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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Awards2008 Elk Calling Champions

More than 50 elk callers from 10 states competed in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Dickies/CamoWest World Elk Calling Championships to be honored as world champion elk callers. With divisions for PeeWee, Youth, Voice, Women’s, Men’s and Professional; elk callers were judged on a variety of both cow elk and bull sounds.

This year’s Professional Division winner proved to be Joel Turner of Washington State, a lifelong hunter and veteran elk caller for almost 20 years (even though he’s only in his early 30’s). This was just Joel’s third year of competing, making his an impressive win over repeat competitors.

Schnee’s Powder Horn Outfitters is proud to support RMEF elk conservation efforts which is why we donated a free pair of Schnee’s pac boots for the top winners of the Elk Calling Championship to add to their hunting successes.

News Release
Steve Wagner, Blue Heron Communications, 2/25/2008

Elk Callers from Five States Win World Titles

MISSOULA, Mont. – New world champion elk callers from California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Washington were crowned during the weekend in Reno.

Competition was held in six divisions as part of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 24th Annual Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo. The event was held for the third straight year at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center. Next year the championships will move to Fort Worth, Texas.

The RMEF Dickies/CamoWest World Elk Calling Championships began with preliminary rounds on Friday. Top callers advanced to final rounds on Saturday. More than 50 callers from 10 states competed.

In the event, callers have 30-45 seconds to mimic cow elk sounds, followed by bull sounds. Professional-level competitors are required to make specific calls such as barks, whistles and screaming bugles. 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. Judges score each competitor. Winners received prizes and cash ranging from $500 to $2,500.


PeeWee Division:
1. Schafer Bungay, Kalispell, Mont.
2. Gavin McKitrick, McAllister, Mont.
3. Tawny Bungay, Kalispell, Mont.

Youth Division
1. Gregory Hubbell Jr., Belmont, Calif.
2. Patrick Whitaker, Lebanon, Ore.
3. Ross LeValley, Hotchkiss, Colo.

Women’s Division
1. Misty Waggener, Sandpoint, Idaho
2. Deb Bungay, Kalispell, Mont.
3. Bobbi Alwine, Muleno, Ore.

Men’s Division
1. Greg Hubbell, Belmont, Calif.
2. Dirk Durham, Moscow, Idaho
3. Thomas Diesing, Loveland, Colo.

Professional Division
1. Joel Turner, Eatonville, Wash.
2. Al Morris, Springville, Utah
3. J.R. Keller, Delta, Colo.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Missoula, Mont., the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat. The Elk Foundation and its partners have permanently protected or enhanced over 5.2 million acres, a land area larger than Connecticut, Delaware and District of Columbia combined. More than 500,000 acres previously closed to public access are now open for hunting, fishing and other recreation. The Elk Foundation has more than 150,000 members, a staff of 150 and 10,000 active volunteers. To help protect wild elk country or learn more about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, visit www.elkfoundation.org or call 800-CALL-ELK.


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