What You Need this Fall: Elk Calls with Passion

Built by Elk Hunters for Elk Hunters
By Brad Fenson


I’m already preparing for elk hunts this fall and like every year, I look for any advantage I can find to help me anchor a bull when I head to the woods. Checking out the new Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls (RMHC) at buglingbull.com, I found new items that sparked an interest.  Wanting to learn more, I did some homework and eventually got to talk to the man behind more than 36 years of elk calling history and call innovation.

If you’ve grown up hunting, you know that hunting can define your life.  As hunters, our passion often describes our lifestyle, not just our pastime.  As hunters, we’ve been fortunate to see, and use, so many engineering and technological advancements of our hunting gear in the last 50 years.  It’s impossible for many oldtimers to comprehend the gains.

If my grandfather had the opportunity to try modern firearms, bullets, clothing, boots, calls, and backpacks, he would’ve been in seventh heaven.  With the hunting skills he required back in the day, he would have been lethal with the updates.


Rockie Jacobsen, owner of RMHC, was just 12 years old when he obtained his first elk license. Of course, he had been along on hunts at a younger age, but once he became the hunter, his passion for elk blossomed.  By age 16 he was calling in bulls to fill his tags.  To this day, his desire to talk with elk is the reason he works all year—simply for the opportunity to be back out hunting.  It is a life-long passion that defines the man today.  Now that’s the kind of guy I want designing the elk calls I use!

Most elk hunters will know of RMHC, which used to be called Bugling Bulls Game Calls.  A change in name was required to better reflect the wide array of game calls they produce, now covering coyotes, hogs, deer, moose, turkeys and elk.  The RMHC’s elk calls themselves have won over 50 World Elk Calling Championships, with 28 wins for the Jacobsen family alone.

RMHC has been in business since 1980 and continued to grow and expand their product lines.  Rockie developed unique designs and new engineering in diaphragm calls, which many other manufacturers have used over the years.  The Palate Plate was patented and used by other call manufacturers who couldn’t come up with a better design.  When it comes to calling elk, Rockie continually strives to improve on this proverbial mouse trap.

Now We Finally Have a Better Call 

If you use a diaphragm mouth call, you know how effective they are in producing a diversity of bull and cow elk sounds.  The more proficient you are with such a call, the more consistent and realistic you sound.  To help hunters and calling contestants up their game, RMHC has come out with a Tone-Slot Technology (TST) series of diaphragms.  A plastic dome incorporated into the call has a slot running in the center of it, creating a chamber over the latex.

elkcalls3The dome and slot allow the air you blow to center on the diaphragm for better sound, volume and consistency. The slot ensures the proper angle and position of air movement every time, making it easier to use and producing sounds with realistic clarity.

Within the series, you can pick calls to produce specific tones or sounds, like the Rockstar model, which emulates medium to large bull and cow sounds, and can create more nasal cow sounds and high pitch screaming bugles.

With every call, every little detail is examined during production, accounting for the development and use of the new Firestorm Latex.  The new latex is used in RMHC diaphragm calls and comes in yellow, red, gray, and clear, providing more consistency between calls, since they are easier to work.  If you’re a regular user of latex calls, you’ll quickly feel and hear the difference.

The RMHC diaphragm calls are worth a look if you’ve never been able to successfully use a diaphragm placed in the roof of your mouth.  Unlike conventional diaphragms, the new series of calls is placed closer to the front teeth and tipped up.  The first thing the forward placement does is eliminate or reduce the gag reflex some people fight with.

When it comes to bugles, the RMHC systems have a huge following amongst hunters and calling competitors.  The diversity of RMHC mouth calls, tubes and accessories provide the right combination for any elk hunter.  New this year is the Threat Bugle Tube, with a shorter cylinder.

elkcalls5Now, before you start to scoff at a shorter tube producing less volume, understand that the call’s mouth piece includes a spring that is tuned to the specific dimensions of the adaptor it sits in. The grunt tube comes assembled with the spring and adaptor insert making it ready to use with mouth call diaphragms. The spring creates more volume, making the Threat sound as loud as any of its big brothers.  Users will notice it is easier to stabilize higher notes and create raspier low growls, and is just easier to pack or carry around.

elkcalls4The technical name for the new mouth piece and “Insert Innovation is Volume Enhanced Tone Technology, or VETT, making the bugle easier to use and smaller to pack.  There is also a vibration dampener known as the Tube Tamer, placed on the inside of the tube on the large end, ensuring crisp, clear sounds.  This also eliminates plastic vibration and helps produce deeper sounds for chuckling.

I’m already driving my wife crazy practicing with the new calls in the house, car and yard.  I’ve even started placing a diaphragm call in my mouth to chirp and mew when shooting my bow for a real hunting simulation.

Better calls are always a good thing when we want to talk wapiti in the proper dialect or get a leg up on our competition. 

If you’re in the market for a new mouth call or tube, now is the time to try out the ones you’re interested in and start practicing.  Find the calls that work best for you, and make sure you take a hard look at the calls the good folks at RMHC have crafted.

It may be the difference between a happy hunter, or a sore loser!  Check out RMHC products offered on http://www.elk101store.com/calls/bugling-bull.