Elk hunters will tell you that a good elk calling technique is one of the conditions that help you to become a successful elk hunter. Experienced hunters need many years to practice and perfect the calls but you do not have to be a grizzled veteran to have a successful elk call.
Elk uses a variety of calls to communicate to each other so imitating their calls is important for elk hunters. This is a chance to make the animal get closer to your location. Among these calls, the most important one is the bulge, which the bull use to call females during the rut.
Elk calling is considered as an art. To become a good caller, you need to spend time on studying and practicing regularly as many outdoor skills.
Here are some essential tips that help you to successfully call elk.
GOOD WAY TO LISTEN TO THE ELK CALL
Listening elk call is so important to imitate the call. Getting outside and listening to live elk call is a good way to start but it takes time and energy and may be impossible for hunters who have limited time or live far from the place where a herd of elk lives. Therefore, finding elk call examples on the internet is more practical. Videos about elk life are available in many channels on the internet. Try to find, listen carefully the sounds and imitate them.
ELK CALLING SOUNDS
There are different types of sounds but the most important ones are the mews and chirps of the cows and the bull’s bugle.
HOW TO PRACTICE
Firstly, you need to listen the calling sound carefully and next step is practicing. You must not have a perfect call because elk do not always call exactly in the same way. However, you need to practice it until your call closes to the examples that you listen to. Besides this, it is essential to know and be able to make different calls, which possibly helps you have more chances to approach the animals.
TYPES OF ELK CALLS
There are two basic types of calls: the reed (are used outside the mouth) and the diaphragm variety ( go in the mouth). It is recommended for beginners to learn the reed type first because it is much easier to get started and take less time.
BEST TIME TO CALL
One of the best tips for an elk hunter is to use the calls that they have learned judiciously. Too much calling can lead to detrimental effect. Besides learning the sound, you should observe elk’s activity carefully. This will help you know what is the best time to call.
DEFLECT THE CALL BY HANDS
Imitating elk call is to make them get close to you but sometimes calling may alert the elk to your presence. One tip to prevent them discovering your location is to deflect the calling sound with your hands. If you are hunting in the group, the caller and shooter need to be separated.