July is Bass Pro Conservation MonthBass Pro Shops will continue its staunch support of the Elk Foundation in 2011 by hosting the fourth annual “RMEF Conservation Month” during the month of July. At all 55 retail outlets and via its website, Bass Pro Shops will ask customers to donate $2 to the Elk Foundation. The donation will enter them into a drawing for exciting prizes—including a Colorado 2012 elk and deer hunt combo for one with Welder Outfitting Services, a custom RMEF Edition Buckstop Truckware winch bumper package and a set of four Cooper tires, and $1,000 and $500 Bass Pro Shops gift certificates. The drawing will be held August 31, 2011.
2011 Colorado State Super Raffle
RMEF chapters in Arizona and Colorado have teamed up to offer the Colorado State Super Raffle. Grand prize is a fully guided five-day trophy elk hunt with Sangre de Cristo Outfitters on the famous Mountain Meadows Ranch near Westcliffe, Colorado. Lodging and meals included. Twenty-nine additional raffle prizes include hunts, rifles and camping gear. Click here for prize descriptions, ticket prices and contact info. All proceeds go to RMEF.
Elk Hunting & Country Music—July 30, 2011
Elk101.com and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are excited to announce the 1st annual Elk Hunting & Country Music Event to be held on Saturday July 30, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Nampa Civic Center. Guest seminar speakers will be backcountry bowhunter Cameron Hanes and World Champion Elk Caller Corey Jacobsen. The event will also feature country music entertainer Andy Griggs in an intimate concert setting. Seating is limited and ticket prices start at just $9 with family ticket packages available. Click here for more details and to order tickets.
Jared Wold—New Regional Director for Northern Idaho/Western Montana
After relocating to Kalispell, Montana, from Casper, Wyoming, in 2001, Jared’s family joined the RMEF’s Flathead Chapter as a way to meet new people. He was active for seven years, eventually becoming the chapter’s co-chair his senior year in high school. He attended college at the University of Montana in Missoula, where he joined the Blackfoot-Clearwater Chapter and became a member of the Montana State Leadership Team. Jared spent two years as a Montana district chair before becoming the Great Elk Tour manager in 2009. “The Great Elk Tour has allowed me to travel and learn from other RMEF staff and volunteers, and I am very grateful for the time I spent traveling with the tour,” he says. “I look forward to growing and learning in my new position as a regional director and am excited to once again work hand-in-hand with RMEF volunteers.”
Terry Scheeneman—New State Chair
Terry, 59, was born and raised in upper Michigan. He became a hunter in high school and started making annual hunting trips out West in the mid-1980s. Terry joined RMEF in 1987 and has co-chaired the Central Upper Michigan Chapter since it started 17 years ago. He became a Life Member in 2011, and as state chair says he “plans on helping in some small way to keep the RMEF the best conservation organization in the world.”
Kent Johnson—New State Chair
Kent and his wife Cyndie attended their first RMEF banquet 12 years ago, and had so much fun they joined the Elk River Royal Chapter shortly after. Kent became a district chair and joined the Minnesota State Leadership Team seven years ago. Cyndie joined the SLT in 2010. Kent says their three children help put on banquets, and the entire family enjoys hunting. “We make a trip out to Wyoming to hunt antelope and mule deer every year,” he says.
Paul R. Connell—New State Chair
Paul was raised in Olive Branch, and has worked for 21 years for the Northcentral Electric Power Association as a lineman and, most recently, the overhead construction superintendent. He enjoys all types of hunting and spending time with his family. Paul helped start and also co-chairs the North Mississippi Chapter. “I look forward to the challenge of growing the RMEF in the state of Mississippi,” he says. “We have many assets that can help this great organization of conservationists.”
Jared Wold—New Regional Director for Western Montana/Northern Idaho
After relocating to Kalispell, Montana, from Casper, Wyoming, in 2001, Jared’s family joined the RMEF’s Flathead Chapter as a way to meet new people. He was active for seven years, eventually becoming the ch
+apter’s co-chair his senior year in high school. He attended college at the University of Montana in Missoula, where he joined the Blackfoot-Clearwater Chapter and became a member of the Montana State Leadership Team. Jared spent two years as a Montana district chair before becoming the Great Elk Tour manager in 2009. “The Great Elk Tour has allowed me to travel and learn from other RMEF staff and volunteers, and I am very grateful for the time I spent traveling with the tour,” he says. “I look forward to growing and learning in my new position as a regional director and am excited to once again work hand-in-hand with RMEF volunteers.”
Chad Klinkenborg—New Northern Oregon Regional Director
Chad joined the RMEF field staff in early July. Prior to that, he worked for the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies in Washington, DC, as a liaison between outdoor industries (providing financial support) and conservation organizations/agencies (doing on-the-ground conservation work). He also has experience working in the natural resource field collecting/compiling data and serving as a legal assistant in a law office. Chad has a degree from the University of Montana School of Forestry & Conservation in Recreation Resource Conservation. He has a certificate of meeting facilitation and management from the National Conservation Leadership Institute.
Jennifer Nieland—New State Co-chair
After attending RMEF banquets for several years, Jennifer’s dad encouraged her to volunteer. In 2004, she tried it and hasn’t looked back! Since then she’s worked with several BGB committees, is an active member of the Wisconsin State Leadership Team, has attended two Elk Camps and became a new RMEF Life Member in 2010. An avid hunter and angler, she shot her first elk in 2005. When she’s not wearing her “elk goggles,” Jennifer enjoys her work as project manager for Integrys Energy.
2011 Wyoming State Raffle
The Wyoming State Leadership Team is proud to announce the 2011 State Raffle. Win a $30,000 voucher good towards any vehicle at any Fremont Motor Dealership. Three thousand tickets will be sold for $50 each. Twelve other cash prizes will also be offered. For more information contact Tom 307-689-6153 or Donae 307-840-0932. To purchase tickets online click here and select “Wyoming State Chapter Raffle.”