July 24, 2017
Elk Fit to Benefit Hunters, Public Access
MISSOULA, Mont.—Elk Fit, a nutritional program inspired by a partnership between the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and MTN OPS, offers tangible benefits for elk hunters and their ability to access more public land.
“We appreciate our conservation partners at MTN OPS who see eye-to-eye with our mission priorities,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “This program not only assists the individual elk hunter but it helps us open the door for hunters to access more wildlife habitat.”
Elk Fit is a line of supplements designed to aid the nutritional needs of elk hunters by helping them lose weight and increase strength and focus. A portion of the proceeds of each sale go toward RMEF’s Access Elk Country Initiative which seeks to open or secure access to 250,000 acres of elk country over a five-year period.
“We at MTN OPS believe that conservation is the key to the future of hunting, public land access and the preservation of the species we love to hunt, said Casey Harbertson, MTN OPS co-founder and chief marketing officer. “Conservation is at the heart of our mission. It is our goal to make sure we do our part for our families and the next generation of outdoorsmen and women so they enjoy the same benefits we enjoy today.”
The Access Elk Country Initiative utilizes various tools including grants to state agency access programs, acquisitions or exchanges involving checkerboard ownership of lands, strategic acquisitions of small parcels that unlock large blocks of previously land-locked public land and re-routing roads or securing access easements to provide legal passage to large tracts of public land.
Combining both its historic and ongoing public access efforts, RMEF has so far opened or improved access to more than 1.1 million acres of elk habitat across 23 different states.