NORTH TEXAS CHAPTER HISTORY

Any discussion about the North Texas Chapter of RMEF of necessity begins with a discussion of the national organization. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation was formed in 1984 when four hunters from Troy Montana got together and asked the question “Can you imagine life without elk and elk hunting?” The resounding “NO” answer from these four hunter / conservationists set the stage for the formation of what has become one of the most successful and efficient conservation organizations in the world today!

To date RMEF and its partners have permanently protected or enhanced more than 6.4 million acres of critical habitat for elk and other wildlife. In 2013 alone 112,760 acres were protected or enhanced, and RMEF also opened or secured access to 62,027 acres! An incredible 90.2% of funds raised went toward our mission! In 2013 RMEF once again set a new record for membership and our army of volunteers undertook numerous projects across elk country!

A Partial List of Accomplishments in 2016 Include:

* Undertook habitat enhancement on more than 83,000 acres of critical elk habitat

* Permanently protected 29,704 acres of elk habitat in nine states

* Soared past the 6.4 million acre lifetime mark for habitat enhanced or protected

* Led restoration efforts of wild elk herds to Virginia and Missouri

* Reached more than 184,000 people in 44 states with positive messages on hunting, shooting, and conservation

* Recorded a fifth straight year of record membership (now standing at 203,703)

* And much, much more in support of elk throughout their range

These results and ratios are only possible because of the dedication and commitment of members representing in excess of 500 chapters in the United States and Canada. Ranking in the upper echelon of these chapters is the North Texas Chapter of RMEF. Formed in 1986 under the direction of Mims Reed, Dale Vaughn, and other die hard elk fans in the North Texas area this chapter was the third in Texas, and the 63rd nationwide. 1988 marked the first fundraising banquet for this group of Texas conservationists, and in 2014 we will be holding our 27th annual banquet at the Embassy Suites / Bass Pro Hotel in Grapevine, Texas on August 9th. More than 300 concerned sportsmen and conservationists are expected to gather for an evening of fun, games, camaraderie, and fundraising for the best of causes. We hope you can join us there and become a part of this amazing success story!

Current Committee Members

Mark Biggs, Chairman Mike Burkett, Co-Chair Charlie & Winona Barnes
Karl Ashcraft Sue Burkett Christie & Kyle Andrew
Jim Guthrie Jeff Biggs Karen & Mims Reed
Richard Biggers Jeff Clevenger Kevin Parker
Beau Ferguson Jerry Schoffler Marie & Clay Howard
James Sharpe Todd Glass Kim & Darrell Dark
Austin Jakusz Matt Hopkins Carol & Jim Stanfield
Dave Price Addison Larkin Charity & Keith Milam
Dixie Swink Ethan Thornton Renee & Jaeson Thorrnton
Wendy & Dale Vaughn Kayla & Josh Rodriguez
Theresa & David Wetzel Shanna & Michael Parker

    Over the years the North Texas Chapter Committee members have made another very important and unique contribution to the future of elk and elk country in the form of a Imperial Habitat Partnership� purchased by these dedicated folks. We are currently one of only a very few chapter committees in the country to have achieved this level! This gives the committee a seat at the table when decisions are made on future efforts of RMEF, and underscores the commitment to the cause these fine people bring to conservation today! In 2012 the North Texas Chapter marked another major milestone as we surpassed the Million Dollar level at our 2012 Big Game Banquet. Our chapter has generated over $1,0057,000 in net dollars for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation!