This fall, our area had a very early big snowfall in September. The elk had to come down from the high mountains, their summer home, earlier than usual.
That meant that our area had many elk in the area during the rut. Bugles, the loud sounds made by bull elk during the rut, rang out throughout the area.
A pair of local ponds saw a flurry of elk activity. Both are on private land but the owners have generously let me have trail cams there.
I was thrilled to find that the cams captured "life within the elk herd" during the rut. When you watch the video, be sure to have your sound on so that you can hear the bugles.