Elk viewing remains good. The Ponca fields are empty now. It is not clear if that herd has moved to a back field, or simply headed north or south. Elk viewing is concentrated from the mill pond and points south. The best viewing is down by Smith Creek in the south end.
We are now clearly in the post-rut period and all-bull herds have formed. There is one that ducks in and out in the mid-valley area. Today it was not visible, but tomorrow it could be at roadside. A true big bull herd is further south. These big guys offer the very best of bull elk shooting when they are around. Photographers in particular will want to track this blog closely to learn when these big guys appear. This is the best bull elk shooting of the year and it will continue through March.