In September 2016, Corey Jacobsen and his then 13-year old son Isaac etched out a weekend to hunt elk together and headed into the mountains with only three days for Isaac to try to harvest a bull.
A camera crew followed to shoot footage for the film The Linguists
. After an unsuccessful first day, Corey and Isaac followed a hunch to a canyon they hadn't hunted before. Corey — a multiple World Elk Calling Champion — was intent on bugling in a bull for his son but never expected the hunt to play out like it did.
I was almost trying to set him up to fail, but it was literally picture perfect.
The remarkable hunt captured two unforgettable archery experiences: a highly unique bull elk chasing a harem of cows across a canyon meadow and a young bowhunter's absolute poise during an opportunity that would have turned many experienced elk hunters into a trembling mess.
"He's one of those people that just rises to the occassion," Corey says of his son. "That's a lot of pressure on a 13-year old kid, not only having a bugling bull come in to bow range but also having a camera crew filming you. Seeing him so poised and doing everthing right...maybe he's absorbed some of it over the years, but I honestly don't know if I taught him all those little things he did so well."
Looking back on the experience, Corey says it reinforces all the outdoor experiences he exposed Isaac to.
I believe you have to start them as early as you can. Isaac has been shed hunting with me since before he could walk. It was tough in the beginning, especially when you're packing diapers into the backcountry, but it was really important to share that with him and to expose him to the wild at an early age.
Corey says those experiences not only made Isaac a better hunter, but they also taught him lasting life lessons.
"Hunting is ever-evolving like life. I am often trying to link hunting and life together. Hunting is hard, and life can be hard. If you want to be successful, it takes a lot of hard work. The laws of average don't bypass anybody."