I am new to your forum. It looks as though you have a nice forum site. In my title on this post is my personal conclusion. I have hunted elk since 1980 thru the mid 2000's. I've had good success in Co. and NM. Not to mention some great stories around the campsites and cabins.
I was also a member of the RMEF for a while. Even attended some fund raising events, auctions, ect. The RMEF raises a lot of money to obtain land and ranches for the preservation of elk habitat. So I thougt to contact the elk foundation one to ask this question. With any good wildlife managament there must be some sort of reduction harvest to keep the herd healthy. If this is correct, do the members have any access opertunity to hunt all of this property that the RMEF purchases with it's members donations. Or was this property off limits to members and reserved for it's RMEF officers and their families to hunt.
Well since that letter I have not heard one thing from the RMEF nor have I received another issue of the Bugle magazine (which I looked forward to) or any other contact. I guess you might say I've been kicked out of their club!
Then it came to me, we the members are donating millions of dollars for the RMEF to buy the best elk country in the best elk hunting states and we are paying for it and they the foundation officers and their families get to hunt it but you and I, the members don't get to hunt it. Next we pay them to take great hunting lands out of the hunting mix, forcing you and I onto smaller and smaller tracts of land. The RMEF land holdings increase and our hunting land decreases and we pay for it. They take the once access hunting land out of the hunting market so to speak.
This has been my experience and I am in no way asking anyone to join my
boycott but I am not going to pay for my hunting demise.