Chris, in a comment on the previous post, expressed his concern as to the people disturbing the elk. I believe this photograph clearly illustrates that these animals show no sign of stress and are completely relaxed with the crowd of onlookers nearby. The people here are confined to a narrow strip along the road. To enter the food plot here is a violation of law.
As the evening passed a number of bulls attempted to approach the harem. In each instance the dominate bull drove them away by simply heading their way.
Brad commented “I try and stay away from these areas also to get different settings and less noise.” Same here Brad, the traffic and people are quite noisy. Willard & I decided to spend this evening here because it was raining intermittently. We were concerned about getting the camera gear caught in a downpour. With some nice bulls around it was quite a bit better than sitting it out in the house.
This challenger approached the harem a number of times but with only a few intimidating steps from the dominate bull he would beat a hasty retreat. From the looks of his antlers his best bet may be to wait another year and hope for a better set of head gear. This shot was made with Willard’s 500mm F4 lens. The rain and fog made capturing a sharp image virtually impossible.