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MISSOULA, Mont.--Perhaps best known as a four-time world champion elk caller, Dieter Kaboth of Pierce, Idaho, has accepted a position as the northern Oregon regional director with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Kaboth is now responsible for rallying and coordinating volunteers in Elk Foundation chapters across his region, fundraising, working with partners such as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Forest Service, and organizing on-the-ground conservation efforts.

Since 1984, the Elk Foundation and its partners have completed over 550 conservation projects in Oregon with a value of more than $31 million.

“Many hunters in Oregon and around the country are familiar with Dieter. In addition to his elk-calling savvy, he’s been a longtime volunteer for the Elk Foundation and he has taught hunting seminars across the U.S. We’re very pleased to welcome him to our staff,” said David Allen, Elk Foundation president and CEO.

Kaboth also brings a wealth of experience in the outdoor industry. His career in sales, marketing and management has helped grow many brands familiar to hunters. He has served as a pro staffer for Hunter’s Specialties, Leupold, Burris, Matthews, Easton, Muzzy and others. Kaboth also serves on the board of “Hunt of a Lifetime,” which provides dream hunts for terminally ill youths.

In 2008, RMEF awarded 25 grants totaling $208,750 to help fund conservation projects in the following Oregon counties: Baker, Benton, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Snowy peaks, dark timber basins and grassy meadows. RMEF is leading an elk country initiative that has already conserved or enhanced habitat on over 5.4 million acres–a land area equivalent to a swath three miles wide and stretching along the entire Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico. Most work occurs on public lands. More than 561,000 acres have been opened or secured for public access including hunting, fishing and other recreation. Get involved at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.