Thursday, October 27, 2016

October State Chair Address

On June 23rd thru 25th, volunteers from across the state gathered in Bozeman, MT, at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds for the 2016 Summer Rendezvous to celebrate RMEF’s accomplishments over the past year. On behalf of the Montana State Re-source Team, I would like to thank all of the volunteers that attended rendezvous.

Friday morning, the volunteers gathered for our work projects, we divided into two groups, the larger group went to Durnham Meadows and the rest went
to Enders Road. We worked hard, we removed approximately five miles of old barbed wire fence and many “T” posts. We left our mark on elk country.

Friday’s dinner was the annual Wild Game Pot-luck, it’s always amazing to see and taste the variety of entries. Congratulations to Laurie and Dan Wilder of Cut Bank, MT, for winning the prestigious Golden Roll-ing Pin award. Also, congratulations to Jared Wold and Jameson Sharp, winners of the 2016 Washoe Tournament.

Saturday began with the “RMEF Volunteer and Committee Roundtable Discussion”, opportunity was given to share local chapter successes, and lessons learned, where we need improvement, and to ask RMEF questions. The other seminars included Mike Mueller’s “RMEF Land and Project Updates”. Mark Sommer showed “Canning Wild Game and Fish”, Mys-tery Ranch demonstrated “Choosing and Using the Right Hunting Pack for You”, 406 Precision shared “Maximizing Your Effective Range”, and Jason Matzinger showed “#PROJECTELK”. David Allen and Randy Newberg held a town hall meeting and launched “Real Conservation Matters”, they stressed the importance of hunters and conservationists needing to stick together. “Real Conservation Matters. One voice can change an opinion. Many voices together can change policy”. See Thank you to everyone who presented seminars at rendezvous. Saturday evening was “Fun Night”, attendees enjoyed playing free RMEF games, raffles and winning prizes, Pig Out BBQ catered a full pig roast dinner with all the trimmings, and Rocky Mountain Pearls provided live music. If you missed rendezvous this year
and for those that won’t miss it, our plans for 2017 MT Summer Rendezvous are tentatively scheduled to be June 22th thru 24th, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Boulder, MT. See you next year.

Good Luck Hunting!

Mike Zaragoza, MT State Chair

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