This morning there was more activity in the valley than yesterday. The Ponca area is the busiest, but the elk are spread around. There was bugling this morning from a few directions in Ponca. There was a good bull in the woods by the launch, and more elk around Big Hollow. Bugling in the woods too.
At 43/21 this morning a bull was close to the road with 3 cows. When I passed by later they were pushed back probably by viewers. This is one ugly bull with lots of points and broken tines.
Very early this morning there was a bull and harem in the north end of the Smith Creek field. They retreated across the river. I did not see them, but I have a reliable source. It is a good idea now to survey the whole valley when looking for elk. This is a transition period after the weather change and they can pop up anywhere. I did see a few maverick bulls this morning.
2 huge Hereford bulls broke down a fence just north of the Mill Pond and were roaming at the roadside. These are 1,800 pound animals, twice the size of a big bull elk. Hit one of these with a car and it could easily kill you. Be on the lookout for them.