|First Rutting Bull in 2009 (Twin Forks)|
The horrible heat of August broke late in the month. Morning temps in the 50's and 60's brought the elk back to the valley. If you want to see elk you have to get out of bed. I would get to Boxley Valley at dawn, roughly about 6:30 AM. My last visit to the valley much earlier showed 3 herds, one in the north end close to Ponca, a second in the mid-valley area, and a third, in the deep south end and stragglers were elsewhere. By 7AM the elk were moving back to cover near the river. They really don't like heat or bright light.
It now feels like we are getting into a fall weather pattern. The extended forecast is good for elk viewing with cool nights and daytime highs in the low 80's. Rain is also forecast for many days. Elk do love the rain, and it often extends viewing. Thunderstorms are a different matter, elk seek shelter then. The most reliable time to see elk is in early morning. They do come out in the evenings too, but the times vary depending on weather. Later in the season, all day viewing is possible as temperatures drop.
|Bull Elk are still in Velvet. Photo 2009|