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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Driving with RMEF Pride

There are all kinds of ways to show your friends that you’re a proud member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. You’ve got stacks of Bugle magazines, hats, shirts, jackets, firearms, and all kinds of other RMEF gifts and goodies you can purchase online at the Elk Country Trading Post.

And when you hit the road, you can show your pride on your car or truck with RMEF license plates. Six different states offer their own versions of the plates—Maryland, Montana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and South Dakota. Word has it that Missouri is about to join the ranks too. Not only are they stylish, but purchasing a plate is an easy way to make a continual donation to help RMEF carry out its mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. 

You want a clear example? Let’s break down the numbers by taking a closer look at the state of Montana, the home of RMEF headquarters, where the RMEF plate was first issued in July of 2002. Statistics about generic specialty license plates provided by the Montana Motor Vehicle Division show RMEF is the king of the hill. Well, pretty close to undisputed king anyway. Over the last five years, Montanans ponied up $974,329 just for the opportunity to display RMEF plates on their vehicles. That total includes an all-time high of $196,185 in 2012 alone. Okay, we have to give props to Glacier National Park (GNP) which has a plate that brought in $1,099,445 in revenue over the last five years, but $9,675 less than RMEF in 2012. Also, for the sake of accuracy, we need to point out that the University of Montana’s popular Grizzly Scholarship Association (GSA) plate edged out RMEF by a mere $1,840 in 2012 but trails RMEF by more than $202,000 in revenue over the past five years combined. 

If you compare 2013 to a drag race, RMEF jumped at the green light and bolted off the starting line to again lead the field. Montanans already paid out $52,055 for the coveted plates with GSA running a close second and GNP a not as close third. What’s the bottom line? Montanans love the RMEF.

The same goes for RMEF volunteers, members, elk lovers and hunters around the country; however not every state offers an RMEF license plate. So what to do it if your state is left out of the race? Well, each state has different regulations regarding specialty license plates but it’s the voice of the people that triggers change. If you want an RMEF plate in your home state, call the local DMV and ask what needs to take place to make it happen so you can better show your RMEF pride as you drive.

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