First white-tailed moose hunt generates over $600,000 in conservation funding –

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MISSOULA, Mont. — Hunters supporting Virginia’s first-ever managed elk hunt, scheduled for Oct. 8-14, have raised more than $606,000 to bolster wildlife and management projects with the state’s elk management area.

“This funding is an indicator of the significant contributions hunters make that support Virginia elk and elk country,” said Kyle Weaver, President and CEO of RMEF. “We also salute our partners at the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) for their diligence in successfully managing the state’s growing elk herd. These efforts open the door to this historic first hunt.

DWR awarded its first elk conservation license to RMEF who held a raffle that raised over $93,000 for conservation. This follows DWR’s initial lottery of five antler elk tags which raised more than $513,000.

“That’s about half a million dollars that will go directly to wildlife conservation through the contributions of these hunters,” said Ryan Brown, DWR’s executive director. “Although this is a small hunt, it is important in marking the early success of the restoration of this magnificent animal in Virginia, and also a tremendous opportunity to show the general public the conservation benefits of hunting. .”

More than 31,000 people entered DWR’s lottery, while the conservation tag lottery and raffle drew contestants from all 50 states.

The RMEF has a long and active history in Virginia that includes providing both funding and volunteer support to help successfully restore free-ranging wild elk to their historic range in 2012. Since 1993, the RMEF and its partners carried out 82 conservation and hunting projects. in Virginia with a combined value of over $2.1 million.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 38 years ago and powered by hunters, the RMEF has over 225,000 members and has conserved over 8.5 million acres for elk and other wildlife. The RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for scientific resource management, and secure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Find out why “Hunting Is Conservation™” on or 800-CALL ELK.

Courtesy of RMEF

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