The Jacobsen family speaks two languages, English and “Elk”. From seductive mews to growling bugles, they are fluent. You might be familiar with Corey Jacobsen, Sitka Athlete and seven time Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation World Elk Calling Champion, but speaking elk runs deeper than just Corey in the Jacobson Family. His father, Rockie, sister, Misty, and sons Sam and Isaac compete just as fiercely in the elk woods and annual competition.
Known as the “First Family of Elk Calling", the crew enjoyed great success at the 2013 World Elk Calling Championships in Las Vegas. By the time the last bugle echoed through the room, the group had secured three first-place finishes, two seconds, one third and a sixth.
For Corey, the highlight of the event was watching his sons compete on stage. Isaac was the Peewee Division Champion while his younger brother Sam, just six years old, finished in the finals too.
Each caller was given 45 seconds for cow sounds and 45 seconds for bull sounds. Seven judges listened, and then awarded each sequence a score from 1-20. Of these seven scores, the highest and lowest were omitted, allowing a maximum of 100 points per category. Points were tallied for both categories, and a final score out of 200 is given. The annual event is enjoyed by elk enthusiasts of all ages and has been positive in promoting the conservation efforts of the RMEF.
There wasn’t a lot of room left in the finals after the Jacobsen Family performed. We’re equally proud to say Sitka Athlete Matt Brimmer and Sitka Prostaffer Joel Turner qualified for the finals in the Professional Division, Sitka Prostaffer Dirk Durham went on to win the Men's Division and Brimmer's daughter Kailee finaled in the Peewee division.
This year, being the 25th anniversary of the Calling Championships, the RMEF decided to add a special event; the Champion of Champions. All Professional World Champions from the past 25 years were invited to participate. The six Champions consisted of Bryan Langley, Corey Jacobsen, Walt Ramage, Sitka Prostaffer Joel Turner, Al Morris, and Rockie Jacobsen. It was difficult to determine a herd bull in the bunch. Corey Jacobsen, Al Morris, and Rockie Jacobsen came in a three way tie after the first round. Morris was eliminated after the first tie breaker round, while Corey and his Dad remained. After another sequence of authentic elk calling, the judges awarded Corey the winner.
Check out a few clips from the Professional Division Finals. For more videos and information on the calling championships and to keep up to date with Corey check out Elk101.com. Congratulations to all the participants!