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Try These Outside the Box Elk Calling Techniques

Calling is a unique aspect of your hunt. These elk calling techniques can help you figure out what works.

By: Nate Zelinsky, Bowtech Ambassador

When it comes to elk hunting, calling seems to be the name of the game. Everyone wants that rush of a big bull breaking through the trees and coming in. But calling can be a touchy subject, and there are a lot of things that go with it.

Things to keep in mind:

Call Shy Elk.

If you're hunting a really pressured area, calling very little or not at all can often work out in your favor.

Herd Bulls.

Herd bulls in big territories are a lot easier to successfully call in.

Learn Your Animals.

If you're in an area where calling is prevalent, play it safe, and if you do call, call on a much lighter scale. For instance, a few cow calls here and there. On the other hand, if you're hunting a big herd bull, call big, sound big, be aggressive.

Use a Variety of Calls.

Have a variety of calls that allow you to sound different. Not every bull is going to respond to the same call.

Think Outside the Box.

If you're having trouble getting a bull to come inside that shooting range, think outside the box. Make a sound they've never heard before. For instance, Nate used a double cow call (see video for details).
nateAnd, remember... you don't have to be a perfect caller to be successful. You just need to find something that works.

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Try These Outside the Box Elk Calling Techniques