|Newborn Calf Elk|
Early summer mornings are great viewing, evenings are good viewing.
There is an amazing amount of forage now until haying is completed over the next few weeks. For ranchers, this means there will be 3 cuttings of hay, an outstanding year.
Calving is the theme for the next few months. Some cow elk breed early in the rut, and others late. They return to estrous on 30 day cycles until successfully bred. This process extends across months from early September (early) to even January (very late). The peak for calving is in June, but early calves could begin arriving now and extends to late summer. The peak for calving is just weeks ahead.
|Haying in Boxley Valley -- A great photo|
opportunity in morning fog
Sometimes I get asked to guide. I don't. I will not tell anyone where elk nurseries are, don't ask. We need to respect these animals and not harass them. This is especially true during calving season.
See updated elk herd location map below:
May 7, 2012 Elk Herd Location Map & Wildflower List