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Old Mar 25, 2007, 6:10 PM   #1
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Fighting Elk - Wrong time of the year - Very Unusual

Normally during the rut ( mating season) (Sept. & Oct.) is when Bull Elk have serious fights. The rest of the year they may have practice fights but I have not seen a serious fight other than during the mating season. This was a serious fight.

Why did this happen??? My guess is a couple of reasons. They were not happy campers this day.

1. Very windy and elk do not like wind it interferes with their sense of smell & hearing. The wind was blowing around 30 to 40 MPH with stronger gusts.

2. This is the time of the year that their new Antlers are starting to push their old Antlers off and I believe it is painful. I think this from watching them over the years this time of the year they seem very uncomfortable.

3. Maybe they just don't like each other.

My guess is it was a combination of #1 & #2











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Old Mar 25, 2007, 6:56 PM   #2
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Great behavioural series, Roger!
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Old Mar 25, 2007, 6:59 PM   #3
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Great behavioural series, Roger!
Thanks for the kind comment bmullen and for taking th time to look.

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Great action series Rodger


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Old Mar 25, 2007, 7:21 PM   #5
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Hi to YA!!! Jeff. Thanks for the kind comment and for taking the time to look.

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Old Mar 25, 2007, 8:29 PM   #6
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Never observed that in post-rut either, Roger. Good action series there. Maybe those two have a goat trait......keeping an old grudge alive.:lol:
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Never observed that in post-rut either, Roger. Good action series there. Maybe those two have a goat trait......keeping an old grudge alive.:lol:
Like you I had never seen a serious fight other than during the rut. Thanks for looking and commenting VP.

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Old Mar 25, 2007, 8:43 PM   #8
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Nice action series Roger. Hey, I'll trade you a Robin for an Elk :-)

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Great pix, yet once again. I think you said you were in the hotel business (going by your moniker).

Ever think of posting some opf your pix on your hotel website and starting to run an additional option for guests, such as taking them out for wild life photo hunts?

You know the places, you have the talent, you have the camera wagon and photography equipment.

I guess you might have to check your liability insurance, especially around the elk.
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Nice action series Roger. Hey, I'll trade you a Robin for an Elk :-)

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Sorry Houston I think I will keep the elk. Thank you for the kind comment about my photos and for taking the time to look.

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