I first met this bull during the first morning of my 2007 elk rut shoot.
In 2008 I encountered him the second day of my trip. During one encounter we watched as he bred a cow. This image was captured shortly after the sun had set as he followed a cow over the rise with the hazy blue mountains providing an excellent background.
During the second evening of this year’s trip I was thrilled when this same bull hove into view. Now a fully mature bull, larger in both body and antlers, he was ready to take on all contenders. During the evening at least three other mature bulls approached his small harem and each time they slunk away as he approached them with head held high.
I can see the similarity in the bull’s antlers over the three seasons shown here but I bow to the greater knowledge of Willard and Buckwheat who provided positive identification.