Jun 15th, 2020
Title: The Elk Scenario with Corey Jacobsen Part 2
Sometimes in elk hunting, you’ll keep running up against some of the same scenarios. In part 4 of the Elk Scenario, I continue my conversation with Corey Jacobsen from Elk 101 about how he approaches these common scenarios.
Most of what Corey hunts is just general, over-the-counter tags. So five or six elks bugling all at once is elk heaven to him, and he doesn’t worry too much about which ones he goes after. But when you’re competing against other bulls in the wild, how do you make yourself stand out? Corey talks about the direction the conversation should go when you’ve figured out which bull you want to go after.
When there are a lot of elks bugling, it can be hard to make yourself heard over them. Corey and I both have some good strategies for interrupting a bull by bugling over them, or creating a scenario with sound that catches the attention of a bull.
Challenging a bull may not give you the results you want, and there are a lot of different reasons for this. Depending on the size of the herd or the age of the bull, you may want to choose a different approach.
When Corey hears the bulls bugling and running, they’re usually moving up a mountain. Trying to get them to turn around is a common situation. Even though they have the upper hand, it could be an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on the terrain. Corey’s recent experience demonstrates some of the tricky parts of being below a herd.
For Corey, he loves calling. If an elk won’t bugle back to him, his first instinct is to move on. I might choose instead to use some other audible sounds to prod him to respond. We talk about different ways to get a response from a quiet bull.
- Eliminating opportunities on a hunt is one of the last things you want to do.
- It’s illegal to call an elk in a national park.
- How to tell an elk to shut up, according to Corey.
- Big rubs and puny bugles don’t always mean big bulls or small bulls.
Mentioned in this Episode:
Learning to talk to elk can change your entire hunting experience. Expert elk bugler Corey Jacobsen describes how he changes his bugling tactics based on different scenarios. Attracting the attention of a quiet elk versus catching the attention of a herd of trumpeting elk requires entirely different calls. The nuances of elk bugling will make you appreciate the hunt even more.
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