One of the most important considerations that hunters need to make prior to any hunt is selecting ammunition that is going to deliver terminal performance at all practical distances for the game we are pursuing. With there being many types of bullets on the market, hunters need to pay attention to how a bullet is constructed and select the bullet that is designed for the game that they are pursuing. In the latest episode of Pursue The Wild, Tips From The Wild, join Kristy Titus as she discusses some considerations to make prior to purchasing ammunition for your next big game hunt and why Hornady Precision Hunter is the most technologically advanced hunting ammunition on the market today.
Hunting elk on public land is one of the greatest thrills to be had. As part of the Oregon Hunters Association, monthly meeting, I shared a few tips on scouting elk on public land to early season elk calling and hunting strategies.
THE OHA MISSION
“Protecting Oregon’s wildlife, habitat and hunting heritage.”
OHA’s current focus is ensuring sound and scientific management of all huntable wildlife species. However, our financial resources are split between wildlife, habitat and a legislative agenda. OHA will strive to increase hunter access to private lands statewide.
The JC Steel High Altitude Shootout as part of the Precision Rifle Series could not have been more spectacular. Put on by my friend and coach, Jake Vibbert. The match was situated in breathtaking Telluride Colorado affording the opportunity for touristy nightlife prior to and after the match which made the venue fun for the entire family.
Jake puts on an outstanding match with great stages that really challenge each shooters ability. Day 1, I shot my 50% hit average, however on day 2, I shot most of my stages with 80% impacts excluding two long stages that I got whipped by the wind. My Ruger Precision Rifle chambered in 6mm Creedmoor topped with the Nightforce ATACR and MIL C reticle all functioned flawlessly with my 108 Grain Hornady ELD Match.
My big take-away is that I am too slow setting up and locating targets which is causing me to time out before my stages are complete which leaves me room for improvement. My squad could not have been more amazing or helpful. In a short amount of time, I have made tremendous progress with my skill level and am looking forward to progressively climbing the ladder of shooting success.
In the latest PTW Tips From The Wild, Kristy Titus and Rockie Jacobsen of Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls walk you through making your first sounds with a diaphragm elk call. These elk calling tips will help you to create realistic sounding elk calls in no time.
The WILD FRENZY was designed by Rockie Jacobsen and Kristy Titus featuring Volume Enhanced Tone Technology (V.E.T.T.) as well as our tried and true Tone Selector. With the V.E.T.T. system the bugle tube creates true, easy to obtain bull elk sounds. The Tone Selector on the end of the bugle tube allows you to change the amount of volume projected and control the back pressure on your diaphragm. These two specialized features help you obtain the most realistic bugles possible.
The V.E.T.T. system contains a spring, tuned to the right dimensions, inside the specially made adapter. The spring creates more volume, stabilizes higher notes, has raspier low growls, easier octave changes and takes less air to operate. The spring allows for the right amount of vibration to enhance the tone quality and volume that is achieved when bugling into it.
The tube comes completely assembled with the spring and adapter inserted into the tube and is ready to use with your favorite mouth call diaphragm. The vibration dampener (Tube Tamer) is on the inside of the tube on the large end. This helps enrich the deep sounds for chucking and eliminates any plastic vibration. No more ‘tuby’ sounds.
The tube is less than 18” in overall length making it easier for packing, while still providing the volume and realistic quality sounds of a larger tube. With its 1” mouth opening and tapered lip adapter there is more comfort and control of all your bull elk sounds.
On this episode of Pursue The Wild, Kristy Titus has the honor of taking Sgt. USMC (retired) Kirstie Ennis, on her first elk hunt. Ennis was an aerial gunner that was severely wounded in a helicopter crash while serving her country in June 2012. She suffered severe facial trauma, spinal cord damage, damage to both arms and was in limb salvage for many years. Since this hunt took place, Ennis had her left leg amputated above the knee as a result of injuries sustained during the crash.
“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. This moving hunt originally aired on the RMEF Team Elk television show.
Shouldering our rifle, crosshairs steady on the animal of our dreams. Everything we do as hunters comes together in a few short seconds. One press of the trigger can lead to that notch being taken out of our tag.
Join Kristy Titus in her latest episode of Pursue The Wild where she ventures into competitive precision marksmanship in the Precision Rifle Series and the training that ensures when seconds matter, that we make that one shot count.
There are a lot of elk bugle tubes on the market to choose from and they are all different. Join Kristy Titus and Rockie Jacobsen, founder of Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls as they discuss things to consider before you buy a bugle tube that will get you calling elk in no time.
The Wild Fury Elk Call was designed by Rockie Jacobsen and Kristy Titus with the new “PPP” series top that is designed with a slightly narrower frame for youth, women and men with a narrow palate plate area.
This call is very responsive for nasal soft mews and chirps of cows and calves. Also, a great call for a full range of bull elk bugling sounds.
This call is designed to be placed further forward in your mouth, behind your upper front teeth; this helps to prevent gagging and gives your easier control of the latex.
To operate the call, place the Plastic Palate Plate “PPP” upwards to the roof of your mouth, latex down and open end of the diaphragm towards the front of your mouth.
There is a lot that goes into calling elk and being effective at calling in elk. Join Kristy Titus and Rockie Jacobsen, founder of Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls and the inventor of the palate plate diaphragm call as they discuss tips on how to select the right diaphragm elk call for you.
There are lots of meal replacement options on the market today, and we want to select one that not only tastes good but that also lives up to the promises made on the label. The last thing we want to do is spend money on a product that doesn’t perform or that tastes so bad that we don’t want to eat it. Which is why Wilderness Athlete Performance Products are so great. They taste amazing and contain what is promised on the label.
In the latest episode of Pursue The Wild, Tips From The Wild, Kristy Titus explains a few things that you want to look for or consider when you purchase a meal replacement.
If evil should ever knock at your door the decisions that you make in that moment will change your life, forever. Your life is worth fighting for and when people choose violence and want to cause you pain, you are your own first line of defense.
Join me in, When Evil Comes Knocking from Pursue The Wild where I train with US Marine Corps Veteran and retired law enforcement SWAT Operator, Tony Sentmanant of RealWorld Tactical.
Watch as I get broke down in 100 degree Miami Florida heat with a series of physical challenges, hand to hand combat and shooting drills designed to simulate defending your life against a violent human attacker. This is real world training. No mercy.
Join Kristy Titus in her latest episode of Pursue The Wild, Tips From The Wild for a journey back in time to the foundation of the principals that our hunting heritage is based upon.The hard work that we put into our hunts hinge our success upon quality crafted gear that is robust and reliable. Trust in equipment that works as hard as you do, backed with a lifetime unconditional warranty, Trophy Taker has always been there.
YOU CAN SETTLE... OR YOU CAN BE A TROPHY TAKER!
Depoe Bay in Oregon is carved out of rocky lava beds that stretch down to beautiful sandy beaches. As the smallest navigable harbor in the World, it is famous for gray whale watching and sport fishing and it is the perfect place for small vessels to cast out into the Pacific Ocean in search of adventure.
Join me and my 82 year old grandpa Bill and uncle David as we set out to enjoy some reel fun catching ling cod, black sea bass and cabezon off the Oregon coast.
As marksmen and hunters, we want our bullet or arrow to impact downrange with precision on our intended target. Employing natural point of aim (NPA) will help increase downrange accuracy and eliminate muscular tension and fatigue.
In the latest episode of Pursue The Wild, Tips From The Wild, Kristy Titus explains how to test if your sight picture has NPA on the intended target. Combined with the fundamentals of marksmanship; sight alignment, sight picture, breath control, trigger control & follow through form the foundation of precision marksmanship. With a little practice at the range, employing NPA will become second nature and create more successful first round downrange impacts.
Where Traditions Begin-Through The Eyes Of A Child
Presented By The National Wild Turkey Federation
There is an inborn wonder seeing the world through the eyes of a child. It takes us to a place where the extraordinary is found and we see the magic of wild places. Join Kristy Titus in her latest episode of Pursue The Wild where she teams up with The National Wild Turkey Federation and Huntin' Wives to bring 12 year old Gold Star Kid, Joee to Oregon for her first turkey hunt.
This is where traditions begin. Conserve. Hunt. Provide. Together, we will save the habitat and save the hunt.
I am a proud Ruger American. I am honored to serve as a brand ambassador for an American made product with a corporate structure that stands up unflinchingly for the rights of the law abiding citizen and our second amendment.
No Changes to What Ruger Makes and Sells to Law Abiding Citizens, Despite Shareholder Proposal
Please understand that Ruger was obligated by applicable law to include a shareholder’s activist resolution with its proxy materials for a shareholder vote. With its passage, the proposal requires Ruger to prepare a report. That’s it. A report. What the proposal does not do . . . and cannot do . . . is force us to change our business, which is lawful and constitutionally protected. What it does not do . . . and cannot do . . . is force us to adopt misguided principles created by groups who do not own guns, know nothing about our business, and frankly would rather see us out of business.
As Ruger CEO explained, “we are Americans who work together to produce rugged, reliable, innovative and affordable firearms for responsible citizens. We are staunch supporters of the Second Amendment not because we make firearms, but because we cherish the rights conferred by it. We understand the importance of those rights and, as importantly, recognize that allowing our constitutionally protected freedoms to be eroded for the sake of political expediency is the wrong approach for our Company, for our industry, for our customers, and for our country. We are arms makers for responsible citizens and I want to assure our long-term shareholders and loyal customers that we have no intention of changing that.”
Please watch the brand video below that shows who Ruger is and who we will continue to be.
Thanks to conservation work, spearheaded by hunters, the western states host abundant populations of wild turkeys. We all know that growing wildlife populations require quality habitat to sustain populations. The National Wild Turkey Federation and it's members are dedicated to ensuring that all wildlife have the necessary habitat to flourish on or public lands.
Join Kristy Titus in her latest episode of Pursue The Wild, Tips From The Wild where she showcases how NWTF and it's members are working hard to restore the Crooked River National Grasslands Habitat in Oregon. To learn more about the National Wild Turkey Federation go to www.nwtf.org.
Rock Lake Precision Rifle Match
The Rock Lake Precision Rifle Match is in the books. We had some of the best shooters in the country in Cheney Washington competing against each other, but true to good sportsmanship everyone helped each other at every stage. It’s such a remarkable community that I’m so thankful to be part of. My goal this year at every match has been 50% hits. On day one, I shot just that. My gear functioned flawless. I learned a couple new tips about shooting in big wind as today we had a 16mph average. The wind is so easy to compensate for with the Nightforce Optics MIL-C Reticle and first focal plane!
Day 2, I just couldn't get my wind calls together but, the great thing about shooting, you learn something new every time you hit the range. It was a great weekend shooting with great people.
Rifle: Ruger Precision Rifle 6mm Creedmoor
Optic: NightforceUSA ATACR 7-35x56
Ammo: Hornady 108 GR ELD Match
Data: Ruger Kestrel Ballistics
When it comes to competitive shooting sports, those that are on top of the game have spent years training, dry firing and sending countless rounds down range. In the Precision Rifle Series, the rifle and system become an extension of the shooter. The bullet will go exactly where the shooter puts it- that is when they take into account the wind and less than ideal shooting positions. Being able to make impacts downrange at any distance, in any wind or weather condition and in any shooting position is what separates the good marksmen from great marksmen.
In the latest episode of Pursue The Wild, join Kristy in her journey into the world of Precision Rifle Series competition and meet two of the instructors that have helped her along the way, Jake Vibbert of JC Steel Targets and Tyler Hughes of Max Ordinate Training Academy. She is joined by her long time friends, Melinda Sonju and Rei Hoang at the range for some training.
Be sure to check out Jake's instructional videos online and/or purchase high quality steel. http://www.jcsteeltargets.com/