Record Attendance At RMEF's Hunter & Outdoor Christmas

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

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

 

Kristy Titus to Instruct New Shooters at Shoot Like A Girl- Hunter Christmas

Kristy Titus, NRA Certified Instructor and Cabela’s Ambassador, is assisting new shooters at the Shoot Like a Girl booth (#110) during the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Elk Camp and Hunter Christmas December 3rd-12th at The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Titus will be helping shooters at SLG’ state of the art 52’ trailer where the team of NRA Certified Instructors will provide new shooters with a controlled, safe, and fun environment where they can experience shooting sports within a short amount of time. Women are invited to come and shoot pistol and rifle with the military grade simulation system that utilizes real firearms that replicate 80% of true recoil in addition to drawing back a compound bow.

“Helping women discover or rediscover shooting sports is my goal. In order to ensure a bright future for our hunting heritage or simply for the fun of shooting sports, we must involve women. Women are key in changing the discussions concerning gun control, learning the safe handling and use of firearms is key to protecting our Second Amendment,” said Titus. “With women being the fastest growing segment in the outdoors, I expect the Shoot Like a Girl trailer to be very busy during the Hunter Christmas expo!” 

Titus will be at the Shoot Like a Girl booth (#110) at the following dates and times:

December 7 from 9:00AM-4:00PM

December 9 from 9:00AM-4:00PM 

Shoot Like A Girl has a simple mission: to grow the number of women who participate in shooting sports by empowering them with confidence. Since the company was founded in 2008 it has and continues to achieve that goal, through Test Flights™, seminars and information sharing via social media and http://shootlikeagirl.com 

The founder and president of the company, Karen Butler, realized that although women are the fastest growing demographic in shooting sports, there were still factors that limited their involvement. Primarily, the opportunity for women to try equipment that fits in a safe and controlled environment. Shoot Like A Girl, with the help of their valued corporate sponsors, travels the country with archery equipment in weights and lengths for women to try at their Test Flights™. They go to events where there are a lot of women spectators, but not necessarily a lot of participants, like hunting shows, conservation shows and shooting sports tournaments. 

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.


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 205,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 6.6 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at www.rmef.org or 
800-CALL ELK. 

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

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.