Rocky Mountain elk are perhaps the most exhilarating North American big game species to pursue during the rut. Any sportsmen with the drive to chase them can find them on public and private land throughout the country, and the early fall is the best time to seek them out. For western residents and traveling sportsmen alike, archery season is the best time to get in the game. Just imagine a 600-pound mammal stomping through the timber to within spitting distance, before screaming like a dinosaur in your face. To get that close, you need an understanding of elk language along with the right calls to lure them in. Here’s how to start a conversation.