MacMillan takes third in youth elk call championships
Elias MacMillan of Grand Junction recently placed third in the youth division at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s World Elk Calling Championships presented by Leupold in Las Vegas.
Greg Hubbell Jr. from Belmont, Calif., won the Youth Division.
Winners received prizes and cash ranging from $500 to $2,500.
Corey Jacobsen of Boise, Idaho, won the inaugural Champion of Champions, an invitational competition sponsored by Leupold that featured previous winners in the Professional Division from the first 25 World Elk Calling Championships.
With the win, Jacobsen will participate in a premier archery elk hunt with Opal Butte Outfitters in Oregon to be filmed for RMEF’s Outdoor Channel television show “Team Elk.”
Jacobsen secured his Champions win by edging out his father, Rockie, in two different tiebreakers.
“It was kind of a party down there for us,” Corey said.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s “First Family of Elk Calling” took home three first-place finishes, two seconds, one third and one sixth.
In addition to his runner-up in the Champion of Champions, Rockie Jacobsen also finished third among the pros.
Corey’s sister, Misty, took top honors in the Women’s Division, and his sons, Isaac, 10, and Sam, 6, finished first and sixth, respectively, in the PeeWee Division.
Corey Jacobsen finished one point behind Bryan Langley of McMinnville, Ore., who successfully defended his 2012 championship in the Professional Division.
“It’s pretty exciting. You just get up there and call the best that you can and leave it in the hands of the judges,” Langley said. “Once you get to that level, all the callers are great, so it’s really anybody’s ballgame at that point. I feel very fortunate to win. It’s really a blessing.”
Phone calls to the number for Elias McMillan provided by the RMEF were not answered.
According to the RMEF, the championships helped raise awareness of elk, habitat and the conservation initiatives of the elk foundation. The foundation has conserved, protected or enhanced habitat on more than 6.2 million acres.