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.

RMEF Unveils Hunter Christmas Exposition Seminar, Autograph Session Schedules

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 200,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 6.5 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America's hunting heritage. Discover why "Hunting Is Conservation™" at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.


2014 Youth Safari Experience

Dreams about adventures in the field shooting a hunting rifle or bow, putting a tag on a big buck or bull start at an early age and last a lifetime. Hunting and shooting sports are fun for the entire family at nearly any age. It is up to parents and mentors to help introduce kids to our heritage, helping to ensure the continuation of our time honored traditions and to create excitement in kids that translate into a thriving dedicated community of new hunters that are well equipped with outdoor skills, shooting fundamentals, hunting ethics and conservation principals.

The FREE Annual Youth Safari Experience at the Central Oregon Shooting Sports Association range is a day of shooting and fun for the entire family. This year hosting 143 kids with a total of over 300 people including volunteers and parents. The event includes a 22 Rimfire Varmint Shoot, 3-Gun Airsoft, Cowboy Action Rimfire, Cowboy Lever Action Rifle and Shotgun, Archery, Wingshooting and the NWTF brought the Jakes Take Aim inflatable air gun range.

Adults mentor kids in a hands on, fun, positive environment instilling a solid foundation of safety, etiquette and ethics, often times before kids have attended Hunters Safety. Many stories were shared of shooting success building self-esteem and confidence within each child.

The kids had a great on the range while learning gun safety and shooting fundamental skills and ALL of the participants went home with a prize for attending. It is an honor to be part of our next generation of hunters and conservationists. 

 

ACM Awards Show 2014

The Cabela's Family at the ACM Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attending the 2014 ACM Awards in Las Vegas, simply put amazing. Blake Shelton and Cabela’s ambassador Luke Bryan hosting the biggest night in country music, it just doesn’t get any better than that.

The performances were, well some of the best that country music has to offer, Stevie Nicks joining Lady Antebellum got me out of my seat and screaming with delight. Country music legend, Garth Brooks, performance took me back in time to my glory days in high school. Everyone at the awards show was thrilled to join him in singing “Happy Birthday” to Merle Haggard for his 77th birthday.

After 30 years in country music and a non-stop top artist his entire career, the man of country music George Straight, took “Entertainer of the Year”. Talent like his has never before been heard by country music fans and possibly never be replicated.

 

When Florida Georgia line came on stage to announce the fan voted “New Artist of the Year,” I was back on the edge of my seat. Cabela’s ambassador Justin Moore was a nominee, he is our team, having lobbied for him on social media, when he was announced the winner, it really was a win for everyone in the country that loves the outdoors, hunting and fishing. Justin embodies our heritage and is working tirelessly to ensure the continuation of our great legacy.

A HUGE thank you goes out to Shawn Cassidy and RFDTV for the outstanding seats. Thank you so much!

Cabela's ACM 3D Archery Shoot

Cabela’s has been the link to family and friends in the great outdoors since 1961 and the ACM Cabela’s Great Outdoor Archery Event hosted by Cabela’s ambassador’s Luke Bryan and Justin Moore on April 5th fueled the excitement for country music lovers from around the world to experience the Cabela’s Regulator bow and invite them to take up the sport of archery.

You get some of the most talented artists in country music all together for an archery competition, it’s bound to be a good time and it’s as true blue American as it gets.  Social media was a frenzy over which team you would vote for to win the event. #TeamLuke: Tyler Farr, Austin Webb, Kristy Titus, Brian Kelley, Dallas Davidson, Dustin Lynch, Tyler Hubbard and Lee Bryce. #TeamJustin: Wade Middleton, Chuck Wicks, Ashton Shepherd, Chase Rice, Thomas Rhett, Josh Thompson, Chris Janson and Brantley Gilbert.

Everyone was split up into teams to compete in a real deal 3D archery tournament with targets positioned from 10-30 yards. Well known radio personality, Storme Warren was emcee and entertainment for the event keeping the crowd on fire cheering for their favorite team.

Online, fans could vote for their favorite team and at the end of the competition, the team with the most votes received an extra arrow. Fans on Twitter that tweeted #ACMCabelas were entered to win a Cabela’s Regulator bow.

It was a close race but #TeamJustin took the lead with 280 points, beating #TeamLuke with only 226 points.

After the event, fans were invited to stick around and try their own hand at archery where myself and other Cabela’s Outfitters helped them through their first time shooting a bow.

Being part of the Cabela’s family is such an honor and to be invited to promote the sport of archery with some of the best in country music was beyond my wildest dreams.

No matter what team you voted for, we are all on #TeamCabelas and we all loved the Regulator bow.

 

ACM Folds Of Honor Bowling Tournament

The second annual ACM Folds of Honor Bowling Tournament sponsored in part by Cabela’s had some of the best in country music teamed up to help raise more than $50,000. Folds of Honor is a non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships and other assistance to the families of military personnel who have been wounded or killed in service to our country.

The evening of fun helped raise much needed funds to families Lee Brice and Josh Thompsonaround the country helping dreams to come true, hope and healing. Country music stars Katie Armiger, Lee Brice, Josh Thompson, Tim Dugger, Kenny Foster, Craig Campbell, Lewis Brice, Joel Crouse, Will Hoge and Ashton Shepherd all bowled alongside Folds of Honor Scholarship recipients.

Cabela's Christiana DE Grand Opening

 

 

The smell of fresh candy roasted nuts hung thick in the air, life sized animal scenes that are reminiscent of the pages in National Geographic decorate the store, the mass of shoppers were nearly shoulder to shoulder, some pushing carts, others carrying baskets, as families eagerly explored the 110,000 sq. ft. of shopping paradise; I had finally arrived the Grand Opening celebration of the Cabela’s in Christiana Delaware.

Hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts from near and far were all gathered here to find the latest and greatest in outdoor gear, shooting supplies, footwear, camo, guns, ammunition, archery and more. Inside each Cabela’s you will surely be able to find something for everyone.

Little Carin arrived at the store with her mother and said, “This is a boy store,” thankfully I was there to prove her wrong. You see Carin's mom brought her over to meet me and we had a nice chat about hunting, fishing and the outdoors and I showed her that girls can do it too and Cabela’s has everything for us girls, not just the boys.

My favorite part about Cabela’s Grand Openings is taking the time to talk to the kids in the store. Through the eyes of a child, the world is a very different place, having them talk about their own outdoor adventures that they have experienced; the striper and bass fishing tales, rabbit hunt success in the backyard, squirrel hunting stories with BB guns, how they shoot their bow and arrows, hunt for whitetail shed antlers only to find turtle shells and even the stories they have only dreamed about, for some it was moose hunting tales or cheetah hunts, all unique stories all special, all touched my heart.

The looks on the parents face when their child starts describing an adventure that they have led or dreamed about doing is priceless. Out comes the pictures of little ones being outdoors men and women, proud with their fish of the day or whatever pursuit they were after, even if that pursuit were simply a new adventure, finding some mud or scraping a knee.

I enjoyed sharing my adventures of climbing some of the steepest, roughest mountains in the world, seeing a star filled sky that is so brilliant it lights up the night, and walking through a forest of trees that are so big and grand you can’t stretch your arms around them.

Painting that picture of a not so distant land, a place that each and every one of them can and should venture to explore was a thrill for me, just as I was thrilled with the thought of finding a turtle shell on a shed antler hunt or catching a striper that is nearly my size or hunting the tiny Sika deer that apparently bugle like their cousin, the elk.

Other outdoor experts were also in the store sharing their adventures, Joe Teti, Co-Host of the Dual Survivor television show, Cameron Hanes, Under Armour Athlete and backcountry bow hunter and Sean Mann, Champion of Champions Goose caller were also there.

Across the nation, the love of our family, country, the tradition of hunting, fishing and the outdoors. It brings me a tremendous joy to see the faces of children when they come into a Cabela’s and see a life sized moose, wolf, big horn sheep or mountain lion for the very first time. Not only do these children get to see these animals, they come to realize that the adventure of taking on the outdoors all be it hunting, fishing, hiking or camping can be a reality for them if it is something that they have never before experienced.  Within each child and grown up, Cabela’s is building a dream and offering the gear and the expert guidance from Outfitters to make each dream a reality.

 

 

 

Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show

The first ever Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen show was full of buzz and energy from everyone in the community of Wenatchee WA. The show boasted a prime opportunity for everyone to see first-hand the latest in outdoor gear, the newest in fishing boats, motors and accessories, the hottest guides and lodges from all over the Northwest, and even pick up some discount coupons from Cabela’s! There were many special attractions and opportunities for attendees learn from the informative seminars presented by outdoor professionals to which I was thrilled to be a part of.

There is nothing that I love more than elk hunting and having an opportunity to share my love of all things elk hunting is such an honor. On Saturday and Sunday, I discussed elk hunting strategies from scouting to in the field pre-rut, peak rut and post rut hunting gleaming on experiences that I have had in the field.

Saturday afternoon I held a second seminar that was all about elk and the language they speak. Many in the crowd were experienced elk hunters and callers, others were new to elk hunting and calling. Demonstrating cow elk sounds, mews, chirps, estrous cow calls, barks, cow bugles and bull elk sounds, one, two and three note location calls, display calls and challenge calls followed by a discussion in inflection and how elk use that inflection to relay emotion and tell a story.

After this weekend, I am even more pumped up for elk season to open to share the woods with the most majestic animal in the world.

Kruger was even able to make the trip and many children stopped by the Cabela’s booth to pat him on the head and get a puppy kiss. Many kids were proudly showing off their fish that they had caught at the show excited to get home and cook them up for dinner.

I am already looking forward to the second annual Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show.

2014 Wild Sheep Foundation National Convention

The Wild Sheep Foundation National Convention is one of my favorite shows to attend. Even though it is a small show, you have 100% hard core hunters that all share the same desire for extreme hunting that pushes not only your body but your mind beyond what you may have previously believed possible.

At some point, every sheep hunter descends from the mountain exhausted, cold, hungry and weary, addicted to the rush of the challenge, dreaming to do it again. It becomes a compulsion that I cannot describe. The bonds that are forged in formidable territory truly last a lifetime.

This year’s national convention and its attendees put $3.1 million dollars towards putting and keeping sheep on the mountain. Attendees all got a chance to check out some of the best manufactures from around the globe showcasing the latest and greatest in backcountry gear and firearms. This year boasted a dynamic seminar line up with tips from some of the most credible hunters in the world.

Many awards were given this year including the Frank Golata Outfitter Award which went to the well deserving Drinkall family. The USA Flag that was flown in Afghanistan was auctioned off raising $60,000 for Wounded Warrior Outdoors and the WSF.

Evening events were always entertaining with redneck style Olympics. Thursday night was the “Horse Packing Races”, Friday night was the “Backpacking Races” and Saturday night was a free for all at the local dance hall.

Over the course of the show, new friendships were made but most importantly, necessary funds were put on the ground to go to work towards conserving and enhancing our critical natural resources for the next generation of sheep and sheep hunters.

 

 

2014 Wild Sheep Foundation Ladies Luncheon

 

Rhinestones & Rodeo

The Wild Sheep Foundation Ladies Only Luncheon is without a doubt one of the best events of the year. Event organizers Kelli Thornton, Pauline Rupp, Mickie Jefferson and the entire ladies luncheon committee pay close attention to the tiniest of detail making this year’s Rhinestones & Rodeo theme an absolute hit, all brought to us by Cabela’s.

Attendees were greeted at the door by cowboys serving glasses of champagne welcoming us into the marvelous room filled with silent auction and raffle items.  It is so awesome to have a room full of women with a shared passion for the outdoors and our hunting heritage.

This was a great opportunity for women to network, share business cards, stories and make friends. Everyone shared in laughter either watching or riding the mechanical bull. Many even got up and danced as Midnight Riders performed live.

Tables were perfectly decorated and everyone went home with a goody bag, including a “Red Solo Cup” wine glass.  Rachel Ahtila was this year’s guest speaker sharing a few of her experiences as a woman coming up in the industry and becoming a professional hunting guide.

The luncheon was finalized with a live auction where up and coming artist Madison Drinkall’s donation, a pencil drawing titled “Home in the Mountains” sold for $7,600. Madison was born into a well known outfitting family in the mountains of British Columbia, hence the inspiration for her awe inspiring piece. It really was a profound moment to see the tears of joy welling from her eyes at the outpour of support from the women in the room. We all witnessed a young women’s dream come true.

Our mission as women hunters and shooters is to educate, empower and inspire others with the ultimate goal of giving others the confidence to try out new outdoor activities including hunting and shooting sports. I was proud to be at this luncheon filled with a room of remarkable women as an ambassador for Cabela’s who contributes so much in order to help ensure the continuation of our time honored traditions ensuring a timeless legacy.


 

2014 USA Shooting Team/WWO Sporting Clay Shoot

Every year he Wild Sheep Foundation organizes a sporting clays tournament during the national convention, this year’s event was in Carson City NV hosted by the Capitol City Gun Club.

 

 

Members of the USA Shooting Team Frank Thompson, Brian Meyer on the gun.Amber English, Kayle Browning, Caitlin Connor and Jake Wallace joined Wounded Warrior Outdoors GySGT, USMC Brian Meyer, GySGT, USMC TJ Tejada, USMC, SGT Matt Amos, US Army, SGT Jim Sursely, (retired), with the events funds to be used to benefit the USA Shooting Team and WSF.

 

 

Each of the warriors was paired up with a member of Me, Matt Amos & Kayle Browningthe USA Shooting team; this year I was on the same team as SGT Matt Amos and USA Shooting Team member Kayle Browning, also known as our “sweeper”. Immediately, Matt and I began the traditional smack talk of who was going to out shoot who, both knowing that we were destined to ultimately lose to Kayle.

 

I was pretty good at demonstrating techniques that should not be implemented while Kayle was great at helping us visualize at what point in flight we should be leading the clay for a successful shot. Smack talk and instruction from one of the best shooters in the world makes for a fun entertaining day to say the least.

 

I was full on “revenge of the nerds” with scotch tape over my left eye to correct for eye dominance issues. My nerdiness was all part of the day’s fun because after all you should be able to at least laugh at yourself. With great effort, my attempt at outshooting Matt was without success but next year I hope to redeem myself.

 

Even having Kayle as our “sweeper” my team did not receive an award, I will take credit for being theMatt & Kayle watching Ryder on the gun. anchor that slowed our team down from a successful finish, as I do get credit for worst shooter on our team. Fun was had nonetheless.

 

After shooting, awards were handed out to top shots as we feasted on a fabulous BBQ lunch. It was very fun to see so many men in the kitchen for a change. Everyone took delight in the camaraderie that was shared and memories that will surely last a lifetime.

 

 

Cabela's 1 Day, 2 Stores CO Grand Openings August

Two store openings in CO went perfectly with nearly 12,000 in attendance at both stores. It was an absolute honor to conduct the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Thornton store in the presence of Dick and Mary Cabela; sharing with them the expansion of their life's work and American dream actualized. They are wonderful people who continually give so much to ensure the continuation of our great legacy.


Elk Calling/Hunting Seminar Archery Unlimited

Nothing get’s elk hunters more excited for hunting season than practicing our elk calling. On July 17th, I teamed up with Rockie Jacobsen, Michael Batease and Kent Anderson of Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls at Archery Unlimited in Etna WY to talk all things about elk hunting gear, calling and strategy.

Attendees were able to listen world champion Rockie Jacobsen demonstrate cow and bull sounds and even receive some hands on instruction after the seminar to help sharpen their current calling skills. Michael and I even chimed in on a few sounds. ;-)

We all shared hunting videos and talked strategy. I know I sure left the seminar pumped up for archery elk season.

A big thanks goes out to Neil and Mare of Archery Unlimited for bringing us all to Etna.

National High School Rodeo Finals- Foundation Banquet

 

The National High School Rodeo Association was founded in 1970. The Foundation is the “scholarship arm” of the NHSRA, awarding thousands of dollars in educational funding each year to NHSRA members.

On July 18th, I was proud to team up with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the NHSRA to serve the annual banquet and fundraiser in Rock Springs WY.

 

The funds raised at this event are awarded to NHSFR qualifying graduating seniors on the basis of academic performance, financial need, stated goals and objectives, community service, awards, honors, school involvement and rodeo performance.

These scholarships are helping in the continuation of our great western heritage, the of  the love of the outdoors, conservation, all helping to create a solid foundation for these young men and women to thrive as adults in our great country.


Cabela's Hamond IN- Backpacking Remote Locations

“The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.” Albert Einstein

Traveling to the Hammond Indiana Cabela’s to share my experiences backpack hunting with people who either dream about going to such remote locations or are planning on going to these remote locations was a real thrill for me.  

The first hour of my seminar was an outline of the benefits for first time backpack hunters in using an outfitter to learn some of the ins and outs of this style hunting and how to do it as safely as possible, to having guaranteed tags and a pre-determined place to hunt, to the semi-guided hunt where it is up to the individual hunter to take an active role with the outfitter or guides assistance in the success of the hunt to complete do it yourself backpack hunt where you have no help or aid from an outfitter or guide.

The second hour of my seminar was a basically backpacking 101, a complete gear shake down. What to wear, necessary items to bring, how to pack your gear, food preparation and the basics of backpacking.

During this portion of the seminar, I was able to share my own personal mountain hunting experiences and photos as well as some of the experiences of Bryan Martin from Canadian and Asian Mountain Outfitters. Bryan has personally completed well over 80 backpack style hunts, is my good friend and my own personal backpack style hunting mentor.

Much of my knowledge shared in my seminars is tried and true tips that have been passed down to me from Bryan and his years of mountain hunting. I am blessed to not have to make all of the mistakes that he has made on the mountain.

My third and final seminar was for the ladies in an introduction to archery shooting and hunting. This was fun as women of all ages filled the seats as eager new archers looking for some tips from another lady in the industry. These are my favorite types of seminars as I feel they make a true lasting impression and help to inspire to turn their archery dreams into a reality. Ladies like these are the ladies that are going to help to ensure the continuation of hunting and shooting sports.

All in all the weekend was a blast, meeting other hunters, shooters and outdoor lovers. I must admit, I was glad to leave the big city of Chicago behind and all the traffic jams and congestion that come with the big city life. I am content living in the mountains, emerging only to share my story with others with the hopes of inspiring someone to fall in love with the mountains, hunting and shooting, that way that I have.

 

 

Cabela's Club Family Outdoor Days

The Cabela's Club Family Outdoor Days  is a great opportunity for the entire family to get outside and either participates in shooting sports and fishing for the first time or for the first time in years. This is an action packed fun day for the entire family.

This year's event was a huge success with over 400 attendees. Activities included trap, skeet, 5 stand and sporting clays, .22 rile shoot and airsoft, archery , fly fishing, fishing pond, camping and lunch.

The qualified firearms instructors and range safety officers helped shooters by providing education and training in the safe and proper use of firearms while engaging the various stations with one on one instruction.

At the archery station the Tacoma Sportsmen Archery group coached new shooters along side Pro Staffers from BowTech Archery. Shooters learned basic use of archery equipment and were able to engage targets out to 80 yards if desired. Those who brought along their own archery equipment were welcome to shoot the 35 target 3D course set up in as realistic hunting situations.

The certified or expert fly fishing experts taught the basics of casting techniques and the proper use of fly fishing gear.

The fishing pond is always one of my favorite places. The way a kid's face lights up when they get a fish on is priceless. Kids learned how to bait and cast their lines, remove the fish from the hook and even clean their own fish.

 

 

 

I took joy in demonstrating the sound of elk bugles and cow calf talk. Many of the adults and kids did not know that elk had a language or that they made noise at all. It was fun to watch the kids faces when they heard the sound of their first bugle. One little boy had a naturally good scream that we were able to develop into a great sounding elk bugle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was even a black powder demonstration and a handgun basics demonstration with open questions and answers.

When the day's events drew to a close, many families stayed and camped, enjoying the campfire with new friends and family.

 

Oregon Hunters Association Elk Calling/Hunting Seminar

On Thursday June 20th, the Mid Columbia Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association hosted the community in a free Elk Scouting/Hunting/Calling seminar presented by me. The two hour seminar was held at Sorosis Park in the Pavillion in The Dalles Oregon.

Admission was free and attendees dined on hotdogs. The seminar was a great time and everyone left pumped up to get scouting/hunting for elk season.

Central Oregon Youth Safari Experience

The annual Youth Safari Experience is a day of shooting and fun for the entire family. The event includes a 22 Rimfire Varmint Shoot, 3-Gun Airsoft, Cowboy Action Rimfire, Cowboy Lever Action Rifle and Shotgun, Archery, Wingshooting and the NWTF brought the Jakes Take Aim inflatable air gun range. The kids had a great time on the range while learning gun safety and shooting fundamental skills.

 

 

 

 

 

This free event creates excitement in kids that will translate into a thriving dedicated community of new hunters that are well-equipped with outdoor skills, shooting skills, hunting ethics and conservation principals.  This year, we gave door prizes and offered a bucket drawing. Lunch was provided. This year hosted over 100 kids and 300 total people.


Brought to Central Oregon by High Desert Friends of NRA/NRA Foundation, Fred Meyer, Central Oregon Shooting Sports Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, High Desert SCI, Oregon Hunters Association, Horse Ridge Pistoleros, Pine Mountain Posse, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Alpen Optics, Crosman, Nosler, Competitive Edge Archery, Gary Lewis Outdoors, Kristy Titus, Steve Jarvis Hunting Guide, Cabela's, Bugling Bull Game Calls, Outdoorsmans, Buck Knives.


 

2013 NRA Convention

The 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits was the largest ever, boasting 86,228 attendees, myself included, making this the longest running shooting and hunting show in the world. This year’s convention featured 620 exhibitors with halls lined with loyal NRA members. At the Cabela's booth with NRA President David Keene

 

The exhibit halls were filled with firearms and accessory manufacturers from around the globe. I proudly attended this year’s convention with Cabela’s as an ambassador for hunting and shooting sports.

Friday was my first day at the convention and it was hopping with excitement. My first stop was the 7th Annual NRA Women’s Leadership Luncheon which featured 500 proud NRA members.

This year’s luncheon was hosted by Luncheon Co-Chairs Gaye Kelsey and Melanie Pepper and the keynote speaker was conservative leader Sean Hannity. Forum Co-Chairs Susan LaPierre and Suzie Brewster presented the luncheon program. The ladies luncheon raised over 1.2 million for the NRA.

The ladies in leadership at Cabela's at the NRA Ladies Luncheon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 My good friend and hunting partner and fellow Cabela’s Ambassador Jim Brennan joined me in Houston to conduct daily seminars Friday, Saturday and Sunday about “Planning Ahead: Building Points Now for Dream Hunts Later.” Cabela's Ambassadors me and Jim Brennan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year’s NRA Country Jam III with country artists Kevin Fowler and Eli Young band playing. The Folds of Honor Foundation opened up the show with a speech from Maj. Dan Rooney. The Folds of Honor Foundation is rallying a nation to ensure no family is left behind in the fight to preserve American freedom. Through scholarships and other assistance, we give back to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country. We provide healing, hope and an opportunity for dreams to be realized...with the support of people like you. We feel this is our duty as citizens of the greatest country in the world. To learn more about the foundation go to www.foldsofhonor.org

There was so much to do and see at this year’s convention from Leadership Forums, Banquets, Stand and Fight Rally and much more with influential conservative political figures all gathered to discuss our freedoms and the right to bear arms. I am looking forward to the 2014 convention.

At the Swarovski Optik booth.At the MagPul booth with Drake Clark.

 I dream of guns...It was an honor to meet conservative talk radio host and leader Sean Hannity.