December 1, 2022

Season Six Underway for RMEF Team Elk

Press Release from The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—Adrenaline-filled hunts chasing elk highlight season six of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s award-winning television show RMEF Team Elk, presented by Cabela’s.

“The elk is a majestic symbol of North America’s backcountry,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “Team Elk gives us the opportunity to present the importance of ensuring its future and emphasize the conservation efforts needed across the nation to conserve elk country and our hunting heritage.”

Hosted by Brandon Bates, season six features memorable hunting adventures including a 12-year-old girl seeking her first elk for a very specific dietary reason, RMEF co-founder Charlie Decker on a management bull hunt in New Mexico, a father-daughter hunt with Team Elk featured member Kristy Titus on public land in Oregon and much more.

The new episodes air Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. and Sundays at 11 p.m. (all times ET) on the Outdoor Channel.

“Hunting is Conservation. And these latest episodes help show how hunters play a key role in conserving wildlife and wild places,” added Decker. “We are extremely grateful to our conservation partners for their support of RMEF’s mission.”

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


#PROJECTELK Documentary to Shine Light on Hunting, Conservation

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—A one-hour television documentary titled #PROJECTELK will help North America continue an on-going dialogue about the benefits of hunting and its positive impact on conservation.

Produced by Jason Matzinger and presented by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, #PROJECTELK will follow an epic journey alongside one of North America’s most majestic creatures, the Rocky Mountain elk.

“Jason is as skilled a cinematographer as he is a hunter—and that’s saying something,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “He created the final product by editing down more than 200 hours of footage taken over six hunting seasons. It is compelling and delivers an important message for all ages and lifestyles that examines the vital link between hunting and conservation.”

#PROJECTELK is the story of the origins, science, and evolution behind conservation, and the question around whether hunters are the earth’s true conservationists. It includes interviews with hunters, biologists, wildlife experts and others.

“The goal is to help educate the 80 percent of our population that does not hunt on exactly how Hunting Is Conservation,” said Matzinger. “I understand that not everyone was brought up in a hunting household and can see why the killing of an animal to save a wildlife population may be confusing. I want people to understand how that works and why that’s okay. I would also like those who do hunt to better understand our shared role as stewards of the land as we share the conservation message with others.”

#PROJECTELK will air at 7 p.m. on August 15, 2015, and again at 7 p.m. on October 31, 2015, on the Sportsman Channel (all times ET).

“RMEF is proud to be the presenting sponsor. We believe Jason’s documentary will spark and improve the continuing discussions around the nation about the benefits of hunting and its positive benefits on our wildlife and wild places,” added Decker.

“Working with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation on this film has given me a sense of satisfaction like no other project I’ve worked on before. RMEF’s goals and mission are perfectly in line with the goals and mission of this film,” added Matzinger.

In addition to RMEF as presenting sponsor, other #PROJECTELK conservation partners include Sitka, PRIME, Vortex Optics, OnXmaps, Siberian Cooler, Montana Canvas and the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance.

Go here to see the trailer.


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,, Grizzly Sleeping Bags, Montana Canvas, New Holland, PEAK, PSE Archery, Sitka, Yamaha, YETI Coolers and Zeiss.


New Episodes, New Times Highlight Expanded Season Four of RMEF Team Elk

MISSOULA, Mont.—RMEF Team Elk presented by Cabela’s, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s television show, continues it’s first-ever 52-week season on the Outdoor Channel with new episodes featuring hunts for bull elk and other conservation adventures.

“We are excited to expand our commitment to show that Hunting is Conservation by featuring a new slate of hunts and conservation successes in elk country stretching from one side of our nation to the other,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing.

Highlighted hunts take place in Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Montana, New Mexico and Nevada. Team Elk members this season include host Brandon Bates, featured member Kristy Titus, RMEF volunteers, sponsors and supporters as well as several young hunters seeking to fill their tags.

Beginning Thursday, July 3, RMEF Team Elk airs every Thursday at 10 a.m., Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. through the end of the year on the Outdoor Channel (all times are Eastern).

RMEF Team Elk is presented by Cabela’s. Other sponsors of the award-winning TV program are Yeti Coolers, New Holland, Zeiss, Flextone, Grizzly Sleeping Bags (Black Pine Sports) and Montana Canvas as well as Browning, Buck Knives, Danner, Eberlestock, PSE, Archer Xtreme, Nosler, Hunt by onXmaps, Sitka, Yamaha, Budweiser and PEAK.

“Our sponsors aren’t just successful companies in the outdoors industry. They are conservation partners who invest in our mission to ensure the future of elk and elk country,” added Decker.


New-Science Wildlife Scientists: Creations of Wellington House – Part II

It is not my intention to foist all the blame for terrible, ridiculous, confusing, misleading and down right poor wildlife management on wildlife science graduates of our universities because that is only part of the picture. It is imperative to keep in mind the entire picture, for the work the new-science scientists are doing would not be working – meaning they are getting away with it – if you and I had not been “trained” to accept it; much like preparing a great Thanksgiving dinner and having no table or guests prepared to eat it.

This concept is probably confusing to most because they cannot see themselves as not holding truth. Most all Americans have knowledge of varying degrees but what is the root of that knowledge? Recently in a mild discussion I had with a friend, I posed the following thought in order to catch a reaction: “Suppose for a moment, if you will, that most everything you have been taught since the day you were born was a lie.”

I got mostly a blank stare and that came as no surprise. After all, who wants to discover they are living a lie? Just think about what that would mean and soon you find how terrifying such an epiphany would be and you want to quickly retreat to the familiar comforts of the environment that’s been created for you.

Let’s return to the list I mentioned in Part I. That was the list of all the things that you believe made America great. That list will vary by generations as the younger our American citizens are, the less they know of what did make America great. If you’ve made a list, whether real or in you mind, on that list you may have included a few things that I talked about in Part I.

I briefly touched on the following:

1.) Our inalienable, God-given rights
2.) The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation
3.) A citizenry (sportsmen) who care enough to protect a resource

and to this list, as it pertains to hunting, trapping, fishing, etc., we can add:
4.) Outdoor heritage
5.) The increase in strength of the family unit for those in the outdoors together
6.) The freedom to access land for outdoor recreation
7.) Our access to game resources, i.e. management of wildlife to create a sustainable yield.

I am sure you can add to this list but let’s not miss the point. If these are some of the things that made America great, and I wanted to change and/or destroy that, I simply have to attack each one. If this American heritage and culture were deeply engrained into our society, one might expect it would be difficult to one day just say, “No more hunting, trapping and fishing!” That’s not how it’s done. It’s done one step at a time. A painstaking method of changing the thought processes of the people; all the people.

In looking at my list, I would need to teach people that our rights come from man, meaning governments and that there is no God; that the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation is only designed for evil men who like to kill things to prove their manhood; that the family unit is invaluable and the identity of that unit must be changed; that sportsmen are selfish, irrational killers of innocent animals; that times have changed and there is no need for a heritage grounded in the outdoors; that the family has better things to do, like go to movies, play computer games, cellphones, sex, drugs, etc.; that land belongs to the government and government decides who can access it and when.

Haven’t many of these things already taken place? And we wonder what is happening to our heritage? Unfortunately, because we are all products of the same education/indoctrination/brainwashing system, we fail to even ask why? Who? What? When? Where? How?

What things in this country have influence over you and your children? Again, along with your list of things that made America great, draft another list of the things in your life that have influence over you and your children/family and friends. It may look something like this:
1.) Parents
2.) Friends
3.) God/Church
4.) School/teachers
5.) Television
6.) Music
7.) Books
8.) Sports
9.) A mentor

Have you ever asked yourself who has control over each of these things? Is it you and I? Have you ever considered that perhaps someone or something has control over all of them and their plan is to change and/or destroy all of those things that made our nation great and along with it, the destruction of our heritage?

Many years ago, the world was very large. We and our children didn’t have access to instant information. Our children spent the majority of their time at home with family, having meals together, learning together, working together, playing together, etc. and the parents, having spent the most time with their kids, had the most influence over them. That no longer is the case. Schools, television, computer games, cellphones, music, etc. are the big influences. If you are willing to accept this premise, then if you care about your family, shouldn’t you know who controls what controls your kids and if there’s a plan behind it?

I do not intend to get into a parenting debate with readers but if we can’t get a grasp on this issue, we can never understand why our outdoor heritage, actually our heritage in general, is disappearing before our very eyes. We are losing our identity and this is because our children are having their identity created by someone else rather than mom and dad.

What if there was one entity with the power, money and influence to control nearly every aspect of our lives and we don’t even know it’s happening? Who decides on our children’s school curriculum and why? Are you aware of what your children are watching on television, who’s behind the programming and what they intend to accomplish by offering it to you and your family? The same can be asked about music, books, nearly every aspect of our lives. Why are we complacent and let it happen?

In Part III, I’ll begin to take a look at the actual people and entities that control our lives. It is that control that decides that our outdoor heritage will be destroyed and hopefully we can learn to recognize it and how it is being done. Then and only then, can we hope to stop it.