June 5, 2020

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.


Season Six of RMEF Team Elk Reloads with New Episodes

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—Chasing elk on heart-pumping, high energy hunts and sharing conservation success stories highlight upcoming episodes of RMEF Team Elk, presented by Cabela’s.

“Elk country showcases some of the most wild, rugged and yet beautiful landscapes in all of America,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “RMEF Team Elk allows us to promote the importance of conserving elk habitat, providing public access and better demonstrating the vital link between hunting and conservation.”

The new episodes begin the week of June 27 and air Saturdays at 3 a.m. and 7 p.m., and Sundays at 4:30 p.m. (all times ET) on the Outdoor Channel.

Hosted by Brandon Bates, the second half of season six features hunts in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico and Utah, among other adventures.

Presented by Cabela’s, RMEF Team Elk is also sponsored by Browning, Browning Ammunition, Buck Knives, Danner, Yeti, Eberlestock, PSE, Zeiss, goHUNT.com, New Holland, Hunt by onXmaps, Flextone and Sitka as well as Mountain Ops, Yamaha, Caldwell Shooting Supplies, Peak, Montana Canvas and Wac ‘Em.

“We are grateful for our conservation partners who not only support this outreach effort but support and believe in RMEF’s conservation mission,” added Decker.


Booth Sales Open for RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Exposition

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—General booth sales are now open for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 2016 Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Exposition. The expo is scheduled to take placeDecember 1-10 in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).

“We had a great expo with a lot of positive exhibitor feedback last December,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “We also learned quite a bit from our first run at a 10-day show so we plan to implement changes to make the 2016 expo bigger and better. Among other things, we will improve signage to further integrate our expo with the Cowboy Christmas expo in the same halls, reposition and add new content including the Junior NFR (National Finals Rodeo) to the Wrangler Rodeo Arena and add a popup 3-D archery range for additional content.”

Co-located in the LVCC South Halls with the popular Cowboy Christmas, nearly 87,000 people attended the 2015 expo. The combined event covered nearly 900,000 square feet or roughly the size of 15 and a half football fields.

Outdoor industry leaders, and other exhibitors, will feature firearms, optics, outfitter and guide services, hunting apparel and western lifestyle gear and clothing. Among exhibitors already signed up are Browning/Winchester Repeating Arms, Cabela’s, Chevy Trucks, Federal Premium Ammunition/Bushnell/Savage, NRS Trailers and Remington.

“The new format for the show that RMEF rolled out last year was a big hit for exhibitors and RMEF partners like us,” said Colby Smith, ALPS OutdoorZ marketing manager. “With the way this show is growing we are able to reach out not only to our dedicated hunters and outdoorsmen, but also to the cowboys of the NFR.”

“The Las Vegas show was a big success for us. Having the Cowboy Christmas and NFR crowds there made it a sure thing. The people there are buyers! I will be back for sure,” said Rich Birdsell of Northern Rockies Outfitters.

Go here for more information and to view a map of the expo floor.

Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo sponsors include Chevy Trucks, Yamaha, ALPS OutdoorZ and Peak/Blue Def.

Doors are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.


RMEF Praises Volunteers

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation kicked off National Volunteer Week by saluting its 11,000-plus volunteers who actively raise funds across more than 500 chapters nationwide.

“We are deeply indebted to our volunteers. They are a vital part of our conservation successes,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “Volunteers, along with our professional staff, donors, members and partners combine to create one of the most powerful forces in conservation today. This combination translates into on-the-ground funding that drives RMEF to better carry out its mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.”

Volunteers organize and execute chapter banquets, fundraising drives and other events. They also roll up their sleeves to complete a variety of conservation projects from coast to coast including noxious weed treatments, the removal of fencing, rehabbing and constructing wildlife water sources, and serving as mentors at youth camps.

In 2015, RMEF volunteers assisted with:
• Raising funds that contributed toward RMEF topping $1 billion
in total value of all-time conservation efforts

• 486 banquets and 270 other fundraising events in 500-plus
chapters across 49 states

• Logging more than 7,200 hours of volunteer time for
on-the-ground projects across 28 states

• Spearheading more than 80 projects that benefited habitat and
wildlife in the field and educated youth and adults through hunter
education programs and SAFE events

RMEF volunteers have played an important role in protecting or enhancing more than 6.7 million acres, opening or securing more than 852,000 acres for public access, and completing more than 9,816 permanent land protection, habitat stewardship, elk restoration, conservation education and hunting heritage projects.


Sportsmen’s Alliance Launches Spring Sweepstakes

Sportsmen’s Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to the protection and promotion of hunting, fishing and trapping, recently launched a “Spring Sweepstakes” that includes a slew of remarkable prizes from iconic outdoor manufactures, such as YETI, Legendary Arms Works, Havalon Knives and ScentLok. One lucky grand-prize winner will hunt Idaho black bear over dogs or bait at world-class Table Mountain Outfitters, where hunters mostly harvest color-phase bears.


Sportsmen’s Alliance is requesting a small donation of $10 for each entry into the sweepstakes. For $50, donors will receive a one-year individual membership. To enter, visit http://www.sportsmensalliance.org/spring-sweeps/

“Thanks to the generosity of sponsors such as Table Mountain Outfitters, Yeti and others, we’ve been able to put together an amazing prize package that will give people multiple chances to win,” said Brian Lynn, Sportsmen’s Alliance Vice president of marketing and communications. “Every donated dollar will go to protect hunting, fishing and trapping, but will especially help protect sportsmen’s interests when it comes to the management of apex predators such wolves, bears and mountain lions.”

Nine prizes will be given out over the course of four weeks, with the bear hunt winner being selected on May 13. For a complete listing of the rules and drawing dates, please visit http://www.sportsmensalliance.org/spring-sweeps/


Record Attendance at RMEF’s Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Exposition

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—Nearly 87,000 people attended the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s inaugural 10-day Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Exposition, presented by Cabelas, Dec. 3-12 in Las Vegas.

“We are extremely pleased with the entire show,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “It is by far the largest number of attendees we’ve ever had at a RMEF expo, most importantly they were the right attendees for our vendors and we are excited most of our vendors are reporting they had an outstanding show.”

Co-located in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) with the popular Cowboy Christmas Gift Show, and in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo (NFR), the final RMEF expo attendance mark is 86,940.

“Our partnership with RMEF provided fans with yet another way to enjoy the NFR experience,” said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events. “In addition to the great shopping, the attractions held in the Wrangler Rodeo Arena, including Bullfighters Only, Mini Bucking Bulls and the Roy Cooper Vegas Invitational 2015 among others, and Rodeo Live presented by RODEOHOUSTON – highlighted by ‘Outside the Barrel’ with Flint Rasmussen – created a new energy.”

The combined event covered more than 900,000 square feet in the LVCC with Cowboy Christmas featuring the best of western lifestyle and RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas presenting the best in firearms, optics, outfitters and guides, hunter apparel, and all things hunting and outdoors. Admission was free of charge.

In addition to presenting sponsor Cabela’s, the show featured industry leaders Browning, Federal Ammunition, NRS Trailers, PSE Archery, Polaris, Remington, Winchester, Yamaha and many others. Expo sponsors included Cabela’s, Chevrolet, Yamaha, Alps Outdoorz and Peak & BlueDEF.

“It’s important to recognize that were several firsts this year, first 10-day exposition, first time with Cowboy Christmas and first time in the South Halls, among others. And while we’re excited about the success of the expo, we and our partners at Las Vegas Events learned a great deal this year. We will go to work, incorporate changes based on what we learned and be right back here again December 1–10 of 2016 to do it all over again,” added Decker.


“Respected Access in Arizona” event set for Nov. 7, 2015

Press Release from the Arizona Game and Fish Department:

Fundraiser includes fun-shoot, barbecue dinner, auctions, raffles


PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department and Tread Lightly! will host a special event Nov. 7 to help raise awareness of the importance of protecting access and enhancing outdoor recreational opportunities, such as recreational shooting, off-highway vehicle (OHV) use, and camping.

A fun-shoot, barbecue dinner, raffles, and live and silent auctions are planned at the Arizona State Credit Union Pavilion, located at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. Proceeds will be used to help fund the long-term implementation strategies of the “Respected Access is Open Access in Arizona” campaign. Tickets are available online at www.tinyurl.com/respectedaccess

The cost of the fun-shoot (which includes targets and two boxes of ammunition) and dinner, catered by Bobby Q restaurant, is $75 before Oct. 15, then $100 after Oct. 15. The cost of only the dinner, which includes beverages and a door-prize raffle ticket, is $50 before Oct. 15, then $60 after Oct. 15.

The department and Tread Lightly!, a national organization that promotes responsible recreation through stewardship, communication and education, along with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service, are helping to keep Arizona’s public lands healthy and open through the successful “Respected Access is Open Access in Arizona” campaign.

The objective is to implement education, outreach and engagement strategies that promote stewardship and foster site-stewards through volunteerism. It can’t be done alone, however. That’s why the support of outdoor recreationists, and industries that serve them, is important.

For more information about the fundraiser, call (800) 966-9900, Ext. 13, or e-mail respectedaccess@treadlightly.org. For more information about the “Respected Access is Open Access in Arizona” campaign, visit www.respectedaccessarizona.org.


Quack Up: Animal rights activist beaten with duck

An animal rights activist was beaten with a duck by a Spanish woman defending one of the country’s most bizarre and controversial festival traditions. The man was whacked with the bird while he filmed the annual “duck chase” in the Catalonian seaside town of Roses, where every August ducks are thrown into the Mediterranean and then caught and brought back to the shore by swimmers. As the attack goes on, animal rights activists gathered on the shore can be heard chanting, “You would not do that to your dog,” before they were removed by police.

Source: Animal rights activist beaten with duck in Spain – Yahoo News


Partial Registration Opens for RMEF’s National Convention

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—Partial registration is now open for Elk Camp, the national convention of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The annual gathering will take place Dec. 3-6, 2015, at The Mirage in Las Vegas.

“Elk Camp offers our members and supporters the opportunity to gather together and celebrate elk, elk country and the conservation successes of RMEF,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “We recognize that some of our attendees appreciate the flexibility of taking part in some of our events while using free time to enjoy all Vegas has to offer during the National Finals Rodeo (NFR). A partial registration allows them to sign up and do just that.”

Highlights of Elk Camp will include Volunteer Fun Night, the 27th annual World Elk Calling Championships, live feeds from the NFR, luncheons, auctions and insider specials that allow attendees to add one of five different Las Vegas-area activities to their day-one schedules.

The three-day event will also include world-class professional entertainment, due to be announced shortly.

“Elk Camp is always a special event for our members and volunteers—much like a college or family reunion. We look forward to renewing those relationships and forming new ones,” added Decker.

Elk Camp is sponsored by our conservation partners at Browning, Buck Knives, Cabela’s, Hunter’s Specialties, Leupold, Nationwide, New Holland, Nosler, Peak, Realtree, Remington and Sitka.

RMEF will also hold its newly expanded Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Exposition, sponsored by Cabela’s, in Las Vegas. For the first time, the expo will cover 10 days and joins the popular Cowboy Christmas Gift Show in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. It will take place Dec. 3-12, 2015.


Puckerbrush Primitive Festival boasts bushcraft in eastern Maine 

*Editor’s Note* – Let me make sure I get this right. An event, hosted by a “fish and game” club, is seeking a more diverse membership and in so doing banned anybody from have a gun at this event. What kind of diversity is this club seeking?

Arrows fletched with red feathers arced through the air at the moving target, a disk of foam hurtling across the shooting range. Every arrow missed and plummeted to spear the grass-covered ground. Sounds of disappointment came from the line of archers, yet all of them smiled. The game was addictive. […]

Source: Puckerbrush Primitive Festival boasts bushcraft in eastern Maine — Outdoors — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine