Saturday, September 12, 2009
Early Stirings of the Rut
The sparring between young bulls is not the violent confrontations that occasionally occur between large breeding bulls. During these frequent matches the bulls learn the fighting techniques they will use in earnest later in life.
Elk are impressive animals to view at any time of the year but if one must choose only one time to visit the elk range the autumn rut is the best by far. Mornings and evenings when light levels are low is the best times to encounter the elk. Mid-day will find them lying up in timbered areas.
When you combine the majestic beauty of a mature bull with the colorful foliage of autumn while the screaming bugles fill the air you have an outdoor experience that is difficult to surpass.
If you choose to visit Pennsylvania’s elk during the rut keep in mind that these animals can be dangerous. Do not take unnecessary chances and maintain a safe respectable distance.
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