Autumn Elk Rut
October 09, 2017 • Leave a Comment
As the elk rut winds down, I thought I'd share a couple of photos from the season. If you follow my facebook page then you've already seen both of these images as I posted them there earlier this week. Usually I do post images here on my blog and website first however. The elk rut along the Madison River was a little disappointing compared to years past, if watching bull elk pursue their cows can be boring. There were two groups, each in the usual spots along the river. Last fall each group was dominated by respectably sized 6x7 bulls but this year small 6x6 bulls controlled the action. A 6x6 bull can still be a good sized bull, especially in Yellowstone, but these two were on the smaller side. September started our unseasonably warm, which kept any activity to the night when it was cooler. Even once the temperatures dropped to more autumn like conditions, the elk would still move to the trees at sunrise. But I was still able to get a few photos and watching the activity is always one of my favorite things to do in Yellowstone. I'll post some more photos later, so stay tuned!
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