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MISSOULA, Mont.—Learn how to call elk, pack a horse, hunt backcountry, get more from a hunting guide, field dress big game without gutting, cook venison, train a retriever and hunt predators—all under one roof.
These seminars and more, each presented by noted authorities, are part of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 25th Annual Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo. The event will be held March 5-8 at the Fort Worth (Texas) Convention Center.
The schedule for “Spike Camp” seminars sponsored by Cabela’s and other workshops:

 

Thursday, March 5

10:30 a.m.

Blackpowder 101 – Chad Schearer, CVA Muzzleloaders.
11:00 a.m.

Shooting the Bull panel – Join these outdoor experts and find out everything you want to know from shotgunning to game calling: Wayne Carlton, Wayne van Zwoll, J.B. Klyap, Jim Zumbo.
12:30 p.m.

25 Years of Elk Hunting – Wayne Carlton, CamoWest, Hunter’s Specialties.

1:30 p.m.

Formula for Successful Elk Hunting – Jim Zumbo, host of Jim Zumbo Outdoors.
2:30 p.m.

Getting the Most Out of Your Guided Hunt – J.B. Klyap, Dome Mountain Outfitters.
3:30 p.m.

Old Fashioned Elk Hunting – Ron Dube, Ron Dube’s Wilderness Adventures.
All Day

Fly Casting Demos – Bass Pro Shops.

 

Friday, March 6

9:00 a.m.

Horse Packing Clinic – Blain Jackson, Cottonwood Ranch (limited seating, please call 1-866-455-RMEF to register).
10:00 a.m.

Shooting the Bull panel – Join these outdoor experts and find out everything you want to know from shotgunning to game calling: Wayne Carlton, Wayne van Zwoll, Chad Schearer, Jim Zumbo.
12:30 p.m.

25 Years of Elk Hunting – Wayne Carlton, CamoWest, Hunter’s Specialties.
1:30 p.m.

Elk Calling Clinic – Will Primos, Primos Hunting Calls & Chad Schearer, world champion caller.
1:30 p.m.

Archery Hunting, Spot and Stalk – Rich Birdsell, Northern Rockies Outfitters.
3:00 p.m.

Successful Predator Calling Techniques – Al Morris, Hunter’s Specialties.
3:00 p.m.

Wild Game Cuisine – Phyllis Speer.
4:30 p.m.

Shoot Long, Even If You Don’t Want To – Wayne van Zwoll, author of “Hunter’s Guide to Long-Range Shooting.”
All Day

Fly Casting Demos – Bass Pro Shops.

 

Saturday, March 7

8:30 a.m.

Becoming an OutdoorsWoman Workshop sponsored by Budweiser: wild game cuisine, translating English into wildlife, fly fishing, getting ready for the hunt, orienteering (limited seating, please call 1-866-455-RMEF to register).

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Boone and Crockett Club official scorers offer free scoring on antlers and sheds.
9:00 a.m.

Horse Packing Clinic – Blain Jackson, Cottonwood Ranch (limited seating, please call 1-866-455-RMEF to register).
10:00 a.m.

Shooting the Bull panel. Join these outdoor experts and find out everything you want to know from shotgunning to game calling: J.B. Klyap, Jim Zumbo, Wayne Carlton, Chad Schearer.
Noon

North Texas Hunting Retrievers.
12:30 p.m.

Backcountry Bowhunting – Cameron Hanes, editor of “Eastman’s Bowhunting Journal.”
1:30 p.m.

Formula for Successful Elk Hunting – Jim Zumbo, host of Jim Zumbo Outdoors.
2:00 p.m.

North Texas Hunting Retrievers.
3:00 p.m.

Shoot Long, Even If You Don’t Want To – Wayne van Zwoll, author of “Hunter’s Guide to Long-Range Shooting.”
3:00 p.m.

Wild Game Cuisine – Phyllis Speer.
4:30 p.m.

High Tech for Bigger Bulls – Chad Schearer, CVA Muzzleloaders.
4:30 p.m.

Successful Predator Calling Techniques – Al Morris, Hunter’s Specialties.
All Day

Fly Casting Demos – Bass Pro Shops.

 

Sunday, March 8

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Boone and Crockett Club official scorers offer free scoring on antlers and sheds.
10:00 a.m.

Archery Hunting, Spot and Stalk – Rich Birdsell, Northern Rockies Outfitters.
11:30 a.m.

Getting the Most Out of Your Guided Hunt – J.B. Klyap, Dome Mountain Outfitters.
Noon

Hunting Rutting Elk, Calling Those Big Bulls in Close – Steve Chappell, Cabela’s Pro Staff.
1:00 p.m.

Gutless Gutting – Ron Dube, Ron Dube’s Wilderness Adventures.
2:30 p.m.  

Successful Predator Calling Techniques – Al Morris, Hunter’s Specialties.
All Day

Fly Casting Demos – Bass Pro Shops.
The Elk Foundation’s Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo also features the RMEF/Leupold 2009 World Elk Calling Championships, hundreds of exhibits, displays, activities, auctions, raffles and more. It’s all a public-welcome showcase and fundraiser for one of the nation’s premier conservation organizations. Since launching in 1984, the Elk Foundation has enhanced or protected habitat on over 5.5 million acres.
Daily admission is $12 per person or $25 per family, and free for kids 5 and under.
Show hours: Thurs., March 5, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Fri., March 6, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sat., March 7, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Sun., March 8, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more details, visit www.rmef.org.

 

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

Snowy peaks, dark timber basins and grassy meadows. RMEF is leading an elk country initiative that has conserved or enhanced habitat on over 5.5 million acres—a land area equivalent to a swath three miles wide and stretching along the entire Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico. RMEF also works to open, secure and improve public access for hunting, fishing and other recreation. Get involved at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK..