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Random Bits from the Outside World => Non-BIBE Trip Reports => Topic started by: ambersdad on June 27, 2012, 03:34:33 PM

Title: Wichita Mountains, My Home Away From Home
Post by: ambersdad on June 27, 2012, 03:34:33 PM
This place is my small piece of sanity in a crazy world.  With my camera and daypack , I spend many an hour hiking the game trails in search of my favorite critter, the Rocky Mountain Elk. Some shots I've taken over the last few weeks.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8004/7456531710_040e331216_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/20610539@N05/7456531710/)
The ice storm 3 years ago killed a lot of our mature bulls.  They were exhausted from the rut and their older wore out teeth couldn't chew through the ice encrusted vegetation. Finally starting to see some of the younger bulls fill out and get some size on them.  Took this where West cache Creek dumps into French Lake.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8021/7454297572_99a651cdc5_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/20610539@N05/7454297572/)
This smaller bull was taking his time crossing the creek.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7213/7189278673_1e6a7708ba_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/20610539@N05/7189278673/)
Two bulls near Elk Mountain.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7215/7365559124_a88aebba79_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/20610539@N05/7365559124/)
A closeup of the bigger bull.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7245/7159383975_3399f4c5a9_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/20610539@N05/7159383975/)
Three more I saw behind the fence.
Title: Re: Wichita Mountains, My Home Away From Home
Post by: steelfrog on June 27, 2012, 04:19:49 PM
Love your pics, AD!
Title: Re: Wichita Mountains, My Home Away From Home
Post by: SA Bill on June 27, 2012, 06:19:23 PM
 :notworthy: :eusa_clap: :13:
   Bill
Title: Re: Wichita Mountains, My Home Away From Home
Post by: trtlrock on June 27, 2012, 06:21:10 PM
Spectacular stuff -- thanks!
Title: Re: Wichita Mountains, My Home Away From Home
Post by: mule ears on June 27, 2012, 08:23:27 PM
those are some very healthy looking young bulls!
Title: Re: Wichita Mountains, My Home Away From Home
Post by: ambersdad on June 28, 2012, 08:59:13 AM
Thanks!  They are a healthy looking group of critters.  Looking forward to this fall.