This summer we want to help you be as ready as possible for the elk woods. And while we usually have a few in person seminars annually that we then share online, this year we’re trying some live seminars. The ElkNut, Paul Medel, will be sharing his elk calling secrets and answering lots of participant questions. You can register for the next scheduled seminar (July 23 at 7 p.m. MT) HERE. Each seminar you attend will get you an entry into our Hoyt bow giveaway too! We’ll have our final seminar on August 20 at 7 p.m. and give the Hoyt away at the end of that event. We hope you’ll join us!
We love finding ways to give back to our customers. We need app reviews, you need hunting gear! Leave us a review on the App Store or Play Store, and you’re entered to win. We’ll randomly select reviews on those platforms for all of our apps left during this period (April and May 2020), so stay tuned! Prizes are being gathered from many of our marketing partners, and some giveaways have already occurred!
Two weeks ago Ryan called with an idea: “We should make a video about being quarantined and elk calling, like a lip sync or one of those where you annoy your wives.” He planted the seed, but since we were quarantined we couldn’t meet up to work on one together, we each made our own. Both videos took on a life of their own, so we want you to watch them and let us know which one better approximates how you’ve incorporated elk calling into this quarantine. Here’s a link to Ryan’s video on YouTube, and here’s a link to mine (Tayler). Like the videos and let us know what you think in the comments. We’ll tally up all comments and likes. While the loser won’t be dressing up like Hulk Hogan or Randy Savage (see Jason Phelps most recent elk hunting video), he will be sporting a gnarly mustache on our elk hunt this year. Should be fun!
Over five hundred people participated in last week’s live elk calling webinar featuring the ElkNut, Paul Medel, and Jason Phelps, owner of Phelps Game Calls. It was awesome! Paul started off the event discussing hunting quiet elk, and covered a number of other great topics along the way. Jason then shared his list of subjects that are often overlooked by elk hunters, including, for example, ensuring you have a proper setup. Ultimately both answered participant questions such as: “What’s your favorite call?” “When do you use cow bugles?” and “How to hunt elk early season (i.e., Utah’s mid-August archery elk hunt)?” just to name a few.
If you missed this webinar or would simply like to watch it again, we have posted the show to our YouTube channel or you can catch it on our podcast within the next couple of days (still in process but getting there!). Be sure to check out one or the other and subscribe to both while you’re at it.
We would also remind you to check out the ElkNut app if you don’t already have it, and to use the code ElkNut10 to purchase some calls from Phelps Game Calls. Many thanks to our other event sponsors as well, After the Kill and Elk Addicts. We look forward to holding a similar event again in the future!
With everyone stuck at home, we want to bring some live turkey calling instruction directly to you. Three-time grand national turkey calling champion and this year’s grand national owl hooting champion, Scott Ellis, is going to share his key tips and insights and answer your turkey calling and hunting questions. So what are the details?
Scott is going to go live from his Instagram account (@scott_c_ellis) on Wednesday, April 8 at 7 pm ET. We will be managing the Turkey Tech App Instagram account (@turkeytechapp_scottellis) and joining Scott in the live feed to moderate. Going to be a fun evening, so be sure to mark your calendars, follow both accounts, and turn on post and live video notifications for both accounts as well!
And seriously, what else better do you have going on, considering the current situation? Sure hope to see you there.
Join us on April 9, 2020 at 7 p.m. MT for an elk calling webinar featuring the ElkNut, Paul Medel, and the owner of Phelps Game Calls, Jason Phelps. This is a free event, but seats are limited, so be sure to follow the link below to sign up. Jason is going to be giving some of his top elk calling tips, and Paul is going to focus his comments on calling in the herd bull (among other things). There will also be prizes given away to a few lucky, random attendees, so be sure to stick around for the whole show. And seriously, what else do you have going on a Thursday evening in 2020? We’re all stuck at home. So get registered, mark your calendars, study up on the ElkNut app, and come with questions!
At Got Game Tech, we’re all about partnerships with companies and brands that align with our values–growing hunting and conservation, educating and supporting new hunters, and creating unity across all types of hunters. The Go Wild mobile app has created an incredible social community of hunters that we highly recommend checking out. This week we are participating in an incredible giveaway on Go Wild, where one lucky person will win: a Woodhaven Custom Calls Ninja Crystal pot call, the limited edition Woodhaven mouth call three-pack sold only at the NWTF 2020 Convention, a free download of our Turkey Tech App, and a thirty minute phone call with our turkey calling expert and three-time Grand National Turkey Calling Champion (and the 2020 Grand National Owl Hooting Champion), Scott Ellis. It’s the ultimate turkey calling setup!
To enter, get the Go Wild app here and set up your account and profile. Then head over to the “Giveaways” trail that you can navigate to from the Go Wild app home page to enter the giveaway.
Once you get started using Go Wild, you’ll see how it’s different from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the other general social media platforms. It’s full of hunters who share the same ideas and values, celebrate successes together, and off suggestions and tips to one another regularly. It’s a win-win: get Go Wild and enter to win this awesome turkey calling package!
By far one of the most effective ways to scout and learn your hunting property is to hunt for sheds.
While searching for shed antlers, you should also be taking note of the obvious deer sign that has now been exposed from the previous fall travel patterns. In fact, the sign that you will see during shed hunting might very well be the most important information that you can learn about the whitetail travel habits on your farm!
Cover is down, trails are easily defined and your disturbance will soon be forgotten by the mature bucks that have made it through the hunting season.
Here are some tips that will help you make the most of your shed hunting and post season scouting trips.
a. Don’t scout and shed hunt too early. Yes some sheds drop here in the Midwest in late December and the month of January. However, to cut down on disturbance, I recommend waiting until the vast majority of the bucks have lost their antlers. In my area of Southern Iowa, most sheds are on the ground by about March 1. Making the month of March, prior to spring green up the best month to shed hunt and scout.
b. 90% of your sheds will be found in about 10% of your ground. Hunt for sheds smart. Look in the area’s that bucks spend the most time in during this time of the year. This is usually near or right in their destination food source. Bucks love to lay down near the food and chew their cud throughout the night. This is where they spend most of their time, so this is where you will find more of your sheds. Pay close attention to grassy area’s just on the edge of the food source- especially the South Facing side. That is where the sun beats down on the cover more-so they will seek the warmer cover to lay down in.
c. Check fence jumps, trail creek crossings, ditch jumps, trails, bedding areas, transition area’s (thick cover meets open areas) and small food plots as well.
d. Take note of trail junctions, in particular ones that have big rubs nearby. This is a classic sign a mature buck was working that area. Bring a roll of Fluorescent Orange Survey Tape with you while scouting. This way when you find those great looking pinch points, funnels, travel corridors- you can mark which tree to possibly hang a stand in. If you don’t, you might not find that same tree as everything will look different in the summer or early fall!!
e. Bring a good pair of Binoculars and don’t get discouraged. Binos will save you a lot of walking when you notice a possible shed antler in the distance. You can glass the object to see if it’s even worth checking out. And don’t get disappointed if you are not finding sheds. Sheds are simply hard to find. You can spend days walking and find very few and at times none. But at least you are discovering new information about your farm that will come in handy this fall!!!
f. Be sure to check out the Whitetail Tech mobile app for more tips like this to help you better understand whitetail deer behavior and improve your ability to call these incredible animals.
This article was written by Steve Stoltz, the expert featured on our whitetail deer hunting mobile app, Whitetail Tech. Steve is a full-time firefighter and known in the outdoor industry as “the working man’s hunter.” Steve is on the Woodhaven Custom Calls and Mossy Oak pro staffs. His hunting footage has most recently been featured on Drury Outdoors’ deer hunting platform Deer Cast and Scott Ellis’s show, Hunt Quest.
Just in time for the NWTF National Convention, we have updated the Turkey Tech mobile app to include some great new content!
The Turkey Tech mobile app now has two additional turkey sounds and two new locator sounds, along with four real world hunting sequences demonstrating how Scott Ellis puts the sounds of the wild turkey to use hunting. The new calls are the Kee Kee Run and the Gobler/Jake Yelp. Both are nuanced, next level calls that will help you seal the deal on more gobblers when used correctly. Both sounds, like all others on the app, are explained through detailed how-to video, recorded audio of the wild turkey and Scott Ellis, and thorough hunting tips teaching what the sound means to a turkey, when to use it, and how to respond when you hear it. The new locators are breakdowns of the various barred owl sounds and crow sounds. Scott teaches you how to add realism to these sounds and how to add in the subtle variations to get that turkey to gobble and give up his location. You’re definitely going to want to check these out!
We are also excited about the new Sequences section on the app, in which Scott shows four different turkey encounters–all leading to a harvest–that teach different turkey calling principles. We know you’ll enjoy seeing Scott put the various sounds of the wild turkey into action to seal the deal on a wily old gobbler!
If you already have the Turkey Tech app, it will automatically update with this new content. If you don’t have it, you can download the app on either the App Store or the Play Store. We look forward to hearing your thoughts about this new content. Please let us know by contacting us on our social media channels or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To celebrate the annual NWTF National Convention and the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo, we’re offering our ElkNut and Turkey Tech apps at a 20% discount!
The second week of February is generally associated with Valentine’s Day. But for those of you who share a passion for hunting, it’s also the week of two fantastic shows/conventions.
In Nashville, Tennessee, turkey hunters from around the country converge to share in camaraderie, turkey calling, and all other things turkey hunting! Our Turkey Tech app expert, Scott Ellis, and our Whitetail Tech app expert, Steve Stoltz, are both competing in various divisions of the turkey calling championships. And last night—capping off the first show day—Scott Ellis won the grand national owl hooting championship! We wish him and Steve the best of luck in the turkey calling prelims today!
On the other side of the country, the Mule Deer Foundation has fostered what in our minds is the best western hunting expo. Thousands of hunters filter through the Salt Palace, and hundreds of big game tags are given away to lucky hunters. And for the last couple years, the Hunt Expo has hosted the World Elk Calling Championships!
Our company focus of helping hunters develop and improve their calling and hunting skills goes hand in hand with both of these great events. As a result, we want to show our support and excitement by offering our ElkNut and Turkey Tech apps at a 20% discount on the App Store and Play Store! This discount will last through the end of each show (Saturday for NWTF; Sunday for the Hunt Expo).
Be sure to check our social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook to see how you can win a $25 gift card to Woodhaven Custom Calls or a Phelps Game calls by sharing this discount with your hunting buddies!
We hope to see you at one of these shows this weekend! Tayler spent yesterday in Nashville and is now en route to SLC. You can find Scott Ellis and Steve Stoltz at the Woodhaven Custom Calls NWTF booth. And Ryan and Tayler will be around the Phelps Game Calls booth today and tomorrow at the Hunt Expo.