Elk Bull Antler Growth

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Elk Antlers - Fastest Growing Tissue in Nature

Elk Bull antlers can grow more than 50 inches long and are considered some of the fastest growing tissue in nature. Elk Bulls shed their antlers every Spring and obtain full growth by about the middle of August.

Elk Bull Antler Shedding Advantages

Larger Elk Bulls usually shed their antlers first, with there being as much as a month or two gap between shedding times of smaller bulls. This gives larger elk bulls an advantage just before the elk rut as they also lose their velvet earlier, making them ready for anything at an early date.

Elk Bull Antler Tines

Elk antlers have a growth rate of up to 1 inch per day and each tine can reach a length of up to 20 inches in very large bulls. Elk bull antlers are referenced by the number of tines, with each side referenced separately. Elk bulls with 7 tines on each side would be called a "7 by 7".

First Big Elk Bull Seen to Be Rut Ready

The Big Elk Bull will be one of the Leaders this Elk Rut. Here He is a couple weeks ago in Full Velvet and Now Today, shed of Velvet and with a Dry, Hard Rack.. Fully Rut Ready!


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1 Month's Antler Growth on the Biggest Elk Bull

The Sheriff after about 1 month's Antler growth. In just 4 months from now the largest Elk Bull in this area will have full antler growth and begin shedding his velvet for the rutting season.


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Largest Elk Bull Sheds His Antlers

The Sheriff, this areas largest Elk Bull has shed his antlers a couple days earlier than last year. Every Year he seems to shed his antlers earlier as larger Bulls do to get a jump start on growth for the following Rutting Season. It will be incredible to witness this genetically gifted icon entering another Rut this coming Fall!


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Bull Elk King the Day of Dropping his Antlers

Arguably the Most Impressive Bull Elk in JNP - Canada's Rockies. Video from yesterday.. the day of dropping his antlers. Bigger Bulls seem to do this earlier, getting a head start towards more mass the following year. This King still Asserts his dominance without His Crown... defending his spaces even at His lowest testosterone levels. After a fresh antler drop, Bulls may tend to and test the immediate wound. New antler growth will be clearly visible within a week.


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Elk in Canada's Rockies in June

Older, Bigger Elk Bulls shed their Antlers first, grow first, and polish the velvet first. It's nature's way of allowing the most mature bulls an advantage when entering the Rutting Season. With Rutting season quite a distance from late June yet, this Bull prefers isolated areas with lots of food to pack on as much mass as possible right now. Elk Calves show strong agility and energy by the end of June. While Elk Cows are still protecting their calves, their focus is also on their own nutrition.


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Rocky Mountain Bull Elk in the end of July

Three Bull Elk in the beautiful, lush Rocky Mountains. Lots of rain has fortified food sources for much of the Rockies Wildlife in the last few weeks. This Magnificent Bull Elk will dominate this area during the rutting season, provided he remains safe among the heavy traffic in this location. We are looking forward to witnessing this Bull shed his velvet very soon.


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Ready for the Elk Rut - 1 Week Transformation

One of the Largest Elk Bulls in the Canadian Rockies Before and After Fully shedding his Velvet. Just one week later his antlers are dry and he is ready for the Rut. Larger, more mature Elk Bulls shed first as their testosterone rises, giving them an advantage on establishing continued dominance early in the Rutting Season.


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Largest Elk Bull Sheds His Antlers

The Largest Elk Bull in this area, the "Sheriff", sheds his antlers. The larger Elk Bulls shed their antlers first, which gives them a jump on antler growth for the next rutting season.


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He Lives! "The Sheriff" in Full Velvet Today. Dominant Elk Bull during the Rut

Here is this area's largest and most dominant Bull(the last 5 Years), in full velvet today. We have not previously captured any moments of the "Sheriff" at this stage, as he packs on more weight just before the Elk rut. Wolves managed to bring down a very big Elk Bull not that long ago and we were worried it might have been the "Sheriff", but are so glad to see him here today! Everyone will be Cheering you on again this Year Big Guy.


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Elk - Wapiti Rutting Season


The Elk Rut
Elk Bulls put on a lot of weight as their testosterone increases and they have access to much more nutritious food. Bugles, Battles and Breeding will be taking over this Beautiful area as Bulls fight to claim or hold their territories' throne

The Elk Rut Season


The Active Elk Rut Season Time and Duration

The elk rut season is from late August through October, with some breeding activity continuing into November. Male elk, or elk bulls, are much more aggressive during this time. The peak of the elk rut season is when the most elk breeding activity occurs. During the elk rut season, there is lots of bugling, cow elk communication, and elk movement. During elk rutting season, bull elk may attack anything that comes close to them or their mates, which provides protection for the herd.

The Peak of Elk Rut Season

The peak of elk rut season lasts up to 10 days when a ratio of light and dark, along with a colder snap, causes hormones in cow elk to flow(estrus cycle). Each cow comes into estrus at slightly different times during the elk rut season. While elk cows won't all go into estrus during the peak, it is called the peak of the elk rut season because most will.