MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s #HuntingIsConservation social media campaign, designed to educate hunters and non-hunters alike, reached more than 7.4 million* people since its launch in January.
“We believe this campaign is making a tangible difference. It highlights the significant role hunting and hunters play in providing the primary funding and boots on the ground for land and wildlife conservation efforts across North America,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing.
The campaign’s first six months offered infographics and videos highlighting RMEF’s 25 Reasons Why Hunting Is Conservation. Now it will shift gears and focus on the economic benefit provided by hunters and anglers within the borders of their home states.
“Just five years ago, hunters across the nation spent more than $38 billion** in 2011 alone. That spending supports more than 680,000 jobs, ranging from biologists and game wardens to motel workers and small ma and pa business owners. It also has a profound and substantial impact on the immediate economy where hunters live,” added Decker.
The campaign will highlight state-specific data from each of America’s 50 states found in the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s 2013 Sportsmen’s Economic Impact Report.
#HuntingIsConservation campaign charter sponsors include ALPS Outdoorz, Cabela’s Outdoors Fund, Federal Premium Ammunition, Leupold, Realtree, Under Armour and YETI Coolers.
RMEF welcomes and encourages other outdoor industry participants, sportsmen and women to share the #HuntingIsConservation posts.
*cited number do not include additional reach through traditional media such as print, television and radio or social media posts by independent followers
**America’s Sporting Heritage: Fueling the American Economy (Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation)
About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of nearly 220,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 6.8 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 www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK. Take action: join and/or donate.