Big Bull Drinking
This is a later shot in the same sequence as below. If you are thinking about visiting Boxley Valley, it is time now. The rut is peaking, and shooting will be great for about another month, and very good until the end of the year. Fall color is now pretty good.
Crossing the Upper Buffalo National River
This big bull is a couple of years from competing in the rut. He has joined a bachelor herd and stays away from the rut.
Elk Photographers at Boxley Valley, Buffalo National River near Ponca, AR
Great photography opportunities exist now in the 2012 Arkansas elk rut. The rut hit peak just last week and cold weather has kicked the rut up a notch. A great place to visit for photographers from many states.
Satellite Bull Crossing Buffalo National River
This picture is from a Buffalo River Crossing I shot on 10/5. This is my favorite shot because of the light.
In NW Arkansas we have just entered the peak elk rut. Few people know how good elk photography is here. Our elk are in a box canyon and readily accessible. For the next 5 weeks we are in prime time.
To see the rest of this shoot, and learn more visit this link.
Elk Herd Locations in Boxley Valley near Ponca, AR 9/23/12
This map shows elk herd locations for September 23 2012 in Boxley Valley, part of the Buffalo National River.
Dates on the map represent locations. Larger dates are the most current sightings. All bull herds are identified.
Boxley Valley is one of the best locations in the US for watching elk. It is arguably the elk capital of the south. It is located within 2 tanks for gas of 20% of the US population. For information on the area visit http://buffaloriverchamber.com.
First Rutting Bull of 2012 -- Twin Forks
The 2012 Arkansas Elk Rut is now officially started. http://arkansaselk.mobi
for maps and information. This is the first rutting bull -- Twin Forks.
He is a good sized bull but perhaps not quite large enough to withstand the challengers that will come soon.