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RMEF Re-Ups Support of Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow

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MISSOULA, Mont.—Renewing its commitment to provide training and hands-on experience for current and future wildlife professionals, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is extending and expanding its partnership with the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation of Dundee, Illinois, and its Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow (CLfT) program. CLfT hosts five-day workshops for wildlife professionals and students who do not hunt. They leave with a deep understanding of hunting and its impact on conservation. “Supporting CLfT helps RMEF meet …

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Virginia Volunteers Honor Fallen Navy SEAL

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation supports America’s dedicated servicemen and women. Volunteers from the Southeast Virginia Chapter recently participated in the Devon Grube BBQ Classic to honor a Navy SEAL who tragically passed away while off duty and kayaking in Chesapeake Bay. He left behind a wife with three young children. Grube grew up in Cavalier, North Dakota. He chose to enlist in the Navy following the attacks on September 11, 2001. He was a …

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Luera Peak Public Access Project

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It takes different types of tools to handle different types of projects. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation knows that all too well. It reached into its conservation toolbox to pull out funding in the form of a two-mile, right-of-way road easement to keep the door open to 52,000 acres of public and State Trust Lands in west-central New Mexico. That landscape is valued by hunters and wildlife alike. It provides quality habitat for elk, deer, …

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Luera Peak Access, New Mexico

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The number-one reason why most people stop hunting is they don’t have a place to hunt. That’s why one of the main facets of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s conservation mission is to open, secure and improve public access. You want a perfect example? This is Luera Road in west-central New Mexico. RMEF and its partners joined ranks to provide funding a for continual two-mile right-of-way road easement that provides access to 52,000 acres of …

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New RMEF Layer on onX Hunt App Helps Hunters

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is excited to announce a new RMEF layer in the onX Hunt app that assists hunters with public access and other helpful information. “For years now, the team at onX Hunt has been ahead of the game in developing and translating technology into boots-on-the-ground knowledge for elk hunters. And now they’ve done it again,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. The new RMEF layer is free for …

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Coco Belle – Public Access Project

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Big things can and do come in small packages. Here’s a perfect example. In the shadows of the Teton Mountains of western Wyoming near the Idaho border, the Coco Belle project covers a mere 44 acres but it improves access for hunters, hikers and others to more than six thousand acres of what was previously difficult-to-reach public land. And Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation volunteers played a key role in making it all happen. A father-daughter …

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Tennessee Has Record Elk Harvest

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Elk hunters in Tennessee took eight bull elk over the just-concluded hunting season, the largest harvest since Tennessee instituted an elk hunt in 2009. The highest previous elk harvest was six in 2012. Participants could hunt on North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area and surrounding private lands, although none of this year’s hunters chose to hunt on private lands. Tennessee wildlife officials estimate its elk herd numbers approximately 405 animals. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation helped …

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Arizona RMEF Volunteers Host Youth Elk Camp

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It was a dream-come-true kind of three-day weekend for several young hunters and their families in east-central Arizona. Thanks to volunteers from the White Mountain Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the outing also included field dressing, meat care and field assistance as well as breakfast, lunch, dinner, goodies, hot chocolate and a campfire. “One imagines that these youngsters created unforgettable memories and lifelong bonds with their mentors and others in camp,” Judi Bassett …

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2,132 Acres of Habitat Protected at Wapiti Ridge, Wyoming

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Natural Resources Conservation Service worked with a private landowner to permanently protect 2,132 acres of wildlife habitat in southeast Wyoming. “This conservation easement maintains large-scale habitat connectivity in a portion of Wyoming that benefits a wide range of wildlife including elk, mule deer, turkey and plains sharp-tailed grouse,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “Through partnerships between the NRCS, private landowners, and lands trusts such as the …