On a late-October day I journeyed to the Jewell Wildlife Area in the Coastal Mountains.
There were two sizable Roosevelt elk herds feeding in the area.
What a change from mid-October in Central Oregon when the hunting season was open for Rocky Mountain Elk (I had a tag.)
The only elk I spotted in Central Oregon were a herd of about 15 animals that had been spooked by hunters. As usual, they were all cows and calves.
Elk seemingly have an internal clock that tells them when it’s hunting season, and time to stay out of sight.
Smart critters, don’t you think?