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Updated 11-3-11 


Nice Bull Flehmen

Loosing His Velvet

Very Nice Rack

Just Lost His Velvet

Huge Bull

Hey Baby Want A Date.

About 60 Inches Wide

Hunting Cows

Gentle Giant

Smelling For Cows

Very Wary

Little Fella

Growing a rack

Pretty Cow

Calf

Overlooking the inlet or The End

Wary Eye

Just munching along

Probably his first rack

Just giving me the look

Reaching

On the march hunting for cows during the rut

Watching his cows

2 year old but mighty pretty

Big Fella

I really like the fall larch in this one

Just a little teeth and gums

During the rut. This fella was mighty tired

Very Nice Light

Getting a snack of alder

Watching his cows

Giving me the look

Fall Big Bull

Fully Alert

Twin Calves

Mom checking on her babies

Cow Chaser

Young Fellas just testing

A calf in our yard

Over The Top

Check out her ruff

You Cant see me

Far away look

Going to be a good one

A little to close to my long lens

Just a pointer

Cow
I bought a new very long lens for bird photography a few weeks back.
Was out shooting birds and a cow and calf stood up about 40 feet away. This was all I could get in the frame. :)

Calf
I bought a new very long lens for bird photography a few weeks back.
Was out shooting birds and a cow and calf stood up about 40 feet away. This was all I could get in the frame. :)

What Are You?

My Good Side?

Have An Eye On You

He was out cow hunting during the rut.


Old Bull well past his prime.

He was really giving me the LOOK.

Last Green stuff.

The eating is always best right in front of moms nose.

Such A sweet face but always looking out for her calves.

What IT Looks Like
But then again quite different. This fellow was building a rut pit.  They find a damp area in their territory, stomp a mud hole, urinate in it and then stomp some more, and ultimately rub their rack and front shoulders in it.

I love it when I get this look

He was chasing after a cow and at this point she wanted nothing to do with him.

Have only seen this fellow once but with the drop point he wont be hard to recognize.

In Your Face

More In Your Face      Caught this fellow just a couple days ago.

An Excellent poser

Very Big Boy   I think he either has 13 or 14 brow tines. Most have 5 to 7. Another fella I hope to catch up to come rutting time.

Sneaking A Peek

Look Both Ways

Slow down mom we are hungry. Not her best side but I was glad to catch the event.

Shes a little tacky but still pretty

Birch Leaves are so good. They make you fat and your rack grow.

Smelling Me       He is a very healthy bull.

Not going to be huge but he sure is pretty.

August Beauty     I sure hope I can catch up to him come rutting time.

Summer pushing match. They were being very gentle as the racks were still growing.

Small Summer Bull

Early Spring Bull   Just starting to get his buds.


Winter Bull

Early Winter Warrior

Lopsided. But he will only be this way a couple weeks at most.

I Have A Headache.

Not really. Just the natural course of events for Bull Moose each year. They begin to grow there rack in early April and by June the big boys can be growing an inch a day. About Mid August the blood flow begins to slow to the horns. By the first of September the blood flow stops the horn hardens and they begin to rub the velvet off. Around the 25th of September the testestron kicks in and basically all the bulls do is hunt cows and have mock battles with other bulls.  The cows will come into heat around the 10th of October and then the race is on and some huge battles begin between the big boys. Most of the smaller bulls have already learned there place during the mock battles.  This fellow is just a bit ahead of schedule dropping a horn. We normally figure the big guys will dump there rack right after Thanksgiving. Some of the little guys will carry their rack until there new rack pushes the old off. Those cows who either weren't bred or failed to take will come back in heat approxiamatly 25 days later and will do that as much as 3 times.  The cows who get pregnant in November have a good chance to raise there next season calf. Those that take in December and sometimes January will carry the calf and birth in July or August which gives very little time for the calf to gain enough size to survive the winter. The bleeding only lasts a short time.

There not all big boys. This one is probably 18 months old.

Morning Snack. Frozen willow. YUM

Yes he's licking his lips. They do that to get rid of the snow and stop ice build up.

 I don't often get a chance to capture 2 nice bulls in one shot.

Snow Nose A yearling cow just out getting a full belly

This calf and his mom have been hanging around our place for 6 weeks or so.

We call this cow Home Girl. We think its the same cow that has wintered around our place the last 3 winters

Yes it was a tad chilly the day I got this nice fellow.

The first round of the rut was pretty well over by 11-2-06 so the bulls were back to feeding.

He is alerting on a small bull who came into his pasture.
This fellow is available in print as large as 20x30.

Splendor in the grass.

This bull is displaying a behavior called Flehmen. Basically they are tasting the air looking for cows in heat.

This fellow is available in prints as large as 20x30.

 I found this fellow  October 7th and he was hunting cows. We classify this guy as a medium bull.

From early October. They are just coming into the rut so I hope to have many more soon.

 Little fella I found in September.

 I shot this one in September. I always crack up when the pose like this. It looks like she's whistling.

A couple summer cows.

 I found these calves on there own during the rut. The bulls push them away from there moms during that time.  A couple weeks later they reunite.

 Bulls travel almost all the time either keeping their cows in line or hunting more.

 This young cow was checking out a small bull.

 Big Boy This was the second largest bull I found this fall. He was also the most aggressive. This day he had just run the biggest bull off and had 9 cows. This fellow is available in print as large as 20x30.

 A couple small bulls testing there strength.

Out on the march.

Little one sneaking a peak.

In his environment.

Shoving match.

This gal is collared with a tracking beacon.  Fish and Game collars quite a few some years  so they can track movement.  They can  send a signal and the  beacon will drop off and be recovered.  The collars don't make pretty pictures.

 I think this is the biggest bull I found this fall but for whatever the reason he was not an aggressive fighter for cows.


 I always like the look these guys give when they realize I'm there. Probably a 2 year old here.

Moose are eating machines.

Bulls do not eat a great deal during the rut (mating season) but the do drink quite often. During that approximately month time they lose a great deal of weight.


He was focused on a bull about half his antler size. He eventually ran the smaller bull off.

 I followed this guy for several hours one day. It was early in the rut and he was hunting cows. He had just built a rut pit. A rut pit is where he will stomp and dig a shallow hole. He will urinate in it and then stomp it, rub his antlers in it and even lay down in it to get the scent on him.

Another yearling Bull.

A yearling bull who has somehow really damaged his horns and they grew flat to his head.

A very serious sized bull on the march looking for cows.

Cows and calves stay together for about a year except for a short period during the fall during the breeding season.

A 2005 calf in early fall.

This little bull is about 15 months old. Sporting his first set of horns.

A very nice bull. He had started to gather cows and was pretty tuckered out.

She was very slick in July 05

Checking on her Calf

Smelling the Fireweed

Its nearly impossible to fill bulls in the summer. They are nearly full time eating machines.

This fellow is going to be huge by fall.


 This young fellow was in our backyard.


Brow Tine Bull This little fella had 11 browtines

Bulls from Fall 2003


Just testing there strength.

Slow down girl.



Comparison. The smaller bull is actually a very nice bull but he seems a bit wimpy compared to the bigger.
This was with one of our  first digital cameras. We are proud to say that it has been published in several books.

Super sized bull. This was with one of our  first digital cameras. We are proud to say that it has been published in several books.

Just plain tired.



He knew I was there he just didn't know what I was.


This fellow was testing the cow  to see if she was ready to breed.