photography. There will be educational seminars on ecology and entomology as well as instruction in strategies and techniques in fishing for trout, salmon and bass. HMH Vises is sponsoring a fly tying contest. Sponsors and exhibiting vendors are giving away dozens of door prizes every hour. Proceeds from an auction of items including guided trips, sporting camp vacations and fly fishing gear will go toward fishing habitat restoration projects and river access in the Western Maine region. [Read more…]