The Elk Rut

The Elk Rut is just a couple months away. Elk Bulls are putting on a lot of weight right now 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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Elk Bulls Being Scrappy During the Rut

Some dominant Elk Bulls chasing rivals off, a couple Bull fights and a bit of play during the Elk Rut. All of this was "run and gun fun", so thank you for your patience with the stability.


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Sheriff Faces an Aggressive Challenger

The Sheriff(largest elk bull) faces another gifted elk bull's challenge. You can see there are several other magnificent bulls sharing this space tonight, but this was the only bull that was attempting to take on the Sheriff. Just two days ago, the Sheriff was in a fight in which he broke a tine and received several cuts on his shoulders and neck. It was suspected that this Bull inflicted this damage, but now we can't be certain. It is possible that this could be "round 2", however. These posturing displays are typical when Elk Bulls are measuring each other up, usually just before a battle ensues. When the challenger charges, the Sheriff doesn't flinch.. which must have been what changed the tide. It also may add to the possibility that this was indeed round 2, as the challenger was quite confident up until that point.


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Sheriff Recovering from Battle early in the Elk Rut

The Sheriff had a battle with another big elk bull during the night, early in the elk rut. It very well may be the challenger's bugles you can hear close by. We are glad to see that he must have won, as he is still ruling in this incredibly competitive elk rutting territory. Healthy elk bulls can usually brush off these limps caused by fighting in a couple of days.


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Largest Bull Meets His Match during the Elk Rut

Elk Bull Fights are numerous during the Rut in Canada's Rockies, but this one was especially striking. Here is a close look at the Largest Elk Bull in this area.. first, a couple clips over the last month, before today's marathon fight with this younger rival. The younger rival has not been stressed near as much during the height of the rutting season, and clearly had the stamina to outlast one of this areas most dominant bulls today. The Bull that conceded defeat today has been the most dominant elk bull in this area now for years. This well known King has had to battle and run off rival bulls on almost a daily basis over the last month and a half, of which shows athleticism and genetics that are extremely rare. We suspect he decided it was more important to preserve his energy as very few cows remain in estrus. He did sustain some injuries here, but will likely be back to fight another day.


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Two Elk Bull Giants Fight

Some Rare luck offered witness to two well-known Elk Bull Giants fighting today during the Rut. The current Palisades King in control of this area's Harem was defeated by the Talbot King here Tonight. Sorry for the shakiness.. the camera had to be held over our head to capture these awesome moments as best we could in a very tricky situation.


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Best of Elk Bull Battles During the Rut

From marathon battles to quick eruptions, here are some favorite Elk Bull fight moments during the rut that we have been lucky enough to witness in nature so far. You can find each battle separately in our channel over the last several years.


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The Most Successful and Battled Elk Bull in this Territory

Here are some highlights of the last several years of this area's most famous Elk Bull during the rutting season. He has dominated this area for many years now, with past bumps and bruises very evident during his success. While his behavior was more cautious in 2020, his maturity served him well. Just a few days ago, we captured him looking the best he has ever looked at this time of year.. not a broken tine and a strong, healthy gate. The "Sheriff", as many call him now, has proved to be an incredible being with exceptional genetics.


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Evenly Matched Elk Bulls Fighting in the Middle of the Night - Banff National Park

Here are Two Evenly Matched Elk Bulls we captured fighting in the Middle of the Night in Banff National Park. From the end of August through October it is mating season for Elk. Elk Bulls compete fiercely for their right to mate and claim dominance. The name for this process is formally called the "Rut".


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Elk Bulls Sharing Territory have a Quick Eruption

Two Elk Bulls sharing a common territory had a quick eruption into fighting tonight during the Elk Rut in Canada's Rockies.


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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.