Western Hunter Magazine- Winter 2015

The Winter issue of Western Hunter Magazine arrived in mailboxes this month. My recent article, Avioid the Bonk, Glycemic Index Explained, I discuss how various carbohydrates function within the body. Other great articles fill the pages including Rain Warriors Part II by Ryan Hatfield on extreme weather raingear. 

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Western Hunter Magazine- Fall 2015

On The Go

Renew Your Commitment To Eating Healthy All The Time

Eating  out, or even simply a busy lifestyle on the go, is no excuse to deviate from your healthy nutrition program. It can get even worse in the fall as we travel to and from scouting and hunts. With a little education on how to order in restaurants and quick snack ideas, your diet doesn't have to be sabotaged due to a busy lifestyle.

In the Fall issue of Wester Hunter Magazine I give tips that can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle on the go. Everything from breakfast, snack, lunch and dinner tips. 

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Articles, tips, and gear reviews from editors such as Ryan Hatfield, Nate Simmons, Randy Ulmer, Remmi Warren, George Bettas, Kristy Titus, Chris Denham and more. 

North American Hunter- A Friend Like No Other

There’s no greater joy than a successful hunt with your friends and family by your side—or so I thought until I started hunting with dogs. A dog is man’s best friend, and that's just the beginning.

A dog can also be man’s best hunting partner. If you’re completely obsessed with hunting like I am, a dog will always want to head out for the hunt, they never come up with lame excuses as to why they can’t go or bail out on you last-minute. And there’s nothing better than the joy of watching your dog hunt. Besides, a good dog will make your hunt easier and more successful.

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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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Elk Hunter Magazine- Fall 2015

Eat To Live

Backpack Kitchen Essentials To Reduce The Occurence Of Chronic Muslce Loss

The rigors of Western hunting require thoughtful, year-round preparation due to long hours spent in the gym, running trails, shooting, etc. All of that training is geared toward to the most coveted time of the year...hunting season.

In all of the excitement, it's easy to let our nutrition protocol go by the wayside. I often hear the same story repeated: "I spend all year training for this one omonth and it seems like I destroy all my gains within that month, losing up to 15 lbs. of hard-earned mass."

In the fall issue issue of Elk Hunter Magazine, I give a few tips that will help you preserve your hard-earned muscle afield this fall. 

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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. 

North American Hunter- Bullet Selection for Big Game

The most important aspect to hunting success is the person behind the gun selecting a suitable bullet type and weight that affords maximum terminal performance for the intended game animal.

Hunting bullets are designed to terminally perform in different ways for specific hunting purposes which varies from varmints to big game. The bullet we pick will change depending on the quarry we're hunting.

Depending on the caliber of your rifle, there may be dozens of different bullet brands, types and weights to choose from which is why selecting a well-constructed, reliable bullet that expands enough to carve out a devastating wound canal while retaining enough weight to ensure adequate penetration to reach the vital organs after passing through muscle and bone is necessary for a terminally performing big game bullet.

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North American Hunter- The Perfect Sight Picture

Managing your sight picture for terminal downrange performance is not a skill that 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.

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North American Hunter- Start Training Your Hunting Partner Now

"...the majority of my time was spent outdoors riding my mule, or playing outdoor house- which included cow pies as dinner plates for my dining set." 

My first memory of video games came about when I was roughly eight years old. My grandparents bought my sister and I the first ever Nintendo; it came with Super Mario Brothers and for the hunting lovers out there, action packed duck hunting. Sure we played the Nintendo, but the majority of my time was spent outdoors riding my mule or playing outdoor house which included cow pies as dinner plates for my dining set. If you don’t know what a cow pie is, do your google search; that is some good old fashioned country kid stuff right there.

Fun was something that we had to work at creating, we had to use our imagination and work at making our little imaginary world come to life. Growing up on a small hobby farm, the mules were a great way for us to learn how to read the body language of animals and communicate non-verbally with them. Those little lessons taught me how to assert myself in a situation, to stand my ground and follow through with the task that I wanted to achieve. If any of you have ever handled mules, then you understand how strong willed they can be and as a kid, I learned to have a will that was even stronger than that of my mule.

Playing outside with other kids, afforded the opportunity to learn some pretty important life lessons from basic problem solving and how to deal with personality conflicts with other kids. When my dad took me hunting with him, we would spent days afield hunting without success and sometimes, success was simply a memory made together. This taught me delayed gratification, the reward lie ahead after the hard work had been put into the hunt. Effort=Reward 

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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.

North American Hunter- Back Country Food For Thought

Backcountry Food For Thought Hunting season is just around the corner, and now is the time to finalize the touches on gear preparation.

Anyone heading to the mountains this year to pursue elk? Backcountry hunts can break you down physically, so it’s extremely important to pack high-quality, whole natural foods to recharge and refuel your body. Consuming a balanced meal every 3-4 hours consisting of carbohydrates, complete protein and fat at every meal throughout the day ensures more energy, quicker recovery times and more efficient use of stored body fat as a fuel source.

Below you will find some ideas for lightweight, quick and nutritious foods that will help fuel your next back country adventure.

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North American Hunter- A Student Of The Gun

It seems the more that I learn about firearms, the less I realize that I actually know—which of course leads me to continually learn and train—a self-proclaimed student of the gun.

Santa Clause brought my sister and me our first firearm, a .22 LR that we promptly used on New Year’s Day for an Oregon high-desert rabbit hunt. As an adult, I have taken that early interest in firearms and hunting and flat-out blown it up into an obsession. It seems the more that I learn about firearms, the less I realize that I actually know—which of course leads me to continually learning and training—a self-proclaimed student of the gun.

With much of my firearm experience being in the fundamental development of shooting rifles, the past couple of years I have taken a strong interest in shooting a pistol. My interest is two-fold: The first reason is that I enjoy shooting a pistol at steel and hearing it ring, and the second is because as a concealed carrier, I want to understand my firearms limitations as well as my own as it relates to defensive situations.

My enthusiasm for skill development led me to Magpul Core to attend the “Handgun 1” course with the Director of Training for Precision Rifle Operations, Caylen Wojcik.

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Western Hunter Magazine- Summer 2015

In the Summer 2015 Issue of Western Hunter Magazine, I write about finding balance to fuel your body for optimal performance. Below is a pre-view of her article, but also found below is a pre-view of an article authored by a good friend of mine, Rick Carone of Sheep Shape TV. 

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Feed The Machine

As With Life, Balance Is Key

Fueling our body for optimal performance is sometimes easier said than done. Bottom line, in order for us to grow muscle while losing body fat, we have to eat properly. The difference between achieving our health fitness goals and falling short can be as simple as the prey we seek on our hunts; clean, lean, complete protein.

Optimal protein intake is going to vary from person to person based on a myriad of variables such as age, lean body mass, activity level, etc. Ideally, you consume enough protein to repair and rebuild tissue. The National Research Council RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) for maintenance under normal conditions has been established that adults should consume .8 grams of complete protein for every kg. of body weight per day. The general guideline that I use is 1 - 1.5 grams of complete protein for each pound of body weight per day. 

Mom & Dad's Ram

By Rick Carone:

Life has ups and downs; the trick is to seize the moment. We sometimes take for granted the beauty of a sunrise; the echo of Canada geese; or the crunching leaves from a whitetail buck on the frost-lined forest floor. Sometimes we do this because we're in a rush to get to work, attend and event, or even to catch up on our favorite TV show. Sadly, more often than not, it takes a life-changing event to truly open our eyes, ears, heart and soul to what truly matters.

"Upon waking up, I knew something was wrong...My family was crying and I received the news no one want to hear..."

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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. Kristy Titus will help you to  take care of your body and improving your overall health. This isn’t just about hunting; this is about quality of life!

Being in shape and feeling vigorous is key to being an efficient and effective hunter. Professional trainers Mark Paulsen and Kristy Titus teach you exercise and fitness techniques, how to eat better, and how to pack meals for mountain hunting.

Gear is one of the most critical subjects in all of western hunting, and Western Hunter Magazine brings detailed write-ups and reviews in each and every issue. Backpacks, boots, optics, ammo, clothing and more. We only review and focus on product we believe in.

North American Hunter- Magpul Core Training For Hunters

Magpul Core is all about getting unconventional, which as a hunter, is great practice. Learning how to build a shooting position in unconventional ways increases success afield.

In order to be the best, you have to train with the best—and Magpul Core offers some of the most comprehensive long- range precision rifle instruction (LRPR) available to civilians in the country. In fact, I am such a fan of the Magpul Core curriculum that this was my third time attending the LRPR course.

Why keep coming back? Because the fundamentals of marksmanship are a perishable skillset, and Caylen Wojcik, director of training of Precision Rifle Operations for Magpul Core, has served 8 years as a Marine Scout Sniper, executing more than 100 combat missions and giving civilians an opportunity to train with one of the most respected snipers in the country.

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Wild Sheep Foundation Magazine Spring 2015

Freedom Re-Discovered on the Mountain- WWO Adventures Enabled

We are blessed with the freedom climb to the tops of the highest mountains, to experience the thrill of the hunt while taking in the splendor of the good Lord’s perfect paintbrush; the awe inspiring landscapes of wild places. These freedoms have not been granted to us without a tremendous amount of sacrifice paid in full by our brave servicemen and women that have given a vow made out in the amount of their own life to protect that very freedom. So many sacrifices have been made by others on our behalf, so much to be grateful and thankful for.

The recent release of the movie, American Sniper detailing the life story of the United States most lethal sniper in history, Chris Kyle, has brought a tremendous amount of much needed attention to our servicemen and women. Chris’s story and his legacy is reaching audiences that are record breaking. The blanket of protection that he provided can literally be felt by the entire world. Chris lived his life serving from the battlefield to our homeland.

Chris is not alone in his service, there are many warriors that are heroes among us, and many of those that are in need of the powerful healing that only Mother Nature can provide. Giving back is what this life is all about and taking the opportunity to give back to those who have served, fought and bled to protect our freedoms is something that I do not take lightly, nor should you.

Over the past few years, I have been blessed with personally witnessing miracles on the mountain with participants in the Wounded Warrior Outdoors, Adventures Enabled Program. As a 501-C3, WWO puts 95 cents of every dollar donated towards the therapeutic benefit of currently wounded, in-hospital treatment servicemen and women. Some injuries are evident and some are invisible.

On the mountain, there is something magical that happens when you are there. As outdoorsmen, we can all attest to the spiritual and emotional restoration that comes from being in wild places and the brotherhood like bond that is forged amongst friends and family in the field.

Participants, are given an opportunity to get away from the sounds, smells and sterile hospital environment, from the repetition of therapy to a life that is vastly different. Over ¾ of the participants in the WWO program have never hunted or had the opportunity to take in the sound of the early morning breeze whispering through the trees, feeling the warm rays of sunshine erase the chill from the air, watch wildlife making their way to their bedding area for the day, the mountains provide an adventure that is not only memorable, but life changing.

Time spent on the mountain, pressing oneself to go beyond what was once thought possible, breaking any preconceived physical or mental limitations, doing things that one may have never before dreamed of doing. The mountain makes a person want to work harder, fight longer, even to the point of exhaustion, but at the end of the trail there is the triumph that one has risen to the challenge and owned the mountain. As hunters, we can all relate to this triumph and the confidence that is actualized in that life changing moment. In these times, the brotherhood bond that warriors experience in service is replicated within the fellowship of the hunt. 

In the hospital, many warriors find themselves on a repetitious schedule of therapy in a very accessible environment that offers a limited amount of challenges. The hospitals make their warrior selections based on individuals that will benefit from an environment like the mountain and camp life that do not offer the typical aids like elevators or wheelchair ramps. This is where the therapeutic benefit comes into play; each person has to discover new ways to get around.

In the outdoors, there are no elevators and no wheelchair ramps. The mountain and the thrill of the hunt not only inspires the warriors to develop and train the brain to think differently but often times helps them find the determination to succeed. For each warrior that mental and/or physical journey is a little different.

The 100% volunteer staff is there to facilitate the true healing that comes from the mountain. Witnessing battle-scarred servicemen and women discovering for the first time or re-discovering ability that was once thought lost is not only inspirational but a true miracle.

USMC TJ Tejada

Ron Raboud and wounded warrior mentor Jim Sursely met TJ just six months following the loss of both of his legs above the knee due to injury sustained in combat. The promise of a bear hunt kept TJ working hard through physical therapy looking forward to the promise of the amazing adventure that lie in wait. TJ refused to be held back and 2.5 years after his injuries were sustained, he met the medical goals that were required for him to attend the WWO black bear hunt.

In the moment one rarely rises up to the occasion but most always falls back on their level of training. TJ, a 14 year Marine has extensive training. After sorting out the reticle in his Swarovski Optik scope, he set his hand atop the tripod, wrapped the sling around his arm resting the stock of the gun along his wrist, all while balancing in his wheelchair on the side of a mountain, took aim and executed an absolutely perfectly placed shot on the chocolate colored black bear at over 300 yards.

As a hunter, the moment of truth and reward lies in the recovery. The bruin was too large to drag down the mountain for TJ to experience a proper recovery for his bear, so the chain saws came out and we all made sure that TJ was there, in the exact place that his bear lay, doing a proper recovery. For the final steps leading to the bruin, TJ wrapped his arms around the necks of WWO volunteers, Omar and Jordie and they literally carried him to his bear.

Having been on many hunts, I can honestly say that I have never been on a hunt that has affected me so deeply. Words simply do not give this moment justice but in that moment, watching TJ with his bear, knowing the years of work that had went into that moment, the look on his face is exactly why I volunteer to be part of the WWO program.

That day changed TJ’s life and later that week, TJ found the strength within himself to walk up the stairs out of the house to the car on his prosthetic legs for the first time since his double amputation three years prior. The moments TJ had experienced with WWO on the mountain, had changed his life.

Flash forward, less than one year later, it was an honor to stand beside TJ at the 2014 Wild Sheep Foundation National Convention where TJ is now serving as an alumni member in the WWO program for more recently wounded brothers and sisters in arms.

The beauty of the WWO program is that participants often become mentors to other, more recently wounded servicemen and women, forging a chain of support, inspiration and brotherhood that is unbreakable.

USMC Matt Amos

Matt has always been an avid hunter and after he was injured in combat June of 2011, resulting in the loss of both of his legs, it was not a question of if he would ever hunt, but how he would have to improvise to make hunting possible again.

In May of 2012, on the one year anniversary of Matt’s alive day, the day he was injured in combat that nearly cost him his life, he was on the mountain, hunting black bear with WWO. Matt credits the WWO program as being the greatest part of his recovery mentally and emotionally and now serves as an alumni mentor of the WWO program.  Matt’s story is truly one that comes full circle, from service to countrymen over-seas to the home land.

Matt’s service does not end with WWO, he works directly with his personal Prosthetist visiting new patients both military and civilian helping to keep them motivated to learn to live life as normal, just improvised.  Currently, Matt is mentoring a tiny four year old boy named Bear that lost both of his legs above the knee due to a rare condition. Thanks to Matt and his inspiration, for the first time in the four year olds life, he can now freely dream of playing, not in the confines of a wheelchair, but on his two new prosthetic legs.

These are but two stories of the approximately 400 lives that the WWO program has touched since inception in 2006. Those who participate in WWO, will discover or rediscover their abilities on the mountain and often times learn that disability is as more of a mind-set than it is a physical limitation. In the outdoors, healing is found in both visible and invisible ways that is difficult to imagine until you witness it first-hand.

It is an honor to support some of America’s best and brightest patriots, our service men and women, participants of the WWO program, helping to provide them with therapeutic outdoor adventures and an opportunity to venture back into wild country. Thanks to the generous support of donors and volunteers, freedom to participants is re-discovered on the mountain.





Deschutes Salmon Fly Hatch- Gary Lewis Frontier Unlimited

Anglers have been catching big rainbows since early May 

By- Gary Lewis 

Published May 20, 2015 

If she’d ever had a casting lesson, she didn’t admit to it.

When a fly-fishing guide wants to teach, it’s best to soak it in. Kristy Titus was smart enough to listen, and she learned the easy pick-up-and-lay-down basic fly cast. When the guide was finished, I completed the lesson with a session on the hook-set.

Elke Littleleaf Kirk is a Warm Springs guide, a self-taught fly-fisherman and fly tier. He and his wife, Alysia, own Littleleaf Guide Service, and this year, for the first time, after a couple of years in business, they are booked solid through the salmonfly hatch on the Deschutes.

Kristy is from Central Oregon. She is a bowhunter. She packs into the backcountry on her mule and she hunts bear, deer and elk. Walk into a Cabela’s store anywhere, and you are likely to walk past her cardboard life-sized likeness.

She knew enough about fly-fishing to know a dry fly from a wet fly, but she had never caught a fish on a fly rod. She had no idea what we were talking about when we talked about the salmonfly hatch.

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Elk Hunter Magazine Summer 2015


Testing Your Swole

 Establishing A Baseline For Progress

Swole: The state of being muscular and/or in good shape.

Elk season is coming and hunters are putting the final touches on souting, gear, and physical fitness. these are our last months to trim off any additional body fat and tone up our muscle in preparation for heavy packs full of delicious wild game meat. 

No matter where you are in your weight lifting and/or training program, the glory days of your lifting life may not apply here. Having a detailed journal of nearly every lift I've ever performed, I always want to push more and lift heavier than ever, but that is not necessarily what is best for the body. 

In the gym, we should only lift weight that coincides with our current level of health fitness. 

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North American Hunter- Oregon Mountain Turkey Hunting

My breath hung in the air like slowly drifting smoke. Spring was slowly arriving, but not this morning.

The cold mountain air bit at my face. Peering into the deep, timber-filled draws with box call in hand, my good friend, hunting partner and fellow Cabela’s Pro Staffer, Jim Brennan, let out a series of hen yelps with the hopes of enticing a tom turkey to gobble.

Carl, a fellow Central Oregon local, had been so gracious to share the morning hunt with us. These public land mountains had been hunted by him in pursuit of turkeys for many years and he knew just were to check for birds coming off the roost.

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North American Hunter- Teach Your Girl to Shoot Like A Girl

You love to hunt. You love to shoot. You love your girl. Maybe it’s time to put all that together.

Aim at the high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally, you'll hit the bull's-eye of success.
–Annie Oakley

Not every American woman has the sharp shooting prowess that led Annie Oakley to fame. In fact, many women are afraid to have a gun in the home, let alone shoot or train with one. Making the decision to own a firearm for personal protection, hunting or the shooting sports requires some homework.

But prior to gun ownership, let’s talk training.

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North American Hunter- Having What It Takes

Does the bulk of your hunting practice include doing everything right to make the shot? Ok, so how do you practice getting yourself into position to make that heavily practiced shot?

Luck Is Made

When I started shooting archery in my early 20s, I shot a youth bow set at a mere 18 pounds with a 26-inch draw length, aiming at a target only 10 yards away. Having arrowed my largest bull elk, I had come a long way. Practice and training made the perfect partnership for success.

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North American Hunter- Titus Talks with Turkeys Part 2

Have you ever tried to sit absolutely still and not move a single inch for nearly 20 minutes—or longer in some cases—while turkey hunting?

Did you get a chance to ready part No. 1 of this post? Well, after a few moments of long anticipation, Spencer chose his bird and pulled the trigger. Game over. And then it was my turn …

If you are going to be successful at hunting turkeys, you had better be comfortable sitting for long periods of time. Fortunately for us ladies, the OutfitHer Tat’r turkeyvest has it all—comfort, with a cushy speed seat, back and lumbar padding for support and a true custom fit. You can fit everything you need in the field into the specially designed pockets and pouches.

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