NRA Basic Pistol Graduates- LOL Group Therapy

This month I had my first graduates as an NRA Basic Pistol Instructor with LOL Group Therapy. For participants, the NRA basic pistol course is an 8 hour course designed to teach students the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling, pistol parts and operation, ammunition, and shooting fundamentals.Sharon Preston of LOL Group Therapy

On the range, students learn range rules, shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed isosceles standing positions and even how to clean a pistol.

It is an honor to serve the NRA as an instructor and to work with LOL Group Therapy to ensure the continuation of shooting sports for generations to come.

To learn more about LOL Group Therapy and the courses that they offer visit their website at www.lolgrouptherapy.squarespace.com.

SLAG- Test Shots Program Launch

This December during the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Shoot Like A Girl featured the debut of their new innovative firearms test shots program. As a certified NRA Instructor, I was beyond thrilled to join SLAG for this exciting launch.

During the ten days of Cowboy Fanfest, Shoot Like A Girl had just under 900 shooters through their trailer where women shot a 9mm pistol, a .223 rifle and bows. Being part of an excellent team of instructors, Jennifer Blake, Raychel Shaw and Ginger Morehead was such an honor.

The positive impact was seen on the faces of the participants; women empowering women to try shooting sports, some for the first time in years, others for the first time ever. Together, we are helping to ensure the future of shooting sports.

2013 Hunters Handbook- Hunter Education

The Hunter Education Association developed the Hunters Handbook which takes over 700,000 students each year beyond the general mandatory safety guidelines offering a wide variety of additional subject matter from archery, firearm cleaning, survival and much more.

The 2013 Hunters Handbook is being distributed in Hunter Education classrooms around the country. Mentoring and encouraging new hunters and shooters to participate in the sport is critical in the continuation of our hunting and shooting traditions.

This year I am beyond honored to share my passion for the outdoors and conservation as a featured personality within the Hunters Handbook. It feels so good to have your passion and love for something turn into impacting nearly 1 million kids nationwide as a positive role model for young hunters. This is such an incredible honor.


This is what Brian Thurston of the Hunter's Handbook had to say:

"We here at Hunter's Handbook appreciate the hard work, dedication, and fulfilled dreams that you've accomplished as a driven student and teacher of the hunting and shooting sports. Your contributions and influence are a great and vital part of our industry." Brian Thurston, Publisher Hunter's Handbook


Cabela's 1 Day, 2 Stores CO Grand Openings August

Two store openings in CO went perfectly with nearly 12,000 in attendance at both stores. It was an absolute honor to conduct the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Thornton store in the presence of Dick and Mary Cabela; sharing with them the expansion of their life's work and American dream actualized. They are wonderful people who continually give so much to ensure the continuation of our great legacy.


Elk Calling/Hunting Seminar Archery Unlimited

Nothing get’s elk hunters more excited for hunting season than practicing our elk calling. On July 17th, I teamed up with Rockie Jacobsen, Michael Batease and Kent Anderson of Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls at Archery Unlimited in Etna WY to talk all things about elk hunting gear, calling and strategy.

Attendees were able to listen world champion Rockie Jacobsen demonstrate cow and bull sounds and even receive some hands on instruction after the seminar to help sharpen their current calling skills. Michael and I even chimed in on a few sounds. ;-)

We all shared hunting videos and talked strategy. I know I sure left the seminar pumped up for archery elk season.

A big thanks goes out to Neil and Mare of Archery Unlimited for bringing us all to Etna.

National High School Rodeo Finals- Foundation Banquet

 

The National High School Rodeo Association was founded in 1970. The Foundation is the “scholarship arm” of the NHSRA, awarding thousands of dollars in educational funding each year to NHSRA members.

On July 18th, I was proud to team up with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the NHSRA to serve the annual banquet and fundraiser in Rock Springs WY.

 

The funds raised at this event are awarded to NHSFR qualifying graduating seniors on the basis of academic performance, financial need, stated goals and objectives, community service, awards, honors, school involvement and rodeo performance.

These scholarships are helping in the continuation of our great western heritage, the of  the love of the outdoors, conservation, all helping to create a solid foundation for these young men and women to thrive as adults in our great country.


Cabela's Hamond IN- Backpacking Remote Locations

“The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.” Albert Einstein

Traveling to the Hammond Indiana Cabela’s to share my experiences backpack hunting with people who either dream about going to such remote locations or are planning on going to these remote locations was a real thrill for me.  

The first hour of my seminar was an outline of the benefits for first time backpack hunters in using an outfitter to learn some of the ins and outs of this style hunting and how to do it as safely as possible, to having guaranteed tags and a pre-determined place to hunt, to the semi-guided hunt where it is up to the individual hunter to take an active role with the outfitter or guides assistance in the success of the hunt to complete do it yourself backpack hunt where you have no help or aid from an outfitter or guide.

The second hour of my seminar was a basically backpacking 101, a complete gear shake down. What to wear, necessary items to bring, how to pack your gear, food preparation and the basics of backpacking.

During this portion of the seminar, I was able to share my own personal mountain hunting experiences and photos as well as some of the experiences of Bryan Martin from Canadian and Asian Mountain Outfitters. Bryan has personally completed well over 80 backpack style hunts, is my good friend and my own personal backpack style hunting mentor.

Much of my knowledge shared in my seminars is tried and true tips that have been passed down to me from Bryan and his years of mountain hunting. I am blessed to not have to make all of the mistakes that he has made on the mountain.

My third and final seminar was for the ladies in an introduction to archery shooting and hunting. This was fun as women of all ages filled the seats as eager new archers looking for some tips from another lady in the industry. These are my favorite types of seminars as I feel they make a true lasting impression and help to inspire to turn their archery dreams into a reality. Ladies like these are the ladies that are going to help to ensure the continuation of hunting and shooting sports.

All in all the weekend was a blast, meeting other hunters, shooters and outdoor lovers. I must admit, I was glad to leave the big city of Chicago behind and all the traffic jams and congestion that come with the big city life. I am content living in the mountains, emerging only to share my story with others with the hopes of inspiring someone to fall in love with the mountains, hunting and shooting, that way that I have.

 

 

Cabela's Club Family Outdoor Days

The Cabela's Club Family Outdoor Days  is a great opportunity for the entire family to get outside and either participates in shooting sports and fishing for the first time or for the first time in years. This is an action packed fun day for the entire family.

This year's event was a huge success with over 400 attendees. Activities included trap, skeet, 5 stand and sporting clays, .22 rile shoot and airsoft, archery , fly fishing, fishing pond, camping and lunch.

The qualified firearms instructors and range safety officers helped shooters by providing education and training in the safe and proper use of firearms while engaging the various stations with one on one instruction.

At the archery station the Tacoma Sportsmen Archery group coached new shooters along side Pro Staffers from BowTech Archery. Shooters learned basic use of archery equipment and were able to engage targets out to 80 yards if desired. Those who brought along their own archery equipment were welcome to shoot the 35 target 3D course set up in as realistic hunting situations.

The certified or expert fly fishing experts taught the basics of casting techniques and the proper use of fly fishing gear.

The fishing pond is always one of my favorite places. The way a kid's face lights up when they get a fish on is priceless. Kids learned how to bait and cast their lines, remove the fish from the hook and even clean their own fish.

 

 

 

I took joy in demonstrating the sound of elk bugles and cow calf talk. Many of the adults and kids did not know that elk had a language or that they made noise at all. It was fun to watch the kids faces when they heard the sound of their first bugle. One little boy had a naturally good scream that we were able to develop into a great sounding elk bugle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was even a black powder demonstration and a handgun basics demonstration with open questions and answers.

When the day's events drew to a close, many families stayed and camped, enjoying the campfire with new friends and family.

 

Oregon Hunters Association Elk Calling/Hunting Seminar

On Thursday June 20th, the Mid Columbia Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association hosted the community in a free Elk Scouting/Hunting/Calling seminar presented by me. The two hour seminar was held at Sorosis Park in the Pavillion in The Dalles Oregon.

Admission was free and attendees dined on hotdogs. The seminar was a great time and everyone left pumped up to get scouting/hunting for elk season.

Central Oregon Youth Safari Experience

The annual Youth Safari Experience is a day of shooting and fun for the entire family. The event includes a 22 Rimfire Varmint Shoot, 3-Gun Airsoft, Cowboy Action Rimfire, Cowboy Lever Action Rifle and Shotgun, Archery, Wingshooting and the NWTF brought the Jakes Take Aim inflatable air gun range. The kids had a great time on the range while learning gun safety and shooting fundamental skills.

 

 

 

 

 

This free event creates excitement in kids that will translate into a thriving dedicated community of new hunters that are well-equipped with outdoor skills, shooting skills, hunting ethics and conservation principals.  This year, we gave door prizes and offered a bucket drawing. Lunch was provided. This year hosted over 100 kids and 300 total people.


Brought to Central Oregon by High Desert Friends of NRA/NRA Foundation, Fred Meyer, Central Oregon Shooting Sports Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, High Desert SCI, Oregon Hunters Association, Horse Ridge Pistoleros, Pine Mountain Posse, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Alpen Optics, Crosman, Nosler, Competitive Edge Archery, Gary Lewis Outdoors, Kristy Titus, Steve Jarvis Hunting Guide, Cabela's, Bugling Bull Game Calls, Outdoorsmans, Buck Knives.


 

Precision Hunter- MAGPUL Dynamics

“We do not rise to the occasion, but rather fall back to our level of training.”

 

When the animal of your dreams is in your cross hairs, the pressure is on, this is your moment; the moment that you have dreamt about for years or possibly for your entire life. Do you have the training and the skill set to make that one shot count?

Mother Nature is unpredictable and that moment can come and go with the blink of an eye. That is the reason that I attended the Precision Hunter course with MagPul Dynamics. When that moment of truth arrives, I want to know that I have trained myself and have done everything possible so that I am ready to take that shot, making my dreams come true rather than haunt me for the rest of my life.

The Precision Hunter course is a two day course specifically designed with the hunter in mind. For me and many hunters that I know, there is an old school train of thought and set of fundamentals being passed down for generations, some good and some bad.  I personally learned to shoot a rifle with my father and he learned from his father.

Old school, meet new school…

No matter how many years you have been hunting and shooting, there are new skills that you can learn and develop while in this class. Understanding and developing proper fundamentals will help all of us to extend our comfort zone in the field creating responsible, ethical shots.

Discussing the basic components of our firearm from the scope, the ammunition and finally the shooter achieving a more comprehensive understand to the limitations of each component and where and how to isolate each variable when things seem to be going wrong at the practice range. Giving us the tools to evaluate and isolate and trouble shoot equipment problems or fundamental errors.

Rifle fit has been my personal biggest issue in both competence and confidence in the field. As a hunter, in years past, I have been handed ill fitting rifles and expected to have down range accuracy without a solid understanding of the fundamentals of marksmanship and without the understanding of how to even take a proper rest.

In the course, proper rifle fit is discussed and everyone’s rifle is evaluated for each shooter. Having the understanding of the importance of correct length of pull, the inclusion of an adjustable cheek weld, correct grip and how that influences correct trigger pull was a huge eye opener for many of the lifetime hunters in the class.

The most seemingly basic components are broken down to expose their true complexity and their importance for down range accuracy. Everything from proper scope mounting, use of a scope level, how helpful a bi-pods are for hunters and no I am not talking about for prone shooting, the importance of having a functional rifle sling that is not just a tool to hang your rifle from your shoulder. We learned how multiple sling attachment points and ways to use the sling to aid a hunter in developing a steadier rest.

We learned how to use our off season time to develop a training plan, even if it is only 30 rounds a month. Maximizing your time on the range and making every shot count is key to success in the field.

We were taught the basics of angular units of measure, both milliradian and minutes of angle and which unit our own personal optics were in and how to understand them from the turrets to the reticle.

Environmental conditions that affect bullet trajectory and performance were discussed.  Going into detail on how environmental conditions such as elevation, temperature, humidity and density altitude will affect your bullet trajectory.

As a hunter, it is critical to know where your rifle zero is and where your max point blank range is. Max point blank is a formula that is used to determine where to hold center mass on a target and still successfully engage the target down rage (high side and low side) without making a turret elevation adjustment or “Holding Over”.

I found this information especially helpful when it comes to hunting. I can take my target’s estimated terminal kill zone size and create and estimate of “how big” that is and then use the taught data to find out exactly where I want my rifle zero set to deliver that terminal shot at a known distance without making turret adjustments. What a time saver this is!!!

Shooting positions was the main focus on the range on day two. In the field, the type of shooting position that we will be able to acquire to engage our target will vary constantly. Learning numerous resting positions that you can practice at home is key to success in the field. If you can think it up, practice it. No two hunting situations are the same and we must learn to be adaptable, making the most of each opportunity.

Precision hunter is designed to aid the hunter in expanding their current skill set, improve upon it and attain more confidence in the field allowing you to be your best when it counts.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Precision Rifle 1- MagPul Dynamics

PRE•CI•SION (noun): The quality of being precise: exactness or accuracy: the quality of being reproducible in amount or performance.

CON•SIS•TEN•CY (noun): A harmonious uniformity or agreement among things or parts.

AC•CU•RA•CY (noun): Freedom from mistake or error: the quality of state of being accurate: the ability to work or perform without making mistakes.

 

Precision, consistency, accuracy, those are the three founding values of the MAGPUL Dynamics training curriculum, for all shooting disciplines. Having taken the Precision Rifle 1 course for the first time in 2012, I was eager to complete the course again in 2013.

I have been shooting guns since I was a young girl with my dad, with good and bad experiences associated with that; scoped in the face more than once, had a lot of successful hunts and some unsuccessful hunts. I have picked up some good habits along the way and a few bad ones.

For me, training with experts is helping me to develop correct fundamentals and techniques while eliminating some old bad habits not to mention the “gear shakedown” and lessons learned from that.

DAY 1- The Shakedown….

The first morning, class gathers and we discuss the basics of shooting fundamentals. Caylen does a tremendous job of breaking down each component from the weapon, optic, ammunition and finally the shooter and how all of those components must work together in order to achieve those down range, first round hits.

Having the basic understanding and ability to identifying those components and the limitations within each component can help trouble shoot what we see on paper at range.

FUN•DA•MEN•TAL: A basic principal, rule, law or the like, that serves as the groundwork of a system; essential part.

I have had successful hits without training out to 400 yards, beyond that, not a chance. In 2011, I was Caylen discussing the fundamentals of shooting while Tim demonstrates on the gun.on an elk hunt and after 10 days of hard hunting, I was presented with a shot at a cow at just over 400 yards, unfortunately, I was not confident enough with my own ability or my weapon system to take the shot. Let me tell you, it was a huge disappointment for me.

I truly believe that in the field, one does not rise up to the occasion but instead fall back on training. In that moment, I had no formal training and I was not competent enough to ethically take that shot.

Everything goes back to your foundation and that foundation is built on mastering the fundamentals of marksmanship, regardless of your situation. Let’s face it in the field Mother Nature is anything but predictable. Learning what the basic fundamentals of marksmanship and the basic application of those fundamentals behind the gun translated for me into successful first round hits.

Tim building a cheek weld.Gear Shakedown…

Classroom time over, now it was time to get behind the gun on the 100 yard line to put those newly learned fundamentals to the test but first an equipment evaluation was necessary.

Bad past experience: I’m on a hunt and am handed a rifle, “Ok sweetie, this thing is a tack driver…” blah blah blah. Sure that rifle may be a tack driver for a guy 6’2” but it is not going to drive a tack for me at 5’2” and chances are, I will scope myself and miss my target. Look/feel stupid much?

Don’t do this; DO NOT borrow a rifle, especially one that you have never shot.

On the line, I learned a lot about my own personal weapon system. Thankfully, I have my length of pull  correct for me on all my rifles and I have my triggers adjusted or replaced to the poundage that I prefer and my optic eye relief is perfect for me. All set right? Nope…

There are bi-pods, bi-pod stakes, bi-pod cord, weapon load, slings, grip positioning, trigger finger placement and cheek piece height. All these items must all be taken into consideration for each individual shooter. Is your scope mounted level? How about those scope rings are they hand lapped? Then there are all of the components to your rifle to consider.

Bottom line, as a hunter, it is our job to understand our own individual weapon system, how it works, what we can do to improve upon it and know its limitations as well as our own. Thanks to my day 1 shakedown, I have complete understanding of my weapon system, where improvements can or should be made and where limitations are therein.

Day 2- The Long Range….

On the line evaluating my data charts before engaging targets.In the classroom, we learned about external ballistics and how to create individual drop charts for various ranges based on our individual weapon system caliber, bullet type, muzzle velocity, density altitude and temperature.

Caylen is great about teaching us to use this super technology as a guide but not a crutch. We were all taught how to create our “dope charts” with our personal ballistics program and then to transfer that information onto data cards for infield use. Technology has an aptitude for failing so relying on it is a mistake, especially while hunting. If your batteries die or you drop your phone that contains your dope chart, you are out of luck. Use the technology as a tool and learn how to make it work for you fundamentally in the field.

I personally create two charts for a low and average temperature for my specific elevation, taking only those into the field. Nothing else is then needed.

Proving Data

On the line, numbered steel targets are placed from 400-1066 yards. As I stated earlier, without training, 400 yards was my farthest shot taken and this was our starting point; time to put those new fundamentals to work using the data charts we had just completed in class.

The sound of ringing steel filled the air. Nearly every data chart was perfect. There is of course, some proving that needs done to account for muzzle velocity variance at long range but for the most part, the original charts that we learned to make in the classroom proved to be accurate out to 1066 yards!

Day 3- Max Point Blank, Wind and Shooting Positions

Back into the classroom to discuss our data that we had proven the day before and discuss how your trajectory max point blank or danger space works. This formula is used to determine where to hold center mass on a target and still successfully engage the target down rage (high side and low side) without making a turret elevation adjustment or “Holding Over”.

I found this information especially helpful when it comes to hunting. I can take my target’s estimated terminal kill zone size and create and estimate of “how big” that is and then use the taught data to find out exactly where I want my rifle zero set to deliver that terminal shot at a known distance without making turret adjustments. What a time saver this is!!!

The other topic that Caylen elaborated on was ballistic coefficient. After hitting steel out to 1066 and missing some as well, Caylen discussed why a high BC is better at longer ranges. With drop charts, your elevation adjustment is the easy part. The hard part is the wind and your bullets ability to overcome wind resistance.

This leads me into how Caylen taught us the ability to “read” the wind. For me, this is what separates amateur shooters (like me) from expert marksmen. Expert marksmen have the ability to make quick adjustments and target reengagement before those conditions change.

Caylen taught us how to read mirage and vegetation. There is great wind meters out there. I have a Kestrel but that is not going in the field with me. Where that comes in handy is for proving what I believe I am seeing. Teaching myself to read wind speed and direction visually and confirming what I am seeing with my Kestrel and finally with my downrange trajectory. What is my bullet doing downrange and is my wind call good, do I need to make adjustments? If so, what is my actual wind speed down range based off the adjustment that I just made?

Sound complicated? Well it is and the only way to get better is to practice. Oh boy, do I need a LOT of practice!!!

Here is a demonstration of three calibers and their individual ability to overcome wind resistance.

Example: Inches of wind drift from a 1 MPH wind from the 9 O’clock Position (This is an example and figures will vary based on each individual rifle, bullet type and muzzle velocity.)

Target Range in Yards

.308

300 Win Mag

6.5 Creedmoor

300

.7

.4

.5

500

2.2

1.3

1.5

800

6.5

3.5

4.2

1000

11

5.8

7.1

 

Miss steel much? The answer to that could be wind calls that are off by simply 1 MPH, especially if you are shooting a .308 or similar. On a 10 inch target, if your wind call is off by 1 MPH, chances are, you are going to miss where as if you are shooting a 300 Win Mag or 6.5 Creedmoor you are still most likely ringing steel.

As a hunter and shooter, it feels great to have the tools to be able to create these comparative charts and understand and be able to apply the data in the field.

Once we had learned how to conceptually “read the wind” in class and had good comprehension of our individual calibers limitations in the wind at range, we went back into the field to practice our new tools.

This time on the line, Caylen threw out a curve ball. No more prone shooting. Instead, we were to apply our new concepts for multiple shooting positions from barricades, tripods, anything that you could think of, we shot. This was our first opportunity to apply real hunting/in field positional shooting and a great opportunity to test our fundamentals.

From the prone, we have a dead steady rest, from the standing in a tripod; you have to learn to maneuver your rifle in a way that sets you up with a sight picture that is “steady enough” to engage the target while practicing fundamentals. If one tiny error is made, the steel is missed.

This was my first time shooting off of a tripod rest called “The Hog Saddle” which is like a gun vise that mounts to the top of a standard tripod and gives you a nearly dead solid resting position. I was banging steel out to the 1000 yard line while having the ability to watch my own trace and see my own impacts. With this system, I was able to make my own wind adjustments without a spotter and practice my new techniques of “reading the wind” independently.

Day 4-

Scope reticles…these can be confusing. What does each one of these lines translate to down range? Is your reticle in mils or minutes, if so, how many? Do you have a front focal plane scope or a rear focal plane scope? Do you really know what those tiny lines in your rifle scope mean?

Each scope and reticle system is different. Caylen was able to walk us through how to create a drop chart or reticle cards for our own reticle style.

We also learned that if we had a known target size and an unknown target range, we could use our mil reticle system to measure the target and establish a range estimation. Fundamentally for me, I was more interested in using this system to be able to measure antler or horn size in the field as it will work for that too.

Back out on the line of fire, we used our reticle to range estimate targets and engage those targets to determine our individual level of accuracy with the range estimation theory. Let me just tell you that I will be packing around my laser range finder as it is very difficult to measure and range estimate accurately.

Conclusion-

The 2013 Precision Rifle 1 course was very different from the 2012 course that I attended. The curriculum is a constant progression of information and Caylen is great about teaching on the level of the class. We ran numerous drills in addition to what was discussed in this blog. Some of those include drills were to demonstrate how accurate dialing windage and elevation is, we shot numerous targets getting off and on the gun to learn how to quickly achieve natural point of aim, and we even ran drills where we literally ran for each round to see how we would shoot under running and timed stress.

Precision Rifle 1 is a comprehensive entry level course in precision marksmanship, fundamental development, gear comprehension and the logistics in how to make it all work together. I am looking forward to attending Precision Rifle 2 in 2014. Stay tuned...


2013 NRA Convention

The 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits was the largest ever, boasting 86,228 attendees, myself included, making this the longest running shooting and hunting show in the world. This year’s convention featured 620 exhibitors with halls lined with loyal NRA members. At the Cabela's booth with NRA President David Keene

 

The exhibit halls were filled with firearms and accessory manufacturers from around the globe. I proudly attended this year’s convention with Cabela’s as an ambassador for hunting and shooting sports.

Friday was my first day at the convention and it was hopping with excitement. My first stop was the 7th Annual NRA Women’s Leadership Luncheon which featured 500 proud NRA members.

This year’s luncheon was hosted by Luncheon Co-Chairs Gaye Kelsey and Melanie Pepper and the keynote speaker was conservative leader Sean Hannity. Forum Co-Chairs Susan LaPierre and Suzie Brewster presented the luncheon program. The ladies luncheon raised over 1.2 million for the NRA.

The ladies in leadership at Cabela's at the NRA Ladies Luncheon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 My good friend and hunting partner and fellow Cabela’s Ambassador Jim Brennan joined me in Houston to conduct daily seminars Friday, Saturday and Sunday about “Planning Ahead: Building Points Now for Dream Hunts Later.” Cabela's Ambassadors me and Jim Brennan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year’s NRA Country Jam III with country artists Kevin Fowler and Eli Young band playing. The Folds of Honor Foundation opened up the show with a speech from Maj. Dan Rooney. The Folds of Honor Foundation is rallying a nation to ensure no family is left behind in the fight to preserve American freedom. Through scholarships and other assistance, we give back to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country. We provide healing, hope and an opportunity for dreams to be realized...with the support of people like you. We feel this is our duty as citizens of the greatest country in the world. To learn more about the foundation go to www.foldsofhonor.org

There was so much to do and see at this year’s convention from Leadership Forums, Banquets, Stand and Fight Rally and much more with influential conservative political figures all gathered to discuss our freedoms and the right to bear arms. I am looking forward to the 2014 convention.

At the Swarovski Optik booth.At the MagPul booth with Drake Clark.

 I dream of guns...It was an honor to meet conservative talk radio host and leader Sean Hannity.

 

 

Cabela's Ladies Day Out

Cabela's Ladies Day Out

Every year, Cabela's organizes a Ladies Day Out  in the store that encourages women of all ages to try out the latest outdoor apparel, gear, firearms and have all their questions answered by the experts.

Attendees learned how to shoot a bow, how to gear up for the hunt, fly cast, and all about cedar plank cooking.

The day was action packed and I had a great time greeting everyone at the door, making sure that they were ready for all the fun!!!

This year, my seminar was about "How to Prepare for the Hunt" where I discussed the basics of gear and how to put it all together, paying special attention to questions from the audience. I love helping women gain more knowledge which helps to empower them to get out and try something new or take their hunting skills to another level.

The seminars also give me the opportunity to showcase all of the "latest and greatest" from the best manufactures of hunting and outdoor gear in the world.

A fun time was had by all and I am already looking forward to next years Ladies Day Out.

 

2013 RMEF Rogue Chapter Banquet

 

The 2013 Rogue Chapter RMEF banquet was filled with elk and elk country lovers all teaming up to raise critical funds for permanent land protection, habitat stewardship, elk restoration and promotion of our hunting heritage.

Good food, camaraderie, games, live and silent auction all make for an action packed evening. This was my second year teaming up with Jeff Heil to offer a youth turkey hunt to the live auction. Matt Dunbar of Dunbar taxidermy donated a turkey fan mount, Hocking Ranch donated the land access for the turkey hunt, Jeff Heil volunteered his time as our guide and I donated my time to film the entire hunt. Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls donated turkey calls for the youngster to get out and learn how to call turkeys.

This year, 9 year old Spencer was the proud winner of the youth turkey hunt and this is going to be very special as it is Spencer's first ever hunt!

RMEF members, donors and volunteers are all contributing to conservation and are proving everyday that hunters are really the leaders in conservation. Every member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a member of Team Elk and together we are fueling the conservation efforts of RMEF.

Remember to support local businesses that help to continue the legacy.

 

 

2013 RMEF Pendleton OR Banquet

This year, I was honored to be a featured guest at the RMEF Pendleton Chapter 26th Annual Banquet on March 23. The banquet was a great time for everyone, featuring games, raffles, live and silent auction items.

During the banquet a youth cow elk hunt was auctioned off where I volunteered to mentor a youth hunter to join me and the Team Elk production crew to film the hunt for potential airing on the Outdoor Channel.

Without the generosity and commitment to elk country from volunteers, committee members, donors and sponsors the RMEF could not raise the critical dollars for conservation and hunting heritage programs.

NRA Instructor- Refuse to be a Victim & Basic Pistol

March 25th, 26th and 27th myself along with Sharon Preston, Linda Hanson and Sheila Larson of the Ladies of Lead Group Therapy LLC. attended the NRA Instructor Certification Course, Refuse to be a Victim Instructor Course and Basic Pistol Instructor Course.

As new graduates, we are all now qualified to teach the NRA Refuse to be a Victim and Basic Pistol Course. Within the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course, attendees are allowed the opportunity to learn about various pistols, cartridges, bullets and shooting positions. There is 8 hours of classroom instruction followed by 4 hours of range time.

Within the Refuse to be a Victim, attendees will learn to have an overall personal safety strategy in place, before it is needed. With topics covered including home security, personal security, automobile security, workplace security, and technological security.

For additional information contact Sharon Preston at Ladies of Lead, Group Therapy LLC at 541.788.5858 or www.lolgrouptherapy.com .

 

 

 

 

Swarovski Optik North America

Experiencing my love of the outdoors with the enhanced Swarovski perspective has made my years in the field unforgettable. Always bringing me closer to the game, giving me the ability to judge the smallest of detail with absolute precision has made me a better, more efficient hunter.

Being part of the Swarovski Optik family for the past year has been an absolute dream come true. This March I was able to fly to Rhode Island to visit the Swarovski Optik North America corporate office and finally meet all of the wonderful people behind the brand. It is always nice to put a face with the friendly voice on the phone. Many of the employees have been in the Swarovski family for 10-20 years making them absolute experts in their field may it be customer service, technical design, repair or routine maintenance.

While in Rhode Island, I was able to take a factory tour of the entire Swarovski Optik factory from product assembly, maintenance, customer service and even shipping. While there, Tom Hogan, Senior Technical Advisor spent the afternoon with me discussing the ins and outs of rifle scope construction and even proper mounting techniques.  He discussed the technical variances of the Z3, Z5 and Z6 rifle scopes. The variety of rifle scopes offer a seemingly endless variety of options for any hunting application. Dean Capuano, Communications Manager, went into thorough detail of the Pocket, SLC, CL and EL and EL Range binoculars.

I am looking forward to another great year working together with Swarovski Optik in the promotion of education, conservation and resource stewardship, helping to ensure the continuation of our hunting heritage for generations to come.

2013 World Elk Calling Championships

2013 World Elk Calling Championships

The Jacobsen “First Family of Elk Calling” dominated with seven top finishes

The world elk calling championships are always thrilling as the scream of the bull elk bounces off the convention center walls delivering chills up everyone’s spine. All of the participants are friends and we cheer each other on as they step on stage for the “blind” sound off.

It is such an honor for me to share the stage with the best lady elk callers in the world and this year, the ladies division was extremely competitive with Misty Jacobsen taking the well deserved 1st place as a 10 time Women’s division World champion elk caller with 158 points, the 2012 world champion, Jessi Diesing took a close 2nd place with 155 points and I rounded out in 3rd place with 154 points.  On stage Misy and I both were proudly using Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls elk calls as her father and my good friend, 4 time World Champion elk caller Rockie Jacobsen is the manufacture of those calls.

Here is how the entire contest turned out…

2013 World Elk Calling Championships Winners:

Professional Division
1. Bryan Langley, McMinnville, Ore.
2. Corey Jacobsen, Boise, Ida.
3. Rockie Jacobsen, Kamiah, Ida.

 

 

 

 


Women’s Division
1. Misty Jacobsen, Marina, Calif.
2. Jessi Diesing, Loveland, Colo.
3. Kristy Titus, Bend, Ore.

 

 

 

 

 

Men’s Division
1. Dirk Durham, Moscow, Ida.
2. Chris Griffiths, Kila, Mont.
3. Brad Cain, Mesa, Ariz.

 

 

 

 

 

Voice Division
1. William Card, Fallon, Nev.
2. Russell Nemetchek, Saskatoon, Sask.
3. Paul Griffiths, Kila, Mont.

Youth Division
1. Greg Hubbell, Jr., Belmont, Calif.
2. Brayden Langley, McMinnville, Ore.
3. Elias McMillan, Grand Junction, Colo.

Peewee Division
1. Isaac Jacobsen, Boise, Ida.
2. Sutton Callaway, Maricopa, Calif.
3. Kason Hulsey, Eagar, Ariz.

 

 

 

 


Champion of Champions
1. Corey Jacobsen, Boise, Ida.
2. Rockie Jacobsen, Kamiah, Ida.

This year was the first ever “Champion of Champions,” an invitational elk calling contest featuring previous winners from the professional division from the fist 25 World Elk Calling Championships. The champion winner was crowned with an elk hunt from Opal Butte Outfitters in Oregon to be filmed for Outdoor Channel’s television show Team Elk.

The first ever Champion was Corey Jacobsen, a close second was his father Rockie Jacobsen. On stage is what elk hunting and elk country is all about; a father who has mentored and taught his son, continuing the legacy that we all love, on stage side by side. The best gift for Corey was watching his own sons on stage calling and his son Isaac was even crowned champion of the Peewee division. I am sure that Rockie felt the same sense of pride when Corey was donned champion of champions.

With seven top finishes, the Jacobsen’s are truly the “First Family of Elk Calling”.

2013 RMEF Elk Camp

 

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Elk Camp

Welcome to RMEF’s Elk Camp...The one time of year the call of the bull elk can be heard loud and clear in the streets of Las Vegas Nevada, where folks from across the country gather together to celebrate the majestic elk and the wild places that they call home.

Kicking off elk camp and the International Sports Expos with a mighty bugle, I met up with reporter Scott Daniels, KLAS 8 News Now to invite all of Las Vegas down to the expo for the weekend. Reminiscent of the rut…the frenzy of the weekend was kicked off the largest Elk Camp ever with the exhibit hall featuring more than 350 companies.

The best in country music brought with them the songs that we sing around the fire in elk camp, live to us in Las Vegas; Daryle Singletary, Josh Thompson, Ronnie Dunn and Charlie Daniels.

Girl hunters RoCk Ladies Luncheon….

The SOLD OUT ladies luncheon was the bash of the year!!! This year’s theme of Rodeo Clowns was completed with special guest, the most famous rodeo clown and bull fighter Flint Rasmussen.

This group of cowgirls came here to take off their hats and let their hair down and let me tell you this group of ladies is down for a good time. Laughter, whoops and hollers filled the room along with the ringing of hundreds of cow bells. The energy from the room was felt by all and made for non-stop laugher and good times. The enthusiasm in this room represented how much these ladies love elk country. WHOOP WHOOP

If you missed the ladies luncheon, trust me, you don’t want to miss the next one, so be sure to get your tickets in advance for 2014 for this unbelievably fun event.

Elk Camp Highlights…

  • The announcement of the $30 Million Torstenson Family Endowment which will allow RMEF to vastly accelerate it's mission, attract more partner funds and more quickly head off habitat challenges nationwide, while passing on Bob Torstenson's legacy and his passion for elk, elk hunting, and hunting heritage to the next generation.
  • The presentataion of RMEF's highest honor, the Wallace Fennell Pate Wildlife Conservatoin Award, to the Torstenson family.
  • Celebrations of 2012 accomplishments include protecting or enhancing more than 130,000 acres of habitat, restoring a wild elk herd in Virginia, and reaching more than 354,000 children and adults via 322 hunting heritage and conservation outreach projects in 43 states.
  • The unveiling of "America the Beautiful" a video performed exclusively for RMEF by Daryle Singletary.
  • A tribute to wildlife artist and RMEF friend Larry Zabel

ISE Elk Camp Seminars

I was beyond thrilled, when ISE asked to once again present my seminar “Scouting Elk on Public Land” for the Las Vegas show. I could hardly wait to share with other elk hunting lovers, my own public land experiences.

Passing it along…

My dad and my other friends that helped and mentored me in the elk woods changed my life and being able to share my experiences and personal lessons learned in the field is a dream come true.

I am already looking forward to the 2014 RMEF Elk Camp...Be there!