January 27, 2023

New Format, More Prize Money at 2018 World Elk Calling Championships

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will unveil its own version of March Madness at the 2018 World Elk Calling Championships. Similar to the popular basketball tournament, competitors will now face off in a bracketed format.

“We are excited to unveil this new format as it will increase elk calling skills and boost friendly rivalries,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “And to add to the excitement and level of competition, RMEF will double the prize money from a year ago.”

The 2018 World Elk Calling Championships will take place March 16-17 at the International Sportsmen’s Expo (ISE) at South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah.

Prize Money
Professional                            $5,000
Men’s                                      $2,500
Women’s                                 $2,500
Voice                                       $2,000
Youth (ages 11-17)                  $1,000
Pee Wee (10 & younger)         $1,000
Second- and third-place finishers in all above divisions will receive gear prizes.
(First place winnings in the Team division will remain $500.)

To compete, all contestants must register online. There are no entry fees.

Go here to watch a video from the 2017 World Elk Calling Championships.

A regional qualifying event, which is not mandatory to compete in Utah, will take place January 13 at the ISE Denver show. Register at that event by visiting RMEF’s Great Elk Tour or the Sportsmen of Colorado (booth #827) on the show floor.


Langley Claims 2017 World Elk Calling Championship

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—Bryan Langley outdueled friendly rival Corey Jacobsen to claim first place in the professional division at the 2017 World Elk Calling Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah, presented by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the International Sportsmen’s Expositions.

“It feels pretty good. It’s been awhile. Corey and I have gone back and forth every year,” said Langley. “The first sequence I felt that my call was breaking up a little bit so I switched to a different call and I felt like I hit all the notes I needed to.”

Langley is a three-time champion in the professional division having also won titles in 2012 and 2013. He also won the men’s division in 2009.

Jacobsen has five pro division titles to his credit. He also won the men’s division in 1998 and the adult division in 1995. Additionally, Jacobsen won the Champion of the Champions invitational in 2013 that featured previous pro division winners from the first 25 World Elk Calling Championships.

Langley’s family also shined in 2017. Bryan’s oldest son, Brayden, competed in the men’s division for the first time while younger siblings Moriah, Gavin and Abram dominated the pee wee division by finishing first, second and fifth respectively.

Seventy-eight contestants, the most to take part since 2005, competed in six different divisions.

2017 World Elk Calling Championships winners:

Professional Division
Bryan Langley, McMinnville, Oregon
Corey Jacobsen, Boise, Idaho
Cody McCarthy, Post Falls, Idaho

Men’s Division
Damian Pagano, Rexburg, Idaho
Dirk Durham, Orofino, Idaho
Matt Toyn, Harrisville, Utah

Women’s Division
Lydia Smith, Rigby, Idaho
Misty Jacobsen, Vacaville, California
Jamie McCarthy, Post Falls, Idaho

Voice Division
Hannah Holiday, Northglenn, Colorado
Paul Griffiths, Somers, Montana
Kailee Brimmer, Keno, Oregon

Youth Division
Jacob Simper, Tooele, Utah
Joseph Simper, Tooele, Utah
Hunter Lewis, Herriman, Utah

Pee Wee Division
Moriah Langley, McMinnville, Oregon
Gavin Langley, McMinnville, Oregon
Fisher Lewis, Herriman, Utah


World Elk Calling Championships Returning to Denver, Salt Lake City

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s World Elk Calling Championships will spend the next three years in both Salt Lake City and Denver.

“We are excited to team up with our partners at the International Sportsmen’s Expositions (ISE) to highlight the Elk Calling Championships and feature its participants with an increased level of visibility and recognition,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing.

ISE Denver will take place January 12-15 at the Colorado Convention Center. ISE Salt Lake City is scheduled for March 16-19 at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah. The Denver event will be more of a regional contest and qualifier although it is not mandatory for competitors to appear there in order to participate at the finals in Salt Lake City.

RMEF will maintain a strong presence at both Denver and Salt Lake City ISE events by manning booths and featuring the Great Elk Tour.

“ISE has partnered with RMEF for many years,” said John Kirk, ISE director of communications. “We are now extremely proud to deepen our relationship by presenting the RMEF World Elk Calling Contest at our annual Utah event. Our mission is to even better promote hunting, conservation and our partner, RMEF.”

Historically, RMEF held the event at its combined national convention and exposition. TheRMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo is December 1-10, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The2017 National Convention will take place March 2-4 in Nashville.

“Given the timing and location of our upcoming convention and exposition, we looked at the best options that made sense and decided bolstering our ties with ISE would provide a great jump-start for the Elk Calling Championships,” added Decker.

More specific entry/registration information regarding the 2017 RMEF World Elk Calling Championships will be released at a later date.

Denver hosted the finals competition in 1991 and 2000 while Salt Lake City hosted the event in 1992 and 1997. Previous sites include Albuquerque, Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Portland, Reno and Seattle


World Champion Elk Callers Crowned

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

LAS VEGAS – Amateur and professional elk callers from California, Idaho, Nevada and Oregon are the new world champions for 2014.

Competitors from four other states and two Canadian provinces also received honors.

The 2014 World Elk Calling Championships, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) and Leupold, were held during the annual RMEF convention and expo, which concluded Dec. 7 in Las Vegas.


Professional Division
1. Corey Jacobsen, Boise, Ida.
2. Bryan Langley, McMinnville, Ore.
3. Al Morris, Springville, Utah
4. Matt Brimmer, Keno, Ore.
5. Jason Phelps, Pe Ell, Wash.
6. Lance Sellers, Boise, Ida.

Men’s Division
1. Dirk Durham, Moscow, Ida.
2. Shane Donner, Calgary, Alta.
3. Greg Hubbell Jr., Belmont, Calif.
4. Kevin Akers, Oregon City, Ore.
5. Tom Gonzales, Phoenix, Ariz.
6. Travis Jones, Stevensville, Mont.

Women’s Division
1. Misty Jacobsen, Del Ray Oaks, Calif.
2. Kristy Titus, Prineville, Ore.
3. Amy Morris, Springville, Utah

Natural Voice Division
1. William Card, Fallon, Nev.
2. Trent Penrod, Lakeside, Ariz.
3. Sam Jacobsen, Boise, Ida.

Youth Division
1. Brayden Langley, McMinnville, Ore.
2. Austin Rose, Boise, Ida.
3. Russell Nemetchek, Saskatoon, Sask.
4. Isaac Jacobsen, Boise, Ida.

Pee Wee Division
1. Sutton Callaway, Maricopa, Calif.
2. Kailee Brimmer, Keno, Ore.
3. Jessi Jacobsen, Boise, Ida.

The event helps raise awareness of RMEF elk, habitat and conservation initiatives.

In the competition, callers have 30-45 seconds to mimic cow elk sounds, followed by bull sounds. Most callers blow across a latex reed placed inside the mouth. In the natural-voice division, however, no calling devices are allowed. A variety of plastic tubes are used like megaphones, giving the sounds realistic resonance. A panel of judges scores each competitor anonymously.

Winners received prizes and cash ranging from $500 to $2,500.