Les Schwab adds Utah Elk Hunt to its Country Rifle Drawing
Rod Shaver, a Central Oregon Coast committee member, has helped raise nearly $53,000 coordinating RMEF’s Les Schwab Country Rifle Raffle since 2004. This year, though, he has more incentive than ever.
Along with donating a Howa Hunter Model 1500 Walnut Stock, Stainless Barrel .300 Win.Mag. with two-stage trigger and gun case to 118 RMEF chapters across the West, Les Schwab and its Bend, OR south store owner, Matt Tomseth, also threw in a Grand Prize—an all-expense-paid, once-in-a-lifetime Utah elk hunt for one person with Wild Country Outfitters. This is the first time a hunt has been included to promote the Les Schwab Country Rifle Raffle, and it will be awarded in a progressive-style format. Each person who either wins the Rifle Raffle, or purchases it in an auction, will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win the hunt. The winner will be drawn at RMEF’s 2014 Elk Camp and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hunt will occur in fall 2014. A Les Schwab representative will attend the drawing.
Shaver, who worked at Les Schwab Tire Centers in Oregon and Washington for 31 years, joined the RMEF in 1986. He retired in 2001, joined the Central Oregon Chapter and took on the Les Schwab Rifle Raffle as a committee project in 2004. It was a natural pairing, and Shaver has lived up to his commitment to make the raffle as successful as possible. He personally visits each Les Schwab store in the region displaying rifles and selling tickets. Shaver also attends and sells tickets at numerous sports shows and other events from January 1 until the Central Oregon Chapter’s banquet in April. His efforts have raised more than $53,000 over the past 12 years. Shaver recently received an Outstanding Volunteer award from Oregon regional director Bob Bastian for his dedication to the RMEF’s mission.
“Rod’s efforts are truly remarkable,” Bastian says.
RMEF would like to recognize the Les Schwab Tire Company for once again sponsoring the Les Schwab Country Rifle Drawing. Since 2001, Les Schwab has generously donated 1,170 rifles and gun cases to the program, raising more than $1.5 million dollars and helping conserve more than 4,035 acres.
Thank you to both Shaver and Les Schwab for helping ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat and our hunting heritage.