Ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

RMEF statement on Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show:

Due to recent decisions instituted by Reed Exhibitions regarding the disallowing of legal modern sporting rifles, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will withdraw as an exhibitor and conductor of the elk calling contest from the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Pennsylvania. RMEF believes the actions taken by Reed, a British company, are detrimental to the Second Amendment and our right as Americans to bear arms.

RMEF reached this decision after careful deliberations and taking into account the stance of our members, volunteers, industry partners and fellow hunters. We urge Reed Exhibitions to reconsider its policies to avoid a divisive and political atmosphere so RMEF can take part in an event that generates needed revenue for important on-the-ground conservation and hunting heritage projects in the region.      

Thursday, January 10, 2013

RMEF Rides High After Memorable National Finals Rodeo in Vegas

For rodeo fans, the 10-day run at the National Finals Rodeo this past December was like an extended Christmas holiday, minus jolly old Saint Nick, of course. Day after day of heart-stopping action and tens of thousands of fans jammed inside Thomas Mack Arena and wandering all along the Las Vegas strip.

For the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the NFR WAS Christmas come early! It was a great way to cap a terrific 2012. Staffers set up and manned a huge booth featuring the Great Elk Tour. In addition to a raffle, RMEF held two different Calcutta rounds—one at The Mirage and the other at the convention center. If you’re not familiar with the RMEF Calcutta, it’s a popular fundraising auction supported by many cowboys and cowgirls. RMEF auctioned off 15 teams of seven contestants for each of the NFR’s ten rounds for bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding. RMEF retained 50 percent of the proceeds to support the mission with 35 percent of the proceeds paid to the first place team and 15 percent to the second place team.
Back on the convention center floor, interest was non-stop at the booth. We talked with many RMEF members from all over the country about issues ranging from predators to elk management. We also talked to landowners and ranchers about the on-the-ground conservation and habitat projects we sponsor. It was a great way to engage our members, new members and non-members about our mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. In doing so, we handed out cases of Bugle magazines.

When the dust finally settled and we packed our bags for home, we looked back on a glorious stretch of rodeo excitement, outreach and fun. RMEF gained nearly 445 new members. We would like to say welcome aboard and thank you for your support. And a special thanks goes out to our RMEF staffers, volunteers, and everyone who just stopped by to say “hi.” We can’t wait for next year!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

RMEF Pulls the Trigger on LETHAL SHOT App for Hunters

Okay, so we issued a news release on our new app (which you can read below), but that limited us graphically.  However, this blog gives us the opportunity to show show you more photographs of what the actual app will look like.  Enjoy...

MISSOULA, MT—The continuing convergence of high tech gadgetry and old style hunting is now available for iPhone and iPad technology thanks to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, which just unveiled its new LETHAL SHOT hunting app.

“LETHAL SHOT is the most realistic interactive app on the market for elk hunters,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “It lets the user navigate 360 degrees around the elk and choose any angle to gauge a shot’s effectiveness.”

3-D images allow the hunter to see an elk’s body structure, both internally and externally, and improve his or her ability to acquire proficiency on shot angles when making split second decisions in the field. In addition to preparing hunters for that once-in-a-lifetime shot, it also provides an effective post-shot analysis by simulating the trajectory and learning what vital organs the bullet or arrow possibly struck.

“This is a big technological advance for elk hunters,” added Decker. “LETHAL SHOT is yet another way to help further our mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.”

More than a year in the making, LETHAL SHOT is not a game. No other app or product on the market shows elk anatomy and shot angles with such accuracy. By taking a shot with the skin on, then peeling away layers, the hunter gains a clear understanding of the shot’s trajectory which translates into better shots and higher success in the field.

While the LETHAL SHOT app is now available for the iPad and iPhone, an Android version is soon to follow. Download the app here:


About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
RMEF is leading a conservation initiative that protected or enhanced habitat on more than 6.2 million acres—an area larger than Yellowstone, Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Yosemite and Rocky Mountain national parks combined. RMEF also is a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management and conservation policy issues. RMEF members, partners and volunteers, working together as Team Elk, are making a difference all across elk country. Join us at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.