In the fall of 2016 I decided to take a group of guys out to the Rocky Mountains. I had contacted all of them and let them know I was going out there to shoot the elk and hopefully moose. I have a 12 passenger van so we all rode together and I had a couple campsites reserved.
When we got to the campsite an elk and his harem came down the hill. He started bugling not long after that and did not stop the entire time we were there. It was a scene I knew I would be photographing, the only thing I wasn't excepting was being able to shoot from camp!
Every evening he would move into the area and I was able to shoot, he didn't stop bugling until morning. It made for some long nights but it was quite an experience being so close for so many days in a row!
The shot above was taken on the first day of the trip on his first approach to us.
On the last evening he got so close I actually walked back from my tripod behind an evergreen tree. He never charged but he did keep stopping and looking directly at me. My nerves were tense but I loved every second of the experience!
Below are a few other images I got of him I thought I'd share!
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