The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation hearts elk. Many, if not every single one of their members, like to shoot the animals. Is that so bad? Of course not. Their latest email blast/fund raiser raises the alarm over the alarming rise in population in the American West, without once using the words “illegal aliens.” Still, point taken: habitat destruction threatens the elk population. The RMEF has a five-point plan to protect Ann Elk (Monty Python fans need explain): land use planning (stop sprawl on lower elevations), land protection (buy land), habitat stewardship (maintain lands), manage predators (hint hint) and . . .
Keep Hunting. With the anticipated population growth in the West, open space and opportunities for hunting could be reduced. Loss of hunters will translate to less wildlife management and less funding for conservation overall, which will compound all of the above problems. RMEF is prioritizing projects that enhance public hunting access and strengthening America’s understanding of the important conservation heritage of hunting.
Just curious: what rifle and caliber do our hunting hombres recommend for the job? Any elk hunting tips for the conservationists amongst us?