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While knowledgeable about the habits of a variety of game species, Chris’ real passion as a hunter is turkey and, more especially, elk. Over the past 15 years, he has become a leading expert in elk behavior, communication, calling, and hunting. Chris’ knowledge of elk behavior grew exponentially in the late 1990s when he served as a research field technician on the Upper Eagle River Elk Study near Vail, Colorado. For three years, he hiked the Colorado backcountry, recording the behavioral interactions of wild, free-ranging, public-land elk in their native habitat.
Logging several thousand hours of direct observation of physical interactions between elk - from when they entered their spring calving areas, to just prior to the fall rut - Chris couldn't help but be exposed to literally THOUSANDS of vocal interactions as well. Like a sponge, Chris soaked up every vocalization, interaction - and the result(s) of those vocalizations and interactions - and began to tease out what specific body positions and vocalizations meant, and how the combinations of vocalizations and body language translated into very deliberate and specific elk communication. During the fall of each of those years, Chris took what he had learned and applied it to his hunting efforts with great results.
Chris continued his investigations into elk behavior and communication through the seasons, including winter. Throughout these years, he began to realize that elk were consistently using the same vocalizations and methods of communication regardless whether it was early spring, the middle of summer, the peak of the rut, or the dead of winter. This shattered the previously held notions - and widely accepted notions - that elk use "special" vocalizations during the rut; an idea that is still being taught by many “professional elk callers” today.
As Chris continued his investigations over the years, he was able to codify certain vocalizations and behavioral characteristics of elk into what he truly believes to be almost “universal truths.” These truths now form the foundation of Chris’ educational program regarding elk behavior and communication. Since his initial work, Chris has continued to follow elk through the seasons - from their summer ranges to their winter ranges - and uses his expanding field knowledge in elk hunting seminars and clinics and in his new instructional series, as well as in his own personal elk-hunting efforts. Nowhere else will you get the in-depth, science-based information regarding elk behavior and communication that Chris’ instructional materials will give you.
Chris has been a member of the Primos® Hunting Calls ProStaff and a member of the PSE/AR/Browning Archery® ProStaff. As a ProStaffer, Chris conducts a variety of seminars, teaching thousands of hunters each year - across the west - how to be more successful in their game calling and hunting efforts, and how they can turn knowledge of wildlife behavior to their advantage. Whether a hunter is interested in learning about deer, elk, predator, turkey, or waterfowl, Chris can enable him or her - from the beginning hunter to the veteran - to learn or improve upon calling and hunting skills.
In addition to Chris’ educational work over the years, he served for six years on the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society, working as the Society’s Secretary for four of those years. In June 2009, he was elected Sportsmen’s Co-Chairman of the Colorado Sportsmen’s Advisory Group. After that position ended, Chris was appointed to Colorado Wildlife Advisory Council (CWAC) as one of the four sportsmen’s representatives for the state of Colorado. Chris has also served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Bowhunters Association.