Morning elk viewing was nearly impossible this morning due to heavy fog. I could see no animals except stragglers in my survey of the valley. If the evening viewing follows the patterns of the last 2 days I would expect there to be pretty good elk viewing in the Ponca fields after 5 or 6 PM. This has been a little later than usual. I suspect it has to do with the hunting pressure for whitetails.
I believe the full moon and especially the deer hunting season account for the poor morning viewing. Elk often feed heavily at night under the full moon. There seem to be a number of deer hunters in Boxley Valley today.