Today there were 4 herds in the valley -- two were displaying rutting behavior. I only heard a couple of bugles this morning.
I believe he is either an 8x7 or a 8x6. In any case, he is the largest bull to show up so far this year. I don't have a great picture of Godzilla yet to be sure about his point count. He definitely is one of the biggest bulls of recent years and he is larger than his current competition.
It will be interesting to see if he can stand up to the test of challenger bulls that will occur over the next few weeks.
|Godzilla "running" a cow elk. This is rut behavior|
Godzilla does not have the huge belly often seen on the final dominant bulls, but he is a very powerful bull elk and will be a capable battler. His body reminds me of the last year's Boxley Stud who ended up being one of the dominant bulls.
Below is the current herd location map. Today there were a lot of elk and my prediction is that this outstanding viewing will carry through to the weekend.
Current Elk Locations in Boxley Valley near Ponca, AR.