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Scouting Trip

Trying something new this year. I drew an either sex tag for 4th season in unit 45.  The wife and I went scouting it for the 1st time this past Saturday.  We saw some very good recent and older signs of elk.  I was disappointed in not finding any antler sheds but I'm really only interested in filling the freezer back up later this year.  On the way out of the area I spotted a very nice cow about 50 yards ahead of me.  She saw me after taking another step and bolted off to the left.  Walking up to where she stood I found a newborn elk calf - it couldn't have been an hour old as it was still wet.  I stayed 15 yards out and after taking a couple of pics I left the area going the opposite direction of the cow.  Pretty neat.  I have at least 1 more scouting trip planned - maybe 2.

Elk Calf 

 

 

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I would say that discovery

I would say that discovery qualifies as finding "good" elk sign, eh. That's pretty cool. I've never had the opportunity to see a new born elk calf in the wild.

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That is pretty cool to come

That is pretty cool to come across a new born like that!  I would take it as a very positive sign that elk definitely use that area.  Glad you were able to get a couple pictures, and thanks for sharing them!

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Cool

I hadn't seen and calves running around yet this year.

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Very cool!  Awesome to see. 

Very cool!  Awesome to see.  Hope she came back though......

 

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No doubt about that. She was

No doubt about that. She was probably trying to draw you away.

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Yes she will come back

Yes, a cow elk will try to lead a predator away from her calf and then return when she feels it is safe. We exited in the opposite direction so as to not disturb the area any more so. I'm just glad she didn't charge like some do. http://www.estesparknews.com/?p=158

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