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Elk Rut with Lots of Bugling and Aggressive Bull Guarding his Canadian Rockies Harem

The early stages of the Elk Rut in Canada's Rockies - Jasper National Park. These Video Clips are fractions of several days of a Wonderful experience. This particular Bull Elk has aggressively defended His harem from Several other Bulls over the last few days, of which is still quite early for the Elk Rutting Season.




Largest Bull Meets His Match during the Elk Rut

Elk Bull Fights are numerous during the Rut in Canada's Rockies, but this one was especially striking. Here is a close look at the Largest Elk Bull in this area.. first, a couple clips over the last month, before today's marathon fight with this younger rival. The younger rival has not been stressed near as much during the height of the rutting season, and clearly had the stamina to outlast one of this areas most dominant bulls today. The Bull that conceded defeat today has been the most dominant elk bull in this area now for years. This well known King has had to battle and run off rival bulls on almost a daily basis over the last month and a half, of which shows athleticism and genetics that are extremely rare. We suspect he decided it was more important to preserve his energy as very few cows remain in estrus. He did sustain some injuries here, but will likely be back to fight another day.




The Elk Rut is Coming

The beginning of the Elk Rut is just a month away. Elk Bull's will soon experience a dramatic increase in testosterone as they battle for claim to their territories' Throne.




Bull Behaviors with His Harem During the Elk Rut

Here is one of several successful Bulls in the Canadian Rockies during this year's Elk Rut the last few weeks, displaying..
- Vocalizations,
- Rubbing antlers against trees, shrubs and the ground to impress cows, show dominance, and mark a territory,
- Licking, Sniffing and tasting,
- Flehmen or lip curls,
and Herding his Harem.




The Calm Before the Storm

A Magnificent Bull Today.. He was one of the most active and dominant bulls during the Elk Rut last year and it looks like he will be topping his form this year. It is fantastic to be able to witness these Athletes in their prime. This Elk Bull will be shedding his velvet in about 1 month. He was one of the first to shed last year.




60 Elk Bull Bugles during the Elk Rut

Here are 60+ Elk Bull bugles during this year's Elk Rut so far. This shows a wide array of bugling sounds and tones from the largest Elk Bulls in this area of Canada's Rockies.




Sheriff Faces an Aggressive Challenger

The Sheriff(largest elk bull) faces another gifted elk bull's challenge. You can see there are several other magnificent bulls sharing this space tonight, but this was the only bull that was attempting to take on the Sheriff. Just two days ago, the Sheriff was in a fight in which he broke a tine and received several cuts on his shoulders and neck. It was suspected that this Bull inflicted this damage, but now we can't be certain. It is possible that this could be "round 2", however. These posturing displays are typical when Elk Bulls are measuring each other up, usually just before a battle ensues. When the challenger charges, the Sheriff doesn't flinch.. which must have been what changed the tide. It also may add to the possibility that this was indeed round 2, as the challenger was quite confident up until that point.




Biggest Elk Bull All Fired Up During the Elk Rut - Lots of Bugles

The Sheriff, still considered the largest Elk Bull in this area, is all fired up around these cows and satellite Elk Bulls during the beginning of the Elk Rut. His Bugles clearly demonstrate the sounds of a dominant Elk Bull, signaling other Bulls that he is not to be messed with.




Magnificent Bull Moves His Cows early in the Elk Rut

This very Attentive Elk Bull will be one of the most dominant and magnificent Bulls to witness during this year's Elk Rut. He is not afraid to challenge anything that comes near him or his cows, which makes him a great patriarch for the herd he leads during the mating season ahead. Here he moves his cows along the Athabasca River in Canada's Rockies.




The Sheriff Getting Ready for Date Night

We are quite a distance away in the evening, but here is the Sheriff getting ready for Elk Rut Season Date Night in Athabasca River. It is still early in the Elk Rutting Season, but this is one Elk Bull that always stays a step ahead. Later this evening, he was confidently herding cows, which we will share shortly.




Sheriff Gets back to Business During the Elk Rut

As expected, the Sheriff never really skipped a beat after being slightly injured during a fight. He does seem to tend to his knees a bit, but is moving really well again as his focus remains on ruling this area during the Elk Rut. There were several other big elk bulls along the perimeter here, but all moved away when the largest bull bugled or started moving in their direction. The Sheriff seems to like the safety and quiet that the Athabasca River offers much of the time as he moves his herd there to rest. Thank you for your patience where the bit of digital zoom came in handy.




Bigger Bull Steals the Herd Early in the Elk Rut

A bigger Elk Bull came in and stole the herd from the First Bull that formed this herd. The fight must have been just an hour or so before we observed this new slightly larger bull being very active in his takeover. There were still some cows scattered, but he gradually brought them all together with lots of bugling and herding behavior. It was a perfect cool evening to catch those steamy Elk Bugles.




First Dominant Elk Bull Moving in to Own His Rutting Territory

This Dominant Elk Bull was the satellite Bull that was run off in the beginning of our most viewed Elk Rut video back in 2018. Last Year(2020), he began ruling that same territory with his incredibly gifted energy and stamina. This Year, we were lucky to capture him as he arrives to rule the same area once again, looking magnificent!




Sheriff Recovering from Battle early in the Elk Rut

The Sheriff had a battle with another big elk bull during the night, early in the elk rut. It very well may be the challenger's bugles you can hear close by. We are glad to see that he must have won, as he is still ruling in this incredibly competitive elk rutting territory. Healthy elk bulls can usually brush off these limps caused by fighting in a couple of days.




Magnificent Bull During the Elk Rut

A Beautiful Canadian Rockies Retreat hosted this incredible Bull and Cows on this day during the Elk Rut.




He Lives! "The Sheriff" in Full Velvet Today

Here is this area's largest and most dominant Bull(the last 5 Years), in full velvet today. We have not previously captured any moments of the "Sheriff" at this stage, as he packs on more weight just before the Elk rut. Wolves managed to bring down a very big Elk Bull not that long ago and we were worried it might have been the "Sheriff", but are so glad to see him here today! Everyone will be Cheering you on again this Year Big Guy.




Elk Rut with the Largest Bull Protecting His Canadian Rockies Harem

Some clips from the Elk Rut, but mainly here is the largest Bull Elk with his harem of cows in a beautiful area along the Athabasca River. The most competitive territory during the mating or rutting season for elk in this area of Canada's Rockies; other Bulls are almost always touching on the boundaries of what he can protect. He came into the rutting season in very good condition, but is offered very little rest from protecting his harem. This usually causes significant weight loss over about a month and a half. Many satellite bull elk may even sneak in while the larger bulls are bugling and battling over a harem.

Bull battles are very common during the elk rut, which can result in several different bulls managing the same harem for short periods over the course of mating season. It is fairly rare for one bull to have the genetics to hold on to a harem during the entire month and a half of challenges. As the rutting season ends and cows are no longer in estrus, bulls will gradually relax and form bachelor groups over the winter again.




Elk Bulls Bugling During the Rut

Magnificent Elk Bulls bugling during the rutting season in Canada's Rockies.




First Elk Bull to Form Herd in the Elk Rut

The first big Elk Bull to form a herd with his cows and calves is already very active early in the Elk Rut.




Young Elk Bull Ramping Up around Cows

This is the First Elk Bull in the beginning of the Elk Rut that we have witnessed showing true "Elk Rut" behavior. While his Antlers are not very big yet(this year), he has a comparatively big body that will command respect whenever push comes to shove. Usually only the largest of Bulls have fully shed their velvet by now, but he is demonstrating that he wants in on that early advantage now. His confidence is showing and we were glad to be there!




First Big Elk Bull Forming His Harem - The Rut has Begun!

This Big Elk Bull has come down from the Valley to form his Harem in a very competitive Elk Rutting location. This Bull is certainly one of the largest seen so far this year, but he will likely have to face some incredible challengers over the next few weeks, as more large Elk Bulls come out to compete in the Rut. The Elk Rut has Begun!




Very Active Elk Bull with His Harem During the Elk Rut

A Magnificent Elk Bull being very active during the Rut in the Canadian Rockies. This Elk rut video is part 2 of 2 of this Bull and his harem as aggression and herding instincts are very high.




The Most Successful and Battled Elk Bull in this Territory

Here are some highlights of the last several years of this areas most famous Elk Bull during the rutting season. He has dominated this area for many years now and while his behavior was more cautious in 2020, his maturity served him well. Just a few days ago, we captured him looking the best he has ever looked at this time of year.. not a broken tine and a strong, healthy gate. The "Sheriff", as many call him now, has proved to be an incredible being with exceptional genetics!



Elk Rut Videos

60 Elk Bull Bugles during the Elk Rut

Sheriff Faces an Aggressive Challenger

Sheriff Gets back to Business During the Elk Rut

Sheriff Recovering from Battle early in the Elk Rut

Magnificent Bull Moves His Cows early in the Elk Rut

Why Do Elk Rub Trees During the Elk Rut?

The Sheriff Getting Ready for Date Night

Biggest Elk Bull All Fired Up During the Elk Rut - Lots of Bugles

Bigger Bull Steals the Herd Early in the Elk Rut

First Elk Bull to Form Herd in the Elk Rut

Elk Bulls Shaking off the Cobwebs and Getting Back into Fighting Form

Elk Bulls Playfully Rubbing Antler Velvet Off while they Spar

First Dominant Elk Bull Moving in to Own His Rutting Territory

Young Elk Bull Ramping Up around Cows

First Elk Bulls Seen Getting Rut Ready

Big Elk Bull with Cows in Early Rut Communication

The Calm Before the Storm - Elk Rut

Newborn Elk Baby Walking and Nursing

Elk at Home in Water

Largest Elk Bull Sheds His Antlers

An Elk Bull Champion in the Off Season

Vocal Elk Bulls Sparring After the Rut

The Most Successful and Battled Elk Bull in this Territory

Very Active Elk Bull with His Harem During the Elk Rut

Magnificent Elk Bull Tending to His Harem During the Elk Rut

6 Bulls Hover around the Largest Elk Bull and His Harem During the Rut

Best of Elk Bull Fights During the Rut

Largest Bull herding His Harem During the Elk Rut

Bull Behaviors with His Harem During the Elk Rut

Elk Bugles and Chuckles from Early Rutting Season

Bulls Working out During the Elk Rut

Quiet Moments with a Living Legend Elk Bull During the Rut

Care Visiting the Rockies During The Elk Rut

Talbot Titan Announces His Arrival During the Elk Rut

Battle Between Two Elk Bull Giants

The Sheriff Goes for a Swim to Cool Off

Biggest Elk Bull Starts to Form His Harem.. The "Sheriff"

Elk Bull Aggression Rising for the Rut

First Big Elk Bull Forming His Harem - The Rut has Begun!

Ready for the Elk Rut 1 Week Transformation

Elk Bull During the Rutting Season

Beautiful Elk Bull During the Rut

Elk Sparring after the Rutting Season

Largest Bull Protecting His Harem during the Canadian Rockies Elk Rut

Largest Elk Bull Meets His Match Near the End of the Rut

Elk Bulls Sharing Territory have a Quick Eruption

2 Big Bull Elk Size Each Other Up

Young Elk Bulls as Testosterone Levels Rise

Jasper's Largest Bull Elk Seen So Far

Largest Elk Bull with his Harem During the Beginning of the Rut

Elk Bull Defending his Herd Early in the Rutting Season

Elk Bulls Bugling During the Rut

Elk in Canada's Rockies in June

Bull Elk King the Day of Dropping his Antlers

4 Elk Bulls Fighting Together Near the End of Rutting Season (HD)

Elk Bull Crossing Canadian Rockies Athabasca River (HD)

Kings of the Canadian Rockies Elk Rut (HD)

Elk Rut with Lots of Bugling and Aggressive Bull Guarding Harem - Canadian Rockies (HD)

Magnificent Bull Elk Responds to Bugle HD

An Evening Bull Elk Bugling and Interacting with Herd During Rut

Elk Bulls Fighting in the Canadian Rockies

Evenly Matched Elk Bulls in the Middle of the Night Banff National Park (HD)

Large Bull Elk after Shedding Velvet 3rd Week of August

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