Sheriff's Offspring Entering His Prime? Lots of Growth Left Before Shedding Velvet for the Elk Rut!

This Elk Bull just entering his prime looks a lot like the Sheriff Did. His Elk Rut Behaviors are also similar to the Sheriff.. a Natural to Dominate other Bulls and Win Over Cows. Here he is Today, as well as what we think was him last Elk Rut.. Courting, Bugling and Charging. The largest Antler growth is happening now as the vegetation is very lush and hormones are rising.

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Big Elk Bull's Last March with Antlers

Big Elk Bull's Last March with Antlers before shedding and beginning to grow a new set for the upcoming Rutting Season.

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Big Elk Bulls Anxious to Shed their Antlers

Big Elk Bulls Anxious to Shed their Antlers and start re-growth right away for the next Elk Rutting Season. This is the time of year that the larger Bulls begin shedding their antlers. Younger Elk Bulls may shed their months from now.

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Elk Rut at it's Peak - 5 Bull River Action Bugles

At he height of the Elk Rut, 5 Elk Bulls try to gain courting access to Cows crossing Athabasca River. The River serves as a territory boundary that is crossed often by both Cows and Bulls during the Rut. The high activity and amount of Bugling is common at the height of the Rut, when many Cows are in Estrus. While some Bulls are still not sure where they rank, you can see the hierarchy in this small location unfold by the end of the video. Finally, the Boss on this particular Day receives acceptance from the cow and calf, granting his request.

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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
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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.