The first time you hear a bull elk bugle is a moment that you never forget. For me, I was 13 years old when my dad used his old school bugle and rubber band cow call to lure in a screaming 5x5 bull elk on public land in Idaho. That moment changed my life but it wasn’t until I was in my early twenties did I learn to call elk.
Having the ability to call elk- speak their language and really talk to them is one of the most remarkable experiences you can have as an outdoorsman. Showcasing that ability is what led me to my muzzle loader elk hunt in New Mexico. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, I placed second and third in the world at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation World Elk Calling Championships. One of the prizes that I won, a brand new Traditions 50 Cal Muzzle loader rifle.
The perfect way to celebrate elk and elk hunting was to make my first muzzle loader hunt for elk on public land with Team Elk. Stay tuned for RMEF’s Team Elk to watch this incredible hunt unfold.
There is nothing brighter than the smile of a child on their first elk hunt. This is their moment; an opportunity that they have dreamed about their entire short lives. This held especially true on a New Mexico elk hunt with Lee Kenneke. At 12 years young, Lee is quite the accomplished Jr. hunting guide at the Express UU Bar Ranch.
His ability to quickly spot elk in any terrain, is uncanny. The kid has an eye for all types of big game. He has literally been hunting all 12 years of his life and most certainly has more experience than most adult hunters when it comes to elk hunting.
The opportunity for Lee to hunt the Express UU Bar was provided by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, for within Lee, they saw the future of elk hunting, a steward of the land and wildlife that calls it home. Lee grew up on the ranch but no one in his family has had the special opportunity to hunt the bulls that call it home, until him.
Lee’s pursuit for a bull elk was a special one- he was looking for the hard to find management bull. Any sort of clean 6x6 or 5x5 would not do- the bull had to be of a mature age with an antler malformation. This required looking over hundreds of bulls. This type of selective hunt has made Lee the expert that he is at a young age. To be able to look over a herd of elk and age estimate and identify special characteristics on antlers has young Lee on top of his game.
One thing is for sure, we had a blast with a little competitive antler hunting as well. The two of us had a blast finding sheds and comparing size.
Stay tuned for RMEF’s Team Elk television show to see the special moments that took place on this hunt for Lee’s first bull elk.
Country Music Star Tracy Lawrence hunts Montana and has a chance to escape the busy life of celebrity and the road. Airing on the Outdoor Channel Saturday August 27th at 7:00PM and Sunday August 28th 4:30PM EST.
Travis Hall and Ryan Godderidge of Browning Firearms hunt New Mexico during the rut and discuss why the RMEF is so vital to conservation. Airing on the Outdoor Channel Saturday August 20th at 7:00pm and Sunday August 21st at 4:30pm EST.
NEW from RMEF's Team Elk Season 6 Airing Now- Yeti's Ben O'Brien hunts late season in Colorado with a last minute chance to fill his freezer for the winter. Airing on the Outdoor Channel- Saturday 7:00PM, Sunday 4:30PM EST.
Lorenzo Sartini hunts New Mexico with a bow and shows how his company goHUNT.com can help hunters find success while chasing western big game. Airing on the Outdoor Channel Saturday's at 7:00PM and Sunday at 4:30PM EST.
Season 6 Airing Now- This week on RMEF's Team Elk, Eclipsed, Episode 10, Team Elk Host Brandon Bates returns to Montana with friend Scott Chester and tries to overcome a problematic moon cycle. Airing on the Outdoor Channel- Tuesday 4:30PM & 11:30PM, Thursday 10:30PM, Sunday 11:00PM EST.
Season 6 Airing Now- This week on RMEF's Team Elk, Rut It Up, Episode 9, OnXmaps and Team Hunt Founder, Eric Siegfried chases bulls in New Mexico during the peak of the rut. Airing on the Outdoor Channel- Tuesday 4:30PM & 11:30PM, Thursday 10:30PM, Sunday 11:00PM EST.
Bend, Oregon (February 16, 2016) – Kristy Titus is honored to continue her partnership with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation as a member of Team Elk and featured on their Team Elk TV show airing on Outdoor Channel. As a member of Team Elk, Titus attends RMEF special events to promote conservation, hunting, outdoor and shooting sports traditions as well as film unique episodes for Team Elk TV.
“Some of my best memories growing up are of elk hunting with my dad while packed deep into the backcountry on mules,” said Titus. “I was happiest when I was on my mule heading out spot and stalk elk hunting. Memories like this are why I am proud to serve RMEF and its mission in conservation and hunting heritage. Together, we are helping to ensure the legacy of the hunting tradition continues for generations.”
Growing up hunting in the rugged western mountains as her backyard, Titus developed an appreciation and respect for nature she continues to practice today. Titus’ experience helps educate others about the outdoors and the importance of staying healthy for hunting, all while being an advocate for wildlife and habitat conservation. She works extensively with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and other non-profits, as a volunteer where she places an emphasis on ensuring hunting remains a tradition that will be available for future generations.
“Kristy is an outstanding ambassador for the outdoors and our hunting heritage,” said Steve Decker, RMEF Vice President of Marketing. “We are proud to have her as a member of Team Elk representing RMEF and our mission.”
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of nearly 220,000 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 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, Host of NRA I Am Forever, 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. Titus is an NRA Basic Pistol and Refuse To Be A Victim Certified Instructor. She shares her passion for fitness and nutrition as editor for Western Hunter and Elk Hunter magazines. Learn more at http://kristytitus.com, https://www.facebook.com/KristyTitus and https://instagram.com/kristytitus/
This week on RMEF's Team Elk, Last Shot, Episode 8, Curt Heinert of Montana Canvas hunts bulls in Colorado during one of the season's final hunts. Airing on the Outdoor Channel- Tuesday 4:30PM & 11:30PM, Thursday 10:30PM, Sunday 11:00PM EST.
This week on RMEF's Team Elk, The Ultimate Challenge, Episode 7, Rick Connell hunts Utah with traditional archery equipment and gets the shot he's waited a lifetime for. Airing on the Outdoor Channel- Tuesday 4:30PM & 11:30PM, Thursday 10:30PM, Sunday 11:00PM EST.
This week on RMEF's Team Elk, It's Heritage, Episode 6, Join my father Lewis and I for a public land, DIY archery elk hunt in our home state of Oregon. Airing on the Outdoor Channel- Tuesday 4:30PM & 11:30PM, Thursday 10:30PM, Sunday 11:00PM EST.
My good friend and country music artist Mark Wills and his amazing daughter Macey (you all are going to love love love her) are hunting elk in New Mexico this week on RMEF Team Elk - Be sure to tune in or set your DVR - airing on the Outdoor Channel Tuesday 4:30PM & 11:30PM, Thursday 10:30PM and Sunday 11:00PM EST.
Former PRCA All-Around World Champion Lewis Feild and PBR CEO Jim Haworth hunt big bulls during Colorado’s rifle season. Airing on the Outdoor Channel Monday at 9:30am, Saturday at 6:30pm and Sunday at 5:30pm EST.
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.”
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/
[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.
"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.