Rockie Jacobsen, founder of Bugling Bull Game Calls, desired to imitate animal sounds at a young age. As he grew older, he designed calls for multiple game-call companies, but his passion for bowhunting elk drove him to improve diaphragm calls.

“By 1992, Jacobsen knew backing plates behind the latex on external calls gave them new dimension,” Kurt Howard, CEO of Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls, said. “He soon realized a mouth diaphragm also could benefit from a backing plate. After testing various designs, he created one with the backing plate and frame that were all one piece of aluminum. This was the revolutionary Pal- ate Plate mouth diaphragm’s beginning.

“After much thought, Rockie sold the Palate Plate’s patent to Primos, but maintained the right to build and sell Palate Plate calls under his own company,” Howard mentioned. “The Palate Plate’s unique design quickly made it the market’s best-selling diaphragm.”

In 2012, Bugling Bull Game calls was renamed Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls to clarify that it offers more than just elk calls. In fact, Rocky Mountain Hunting Calls now offers a complete game-call line, which includes elk, deer, moose, turkey and predator calls.

“We’re introducing a completely new line of latex in all of our elk and turkey diaphragm calls titled Firestorm,” Howard said. “It makes them even better by producing more realistic sound quality with different pitches, and increases their durability. The latex will be identifiable by the different colors used in each of the calls. “The Threat bugle tube, with its new V.E.T.T. (Volume Enhanced Tone Technology), easily produces true elk sounds,” Howard explained. “The V.E.T.T. system contains a spring inside the special- made adapter that goes in the Threat’s mouth opening. The spring enhances volume, stabilizes higher notes, creates raspier low growls, smooths octave changes and operates with less air.

“It comes completely assembled and is ready to use with your favorite mouth call,” Howard added. “Its 1-inch mouth opening and tapered lip adapter increase comfort and control all your bull-elk sounds. Now you have the volume of a larger tube with easier packing and realistic sounds. The vibration dampener (tube tamer) is located inside the tube’s large end. It enriches deep sounds and eliminates plastic vibrations; no more ‘tuby’ sounds.

“The Yote Howler system pairs a tube amplifier that’s built with our V.E.T.T. system and a mouth call for the ultimate in coyote call- ing,” Howard stated. “It’s a tried-and-true combination that gives you the volume and consistency needed to coax crafty predators into range.”

With outstanding products and solid marketing, growth is inevitable. “We’ve increased our sales significantly over the last six consecutive years,” Howard shared. “While elk calls will always be our focus, we’re expanding into the whitetail market and solidifying our predator and turkey lines.”

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