The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's World Elk Calling Championships are a favorite NRA Family event, happening as they have 31 times (missing only the year 2020 for obvious reasons) so far. The 2022 Championships are taking it to the next level as part of a two-day festival in Park City, Utah, July 22-23.
Dubbed the RMEF Elk Camp & Mountain Festival, this family-friendly event also features a Total Archery Challenge, live music and (last but not least) the opportunity to win more than $45,000 in cash, hunting gear and other prizes. Additionally, there's a cool Exhibitors Row with booths from dozens of your favorite brands, like Leupold, Bow Spider, Black Rifle Coffee Company, KUIU ... the list goes on! Devoted public lands advocate, elk hunter and RMEF life member Randy Newberg will again serve as emcee.
Here's how the calling championships will work. The field will be seeded based on past performance with bracketed, head-to-head competition in all divisions–professional, men’s, women’s, voice, youth and pee wee. When narrowed down to the final eight competitors, the format will switch to double-elimination in the pro, men’s and women’s divisions while voice, youth and pee wee will remain single elimination from start to finish.
A number of past champions expected to compete include 10-time individual winner Corey Jacobsen as well as daughter Jessi, 2021 women’s champion, and defending professional division winner Cody McCarthy while defending men’s champ Tony Gilbertson will jump up a level to compete in the pro division.
“Last year, we had some amazing head-to-head competitions that resulted in talented, new champions crowned in five different divisions,” said Kyle Weaver, RMEF president and CEO. “We look forward to more dynamic calling showdowns this summer and invite elk hunters from across the country to join us and participate.”
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 13, 2022 at 5 p.m. (MDT). Admission at the Canyons Village is free to the public both days.