Friday, June 8, 2012

June 8, 2012 Elk Report, Whitetail Fawn Alert

Get Out Early to See
Big Elk in June Velvet
Elk viewing continues to be very good, but you have to get up to see the best show. This morning at daybreak there were big bulls along the road in velvet and a couple of cow herds. Straggler cows were in the south valley area as elk calving is underway. There are reports of calves now, but it is still a little early for the cow elk to trot out their newborns for viewing. That is a couple of weeks off.

Be sure to drive slowly if you arrive at Boxley Valley at daybreak. Many elk will be outside the fences and grazing along the road. The could bolt in front of you if you don't reduce your speed.

Newborn Twin Fawns
We are also now at peak whitetail fawn season. Expect to see fawns everywhere in the Buffalo National River region. Fawns often follow does in road crossings and they can be slow and clumsy. If you see a doe crossing a country road, assume a fawn is trailing her, it is very common. If you don't slow down when you see the doe, you could kill the fawn. This is a common mistake, one you will not forget if you make it.

Conditions were ideal this year for fawn births because haying happened early before they were born.

The map of herd positions is below. Remember to give cow elk with calves room. Cow elk with calves are dangerous if they feel threatened.

June 8, 2012 Elk Locations near Ponca, AR

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