December 3, 2023


MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pleased to team up with outdoorsman and filmmaker Jason Matzinger in the production of #PROJECTELK, a feature film highlighting rare elk footage and a hunter’s quest to fill his tag in the rugged backcountry.

“Jason is as talented with a camera on his shoulder as he is with his bow or rifle,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “The goal of #PROJECTELK is to educate hunters and non-hunters alike about the level of commitment we have for the hunt and the animals we pursue.”

“There isn’t one organization across this world that I would feel more proud to have behind me than the RMEF,” said Matzinger. “With their involvement, it’s going to push me that much harder to do that much better. It’s going to be a film like nobody’s seen.”

Born and raised in Bozeman, Montana, Matzinger spent much of his youth in the woods and mountains. He is a life-long hunter, a cinematographer, a former professional guide and a conservationist. He is also the host of the television show Into High Country.

#PROJECTELK is the story of one elk hunter’s journey to take the bull elk of his dreams. Throughout the changing of the seasons you will witness everything from the cruelty of winter’s grip to the majesty of the fall rut.

“That passion never ever shuts off and I want to portray that through documenting elk throughout one season and the struggles they go through to survive, along with the backstory of the hunter and how it shadows that time of year,” said Matzinger. “I try to bring on conservation messages including how to be a good sportsman. It’s all about respect to the animal.”

“Jason has rare insight, first-hand knowledge and video evidence of elk behavior and biology many of us have not seen before. He also understands and demonstrates how Hunting is Conservation,” added Decker.

Filming and editing will wrap following the 2014 hunting season with the film’s debut expected in early 2015.

See the #PROJECTELK trailer here:


Bass Pro Shops’ Elk Country Conservation Month to Support RMEF Mission

MISSOULA, Mont.–For the seventh year in a row, Bass Pro Shops announced its sponsorship of Elk Country Conservation Month, a fundraising effort to assist the mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Originally launched in 2007, customers taking part in the effort donated a cumulative $318,928, including an all-time high of $65,014 a year ago. Bass Pro Shops further supported RMEF by contributing a 50 percent match of all donations, which raised the overall total to $478,392.

“We are very appreciative of the efforts of everyone at Bass Pro Shops,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of marketing. “Their commitment to elk, elk country and conservation allows us to accelerate our efforts focused on land protection, habitat stewardship, elk restoration and hunting heritage.”

Customers can make a $2 donation to RMEF which also qualifies them to win a $2,000 Bass Pro Shops gift card or one of six $500 gift cards.

“Seven years ago, Bass Pro founder Johnny Morris established the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation-Elk Country Conservation Month throughout its North American stores,” said Martin MacDonald, Bass Pro Shops director of conservation. “We want to give our customers the opportunity to contribute to the RMEF and its great mission: to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. Mr. Morris also established a matching donation program from Bass Pro to RMEF. We donate an additional 50 percent of the cumulative customer donations during the entire month of August.”