13 Year Old Shoots Elk In The Chest!
I have been bombarded with emails over the past week asking for more details about the new elk hunting project. I wish I could just launch it and turn you loose with it right now, but we are testing and tweaking the final stages to make sure there are no hiccups once it’s live. I did send it out for beta testing last week to a handful of elk hunters…check out what Randy Newberg had to say about it:
“I’ve been hunting elk for 25 years and I still have so much to learn. What Corey has provided here filled in many missing pieces. All elk hunters, from beginner to experienced, now have a HUGE headstart down the path of elk hunting knowledge. I only wish this had been available years ago. Thanks for the great information!” – Randy Newberg
The full project will be launching one week from today (next Wednesday, June 1st). But, I am going to give you a really detailed sneak peak of the project tomorrow! Watch for tomorrow’s email, which will include details and a link to preview the new project!
But for now, let’s discuss calling elk. There were several responses to Monday’s article and the question of “What specifically do you want to learn when it comes to calling elk?” Here are the top 3 responses:
What are the elk saying and how should I respond?
When should I be aggressive and when should I be timid/when to use cow calls or bugles?
What early season calling tactics work?
Here are my thoughts on elk calling…
Talking to Elk 2Calling elk is probably the one area where the greatest gap between confidence and insecurity exists. There are so many variables and factors in calling elk that it can become overwhelming. Many hunters are completely confused and don’t even know where to start. How do I learn to use calls? What sounds do I need to practice? When do I use each sound? Do I bugle too much? Should I use a cow call instead of a bugle? What did the bull just say to me, and should I respond aggressively or timidly? Why is the bull bugling aggressively, but running away? Why did that bull just sneak in on me? Why is he hanging up at 100 yards? What call should I use to break him loose? And on and on and on goes the questions and the doubts.
The confusion that often comes from this one topic can be enough to cloud not only our understanding, but also our hope of being successful. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be confusing or complicated. And there is no need to worry that your calling abilities or understanding are going to keep you from being successful. That is the whole point to these emails and the upcoming project release…to give you the tools you need to be confident, and successful.
Many of you probably know that I am an engineer. You probably also know that it took me a long time to learn to be successful as an elk hunter. Coincidently, once I applied my engineering thinking to elk hunting, my success rates increased exponentially. And, that thinking also made my approach to calling elk much more simple.