MISSOULA, Mont.–Membership in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has swelled to an all-time high of 184,135.

That total, posted at the end of December, is 6,135 members more than year-end 2010.

It is the fourth straight year that RMEF has set a new membership record.

“We’re grateful for the growth,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “I think it’s a strong endorsement that RMEF is becoming more and more relevant in the variety of issues important to elk hunters today.”

He explained, “Elk country is more than a pretty landscape. It represents a lifestyle. And when an elk hunter’s way of life is threatened–as it is now with habitat loss, overgrown forests, too many predators, hunting access problems and more–you can bet they’ll find a way to respond. RMEF gives them a way to fight back, while enjoying the fellowship of other elk hunters from around the nation.”

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
RMEF is leading a conservation initiative that has protected or enhanced habitat on over 6 million acres–an area larger than Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain and Great Smoky Mountains national parks combined. RMEF also is a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management and conservation policy issues. RMEF members, partners and volunteers, working together as Team Elk, are making a difference all across elk country. Join us at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.