Calling Elk started for me in the early 1980's. I have been a bowhunter since I was 12 years old. I remember buying my first bow through the Sears and Roebuck Catalog. It was a Fred Bear recurve. I had been living in Oregon for many years, had never seen an Elk before. I got invited to go Elk hunting on the Oregon Coast. I was going to do some fishing on the Salmonberry River. I started walking up the railroad tracks that ran along the river, when I saw something running towards me. It was a Cow elk! I threw my fishing pole out like a long sword and waved it at her, and yelled get back! She was going to run me over!
She turned on a dime and ran up this very steep mountain. Next minute-she was out of site. I was amazed how fast she ran up that mountain. That was my first elk. I tried following her but never saw her again.
Bob Purser with Reyne Roman with a Nice Mature Bull Elk taken with the Sexy Cow Call [http://goo.gl/OSje0k]
The next year I decided to try my hand at bowhunting elk. I was in the Saddle Mountain unit, which is close to Seaside Oregon. I'll never forget the day, it was September 9th. I had been hunting for about a week. I remembered all the campfire talk about how the Elk made this weird sound. No one I was hunting with knew how to call, or really what they sounded like. I was hunting in this huge meadow where the Elk would come down in the evening and feed all night. On first morning light they would begin head back up the mountain to their bedding grounds.
It was around 8:30 in the morning, I had already been in the meadow trying to find them to no avail. So I decided to wonder up the hill. I came out onto an unimproved logging road, that's when I heard the first call. At first I thought it was some weird bird. It was a high pitch shrill sound. I turned to my buddy and asked him, do think that is an Elk. We both just looked at each other, wondering.
We started to walk to the sound. I was approaching the curve in the road when I saw elk running toward me. That's when I heard the sound of the Sexy Cow Call [http://goo.gl/OSje0k] I got off the road really quick, knocked an arrow and got down on one knee. The cow stepped out onto the logging road and walk right in front of me at about 5 yards! She just stood there and looked at me. I remember my first thought "That's not a cow that's a horse!". Then the most devastating thing that could ever happen to a bowhunter was about to happen.
The sound of thundering hoofs hit the logging road. I turned my head to see this monster 5X5 Roosevelt Bull Elk. He walks right behind the cow elk. I now have this huge massive antlered animal standing in front of me at 5 yards, and I don't have my arrow drawn back. I was thinking to myself as this Bull was staring me down. "Oh my God I'm going to die, this creature is going to gore me with his horns. He's going to think I'm some brush pile or tree stump. One of us is going to die".
I tried to get my bow back, but the huge bull just jumped out of his tracks and turned 180 degrees and was gone. All I had was a butt shot.
Well, three years later I was ready to seal the deal. I had done my homework, studied just about everything I could get me hands on about elk calling and hunting elk. I bought a few calls, practiced, practiced and practiced. I was now calling (bugling) bulls up. But, I was still having problems getting them to come all the way in to me. One morning I had a nice bull bugled up and decided to make a move on him. I could hear the cows with him, so I figured it was a heard bull. I knew calling a heard bull in would be difficult. I threw every call in the book at him. Big bull calls, little bull calls, cow calls,calf calls every call you could think of, he just wouldn't budge.
You know when that light comes on, you have that epiphany "ah haw" moment.
Well it hit me. What about that sound I heard on that very first elk encounter? I thought what do I have to loose. I remember it well, because of the uniqueness of the sound. That bull instantly let out a monster bugle and chuckle and came running down the mountain towards me. I will never forget that day, that was the start of of the "World's Greatest Elk Call". I was soon to discover that it would be the "World's Greatest Elk Hunting Secret".
Well the rest is history!
Jerry Shockley, Inventor of the Sexy Cow Call [http://goo.gl/OSje0k]