Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PA Elk in the Rut

I have found that September is the best time to go to Benezett to see large Bull Elk and hear them bugle and chase cows.  This year was not a disappointment.
Early morning usually gives way to a lot of fog, and I got this picture  as soon as I arrived in the field behind the visitor's center.

As the day progressed more and more Elk made their way into the open where I could get pictures.
  Some you just got to see their antlers above a bed of yellow

Others were searching for apples
When we stopped for lunch we saw two whitetail fawns in a yard by the restaurant... what's for lunch?  Why, of course, Elk burgers!

The highlight of our day was when we happened on to this very large bull with two cows.  This is the largest rack I have seen so far at Benezett
He dug at the ground with his horns and then just walked over and laid down 

A very long 'elk jam' of cars lined up along the road to watch this bull but he didn't seem to care about any of us out there snapping pictures and ooooing and awwwwing

We saw lots of other Bulls in our travels up and down the roads
Whether I am far away or close up I see the Bulls  herding the cows into their harems and looking for a fight with a rival bull. 
A beautiful sunset on Winslow Hill
 Dusk is gathering and we have to go home but we will return again to watch these magnificent animals.

To God be the Glory  ~~  Great Things He Hath Done

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