Bend, Oregon (Ammoland.com) – 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. “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 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
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/