February 25, 2014
Oregon Elk Calling Champions Release iCallElk App
By Ben Romans
Father and son elk-calling champions from McMinnville, Oregon recently created and released the iCallElk iPhone and iPad app for hunters that want to improve their elk calling.
According to a story from the Statesman Journal, Bryan Langley, a 2012 and 2013 Pro Division world elk-calling champion, and his 15-year-old son Brayden, a former Peewee Division elk calling champion, have wanted to create an app to help other hunters for some time; they just needed to overcome a few technical hurdles.
“Brayden has been interested in programming for a while, and so he’s been learning some programming languages and stuff,” Langley said. “So he had downloaded a free trial of software that you can do programming in, so we just kind of ran with that idea. We have a series of apps that we’re actually going to work on that are related to elk hunting.”
Bryan, the higher-education manager for the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde and a pro staffer for Point Blank Hunting Calls and BowTech, said he and his son designed the app for instructional purposes only (it’s illegal to use electronic calls to lure big game in most states).
The app has seven features intended to help hunters calling elk, including a menu of elk sounds, types of calls, how to use different calls, a contact form for a private elk calling lesson, and video clips of elk-calling champions—footage provided by another noted elk calling champion, Corey Jacobson.
“He has Elk101, so they had videotaped the finals from last year of the professional elk-calling division,” Langley said. “He allowed me to use his video to put on (iCallElk). So it’s pretty cool.”
The iCallElk app is available on iTunes for $3.99.