I came home the other day to find a big envelope in my mailbox. The label here was in one corner of the official-looking package.
I couldn’t believe it. After buying a Virginia hunting license for nearly 20 years I’d finally been randomly selected to participate in the post-season hunting survey to which I frequently refer in my stories on hunting trends.
Or at least that’s what I thought.
As I opened the envelope and looked more closely I saw references to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Did a grant from the RMEF help fund the DGIF project? That was mighty generous!
But the “survey” was to be returned to RMEF. So this was an RMEF deal.
Well, at least if I did the survey I got a few Browning hatchet and knife combination, a $49.95 value. Hey, I’m all about free.
I filled out the survey. (There wasn’t much to it. It was mostly about elk, including questions about things whether or not I felt wolves hurt my elk hunting last year. The answer was no, but I did feel that cougars really screwed up my deer hunting.)
I was PARTICIPANT 14 VA. It was even hand-written! Uh, actually not. Just looked hand-written. Very tricky.
But there was that free hatchet. Hey, who doesn’t need another hatchet? Especially a free one!
I grabbed my “FREE GIFT VOUCHER” which, “Entitles the bearer to the Browning Hatchet and Knife Set described on the enclosed flyer with your donation of $35 or more to the Rocky Mountain Elk foundation.”
Free with a donation, huh?
OK. The RMEF does good things. And its Bugle magazine is fantastic. I also realize fund-raising isn’t easy. But this seems a little cheesy to me.
So much for the hatchet.
The package also came with return address stickers. They’re sweet. I’ll use them.