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Oct 18, 2009 21:22 |  #1

From the Royal Blue Wildlife Management Area, in Tennessee

14 Point Bull, by my count

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Same Bull - Opposite side with scars that show that life isn't always easy, even for the big guys.
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Oct 18, 2009 21:25 |  #2

An 8 by 8 - wow! I spent quite a bit of time photographing Elk over the past two months, and didn't get to see any with antlers this large. Great work!


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Oct 18, 2009 21:45 |  #3

Terrific captures!! Is this anywhere near Catoosa?
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Oct 18, 2009 21:53 as a reply to  @ pttenn's post |  #4

Hi Karen,
Not near Catoosa. Royal Blue is about 10 miles north of Lafollette, off I-75.

This is the area that is having Tennessee's first Elk hunt in over 100 years .... this coming week.

If you ever want to come see the area drop me a PM ... There is a great observation tower on the management area.

http://www.state.tn.us​/twra/elktower.html (external link)


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Oct 19, 2009 01:09 as a reply to  @ bhowdy's post |  #5

Nice copuple of pics Bob.

He looks like quite an old bull ?? If they are anything like our red deer, two signs of age are when the 'forehead' hair retreats and becomes kind of 'tuftier' and curly and also the antlers starting to round off and 'go backwards' as a trophy. Tom might also be able to confirm that elk are the same as reds in that respect.

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Oct 19, 2009 03:46 |  #6

Nice captures.


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Oct 19, 2009 12:01 |  #7

Very nice shots. I really like the second one best. Which lens did you use?


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Oct 19, 2009 15:37 as a reply to  @ Squarerigger's post |  #8

I used the 500mm lens with a 1.4TC. They were about 100 yards or so away. I agree on the second image ... It was difficult to get any depth of field in the first photo. The old trade off with a large subject ... Shoot wide open and blur the background while losing detail on the back half of the animal or stop down for detail and gain the background.

Thanks everyone, for the comments, I had a great time!


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