December 19, 2011
Elk Hunting Legend Wayne Carlton Joins Team Elk
MISSOULA, Mont.—Elk hunting legend, game call innovator, outdoor personality and Hunter’s Specialties pro staffer Wayne Carlton is the latest esteemed hunter to join the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation as a feature member of Team Elk.
RMEF recently launched the Team Elk concept to help capture the spirit of all RMEF members, now more than 180,000 strong, working together for a common goal—ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat.
“Every member of RMEF is a member of Team Elk,” said Steve Decker, vice president of marketing for RMEF, “and feature members are those who are especially passionate about RMEF and well positioned to communicate our message to large audiences. Wayne is an avid conservationist, has a long history with RMEF and he enjoys a huge fan base. We’re proud to have him out there representing Team Elk.”
Other feature members include country music stars Easton Corbin and Craig Morgan, baseball hall-of-famer Goose Gossage, NASCAR personality Kerry Earnhardt, professional bull riding champions Dustin Elliott and Austin Meier, football legend Walt Garrison, hunting pros Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, Kristy Titus and others.
Along with his Team Elk contemporaries, Carlton will lend his name, fame, appearances and audience reach to help advance the RMEF cause.
A Florida native and veteran turkey hunter, Carlton moved to Montrose, Colo., in 1976. It was there that he began adapting his turkey-calling prowess for pursuit of elk. Along the way, he pioneered the first diaphragm elk call. Carlton began marketing the calls in 1983 and since then has developed many innovative calling devices and hunting products. As a member of the Hunter’s Specialties pro staff, he continues in product development and hosting seminars nationwide to demonstrate the latest in calling and hunting techniques.
Carlton, an inductee to the Bowhunters Hall of Fame, is a devoted conservationist and a life member and former director of both RMEF and the National Wild Turkey Federation.