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Location: Butte, MT
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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Are you a member? What do you think of the organization as a whole?

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Location: Montana, USA
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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Yes, I am a member.

They have saved thousands of acres of elk and other game habitat from the rampant land development that is devouring the west. This is good.

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Location: north idaho
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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

I have been a member since 1992.

i definalty do not agree with everything they do or say. The organization has changed. They used to be all about saving elk. now they are all about saving the yellowstone elk herd. To me they have gone overboard on the ethics of hunting. If you don't bowhunt a wilderness area with horese you are not a hunter. I have a hard time with that.

I will probably keep being a member, but they have seem to lost sight of where they came from.

I will be curious to see what others have to say about the RMEF.
tim

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Location: Kentucky/ Colorado
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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

I use to be a member, but not currently.

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Location: Southern Colorado
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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

I have been a member for some time now.

I have attended the elk camp held each Feb in Reno. It is a lot of fun. I highly recommend it.

I especially enjoy reading the magazine, however, one recent issue was entirely devoted to PA elk. I felt this was a disservice to their core constituency. Overall though Bugle magazine is worth the price of membership.

In my opinion, RMEF made a huge mistake by not getting on the right side of the CWD issue early and taking a firm stand on it. Even now, they continue to hide from that issue.

Like any big organization, take the good with the bad.

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Location: Southeast Colorado
Joined: 01/07/2007
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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

I've been a member for many years. I enjoy attending the local banquet/auction. I have never participated in the organization beyond that level and that has been a mistake. Leadership cannot know how the rank & file feels if we do not jump in and make our voices heard on the issues.

I applaud the conservation efforts of the RMEF but fear the group has grown so large & "moneyed" that in many circles it is perceived as "elitist". That's a shame because it cannot address local isssues without a national presence. On the whole, as hunters, we are far better off because of the efforts of the RMEF. They have a single dominate purpose, and that is the conservation of the land base/habitat that elk live on. As individuals we may differ on issues such as ATV's, wolves & weapons but without the habitat we collectively have nothing.

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Location: Roanoke, VA
Joined: 01/12/2008
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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

I'm not a member, but I think plainview put it well.

I'm a life member of the NRA and definitely don't agree with everything they do. I'm still a member because without the money and influence they have the anti-gunners would bulldoze over our rights.

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Location: wyoming
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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

I am not a member, but i do enjoy Bugle. I work at an open pit coal mine and a lot of the conservation groups would preferre that not to happen. So its kinda a catch 22 for me, but on the other had the RMEF has done some great things with the reclaimed mine land in this area.

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I think they are great conservation organization. Don't expect them to fight for your gun rights though. Hunters still need to be NRA or GOA member for that.

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