That picture is awesome. Here in Va. we are starting to hear rumors that the elk are starting to repopulate due to surrounding states reintroducing them into their national parks. I can't imagine what I would do if I saw something that massive while hunting for whitetails. Thanks for sharing that picture.
Hi Fubar - It takes a lot of patients to get a grazing bull elk to move in front of a camera sitting on a redwood stump. Needless to say, this one will be my "Best Buck" or "Bull" entree. The fence hole picture is my "Best Camera Angle" entree. Did you notice that both pictures were taken with the same camera? Study the blacked out edges on both sides with the flash only lighting up the center. Pretty tricky! But, I'll probably be out hunting when it comes time to enter the pics.
Jesse & wapiti - I was fly fishing for steelhead on the Klamath, so I guess we have to call them the "Klamath Roosevelt Elk" This is the busy season for the Klamath, and there were quite a few campers driving around looking for elk. Most of that land belongs to the Yurok Indian Tribe, but some is State Park & National Park with some private land.
I had 3 cams set out, and have a few pictures on each cam. There is more to come, because it would be a waste of film to developed all three rolls at this time. I knew that the picture posted was good, because I watched the elk pass in front of the cam while grazing. These animals behave more like cattle than deer, and it would be suicide to get that close to them for a picture.
I learned a lot about elk on that trip. There was a large herd of nothing but bulls bedded down in a creek bed. I could see the monster antlers sticking up. I put out 3 cams, one on a fence post pointed at a black berry patch, and two on redwood stumps facing the meadow. As soon as the sun set the smaller bulls headed for the berry patch, and the large bulls headed for the meadow. One bull was a loner, and headed off in his own direction. There was a lot of in-fighting between the bulls, and that would have been a good time to move in close enough for a shot if I had my elk permit.
wapiti - Sorry, I forgot to answer your question about hunting. There were 30 Klamath Either-sex Elk Permits issued, and the season is September 5th - 14th. With only 332 applicants the chances are good, but getting permission from the timber company is another question. Out here the logging trucks drive fast down their private roads, and it's your responsibility to get out of the way. That's probably why there were only 332 applicants.