Elk viewing is very good now. There are 4 herds in Boxley Valley, and one bull in the Ponca Fields on the north end remains in a rutting pattern. Typically there is a bull or two that remain in rut until the first of the year.
The all bull herds were not out this morning. There are at least 2 in the valley now. One of them is the big bull herd, the other is second tier bulls. Catching these bull herds with a camera is the gold standard in bull elk photography. This is now prime time to photograph groups of trophy bulls together. The key is to get to the valley early. There are no guarantees, but when you catch the big bulls it is a real treat.
The 12/21/12 elk herd location map is below: