What You'll See:
In this sequence, you'll see a number of clips from some of our winter range observations of bulls that we've done over the past three years. Throughout the video, Chris provides commentary on what Roe Hunting Resources looks for during their mid-winter observations, and discusses the identification of specific individual bulls year after year, and their age and antler development over time.
Setting the Stage:
While September and October are definitely the more "exciting" months to observe elk, winter observations can be enjoyable - and educational - in their own right. To that end, Roe Hunting Resources heads up to the winter range each year to observe behavior, capture vocalizations, and - for bulls - evaluate body condition and antler development of specific bulls that return to the same areas year after year. Not all bulls do return each year - some don't survive, while others either winter in different areas, or simply remain unseen during the observations - but there are a few bulls that do that help make year-to-year comparisons possible. This sequence shares some of those comparisons so you can get an idea of what RHR evaluates during December and January on the winter range.
Viewing / Listening Tips:
This sequence is more about the visual aspect of observations rather than vocalizations; other than one brief section, the animals are essentially silent, and simply feeding or loafing. As such, you can view this sequence however you wish; your computer/device speakers at normal volume settings will be just fine for getting the most out of this video.
Bull Mews and Whines