Cabela's Union Gap Grand Opening


On October 4th, 2012 Cabela's opened it's first ever Outpost location in Union Gap Washington. I was thrilled to receive the honor of conducting the ribbon cutting ceremony in true Cabela's fashion.

 

With my heart in my throat, in front of nearly 3,000 customers, the local radio and television stations, the mayor and Cabela's outfitters, I climbed up a 15' tree stand, toed up my PSE bow and with one perfectly placed shot the ribbon was cut. Follow the link below to watch the ceremony unfold...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZzdOnAXvmI

The Union Gap Cabela's is a 40,000 sq.ft. store that is designed to change with every season. Featuring seasonal product assortments, an indoor archery range, an archery tech room, experts in every departement and dynamic wildlife displays, as well as thousands of quality outdoor products.

The store is located at:
1400 E. Washington Avenue
Union Gap, WA 98903

 

 

 

 

Seminars at Cabela’s in Lacey WA


Saturday’s seminar “After the shot game retrieval and packing” turned out awesome. During my trip to BC, I was able to take plenty of great photos and video that made this seminar very interactive and visual. To top it off, I even brought in my fresh Mountain Goat cape to discuss skinning techniques with the crowd. Sunday’s seminar was about “Fall black bear hunting” where I had a ton of great bear hunting video and photos for another interactive and visual powerpoint.  
All weekend, I had a table with lots of information and gear on display, complete with my comprehensive gear list as a handout for those doing some in store shopping. All in all it was a great weekend where I met some new lady hunters and a ton great people that love the outdoors and hunting. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 Central Oregon Youth Safari Challenge


I was fortunate enough to serve as a volunteer in this year’s Central Oregon Youth Safari Challenge that was attended by 141 kids plus there parents. With an effort to create a thriving, dedicated community of new hunters that are well-equipped with outdoor skills, shooting skills, hunting ethics and conservation principals, during this FREE event the kids tried their hand at 22 rimfire, Cowboy Action Rimfire, 3-gun air-soft, Cowboy Action rifle and shotgun, archery, and wingshooting, to compete for top honors in their individual divisions while learning gun safety and shooting fundamental skills. 

 

 

 

Cabela's CLUB Visa Family Outdoor Day

Nothing compares to watching a child catch their first fish, shoot their first bow or simply enjoy stories around a campfire surrounded by family and friends. Thanks to Cabela’s CLUB Visa and the USAA’s Trail Blazer Program, I was able to participate in the Family Outdoor Day July 7thin Lacy Washington where over 300 attendees participated in various outdoor activities while surrounded by the beautiful Western landscape.
Zombie Hunting with Crosman Airsoft
Getting some shooting instruction.
Even I enjoyed the ringing of the gongs.
At each activity, participants found expert guidance and education, ensuring the development of safe habits, gun safety and ethics.  The tiniest of children delighted in hunting paper zombies with Crosman airsoft guns. Marksmanship was tested at the 100 yard range with .22 rimfire with the goal of ringing the gong. All delighted in the sound of success.
 
 Kids learned how to set a worm on a hook to successfully catch their first fish, or for one boy, “the biggest fish in the pond”.  
A proud fisherman.
Mother/daughter fishing success.
Smiles for all...
   
Others discovered the joys of archery or re-discovered the joy of shooting an arrow down range thanks to the support of BowTech and their wonderful Pro-staff and volunteers. 

 

 

 

 
The sounds of shotguns pumping, followed by the command to “pull” signaled the beginning of trap shooting in this safe environment where everyone received coaching to be a more successful shot. Help was given to make sure that each participant was designated a well fitting shotgun, coaching with their follow through, and of course a pat on the back and congratulations with each improved shot. Some even drove their first car, well golf car, to navigate the course. 
First time at trap.
Success!!


 

My personal mission is always to educate, empower and inspire others, with the goal of giving others the confidence to try out new outdoor activities. For this event, I was able to share my experiences with photos and personal testimony as well as provide some valuable information regarding selecting the right gear for their chosen outdoor pursuit.  

 

 
Displaying a variety of gear and a complete gear list that attendees could take home that featured optics from Swarovski Optik, game calls from Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls (formerly Bugling Bull Game Calls), backpacks from Outdoorsman’s, Eberlestock and Cabela’s, scent elimination technology from Under Armour, turkey, elk and fawn decoys from Montana Decoy Company, backcountry vitamins and supplements from Wilderness Athlete, magazines from Elk Hunter and Western Hunter, information about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and an assortment of other gear. 
Love the Barbie fishing pole!
 Some took home more than memories thanks to the prize raffle at the end of the day. Excitement amongst families was evident when they were drawn as a winner of the multitude of great prizes.
 A truly unique culinary experience was provided by the Northwest Dutch Oven Society where their volunteers prepared a Dutch Oven feast of spaghetti, baked beans, trout and for dessert, pineapple upside down cake. 

 

After dinner, families gathered around the campfire to hear stories told from times past and sing songs until little eyes could no longer remain open and families returned to their tents or camp trailers.
The continuation of the hunting heritage through outdoor education, participation in events like this, sound wildlife management and habitat conservation is vital to the future of our time honored traditions.  Becoming a skilled outdoorsman, enhances character, builds confidence and instills a sense of responsibility to our youth.
A big thank you goes out to Cabela’s CLUB Visa and the Evergreen Sportsmen’s Club for organizing this remarkable event. I am looking forward to participating in next year’s Family Outdoor Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

RMEF Rogue Valley Chapter Banquet

This past weekend, was the RMEF Rogue Valley Chapter Banquet and the Medford Armory was filled with nearly 250 outdoors men, women and children that are passionate in the support of wildlife and habitat conservation, helping to ensure that our time honored culture and traditions continue for generations to come.
Senior Regional Director Bob Bastain, Oregon Congressman Greg Walden and I.

 

OR Congressman Greg Walden and the flag auction item winners.
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation member and organization supporter, Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, made a special appearance. Greg generously donated two American Flags that will be proudly displayed at our Nation’s Capital building on the date of the winner(s) choice in honor of our service men, women and or a loved one.
17 Year old Mikyla was the lucky winner of the Youth Turkey hunt that features a two day Turkey hunt on private property that will be filmed by me for my blog. An extra thanks goes out to Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls, Montana Decoy, Team Elk for your generous donations and support. 
17 year old Mikyla is all smiles after winning her 2012 Turkey hunt.
Thank you to the members of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in its 6 millionth acre conserved and the support of future wildlife and habitat conservation.
I would like to extend an additional thank you to the following for your additional donated items made directly to me in support of this event:
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation & Team Elk
Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls
Montana Decoy
Elk Hunter Magazine
Western Hunter Magazine
Cabela’s
Spot-Hogg Archery Products
Wilderness Athlete Performance Products
Yours in Hunting and Conservation, 
Kristy