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.

 

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.

 

RMEF Team Elk- Montana Mule Deer Success

The month of November proved a success for Into High Country and Project Elk Host, Jason Matizinger and myself while hunting mule deer in eastern Montana. The hunts will air on both Into High Country on the Sportsman Channel and wrapped up the final hunt of the production season for Season 6 of Team Elk. New episodes airing in January on the Outdoor Channel. 

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.

RMEF Team Elk- Oregon Archery The Titus Way

"If asked to sketch a mental picture of the typical archer, I would be hard put. They seem They seem to come in all shapes, sizes, colors and backgrounds. Inwardly, they seem to have in common a love for the outdoors, a reverence for wildlife and a close tie with history. There is nothing they seem to enjoy more than telling tall tales around a campfire or talking about archery to others. It would be difficult to find a more interesting group of people." - Fred Bear

Hunting is a heritage, a legacy that is passed down from one generation to the next. Moments that are lived create memories that are etched into our hearts forever. Time spent afield with friends and family is precious, something that we look forward to from the sunset on the final day of season until dawn on the morning of the opener.

The opening week of Oregon’s archery elk season, I was blessed with sharing the mountain with my father Lewis and RMEF’s Team Elk in our home woods of Oregon. It was a week that we revisited hunting memories of the past; the place that I called in my first branch antler bull elk, the place that I filled my first archery bull elk tag, the places that we had close calls and we wish we knew then what we know now places.

Stay tuned for season 6 of RMEF’s Team Elk, airing on the Outdoor Channel in 2016 to watch our Titus family public land, DIY archery elk hunt. 

RMEF Team Elk- Hunting Is Healing

Kristy Titus Proves that Hunting is Healing on This Week’s RMEF Team Elk

 

Titus Helps Two Well-Deserving Women for Their First Elk Hunt

Bend, Oregon (September 18, 2015) – On this week’s RMEF Team Elk, Kristy Titus has the honor of taking two well-deserving women on their first elk hunt. Sgt. USMC (retired) Kirstie Ennis, who was severely wounded in a helicopter crash while serving her country and Charlene Westbrook, who lost her husband Sgt. First Class Kenneth Westbrook in the Afghan war, are both featured in this moving RMEF Team Elk show as Titus learns the ups and downs of their life after the damages of war.

Tune in for this emotional episode of RMEF Team Elk on Outdoor Channel Saturday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m. ET and Sunday, September 20 at 5:30 p.m. ET

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without hunting, especially going through what I did,” said Sgt. USMC (retired) Kirstie Ennis in the opening lines of the show. “The outdoors does something to you. Its gets you up and moving.”

Ennis’ hunt is thanks to the work of RMEF and Wounded Warrior Outdoors, who gained special access to private timberland in the Pondosa Tract in California for this hunt. [LB1] “She deserves to have people know that we appreciate the sacrifices she’s made for our freedom,” states Titus. Ennis was an aerial gunner when her copter crashed in June 2012. She suffered severe facial trauma, spinal cord damage, damage to both arms and had a left leg limb salvage.

Charlene Westbrook lost her husband, Sgt. First Class Kenneth Westbrook in 2009 in the Afghan war in one of the deadliest battles – the Ganjgal Ambush. “I made a promise to my husband that I would learn how to hunt and to keep the hunting tradition alive and passed down to our sons,” said Westbrook. “I dedicate this hunt to him.”

Westbrook’s hunt is thanks to RMEF and Adkisson Outdoors, who worked with the Military Warrior Support Foundation[LB2]  to make this special Colorado mountain elk hunt happen. Outfitter Grant Adkisson helps Titus and Westbrook spot and stalk a herd of monster elk on their land in Pagosa Springs.

“I knew what I was getting into when I married my husband,” Westbrook told Titus. “If had to do it all over again, with the ending I have, I’d do it again.”

Learn more about Wounded Warrior Outdoors at http://www.woundedwarrioroutdoors.com; the Military Warrior Support Foundation at http://militarywarriors.org and Adkisson Outfiiters at http://www.adkissonoutdoors.com

Learn more about Kristy Titus at http://kristytitus.com, https://www.facebook.com/KristyTitus and https://instagram.com/kristytitus/

About Kristy Titus: With a shared passion and love of the outdoors, Titus is honored to serve as an ambassador for Cabela's, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, RMEF's Team Elk television Show, Swarovski Optik, Buck Knives, Montana Silversmiths, and Wilderness Athlete. Titus was raised leading a pack string of mules into the backcountry of Oregon, experiencing the thrill of public land, do-it-yourself hunting. She believes that life's lessons are best learned in the field with family and friends by your side, helping to develop sound personal character and values. Titus is passionate in the support of wildlife and habitat conservation and outdoor education. She is a featured member of RMEF's Team Elk television show airing on the Outdoor Channel and actively volunteers supporting local RMEF chapter events and youth hunts around the country. Titus is an NRA Basic Pistol and Refuse To Be A Victim Certified Instructor and part of the Wilderness Athlete Pro Staff. She shares her passion for fitness and nutrition as editor for Western Hunter, Elk Hunter and North American Hunter magazines. Learn more at http://kristytitus.com, https://www.facebook.com/KristyTitus and https://instagram.com/kristytitus/

 

 

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 [LB1]Not sure how this should be worded.  It’s my understanding the Roseburg Resources Company approached RMEF with the special tag, wanting to give it to a military veteran.  I believe the local RMEF chapter reached out to WWO for assistance???

 [LB2]In both hunts, local RMEF volunteers were involved in making it happen.

RMEF Team Elk- Rutting Bulls In Montana

"If you get one to come in close, it's a pretty dramatic moment. It's really something to see a big elk at close quarters." That's what Glen Eberle of Eberlestock backpacks is looking for on his elk hunt with Team Elk in Montana. 

Tune into RMEF's Team Elk airing on the Outdoor Channel, Monday at 9:30am, Saturday at 6:30pm and Sunday at 5:30pm EST. 

RMEF Team Elk- New Mexico Black Powder Hunt


"There is just something different about hunting, it's an art, it's a learned skill and you get to have that passed down to you by people you really admire" said teen hunter Jessica Nielson as she goes on her first elk hunt with RMEF President and CEO David Allen in New Mexico. 

Tune into RMEF's Team Elk airing on the Outdoor Channel, Monday at 9:30am, Saturday at 6:30pm, and Sunday at 5:30pm EST.

 

RMEF Elk Tracks- Getting Geared Up To Hunt Elk

Getting “Geared Up” to Hunt Elk

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Benjamin Franklin

Elk hunters are a meticulous bunch. We have to be! There is a lot that goes into a successful elk hunt. Heck, just getting out the door is a highly involved process in and of itself: 
Clothing….............................check! 
Boots….................................check! 
Gun/ammo or bow/arrows…check! 
Hunting license.....................check!
Sharp knife…........................check! 
Food…..................................check! 
Water….................................check! 
Vehicle…...............................check! 
Now, what else do I need? 
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently unveiled its Gear 101 gear list, the elk hunter’s essential gear checklist. It is intended for sportsmen and women who range from most avid elk hunter to the occasional. It is divided up in three sections: daytripper, multi-day and outfitted. From there, users can further customize according to weapon, either rifle or bow.