|9x8 Bull Elk Starting To Shed Velvet|
I found him in the same spot at dawn on Tuesday morning and the shedding was much more advanced, but he still had a long way to go.
|Bare Spots Are Larger Next Morning With Strips Of Velvet Hanging Loose|
|Shedding Almost Complete On Thursday Morning|
I hope to post more photographs from the trip over the next few days, but the trip was not only about photography, but elk management issues as well. With the annual drawing for elk licenses being held in September and elk season being held from October 31--November 5th and the extended season from November 7th through the 12th--there is is quite a bit of talk about the events of the past season and the decision to issue 10 of the 18 bull tags for Zone 2, 8, and 10 this year. These are the zones that most directly impact the areas where most visitors look for elk. If one includes the special conservation tag, this means a total of 11 of the bulls that frequent the center of elk related tourism could be killed. With hunter success rate running between approximately 90-100% on bulls this effectively means that there is a high possibility that at least 10 of the bulls that you see on Winslow Hill this September will be dead by mid-November.
As disturbing as this is, it was eclipsed by an eyewitness account of the killing of a bull during the past season. I hope to share at least portions of this story in the next post.
Originally posted at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.