In an unprecedented move since this blog was founded in 2007, I have gone a month without posting. This is partly because I had difficulty getting internet access for with my laptop while I was in Pennsylvania Elk Country for the last two weeks of September and I did not want to try posting with a smart phone. Also I find it harder and harder to write a post as time passes. It is relatively simple to post a few photos, but I always like to do a bit more. To make a long story short, I found I had a lot of other things that needed done when I returned from elk country and it was easier to devote my time to that and put posting on the back burner until now. For today's post, I will share a few images from September's trip and refer you to a post by Bill Taylor on his "Down The Fall Road" Blog that resonates with me in many ways. It is titled, "The Elk Rut, Photography, & Thoughts".
A major point he makes is how each year seems to have a set of circumstances that make it stand out from years past, For me this was how elk activity was not centered nearly so much around the Dewey Rd area as it usually was in the past several years, but perhaps this was because I avoided this area as much as possible. With that being said, I did have a few good experiences there and the first was late in the afternoon on the first day of my trip. I arrived so late that there was not time for more than a drive around the Benezette/ Winslow Hill area and I found two bulls chasing a herd of cows over an area ranging from the food plot by the cabin on the hill to the Gilbert meadows and beyond. The first was one that many refer to as the U bull and he gave a dramatic pose when he paused and looked over his shoulder at a rapidly approaching 6x7 that was contending with him for control of the harem. It was good to be joined by fellow photographers, Jim (Muck) McClelland and then later by Tom Dorsey and his wife Jeanne.
|The U Bull Looks Back At Rapidly Approaching 6x7|
|7x7 Emerges From Woods In Pursuit Of Cow|
|Sliding To A Stop|
Another dramatic opportunity was when he paused from tearing up the ground with his antlers and bugled.
|Bugling With Grass In Antlers|
Like Bill, I would usually rather be somewhere else than the areas where a lot of other photographers are congregated in hopes of getting something different (although I really enjoy the bull sessions), but many if not most times trips to remote areas result in very little or no elk sightings or filming opportunities.
|Remote Food Plot In Clearfield County-No Elk Were Seen|
|Quehanna Wild Area|
Originally published at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.