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Wayne Carlton to host Bugling the West Elk Seminar

On Thursday, July 28, Wayne Carlton, world famous elk and turkey caller, along with Pagosa Springs business Eagle Mountain Mercantile, will host an elk calling and hunting seminar at 7 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. in Pagosa Springs.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Tickets will be available in advance for $5 at Eagle Mountain Mercantile, 565 Talisman Drive Unit 8C, in the Talisman Plaza — just east of City Market. Young people 15 years and under will be admitted free. Tickets at the door will be $6; $2.50 from each ticket sold will go to help support the Pagosa Pathfinders, the local youth shooting and outdoor education group.

Wayne Carlton, of Montrose, Colo., worked his way into the hunting industry, pioneering the first diaphragm elk call and marketing it to elk hunters across the United States and Canada. He is well known through his seminars, videos and TV appearances. Wayne has inspired sportsmen everywhere.

In 1976, Carlton packed up his family and left their Florida home for the wide-open spaces of Colorado. Turkey hunting was Wayne’s first love and he’s been turkey hunting for 40-plus years.

In Colorado he heard the haunting bugle of the bull elk and decided to try to call elk using a diaphragm call. After much practice, he found that he could make all the sounds of the elk using the diaphragm call. An innovation in elk calling was born and Carlton became the first to market the elk diaphragm call in 1983.

Wayne Carlton is also an accomplished singer/songwriter. He co-wrote, along with former Oak Ridge Boys band member Dave Watson, the official song of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, “Last Stand in the Rockies.” He and Watson are currently working on a new release called “Wayne and Watson — On the West Side.”

As a life member of both the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the National Wild Turkey Federation, Carlton has served on the board of directors of both organizations. He founded the Gainesville, Fla., NWTF chapter and the first Colorado state NWTF chapter located in Montrose. Carlton continues to share his love of the outdoors with his fellow hunters through his personal appearances.

For more information and tickets, call Eagle Mountain Mercantile at 731-9900.

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