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‘Wild Sustenance Program’: RMEF Unveils College-Level Hunting Course

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation introduces a college-level hunting course: the Wild Sustenance Program at the University of Montana.

This fall, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) starts its first college-level course at the University of Montana.

Called the Wild Sustenance Program, the three-credit class encompasses a comprehensive overview of hunting and conservation. There will also be an emphasis on removing the barriers often associated with those unfamiliar with the tradition of hunting.

“Our own experience demonstrates the tremendous interest that exists among students from a diversity of majors who want to learn more about hunting and conservation,” said Dr. Josh Millspaugh, Boone and Crockett professor of Wildlife Conservation at the University of Montana.

As the RMEF and the University of Montana fine tune this new pilot program, plans continue to evolve to expand the course. Further ahead, this looks to include other universities and open public offerings.

“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.”

Rachelle Schrute

As a fifth-generation Montanan, Rachelle Schrute comes from a long line of western hunters and anglers. Born in western Montana, she spent countless days chasing mountain elk and mountain trout with her family. She is heavily involved in Montana's conservation and wildlife management practices and has served in leadership roles within multiple conservation organizations. Rachelle is a certified Wilderness First Responder, and often spends her summers as a Wilderness Guide in Yellowstone National Park. When not gear testing or writing, you can likely find her hunting, hiking, fishing, and cooking wild game with her two children.