Myers Ranch Public Access Project

Covering more than one million acres, the Little Missouri National Grassland in western North Dakota is the largest such grassland in the United States. However, getting to it is a real challenge in places because of surrounding pieces of checkerboard private lands.

Glenn Myers and his family own one of those pieces of private land—a ranch that borders the Little Missouri River. It’s also offers prime habitat for elk, bighorn sheep, whitetail and mule deer, mountain lions and other wildlife. Struggling with ongoing deer raids on his haystacks, Myers reached out to North Dakota Game and Fish for help.

The state suggested he enlist his ranch in the North Dakota’s Private Land Open to Sportsmen programs. RMEF stepped up too, footing the bill for 20 percent of the cost. The result is a 10-year public access agreement so the public can hunt both his 1,700-acre ranch and the thousands of acres of public land beyond. Opening and improving public access is a key facet of RMEF’s conservation mission.

To learn more about the sites and boundaries of RMEF access projects near you or your favorite hunting area, turn on the RMEF layer in the onX Hunt App.

RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas- Bigger & Better Than Ever

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo, presented by Cinch, a 10-day run in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) December 6-15 in Las Vegas. Took place in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, upstairs from Cowboy Christmas.

“The expo provides us a unique opportunity to reach out to more than 150,000 people from all walks of life and from all across our nation,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO, “where we aim to celebrate our mission and the good work we’re doing to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.”

New this year is the Cowboys for Conservation Calcutta, presented by Reachoutwest. It will took place at the Realtree Live Stage. The Calcutta gave attendees the opportunity to win big money by taking part in an auction for all 120 WNFR contestants while also raising funds for RMEF. There was a daily auction for a team of contestants, one from each event.

Other Realtree Live Stage events included the Cowboys for Conservation Show highlighted by interviews with WNFR contestants, CanCooker cooking demonstrations and country music performances by Easton Corbin, Glen Templeton, Andy Griggs and others.

Additional expo features included the RMEF Great Elk Tour, MTN OPS Archery Range, Junior NFR competition in the Wrangler Rodeo Arena, special booth appearances and autograph sessions, and the RMEF Cowboy Country Raffle that gave away an elk hunt, Polaris Ranger side-by-side, Rambo electric bike and packages from Leupold and YETI as well as other prizes.

The 132,000-square-foot expo floor showcased hunting, outdoor industry leaders and other exhibitors featuring firearms, archery equipment, optics, outfitter and guide services, hunting apparel and western lifestyle gear and clothing.

“We appreciate our conservation partners who bring so much to the table by both supporting and helping us celebrate our conservation mission at the expo,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing.”

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Buck Knives Alumni- Designed To Go Everywhere

Designed to go everywhere, perfect for backcountry hunts, the Buck Knives Alumni is one of Kristy Titus of Pursue The Wild's favorite everyday carry knives. The Alumni is perfect for jobs around the farm to intricate taxidermy work like fleshing and caping big game animals. Backed by the Buck Knives Forever Warranty and made in the USA.

RMEF Youth Ambassador Creating a Legacy

Winter has set in and Kristy Titus of Pursue The Wild heads afield to hunt elk with 16 year old Kori. This young lady is a tough hunter that is more than glad to brave single digit temperatures in pursuit of her hunting dreams. Kori is also an outstanding young lady that is a true ambassador to youth hunters across the country. This hunt originally aired on RMEF's Team Elk.

RMEF Accomplishments in Big Sky Country

Big Sky Country is home to the second largest elk population of any state in America. And elk country in Montana is a better place as a result of the work of RMEF and its partners. In the latest episode of Pursue The Wild, Tips From The Wild, Kristy Titus shares some of the accomplishments that have been made in the great state of Montana.

Archery Elk Season- The Heartbeat of the Titus Family

Join Kristy Titus and her father Lewis on their annual Oregon, public land, DIY archery elk hunt. This one week in this special place is the heartbeat of her family. Watch and find out why.

Hunting Is Healing with USMC Kirstie Ennis

On this episode of Pursue The Wild, Kristy Titus has the honor of taking Sgt. USMC (retired) Kirstie Ennis, on her first elk hunt. Ennis was an aerial gunner that was severely wounded in a helicopter crash while serving her country in June 2012. She suffered severe facial trauma, spinal cord damage, damage to both arms and was in limb salvage for many years. Since this hunt took place, Ennis had her left leg amputated above the knee as a result of injuries sustained during the crash.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without hunting, especially going through what I did,” said Sgt. USMC (retired) Kirstie Ennis in the opening lines of the show. “The outdoors does something to you. Its gets you up and moving.”

Ennis’ hunt is thanks to the work of RMEF and Wounded Warrior Outdoors, who gained special access to private timberland in the Pondosa Tract in California for this hunt. This moving hunt originally aired on the RMEF Team Elk television show.

RMEF Middle Creek Public Access Project

Permanently protecting even the tiniest slivers of elk country pays big dividends. That's exactly the case in south-central Colorado. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with a willing seller also an RMEF member to finalize what's called the Middle Creek Project.

Though a mere 28 acres, the transaction improves access to eighty five hundred acres of public land for hunters, anglers and others to access and enjoy. It connects U.S. Forest Service land to the west with Bureau of Land Management land to the east.

The property sits at eighty six hundred feet elevation at the northern end of the San luis Valley and features what you would expect to find in Colorado's high country, prime wildlife habitat in the form of open grasslands, riparian meadows, aspen groves and mixed conifer stands that lead to peaks higher than 11,000 ft on adjacent public land.

It is here you will find elk, bighorn sheep, black bear, trout and other bird and animal life. Opening and improving public access lies at the heart of RMEF's conservation mission.

For Generations To Come

Over 100 years of cherished hunting stories and memories that have literally been the bonds of the Ellis family all took place on this awe inspiring ground in Eastern Oregon. In the late 1800’s Sam and Ida Walker settled this land to begin their family, never knowing the legacy that they would be leaving behind. This has been the ground that many hunters trekked across for their first and some for their last hunt. Those that have passed are still fondly remembered today. A monster bull elk is proudly on display in the old farmhouse, taken by avid huntress, and daughter of the Walkers, Verna Gilliland. Her husband Paul’s old hunting license from 1911 can be found on the office wall today. At the time, Paul was a mere 21 years old.

“Experience what we have known for three generations…over 33,000 acres of diverse and challenging hunting terrain, picturesquely framed by the foothills of the Blue Mountains.” Ellis Family Hunting Ranches Website

The love of the outdoors and continuation of the time honored hunting tradition is being shared by the Ellis family as it has been so for over three generations, this time with Jacob, his best friend Chase and Jacob’s father Keith. Both Jacob and Chase are exceptional 12 year old young men, both have a love of the outdoors and spirit of the hunt within each of them. This was the perfect place for them to share together in the experience of Jacob’s very first elk hunt. This hunt was a special first for another reason as well, not only was this Jacob’s first elk hunt, but he would be the first in his household to hunt elk, ever. Stay tuned to watch the time honored tradition of elk hunting be passed down from the Ellis family to the Taylor family, extending the legacy of the land and her grace for us all to enjoy. This hunt originally aired on RMEF's Team Elk Television Show.