David and Carman Forbes Named Conservationists of the Year
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Names Hunter's Specialties' David and Carman Forbes Conservationists of the Year.
Fort Worth, Texas – -(AmmoLand.com)- At the recent 25th annual Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Convention held in Fort Worth, Texas, David and Carman Forbes, co-owners of Hunter's Specialties, were honored as the Conservationists of the Year.
“The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Conservationist of the Year Award recognizes individuals who we believe have made a difference for wildlife on a national scale – people who are making the world a better place for future generations,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO.
“We couldn't be more honored and excited,” said the Forbes' upon hearing the news. “Supporting conservation and hunting is simply the right thing to do. Without industry support and the tireless efforts of organizations such as the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, sportsmen will find fewer and fewer opportunities to hunt. We must all work together to protect our heritage.”
David and Carman's personal and corporate support for RMEF and other conservation organizations and efforts include donating over $250,000 to the Elk Foundation through their sponsorships of the annual ‘Volunteer Appreciation Night' at Elk Camp, ‘Great Elk Tour,' and a co-marketing elk call royalty program as a licensee of the Elk Foundation. They have achieved the Platinum Medallion recognition status in the Business Partners in Conservation program and are a consistent advertiser in BUGLE magazine.
They have also donated to the North American Habitat Fund and to the construction of the new RMEF headquarters in Missoula, Montana. Each year they donate elk calls to national and local RMEF events.
Starting in 2008, David and Carman elevated their support of the Elk Foundation's future conservation efforts by agreeing to pay royalties on 37 different elk calls, accessories and hunting DVD's. Prior to this negotiation, RMEF was receiving royalties on one elk call. Hunter's Specialties further promotes the Elk Foundation's logo and increases brand awareness on the various product packaging and other internal and external marketing mediums.
The Forbes are also involved with several other organizations and activities to promote hunting. David Forbes was one of the founders of the International Hunter Education Association Foundation and was instrumental in rallying individuals, industry businesses and other corporations to get behind the group when faced with bankruptcy. Hunter's Specialties co-sponsors an annual youth turkey hunt with Cabela's each year. They support NWTF Jakes events around the country and donate thousands of dollars and calls to kids and causes to help get and keep them involved in the outdoors. Hunter's Specialties is a ‘Member-Sponsor' of the U.S. Sportsman's Alliance.
Other Causes Supported by Dave and Carman include the Aiming for A Cure- Celebrity Shoot & Auction' forYouth Cancer research. Special hats are available on their website and at trade shows with 100% of the profits going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer awareness. Carman and the Hunter's Specialties employees work through the HS Green Team to reduce paper usage, recycle and conduct more business electronically to conserve our natural resources.
Hunter's Specialties has a company motto and goal of being the ‘Best' at supporting conservation organizations in all aspects of their business.
For more information, log onto the Hunter's Specialties website at www.hunterspec.com, write to 6000 Huntington Court NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402, or call a Consumer Service Specialist at 319-395-0321.