January 27, 2023

RMEF Team Elk Season Five: New Adventures, Faces and Times

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.-Season five of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s award-winning television show, RMEF Team Elk presented by Cabela’s, features new episodes in elk country highlighting hunts for big bulls and other conservation outings.

“Season five will be our best yet,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “High-end cinematography, great storylines and adrenaline-filled hunts will spotlight the beauty of the backcountry as well as our mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.”

Beginning December 30, 2014, new episodes of RMEF Team Elk air every Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 1:00 a.m.,Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. and Saturdays 11:00 p.m. (all times ET) on Outdoor Channel.

Hosted by Brandon Bates, season five also includes featured member Kristy Titus, public lands hunter Randy Newberg, country music artists Easton Corbin and Josh Thompson, rodeo legend Lewis Feild, RMEF members and youth hunters among others.

Highlighted episodes feature Fort Hood shooting victim Patrick Zeigler who finally realizes his dream of hunting elk after almost losing his life in the 2009 attack. Titus hosts Kirstie Ennis, a wounded warrior, on an elk hunt in California. She also accompanies Char Westbrook, who husband was killed in an attack that resulted in the Medal of Honor for another soldier. Newberg accompanies an RMEF life member dealing with health issues seeking to get just one bull in his lifetime.

“We’re excited and proud to host hunters who understand the connection between hunting and conservation while also seeking to cement life-time memories in the backcountry,” added Decker. “We also appreciate our conservation partners who support RMEF and our mission.”

Presented by Cabela’s, RMEF Team Elk is also sponsored by Archer Xtreme, Browning, Buck Knives, Danner, Eberlestock, Flextone, goHUNT.com, Grizzly Sleeping Bags, Montana Canvas, New Holland, PEAK, PSE Archery, Sitka, Yamaha, YETI Coolers and Zeiss.


NRA Will Produce Pennsylvania Outdoor Show

I guess in stead of hiring an anti gun outfit to put on an outdoor and sporting show, the largest anywhere, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center has hired the NRA to put on the show next February, 2014.


Financially, Who Really Got Hurt By Boycott of Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show?

Nobody can deny the unorganized impact hundreds of outdoor industry businesses and organizations had when they spontaneously (or so it appears) and like dominoes, lined up to announce their boycott of the Eastern Sport & Outdoor Show that was supposed to be held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania this week. However, the decision to reject Reed Exhibitions’ choice to ban the display and sale of so-called “modern weaponry”, probably hurt the protesters and the community of Harrisburg more than it hurt Reed Exhibitions.

It’s pretty easy for me to sit here in front of my keyboard and talk about how brave the well over 300 venders were who told Reed Exhibitions to stick it, but if we can just gain a bit better understanding of the financial sacrifices some of these companies, micro businesses and individuals made, we all may gain a better appreciation for what it really meant to turn their backs on Reed; necessitated by a desire to stand up to the bullies (fascists) and protect their Second Amendment rights.

The Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show is the largest outdoor show the U.S.A. has. It is put on by Reed Exhibitions. For the vendors this show is more than a chance to get together to dine out, swap war stories and perhaps drink a bit too much. According to a press release found on The Outdoor Wire, many of the exhibitors at the show rely on business generated from the show to run their operations for the entire year. In short, it is their business in which they sink everything. From my own travels and dealings with outfitters and suppliers, these kinds of shows do, in fact, sometimes make or break a person’s investments.

Aside from the tremendous financial sacrifices many of these people made, the Harrisburg, PA area lost an estimated $44 million because the show was cancelled or postponed (not sure which. I’ve heard both).

Reed Exhibitions on the other hand may have lost some money but I’m sure it isn’t going to put them out of business. Reed is arguably the largest exposition company on the planet. In 2011 the company realized revenues in excess of $1.1 billion, with profits topping $262 million.

For those not aware, Reed Exhibitions also runs the SHOT Show, usually in Las Vegas, in addition to other shows worldwide.

While I don’t believe that Reed is going to suffer all that much difficulty by being forced to close the Eastern Outdoor Show down, many of the venders will be hurting. Please consider this if any of you are planning to purchase products or book outdoor adventures. These people went out on a limb in protest for us, we need to return the favor as much as we can.

In the meantime Reed will plug along and perhaps they will have a better understanding of the people they are dealing with. Also consider that Reed could possibly have accepted bribes from other companies or individuals to ban the weapons from their show. I have seen nothing yet that would indicate this happened but we live in a corrupt society rife with sinister thinking people with huge political agendas. Certainly the idea of this sort of bribery and payoff is very realistic. If nothing else, I willing to wager Reed was pressured politically from the gun grabbers of the world.