RMEF Welcomes Rutting Ridge Cellars as New Conservation Partner

Below is a news release issued by Rutting Ridge Cellars.

Rutting Ridge Cellars is one of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s newest sponsors and licensees. It joins an all-star lineup of other companies that support RMEF including industry leaders such as Cabela's, Browning, Yamaha, Buck Knives and many others.
"RMEF is excited to welcome Rutting Ridge Cellars as our latest partner in wildlife conservation," said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. "Through the sale of Rutting Ridge wine to RMEF members and other hunting and wildlife enthusiasts across the nation, we anticipate that this new relationship will be very beneficial to our mission."
Rutting Ridge’s debut wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, comes from California's Lodi American Viticultural Area (AVA). This region, located 60 miles east of San Francisco, is impacted by dramatic day-to-night temperature changes of up to 40°F. The result is incredibly ripe fruit that makes a classic wine of great intensity. No longer an AVA made up predominately of growers, Lodi has been making great strides of late by area vintners in their pursuit of producing estate wines.
Bill Newton, Rutting Ridge Cellars' managing partner, noted, "Rutting Ridge Cabernet has been specially selected for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for its ever-pleasing style—one that's ready for drinking now, with great appeal to novice drinkers as well as connoisseurs of wine. It pairs exceptionally well with wild game or red meat. And best of all, for every bottle sold, Rutting Ridge Cellars has pledged to donate $3 to benefit RMEF's wildlife and habitat conservation efforts. We are proud to help support such a worthy cause."
Newton added, "Rutting Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon will make its official debut at RMEF's 2015 Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo, December 3-12 in Las Vegas. We will be exhibiting in booth #1003 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Rutting Ridge wine is sold only direct to the consumer in two-, six-, and 12-bottle packs from our website at www.ruttingridge.com/store."
About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 205,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 6.7 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America's hunting heritage. Discover why "Hunting Is Conservation™" at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL-ELK.
About Rutting Ridge Cellars
Rutting Ridge Cellars was founded on the belief that a well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon is the ideal wine pairing for elk and other wild game. To that end, we created our own brand, Rutting Ridge, and have sourced and purchased a Lodi, Calif., Cabernet especially for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation membership. For every bottle sold, Rutting Ridge Cellars donates $3 to benefit RMEF's wildlife and habitat conservation efforts. For more information or to place an order via our online store, visitwww.ruttingridge.com.

 

Record Attendance At RMEF's Hunter & Outdoor Christmas

 

MISSOULA, Mont.—Nearly 87,000 people attended the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s inaugural 10-day Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Exposition, presented by Cabelas, Dec. 3-12 in Las Vegas. 

“We are extremely pleased with the entire show,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “It is by far the largest number of attendees we’ve ever had at a RMEF expo, most importantly they were the right attendees for our vendors and we are excited most of our vendors are reporting they had an outstanding show.” 

Co-located in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) with the popular Cowboy Christmas Gift Show, and in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo (NFR), the final RMEF expo attendance mark is 86,940.

“Our partnership with RMEF provided fans with yet another way to enjoy the NFR experience,” said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events. “In addition to the great shopping, the attractions held in the Wrangler Rodeo Arena, including Bullfighters Only, Mini Bucking Bulls and the Roy Cooper Vegas Invitational 2015 among others, and Rodeo Live presented by RODEOHOUSTON – highlighted by ‘Outside the Barrel’ with Flint Rasmussen – created a new energy.” 

The combined event covered more than 900,000 square feet in the LVCC with Cowboy Christmas featuring the best of western lifestyle and RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas presenting the best in firearms, optics, outfitters and guides, hunter apparel, and all things hunting and outdoors. Admission was free of charge. 

In addition to presenting sponsor Cabela’s, the show featured industry leaders Browning, Federal Ammunition, NRS Trailers, PSE Archery, Polaris, Remington, Winchester, Yamaha and many others. Expo sponsors included Cabela’s, Chevrolet, Yamaha, Alps Outdoorz and Peak & BlueDEF. 

“It’s important to recognize that were several firsts this year, first 10-day exposition, first time with Cowboy Christmas and first time in the South Halls, among others. And while we’re excited about the success of the expo, we and our partners at Las Vegas Events learned a great deal this year. We will go to work, incorporate changes based on what we learned and be right back here again December 1–10 of 2016 to do it all over again,” added Decker.  

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 205,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 6.7 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.

 

NRA News- I Am Forever- A Storm Will Come

Without experiencing difficulty and pain, how would we know to appreciate the blessings we enjoy? In Episode 6, "A Storm Will Come," the women's patience and perseverance are tested like never before. As difficult as solo daytime navigation was, navigation at night is an entirely different challenge. Meanwhile, Nick remembers a time when he was tested—caught in a wild storm at sea with a broken motor, he manned the ship for 31 straight hours, practically willing it to shore. 

Guests: Andrew Langer, Caylen Wojcik, Phil Kerpen, Charles Cooke, Luke Carrick, Cody Carroll, Faith & Jessi

NRA News- The Godless Left with Dana Loesch

Dana Loesch of NRA News Commentators- exposes the global alliance of elitists, media activists, Hollywood celebrities, campus radicals and political power mongers who have openly attacked sacred American values and the people who cherish them with ruthlessness, contempt and downright hatred. She calls out these Godless Left saboteurs for sharing the same fanatical fervor to tear apart the foundations of America as the terrorists who threaten our very survival. Sponsored by Kimber. 

NRA News- I Am Forever- Nothing Ventured. Nothing Gained.

In Episode 5, "Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained," the women learn to construct a makeshift raft using just their backpacks and a poncho, then take turns testing it out by swimming across a lake. Soon after, they face a difficult vertical climb—but are rewarded by one of the journey's most spectacular views. Sponsored by FNH USA, ammunition by Federal Premium. 

Guests: Julie Gunlock, Phil Kerpen, Seton Motley, Caylen Wojcik, Andrew Langer, Luke Carrick, Cody Carroll, Faith & Jessi.

 

NRA News- I Am Forever- Hard Work

I Am Forever is the story of the American dream, told from three perspectives.

In "Hard Work," Nick remembers seizing every work opportunity with relish as soon as he arrived in America. Meanwhile, Kristy, Jessi and Faith reflect on their journey so far and describe the importance of learning an appreciation for the smallest of luxuries. Sponsored by FNH USA ammunition by Federal Premium. 

Guests: Charles Cooke, Cam Edwards, Caylen Wojcik, Seton Motley, Luke Carrick, Cody Carroll, Faith & Jessi

Snow Bird- Pheasant Hunting

Elk and deer season has come to a close and the snow is not prime for bobcat hunting but that does not mean that hunting season is over. Cold weather, blue skies and old crunchy snow means its time to hit the field and watch the bird dogs go to work. There is nothing better than hunting with a great dog and on our pheasant hunt at the Keystone Ranch in Oregon, there was no shortage of roosters. With the keen nose of a great dog, our take for the day was seven rooster pheasants. It's always a great day afield. 

Utah Public Land Elk Success

Blessed to put my tag on this stunning public land Utah Mt. Dutton bull. The team at High Top Outfitters could not have been more awesome. Their hard work and determination led me to this success. Thank you to my dad Lewis for traveling with me and sharing this hunt with me. To the hardest working crew of guys I have ever seen~ Jay Simon, Kelly Bingham, Brett Guymon, Chris Blad, Shane Williams, Chris Conner, Shawn Ellis, Marty Ellis, and Jeff. Thank you all for holding my ammo around those 340 bulls. This stud was worth the wait! He was tricky to get on and put the slip on me two days in a row but I was finally able to catch him in the open placing a single shot at 600 yards. He literally dropped in his tracks! An unbelievable ending to an epic hunt taking home my biggest bull ever at 360 inches!

Western Hunter Magazine- Winter 2015

The Winter issue of Western Hunter Magazine arrived in mailboxes this month. My recent article, Avioid the Bonk, Glycemic Index Explained, I discuss how various carbohydrates function within the body. Other great articles fill the pages including Rain Warriors Part II by Ryan Hatfield on extreme weather raingear. 

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RMEF Team Elk- Montana Mule Deer Success

The month of November proved a success for Into High Country and Project Elk Host, Jason Matizinger and myself while hunting mule deer in eastern Montana. The hunts will air on both Into High Country on the Sportsman Channel and wrapped up the final hunt of the production season for Season 6 of Team Elk. New episodes airing in January on the Outdoor Channel. 

NRA News- I Am Forever- Streets Paved with Gold

I Am Forever is the story of the American dream, told from three perspectives.

In Episode 3, "Streets Paved With Gold," Nick recounts the stories he'd heard as a Greek child about America's limitless riches: the streets, they said, were paved with gold, and all you had to do was reach down and pick it up! Upon realizing the truth, Nick broke out into tears—"They lied to us, mom," he cried. But now, he says, "It wasn’t a lie at all." There is gold in our streets, after all: opportunity.

Meanwhile, the women face solo navigation cross-country for several miles. It's their toughest challenge yet—and their greatest opportunity.

Guests: Cam Edwards, Seton Motley, Charles Cooke, Caylen Wojcik, Andrew Langer, Luke Carrick, Cody Carroll, Faith & Jessi.

Kristy Titus to Instruct New Shooters at Shoot Like A Girl- Hunter Christmas

Kristy Titus, NRA Certified Instructor and Cabela’s Ambassador, is assisting new shooters at the Shoot Like a Girl booth (#110) during the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Elk Camp and Hunter Christmas December 3rd-12th at The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Titus will be helping shooters at SLG’ state of the art 52’ trailer where the team of NRA Certified Instructors will provide new shooters with a controlled, safe, and fun environment where they can experience shooting sports within a short amount of time. Women are invited to come and shoot pistol and rifle with the military grade simulation system that utilizes real firearms that replicate 80% of true recoil in addition to drawing back a compound bow.

“Helping women discover or rediscover shooting sports is my goal. In order to ensure a bright future for our hunting heritage or simply for the fun of shooting sports, we must involve women. Women are key in changing the discussions concerning gun control, learning the safe handling and use of firearms is key to protecting our Second Amendment,” said Titus. “With women being the fastest growing segment in the outdoors, I expect the Shoot Like a Girl trailer to be very busy during the Hunter Christmas expo!” 

Titus will be at the Shoot Like a Girl booth (#110) at the following dates and times:

December 7 from 9:00AM-4:00PM

December 9 from 9:00AM-4:00PM 

Shoot Like A Girl has a simple mission: to grow the number of women who participate in shooting sports by empowering them with confidence. Since the company was founded in 2008 it has and continues to achieve that goal, through Test Flights™, seminars and information sharing via social media and http://shootlikeagirl.com 

The founder and president of the company, Karen Butler, realized that although women are the fastest growing demographic in shooting sports, there were still factors that limited their involvement. Primarily, the opportunity for women to try equipment that fits in a safe and controlled environment. Shoot Like A Girl, with the help of their valued corporate sponsors, travels the country with archery equipment in weights and lengths for women to try at their Test Flights™. They go to events where there are a lot of women spectators, but not necessarily a lot of participants, like hunting shows, conservation shows and shooting sports tournaments. 

Elk Camp coincides with the first four days of the National Finals Rodeo. Sponsors include Browning, Buck Knives, Cabela's, Hunter's Specialties, Leupold, Nationwide, New Holland, Nosler, Peak & BlueDEF, Sitka, Realtree, Remington and U.S. Bank. 

Terri Clark, Tracy Lawrence, Craig Morgan, Chuck Wicks and Mark Wills will provide entertainment at Elk Camp evening events at The Mirage. Wicks and Wills will join fellow country music performing artists Chad Bushnell, Lucas Hoge, Erin Michelle, Jay Ketchem and Genevieve Allen on the Cabela's Live Stage (Booth #1220) located on the floor of the newly expanded Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Exposition. 

The expo will take place in the South Halls of the LVCC in conjunction with the Popular Cowboy Christmas Dec. 3-12. Expo sponsors include Cabela's, Chevrolet, Yamaha, Alps Outdoorz and Peak & BlueDEF.


Kristy Titus Hosts Seminars & Booth Appearances at RMEF Hunter Christmas

Kristy Titus, Co-Host of RMEF’s Team Elk television show, NRA Certified Instructor and Cabela’s Ambassador, is hosting seminars on pre-season scouting success during the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Elk Camp national convention December 3-12 at The Mirage and Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Titus’ seminars are December 3 at 2 p.m. and December 6 at 11 a.m.

Her seminar, Pre-season Scouting for Early Season Elk Hunting Success, discusses the pros of pre-season scouting that will help increase early season elk hunting success. “There are many opportunities for success that lie in wait for the early season elk hunter affording the opportunity to harvest a mature bull before he gathers his cows,” said Titus.

 

Titus is also appearing at the Cabela’s booth #1220 at the Hunter Christmas expo on the following dates:

 

December 5 - 1:00-3:00PM

December 6 - 9:00-10:30AM

December 8 - 1:00-3:00PM

December 10 - 1:00-3:00PM

December 12 - 1:00-3:00PM

 

She will be appearing at the Montana Silversmiths’ booth #847 at the Hunter Christmas Expo the following dates and times:

December 8 – 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

December 12 – 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

 

Elk Camp coincides with the first four days of the National Finals Rodeo. Sponsors include Browning, Buck Knives, Cabela's, Hunter's Specialties, Leupold, Nationwide, New Holland, Nosler, Peak & BlueDEF, Sitka, Realtree, Remington and U.S. Bank.

 

Terri Clark, Tracy Lawrence, Craig Morgan, Chuck Wicks and Mark Wills will provide entertainment at Elk Camp evening events at The Mirage. Wicks and Wills will join fellow country music performing artists Chad Bushnell, Lucas Hoge, Erin Michelle, Jay Ketchem and Genevieve Allen on the Cabela's Live Stage (Booth #1220) located on the floor of the newly expanded Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Exposition.

 

The expo will take place in the South Halls of the LVCC in conjunction with the Popular Cowboy Christmas Dec. 3-12. Expo sponsors include Cabela's, Chevrolet, Yamaha, Alps Outdoorz and Peak & BlueDEF.

NRA News- I Am Forever- A Better Life In America

I Am Forever is the story of the American dream, told from three perspectives.

Episode 2, "A Better Life in America," contrasts Nick's bleak existence as a child in Nazi-occupied Greece with the comfortable state of 21st-century American life. Meanwhile, Kristy, Jessi and Faith complete their first day in the wild.

Guests: Cam Edwards, Caylen Wojcik, Seton Motley, Luke Carrick, Cody Carroll, Faith and Jessi. 

NRA News- I Am Forever

Just after the Founding Fathers finalized the Constitution, Ben Franklin stepped outside Independence Hall, where he was met by an intensely interested crowd. When a woman asked, “Well, doctor, what have we got—a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin famously replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

His point, of course, was that freedom’s great danger is that free individuals can use their freedom in ways that destroy it. Freedom’s survival in America depends upon the decisions of individuals, not the edicts of a government.

There is no point in time where freedom will ever be secure. The battle will rage forever, and every generation is enlisted to fight.

You’ll see this story play out all season on I Am Forever through three distinct parts:

The Past

Born in Greece on the eve of the Nazi occupation, Nick was able to come to America after the war because his mother was an American citizen. Driven by the tragedy, starvation and destruction he left behind, he seized every opportunity America had to offer.

The Present

Over the course of this season, a group of commentators will attack the soft underbelly of American culture, and how so many of the decisions we are making are contrary to freedom's survival.

The Future

Kristy Titus invites two women, Jessi and Faith, on a 25-mile backcountry adventure in order to reflect upon the values that keep us free, how they will live out those values, and how they will spread them in their families and communities.