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Roosevelt elk in Olympic National Park?

 
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Sep 18, 2017 16:58 |  #1

I would like to see them in groups and hear bugles. :) Would the Hoh Rain Forest in the next few weeks be a good time to experience this? Or is there a better area on the Olympic Peninsula? Thank you!


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Sep 18, 2017 17:30 |  #2

I was there this past Wednesday. I "thought" I might have heard one bugle but couldn't be sure due to the crowds. The weather has cooled since then, which might make the elk more active and also reduce the crowds. Good luck.

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Sep 18, 2017 22:02 as a reply to  @ Mel-S's post |  #3

Thanks! We're going to take a crack at it this weekend and see what critters decide to show up. :)


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Oct 04, 2017 11:26 |  #4

So did you find any?

The elk in the Hoh were certainly very tolerant of humans when I was there. While moving through the rain forest I suddenly realized I was right into the middle of a whole herd of them - all around and behind me in the greenery. They look HUGE up close and quite scary, so after taking a few photos I very quietly and slowly retreated and left them to it.

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Oct 04, 2017 16:06 as a reply to  @ teekay's post |  #5

We saw a handomse buck on the Spruce River Trail in the evening, but didn't get very close. He wandered down a slope here, his head was about level with mine when we first saw him. :eek: Bugling on and off in the distance during the hike. Later on during dinner at camp, we heard bugling very close, and saw a different buck cross the river to the campground and into the bushes nearby. By then it was very dark, and I decided it was the better part of valor not to go rustling in after him. :p It was quite exciting, though! If the weather holds, I'd like to take a crack at Cascades elk up north with a tele.

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