Elk NetworkRMEF News & Notes May 2021

Volunteer News | May 20, 2021

RMEF Mountain Festival Presented by YETI

Due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions at Canyons Village and the Grand Summit Hotel, we are unable to hold our traditional Elk Camp event in 2021. However, the RMEF Mountain Festival will take place July 22-25 in Park City, Utah. RMEF will host exhibitors, the World Elk Calling Championships and programming from the Canyons Village stage including live music, seminars from outdoor industry pros like Randy Newberg and Corey Jacobsen, live podcasts, RMEF films, nightly after parties, raffles and much more. There will also be an Elk Camp online auction with bidding on dozens of great items, including firearms, hunts, trips, artwork and more!


Chapter Banquets

After a slow start to in-person events, things are really picking up and going strong in 2021! We are now running an average of 12 in-person events a week. As of May 8th, we held 88 big game banquets and several other events. Several of them broke all-time fundraising records and our average net revenue is up 10 percent over those same banquets in 2019.

Please continue monitor our events page as more chapters schedule a 2021 event. We also see an uptick in interest for new chapters. If interested in starting a new chapter or joining an existing committee, act today! If you have any questions or want to get the updated status on your local chapter, contact your regional director here.

THANK YOU volunteers for being resilient, focused and again raising the bar in behalf of RMEF’s mission!


Great Elk Tour is Back on the Road

North America’s best mobile conservation exhibit kicked off its 2021 tour, and continues to make its way across the country. After beginning this year’s tour in the Pacific Northwest and then visiting Texas and Tennessee, the Great Elk Tour will cover more than 1,700 miles in June with stops in Pennsylvania, Michigan and South Dakota. Go here to see the tour schedule.


Total Archery Challenge

Need a way to hone your skills for elk archery season? RMEF is a proud sponsor of the Total Archery Challenge (TAC). June is a busy month with three stops scheduled in three different states. TAC will also take place at the above mentioned RMEF Mountain Festival in Park City. Go here for locations, dates and other details.


2021 PBR World Finals

Want to catch the world’s best bucking bulls in action? The 2021 Professional Bull Riders Finals are set to take place November 3-7 in Las Vegas. If you want to make the trip, attend your local RMEF banquet and win the PBR auction package. The package includes a five-night stay at the South Point Hotel & Casino and tickets to all five performances at T-Mobile Arena, plus you will be invited to attend the Cowboys for Conservation Brunch and Auction that includes PBR celebrity appearances, raffles and both live and silent auctions. Good luck!


Recent RMEF Mission Successes

Idaho – A 1,300-acre slice of western Idaho elk country is now much more accessible and greatly improves public access to surrounding federal and state lands as well.

Idaho – Ninety acres of prime elk habitat is now permanently protected and opened to public access in northern Idaho. RMEF and partners worked with private landowners to purchase and convey their property to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Midwest – RMEF collaborated with nearly two dozen partners to provide $1,134,098 for 12 wildlife habitat, hunting heritage or wildlife management projects in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. RMEF contributed $82,248 in funding that leveraged an additional $1,051,850 in partner dollars.

Wisconsin – RMEF prevented development and fragmentation of crucial wildlife habitat in northern Wisconsin by conveying an 80-acre inholding to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.