USU graduate to compete for World Elk Calling title in July

Park City is preparing to host the World Elk Calling Championships in July.

Utah State University graduate Matt Toyn, who lives in Plain City, won the men’s division title last year but this year has registered to compete against nine-time champion Corey Jacobsen in the “pro” division.

“Yes, you can elect to do the pros,” Toyn says. “The pros are typically reserved for those that are sponsored by elk calling companies or who own a company. But you can elect to do it, and I think I’m going to give it a go this year.”

Toyn admits his training regimen is unique.

“I spend hours, probably at least six hours a week while driving to and from work just blowing on the call, trying to get prepared. I record myself and listen back and I do my best to replicate a real elk sound as best as possible.”

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) 2019 Elk Camp and Mountain Fest is July 11-14 at the Canyons Village in Park City, Utah.

In addition to the World Elk Calling competition, 3,000 participants are expected to take aim at more than 100 3D targets spread across six different Total Archery Challenge courses above Park City.

RMEF membership is nearly 235,000 and the organization has conserved more than 7.4 million acres for elk and other wildlife.

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