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Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Winners Announced!

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 03 23, 2017 •  [Post 1]

After talking it over with bearpaw (Dale; Bear Paw Outfitters big dog and the head cook and bottle washer at Hunting-Washington.com) its been decided that we'll do the 2017 Elk Calling Contest as a collaborative effort between WapitiTalk.com and Hunting-Washington.com. Should be a blast! We've already got a good handful of great sponsor prizes lined up with many more to follow I'm sure. Sooo, here it is folks... the official announcement. Dust those calls off and start practicing your sound clip for the first annual WapitiTalk.com and Hunting-Washington.com Elk Calling Contest!

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Re: Elk Calling Contest - Official Announcement!

Postby ElkNut1 » 03 24, 2017 •  [Post 2]

Hey Rory, man that looks great! I'll bet the contest will draw a lot of folks, nice job!

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Re: Elk Calling Contest - Official Announcement!

Postby CurlyTail » 03 27, 2017 •  [Post 3]

Any restriction on type of call? For instance, can I use an open reed call for certain vocalizations, or is it restricted to diaphram calls only?
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Re: Elk Calling Contest - Official Announcement!

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 03 27, 2017 •  [Post 4]

CurlyTail wrote:Any restriction on type of call? For instance, can I use an open reed call for certain vocalizations, or is it restricted to diaphram calls only?


Any human operated call(s) may be used for the contest clip; just no electronic calls.
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Re: Elk Calling Contest - Official Announcement!

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 04 04, 2017 •  [Post 5]

Flyer has been updated showing all the great sponsors for this year's calling contest. Contest window opens in a bit over four weeks from today; hope everybody is dusting their calls off and starting to work on their sound clip! This year's calling contest should be a blast!
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Re: Elk Calling Contest - Official Announcement!

Postby BrowTines » 04 24, 2017 •  [Post 6]

I note that the rules say one caller and recording must be continuous. I get that one person is the caller and the recording is continuous. However, can a person edit the clip after the fact to reduce the length or to layer the sounds?
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Re: Elk Calling Contest - Official Announcement!

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 04 25, 2017 •  [Post 7]

BrowTines wrote:I note that the rules say one caller and recording must be continuous. I get that one person is the caller and the recording is continuous. However, can a person edit the clip after the fact to reduce the length or to layer the sounds?


Really looking for one continuous recording from each of the participants. Click record, make some herd talk (cow/calf) sounds, make some bull sounds, and make freestyle sounds. Editing the length of clip won't raise the judges eyebrows, but, layering of sounds surely will so I would say.... stay away from editing which results in layering of elk sounds. Hope this makes sense. RJ
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Re: Elk Calling Contest - Official Announcement!

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 04 26, 2017 •  [Post 8]

I'm not the smartest cat in the woods but my fuzzy math computes that this event is starting in what, less than two weeks? Holy heck, that's right around the corner! I hope all the contestants have been working on their clip and are ready to get this thing rolling with a bang (I mean with elk sounds). RJ
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Re: Elk Calling Contest - Official Announcement!

Postby msd1228 » 04 27, 2017 •  [Post 9]

Just a word of advice to the contestants - don't rush your sounds! Don't try to pack 75 cow sounds and 10 bugles into each 20 second block - the idea is to see who can make the best sounds, not the most sounds. Very much looking forward to the event!
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Re: Elk Calling Contest - Official Announcement!

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 05 08, 2017 •  [Post 10]

The contest submission window opened today and runs through midnight 14 May (Pacific Standard Time). Those who submit their contest clips earlier, rather than waiting until the end of the week, will have an opportunity to win an elk call or two (raffle prizes) from none other than Phelps Game Calls. Good luck to everyone who is participating in the calling contest this year!
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Send em in!

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 05 10, 2017 •  [Post 11]

All right you buzzards, get your clips sent in. I don't want to flood the judges with all of them at the last minute. RJ
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Send em in!

Postby BrentLaBere » 05 11, 2017 •  [Post 12]

Finally have enough time to put a clip together, ill be sending mine in today. I hope...
Thanks again for taking the time to put this on, RJ & Sponsors.
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Send em in!

Postby Tigger » 05 12, 2017 •  [Post 13]

Sent mine in. Did multiple takes on it. On one, the cow talk was great, then the bull sounds sucked, on others it was the bugling that was great and the cow talk didn't measure up. Picked one in the end cuz I was getting tired of it and it was just okay across the board. I consider it my duty to provide the comic relief for the judges.

I did have one judge in the live audience. I consider it a success that my yellow lab didn't start howling in the middle of my clip!
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Send em in!

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 05 12, 2017 •  [Post 14]

Happy Friday to all! Tic tock, tic tock... only a few more days to get your clips in for the calling contest. As of today, I've received a handful of clips but definitely have room for more contestants! Some very, very nice prizes await those who participate and place in the top 6 finishers.
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Send em in!

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 05 14, 2017 •  [Post 15]

Any last day entries (contest window closes today at midnight, PST)? Send a clip in if you'd like.
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Send em in!

Postby Tigger » 05 15, 2017 •  [Post 16]

How many did you get Rory? I had a lot of fun doing it! Great idea as it really made me practice more than I would have normally.
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Send em in!

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 05 15, 2017 •  [Post 17]

We have a grand total of 14 entries for the calling contest this year. They're out with the judges and hopefully, I'll have the final scores by mid-week. Thanks to all who entered! RJ
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Judging Begins..

Postby Tigger » 05 15, 2017 •  [Post 18]

that is a pretty good number for the first year. Can you imagine if that number was 514 entries? Your judges would be worn to a frazzle!
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Judging Begins..

Postby BrentLaBere » 05 17, 2017 •  [Post 19]

I didnt pay attention to the number of entries before, but I always thought there was a lot more? Correct me if I am wrong, RJ.

Will there be an option to discuss what the judges were looking for and to have them critique or give constructive criticism?

Awesome, Thanks
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Judging Begins..

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 05 17, 2017 •  [Post 20]

I somewhat expected more entries this year as we staged this contest on two forums (Hunt WA and WapitiTalk). 14 is still pretty darn good and about what we've received in previous years on the Elknut forum calling contests. Yes, the judges are all providing comments on the individual clips. I'm chewing on the best way to either offer the comments on the contest thread (if OK with all the contestants), or, provide them directly to the contestant. Will let you guys know. RJ
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Judging Begins..

Postby Lonnie » 05 17, 2017 •  [Post 21]

Any word on when the results will be out. And yes I would love to here what the judges thought of the calling. I am open for learning so if you want to use the clip I sent in to teach other and my self what we can do to get better that would be great.
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Judging Begins..

Postby Canuck » 05 17, 2017 •  [Post 22]

Lonnie wrote:Any word on when the results will be out. And yes I would love to here what the judges thought of the calling. I am open for learning so if you want to use the clip I sent in to teach other and my self what we can do to get better that would be great.


Same for me. Feel free to post them up. I will add that 1 minute sure flies by when your trying to get all your sounds in. I enjoyed it and look forward to seeing what you guys thought.
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Judging Begins..

Postby Sliverslinger » 05 17, 2017 •  [Post 23]

Feel free to post any comments on mine up as well.
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Judging Begins..

Postby >>>---WW----> » 05 17, 2017 •  [Post 24]

RJ, Are you going to post all the sounds so we all can hear them? I know! I know! I had the chance to be a judge but turned it down. But I think we all would still like to hear everyone. Pretty please!!!!
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Judging Begins..

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 05 17, 2017 •  [Post 25]

Final results are tallied and in. I'll get the top 6 finisher results up tomorrow.
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Winners Announced!

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 05 18, 2017 •  [Post 26]

All right, the top six finishers for the 2017 Wapiti Talk and Hunting Washington elk calling contest have been determined. Some really good callers entered this year and scoring was very tight; in some cases, only a single point separated final standings. OK, thanks to both Hunting Washington and Wapiti Talk for staging this first ever joint operation calling contest (two of the damn finest hunting forums out there if I do say so myself). Thanks to the judges for taking the time to listen to, evaluate, and score the submissions (Elknut, Jason Phelps, Shane Donner, and Mike Ashmon); I shared in the judging duties also. Certainly thanks to all those who took the time to record and submit their entry sound clip for this year’s contest! Lastly, thanks to all the sponsor who donated such awesome prizes for this year’s contest! What do the top six finishers win? By final placement, here are the prizes for the top six finishers:

1st Place. Vortex Optics 10X42 Binos; Game Planner Maps (21” Custom Map and one year All Access Membership to the GPM Viewer).
2nd Place. Elknut Outdoors Package; Tree Stand Hunting Rocky Mountain Elk Book (John Erickson); $50 Camofire gift certificate.
3rd Place. Wapiti River Outdoors Package; Clip-Shot with smart phone adaptor; $50 BlackOvis gift certificate.
4th Place. Pnuma Outdoors IconX Base Layer top; Alpine Touch Seasoning.
5th Place. VIAM Outdoors Game Bag set; Alpine Touch Seasoning.
6th Place. Alpine Touch Seasoning.

Oh yeah, who were the top six finishers? Please join me in congratulating the following elk callers. Nicely done guys; I’ll be getting your prize packages on the way as soon as I can (some will come from me and some will come directly from the sponsor).

1st Place – Silverslinger/Wapiti Talk and Hunt WA forum; Entry #2
2nd Place – Reidus/Hunting WA forum; Entry #3
3rd Place – Nv02Cummins/Hunting WA forum; Entry #11
4th Place – Standingbird/Hunting WA forum; Entry #12
5th Place – Wapitibowman/Wapiti Talk forum; Entry #10
6th Place – NoLimitations/Hunting WA forum; Entry #13

I’ll get these top six entry clips posted up soon so folks can hear them. If any contestant wishes to receive some of the comments the judges provided on their scoresheet, let me know and I’ll send them to you. Again, thanks to all involved in our contest this year and if the interest is there, we’ll run another one next year! RJ
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Winners Announced!

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 05 18, 2017 •  [Post 27]

Top six finisher clips provided for your listening pleasure (shown in order from 1st to 6th place).

[ Play Quicktime file ] Entry #2 MP3.mp3 [ 1021.54 KiB | Viewed 361 times ]


[ Play Quicktime file ] Entry #3 MP3.mp3 [ 962.99 KiB | Viewed 361 times ]


[ Play Quicktime file ] Entry #11 MP3.mp3 [ 1.34 MiB | Viewed 361 times ]


[ Play Quicktime file ] Entry #12 MP3.mp3 [ 997.63 KiB | Viewed 361 times ]


[ Play Quicktime file ] Entry #10 MP3.mp3 [ 998.91 KiB | Viewed 361 times ]


[ Play Quicktime file ] Entry #13 MP3.mp3 [ 998.38 KiB | Viewed 361 times ]

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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Winners Announced!

Postby BrentLaBere » 05 18, 2017 •  [Post 28]

Congrats to the winners. Thanks again to the sponsors and judges for putting this on.
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Winners Announced!

Postby elkaholicid » 05 18, 2017 •  [Post 29]

Congrats to the winners and everyone that entered.
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Winners Announced!

Postby Lonnie » 05 18, 2017 •  [Post 30]

RJ I would like to get comments if I could. Thank you. You can pm me or just post it.
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Winners Announced!

Postby wapitibowman » 05 18, 2017 •  [Post 31]

Thanks to Rory and all the judges and the sponsors for the prizes!! I just wanted to give a shout out to sliverslinger you really sounded awesome!!
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Winners Announced!

Postby >>>---WW----> » 05 18, 2017 •  [Post 32]

I liked #1s echo chamber. Where can I buy one of those? :D Congrats to all the winners!
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Winners Announced!

Postby Sliverslinger » 05 18, 2017 •  [Post 33]

>>>---WW----> wrote:I liked #1s echo chamber. Where can I buy one of those? :D


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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Winners Announced!

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 05 18, 2017 •  [Post 34]

Lonnie wrote:RJ I would like to get comments if I could. Thank you. You can pm me or just post it.


Yep, sent u a note earlier
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Winners Announced!

Postby wapitibowman » 05 18, 2017 •  [Post 35]

Rory-

I would love to hear the feedback from the judges. Thanks
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Winners Announced!

Postby BrowTines » 05 19, 2017 •  [Post 36]

Oh no, I was looking at the old deadline (May 19).

viewtopic.php?f=20&t=4327

I didn't notice that it was 2014.

Arg! I had finished well before the deadline but I was just holding off till the deadline.

.....that is disappointing. ...as with hunting sometimes wrong place wrong time.

Here is my submission - and the comedy of errors continued, I recorded it in Garageband and the numbers were bars of music, not seconds like assumed so recording ended up 2 minutes long - arg!

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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Winners Announced!

Postby CurlyTail » 05 19, 2017 •  [Post 37]

Congrats to the winners. Anything that gets me to practice is very worth while. And it was fun.
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Winners Announced!

Postby Swede » 05 21, 2017 •  [Post 38]

Congratulations to the winners. You were just lucky I did not enter. :lol:
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Re: Elk Calling Contest; 8 - 14 May 2017; Winners Announced!

Postby Wapiti » 05 22, 2017 •  [Post 39]

Way to go to everyone that entered. You guys all have mad skills. In my book you all win !!
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