Here we are into the second week of October and the rutting displays this year are some of the best I've seen. Multiple mature bulls competing for control of the harem have really put on a show. Lots of bugling, fighting, spraying, posturing, breeding and many changes in the herd bull. One bull will be the "Herd Bull", then overnight another bull will take the herd away only to lose it back to the original bull that afternoon. It's amazing to see the elk hierarchy at work. Most of the action typically takes place in darkness, but this year they don't seem to mind direct sunlight. If you want to see some awesome elk displays, it's time to plan a visit to Boxley Valley.
These two bulls fought several times for dominance. The bull on the right is/was the original herd bull and the one on the left is the top contender that has owned the herd briefly and he wants it back.