Utah Public Land Elk Success

Blessed to put my tag on this stunning public land Utah Mt. Dutton bull. The team at High Top Outfitters could not have been more awesome. Their hard work and determination led me to this success. Thank you to my dad Lewis for traveling with me and sharing this hunt with me. To the hardest working crew of guys I have ever seen~ Jay Simon, Kelly Bingham, Brett Guymon, Chris Blad, Shane Williams, Chris Conner, Shawn Ellis, Marty Ellis, and Jeff. Thank you all for holding my ammo around those 340 bulls. This stud was worth the wait! He was tricky to get on and put the slip on me two days in a row but I was finally able to catch him in the open placing a single shot at 600 yards. He literally dropped in his tracks! An unbelievable ending to an epic hunt taking home my biggest bull ever at 360 inches!

Western Hunter Magazine- Winter 2015

The Winter issue of Western Hunter Magazine arrived in mailboxes this month. My recent article, Avioid the Bonk, Glycemic Index Explained, I discuss how various carbohydrates function within the body. Other great articles fill the pages including Rain Warriors Part II by Ryan Hatfield on extreme weather raingear. 

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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.

Elk Hunter Magazine- Fall 2015

Eat To Live

Backpack Kitchen Essentials To Reduce The Occurence Of Chronic Muslce Loss

The rigors of Western hunting require thoughtful, year-round preparation due to long hours spent in the gym, running trails, shooting, etc. All of that training is geared toward to the most coveted time of the year...hunting season.

In all of the excitement, it's easy to let our nutrition protocol go by the wayside. I often hear the same story repeated: "I spend all year training for this one omonth and it seems like I destroy all my gains within that month, losing up to 15 lbs. of hard-earned mass."

In the fall issue issue of Elk Hunter Magazine, I give a few tips that will help you preserve your hard-earned muscle afield this fall. 

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Elk Hunter Magazine does extensive and frequent reviews of a wide range of products that every serious elk hunter should be using. From optics to boots to bowhunting equipment, you'll read about it in every issue. 

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




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



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




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



Cabela’s Willow Hunting Pack– IK-461921

Eberlestock X2– IK-460094

Eberlestock Team Elk– IK-461275

Stone Glacier Backpacks

Kifaru Backpacks



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


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

Magpul MS1 Padded Rifle Sling– IK-232529


Cabela’s Instinct Xcite Bow IK-462330

Cabela’s Creedence Bow– IK-462979



Buck Knives Bow Tool

Coast Flashlights- Inspection Beam Penlight & Pure Beam Focus Light

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


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




Liquid Smoke

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

Camera (extra memory card)

Small Videocamera


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




North American Hunter- Back Country Food For Thought

Backcountry Food For Thought Hunting season is just around the corner, and now is the time to finalize the touches on gear preparation.

Anyone heading to the mountains this year to pursue elk? Backcountry hunts can break you down physically, so it’s extremely important to pack high-quality, whole natural foods to recharge and refuel your body. Consuming a balanced meal every 3-4 hours consisting of carbohydrates, complete protein and fat at every meal throughout the day ensures more energy, quicker recovery times and more efficient use of stored body fat as a fuel source.

Below you will find some ideas for lightweight, quick and nutritious foods that will help fuel your next back country adventure.

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Wilderness Athlete Community

We are excited to introduct the all new- Wilderness Athlete Community

The new Wilderness Athlete Community will be the ideal place for our community to share, ask, questions, solve problems and help each other to experience the most epic of outdoor adventures. 

Whats on the forum?

Nutrition & Fitness-

Home of all things nutrition and fitness for the Wilderness Athlete. Post recipes, share advice for maintaining motivation, and suggestions on how to successfully reach your daily activity level goals. 

Ask Coach Paulsen-

The only stupid question is the one that doesn't get asked. Let's all benefit by picking the brain of Mark Paulsen, a man with unique experience and knowledge of the sports nutrition world. Coach Mark Paulsen has been training collegiate athletes and developing solutions for Outdoor Performance Nutrition for over 20 years. 

Outdoor Performance-

How, why and what we do to optimize our performance in the wilderness. Everything from kettlebells and lunges to gear tips and backcountry food choices that help us succeed. 

28 Day Challenge-

There is strength in numbers. Sharing our secrets for success and struggles along the way will elevate our results on day 28. 

We would like to invite you to join and help us grow our team. 

This week, sign up for an account on the new forum and get access to a special 15% discount code to use on our online store. 

                                                             - The Wilderness Athlete Team

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Western Hunter Magazine- Summer 2015

In the Summer 2015 Issue of Western Hunter Magazine, I write about finding balance to fuel your body for optimal performance. Below is a pre-view of her article, but also found below is a pre-view of an article authored by a good friend of mine, Rick Carone of Sheep Shape TV. 

I hope that after reading these pre-views, that you will subscribe to Western Hunter Magazine if you are not already a subscriber. CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE NOW.

Feed The Machine

As With Life, Balance Is Key

Fueling our body for optimal performance is sometimes easier said than done. Bottom line, in order for us to grow muscle while losing body fat, we have to eat properly. The difference between achieving our health fitness goals and falling short can be as simple as the prey we seek on our hunts; clean, lean, complete protein.

Optimal protein intake is going to vary from person to person based on a myriad of variables such as age, lean body mass, activity level, etc. Ideally, you consume enough protein to repair and rebuild tissue. The National Research Council RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) for maintenance under normal conditions has been established that adults should consume .8 grams of complete protein for every kg. of body weight per day. The general guideline that I use is 1 - 1.5 grams of complete protein for each pound of body weight per day. 

Mom & Dad's Ram

By Rick Carone:

Life has ups and downs; the trick is to seize the moment. We sometimes take for granted the beauty of a sunrise; the echo of Canada geese; or the crunching leaves from a whitetail buck on the frost-lined forest floor. Sometimes we do this because we're in a rush to get to work, attend and event, or even to catch up on our favorite TV show. Sadly, more often than not, it takes a life-changing event to truly open our eyes, ears, heart and soul to what truly matters.

"Upon waking up, I knew something was wrong...My family was crying and I received the news no one want to hear..."

Why Subscribe to Western Hunter Magazine? 

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. Kristy Titus will help you to  take care of your body and improving your overall health. This isn’t just about hunting; this is about quality of life!

Being in shape and feeling vigorous is key to being an efficient and effective hunter. Professional trainers Mark Paulsen and Kristy Titus teach you exercise and fitness techniques, how to eat better, and how to pack meals for mountain hunting.

Gear is one of the most critical subjects in all of western hunting, and Western Hunter Magazine brings detailed write-ups and reviews in each and every issue. Backpacks, boots, optics, ammo, clothing and more. We only review and focus on product we believe in.


Shoot Down Cancer

The fight to shut down cancer never stops as it is a disease that has personally touched nearly every one of our hearts and lives. The #ShootDownCancer 3D archery benefit is supporting the fight to shut down cancer by raising critical funds and awareness for cancer research.

In 2014, the #ShootDownCancer benefit focused on Pancreatic Cancer awareness and research and in the support of Rick Carone following his diagnosis of the disease at the age of 42. With an extensive history in the outdoor industry including 10 years in production for the Buck Commander television show and current featured member of Sheep Shape TV, Rick is a man that has touched the hearts and lives of many throughout the outdoor industry and inspired the nation with his self-proclaimed triple threat of attack on cancer; faith, family and friends.

Last year, nearly 300 people took part in the #ShootDownCancer 3D event and this year, the benefit surpassed those numbers.

This year funds were donated to the Arkansas Ovarian Cancer Society in an effort to raise critical funds and awareness for Ovarian Cancer Research.

Gary & Karen Powell of 12 Ring Archery in Conway Arkansas graciously hosted the #ShootDownCancer event with the support of Bo Dottley and Tim Endsley. The 3D course featured two archery ranges, two novelty shoots and there was also a mini Train To Hunt Challenge course.

Celebrity shooters from the outdoor industry that are supporting the fight to #ShootDownCancer  include the continued support from Rick Carone of Sheep Shape TV, Willi Shmidt of Pure Hunting, Joshua Carney of Son of the South TV, Kristy Titus of RMEF’s Team Elk TV, Rob Schneider of Rattler Grips and Kenton Clarimont of Train to Hunt and Sheep Shape TV.

There were over $20,000 in prizes from the outdoor industries largest companies given out to participants in the shoot.

#ShootDownCancer represents the outdoor industries outpouring of love and support helping to raise awareness and helping the fight to shut down cancer.

Thank you for supporting the fight against cancer, I am already looking forward to participating in the 2016 #ShootDownCancer event.



Elk Hunter Magazine Summer 2015


Testing Your Swole

 Establishing A Baseline For Progress

Swole: The state of being muscular and/or in good shape.

Elk season is coming and hunters are putting the final touches on souting, gear, and physical fitness. these are our last months to trim off any additional body fat and tone up our muscle in preparation for heavy packs full of delicious wild game meat. 

No matter where you are in your weight lifting and/or training program, the glory days of your lifting life may not apply here. Having a detailed journal of nearly every lift I've ever performed, I always want to push more and lift heavier than ever, but that is not necessarily what is best for the body. 

In the gym, we should only lift weight that coincides with our current level of health fitness. 

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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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Western Hunter Magazine- Spring 2015

Abs Are Made In The Kitchen

-Meal Planning For A Leaner, Harder, Healthier Physique

Your fitenss goals have been set and this is your year to take on the mountain with a healthier, leaner, hardery physique than ever before. In order to achieve your goals, you have to become stronger than your excuses, and learn to manage your time. Now is the time to create a system that will keep you on track and eating clean throughout the week. 

Meal planning will help you stick to and maintain a diet that is filled with whole natural foods that maximize your energy levels while promoting fat burning and muscle development.

Why Subscribe to Western Hunter Magazine? 

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. Kristy Titus will help you to  take care of your body and improving your overall health. This isn’t just about hunting; this is about quality of life!

Being in shape and feeling vigorous is key to being an efficient and effective hunter. Professional trainers Mark Paulsen and Kristy Titus teach you exercise and fitness techniques, how to eat better, and how to pack meals for mountain hunting.

Gear is one of the most critical subjects in all of western hunting, and Western Hunter Magazine brings detailed write-ups and reviews in each and every issue. Backpacks, boots, optics, ammo, clothing and more. We only review and focus on product we believe in.

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Elk Hunter Magazine Spring 2015

The Foundation

Now Is The Best Time To Begin, Or Start Again


In the Spring, 2015 issue of EHM, Kristy discusses how the power of a positive mental attitude, proper planning, suppliments, hydration and a few nutrition tips can help you begin or start again on your road to improved health fitness. 

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. Kristy Titus shares insight to taking care of your body and improving your overall health. This isn’t just about hunting; this is about quality of life!

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North American Hunter- Winter 2014


Hunting Calories During The Offseason

Targeting your heart rate will allow you to more accurately target more fat, and a lean hunter can go farther and hunt harder.

In the Winter 2014 issue of North American Hunter Magazine, my latest article discusses how you as a hunter can cover more miles and increase your hunting opportunities with cardiovascular training. A stronger heart and lungs allow you to travel farther-faster-and leave you with shorter recovery times, which equates to more sets and calling more predators.

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