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Learning to Call
« on: June 07, 2018, 07:13:59 PM »
Yesterday Amazon delivered a Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls Full Rut Tone and Wapiti Whacker. I think now the neighbors are questioning the sounds coming from our home...more so than usual.

Does anyone have any guidance to offer for learning to use these?
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Re: Learning to Call
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2018, 07:27:10 PM »
Have you used elk diaphragms before?
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Re: Learning to Call
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2018, 07:35:54 PM »
No, never. Actually never used any diaphragm calls before.
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Re: Learning to Call
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2018, 07:42:52 PM »
Iíll send you a couple of links on the basics later. If youíre not an axe murdrrer or escaped convict ;).., I can have you out to my place outside of Rainier and help you learn a bit. RJ
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Re: Learning to Call
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2018, 07:54:01 PM »
Well...they gave me an FFL last year and my fiance works for a LEO agency...I can come up with a third credential if needed  ;)
I'll be looking forward to the link and will definitely take up up on the lesson at your convenience. I've been watching some YouTube videos and doing my best to mimic the instructors and animals.
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Re: Learning to Call
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2018, 08:07:12 PM »
Ha, sounds like I'm safe to invite you out for some calling practice (grin).  I enjoy helping hunters get rolling with their elk sounds.  Sent you a couple of good links that'll get you started in the right direction.  RJ 
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Re: Learning to Call
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2018, 08:20:04 PM »
I would buy a few different brands as well. They are not all made identical, some have different profile palate plates. They also have different thicknesses of latex as well. Iíve tried a few different brands and have found that Phelps amp diaphragms work the best for me. I practice in my truck while listening to bugles as well as cow and calf calls and do my best to somewhat mimic. By no means am I anywhere close to challenging Corey Jacobsen but Iíll keep trying. The several hunters I called in last yr mustíve thought it sounded ok (I was not calling well in my opinion, maybe thatís what called in hunters and no elk?) practice with your bugle tube as well. Iím no way an expert, I learned a lot from elk101 and lots of trial and error. Hope it helps.


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Re: Learning to Call
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2018, 08:38:20 PM »
I would buy a few different brands as well. They are not all made identical, some have different profile palate plates. They also have different thicknesses of latex as well. Iíve tried a few different brands and have found that Phelps amp diaphragms work the best for me. I practice in my truck while listening to bugles as well as cow and calf calls and do my best to somewhat mimic. By no means am I anywhere close to challenging Corey Jacobsen but Iíll keep trying. The several hunters I called in last yr mustíve thought it sounded ok (I was not calling well in my opinion, maybe thatís what called in hunters and no elk?) practice with your bugle tube as well. Iím no way an expert, I learned a lot from elk101 and lots of trial and error. Hope it helps.


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It does help and confirms why I bought a few. I just have the one now and a couple others will arrive next week.
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Re: Learning to Call
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2018, 08:55:03 PM »
Out of 10 different diaphragm calls, you will be lucky to get 5 to make consistent calls, and tones that you like.  Consistent is the hard part.  Some calls just fit better.  I probably have 15 different calls in my kit, but only use 5 of them.   Not sure why i keep the rest, but I buy 2-3 extras of the ones I like cause they are easy to lose when you are in the woods.

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Re: Learning to Call
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2018, 06:48:33 AM »
Man I gotta echo this - I am so awful at diaphragm calls.

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Re: Learning to Call
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2018, 01:32:48 PM »
WapitiTalk1 got me started off on the right foot. I need to keep practicing though.





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Re: Learning to Call
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2018, 09:36:54 PM »
Care to share the resources WapitiTalk sent?


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Re: Learning to Call
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2018, 11:21:50 PM »
Some videos by Elknut on YouTube for reference but, even better was the time he spent with me to get me on the right track.
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Re: Learning to Call
« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2018, 06:29:03 PM »
Well it looks like you live in Tacoma, so best advice would be keep them in your truck or car and practice when you are stuck in traffic.

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Re: Learning to Call
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2018, 11:18:27 PM »
Well it looks like you live in Tacoma, so best advice would be keep them in your truck or car and practice when you are stuck in traffic.

Traffic? I don't commute to work.  So while I'm working I blow the calls a few times a day with the windows open.  :chuckle: I'm sure the neighborhood loves it.
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