Arkansas Wildlife Blog and Gallery
Buffalo National River and NW Arkansas
Notes to Entry:
These pictures are from 2010 of the Arkansas Elk Herd
BNR Elk Gallery #4, The 2010 Rut #2
You've got to push yourself harder. You've got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You've got to take the tools you have and probe deeper.
Photographer William Albert Allard
These pictures are from the last week of September 2010 during the first estrous of the annual rut.
Cow elk lead elk movements, led by an alpha cow (left) who always makes the decisions on route and safety (below). The bull elk typically follow the cows (above), and protect the rear from rival bulls, called "satellite bulls", that trail the migrating herds.
"Boxley Beast", a traditional herd bull arrival in late September, and recently migrated to the Moore Creek area. (Left and below)
Left and right, "Twin Forks", one of the leading satellite bulls in the 2010 elk rut. He is a few years away from competing as a full sized herd bull. 10/3/10
Below: Bubba Stud and Hacksaw fight in the space between their herds. They are nearly evenly matched. 10/1/10
Below: Calf elk pauses to drink during river crossing on the Buffalo River.