September 24, 2020

Award-Winning Hunter Randy Newberg Joins RMEF Team Elk

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

RandyNewbergMISSOULA, Mont.-The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is excited to announce that Randy Newberg, one of the most popular public lands hunters in the United States, will join RMEF Team Elk as a featured member.

“Randy is the perfect addition to our Team Elk television team joining host Brandon Bates and featured member Kristy Titus,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice-president of Marketing. “He is a self-guided, do-it-yourself hunter who seeks and finds game on public lands like most of us try to do. Just as important, he has a deep passion for the RMEF, our conservation mission, hunting and wildlife.”

“For a person who has spent his TV life promoting public land hunting, a lot of it being elk hunting, being asked to bring that message to Team Elk is very exciting. My show has always had a strong conservation and access slant,” said Newberg. “No organization is doing more for public land conservation and access than the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, so hosting some hunts for Team Elk is a great opportunity to further increase the volume as to how important those issues are for hunting.”

Newberg has been involved with RMEF for more than two decades. His television work began with On Your Own Adventures in 2009. Currently, he is the host of Fresh Tracks with Randy Newberg. In both instances Newberg was an avid self-guided public lands hunter. While filming, he hunts all Western states for all species; researching and planning his hunts, then heading to the hills on his own.

“As RMEF so succinctly states, ‘Hunting is Conservation.’ The public lands of America are a perfect example of that statement. The more people who learn of these public land opportunities from our episodes, the more hunters we have and the more conservation that takes place,” added Newberg.

Newberg serves as a volunteer for many conservation organizations. He is a volunteer for local hunting and fishing groups. He is involved in national and regional policy efforts to improve and protect public land access, specifically access important to hunters. He also began service on the RMEF Board of Directors in January of 2013.

“Thanks to RMEF, there are now more elk in the hills than at any time in my life. It happened because of the effort and commitment of visionaries, amazing volunteers, generous donors and members who share the vision that the next generation of hunters should have the same opportunities, or better opportunities, than we had,” said Newberg.

Randy and his wife, Kim, live in Bozeman, Mont. Randy is a certified public accountant by vocation and a hunter and conservation volunteer by passion. Sportsman Channel named him the 2012 Sportsman of the Year. He continues to share his public land hunting message on his current show, Fresh Tracks with Randy Newberg.

RMEF Team Elk airs Thursdays at 10 a.m., Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. on Outdoor Channel (all times ET.)

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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.

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Award-winning TV Hunting Host among New RMEF Board Members

MISSOULA, Mont. – ?The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pleased to welcome six new members to its board of directors. Among them is Randy Newberg, host of the popular television hunting show, ?On Your Own Adventures.?

“?Randy is a longtime friend to RMEF,”? said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. ?”But even more than that, his passion for conservation, public access and wildlife management, and his leadership will offer a clear, wise direction for our organization for years to come.”?

“?My vision is the RMEF will continue the valuable conservation work that has made such a difference in my life, all while adding to access efforts RMEF has provided for those of us who use these public lands,”? said Newberg. “?My vision is also that RMEF will provide leadership on important land and habitat issues during a time when funding for conservation is being cut, when public lands are being looked at as a liability, and when hunting can be even more valuable to our society. The ultimate vision being that all Americans understand that Hunting is Conservation.”?

In his role as host and producer of ?On Your Own Adventures,? Newberg is an avid self-guided public lands hunter from Bozeman, Mont. While filming, he hunts all Western states for all species; researching and planning his hunts, then heading to the hills like most hunters, on his own. Newberg?’s passion is sharing those experiences with others while also teaching them tactics and strategies to increase their success, and hopefully giving them the encouragement and enthusiasm to go and create their own hunting adventures.

Newberg serves as a volunteer for many conservation organizations. In addition to his work for RMEF, he is also an advisory member to the chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen?s Caucus in Washington, D.C., and a fundraising volunteer for local hunting and fishing groups. He is involved in national and regional policy efforts to improve and protect public land access, specifically access important to hunters.

“?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,”? added 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.”?

Randy and his wife, Kim, live in Bozeman, Mont. Randy is a certified public accountant by vocation and, more importantly, a hunter and conservation volunteer by passion. Sportsman Channel recently named him the Sportsman of the Year at the 2012 Sportsman Choice Awards in Las Vegas.

RMEF will announce other additions to its board of directors in the near future.

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