The elk rut is long over by January, but it’s still worth spending time in Pennsylvania’s elk range. The bulls haven’t dropped their antlers and are just as impressive as they were last fall plus there are fewer tourists in the area.
As they do throughout the year, the elk tend to feed early in the morning then rest and chew their cuds through the middle of the day and feed again toward evening.
On this day the members of large band of cows and calves were resting in an abandoned field –
Elsewhere cows and calves fed on the tops of recently felled trees-
Along a stream I found several adult bulls –
The bulls interrupted their feeding to spar with each other –
And then went back to browsing on woody vegetation –