In late January I took a drive to the western slopes of the Coastal Mountains. The destination was the Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area.
It’s managed by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife to provide winter habitat and supplemental feeding for wild Roosevelt Elk. A series of open pastures border a paved road, offering good views of up to 200 Elk during winter and spring.
Elk are one of my favorite big game animals and, of course, I greatly enjoy hunting them in the fall.
The big bulls are magnificent and can weigh over 1,000 lbs.
Soon it began raining in earnest. It was time to leave I sadly said to myself.