Record Attendance At RMEF's Hunter & Outdoor Christmas


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

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


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.

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Badlands Signature Series- Livin The Brand- #SHOOTDOWNCANCER

#ShootDownCancer is a 3D archery event in Conway, Arkansas produced by Tim Endsley of Livin the Brand and Bad Medicine Archery, Bo Dottley of Buck Commander and Gary and Karen Powell of 12 Ring Archery, the event raises money each year for cancer victims and survivors from the outdoor industry and has grown each year. With the strong support of its sponsors this shoot boast well over $20,000 in prizes and has raised several thousand dollars for organizations such as Team Carone and Ovarian Cancer Coalition. With over 300+ shooters it is the largest 1 day 3D event in Arkansas. look for #ShootDownCancer on Facebook for info. 

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

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


2ND Annual NW Ladies Hunting Camp

The 2nd Annual NW Ladies Hunting Camp at Luckiamute Valley Pheasants ranch located just outside of Salem OR was an a huge hit for the ladies in attendance. The NW Ladies Hunting Camp is presented in part by the National Rifle Association's Women on Target Program, Cabela's, and others. 

Fun for the entire family, even the four legged family members, attendees camped with other familes for wonderful weekend of outdoor centered fellowship.

Registration included all meals and a very special fashion showcase of the latest trends in women's hunting apparel  from some of the top clothing lines in the outdoor industry. 

Featuring some of the nations top outdoor instructors including Jennifer Holbroke, April Mack, Heather Aldrich, Rihana Carey, Candy Yow, Tad Mecham, Robin Rick, and Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer along with myself for two full days of training including firearms training, archery, fire starting, field dressing, map & compass, tag application, tracking, elk calling, stalking, backcountry hunting, dutch oven cooking, wildlife photography and upland bird hunting. 

My seminar(s) were on backcountry hunting and elk hunting and calling strategies. Ladies were invited to peruze my personal gear, from Swarovski Optik, Buck Knives, Wilderness Athlete, Cabela's OutfitHer Clothing, Cabela's Creedence Bow, Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls and more all while asking questions in an interactive powerpoint presentation with video of public land elk hunts that I self filmed. 

Everyone from all skill levels learned new outdoor and firearms tools over the weekend making them more confident outdoor women. 

It was an honor to introduce new outdoor women to backcountry hunting and elk hunting strategies and gear and talk with and learn from other experienced outdoor women. I am already looking forward to the 2016 NW Ladies Hunting Camp. 

For additional information visit 

A HUGE thank you goes out to Luckiamute Valley Pheasants and Candy Yow from Exteme Desire TV for organizing such a wonderful event. And to  Crossroads with Ryan Hoeft for capturing the weekend.



RMEF Team Elk Now Available for FREE on Carbon TV


MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pleased to announce an agreement with CarbonTV that allows online viewers the ability to watch the first three seasons of RMEF Team Elk for free.


“This is an excellent opportunity for us to reach a broader audience of elk hunters and conservationists,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “There is real value in making RMEF Team Elk available beyond its seasonal airings on Outdoor Channel.”


Launched in 2013, CarbonTV describes itself as the premier online video destination for premium outdoor-themed shows and engaging personalities with a mission to provide the best quality and exclusive content covering the widest range of topics to the outdoor enthusiast.


Viewers can watch their favorite outdoor shows for free, 24/7 on Since RMEF Team Elk is part of CarbonTV’s ambassador program, RMEF will receive a $1 donation for each viewer who subscribes to CarbonTV, again at no charge, through this link (


RMEF Team Elk will be available for viewing on CarbonTV beginning Monday, June 1. It currently airs Mondays at 9:30 am., Saturdays at 6:30  pm., and Sundays at 5:30 pm.,  (all times ET) on the Outdoor Channel.


Presented by Cabela’s and hosted by Brandon Bates, RMEF Team Elk focuses on elk, elk habitat and elk hunting. Other sponsors include Archer Xtreme, Browning, Buck Knives, Danner, Eberlestock, Flextone,, Grizzly Sleeping Bags, Montana Canvas, New Holland, Nosler, onXMaps Team Hunt, Peak, PSE Archery, Sitka, Yamaha, YETI Coolers and Zeiss.


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 6.6 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 or 800-CALL ELK.

Cabela's Ambassadors Bring "Mountain Hunting" To The Midwest

Hoffman Estates, IL (April 25, 2015) – Cabela’s is hosting a special evening event with Ambassadors Kristy Titus and Rick Carone on Tuesday, May 19th.  The event will kick off with a meet and great opportunity, followed by a special seminar, “Mountain Hunting” to inspire your own dream hunt!  The evening will concluded with autograph and photo opportunities.  Cabela’s goodie bags will be given to the first 150 in attendance along with many more giveaways and prizes!

 Hunting the mountains and rough terrain that is encountered opens a whole new experience for hunters who live here in the Midwest. Please make plans to attend an inspirational and informative evening with Team Elk personality Kristy Titus, as well as Sheep Shape TV personality Rick Carone who recently scored a Muzzleloader World Record. 

Event Details

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

  • ·       6:30pm; Kristy Titus and Rick Carone Meet & Great
  • ·       7:00pm; “Mountain Hunting” Seminar
  • ·       8:00pm; Autograph & Photo Opportunity

Kristy and Rick are both passionate in the support of wildlife, habitat conservation and outdoor education. By sharing their adventures and love of the great outdoors, they hope to inspire others and give them the confidence to tackle the most demanding outdoor activities.

Visit or call 847-645-0400 for more information. Cabela’s Hoffman Estates, IL is located at 5225 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, IL  60192 

Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, offers thousands of products, including hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating and wildlife-watching gear, as well as clothing and outdoor-themed gifts and furnishings. The company is famous for its strong brand and world-renowned reputation for delivering quality merchandise, value and legendary customer service.


Fishing, Chicago White Sox & Friends

As always my good friends Matt Amos and Rick Carone have touched my heart in ways I cannot describe.

They never cease to inspire me with all that they do and all that they are. Matt is proof that disability is as much of a mind-set as it is a physical limitation and I thank him for sharing his can do attitude with the world.

Rick Carone armed with the God given talent of leadership and the ability to inspire the hearts of all who meet him. He lives purposefully, passionately taking advantage of opportunities in life to turn his dreams into reality.

Our servicemen and women, like Matt have sacrificed so much and some, their lives so that we have the opportunity to get out and work towards the American Dream. I hope that together, we can help strengthen America and inspire those that may have lost their path and become complacent in life to get out there, serve others and most importantly live the life in a manner that honors those that have given everything. Matt inspires me want to be a better American and I intend to never let him down in that regard.

In the words of Matt Amos:

I continue to be blessed. For those of you who have seen some of the pictures, I just returned from a trip to Chicago. It has taken me a few days to totally process the amount of awesome that took place, and again I've got another LONG post about my experience.

It all started at breakfast on Monday morning. I met up with two great people Kristy Titus and Rick Carone. I've known Kristy for a few years now, we met at a charity sporting clays event, where I totally kicked her butt! Since then, we've become very good friends. She is one of the hardest working people I've ever met, yet always has time to help others. She does it all with grace, and a great attitude, unless she gets "Hangry" (the hungry anger). Kristy is one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever met. Her knowledge of hunting, fishing, and nutrition is astounding, and one can easily see how she is a pioneer for women in an industry dominated by men. I am constantly learning something new from her, and she is never not full of surprises.

Rick and I met at the Wild Sheep Foundation Wild Sheep Show in Reno earlier this year. Kristy, who knows everybody, made the introduction. Rick is another person I do not believe has a stop button. Rick has a TV show called Sheep Shape, which will air on The Sportsman Channel, where he and others use the outdoors to provide themselves a challenge, and a form of therapy to overcome the various challenges each of them faces. He has such a positive attitude, and I'm still laughing at some of the things he did. He was on the go the entire time I was there, which is absolutely incredible, since just the previous week he had undergone another round of chemo! For those of you who don't know, Rick has stage IV pancreatic cancer, and has been fighting for 2 years and is starting year 3, even though doctors had given him a year. As we all know the Almighty is the ultimate healer, and he continues to use Rick as an example of His power, and Rick continues to fight, never stopping making it look easy, when obviously it's got to be just absolutely draining, and that is a true testament to his character and faith.

Over breakfast Rick came up with the idea to charter a boat the next morning and do some fishing, none of us had any gear, so once we'd finished eating we headed over to Cabela's, where we outfitted ourselves with some awesome rain gear, which will come in handy when I travel to the Yukon later this year!

After our trip to Cabela's, we headed over to watch the Chicago White Sox get in a little batting practice, before their game with the Indians. Rick had set this up as well, since he used to play for the White Sox. We walked down to the field, and as we watched the players bat, up walked fellow Kansan Adam LaRoche! What an awesome guy... and beard! We had a very nice conversation on the field, and when batting practice was over Adam invited me into the clubhouse! Talk about cool! There I am, in the White Sox locker room, hanging with the players before the game! I look around and see all these fresh uniforms hanging on lockers, and wouldn't you know, some of the lockers had hunting bows in them! Totally awesome! From there we went back to the players "kitchen", where we sat and talked about hunting, guns, beards, and beef from E3 Ranch. Definitely one of the coolest experiences I've ever had, and they outfitted me with a players sweatshirt, and fitted hat!

Our seats were behind home plate, and we got to watch a fantastic game, that ended in the White Sox beating the Indians, in extra innings. Great game guys, and thank you for the awesome experience!

After about 3 hours of sleep, we were on our way to Lake Michigan to go do some fishing with Southport Charter Service and because Rick is such a great guy, we got some filming in for CHILI OFF THE GRID! The fishing started slow, but our Captain Arnie Arredondo had us on the fish by mi-morning. I was able to catch my first Coho Salmon and my first Lake Trout! Of course, Kristy had to show me up by catching a 12lb Steelhead. I tried to make a late comeback with a 10lb lake trout, but it was too little too late, and Kristy takes the win.

After cleaning our fish, we head over to a local restaurant right off the dock, where they cooked up the morning's catch. Man, talk about fresh salmon! It was soooo good.

Once, we'd finished eating it was time to hit the road again, and get to an evening dinner with some of Rick's sponsors, and then quickly head over to Cabela's where Rick and Kristy gave an awesome presentation on preparing for your Western hunt. Again, I was able to learn so much from both of them! I even got to meet a fine young man named Kevin Olson, who had driven a few hours to be at the presentation!

Thank you to Kristy, Rick, Adam, Cabela's, the Chicago White Sox, and Capt Arnie! What a fantastic trip!

It has been a crazy busy week, and I am truly blessed to be where I am. It's amazing to me how something as small as 5lbs of homemade explosive, could have such a profoundly positive impact on my life! I am thankful every day, to be exactly where I am, and doing what I'm able to do. God is good!




Shoot Down Cancer

The fight to shut down cancer never stops as it is a disease that has personally touched nearly every one of our hearts and lives. The #ShootDownCancer 3D archery benefit is supporting the fight to shut down cancer by raising critical funds and awareness for cancer research.

In 2014, the #ShootDownCancer benefit focused on Pancreatic Cancer awareness and research and in the support of Rick Carone following his diagnosis of the disease at the age of 42. With an extensive history in the outdoor industry including 10 years in production for the Buck Commander television show and current featured member of Sheep Shape TV, Rick is a man that has touched the hearts and lives of many throughout the outdoor industry and inspired the nation with his self-proclaimed triple threat of attack on cancer; faith, family and friends.

Last year, nearly 300 people took part in the #ShootDownCancer 3D event and this year, the benefit surpassed those numbers.

This year funds were donated to the Arkansas Ovarian Cancer Society in an effort to raise critical funds and awareness for Ovarian Cancer Research.

Gary & Karen Powell of 12 Ring Archery in Conway Arkansas graciously hosted the #ShootDownCancer event with the support of Bo Dottley and Tim Endsley. The 3D course featured two archery ranges, two novelty shoots and there was also a mini Train To Hunt Challenge course.

Celebrity shooters from the outdoor industry that are supporting the fight to #ShootDownCancer  include the continued support from Rick Carone of Sheep Shape TV, Willi Shmidt of Pure Hunting, Joshua Carney of Son of the South TV, Kristy Titus of RMEF’s Team Elk TV, Rob Schneider of Rattler Grips and Kenton Clarimont of Train to Hunt and Sheep Shape TV.

There were over $20,000 in prizes from the outdoor industries largest companies given out to participants in the shoot.

#ShootDownCancer represents the outdoor industries outpouring of love and support helping to raise awareness and helping the fight to shut down cancer.

Thank you for supporting the fight against cancer, I am already looking forward to participating in the 2016 #ShootDownCancer event.



Hunter Christmas Expo to join Cowboy Christmas Gift Show in Las Vegas

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Hunter Christmas Exposition will join the popular Cowboy Christmas Gift Show in relocating to the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center beginning in 2015. The show, which runs concurrently with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, is set for Dec. 3-12, 2015. The hours of operation in 2015 will also move up one hour to 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. PT. 

To add to the overall experience, Hunter Christmas Expo will expand from four days to a full ten days in 2015, with a goal to become the most successful outdoor and hunting-related consumer expo in the United States. 

“We had remarkable success with our inaugural Hunter Christmas Expo last December thanks to record attendance of approximately 28,000,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “We view this new partnership of being in the same location as the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show as a win-win for our exhibitors and attendees.” 

“Based on overall demand, growth potential and the ability to partner with RMEF Hunter Christmas Expo, Las Vegas Events has made the decision to move the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show to the South Halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center beginning in 2015,” said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events. 

The move to the South Halls and the partnership between the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show and Hunter Christmas provides the potential to grow the shows to more than 900,000 square feet of exhibit, retail and interactive space. 

The Cowboy Christmas Gift Show and Cowboy FanFest brought record crowds to the Las Vegas Convention Center over the ten days in 2014. Total attendance reached 200,179, surpassing the previous record attendance of 196,856 set in 2013. 

RMEF will also hold its Elk Camp national convention at The Mirage Dec. 3-6 in Las Vegas. 

Sold out for 280 consecutive performances, the Wrangler NFR attracts the top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding as they compete for a share of the $10 million purse. Qualification is based on the 2015 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Standings.


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 6.6 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 or 
800-CALL ELK. 

About Las Vegas Events:
Las Vegas Events is a private, not-for-profit organization that serves as the exclusive major special events agency for the city. Founded in 1982, LVE is funded by hotel room tax. Through its Signature Event initiative, LVE has created a model to integrate all elements of special events and formally improve communication between event producers and Las Vegas’ hotel properties and sponsors. Since 1991, Las Vegas Events has produced, presented or supported more than 600 events.

World Cancer Awareness Day

Today is World Cancer Day, a day for us all to help raise awareness of cancer and help to do our part to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment.






There are some people that we meet that change our lives forever, in ways that you could never imagine and last month, I was blessed with meeting a man that has changed mine. This man is literally fighting for his own life, battling cancer but is also standing up and fighting for others that are also living the same battle, this amazing man is Rick Carone.



Rick and his friends have started Team Carone and the Shut Down Cancer Music Festival. Team Carone and Shut Down Cancer is not only about Rick’s journey, but the journey of everyone that is battling or touched in some way by cancer. This year’s fundraiser is September 26th and I encourage all of you to check out the Team Carone website CLICK HERE and volunteer, sponsor or donate to this festival to help continue to drive cancer awareness and help to #shutdowncaner

“You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live.” Stuart Scott

Buck Knives Teams Up with Kristy Titus

Raised in the backcountry, Kristy has spent a large amount of time hunting and trekking through the woods and jungles and appreciates serving as an ambassador for women hunters while experiencing the thrill of fair chase hunting. Titus has hunted throughout the world, including the African savannas. She is very passionate in areas that support wildlife and habitat conservation and outdoor recreation. She is also a proud member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), a featured member of Team Elk TV Show, part of the Pro Staff team for Swarovski Optik, and an ambassador for Cabelas.

"I am honored to work with Buck Knives," said Kristy Titus. "Buck Knives is such a well-respected brand and one that I have always trusted for producing quality products. It feels great to be part of the team."

Click HERE to read more from Outdoor Wire.

RMEF Executes Game Plan at SHOT Show 2015

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To put it simply, a number of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation staffers find themselves among the masses (64,000 to be accurate) at the largest gathering of the firearms and outdoor industry on earth. It’s the perfect place to solidify RMEF’s relationships with its conservation partners for the present and into the future.

To better understand that, you need to have a feel for the enormity of this event. The 37th go-round of theShooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show runs daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. January 20-23 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. More than 60,000 exhibitors, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, buyers, wildlife conservation organizations, media members and other industry professionals from all 50 states and 100 different countries are on hand. (67,000 attended a year ago.) More than 2,400 members of the outdoor and mainstream media cover the show to view and promote the products they see in their print, Internet, radio and TV stories.

Kristy & the NEW Yamaha Wolverine R-SpecThe show is for trade only and is not open to the general public. Consumers will see the products unveiled here on retailer’s shelves during the course of the year.

The exhibit floor is massive! Exhibit space totals more than 630,000 net square feet. If you do the math, that’s more than 13 acres or roughly the same area covered by the New Orleans Superdome or the base of the Great Pyramid of Giza. SHOT Show features 12.5 miles of aisles which lead to displays of a wide range of products, including firearms, ammunition, gun safes, locks and cases, optics, shooting range equipment, targets, training and safety equipment, hunting accessories, law enforcement equipment, hearing and eye protection, tree stands, scents and lures, cutlery, GPS systems, holsters, apparel, leather goods, game calls and decoys.

Firearms and ammunition are an $8 billion industry. The total economic impact of the industry is nearly $38 billion, which supports more than 245,000 jobs. The market for firearms, ammunition and accessories remains strong, with statistics showing more people going target shooting and hunting.

RMEF carries out a SHOT Show approach of “divide and conquer.” Sales, marketing, public relations,Bob George of Buck Knives showing Kristy NEW series. merchandising and publications personnel hold meetings with sponsors, associates, peers, journalists, outdoor personalities and other key groups and organizations. In this day and age of texting, email, Skyping and other forms of high tech communication, there’s still something to be said for meaningful face-to-face meetings and a good, old fashioned handshake. 

SHOT Show is also an opportunity to learn more about marketing and other industry trends, hunting and wildlife-related research, and to rub shoulders with so many folks with like-minded vision. These established ties with conservation-minded partners help RMEF carry out its mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. 

After all, members of the vast world-wide outdoor industry may live a world apart when it comes to distance, but when it comes to creating and maintaining more public access, and conserving our wildlife and wild landscapes, we’re all on the same page.

RMEF Team Elk Named Golden Moose Award Finalist 2015

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RMEF Team Elk, theRocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s TV show, is a finalist for the upcoming 15th Annual Golden Moose Awards (GMA). The program is one of 12 finalists in the running for “Best Conservation, Education & Instruction.”

“We are not in the conservation business to win awards, but at the same time it’s nice when peers recognize the hard work our folks dedicate to this production,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “Winning or losing on awards night won’t change the fact that we have a very dedicated and talented marketing and production team that excels in what they do. It’s great that others have taken some notice of those efforts.”

The GMAs are the country’s premiere outdoor entertainment awards featuring programs that air on the Outdoor Channel. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, January 22, at The Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas during the annual Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) and Conference.


Among the GMA presenters are Sarah Palin, Joe Mantegna, Craig Morgan and Eva Shockey. The event will include musical performances by Ted Nugent, Nate Hosie and Kari & Billy.
For the first time ever, Outdoor Channel will be streaming the GMA live at And, fans can get real-time Golden Moose Awards updates and images from Outdoor Channel talent by following the #GoldenMoose hashtag on social media.
RMEF Team Elk, presented by Cabela’s and hosted by Brandon Bates, focuses on elk, elk habitat and elk hunting. Season five features great storylines and adrenaline-filled hunts that spotlight the beauty of the backcountry and the importance of conservation and our hunting heritage. Featured hunts include a Fort Hood shooting victim who finally realizes his dream of hunting elk after almost losing his life in the 2009 attack, a wounded warrior seeking to punch her elk tag in California and many more adventures. 
RMEF Team Elk was also nominated for and eventually won a Golden Moose Award in 2011 for “Fan Favorite New Series.”