How do elk differ from humans? Well, there’s all that headgear, for starters. But a deeper divide is the reliance we humans place on non-verbal communication.

Think about the primal imperative of attracting a prospective mate. Many people are too shy (or civilized, maybe) to just grab a breeder and go, so we humans announce our availability to the opposite sex more or less silently.
Think about all the attention females place on their man-hunting clothes and face paint. And all the time and energy that men use to find just the right curl of our lips, tilt of our hips and pheromone-piquing allure of our scent (I just read this–and I swear I’m not making it up: “…the middle notes of clover and violet retrain the patchouli as Tunisian neroli bursts through this 18% cologne.” And we call ourselves men?).

Elk cut right to the chase. Girls make the right sounds. Bulls swing by, sniff the plumbing and it’s go time. There is no wondering if the boy will call back; no second-guessing the outfit.

Check out these tips about how to make the estrus call of a cow elk in heat. And leave your patchouli and neroli bursts in the bottle.