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J.R. Keller to appear in Pagosa for elk hunting seminar

Famed elk hunter, caller and Hunter Specialties pro staff member J.R. Keller will be in Pagosa Springs to give an audiovisual presentation on elk hunting in the Rocky Mountains.

The seminar will be presented at the Ross Aragon Community Center on Hot Springs Boulevard at 6:30 p.m. Saturday July 31. It is sponsored by Eagle Mountain Mercantile and Hunter Specialties.

Seating is limited and free tickets will be available at Eagle Mountain Mercantile, 56 Talisman Drive Unit 8C, in the Village Center just north of McDonalds, (731-9900).

J.R. Keller has lived in Colorado most of his life. Ever since he was young, he has had a love for the outdoors, which he acquired from his father while accompanying him on hunting and camping trips. During those trips, J.R. developed a passion for turkey hunting that would consume most of his free time. He soon became an avid turkey caller. J.R. entered his first calling contest in 1985 and in 1990 he won the first of his four Colorado State Junior Turkey Calling titles. J.R. won the Utah Open Turkey Calling Championship in 1996 and 1998, and the 2000 Colorado Western Slope Elk and Open competitions. He still competes to better his calling ability as a competition caller, but more importantly, to sharpen his skills as a top-notch hunter.

J.R. is known for his knowledge of elk, turkey, mule deer and waterfowl hunting. He has appeared on The Outdoor Channel, TNN Outdoors and Outdoor Adventures with Joe Drake. J.R. is a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

As a pro staff member of Hunter’s Specialties, he travels the country, conducting seminars and sharing his knowledge and experiences with other hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. It is this teaching process that J.R. truly excels in. He particularly loves teaching the young budding hunters the importance of safety, hunting ethics and skills necessary to preserve the great sport he has dedicated himself to. J.R.’s philosophy is that knowledge is the most important piece of equipment to take in the woods.