Finding your natural point of aim (NPA) is one of the most important aspects of downrange accuracy. The goal of NPA is to eliminate muscular tension that can affect your downrange accuacy. In this episode of Tips & Tactics, sponsored by Cabela's Outdoor Fund, Kristy Titus explains the process of testing your natural point of aim with a rifle, and Gabby Franco follows up to explain that the same can be done when shooting a pistol.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
With the upcoming 2016 elections on the forefront of every American mind, I can’t help but beg the question; What makes America great?
This past month, I did a tremendous amount of reflection on this question specifically. The answer that I came to:
We the people make America great.
We the people have always made America great. Those that were willing to take a risk, make a sacrifice and take responsibility for their individual future ultimately reaped the reward of freedom. We the people residing within the USA are free to pursue our hopes and dreams, practice religious freedom, speech and the right to keep and bear arms amongst other freedoms.
That landscape has changed tremendously in time and as a society, we are losing more freedom every day. Our culture is morphing into a state of complacency and entitlement. Sustaining our freedom and our way of life must start with each and every one of us as individuals.
Think about this…
We are Americans, we are free to pursue our dreams, the only thing stopping each and every one of us from reaching our goals and living our dreams, simply put, is the limitations that we place upon ourselves.
What if someone took the time to show us that we do not have to live within our self-imposed limitations? What if someone took the time to demonstrate to us that we can conceive a goal, believe that it can happen and with effort, energy and a will to persevere, we can turn those dreams into a reality?
What if that someone is you? What if today, you gave someone hope, inspiration, encouragement and the educational tools to help them actualize success?
What if each and every one of us took responsibility for our own success and stopped blaming someone else for things not working out our way? I truly believe that weather you think you can do something or conversely, think you can’t, you are right.
In order to ensure the future of our time honored hunting traditions and shooting sports while leading the way in conservation of our greatest asset, our freedom, we must each stand up as leaders. First within our own families and then within our own communities, demonstrating to our fellow countrymen that are trying to strip our rights away from us, that we will not be shaken, that we stand united and we will uphold the constitution of the United States of America. That we the people are capable of not only surviving in this world, but thriving as self-sufficient citizens.
Take the time to mentor someone. Introduce them to shooting sports, take them afield and teach them how and why hunting is conservation. Empower them with knowledge and mental fortitude that they can live out their hopes and dreams. If we each take the time to inspire one person and they do the same and so on and so forth, the ripple effect will be felt by the world.
Let the world hear us as conservationists, sportsmen and patriots of this great nation. We will not be shaken, we are the greatest nation on earth and we will not continue to accept the path that we are currently heading. We as hunters have created the greatest conservation movement the world has ever seen, benefitting all wildlife and their habitat. We as gun owners have kept the safest communities and we the people will stand up to protect this beautiful way of life that makes America so great…
"...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
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.
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 www.ladieshunting.com.
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.
NRA Women’s Channel is designed for lady gun enthusiasts and is a tremendous resource for women to receive news, education, event information and more. And the NRA is telling stories of empowered women. The NRA invites you to come explore NRA Women’s Channel, to explore, connect and unite with the women of the NRA.
Kristy is honored to join the team of NRA Tips & Tactics instructors. Sponsored by Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, this is an interactive site where you can view training videos, anywhere, from professionals on marksmanship, hunting, self-defense and competition.
Coming soon, Kristy’s eight part series of tips and tactics that ladies can look forward to are listed below-
Bipod in the Field
Natural Point of Aim
In addition to NRA Tips and Tactics, the NRA Women’s Channel features Armed & Fabulous, detailing the stories of women that have dedicated their lives to protecting our second amendment and they are the definition of armed and fabulous.
Love At First Shot, hosted by Natalie Foster, this is the NRA’s newest series providing a first-hand look at the shooting sports for the first timer.
NRA New Energy, where you will meet the faces of the NRA who are making a difference.
Learn how to better protect yourself and your loved ones with these safety strategies. If you’ve been in a situation where you refused to be a victim, let us tell your story on NRA Refuse To Be A Victim.
Be sure to join Kristy and the ladies of the NRA at the annual Women’s Leadership Forum, Uniting Women of Influence, to defend second amendment freedoms and helps secure the future of the NRA through philanthropic leadership. This year’s forum, October 9th-11th at the Broadmoor, in Colorado. Continue to join...
Firearm Ballistics For Competition
Let’s face it Mother Nature is anything but predictable. Understanding how your cartridge/bullet combination is going to perform down range in regards to both drop and windage is based on ballistic coefficient and other varying environmental conditions that we have to take into account when we determine where the flight path of the bullet is going to deliver successful first round hits.
Long range shooters are now paying close attention to ballistic coefficient because bullets with a higher coefficient retain velocity and energy over longer distances. Most manufacturers provide a ballistic coefficient (BC) for their bullets directly on the ammunition box. When possible, try and select a G7 BC for long range shooting, as this BC is a much better fit for the projectiles commonly used for long range shooting.
There are various ballistic applications such as the mobile App Shooter or Applied Ballistics program that will allow us to calculate how your bullet will perform in regards to both drop and windage creating a customized chart based on your individual weapon system caliber, bullet type, barrel twist rate, tested average muzzle velocity (not the velocity listed on the ammunition box), density altitude, temperature and wind conditions.
Validating your bullets trajectory on the range is one of the most important factors of precision shooting. It is critical that you go out and verify the data from your ballistics program ensuring that you are indeed capable of making the shots from that data derived from your ballistics program at various positions on the course of fire.
The data is in part based off the chronograph or magneto speed reading which gives us an average muzzle velocity. That average that we input into our ballistic program may not be accurate in terms of the projectiles true velocity on the range. Use your ballistics software to calculate the required elevation and windage adjustments and dial this on your turrets. For those that don’t have readily adjustable turrets, apply the proper reticle hold over. If your impacts are true to center of the target then your muzzle velocity is good, if however you are impacting high on your target by .4 mils then your true muzzle velocity is actually a bit faster than predicted.
Once again, using your ballistics program, you can now reestablish a true muzzle velocity based on your projectile’s impact on the target and create an even more accurate data chart that reflects a true muzzle velocity. This is the data that will allow you to build your dope sheets from.
Being able to read the wind however takes time and skill and there is nothing more frustrating than having your bullet trajectory bounce left and right off of the target due to unstable wind conditions.
The halls of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Elk Camp are filled with God loving, gun toting, elk hunting, proud Americans and there is no better place to give a seminar about elk hunting than here, the heart of elk country.
My seminar was an opportunity for me to share some of the amazing experiences that I have personally filmed while hunting elk on public land and the lessons learned while on the mountain. As a relatively young elk hunter, I have been blessed to share the mountain with some of the most experienced hunters in the world from the original inventor of the palate plate diaphragm elk call, Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls and four time world champion elk caller, Rockie Jacobsen, wildlife biologist John Caid, Red Creek Outfitters Steve Woolstenhulme and of course, my father Lewis Titus. All to which have helped and mentored me along the way to success in elk camp, all which in their own right have contributed to the format of my seminars through time together in the field doing what we love, hunting elk.
It is an honor to share what knowledge that I have of the elk language both bull and cow sounds and some basic hunting strategies based on what the elk are telling us with that language. My hope is that everyone who attended learned something new and had a renewed vigor to climb the mountains in pursuit of elk.
Wrapping your game meat is the final step in processing before the freezer and arguably the most important step. There are many trains of thought when it comes to wrapping game meat but the most important thing that you can do is adequately remove air from your packages. Removing the air will help prevent freezer burn keeping your harvest fresher for longer periods of time.
Keep in mind that people eat with their eyes. If your game meat packages are bloody and dirty looking, your guests are not going to be as excited to share in the joy of dining on your harvest. In order to keep your packages clean, your work station must also be kept clean and free from blood or other debris from processing.
To vacuum seal or not to vacuum seal?
Vacuum sealers are a great worth wile investment that cleanly and efficiently remove the air from your packages extending the freezer life of your harvest. But, vacuum sealers require a financial investment and the seals can fail.
My family has processed our own meat for years without the aid of a vacuum sealer with simple white butcher paper, plastic wrap or baggies.
Here are a few simple steps to follow if you are not using a vacuum sealer:
1. Lay white butcher paper out with the waxy side facing your meat.
2. Place an additional layer of clear deli film over the butcher paper. This double layer will help keep the cold air from your freezer from coming into direct contact with your meat which will help prevent freezer burn.
3. Place your first layer of meat on the deli film.
4. Separate additional layers of meat in the package with and additional layer of clear deli film.
5. Use your fingers to “pull” the meat into the layer of plastic wrap that was placed over the butcher paper in step 2. This will help remove excess air from being packaged.
6. Wrap the meat package in the butcher paper. Keeping the wrap as tight as possible.
7. On the outside of the finished package list the species and cut of meat as well as year with a permanent marker or stamp.
Life gets busy and it certainly comes in handy to have meat that is frozen pre-marinated so that I simply have to take my meat out of the freezer, thaw and cook. If I am marinating meat, I use baggies instead of flat clear deli film. Here are a few simple steps to follow if you would like to freeze some packages of pre-marinated meat.
1. Lay white butcher paper out with the waxy side facing your meat. Place the additional layer of clear deli film over your butcher paper
2. Fill a plastic bag with desired amount of meat
3. Place the desired marinate into the bag with your meat.
4. Remove as much excess air from the bag as possible.
5.Wrap the meat package in the butcher paper/deli film. Keeping the wrap as tight as possible.
Rotate and organize your meat
If you have meat that remains from the year prior, be sure to set that aside for immediate consumption. I also like to compartmentalize meat by species and cut when possible which makes for a quick grab from the freezer.
With the first snow coming down across the country, predator season is finally in full swing and now is the time to gear up for some snowy adventures hunting the hunters. Young coyotes are still roaming around and pursuit season for bobcats and or lions is open in many states with the full season opening for bobcat hunting here in Oregon in less than two weeks. Now is the time to evaluate gear and get outside and get to hunting.
Oooh baby its cold outside…
When temperatures dip to sub-zero, dressing in layers is critical, especially when doing any hiking in rough terrain between call sets. Start with a merino type base layer and build out from there, if it is really cold, I will stack on several base layers under a mid-layer pant.
I like my mid-layer top to be fleece as it is warm and dries out fast if I happen to fall in a snow bank and get it wet. ;-) My favorite jacket for a mid-layer warmth builder in cold weather is the Cabela’s Primaloft Trail insulator jacket. Primaloft is warm, even if it gets damp and dries out fast plus it is light weight and compresses down. Wearing a vest is my favorite way to add warmth over my fleece top or insulator jacket without the bulk.
Always wear an outer layer that is waterproof even if conditions seem dry as weather conditions change quickly in winter months and most waterproof layers double as a great wind barrier. Ladies be sure to check out OutfitHer from Cabela’s.
Snow gators will help keep the snow from tumbling into even the tallest of boots and help keep your feet dry should you encounter any creek or water crossings along the way.
Bring along AT LEAST two pairs of waterproof warm gloves. Gloves get wet in snowy conditions easily and you will be thankful that you have an extra dry pair or two as the day progresses.
One beanie on your head and an additional one in your pack is ideal which is light weight, low bulk, warmth insurance. I keep my extra gloves and an extra beanie in a gallon zip lock bag to prevent them from getting wet in the field.
The Shemagh has been used by our military for years and recently, I have incorporated it into my hunts. Kryptek makes a shemagh that will not only protect your face and neck from the cold, sun and elements but you can use it for many purposes like covering your rifle scope from the elements, shade the sun from your eyes while glassing, I have even covered my head with the shemagh while shooting to keep sand out of my eyes.
The Pinnacle BOA boot by Cabela’s is my go to boot in winter conditions. The boot is waterproof breathable GORE-TEX and tall enough to defer snow that is knee deep, insulated and the BOA system keeps my boot tight and on my feet without laces.
The NEW Instinct boot is GORE-TEX waterproof and has 400 GM Thinsulate Insulation, great ankle support and is STIFF for walking in steep, rough terrain.
Cold feet? Thermarest heated insoles, quickly and easily slip into your boots providing you with warm toasty heat during your calling sets. You can even turn off the heat when walking to save battery life and ensure that your feet don’t overheat.
Slipping & Sliding….
For pursuit hunting with hounds, a quality pair of crampons are a must in mountain terrain. Covering mountain miles without a good pair will wear you out! The added traction will make your hike slide free and much easier.
And for all the slipping and sliding that you might do, a trekking pole is a great add when navigating rough, steep, snowy terrain. If your buddies make fun of you for your stick, when they struggle up the mountain, poke it at them and just laugh. You will be thankful you have it and they will wish they had one too!
Mouth calls from Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls are my favorite hand held. They have a selection of jack rabbit, cotton tail, rodent and fawn distress sounds. Coyote and wolf howling systems. You can even use a cow call diaphragm to make calf elk distress sounds.
If you are no expert with mouth calls, check out Cabela’s Outfitter Series predator call by FoxPro. It comes loaded with 35 sounds and you can customize by adding more sounds that you can download online. I like to use electronic calls because it moves the sound away from you as the shooter allowing for the predator to come within range without being seen as easily. BONUS: The Outfitter Series electronic call comes loaded with cougar and other fur animal sounds like raccoon sounds that are not easy to or even possible to replicate with a mouth call.
Decoys work because they give the predator a focal point to watch when coming in. Montana Decoy makes coyote, rabbit and fawn decoys that are realistic and give your call set life. Some states even allow moving decoys. Check your local regulations to see what rules apply to your state.
Cabela’s Speedy Yote Kickstand vest has pockets to hold all of your calls and give you a comfortable seat while in the field that insulates you against the cold ground.
A good quality backpack that you like will surely help tote along all of your necessary gear.
Kitchen…yes, I dare say kitchen while hunting. I am a girl for heaven sake so it is natural to bring along everything, except the kitchen sink (A gallon of water will suffice). There is nothing more delightful than a hot cup of coffee or lunch in sub-zero temperatures. MSR reactor stoves or Jet Boil stoves are light weight and boil water quickly so that you can dine on a hot lunch from Mountain House or sip fresh hot coffee, all day long. You can opt to put the kitchen in your pack or leave it at the truck. Either way, EVERYONE will enjoy. I promise.
Optics, Rifles and Such…
Good optics are a must have and will help you spot predators from distance allowing you the opportunity to place a well-planned out set without spooking them or alerting them to your presence. A range finder is a must have so that you can easily and quickly dial your rifle turret for point of aim, point of impact shots.
A tripod shooting rest or a hog saddle mounted on your tripod is a must when stand hunting for predators. It will allow you to stay comfortable and supported behind the gun throughout your entire set.
Don’t forget the small stuff that matters. Bring at least one extra set of batteries for your flashlight and predator call. The cold air drains batteries quickly. A few hand or body warmers remove the chill of the winter weather without adding bulk.
Your GPS with OnXmaps will provide valuable land owner information allowing you to access areas that you might not have known were public land.
Good hunting to you all…
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.
The winter has arrived and as I write this, I look out my window at over two feet of snow. Already, I am looking forward to the fall of 2015. Fortunately, there are many hunts and opportunities to get out on the mountain before then.
The magazines that I subscribe to accumulate most of the year and I take the time to sit down and read them during these short days, dreaming about the hunt. Western Hunter Winter issue just landed in my mail box and inside there is some great articles. South Cox wrote an article that I found very interesting on satellite communication and texting while on the mountain. Looks like with his tips, I need to upgrade my technical or lack thereof equipment.
Chris Denham's Gear Product Highlight of the new Swarovski STR 80 Spotting scope has me drooling for one! My shooting schools next year will be so much more amazing with this scope. No more will I have to look through my rifle scope to act as spotter for my shooting buddies. The scope will allow me to be over my shooter and better watch bullet trace for better calls.
My editorial Hunters Nutrition, featured a little run down on what to look for when buying a protein powder.
If you don't subscribe to Western Hunter and Elk Hunter Magazines, you should. Inside, you will find a lot of great information that will make your 2015 season more enjoyable and hopefully more successful all while passing the short days and long winter nights by.
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The animal of your dreams is in your crosshairs. One press of the trigger and all your dreams will come true … as long as you took the time to make sure your equipment won’t fail.
Click HERE to read my latest editorial for North American Hunter online before heading into the field this rifle season.
The November/December 2014 issue of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Bugle Magazine, Gear 101 featured the latest and greatest in gear and clothing specifically for women and kids. It is no suprise that Cabela's OutfitHer and Meindl footwear for women was on the top of discussion.
Conservation. Hunting. Wildlife and Wild Places.
Bugle magazine puts all of the pieces of elk country together in six exciting issues each year. When you become a member of RMEF, you help ensure a future for elk and other wildlife, while getting the very best of elk country and the hunt.
Through the pages of Bugle, we hope to inspire every RMEF member to help us do more to protect and enhance elk country. We like to explore issues affecting wildlife conservation, elk ecology, and hunting. We also really enjoy sharing good hunting stories and some of the best wildlife photography today.
It’s nearly the moment you’ve all been waiting for: firearms whitetail 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 from field to fork.
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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.
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Good health is the starting point to all of our outdoor adventures. Our bodies are the vehicles we use to climb to the mountaintop in search of that trophy of a lifetime. In the Winter issue of Elk Hunter Magazine's Hunters Nutrition, Kristy discusses the pitfalls of low carbohydrate diets.
In every issue of Elk Hunter Magazine you will find extensive and frequent reviews of a wide range of products from optics to boots, rifles to bows, and much more.
Elk Fit and Hunters Nutrition- 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. Dan Staton and Kristy Titus are a formidable team in taking care of your body and improving your overall health. This isn’t just about hunting; this is about quality of life!
You’ve filed your tag with the trophy of a lifetime and you want to create a stunning rug, shoulder or life-size mount. Many sheep, goat and bear hunters might find themselves backpacking for days before they can bring their trophy in for refrigeration or get it to a professional taxidermist. This is where you, as the hunter, must ensure that proper care of your animal is taken in the field. But rest assured, this skinning method will work just was well if you hunt on your own Back 40.
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When you’ve harvested that trophy of a lifetime, before you field dress and begin skinning, there are a few simple steps that you will want to take in order to ensure that your taxidermist has all of the needed information to mount your animal perfectly.
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