MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will dole out more than $40,000 in cash, hunting gear and other prizes when the RMEF World Elk Calling Championships, presented by Sportsman’s Warehouse, take place in Park City, Utah, on July 22-23, 2021.
“We are excited to welcome back the best elk callers in the world,” said Riza Lesser, RMEF managing director of marketing. “We witnessed some outstanding and dramatic head-to-head competitions the last several years and expect more of the same come July.”
The bracketed competition will take place at the Canyons Village during the four-day RMEF Mountain Festival, presented by YETI. Competitors will face off in in six different divisions: professional, men’s, women’s, voice, youth (11-17 years of age) and pee wee (10 and under).
The field includes a number of past champions including 10-time individual winner Corey Jacobsen from Donnelly, Idaho, and two-time defending women’s champ Marisa Pagano of Lemhi, Idaho. Past men’s champions Jermaine Hodge (2019) and Matt Toyn (2018) jumped up to the professional division to try to take down Jacobsen.
New in 2021, once the field is narrowed down to the round of eight in both the professional and men’s divisions, the format will switch to double-elimination. The other four divisions will remain single elimination from start to finish.
Randy Newberg will serve as emcee. Newberg is an avid elk hunter, strong advocate for public lands and public access issues as well as a RMEF volunteer, life member and former board member.
There are no entry fees and the competition is open to any qualifying person. Go here to view the rules and register. All contestants must pre-register by Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 5 p.m. (MDT). Admission both days is free to the public.
In addition to Sportsman’s Warehouse, other WECC sponsors include Browning, Eberlestock, Gerber, HHA Sports, Hoyt Archery, Leupold, Montana Decoy, Nosler, Schnee’s, Swagger and Traeger.
About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded more than 37 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 231,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 8.1 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.