Elk viewing improved a lot today as Pretty Boy returned to the Ponca fields with his harem of about 30. According to others that witnessed it, there was a fight in the river at Ponca this morning. It was evident from counter-bugling that there could be a fight in the Ponca fields any day now. This is the best viewing by far now in the valley.
Other viewing opportunities were just north of the mill pond where there were some small bulls, and down by the Buffalo on the south end, a location that has been pretty stable for some time. The south end herd is at most about 10 with a pretty good 5x5.
Cold, wet weather is predicted for the weekend clearing on Sunday. Very cool weather should kick the rut into another gear.