Friday, June 22, 2012

6/22/12 Elk Viewing Very Good, Dry Weather

Prince in Morning Fog near 43/21
Intersection in Boxley Valley
Elk viewing remains very good, but you definitely need to get up. The shift is from daybreak until about 7AM or so, sometimes later. See map below for new position dates, both for June 15 and June 22nd.

A couple of nice bulls in velvet continue to feed on the roadside in the early morning. Be very careful both viewing them and driving in the valley. These are huge animals and could bolt in front of you. Prince the wonder bull has been around lately. Look for his 8x8 rack in velvet. He has a malformed eye guard this year so he will not be quite so "regular" this season.

The very dry spell has the buffalo river pooled up in the upper third at least. This is terrible for floating, but terrific for photography and nature walking. Post yourself by any of the many river pools off the beaten path and you will see many animals. There are does with fawns, and cow elk with calves now. If you are lucky you might get a reflection shot. Some mighty nice river landscapes too. I like low water conditions with scalloped shores and reflecting pools.

Butterflies are plentiful now too along the roadsides and the river. Check out the flower garden at the Ponca Elk Education Center for easy access to wildflowers and butterflies. The creek behind the center is almost dry and also a good place to get butterfly pictures.

Elk herd positions updated for the last two weeks are below. There are stragglers elsewhere, but the big pattern remains the south Boxley Valley area. This has been very stable now for about a month.  Cows with calves are starting to show up now as the calves mature.

June 22, 2012 Boxley Valley Elk Viewing Map 

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