The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana (UM) will unveil a bold, innovative, hands-on higher education experience this fall that highlights the fundamental role hunting plays in society and wildlife conservation. Once established, the Wild Sustenance curriculum will be available to other universities.
“We greatly appreciate our partners at UM for their efforts in bringing this long-held vision to fruition,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “This program will trigger a nationwide ripple effect allowing more Americans of all ages to learn about the very real and vital link hunting plays to conservation.”
Modules will remove barriers for new hunters by featuring guest lectures from prominent conservationists and scholars, video clips, learning assessments and will be available electronically, packaged in a readily usable and accessible format. Topics featured in modules will include the basics of hunting, hunter ethics, hunting’s role in conservation, firearms safety, processing and cooking game, and motivations and fears related to hunting and hunting regulations, in addition to other topics developed with the help of RMEF.
RMEF provided significant resources from its Torstenson Family Endowment to fund the program which is core to RMEF’s mission of ensuring our hunting heritage.