Instagram post by U.S. Department of the Interior • Sep 4, 2015 at 6:27pm UTC
#RockyMountain National Park is home to an abundance of #wildlife. Perhaps the most famous are the #elk. Males and females are gearing up for this fall’s rutting season, one of the most magnificent displays of mating behavior. As the aspen change and the weather cools, bull elk are busy polishing their antlers and bugling to display their fitness and health to prospective female cows. Males actively defend their harems in order to secure the chance of passing their genes on to future generations
Elk Hunting Tips: How to Pinpoint the Best Bull Habitat
Photo by Alamy So you’ve drawn an elk tag for a Western state renowned for its millions of acres of public wilderness. The immensity of the terrain can be overwhelming, especially to hunters who are used to hunting a few dozen acres. Start by studying a topo map of the area you intend to hunt, and break it down into ridges, valleys, and creek bottoms. Not all valleys have creek bottoms, mind you, but all creek bottoms are in valleys. Look for small, flat areas between the towering peaks and c...