Cabela's Open Range Cowboy Boots

Add a touch of the Wild West to the wardrobe of all outdoor enthusiasts, from kids and women to men with the NEW Cabela’s Open Range Cowboy boot collection for everyone. The boots made their big debut at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Hunter Christmas and Elk Camp.

Dream BIG…When dreams become a reality, well this is it for me. You never know where your wild heart and imagination will take you. The Open Range Cowboy boots by Cabela’s are truly a dream that I helped plan and initiate into a reality.

Cabela’s boots now take you everywhere, around the world in comfort and style. Giving us a little old fashioned country cowboy boot styling with a hunting flair that we all love.

Thank you to and amazing team at Cabela’s that have literally made me part of the family, working together as a team to make sure that these boots are perfect. Available in the spring of 2015.

2014 World Champion Elk Callers Crowned

2014 Elk Camp Closes, Record Expo Attendance

RMEF Unveils Hunter Christmas Exposition Seminar, Autograph Session Schedules

MISSOULA, Mont.-Hunting and outdoor experts, rodeo legends, country music artists and a touch of creative cooking with your favorite cuts of meat highlight the seminar and autograph schedules at the Hunter Christmas Exposition, presented by Cabela's. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's inaugural expo will take place Dec. 4-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).

"We believe we have assembled a lineup that offers a little bit of something for everyone-especially the elk hunter," said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. "Attendees will be able to learn how to more effectively hunt on public land, pack their horses, choose an outfitter and find, call and bow hunt elk, all while rubbing shoulders with some of the best elk hunters from across the country."

Seminar presentations will take place at the Elk Country Theater in the LVCC and will be presented by Cabela's. Headliners include RMEF World Elk Calling Champion Corey Jacobsen, Randy Newberg of Fresh Tracks with Randy Newberg, Mark Kayser, Lee & Tiffany Lakosky of Crush, Wayne Carlton, Pat & Nicole Reeve of Driven, Kristy Titus of RMEF Team Elk and four different tasty presentations from the Cook with Cabela's team. 

The Hunter Christmas celebrity autograph sessions will take place at the RMEF Membership Booth. Rodeo legends scheduled to appear include 7-time World Champion Dan Mortensen (saddle bronc & all-around), 5-time World Champion Lewis Feild (all-around & bareback riding), 4-time World Champion Ote Berry (steer wrestling), World Champion J.C. Trujillo (bareback), World Champion Loyd Ketchum (bullfighter) and World Champion Cody Custer (bull riding). Hunters include the Lakoskys, the Reeves, Newberg, Titus and RMEF Team Elk Host Brandon Bates. Also appearing are country music artists Easton Corbin, Josh Thompson, Chuck Wicks, Mark Wills, and Daryle Singletary. 

The Hunter Christmas Exposition will take place alongside the established Cowboy Christmas Gift Show and Cowboy FanFest Show at the LVCC. Hunter Christmas will be in the Central Halls while the Cowboy Christmas and Cowboy FanFest will be in the adjacent North Halls. 

Hunter Christmas will be presented by Cabela's and feature industry leaders like Browning, Buck Knives, Leupold, Nosler, Remington, Federal Premium, Polaris RANGER and many others. It will bring the best in firearms, optics, outfitters, archery, and hunting apparel, and all things hunting and outdoors to tens of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts. Additionally, Hunter Christmas will feature a full archery range conducted by PSE, the NASCAR Experience from Nationwide Insurance, the Gun Genie from Gallery of Guns allowing firearm purchases from the show floor and special television coverage by RFD-TV. 

For more detailed information about the Hunter Christmas Exposition, including complete seminar and autograph schedules, go to www.hunterchristmas.org.

 RMEF's Elk Camp national convention will also take place Dec. 4-7 at The Mirage in Las Vegas. 

 

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 200,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 6.5 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.


Elk Hunter Magazine- Winter 2014

 

 

Good health is the starting point to all of our outdoor adventures. Our bodies are the vehicles we use to climb to the mountaintop in search of that trophy of a lifetime. In the Winter issue of Elk Hunter Magazine's Hunters Nutrition, Kristy discusses the pitfalls of low carbohydrate diets. 

In every issue of Elk Hunter Magazine you will find extensive and frequent reviews of a wide range of products from optics to boots, rifles to bows, and much more. 

Elk Fit and Hunters Nutrition- Being fit enough to hike the mountains and pack out your game is critical. This topic is under-appreciated and under-appreciated. We talk about fitness tips, strategies, and the mental side of getting tough. Dan Staton and Kristy Titus are a formidable team in taking care of your body and improving your overall health. This isn’t just about hunting; this is about quality of life!

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Cabela's Cheektowaga NY Grand Opening

 

Western New York is vastly different from what comes to mind when many think about New York. Cheektowaga, a suburb to Buffalo, the second largest city in New York; here in the western border, you will find the head of the Niagara River, the eastern shores of Lake Erie and nearby Canadian border, and the highest number of licensed hunters and anglers in the state, the perfect location for the state’s first Cabela’s store.

The 88,000 sq. ft. store serves the large local population outdoorsmen and women. True to Cabela’s Grand Opening fashion, thousands lined up out front of the store, anxiously awaiting the grand opening. The promise of taking in over 200 mounted wildlife displays, including the famous wildlife centerpiece nestled amongst a stunning waterfall and 7,000 gallon fish tank.

The store has something for everyone; gun enthusiasts welcoming the opportunity to shop, trade, and view antique guns in the famous Cabela’s gun library. In the indoor archery range, where new shooters can experience the thrill of archery or existing shooters can try out a new bow or crossbow.

When it comes to Cabela’s, it’s the selection that draws in avid fisherman, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, all are certain to find just what they need.

Knowledgeable Cabela’s staff of Outfitters are readily available answering questions about anything and everything outdoors. Personally, this is my favorite part of the Cabela’s family; the sharing of information, knowledge, and experiences, the true foundation of the Cabela’s legacy.

Listening to the tales of local fishermen and women, whitetail hunting stories and the future plans of that dream fishing or hunting trips make each store unique and a delight to attend.

Folks that love to get out and explore new areas should visit the state park commemorative wall where New York state parks and maps are on display, while you are at it, you can pick up anything that you might need to make your trip more comfortable.

The residents of Cheektowaga and surrounding areas welcomed Cabela’s and myself to the community with open arms, hot fresh pizza and world famous chicken wings. After meeting so many wonderful people and hearing so many tales of good hunting and fishing, I am looking forward to returning to the area again to experience more of what the area has to offer.

 

RMEF Team Elk- Passing It On...

Archer Xtreme owner Mark Garcia takes his son on his first archery elk hunt. Also, we join Julia and Jessica Nielson on their first hunt for Mule Deer. David Allen and Kristy Titus are along as mentors for the ladies hunting adventures.  

Team Elk Outdoor Channel Air Dates: Thursday, Aug 14, 10:00 AM , Saturday, Aug 16, 6:30 PM , Sunday, Aug 17, 6:30 PM EASTERN.


Women Putting A New Face On Hunting

Sun News Special Report

By: Bryn Weese

VANCOUVER - The image of good old boys heading into the woods for a fall hunt sometimes seems a thing of the past.

But the sport isn't dying. Not by a long, well-placed shot.

The resurgence in hunting across North America is thanks, in part, to a growing number of women who are taking up the sport.

One of the trend's most recognizable figures - even gracing the cover of this month's Field and Stream - is Canada's own Eva Shockey who co-hosts her father's successful hunting show Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures.

"I was lucky. I was born into the right family," Shockey told Sun News in Vancouver recently. "But the thing is, I didn't actual hunt when I was little. I started hunting when I was 20."

"When I was younger, I was busy and my mom didn't hunt so I thought: ‘girls don't hunt so I'm not going to hunt.' But when I was 20, I thought just because girls that look like me don't hunt - I'm a girly girl, I dress up and I love doing girl things ... I still wanted to try hunting," she said. "I'm 26 now and I've literally done it full time for the last six years and I'm obsessed with it. It's the best thing in the entire world."

And Shockey's not alone. Kristy Titus and Tiffany Lakosky - to name just two - are other powerful feminine figures in the television hunting industry.

But the trend isn't only evident on-screen.

In British Columbia, the percentage of resident hunters who are women has jumped from 6.8% in 2005 to 8.3% last year. It's an increase of 39%, from just under 6,000 female hunters in 2005 to more than 8,000 now.

In Alberta, the number of female hunters has increased 47% since 2007, when just 7,754 women hunted. Last year, there were 11,400. The percentage of hunters in Alberta who are women has steadily increased from 7% in 2011, to 8% in 2012, and 9% last year.

And in Ontario, 25% of all hunter safety course students now are women.

"People are getting used to having women involved, and realizing that we just love being out there," Shockey said. "I do it because I love it, and that's why the guys do it. So really, what's the difference? It's fun to be out there together."

Manufacturers and retailers, too, recognize there's money to be made in the growing demographic.

Reports indicate Bass Pro Shops has seen a ten-fold increase in it's market for women's products in the past decade.

And Cabela's, which promotes itself as the ‘world's largest outfitter,' recently introduced it's OutfitHER line of hunting clothing and accessories "made by women for women.

"It was developed because women were tired of having to wear downsized men's clothing, so they started with a few key pieces and today we have over 20 different pieces in the OutfitHER line, from cold weather gear to rain gear to boots and gloves ... and it's growing," said Katie Sanford, a retail marketing manager with Cabela's at it's Tulalip, WA location.

She's a new hunter, too.

"When I started, I was wearing men's clothing and using my husband's gun. It was big and bulky and really not suited to me. Now, I have OutfitHER clothing - I have the whole line - it fits perfect. And I have my own gun made just for a woman."

While women are a growing hunting demographic now, there have always been very capable trailblazers who bucked the bygone trend of hunting as a man's pursuit.

Nova Scotia's Laura Wood has been doing it for nearly a century ... literally!

Two years ago, the 97-year-old from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia became a local celebrity when she successfully killed a cow moose with one shot while hunting in Newfoundland.

It had been a life-long dream of the mink rancher's, and reports indicate she's been hunting since she was a teenager.

Decades later, it seems, more and more women are joining Wood's ranks and picking up their guns to put meat in the freezer.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of American women participating in outdoor activities rose 25% between 2006 and 2011. And the National Shooting Sports Foundation pegs the increase of women hunters at 10% nationally between 2008 and 2012.

There are now 3.35 million women who hunt stateside.

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RMEF Team Elk- Titus in the Rockies

There is an eerie quiet that comes in the winter.  All the hustle and bustle of the forest and the wildlife all seem to have gone dormant. Hunters know this kind of quiet; a stillness that is like nothing else. Every rustle of a leaf, snap of a twig, song of a bird sounds like it has been amplified through a speaker sweeping across the mountain the sound of life.

Over my lifetime, I have learned that you never know what is going to happen on the mountain. Anticipation keeps hunters returning year after year, every step of every hunt is an adventure each having its own unique experience; the calming quiet of the mountain can disappear into chaos with the blink of an eye.

Don't miss "Titus in the Rockies" on RMEF's Team Elk airing on the Outdoor Channel Thursday August 7th at 10:00am, Saturday August 9th at 6:30pm and Sunday August 10th at 6:30pm EST.

Cabela's It's In Your Nature. 


North American Hunter- Frame Your Sight Picture

Managing your sight picture for terminal downrange performance is not a tool you can buy.

Terminally connecting on that trophy of a lifetime with a single, well-placed bullet or arrow is critical on every hunt. Learning to manage your sight picture with your bow and rifle will help you to become a more accurate marksman, and ensure that the bullet or arrow is delivered where it needs to go for quick and terminal placement on big game animals.

CLICK HERE to read Kristy's latest article in North American Hunter online. 

 

 

Magpul Dynamics- Precision Rifle 2

FUN●DA●MEN●TAL:

A basic principal, rule, law, or the like that serves as the groundwork of a system; essential part.

The attendees of PR2 have all attended Magpul Dynamics Precision Rifle 1 and are very familiar with the fundamentals of marksmanship. Mastering the fundamentals of marksmanship is the key that separates novice from expert shooters. Precision Rifle 2 from Magpul Dynamics is a course that will put those fundamentals to the test.

Summertime in Yakima WA is sweltering HOT and typically there is no wind causing shooters to boil on the line of fire. This week we lucked out, high temperatures coupled with 20+ MPH winds were the perfect conditions for us to train with our precision rifles putting our fundamentals to the test.

Caylen always takes a gear or equipment issue and turns it into a classroom learning session so when we had a scope malfunction, Caylen demonstrated to the entire class how to properly mount a rifle scope using a scope level kit and how to properly torque your scope rings.

Time to hit the 100 yard line, get behind the gun, confirm zeroes, attain muzzle velocities, and run some fundamental practice drills. This is where the gear shake down begins. Having attended Precision Rifle 1 not once but twice, my gear was pretty set up and I was ready to shoot.

The 100 yard line is a great place to verify that your optic is tracking and adjusting correctly, verify that it is mounted level, ensuring that your ammunition is feeding correctly through your detachable box magazine and anything and everything else. I was thankful that for the first time in the three years I have been training with Magpul, my gear did not need shaken down.

After inputting our individual firearm caliber, average muzzle velocities, bullet information and density altitude in to our ballistics computer program we were ready to confirm our data charts on the long range. The sound of ringing steel is music to my ears. This was my first opportunity to really drive my new Proof rifle and I was beyond thrilled to stretch her legs out to 902 meters with sub ¼” MOA accuracy.

Day 2-

After confirming zeroes on the 100 yard line, we set up the barricades for some hasty rest shooting position drills from the 100 yard line. We had 16 rounds total, 8 rounds were to be engaged off the barricade from the standing and then the next 8 rounds were off the barricade from the kneeling. It was up to us as shooters to attain natural point of aim and when Caylen called out a color dot, to engage that color for time and consistency. We only had one shot at each color and shape.

This is a great drill that will help you as a shooter determine if you are driving your rifle and how well you perform under added stress. This is a FUN drill and I could not have been more pleased with my perfect score. All 16 rounds were perfectly placed indicating natural point of aim and solid fundamentals, even under stress. Happy girl!!!

Next, Caylen gave us a class on angled shooting. Angled shooting seems daunting and I have personally watched many hunters miss fine game animals by shooting over the tops of animals backs on steep declines or inclines.

Shooting angles is really pretty simple. On an incline or decline, the bullet performs the same, so the math is the same. The trick is attaining the correct angle and inputting that angle and the time of flight distance into a mathematical equation to derive the actual distance that you should dial your elevation turret to.

Of course, there are some general rules of thumb and tricks to make it really simple. One interesting point that Caylen did make out was that as your angle to the animal or target increases, your perception of the target decreases. That makes for an interesting hunting scenario.

The most valuable tool that I learned was that I should make a 10⁰, 20⁰ and 30⁰ drop chart with varying yardages to take into the field with me. Additionally, creating some data charts for varying calibers of rifles clearly demonstrated the advantages in angled shooting scenarios for having efficient calibers.

Now that everyone had a more thorough understanding of angled shooting, it was time to burn it down on the range. The top of the mountain is the perfect place to shoot targets at a decline and Caylen had two courses of fire lined up for us to shoot in shooter/spotter pairs out to over 800 meters.

Surprisingly enough, once we determined our angle cosign and did the math to attain our gravity distance on each target, the shooting part was easy. Well….kind of. In 25 mph winds, nothing is easy, especially at long range targets. This was a great opportunity for us to not only practice shooting angles from hasty resting positions but as spotters to read wind cues and direct the shooters holds for accurate shot placement based on the spotters observations.

As a shooter, I find this especially fun as I watch my own bullet trajectory in flight, based on spotter calls, I am learning to self-spot. After all, we don’t always have the luxury of having a trained spotter behind us calling our shots, not to mention the value of being able to self-spot in the field and know where your bullet impacts on a big game animal. Staying on the scope and watching your bullet impact will also translate in the field to being able to cycle a round and stay on an animal for a follow up shot if needed without ever coming off the rifle. That is training time well spent!

The last and final day of PR 2 Caylen put us up to some extreme shooting challenges. Target acquisition, hasty rest building, range, angle compensate if needed and engage, all for time and with a limited round count. Oh goody now we are talking some fun. We had four targets in the bottom of a gorge to engage. Time to burn it down.

The next course of fire, same story, different scenario, we were shooting across a gorge. The distances varied out to 900 meters. After attaining all my necessary data for engagement, the wind was calm, I press off a center hold on the target and miss by 3 mils. WHAT??? This is where as a relatively new precision shooter, without a spotter you begin to seriously doubt yourself.

Knowing my fundamentals were good, I tried another round with the same impact. Something was going on that I was unaware of but trajectory is trajectory, so I adjusted my wind hold to 3 mils and reengaged with a hit. That particular hold for me was equating to a 25 mph wind and there were no visible wind indicators, so as baffled as I was, I engaged the entire course with this dramatic wind hold awaiting a debrief from Caylen.

Caylen is a great instructor, he lets us make mistakes, figure things out on our own and then ask questions offering support where needed. This is PR2, the advanced long range precision course, this is big boy/girl stuff so no hand holding here. After the course, Caylen briefed us all and pointed out some topographical factors that were causing such dramatic impact shifts due to wind that we could not visibly indicate.

The wind was calm where I was and where the target was located, however, during flight, the bullet trajectory was flying directly across a gorge that had strong winds funneling down that were driving my bullet off target. This was a factor that I had not previously taken into consideration. Kudos to you Caylen, you set us up for a tricky scenario that had tremendous learning opportunities for all of us. The best part of this lesson was the solidification that I should be trusting in myself and my skill set. I had in fact made the right call and practiced correct fundamentals. Hooray for me.

Next Caylen took us to another hill top. There were three targets below us, Caylen gave us the target size in inches and we had to use our reticle to mil the range to each target, estimate our wind and angle, set up our resting position of choice and engage the target, once again all for time. Okay, I had not practiced milling targets since PR1. Time to test myself in a big way. Time was up and I was pleased with my target measuring skills.

I was however displeased with my resting position of choice. Caylen had not pointed out what type of rest we had to take and for some reason I chose to engage the targets off of a tripod in 25 MPH winds. Bad decision. I could have easily taken a prone rest and been much more successful in engaging targets, instead, I struggled to steady my rifle with wind gusts blowing me and my gun off target more than I would have liked. Another great lesson served, whenever possible, especially in the wind, you want to get as close to the ground as possible.

Not practicing and thinking through how to take the best rest possible in a given situation could cost you the trophy animal of a lifetime. Had that course of fire been a buck or bull of my dreams, my rest could have caused me to go home empty handed. Always use everything that you have on you to help stabilize your resting position.

The final course was four targets, we were not allowed to attain ranges, we had to guess based off our previous shooting scenarios as they were close by. This is a great chance to really test out your ability to range estimate visually, engage a target and make necessary and correct elevation and windage adjustments for successful hits. This one was pretty fun and I even ended the course with a first round hit.

Precision Rifle 2 was very different from Precision Rifle 1, building upon skills and putting those skills and our basic fundamentals to the test. As a hunter, I honestly believe it is our ethical responsibility to understand our own individual firearm, its components, how they function in varying conditions, the weapons limitations as well as our own.  I left the course looking forward to returning in 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

North American Hunter- How To Win The Glassing Game

 

Quickly raising your binoculars and glancing at a hillside isn’t going to help you identify the animal of a lifetime. Instead, grab your glass, get comfortable and then try out these techniques.

CLICK HERE to read my latest editorial for North American Hunter Online.

RMEF Team Elk- OR Youth Experience

 

Our youth are the front lines of conserving our hunting heritage. This week we take new hunters Jacob Taylor and Korie Campbell into the mountains of Oregon for two elk hunts that are surely made memories that will last a lifetime. 

RMEF's Team Elk television show airs on the Outdoor Channel Thurday at 10:00AM, Saturday & Sunday at 6:30PM EST.


North American Hunter- Save Your Energy Glass More Effectively

The time-honored tradition of hunting has changed and evolved with the advancement of optics technologies. Coupling optics advancements with proper technique will save time, energy and ensure you don’t miss spotting that animal of a lifetime.

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North American Hunter- Prone Bipod for Hunting Rifles

I feel so blessed to be able to share some of the techniques that I have learned while training with Magpul Dynamics. Here is my latest editorial. I hope this brings you all success this hunting season. 

Having a prone-length bipod mounted on my hunting rifle has been one of the best investments I’ve ever made, helping to stabilize my shots while in the field from not only the prone position, but kneeling, sitting and standing, too. A gun-mounted bipod creates a more stable shooting platform for a quick and accurate in-the-field shot than is possible with a backpack, log, fencepost or rock.

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Swarovski Optik Announces Renewed Sponsorship

Swarovski Optik Digiscoping of the Year Cranston, Rhode Island - SWAROVSKI OPTIK NORTH AMERICA, a subsidiary of the Austrian-based company, announces the renewed sponsorship of Kristy Titus. Kristy is a visible hunter with such organizations as Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Cabela's and is an editor for Western Hunter and Elk Hunter magazines. Since her sponsorship first began with SWAROVSKI OPTIK, Kristy became the Fitness Editor for North American Hunter magazine.

Growing up hunting in the rugged western mountains that sat in her backyard, Kristy developed an appreciation and respect for nature that she practices today in her career. She uses her experience and knowledge to educate others about the outdoors and the importance of staying healthy for hunting, all while being an advocate for wildlife and habitat conservation. Kristy also manages to find ways to work with non-profit organizations where she places an emphasis on making sure hunting remains a tradition that will be available for future generations.

"The number of women participating in the outdoors and shooting sports has been on the rise," Kristy Titus said. "Thanks to this increase, women are now playing an even larger part in conserving our nation's wildlife and their habitat. Together with SWAROVSKI OPTIK, sharing our passion and love of the outdoors with other women and children is helping to expand our community and create the next generation of hunters and conservationists."

Dean Capuano, Director of Communications for SWAROVSKI OPTIK NORTH AMERICA said, "Our partnership with Kristy Titus has been great. She embodies all the aspects of a hunter that SWAROVSKI OPTIK as a brand promotes, passion, knowledge, inspiration and conservation. We look forward to continuing with her to help promote great messages to future generations of hunters."

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Tel. 800-426-3089 x2957, Fax. 877-287-8517 
Dean.Capuano@swarovskioptik.us 
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Elk Hunter Magazine Fall 2014

Hunting season has arrived, with early mornings, late nights, and days filled with trekking mountains. Fueling your body with the highest quality, whole natural, fresh food is going to help keep you at your best. 

In the Fall issue of Elk Hunter Magazine, Kristy talks about "Keeping It Fresh On The Trail" giving tips for dehydrating fresh foods at home which will keep food quality on your hunt at the highest level possible  while having the longevity to last through hunting season without going bad. 

Inside every issue of EHM~

Being fit enough to hike the mountains and pack out your game is critical. This topic is under-appreciated and under-appreciated. We talk about fitness tips, strategies, and the mental side of getting tough. Dan Staton and Kristy Titus are a formidable team in taking care of your body and improving your overall health. This isn’t just about hunting; this is about quality of life!

Elk Hunter Magazine does extensive and frequent reviews of a wide range of products that every serious elk hunter should be using. From optics to boots to bowhunting equipment, you’ll read about it in every issue.

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RMEF OR Rendezvous 2014

There is nothing that gets a bunch of elk lovers more fired up than the sound of a bull elk’s bugle. During the Oregon Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Rendezvous in the John Day River Valley, RMEF Founders Bob Munson and Charlie Decker gave attendees quite a display of elk calling…gone bad. Honestly though, I can’t think of a better way to fire up a crowd than with two of the four founders that started with a vision of what RMEF could accomplish and have proven what we can do and we are only getting started.

RMEF believes that Hunting is Conservation and having conserved or enhanced over 6.4 Million acres since 1984, we are proof that hunters are the best conservationists. I was proud to take part in the celebration of a very special project that took six years, countless volunteer hours, and a true team collaboration to permanently conserve and protect 13,082 acres located at the head of the John Day River.

Oregon is my home state, this is where I live, these are elk herds and forests that I have literally grown up surrounded by, this is what the RMEF is all about. We are a team that works together to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat. The John Day headwaters project is not only going to benefit elk but is also critical because of the essential cold water tributaries that are sourced on the land benefitting salmon, steelhead, bull trout, redband and cutthroat trout, all located in the heart of elk country.

RMEF included in the weekend some very important on the ground work projects for The Logan Valley Meadow Restoration Project where volunteers fell encroaching lodge pole pines,  performed noxious weed control, removed old down fence lines and even removed conifers in vital Aspen stands.

After a busy workday in the Malheur National Forest, RMEF volunteers, members and staff ensured that a good time is had by all.

Let the tailgate party begin…

 

 

 

RMEF members are a family and when you attend a rendezvous weekend at the Lake Creek Campground you are sure to feel like part of that family. The weekend festivities were kicked off with a huge oyster feed. Everyone got an opportunity to share in the wild game harvest or a favorite home cooked recipe with the good old fashioned potluck.

After everyone was bursting full, we all gathered our lawn chairs around center stage as up and coming country music sensation Jesse Taylor performed. The party wasn’t over there…the rowdies burned the midnight oil around a giant bon fire sharing stories and some were probably even true.

Paradise Rose Chuckwagon Catering brought the Western back to life with outstanding real cowboy cuisine that was sure to knock the boots off of everyone during breakfast, lunch and dinner.

World famous outdoor chef C.W. Welch or better known as “Cee Dub” shared some tips for easy Dutch oven and outdoor cooking, he even shared the finished product with the now hungry spectators. If you are like me and love to cook and eat, be sure to have Cee Dub help make your next meal more enjoyable by purchasing his cookbooks online at www.ceedubs.com.

Then Dr.Clint Epps, OSU Department of Fisheries & Wildlife discussed the technical complexity and challenges therein of switching to lead free ammunition.

World Champion Elk Caller Bryan Langley and myself took the afternoon center stage giving an elk calling demonstration of bull and cow sounds and even a few ins and outs of how to make your own calls work a little better for you. Plus we threw in a few secret hunting tips and strategies that have worked well for us.

Everyone had the opportunity to participate in volleyball, horse shoes and raffle tickets were sold and a silent auction was held.

During happy hour hors d’oeuves were complimented with Stein Distilleries offerering a free tasting which included Oregon’s exclusive Team Elk Whiskey. Evening entertainment featured true blue country singer Joni Harms.

Sunday, we loaded up and headed up for the John Day Headwaters Celebration and project tour. Seeing the wildlife through our optics during the project tour brought everything full circle. Together we are creating a legacy that will last long beyond our lifetime, ensuring that elk and other wildlife have the needed habitat to not only survive the test of time but thrive.

If you are not a member of RMEF, you should join today. Go to www.rmef.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free OnXmaps HUNT App Offered to RMEF Membership

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is excited to announce that onXmaps is offering a free 12-month membership of their premium HUNT App for mobile devices to RMEF members.

“This is an incredible offer from a sponsor-partner that provides a tremendous benefit to our members,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “Even more than that, this advancement of our relationship shows the commitment that onXmaps has toward RMEF and our mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.” 

“One of the reasons this partnership is so important to us is because RMEF shares the same core objective of increasing the opportunity for hunters and outdoorsmen to enjoy elk country,” said Matt Seidel, marketing director for onXmaps. “RMEF achieves this through improving and conserving lands most important to wildlife, while onXmaps gives its map users the best information for finding and navigating the right hunting and recreational lands.” 

The HUNT App essentially turns mobile devices (iPhone, iPad & Android) into dedicated GPS units. It allows users to view color-coded customizable layers of public lands, private lands, hunting units and other information on satellite, topo or hybrid basemaps right from their phone or tablet. The app also allows for the caching of maps for offline use even in areas where there is no cellular coverage. Users can also use markups to create waypoints with hunting icons and photos, identify land owner names and ranch boundaries, toggle between basemaps and easily determine their position in relation to public or private property boundaries. 

“I downloaded the app several months ago when it was first made available and I find it more convenient than what is on my GPS,” said Decker. “It has a whole lot of functionality beyond just the layers of ownership. And from an elk hunter’s perspective, it’s a valuable tool.” 

The Hunt App is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and HuntingGPSmaps.com. RMEF members receive a free redemption code by logging into the ‘My RMEF’ section of www.rmef.org.

“Our supporting (or annual) membership is $35 so for onXmaps to offer this $34.99 app for free for one year is pretty amazing,” added Decker. 

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 200,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 6.4 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.

 

North American Hunter- How Well Does Your Rifle Fit You?

In the field, one does not rise up to the occasion but instead falls back on training. You’ve put in countless hours scouting, training in the gym and dreaming of this moment. You’re ready. But will you have the same level of confidence and competence this hunting season with your hunting rifle?

Let’s face it, when in the field, Mother Nature is anything but predictable. As a hunter, it’s our ethical responsibility to understand our own individual gun or bow system, learn how it works and what we can do to improve upon it, and know its limitations as well as our own. No matter how long we’ve been hunting or shooting, there are new skills and tricks that can be learned and applied.

In my latest editorial for North American Hunter online, I go over a few tips to modify your rifle to fit more properly before your next hunt.

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