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.

 

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.

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Kristy Titus: Bolt-Action Rifle Fit

Kristy Titus is an NRA Certified Refuse To Be A Victim and Basic Pistol Instructor. The Cabela's Ambassador is also featured on Tips & Tactics, sponsored by Cabela’s Outdoor Fund. The Kristy Titus series includes a total of six episodes, with “Bolt-Action Rifle Fit” premiering today, Thursday, September 24. She explains the importance of manufacturers paying attention to scale for shooters, aiding accuracy and control for both men and women. Click here to watch Kristy's segment.

 Tips & Tactics, sponsored by Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, Thursdays on NRA News. Originally aired on Cam & Co 09/24/15.

 

Full Draw Full Time Podcast

Full Draw Full Time Podcast is here to bring you people and stories of Western Bowhunting. Join South Cox of Stalker Stickbows and Kody Kellom of Full Draw Film Tour, as they live life at Full Draw! Whether it is topics of DIY adventures, preparing for the backcountry, calling elk or spot and stalk hunting, we will bring you interesting guests and incredible insight. If you bowhunt the West for Elk, Mule Deer, Blacktail Deer, or anything you can chase with a tag, you better sit tight and enjoy the ride. 

Hunting the backcountry can put your body through some rigious demands. This episode we have Kristy Titus teaching us about food and nutrition. With her breakdown, you can properly fuel your body to be successful while out in the field. Listen in and enjoy this epidsode of Full Draw Full Time. During the 'TURNING POINT', Kristy brings a learing lesson from a preventable mistake she made in the field.

This segment is brought to you by: goHUNT.com Sign-up today as an 'INSIDER' and use PROMO CODE: FULLDRAW to get a free $50 gift card. 

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Kristy Titus Extends Partnership with Montana Silversmiths

Bend, Oregon (September 28, 2015) Kristy Titus, avid outdoorswoman, NRA Certified Instructor and Cabela’s Ambassador, is extending her partnership – and jewelry collection – with Montana Silversmiths. The Kristy Titus Collection is exclusively available at Cabela’s stores and online.

“Since our launch this summer, the Kristy Titus Collection has done well. I love hearing comments from ladies on how they finally found a jewelry line that speaks to their passions in the outdoors and is elegant,” states Kristy Titus. “I’m proud to continue working with Montana Silversmiths in extending our partnership. We continue to cultivate and curate the highest quality jewelry for women hunters.”

 

All of the designs are crafted of solid sterling silver and genuine turquoise and black onyx. The highest quality crystals available provide the brilliant shine to pieces.

Choosing Montana Silversmiths as Titus’s partner in creating this collection was easy for Kristy as Montana Silversmiths has long been part of her family. Kristy’s intention for the Kristy Titus Collection is for the pieces to be quality timeless creations that are passed down. Inspired by wild places the sterling silver and natural stones found throughout the collection hope to create a true family keepsake.

The Kristy Titus Collection by Montana Silversmiths is available exclusively through Cabela's stores and Cabela's online.

Learn more about Kristy Titus at http://kristytitus.com, https://www.facebook.com/KristyTitus and https://instagram.com/kristytitus/

About Kristy Titus: With a shared passion and love of the outdoors, Titus is honored to serve as an ambassador for Cabela's, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, RMEF's Team Elk television Show, Swarovski Optik, Buck Knives, Montana Silversmiths, and Wilderness Athlete. Titus was raised leading a pack string of mules into the backcountry of Oregon, experiencing the thrill of public land, do-it-yourself hunting. She believes that life's lessons are best learned in the field with family and friends by your side, helping to develop sound personal character and values. Titus is passionate in the support of wildlife and habitat conservation and outdoor education. She is a featured member of RMEF's Team Elk television show airing on the Outdoor Channel and actively volunteers supporting local RMEF chapter events and youth hunts around the country. Titus is an NRA Basic Pistol and Refuse To Be A Victim Certified Instructor and part of the Wilderness Athlete Pro Staff. She shares her passion for fitness and nutrition as editor for Western Hunter, Elk Hunter and North American Hunter magazines. Learn more at http://kristytitus.com, https://www.facebook.com/KristyTitus and https://instagram.com/kristytitus/ 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:  

Michelle Scheuermann, BulletProof Communications LLC, 651.964.0264;   michelle@bulletproofcomm.com

Kristy Titus Featured in NRA's "Tips & Tactics" Video Series

Kristy Titus Featured in NRA’s “Tips & Tactics” Video Series Sponsored by Cabela’s Outdoor Fund

 

NRA Certified Instructor and Cabela’s Ambassador Showcases Six Videos on NRA Women TV

Bend, Oregon (September 17, 2015) – Kristy Titus, NRA Certified Instructor and Cabela’s Ambassador, is now working with NRA Women TV on their “Tips & Tactics” online video series. Titus is offering her best tips to help women prepare for their first hunt, or new tactics for their hundredth hunt. The video series kicks off on NRA Women TV today for a series of six videos. The first video now available is “Preparing for a Hunt.” Visit http://www.nrawomen.tv/tips-and-tactics/hunting each week for a new video from Titus.

“It’s been wonderful working with NRA Women TV and offer my advice for women hunters in these brief videos they can watch online anytime, anywhere,” said Titus. “My goal, as with NRA Women, is to get more women empowered to hunt or shoot on their own, or with a group of their peers. Whatever they choose, we want them to have the best advice from experts in each field.”

Upcoming videos include “Sight Picture,” “Natural Point of Aim,” “Positional Shooting” and more. Visit http://www.nrawomen.tv/tips-and-tactics/hunting each week between now and the end of October for a new video. 

Learn more about Kristy Titus at http://kristytitus.com, https://www.facebook.com/KristyTitus and https://instagram.com/kristytitus/

About Kristy Titus: With a shared passion and love of the outdoors, Titus is honored to serve as an ambassador for Cabela's, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, RMEF's Team Elk television Show, Swarovski Optik, Buck Knives, Montana Silversmiths, and Wilderness Athlete. Titus was raised leading a pack string of mules into the backcountry of Oregon, experiencing the thrill of public land, do-it-yourself hunting. She believes that life's lessons are best learned in the field with family and friends by your side, helping to develop sound personal character and values. Titus is passionate in the support of wildlife and habitat conservation and outdoor education. She is a featured member of RMEF's Team Elk television show airing on the Outdoor Channel and actively volunteers supporting local RMEF chapter events and youth hunts around the country. Titus is an NRA Basic Pistol and Refuse To Be A Victim Certified Instructor and part of the Wilderness Athlete Pro Staff. She shares her passion for fitness and nutrition as editor for Western Hunter, Elk Hunter and North American Hunter magazines. Learn more at http://kristytitus.com, https://www.facebook.com/KristyTitus and https://instagram.com/kristytitus/

 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:  

Michelle Scheuermann, BulletProof Communications LLC, 651.964.0264;   michelle@bulletproofcomm.com

RMEF Team Elk- Hunting Is Healing

Kristy Titus Proves that Hunting is Healing on This Week’s RMEF Team Elk

 

Titus Helps Two Well-Deserving Women for Their First Elk Hunt

Bend, Oregon (September 18, 2015) – On this week’s RMEF Team Elk, Kristy Titus has the honor of taking two well-deserving women on their first elk hunt. Sgt. USMC (retired) Kirstie Ennis, who was severely wounded in a helicopter crash while serving her country and Charlene Westbrook, who lost her husband Sgt. First Class Kenneth Westbrook in the Afghan war, are both featured in this moving RMEF Team Elk show as Titus learns the ups and downs of their life after the damages of war.

Tune in for this emotional episode of RMEF Team Elk on Outdoor Channel Saturday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m. ET and Sunday, September 20 at 5:30 p.m. ET

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without hunting, especially going through what I did,” said Sgt. USMC (retired) Kirstie Ennis in the opening lines of the show. “The outdoors does something to you. Its gets you up and moving.”

Ennis’ hunt is thanks to the work of RMEF and Wounded Warrior Outdoors, who gained special access to private timberland in the Pondosa Tract in California for this hunt. [LB1] “She deserves to have people know that we appreciate the sacrifices she’s made for our freedom,” states Titus. Ennis was an aerial gunner when her copter crashed in June 2012. She suffered severe facial trauma, spinal cord damage, damage to both arms and had a left leg limb salvage.

Charlene Westbrook lost her husband, Sgt. First Class Kenneth Westbrook in 2009 in the Afghan war in one of the deadliest battles – the Ganjgal Ambush. “I made a promise to my husband that I would learn how to hunt and to keep the hunting tradition alive and passed down to our sons,” said Westbrook. “I dedicate this hunt to him.”

Westbrook’s hunt is thanks to RMEF and Adkisson Outdoors, who worked with the Military Warrior Support Foundation[LB2]  to make this special Colorado mountain elk hunt happen. Outfitter Grant Adkisson helps Titus and Westbrook spot and stalk a herd of monster elk on their land in Pagosa Springs.

“I knew what I was getting into when I married my husband,” Westbrook told Titus. “If had to do it all over again, with the ending I have, I’d do it again.”

Learn more about Wounded Warrior Outdoors at http://www.woundedwarrioroutdoors.com; the Military Warrior Support Foundation at http://militarywarriors.org and Adkisson Outfiiters at http://www.adkissonoutdoors.com

Learn more about Kristy Titus at http://kristytitus.com, https://www.facebook.com/KristyTitus and https://instagram.com/kristytitus/

About Kristy Titus: With a shared passion and love of the outdoors, Titus is honored to serve as an ambassador for Cabela's, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, RMEF's Team Elk television Show, Swarovski Optik, Buck Knives, Montana Silversmiths, and Wilderness Athlete. Titus was raised leading a pack string of mules into the backcountry of Oregon, experiencing the thrill of public land, do-it-yourself hunting. She believes that life's lessons are best learned in the field with family and friends by your side, helping to develop sound personal character and values. Titus is passionate in the support of wildlife and habitat conservation and outdoor education. She is a featured member of RMEF's Team Elk television show airing on the Outdoor Channel and actively volunteers supporting local RMEF chapter events and youth hunts around the country. Titus is an NRA Basic Pistol and Refuse To Be A Victim Certified Instructor and part of the Wilderness Athlete Pro Staff. She shares her passion for fitness and nutrition as editor for Western Hunter, Elk Hunter and North American Hunter magazines. Learn more at http://kristytitus.com, https://www.facebook.com/KristyTitus and https://instagram.com/kristytitus/

 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:  

Michelle Scheuermann, BulletProof Communications LLC, 651.964.0264;   michelle@bulletproofcomm.com


 [LB1]Not sure how this should be worded.  It’s my understanding the Roseburg Resources Company approached RMEF with the special tag, wanting to give it to a military veteran.  I believe the local RMEF chapter reached out to WWO for assistance???

 [LB2]In both hunts, local RMEF volunteers were involved in making it happen.

The Rich Outdoors Podcast

Kristy Titus on hunting fitness, nutrition and calling elk.

This week I chatted with Cody Rich with The Rich Outdoors Podcast. Here is what Rich had to say about our interview:

Kristy is an elk hunting nut like the rest of us as a part of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Team Elk, a big supporter of Wounded Warrior Outdoors among many other accolades. On top of all that is a certified clinical sports nutritionist and has competed in the NPC figure division. Needless to say, Kristy knows a thing or two about fitness, nutrition and calling in big bulls. In this episode, we cover fitness for hunters, best nutrition for hunting, elk calling and early season tactics. 

 

RMEF Elk Tracks- Getting Geared Up To Hunt Elk

Getting “Geared Up” to Hunt Elk

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Benjamin Franklin

Elk hunters are a meticulous bunch. We have to be! There is a lot that goes into a successful elk hunt. Heck, just getting out the door is a highly involved process in and of itself: 
Clothing….............................check! 
Boots….................................check! 
Gun/ammo or bow/arrows…check! 
Hunting license.....................check!
Sharp knife…........................check! 
Food…..................................check! 
Water….................................check! 
Vehicle…...............................check! 
Now, what else do I need? 
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently unveiled its Gear 101 gear list, the elk hunter’s essential gear checklist. It is intended for sportsmen and women who range from most avid elk hunter to the occasional. It is divided up in three sections: daytripper, multi-day and outfitted. From there, users can further customize according to weapon, either rifle or bow.

Outdoor Hub- Kristy Titus Collection NEW to Cabela's

September 3, 2015- Columbus, MT- The Kristy Titus Collection by Montana Silversmiths is available exclusively through Cabela’s.  An avid outdoor and hunting enthusiast Kristy has taken her love of all things outdoors and translated that into these high quality jewelry designs.

 

“All women love to feel beautiful.  I wanted to create a collection of jewelry that not only made women feel beautiful but also reminded them of their time spent outdoors with family and friends” states Kristy Titus.

 

A well-known face for Cabela’s Kristy Titus is a force for hunting, conservation and firearms.  These tenets have guided her designs for the Kristy Titus Collection. All of the designs are crafted of solid sterling silver and genuine turquoise and black onyx. The highest quality crystals available provide the brilliant shine to pieces.

 

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North American Hunter- Maximize Your Meat

It’s nearly the moment you’ve all been waiting for: elk season opener. Here are a few very simple—yet vital—tips to help you maximize your meat quantity and quality.

Correctly processing big game at home can seem like a daunting task, especially if you have little experience processing a large animal such as a deer or an elk. Recently, I spent a couple of hours with my local butcher watching him process deer. Here are the vital tips and tricks I picked up that you need to remember when you take your deer or elk from field to fork.

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Cabela's Noblesville IN Grand Opening

The destination for all things outdoors and hunting, Cabela’s was welcomed with open arms to the Noblesville IN community. The week long Grand Opening Celebration was highlighted with booths from organizations like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Friends Of The NRA, The Well Armed Woman, and SCI.

Shoot Like A Girl brought along their state of the art 50 foot trailer welcoming attendees inside to shoot rifle and pistol with the military grade simulation system that replicates 80% of true recoil, giving women a real life experience at shooting without firing a projectile. Women were also welcomed to try their prowess at archery shooting a variety of compound bows.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation set up air rifles welcoming kids of all ages to take aim and practice some SAFE shooting (Shooting Access For Everyone). Hundreds of children took delight in testing out their marksmanship skills while learning about wildlife and habitat conservation.

The Safari Club International set up a 3D archery shoot for kids to enjoy in the delights of everything hunting from giant bull elk to dinosaurs.

The weekend was really fun for the entire family with door prizes for the first to enter the store and appearances from myself, Dan & Don Pickell, Olympic Gold Metalist Cory Cogdell and Cabela’s American Archer, Tom Nelson.

It was a dream come true for myself seeing the Kristy Titus Collection of fine jewelry, #InspiredByWildPlaces by Montana Silversmiths on display at the gift counter.

The 82,000sq.ft. Noblesville store featuring the mountain of big game and 6,000 gallon fish tank plus greatest outdoor shopping in the world, is going to be a big draw for the community and surrounding area.  

NRA Freestyle- Noir Now Life Beyond The City

In this episode of Noir, "Life Beyond The City," Colion steps out of his element and into the great outdoors of Washington state with Kristy Titus. Then, Darren defines the Second Amendment from a hunters perspective and Colion and Kristy put their hunting skills to the test on a course designed by Caylen Wojcik, Director of Training for Magpul CORE. 

Cabela's Colorado Elk Calling & Hunting Seminars

 

 

The sound of a bull elk bugle resonates through the heart and soul of the hunter that pursue him. It is a sound that once heard, can never be forgotten. A sound that compels the hunter to return to the woods in pursuit of the most majestic animal on the planet, year after year without abandon.

The elk speak to the hunter, telling a tale of what they are thinking, feeling and doing; the hunter but only has to listen and interpret the beautiful tale of the elk. The learning curve never ends, the elk are always teaching the hunter, sometimes the hunter gets the best of him and fills his or her tag, sometimes we walk away, lesson learned, memory made, cherishing the time pursuing him.

Lessons learned from elk are hard earned. The price is worn boot leather, sweat, blood and sometimes tears sacrificed from the efforts of the compelled in this blessed dance between man and beast. Sharing my experiences with the royal giants of the forest is an honor. Getting out into wild country in pursuit of elk is something that some folks have only dreamed about, sharing with them, lighting the fire within their heart, and blazing the torch of those who’s fire for elk already burn.

Cabela’s in Thornton and Lone Tree Colorado welcomed me, my stories and experiences on the mountain in pursuit of the bugling bulls into their stores for attendees to experience, listen and learn from my time spent afield. The language spoke, cow mews, chirps, estrous mews and cow bugles to the triumphant sound of the bull elk, location calls, display and challenge calls were all talked about and demonstrated with the use of my favorite Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls.

My hope was to help inform attendees with how those sounds made are all about the emotion of the elk and how to better interpret that emotion based on HOW those sounds are articulated.

The stalk and set up is what often brings a filled tag, so beyond the language of elk, I discussed common behaviors, traits and characteristics often experienced while afield from elk. The desire the elk have to lead with their nose, circling the hunter to the down-wind side and using that tendency to our advantage. The hang up or distance that they often feel safe in approaching, tactics on hunting elk solo and more.

Talking about elk hunting wouldn’t be complete without discussing the great gear that Cabela’s has to offer, so I did a little shopping, showcasing some of my new Kristy Titus Collection of solid sterling silver jewelry by Montana Silversmiths and some of my favorite gear from Swarovski Optik, Wilderness Athlete and Buck Knives along with handing out a complete gear list with item numbers for shopping Cabela’s online. My gear list may be found by clicking HERE.

Opening week of archery elk season is fast approaching and I wish all of the elk hunters out there the best of luck and memories made.

 

The Craig Family Camp- Ladies Instructional Shoot

She was beaming, her face lit up like a summer sunrise. “I did it,” she exclaimed while looking at her target with pride. It was the first time in her life that she had ever fired a rifle and much to her surprise, she hit the target exactly where she had lined up her crosshairs and pressed off the trigger, all ten rounds worth. Her apprehension at the bench was easy to see. Before she pressed off her first shot, I gave her a light touch to the shoulder and I told her that I knew she could do it, and she did.

That feeling of accomplishment that comes from hitting your mark, that feeling of empowerment that if you can learn to do this, you can learn to do anything. Having the ability and freedom to accomplish all of our hopes and dreams is exactly what this great country and the Craig Family Camp is about. The firearms gave these women a glimpse of more possibility on the horizon and a newly found confidence to work towards that possibility.

85 women attended the Craig Family Camp 1st Annual Women’s Instructional Shooting Day and 85 women went home with their lives being forever changed.  Some women had never shot or even touched a firearm in their life, while others had shot a rifle or shotgun but not a pistol. The camp provided the opportunity for women to shoot rifles, shotguns and pistols, all in a safe controlled environment with knowledgeable mentors and instructors.

 

 

The Craig Family Camp is a place where the outdoors and families come together. Many of the women that attended the camp arrived with the anticipation of a first hunting season, or they are taking a child on a hunt and wanted to be better prepared, while others came with the need to learn how to shoot in order to take greater responsibility of personal protection while in the home. The small town of Bloomington Indiana is filled with women that have a desire to become more involved with hunting, shooting sports and a desire to learn more about firearms.

The Craig Family is generous in heart, creating the camp that is free to attendees a place where friends and families have the opportunity to learn, grow and create memories. A place where traffic jams and email is replaced by campfires and hiking trails. A place to curl up next to the fire in the 5000 sq. ft. lodge with enveloped in conversation with a new friend.

The Craig Family wants all who walk upon this 100 acre wooded sanctuary to escape, grow, remember and pass on the lessons learned while here. An opportunity to encourage and empower others is what the camp is truly about.

A prayer was spoken before lunch was served, one that spoke of faith, family and friends, and the important things in life, the gift of time and knowledge. Glory to God for these gifts and as servants of the Lord, it is our responsibility to pass along the gifts that are given to us throughout life, to others creating a ripple effect that is felt by the world.

It is with many thanks that I give praise to the Craig Family for hosting such a tremendous community outreach and to the people within the community that generously donated their time, resources and knowledge. Beyond that, many left a lasting impression on our hearts from afar; Becky Layne from the Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) traveled from Wyoming to show us all the support of the WSF. Her presence alone was a great gift, but the WSF gave more than that, they donated to the event, helping to make the entire day possible. The Buck Knives family owned company generously donated hats and knives with a famous forever warranty in support of the educational event.

Montana Silversmiths made women feel especially beautiful with their unique western designed and inspired jewelry and buckles that they generously donated in support of the event.

It is only with the support of families like the Craig’s, volunteers and generous donors that events like this are possible. This is truly a grass roots effort to ensure the continuation of our time honored hunting, outdoors and shooting sports traditions.

I am already looking forward to the 2016 event. If you or your company would like to become involved with supporting the Craig Family Camp, please contact Greg Stube, Executive Director of the Craig Family Camp at greg@craigfamilycamp.org

Kristy Titus Collection by Montana Silversmiths

August 20, 2015- Columbus, MT- As of today the Kristy Titus Collection by Montana Silversmiths is available exclusively through Cabela’s.  An avid outdoor and hunting enthusiast Kristy has taken her love of all things outdoors and translated that into these high quality jewelry designs.

“All women love to feel beautiful.  I wanted to create a collection of jewelry that not only made women feel beautiful but also reminded them of their time spent outdoors with family and friends” states Kristy Titus.

A well-known face for Cabela’s Kristy Titus is a force for hunting, conservation and firearms.  These tenets have guided her designs for the Kristy Titus Collection. All of the designs are crafted of solid sterling silver and genuine turquoise and black onyx. The highest quality crystals available provide the brilliant shine to pieces.

The elegant lines of the designs reflect the true lines found in nature, while the turquoise, black onyx and clear crystals highlight the brilliance and vastness of the Earth’s resources.  Crafted to be worn in a variety of settings, some pieces are diminutive enough to be put on and forgotten until someone pays a compliment to the subtle beauty of the design.

These designs were crafted to be worn by women who have a love of the outdoors and fashion.  Each piece captures a sentiment that Kristy Titus holds dear.  From an elegantly arched antler, that reminds one of a triumphant hunt, to a winking crystal, like dew catching the morning light in a forest these pieces will bring memories of the wilderness, even when surrounded by civilization.

Choosing Montana Silversmiths as Titus’s partner in creating this collection was easy for Kristy as Montana Silversmiths has long been part of her family. Kristy’s intention for the Kristy Titus Collection is for the pieces to be quality timeless creations that are passed down.  That each piece will speak to the memories and feelings associated with the great outdoors and family adventures. Inspired by wild places the sterling silver and natural stones found throughout the collection hope to create a true family keepsake.

The Kristy Titus Collection by Montana Silversmiths is available exclusively through Cabela's stores and Cabela's online.

 

Cabela’s is the world’s largest direct marketer of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. Founded in 1961, the company has become one of the most well-known outdoor recreation brands, with more than 70 stores throughout North America.

About Cabela’s:

Cabela’s Incorporated, headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska, is a leading specialty retailer, and the world’s largest direct marketer, of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. Since its founding in 1961, Cabela’s® has grown to become one of the most well-known outdoor recreation brands in the world, and has long been recognized as the World’s Foremost Outfitter®. Through its established direct business and its growing number of destination retail stores, Cabela’s® offers a wide and distinctive selection of high-quality outdoor products at competitive prices while providing superior customer service. Cabela’s also issues the Cabela’s CLUB® Visa credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program.


About Montana Silversmiths
Montana Silversmiths of Columbus, MT has been a pioneer in the development of Western fashion in both buckles and jewelry since 1973. The company is known for its skilled craftsmen, who are the finest in the Western industry, perfecting a combination of traditional designs and crisply executed engraving styles for Western and Outdoor enthusiasts. The company is the Official Silversmith of the American Quarter Horse Association, PRCA, Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, PBR, Miss Rodeo America, Appaloosa Horse Club, National Little Britches Rodeo Association, National Reining Horse Association, Women’s Pro Rodeo Association, Arabian Horse Association, American Ranch Horse Association, FFA, and International Professional Rodeo Association among other Western and outdoor organizations.  

 

For more information, visit www.montanasilversmiths.com.

 

Media Contact:

Brittney Blaylock, Marketing Coordinator

Montana Silversmiths

406-322-6085

bblaylock@montanasilversmiths.com

 

Extreme Elk Joins Elk Hunter Magazine

Effective now, Extreme Elk Magazine has merged with Elk Hunter Magazine!! The title of Extreme Elk will be going away, but many popular features from Extreme Elk will be added to the awesome line up of content that already exists in Elk Hunter Magazine. We are bringing the best of both magazines together to create one awesome, united elk hunting magazine. I will continue as the nutrition and fitness editor, along with the editors from EHM and Extreme Elk, Corey Jacobsen and Dirk Durham. For more information or to subscribe visit www.westernhunter.net and click the subscribe button.


Buck Knives Factory Tour

“If this is your first Buck knife, “welcome aboard.” You are now part of a very large family. We think of each one of our users as a member of the Buck Knives family.

Now that you are family, you might want to know a little more about us. The fantastic growth of Buck Knives, Inc. was no accident. From the beginning, we determined to make God the Senior Partner. In a crisis, the problem was turned over to Him, and He hasn’t failed to help us with the answer. Each knife must reflect the integrity of management. If sometimes we fail on our end, because we are human, we find it imperative to do our utmost to make it right. If any of you are troubled or perplexed and looking for answers, may we invite you to look to Him, for God loves you.

                           -Originally Authored by Al Buck, added to by Chuck Buck, and now upheld by CJ Buck

Buck Knives, founded in 1902 by Hoyt Buck using wore out file blades as raw material to hand craft knives that would hold and edge longer. That ongoing commitment to the creation and development of new products has put Buck on the map as the leader in knife manufacturing heading into the fourth generation of successful knife making.

Today, not much has changed within the Buck Family; publicly proclaiming faith in our Creator, giving Him the glory of life and that the company is concerned with spiritual profits in addition to making the best knives in the world.

Buck is a company with a faith as hard as the steel that the knives are forged from and it is an honor to be a customer of Buck as well as an ambassador for such a profoundly inspirational company. Being a part of that family made stopping by the factory for a behind the scenes tour of what goes into making such fine knives with the famous, “Forever Warranty” on the top of my list.

Meeting with the Buck Team, CJ Buck, Joe Piedmont, Rachel Rogers, Jennifer, Stephanie Young, and Jacob Siembida, discussing ideas for new knives, how I use knives afield, and more. Product innovation from a grass roots level, this is what Buck is all about.

After the meeting was over, Billy Bates, who has personally manned nearly every phase of knife production took me on a tour of the plant. It was truly impressive the amount of knives that the employees produce daily and how much care and hands on craftsmanship goes into each and every knife.

The wide assortment of knives from fixed blades, folding to custom creations, Buck even makes beautiful knives that feature gorgeous handles made out of elk antler. No detail is over looked. The knives are hand sharpened and tested with each one literally cutting through paper before being boxed up and shipping out.

It is an honor to work with a company that since 1902 has literally put their faith and family, and the love of our creator into each and every knife. The quote at the beginning of this story is a small proclamation that is placed within each completed knife, this BIG message has reached nearly millions of people every year. If you are not already part of the Buck family of knives, get online today at Cabela's and join our family by carrying the #EdgeOfALegend