MISSOULA, Mont.—A world-renowned conservationist, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, the world premiere of high-end hunting films and four musicians who know their way around the country music charts highlight the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 2018 Elk Camp. RMEF’s annual national convention takes place March 15-18 in Phoenix, Arizona.
“This may be the most diverse and knowledgeable lineup we’ve ever had at Elk Camp,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “We are honored to host Secretary Ryan Zinke and excited to welcome back Shane Mahoney who left us with an inspiring message a year ago.”
Mahoney will serve as Thursday evening’s keynote speaker for the second year in a row. Heading up research on his Wild Harvest Initiative, Mahoney is also the president and CEO of Conservation Visions, a global wildlife initiative focused on international conservation issues.
Also on Thursday, RMEF will premiere Jason Matzinger’s “The Other Side of the Fence #PrivateOrPublic,” a film documenting what it takes to hunt on both private and public land. Additionally, RMEF will unveil several Elk Network original productions.
A lifelong hunter, angler and a fifth-generation Montanan, Ryan Zinke became the 52nd Secretary of the Interior in March of 2017. Since then, he issued orders prioritizing conservation, public access and big game migration corridors, among others. (If Zinke’s schedule makes him unavailable, Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt will address Friday attendees.)
Host Chuck Wicks along with Craig Campbell and Glen Templeton will cap Friday’s festivities by hosting the popular guitar pull. Wicks has five top 40 hits and serves as co-host of NASH-FM’s “America’s Morning Show.” Campbell has five consecutive charted hits and wrote a song recorded by Garth Brooks. Templeton has three songs that hit the charts and portrayed Conway Twitty in a touring musical.
Chestnutt will take the stage on Saturday at the always-popular Volunteer Fun Night. Over a career that spans nearly three decades, he has 14 number-one hits, 23 top ten singles, four platinum albums and five gold records.
“Mark, Chuck, Craig and Glen are not only extremely talented performers but they believe in and support our conservation mission,” added Decker.
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About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of nearly 235,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.4 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at www.rmef.org, elknetwork.com or 800-CALL ELK.