RMEF, Partners Take Action, Protect Popular Recreation Area, Wildlife Habitat

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

From The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—A 120-acre tract of wildlife and riparian habitat in western Montana, under threat of development, is now permanently protected and open to public access thanks to timely collaborative work by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and its partners.

“This project is a big win for a multitude of reasons,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “It’s a win for elk and other wildlife. It’s a win for multiple-use and it’s a win for everyone seeking better access to our public lands.”

The property is located immediately to the north of the Bass Creek Recreation Area (BRCA) between Missoula and Hamilton. It lies at the base of the Bitterroot Mountains, borders Sweeney Creek and is approximately two miles east of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. It is also surrounded on three sides by the Bitterroot National Forest while a five-acre subdivision lies immediately to the east.

“This project maintains habitat values and prevents fragmentation of vital habitat for elk and other wildlife,” said Larry Irwin, RMEF board member who lives nearby in the Bitterroot Valley. “It also enhances recreation activity in the popular Bass Creek area and prevents the conversion of a non-motorized trail into a permanent vehicle route.”

A bank previously foreclosed on the land with the intent of selling it on the private market. If that happened, the Bitterroot National Forest could have been obligated to grant permanent access via the establishment of a motorized road through the property. Instead, RMEF and its partners worked together to purchase the land and convey it to the Bitterroot National Forest, thereby placing it in the public’s hands.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for the Forest Service, our partners, and most of all, public land users,” said Tami Sabol, Stevensville District ranger. “The close proximity of the Bass Creek Recreation Area to Missoula and the Bitterroot Valley make it one of the most popular areas on the Bitterroot National Forest, providing a quality ‘backyard community’ recreation experience.”  Sabol also emphasized “this purchase consolidates existing federal ownership and provides connectivity across the Bass Creek, Larry Creek, and Sweeney Creek watersheds, which is a fantastic benefit for wildlife.”

The property is important winter range for elk and mule deer and is also home to whitetail deer, turkey and other bird and mammal life.

The BCRA is used by approximately 60,000 people each year for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking and other recreational pursuits. The acquisition provides improved access to adjacent public land and to Sweeney Creek.

“Farmers State Bank is so excited to partner with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Forest Service to provide a new outdoor recreational area in the Bitterroot Valley. Working with the RMEF and Forest Service to bring this project to fruition is a great example of community involvement and is one of the many reasons Farmers State Bank is proud to call Western Montana home,” said Kay Clevidence, Farmers State Bank president.

Funding for the project came from the Land and Water Conservation Fund Priority Recreational Access program, Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Torstenson Family Endowment, National Wild Turkey Federation, Mule Deer Foundation, Bitterroot Backcountry Horsemen and Farmers State Bank.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 227,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.3 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.orgelknetwork.com or 800-CALL ELK.

Video: Hunting High Country Elk in Wyoming


A new video from Stuck N The Rut features an impressive shot on an elk in Wyoming.

From Stuck N The Rut:

“After hunting Idaho, now it is time to go after elk in Wyoming. Tom drew this tag through WTA TAGS. Every new area we hunt has new obstacles. On this hunt, there is general resident deer tags and a previous cow elk season that either pushed most of the herds in the private land or the timber. Blaze orange on every ridge makes this hunt not as desirable as we hoped, but after spending a couple days, we were seeing most of the activity in the timber. There is a technique we like to call “timber pounding.” Sneaking in timber, and making quick shots as elk run off, that is how we have grown up hunting, but very difficult catching a timber pound hunt on video because everything happens so fast. Thankfully, gopro and Travis’s Handi Cam captured the entire hunt on film. This was an incredible shot captured on film. Thank you for watching, and don’t forget to subscribe!!! Wyoming elk hunting!”

To check out more from Stuck N The Rut, click here.

Video: Hunting Big Bull Elk in New Mexico


Hunting big bulls in New Mexico!

From The Mountain Project:

“Fortunes go to extreme opposites for Chase and Kevin. Chase finds a bull in a deep, thick canyon, while Kevin finds himself stuck on the side of the road… one tag gets punched, can Kevin recover?”

To check out more from The Mountain Project, click here.

Newberg, Jacobsen Launch Elk Talk Podcast

elk talk

From The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—Simply stated, it is all-elk, all-the-time. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is proud to present Randy Newberg and Corey Jacobsen’s Elk Talk Podcast.

“All my media platforms have one goal – lower the hurdles for those wanting to hunt our public lands,” said Newberg. “This podcast will be informational content to do just that; inform, inspire and hopefully provide a few laughs along the way.”

“To be able to work with Randy and focus on a subject we’re both incredibly passionate about – and to bring others along on the experience through the platform of a podcast – is going to be awesome!” said Jacobsen.

Newberg is host of Fresh Tracks and the popular Elk Talk video series. Jacobsen owns elk101.com and is the 9-time and reigning world elk calling champion.

Elk Talk Podcast will focus on all things elk including elk calling, hunting and biology as well as conservation. It will also feature tips, hints, lessons learned and valuable insights from two hunters who focus on elk year-round.

“Randy and Corey are among America’s premiere elk hunters. They have a wealth of experience that will benefit both the bow hunter and the rifle hunter,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “RMEF is excited to support this podcast and we look forward to following their pursuits.”

Recorded at RMEF headquarters and other locations, the podcast debuted on July 6. Go here to listen to its first edition.

Elk Talk Podcast is available on Stitcher, iTunes, Google Play, elktalkpodcast.com and on Instagram @ElkTalkPodcast.

Presented by RMEF, other Elk Talk Podcast sponsors include Gerber Gear, goHUNT.com, onX Hunt, Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls and Sitka.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 227,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.3 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.orgelknetwork.com or 800-CALL ELK.

Video: Elk Hunting in Arizona


From Alaska to Arizona, the team from The Mountain Project keeps busy with big game hunting in the U.S.

From the filmmakers:

“While Jay and Sam have been battling the wind and rain on Kodiak Island, Kevin has been cooked in the intense late summer Arizona sun. But the heat isn’t stopping the bulls from wanting hot cows, and Kevin and Hunter take advantage of the season. Season 4 is back in Arizona hunting elk.”

To check out more from The Mountain Project, click here.

Video: Hunting Trophy Elk in Colorado


Hunting big Colorado bull elk during the rut!

From Eastmans’:

“Hunt southern Colorado elk with Karen Seaman of Sportsman’s Warehouse. With Ike Eastman’s help, Seaman patiently hunts for just the right 6-point bull.”

To check out more from Eastmans’, click here.

RMEF Team Elk Returns

Team Elk

MISSOULA, Mont.—Heart-pumping elk hunts and tales of conservation success highlight the eighth season of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s award-winning television show, RMEF Team Elk, presented by Bass Pro Shops/Cabelas’s.

Team Elk captures the essence of up-close, adrenaline-filled encounters with elk as well as the beauty of the backcountry,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “We are excited to unveil another season as we highlight how Hunting is Conservation.”

Season eight of RMEF Team Elk begins the week of July 2. It airs every Sunday at 9 p.m. Additional weekly airings include Mondays at 3 a.m., Tuesdays at 5:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. (all times MT) on Outdoor Channel.

Hosted by Brandon Bates, highlighted episodes feature an elk migration scientist and the conservation director of one of the nation’s largest outdoor retailers talking conservation and chasing elk in New Mexico, a father-son duo from Wisconsin hunting elk in Montana using archery equipment they build and two participants of the Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow program in Colorado on their first-ever elk hunt, among others.

Presented by Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s, additional sponsors include Browning, Browning Ammunition, Buck Knives, Danner, Eberlestock, Mathews, PEAK BlueDEF, Sitka, Wildgame Innovations, Yeti and Zeiss, with special thanks to ALPS OutdoorZ, Bog-Pod and Yamaha.

“We are grateful for our conservation partners who value hunting and support RMEF’s conservation mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage,” added Decker.

You can watch the first six seasons of RMEF Team Elk online anytime for free on the Elk Network.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 227,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.3 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.orgelknetwork.com or 800-CALL ELK.

Video: Hunting Early Season Elk in Arizona


Hunting big Arizona bulls with a muzzleloader in a video from The Mountain Project.

From The Mountain Project:

“While Chase was in Texas, and Jay and Sam on Kodiak Island, Kevin baked in the heat of a late Arizona summer to help our friend Hunter Rackley find a bull on a tough central Arizona muzzleloader hunt.

Season 4 back in Arizona looking for one of our favorite species… Elk.”

To check out more from The Mountain Project, click here.

Video: Bowhunting Bull Elk in Idaho


Big Idaho bulls!

From Stuck N The Rut:

“Bowhunting elk. This is a continuation from Episode 34. After Travis shoots the bear, we skin it out and continue our elk hunt. As we get to the top, we hear the bull on the other side of the mountain bugling, but because he had a herd of cows, he refused to come in. After a couple hours of bugling, we decided to move into his territory without bugling (the silent treatment). As we moved closer, we heard him bugle again. After getting within 150 yards from the bull, Travis stayed put and Tom moved in with his bow closer. Tom found a good spot to set up with his bow, and so Travis challenged the herd bull to fight. You’ll need to watch the video to see what happens. This is what elk hunting is all about. This is two brothers DIY on public hunting ground. Make sure to subscribe to us and if you want to watch these hunts in better quality, go to http://www.stuckntherut.com and these are free hunting episodes”

To check out more from Stuck N The Rut, click here.

More Pennsylvania Elk Country Protected, Open to Public Access

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

MISSOULA, Mont.—Another piece of Pennsylvania elk country is permanently protected and open to public access thanks to a collaborative effort by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC).

The Woodring Farm II project entails 37 acres and is the newest addition to State Game Lands 311. It is located near a project finalized in 2014 and marks the 13th RMEF land protection and access project in Pennsylvania elk country.

“Even though these three parcels amount to just 37 acres, every piece of the puzzle counts in expanding the total amount of elk habitat acreage protected in Pennsylvania,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “We appreciate our partners at the Pennsylvania Game Commission as well as RMEF members and volunteers for their continual support.”

The property lies within the heart of the Pennsylvania elk range in Elk County’s Benezette Township which boasts the highest elk population density in the state.

“This acquisition is critical as it protects a very popular public corridor for elk viewing.  Public visitation to these viewing areas increases every year,” said Bryan Burhans, PGC executive director. “However, high-quality elk range is finite. This area is now protected perpetually thanks to our partners at RMEF and an anonymous donor.”

Funds generated from Pennsylvania elk tags and the anonymous donation to RMEF provided funding for the project.

Since 1991, RMEF and its partners completed 425 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Pennsylvania with a combined value of more than $25 million. These projects protected or enhanced 26,907 acres of habitat and opened or improved public access to 10,152 acres.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 227,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.3 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.orgelknetwork.com or 800-CALL ELK.