Big game season may still be a few long months away, but Southwest Montana sportsmen and women have another reason to be excited.  The annual Southwest Montana Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation annual banquet is slated for April 15 at the Maroon Activities Center.  Again, this year organizers will have an impressive array of prizes including top-notch outdoor gear, exclusive home furnishings and premium firearms.  Of course, the annual banquet is a chance to mingle with family and friends as well as other like-minded people in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Single Bull Elk with antlers in green grass. Photo: Townsquare Labs

But what and who are the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation?  From their Facebook page, RMEF was "founded over 38 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 220,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 8.1 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at or 800-CALL ELK."  What about here in Montana? "In Montana, RMEF and its partners have completed 1,244 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects which have conserved or enhanced 936,451 acres of habitat and opened or improved public access to 375,124 acres."

If you would like further information on how to become a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation or would like to get tickets to the Southwest Montana Chapter's banquet, call Tony at (406)491-3362 or send an email to

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