January/February 2005 IBEW Journal
The election is over, but
the commitment of the IBEW and like-minded organizations
to conservationand guaranteeing every
American access to better places to hunt and fish goes
participation of the IBEW and many individual members in
the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Project (TRCP) paid
off for one IBEW member who was one of the lucky winners
of the TRCP "Elk Hunts of a Lifetime" drawings.
Local 1600 member Glenn
Buchter poses with the bull elk
he took on his TRCP sponsored
hunting trip in Wyoming.
Glenn Buchter, a member of IBEW Local 1600,
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, hunted on the Mooncrest Ranch, outside
Cody, Wyoming, owned by TRCP Board Member Bob Model, who
graciously donated the hunt. The opportunity to hunt elk
in the Rocky Mountain West is a dream held by many hunters,
especially whitetail deer hunters from the midwest, southeast
and east coast. Glenn was no exception. He took a nice bull
elk and said the experiences surpassed all expectations.
Brother Buchter reported, "The scenery
at Mooncrest Ranch was amazing, and riding out on a horse
in the early morning hours when it was still dark and the
moon was out is hard to describe. Besides elk, I saw mule
deer, turkeys, coyotes, and eagles. Theres no way I can
describe the size of the land, it was a lot bigger than I
had ever imagined. Every hunter should go west at least once
in his life and I plan on going back with my son someday.
In thirty-eight years of hunting, it was without a doubt
the best hunt Ive ever been on. I killed a 5 x 6 bull, miles
from the lodge, late in the day and we had to return in the
morning with mules and horses to pack the meat out."
A strong supporter of the TRCP, Glenn added, "The
TRCP is a really good group of people, they have some smart
and experienced folks working to keep our hunting and fishing
traditions, I believe these guys are really good representatives
for us sportsmen and with our support theyll get some good
things done. Id encourage every IBEW member who hunts and
fishes to join TRCP and to participate."
Glens elk hunt, along with those of other
winners, were shot by camera crews for a new TRCP television
show, which is being produced thanks to the support of the
Building and Construction Trades Unions. It will begin airing
next fall on The Outdoor Life Network (OLN). Watch these
pages for dates and times and to learn more about how the
IBEW and other unions are supporting our hunting and fishing
Watch upcoming issues of the IBEW Journal for
details on how to enter to win a TRCP sponsored hunting and
fishing trip of a lifetime. Members can also log onto www.trcp.org or
call toll free 1-877-770-8722 to join the TRCP. Its FREE,
and only by working together can we guarantee everybody a
place to hunt and fish.