By Forrest Fisher
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) has gone beyond the norm to help people everywhere learn more about conservation and hunting, and why hunting is so important to conservation.
Just having returned from a visit to Medora, North Dakota, and the National Park that Teddy Roosevelt created there, I am sure that our late President Roosevelt would be so very proud of the dedicated folks at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
I joined RMEF this past year and keep asking myself why I took so long to find RMEF, but at least now, I’m a member and their BUGLE magazine is not just a magazine, it is a learning tool. In this latest issue (Jul/Aug 2017) of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation BUGLE, story author – Kurt Cox, shares intimate, in-depth details of those many things a first-time archery elk hunter might be wondering about. Veteran hunters too, can learn from Kurt’s tales of hands-on truth in easy-to-read lessons and descriptions.
He describes his manner of calling, his movement in trailing an Elk for a shot opportunity and how he survived through his consumption of spring water, wild berry picking and frosty overnight chills. All this amidst the wonder of the visual expanse of mountain peaks, dark timber and an internal impulse to use cow calls. All hunters can learn from his shared experiences in this story.
Cox shares his hope and wonder, all the while looking for that perfect spot that he might send his arrow and put some meat in the family freezer. Then after much effort, significant effort, there is a cow, then a bull, then an arrow shot and a score. We learn about ethics here too, since Cox takes a second arrow shot and a third too. There is explanation for the harvest in this manner, clarification that hunters country-wide need to know more about.
Check out this story, then read much more in this ARCHERY ISSUE of BUGLE Magazine, in the nearly 40-page special edition section. Learn about cows and bulls, elk habits, use of camo, scent, sound, the excitement, the right gear, making the right noises, the reality of the experience, and perhaps you will find in you, like me, the inspiration to travel thousands of miles to hunt an elk.
Hunting for elk is an escape for some, but it is an inspiration for all hunters.
The mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is to insure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. I came late to embrace this RMEF group – I’m from the east, my poor excuse, but I’m here to pass the word to all of my hunter friends, especially bowhunter colleagues, to join up with RMEF and start the complete learning of how to better yourself for your next hunt.
What you learn from the BUGLE magazine will help make you a better hunter every time you step into the world of the woods.
Visit www.rmef.org and sign up soon. After just one or two issues, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Reading this magazine is an adventure in learning. Don’t delay. Remember, hunting is conservation.