Cabela's Colorado Elk Calling & Hunting Seminars

 

 

The sound of a bull elk bugle resonates through the heart and soul of the hunter that pursue him. It is a sound that once heard, can never be forgotten. A sound that compels the hunter to return to the woods in pursuit of the most majestic animal on the planet, year after year without abandon.

The elk speak to the hunter, telling a tale of what they are thinking, feeling and doing; the hunter but only has to listen and interpret the beautiful tale of the elk. The learning curve never ends, the elk are always teaching the hunter, sometimes the hunter gets the best of him and fills his or her tag, sometimes we walk away, lesson learned, memory made, cherishing the time pursuing him.

Lessons learned from elk are hard earned. The price is worn boot leather, sweat, blood and sometimes tears sacrificed from the efforts of the compelled in this blessed dance between man and beast. Sharing my experiences with the royal giants of the forest is an honor. Getting out into wild country in pursuit of elk is something that some folks have only dreamed about, sharing with them, lighting the fire within their heart, and blazing the torch of those who’s fire for elk already burn.

Cabela’s in Thornton and Lone Tree Colorado welcomed me, my stories and experiences on the mountain in pursuit of the bugling bulls into their stores for attendees to experience, listen and learn from my time spent afield. The language spoke, cow mews, chirps, estrous mews and cow bugles to the triumphant sound of the bull elk, location calls, display and challenge calls were all talked about and demonstrated with the use of my favorite Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls.

My hope was to help inform attendees with how those sounds made are all about the emotion of the elk and how to better interpret that emotion based on HOW those sounds are articulated.

The stalk and set up is what often brings a filled tag, so beyond the language of elk, I discussed common behaviors, traits and characteristics often experienced while afield from elk. The desire the elk have to lead with their nose, circling the hunter to the down-wind side and using that tendency to our advantage. The hang up or distance that they often feel safe in approaching, tactics on hunting elk solo and more.

Talking about elk hunting wouldn’t be complete without discussing the great gear that Cabela’s has to offer, so I did a little shopping, showcasing some of my new Kristy Titus Collection of solid sterling silver jewelry by Montana Silversmiths and some of my favorite gear from Swarovski Optik, Wilderness Athlete and Buck Knives along with handing out a complete gear list with item numbers for shopping Cabela’s online. My gear list may be found by clicking HERE.

Opening week of archery elk season is fast approaching and I wish all of the elk hunters out there the best of luck and memories made.

 

Kristy's 2015 Gear List

 

 

Clothing 

All items must be washed in unscented detergents prior to entering the field

Sea to Summit Lightweight Dry Sack—Compression  Bags– IK-517339 Standard Bags– IK-590795

 

Cabela’s Women’s Clothing

OutfitHer Mock Tshirt Bug Skinz– IK-944629

OutfitHer Long Sleeve V Neck T Shirt– IK-944852

OutfitHer SUPERTEC Lightweight Pants– IK-944878

OutfitHer Made In The Shade UPF 40 Lightweight Pants– IK-944639

OutfitHer Made In The Shade UPF 40 Lightweight Top- (Order One Size Larger) IK-944638

OutfitHer Fleece 1/4 Zip Pull Over– IK-944626

OutfitHer Lifestyle Jacket– IK– 944876

OutfitHer PrimaLoft Vest– IK-944695

OutfitHer PrimaLoft Jacket– IK-944694

OutfitHer WindShear Hooded Jacket– IK-944448

OutfitHer WindShear Pants– IK-944451

OutfitHer 1/4 Zip Lifestyle Long Sleeve Shirt– IK-944537

OutfitHer Dry Plus Insulated Pants with Suspenders– IK-944949

OutfitHer Rainwear Jacket– IK-944114

OutfitHer Rainwear Pants– IK-944115

Cabela’s+Icebreaker Women’s Merino Wool Long Sleeve Crew Base Layer– IK-974127

Cabela’s+Icebreaker Women’s Merino Wool Tights Base Layer– IK-973982

 

Accessories

OutfitHer X6 Shooter Gloves– IK-944514

OutfitHer PolarTec Power Stretch Liner Gloves– IK-944570

Outfitter Series Midweight Socks– IK-831944

OutfitHer Dry Plus Silent Suede Gloves– IK-944571

OutfitHer Beanie– IK-944574

Instinct Back Country Gator– IK-944843

Cabela’s Women’s Fleece Neck Gator– IK-944837

 

 

Cabela’s Ladies Footwear

Meindl Women’s Denali– IK-818480

Cabela’s Women’s Instinct Backcountry 400gram– IK-818633

OutfitHer Speed Hunter BOA Light Hunter– IK-814177

Pinnacle Zipper Snake Boots– IK-813868

Pinnacle BOA Extreme 600 gram Boots– IK-818412

 

 

Sleeping

Cabela’s XPG Expedition 2 Person 4 Season Tent– IK-581416

Hilleberg Tents-

Kelty Ignite DriDown 0 Degree Sleeping Bag– IK-580821

Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack (Waterproof Sleeping Bag/Clothing Stuffer)

Thermarest Neo Air– IK-581151

 

Backpacks

Cabela’s Willow Hunting Pack– IK-461921

Eberlestock X2– IK-460094

Eberlestock Team Elk– IK-461275

Stone Glacier Backpacks

Kifaru Backpacks

 

Equipment

Buck Knives– Alaskan Guide Crosslock– IK-531923

Buck Knives– Omni Hunter Folding Knife– IK-531998

Buck Knives– Bantam– Cabela’s Zonz Pink– IK-532577

Buck Knives– Paklite Field Master Kit– IK-531327

Rifle

Swarovksi Z3, Z5, Z6 or X5 Rifle Scope– www.cabelas.com for full listing

Magpul MS1 Padded Rifle Sling– IK-232529

Ammunition

Cabela’s Instinct Xcite Bow IK-462330

Cabela’s Creedence Bow– IK-462979

Arrows

Broadheads

Buck Knives Bow Tool

Coast Flashlights- Inspection Beam Penlight & Pure Beam Focus Light

Black Diamond Revolt Headlamp + (extra batteries) IK-531169

GPS

OnXmaps– IK-270124

Map & Compass

 

Food & Hydration

Wilderness Athlete Performance Products– cabelas.com for complete listing

Dehydrated Food, Jerky, Granola, Trail mix, Dry Oats, Dried fruit, Packaged Tuna . Plan 2,000-3,500 calories of food per day, roughly consisting of 40% Protein, 40% Carbs, 20% Fat.

1 Liter hard water bottle (Nalgene Lexan) IK-518783

2 Liter sized Platypus or 3 liter Nalgene wide mouth collapsible water bladders– IK-532090

Katadyn Vario Water Filter– IK-517647 Upgrade Kit– IK-532094

MSR Reactor Stove (water boiling only) & fuel bottles (2, 22oz bottles)- IK-530809

Utensils & Plastic Cup

 

 

Swarovski Optik & Accessories

Swarovski Optik EL Range Binoculars– IK-714396

Swarovski Optik STR Spotting Scope with Illuminated MIL or MOA Reticle– IK-714395

Swarovski Spotting Scope iPhone 5 Adapter– IK-714264

Swarovski Universal Tripod Adapter Binocular Rest– IK-714025

Swarovski CT Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod w DH 101 Tripod Head– IK-713534

 

Personal Hygiene

Toothbrush & Paste

Small liquid soap

Unscented Deodorant

Toilet Paper (Stored in Zip lock Bag)

Lip balm w/SPF

Unscented baby wipes

Basic Medicine (Advil or Aleve, Neosporin, Immodium, Throat Lozenges)

Small first aid kit

Sun block

Insect repellant

 

 

Miscellaneous

Liquid Smoke

Bugling Bull Game Calls– www.cabelas.com for complete listing

Camera (extra memory card)

Small Videocamera

Sunglasses

SPOT Global Satellite Phone-IK-270152

Zip lock Bags (a few quart sized & gallon sized)

Garbage Bags (a few leaf bags are best)

Game Bags (2-3)

Small notepad and pencil

Hot Hands

Cloth tape measure

Flagging tape

Nylon cord

Repair Kit (needle, thread, duct tape) minimal qty.

Outdoor Safe Survival Kit & Metal Match

 

 

 

2ND Annual NW Ladies Hunting Camp

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.

 

 

North American Hunter- Oregon Mountain Turkey Hunting

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

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

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

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North American Hunter- Titus Talks with Turkeys Part 2

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

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

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

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North American Hunter- Titus Talks with Turkeys

Spring has finally sprung and the thunder is rolling—from thunder chickens that is! After a long winter and a few hunting opportunities, spring has finally arrived and with it comes the excitement of spring turkey season.

The sound of a tom turkey drumming his feathers is absolute music to every turkey hunter’s ears, leaving your hands shaking and heart pounding. In order for the moment of truth to arrive, first we must gear up, and for us ladies that is much easier and more fun to do than ever.

Shop, Shop, Shop—‘Til You Drop …
It was like having tunnel vision, working our way down the steep mountainside in the dark toward the valley below. I could hear the roar of the swollen creek, with waders in hand, I was prepared to cross. This was turkey hunting at its best.

The quick water rushed against my legs as I slowly waded across. The water was surprisingly warm compared to the cool morning air. As we made our way up the other side of the mountain, the sun was beginning to light up the sky and then we heard it—our first gobble.

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US Sportsmen's Alliance Industry Insider Featuring Cabela's

USSA's Kali Parmley reached out to Cabela's, the world's foremost outfitter, in the first episode of USSA's Industry Insider to discuss the growing trend of female participation in hunting. Cabela's OutfitHer Clothing line is making a big difference in getting women into the field. Together, we are continuing our time honored traditions.

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.

 

 

 

Cabela's Spring Great Outdoor Days

The annual Cabela’s Spring Great Outdoor Days is the largest sale and event of the season, held on March 1st and 2nd offering a great opportunity for sportsmen and women to come into the store or visit online to get the latest and greatest products for spring adventures.

The stores host numerous demonstrations on cooking, archery, seminars and workshops that are fun for the entire family. This year, I was fortunate enough to be at the Springfield Oregon store at the Lil’ Hunters Calling Clinic where I was able to demonstrate to kids many of the sounds that wildlife make from and elk bugle, cow elk mew, doe bleat, buck grunt, turkey calls, rattling horns. The kids even had a chance to pet a real black bear skin rug and test out some of the calls for themselves.

Watching the faces of each child light up was priceless. Many kids returned to the booth several times to “hear it again”. I can’t wait for next year!

 

 

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It's your unquenchable passion to experience the outdoors. It's a deeply ingrained desire to personally connect with wildlife and untamed places. More than a pastime, a hobby or a diversion, it's in all you do and how you live. At home, at work and, of course, out there, it's always present, fueling your thoughts and guiding your actions.


Because It's in Your Nature.

It's about the experiences that take you incredible places. Tell us what's in your nature by tagging your outdoor stories to #ItsInMyNature on twitter and Instagram. Click here for inspiration: http://bit.ly/1eg8GwE

Cabela's OutfitHer Series

 

Cabela's OutfitHer Camo Collection

Strong, durable weather-resistance built just for her. The OutfitHer™ Series complements a woman's figure to deliver comfortably-fitted hunting apparel. Fill tag after tag knowing you're wearing OutfitHer™ - your most reliable hunting partner.

"The Snow-covered mountain peaks can take your breath away with their beauty, but they also can chill you to the bone if you're not properly prepared. That's why I wear Cabela's OutfitHER™ Dry-Plus jacket and pants when I'm hunting. They offer the best waterproof and breathable protection from the elements. Inside the soft, quiet shell of both pieces is a warm, comfy liner. The jacket hood cinches down tight, keeping the chilling wind off my head and neck, and the length is just right, preventing it from riding up and over the waist strap on my backpack."
Kristy Titus
Cabela's Ambassador

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