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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Elk Heights Trail

Definitely a reason they named our private road Elk Heights Trail.  Three elk strolled by today on their way some where.  You can see the daisies are about done for the season and the deep green is fading to a light green.  The elk's antlers are less "velvety" than last month and their coats are changing color.  Someone asked me how to tell their age from their points.  Here is a little info I found on line below.

All dogs done with their Doxycycline tomorrow.  My house, outside, the kennels, the RV, etc.  all smell like Clorox :0)  Looking forward to traveling to hurricane Ridge tomorrow to view the fireworks. View (not hear).  Hopefully a zillion other people don't have the same idea .  We'll see.  I have my camera batteries all charged up.  I hope I can get some nice photos since it is a National Park.  I hope you and yours all have a fabulous 4th of July.

Counting Points—Most mature bull elk are 6x6s. An elk’s first antlers are usually spikes. In good habitat, a bull may have a 5-point rack as a 2-1/2-year-old and then a small six-point rack as a 3-1/2-year-old. Its best antlers, however, usually come at age 9-1/2 to 12-1/2, so remember that not every 6x6 is a trophy. Instantly identifying a six-point bull is not difficult. The fourth point, sometimes called the dagger point, is normally the longest point and most distinctive feature of an elk rack. If the main beam goes straight back from the dagger you’re almost certainly looking at a five-point antler. If there’s another point rising upward behind the dagger, perhaps making a horizontal “Y,” then you’re looking at a six-point antler."



1 comment:

Karen said...

You have certainly got some awesome shots of the elk. Has that one got something a bit weird going on with one of the points of it's right antler?