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Rocky Mt. Elk Foundation?

I'm looking for input on the Elk foundation. I have been considering a life membership. Just wondering if you guys out west see the benefits? It seems like they have done a great job with reestablishing our small herd here in wisconsin.

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I support them. I've worked on two projects with them and am highly in favor of them. Some people might not like the conservation easements that they do for private lands, which doesn't help access issues, but more often than not, those are donated by a family trust to dodge inheritance tax issues and prevent being forced to break up the ranch so their heirs can pay taxes on the land they just acquired. But they've also been great help facilitating land exchanges for public agencies to help with public access.

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The conservation issues were my original attraction to the organization, but aside from that, the local fund-raising banquets are an event not to be missed! The easement issues are always going to rile someone, but in my opinion, even without public access it beats the hell out of yet another crappy sub-division. I don't agree with everything the NRA does either but I'm a life member of that. I've never been quite able to pony up the $$$ for a RMEF Life Membership but it's on my "bucket list"....in spite of the occasional controversy.

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i did support them until i found out most of the money went to areas way out west were i will never hunt or be able to. All the major winter grounds around me are being developed for house's and then the house owners bitch about the deer and elk coming into there yards and they are killed or shipped off. Next time you are in utah just take a good look at the Wasatch mountain front not much for winter grounds any more why cant the elk foundation or SFW or Mule deer foundation spend any of there money for that area. that is were it is needed but you will have to make up ur mind were it is best needed?

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Rocky Mt. Elk Foundation?

way out west. your location says utah. i am not sure what you consider west?

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yes Utah. im not saying they dont do any good at all but like i said come look at are Wasatch front that is were the most need is and there's nothing SFW brings in millions and the other foundations as well, we have had some ruff winters and we the hunters will go and get hay and do a little feeding were is the DWR,SFW RMEF,MDF . they say if they feed them they will come back the next year expecting well no $#@% its what is left of there winter grounds! thats all they have.
but like i said there is some good to it i just dont know what that is yet

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A couple of things about the Wasatch Front is that nothing could of been done to prevent what is happening now. That is the problem with people and more people. Now if somebody would of thought of it 60 years ago then something might of been able of been done but not in the last 20 years. There are areas from Sandy to Spanish Fork that I hunted and ran all around when I was a kid with a rifle and nothing was said, you can't do it now.

One thing about the RMEF is that they do help out a lot. You just need to look to see it. There was a ranch in the Book Cliffs that locked out everybody except for paying customers. I know since I went up to the ranch operator in the early 90's and asked for permission just to cross the property. His answer was that he was just trying to run a business (outfitting and not ranching) and that I could cross if I was willing to pay. Now that same ranch can be hunted by anyone with a tag and there are some great bulls and bucks down there I know since my brother in law shot a 370 pt bull there and I have been trying to draw a tag for a buck but no luck yet. There are a lot of other projects that they are also working on. Just pick up one of the Bugle magazines and read where they are doing the work at.

As far a winter feeding, I don't know just what the answer really is. To feed the animals in the same spot every winter or force them into finding a new winter ground. That my friend is a tough question to answer.

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I have been a sponsor member for 6 yrs. I believe the money is well spent.'Critter' had it right, read an issue of Bugle.Looking at it from Maryland I'd like to save as much elk country out west as possible,I have enjoyed every trip taken, and hoping some day my kids will have a chance. The Banquets are a blast.I'm with "Plainview" in that Rmef and the nra are both organizations that I don't agree with everything they do, but the good far, far outweighs the bad. Thumbs up

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I just joined RMEF not too long ago.

Although I too agree that I wish there was more that could be done along the Wasatch I also understand that there is only so much that can be done. It's unbelieveable how much even the attitude has changed. When I was a kid I too could hunt along the Wasatch with a rifle. Now you can only hunt with a bow so I do that but I get all kinds of looks and comments from people at the trailheads. Many stare and look at me with a disgusted look on their face and openly tell me how they feel what I'm doing is wrong. One lady made a big scene by begging me not to mistake her dog for a deer and shoot it. We had just started walking up the trail and our bows were strapped to our backpacks. Looking back I think she was trying to create a scene and prove a point. Having grown up in Utah experiencing this is pure shock to me!

At the end of the day I believe in the RMEF's cause even if they have lost the battle in my own backyard. One day I may have to travel fairly far to hunt elk but at least I'll still have the oppotunity.

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money well spent...........PERIOD

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any wildlife foundation has some good to it but there is a lot of politics as well and i have some good buddy's on their board one still there and two have quit i just know a little to much on the politic side is all i have read those by the way, im just going to leave it at that, i do respect all your guys opinions.

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