RMEF Welcomes Rutting Ridge Cellars as New Conservation Partner

Below is a news release issued by Rutting Ridge Cellars.

Rutting Ridge Cellars is one of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s newest sponsors and licensees. It joins an all-star lineup of other companies that support RMEF including industry leaders such as Cabela's, Browning, Yamaha, Buck Knives and many others.
"RMEF is excited to welcome Rutting Ridge Cellars as our latest partner in wildlife conservation," said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. "Through the sale of Rutting Ridge wine to RMEF members and other hunting and wildlife enthusiasts across the nation, we anticipate that this new relationship will be very beneficial to our mission."
Rutting Ridge’s debut wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, comes from California's Lodi American Viticultural Area (AVA). This region, located 60 miles east of San Francisco, is impacted by dramatic day-to-night temperature changes of up to 40°F. The result is incredibly ripe fruit that makes a classic wine of great intensity. No longer an AVA made up predominately of growers, Lodi has been making great strides of late by area vintners in their pursuit of producing estate wines.
Bill Newton, Rutting Ridge Cellars' managing partner, noted, "Rutting Ridge Cabernet has been specially selected for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for its ever-pleasing style—one that's ready for drinking now, with great appeal to novice drinkers as well as connoisseurs of wine. It pairs exceptionally well with wild game or red meat. And best of all, for every bottle sold, Rutting Ridge Cellars has pledged to donate $3 to benefit RMEF's wildlife and habitat conservation efforts. We are proud to help support such a worthy cause."
Newton added, "Rutting Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon will make its official debut at RMEF's 2015 Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo, December 3-12 in Las Vegas. We will be exhibiting in booth #1003 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Rutting Ridge wine is sold only direct to the consumer in two-, six-, and 12-bottle packs from our website at www.ruttingridge.com/store."
About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 205,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 6.7 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America's hunting heritage. Discover why "Hunting Is Conservation™" at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL-ELK.
About Rutting Ridge Cellars
Rutting Ridge Cellars was founded on the belief that a well-balanced Cabernet Sauvignon is the ideal wine pairing for elk and other wild game. To that end, we created our own brand, Rutting Ridge, and have sourced and purchased a Lodi, Calif., Cabernet especially for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation membership. For every bottle sold, Rutting Ridge Cellars donates $3 to benefit RMEF's wildlife and habitat conservation efforts. For more information or to place an order via our online store, visitwww.ruttingridge.com.


RMEF Elk Chronicles- Headwaters of the John Day

RMEF is working hard to ensure a bright future for elk, other wildlife, wild places and public access to those places like here in the headwaters of the John Day River. If you love to escape to public lands for the joys of hunting, fishing or hiking and you are not already a member of RMEF, please help us to do more for the future of elk, hunting and public land access. Join today go to www.rmef.org to learn more. 

North American Hunter- Are You Digging Deep?

Regardless of which conservation groups you belong to, it’s that time of year outdoorsmen look forward to … banquet season! It’s a good time for a great cause.

Volunteers have worked countless hours arranging and organizing events, putting in countless hours of hard work and service. The conservation movement that comes from funds generated from banquets are critical for habitat improvements to wild places across the country. I believe I speak for everyone in the fact that we all appreciate the time, effort and energy from volunteers across our great nation.

Having the freedom to climb to the tops of the highestRMEF Rose City Chapter Youth Elk Calling Contestants  mountains in pursuit of our favorite game with our friends and family creating memories that last a lifetime and beyond is priceless. Our great country and the wild places there in are the exact reason for conservation.

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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."

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North American Hunter- Putting Sheep On The Mountain

The WSF is a small group of less than 6,000 members world-wide that are making a big difference to enhance wild sheep populations, the promotion of professional wildlife management, educating the public and our youth on sustainable use, and theconservation benefits of hunting.

The WSF convention is one of my favorite conventions to attend simply because of the many events that occur during the weekend—the Celebrity Sporting Clays event features members of the U.S. Shooting Team and Wounded Warrior Outdoors alumni; the elaborate ladies luncheon presented by Cabela’s, themed this year as a South Pacific Ladies Luau; the Club Cocktail Reception where those who enter that have never hunted sheep are eligible to win one of three coveted sheep hunts; the 3 days of expositions featuring the latest and greatest in gear; and some of the best hunting outfitters in the world. There’s something for everyone in the seminars, grand banquets, and live and silent auctions.

The two keynote speakers, Shane Mahoney and Rick Carone, left me inspired and convicted to do more and be more.

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2015 Wild Sheep Foundation National Convention

Putting and keeping sheep on the mountain since 1977, the Wild Sheep Foundation National Convention in Reno Nevada is a weekend that every serious hunter and conservationist should attend annually. WSF is a small group, less than 6,000 members world-wide that are making a big difference to enhance wild sheep populations, the promotion of professional wildlife management, educating the public and our youth on sustainable use and the conservation benefits of hunting.

Celebrity Sporting Clays Event

For my third year in a row, I attended the Celebrity Sporting Clays Event with the USA Shooting Team and Wounded Warrior Outdoors alumni, USMC Matt Amos, USMC Brian Meyer, US Navy Hospital Corpsman Tommy Neuens and USMC Michael Fox.

Last year, I shot on Matt Amos team and we struggled to beat each other, I ended up in last place, likely for the entire shoot, so I was excited for my attempt to redeem myself and possibly beat Matt this year. It is all a competition with these guys, after-all it is a tournament.

My teammates, USMC Michael Fox, Jim Newberry, Mike Cassiday, Camden Leach and Mo Parsons. Sorry guys, you all got the short end of the stick. With me on your team, we are sure to NOT win the tournament.

True to my cross dominant style, I was once again “Revenge of the Nerds” with tape over my left eye. Fortunately, by the end of the day, I was missing clays with greater accuracy and I was thankful for such an amazingly talented team that was able to help me along the way.

For the second year in a row, I lost to Matt, and well probably everyone at the shoot and I keep promising myself that I am going to practice but the allure of the precision rifle wins out every year.

South Pacific Ladies Luau- Presented by Cabela’s

Once again Kelli Thornton and Pauline Rupp have outdone themselves with the beautiful South Pacific themed ladies luncheon and luau. All of us were taken to a far off tropical island where we were greeted at the door by beautiful Polynesian hula dancers with flower lei’s.

Sipping on Mai Tai’s, while perusing the many silent auction items, while catching up with old girlfriends and meeting new.

After the ladies were primed and bidding was done on silent auction, the doors were opened up to a journey to Hawaii where hula dancers kept beat to the pulsating drums.

The keynote speaker of the day was Melanie Pepper, a past President of the Houston Safari Club, a member of the NRA Executive Women’s Leadership Council, the 2013 SCI Diana Award recipient and the 2008 Houston SCI International Outstanding Huntress of the year.

Also speaking was Ron Raboud, of Wounded Warrior Outdoors. Ron spoke on behalf USMC Kirstie Ennis, a 23 year old American hero. A woman that nearly gave her life to protect those who could not protect themselves.

Kirstie, a high school graduate at 15 years old, earned her Associate of Arts at 17 years old, her Bachelors Degree at 19 her Masters Degree in Human Behavior at 21 and at 23 years old she is currently working on her PhD in Psychology. Somewhere in there Kirstie had time to serve two deployments to Afghanistan and is now on the US Paralympic Development Team in snowboarding.

Kirstie is medically retired due to injuries sustained when her helicopter crashed in Now Zad Afghanistan, injuries that will cost Kirstie her right leg below the knee.

Kirstie is an inspiration to all women hunters and is an active participant in the Wounded Warrior Outdoors program and serves to help others, like herself, rediscover ability on the mountains.

As the presenting sponsor of the ladies lunch, Cabela’s also donated three packages including an optics package, a bow hunting package complete with the Cabela’s Instigator bow, arrows, broadheads, ladies release, OutfitHer WindShear hooded jacket and pants and a camping and backpacking package with Instinct 2 person tent, Cabela’s womens Ridgeline 45-L Backpack, 15 degree sleeping bag, XPG sleeping pad, and a jet boil.


Throughout the weekend guests were invited to attend the many seminars, some of the topics included lightweight backpacking, preparation for your first sheep hunt, navigating with your GPS to getting and staying in sheep shape.

The <1 Club reception is always a hoot and this year they made attending extra sweet with not one, not two but three drawings for sheep hunts! 

Guest speakers included Shane Mahoney and Rick Carone. The weekend was loaded with fun and inspiration. Putting critical monies on the ground to put and keep sheep on the mountain. I am already looking forward to the 2016 convention.



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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.