Montana Outdoors

September 1, 2012

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Filed under: Elk — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:03 pm

Bull elk

Bull elk

Photos taken at about four miles into the Cataract roadless area.

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  1. Beautiful! I’ve seen elk four times on Vancouver Island and it’s been a thrill every time. How lucky to spot one and be able to get it to stop long enough to smile for the camera.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — September 1, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

    • I love seeing elk. This time there were two big bulls sleeping no more than 30 feet off the trail when I came by. The larger of the two didn’t stay around for long but this guy didn’t seem to mind my presence at all. I finally went on my way and he stood there watching.

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      Comment by montucky — September 1, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

  2. YOWSA! What a sight & get a load of that rack, at least a 10 pointer! Awesome captures!!! =)

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    Comment by Tricia — September 1, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

    • Yes, he’s a beautiful animal. He will get bigger than that if he doesn’t stand around and look at everyone who comes down the trail.

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      Comment by montucky — September 1, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

  3. Wow, stunning! Especially with his antlers lit by the sun. Lovely!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — September 1, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

  4. Magnificent beast. I’m glad you hunt with a camera and not a rifle.

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    Comment by Finn Holding — September 2, 2012 @ 2:05 am

  5. What an amazing set of antlers on that one. I hope he makes it through the winter.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — September 2, 2012 @ 5:35 am

    • He’s not a young bull, so he has been around for awhile. Where he is living he has good chance of getting through quite a few more hunting seasons, although he really needs to become more wary.

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      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

  6. Do you find yourself taken by surprise, then freeze, then wonder if you can quietly sneak your camera into position, sweating the whole time, hoping he doesn’t move before you can accurately aim and click? So wonderful to find treasures like these along your hike.

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    Comment by Homestead Ramblings — September 2, 2012 @ 5:36 am

    • That’s just about the sequence! This big guy wasn’t especially afraid of me though and gave me plenty of time.

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      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

  7. WOW! What a gorgeous, MAGNIFICENT creature! How lucky for you to spy him…

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    Comment by FeyGirl — September 2, 2012 @ 7:19 am

    • As I’m sure you know, encountering animals is a function of the amount of time spent in their habitat. It’s always a thrill for me though!

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      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

  8. When I was a girl, our family went to the Elks lodge every Friday night for dinner and dancing to a live orchestra. There was a Moose lodge in town, too. I asked Dad once why he joined the Elks rather than the Moose. He never cracked a smile when he said, “Elk are the handsome ones.” This one certainly is!

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    Comment by shoreacres — September 2, 2012 @ 10:25 am

  9. It is such a treat to see these magnificent animals just wandering about their domain! You are fortunate to live where you do!

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    Comment by dhphotosite — September 2, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    • Exactly! THey are very nice to see in a wildlife preserve, but it is especially nice to encounter them on their own turf!

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      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

  10. Great capture — lovely photos!

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    Comment by allbymyself09 — September 2, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    • Isn’t it great to see them in their normal habitat? That’s a big part of the allure of the back country!

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      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

  11. Did you get the feeling that you were being watched? These are excellent shots!

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    Comment by sandy — September 2, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

    • This time I didn’t. He was asleep when I came by and only ran a short distance when I woke him. He sure checked me out though and decided that I wasn’t going to be a threat. His larger friend though didn’t stay around at all.

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      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

  12. The light shining on him is great! I love it when nature surprises us with a visit … thanks for sharing your surprise.

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    Comment by bearyweather — September 2, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

  13. What a beautiful capture and rack! Stunning!

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — September 2, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

    • He is a big guy, probably approaching a thousand pounds in weight. A word that comes to mind is “stately”.

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      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

  14. Gorgeous! The downside to hiking with my pup is that I’m sure he drives the beauties away before I see ’em!

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    Comment by Beth (@3UpAdventures) — September 2, 2012 @ 11:01 pm

    • That can certainly happen. I take my dog on short hikes, but usually not when I go into bear country or really rough terrain.

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      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

  15. Love these shots. (I get so few wildlife shots – not because I don’t see wildlife, but because I am so entranced by the sighting that I forget all about the camera until the opportunity is lost!)

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    Comment by Kim — September 3, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    • I get few wildlife shots too. This time I was lucky to walk right into the two bulls. I have given up carrying my zoom on long hikes because it is so heavy. I wish I had it for these shots though!

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      Comment by montucky — September 3, 2012 @ 9:16 am

  16. OH MY GOODNESS! He is spectacular! I have to show this one to my hubby.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — September 3, 2012 @ 8:53 am

  17. I forgot to mention we have a healthy population of elk here in Pennsylvania too. When my dad was still living, he loved it when we drove up north to catch sight of them.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — September 3, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    • That’s interesting. I didn’t know that Pennsylvania had an elk population. They are wonderful animals to see!

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      Comment by montucky — September 3, 2012 @ 9:17 am

  18. Wow, I would love to see one like that. I certainly hope he learns to be a little more cautious with hunting season starting soon, I’m sure.

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    Comment by Candace — September 3, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    • From what I’ve read, there are still lots of elk just above the rim, probably more than we have here. Yes, this guy needs to learn to keep his head down!

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      Comment by montucky — September 3, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

  19. Breathtaking! I saw plenty of moose sign yesterday and today, but no moose. Having seven very noisy kids with me may have been a factor!

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    Comment by jomegat — September 3, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

    • I’ve seen only one moose so far this summer and that was a yearling, but I haven’t spent much time on their turf yet. Only one bear so far too.

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      Comment by montucky — September 3, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

      • When I was taking our food bag down from its rope, one of the girls sadly commented that no bears had tried to take it – that was something she wanted to see! I wouldn’t mind seeing it either, but… on youtube. Not in person with my food!

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        Comment by jomegat — September 3, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

        • Bears are nearly always fun to watch. They even have their own kind of humor. I’ve never seen one trying to steal food, but one did come into camp one night when we were on a fishing trip and tried to break into an ice chest that had trout in it. He didn’t get the fish but succeeded in opening the trunk of a car and stole a couple of loaves of bread.

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          Comment by montucky — September 3, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

  20. WOW…lucky you! What a wonderful surprise discovery!

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    Comment by Marcie — September 4, 2012 @ 5:59 am

    • It’s pretty lucky to get that close without spooking them.

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      Comment by montucky — September 4, 2012 @ 9:07 am

  21. Great photos again. Here I have not seen elks not so many times. Twice in my life I was very close to drive a collision with them in my life. Every year few people are killed in elk collisions.

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    Comment by Sartenada — September 6, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

    • There are a lot of elk here, but getting close to a couple of big bulls doesn’t happen too often. I really enjoy it when it does!

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      Comment by Montucky — September 10, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

  22. He’s HUGE, my goodness! Did he ever spot you? Look at that rack! Absolutely awesome =)

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    Comment by Tricia — September 13, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    • Yes, he looked me over very carefully and decided I didn’t pose a threat to him.

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      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2012 @ 11:00 pm


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