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Dave Meehan: The Man Behind the Wheel of the RMEF Great Elk Tour

     Dave Meehan of Whitefish spends about 229 days a year on the road and has visited all 50 states talking about—and showcasing—what is apparently his favorite topic: Elk.

     Dave drives the truck and trailer for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Great Elk Tour. Dave and the Elk Tour are featured in a Kalispell Daily Inter Lake article, and Dave not only drives the truck for the Elk Tour, he has also built three of the Elk Tour trailers.

     Here are some excerpts from the article:

      While many may want Meehan’s job and may think they could do it, he possesses some skills that make him a perfect fit.

     Meehan came to the Flathead Valley in 1997 from Troy, Pennsylvania, and worked as a cabinet maker for a local wood shop. His woodworking skills have been valuable as the manager of the Great Elk Tour.

     The tour’s theme is “Great Elk Need Great Habitat,” and Meehan spends a lot of time talking about that, as well as many other subjects.

     “I love it,” he said. “I get to go all over the country, talk to like-minded people about elk, hunting, politics, various things.”

     Meehan has two shows left this year. He’ll be at the Jackson Hole Elk Fest on Oct. 2 and at the foundation’s Hunter and Outdoor Christmas Expo in Las Vegas from Dec. 1 to Dec. 11. It will be part of the foundation’s Calcutta Cowboy Revival Show and the Junior World Finals in the Wrangler Rodeo Arena.