I know he's domestic, but is he even and elk? Check out his neck. It's all tan. Most elk have a very black neck, at least along the spine. Also his horns are very red. Maybe some foreign genetics, red stag or something like that?
This is a "Manitoba" elk. Shot on a quebec fenced farm. I believe this is a true Eastern elk blood line. The Manitobas were aparently very large horned. Any Red Deer I saw in Scotland had antlers like a big mulie buck.
As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.
In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.
Carry your soft spot with you!
In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad....