5 Things you Probably Don't Know about Elk!

bull elk spar velvet just off

Is it Sparring or a Fight?

Every rut season I hear plenty of people tell me they saw an elk fight, where in reality it was just a sparring match.  The best way to tell is if the two involved are the largest bulls in the area and they were very close to cows (female elk), then you likely have seen a fight.  Fights have dust flying, it happens fast and it's over faster.  Sparring starts off slow with slow movement of the animals' antlers.  It starts with one bull presenting his rack then the other accepting, then the sparring has begun.  Usually a sparring match ends just as it began, very slowly. 

Blog post by Jared Griscoskie of Yellow Wood Guiding.  Find out about how you can take a guided tour of RMNP at YWGuiding.com.